Welcome to A Day Away, a new pictorial blog series that will guide Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) community members to great destinations in Virginia that can be visited – there and back – in a day. While Richmond, VA has many exciting places right at home (to explore some of these locations, follow along with the adventures of Miles in his Shoes) sometimes a break from the vibrant urban environment is a welcome change – come along with University Student Commons and Activities (USC&A) marketing assistants and friends as we explore destinations only a day away!
For our first day trip, Annie Maddox, a senior finance major, and Salinna Lor, a junior public relations major, visited Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, VA, three towns which boast landmarks and events significant to the history of colonial America. Known as the Historic Triangle, these towns have something for everyone, from history buffs to foodies, and they are the perfect place to have inexpensive, accessible fun while also gaining an appreciation for America’s past.
Williamsburg, VA – The capital of Virginia leading up the the American Revolutionary War and the center of political and cultural events.
- Williamsburg Botanical Garden
- The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is located on 5537 Centerville Rd. in Freedom Park. It is open everyday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and has free admission. Take yourself on a self-guided tour of the two acre garden and enjoy different garden sections, such as the herb garden, therapy garden and butterfly garden. The Botanical Garden is a great spot to take pictures, featuring a green roofed pavilion and ivy arches, so make sure your bring your camera! To see a map of the garden, visit their website.
- Food for Thought
- The Food for Thought restaurant is located on 1647 Richmond Rd. The restaurant is well known and popular among Williamsburg locals, serving American food with global influences. The restaurant’s walls and decor are covered in words of wisdom from large figures in history, and there are fun card games and logic puzzles at every table to stimulate the mind. To see Food for Thought’s menu, visit their website.
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Colonial Williamsburg is known as the world’s largest living history museum. As you walk around the museum there are opportunities to engage with and experience the triumphs and struggles of people from all walks of life in the 1700s. Tickets to Colonial Williamsburg cost $40.99. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, visit their website.
Jamestown, VA – The first permanent English settlement in North America was founded in 1607.
- Historic Jamestown
- Colonial Jamestown is $17 for a single day ticket. Jamestown was America’s first colony and colonial Jamestown offers a first look into what life was like in the 1700s. Jamestown offers a variety of tours and exhibits, including an archaeology tour on Jamestown Island! For more information, visit their website.
- Jamestown Pie Company
- Jamestown Pie Company was founded in 2004. Their menu features pies, pizza, sandwiches, salad and dessert pies. They are well known in Jamestown and deliver within five miles of the company! For more information, visit their website.
Yorktown, VA – The Battle of Yorktown was the last battle in the Revolutionary War in 1781.
- Historic Yorktown
- Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Choose your own adventure and walk around the battlefield, experiencing the history of America as its independence was gained. For more information about guided tours and programs, including the artillery firing schedule and The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown performance schedule, visit their website.
- American Revolution Museum
- The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown opened this year on March 23. The museum replaced the Yorktown Victory Center and offers immersive indoor and outdoor exhibits! The museum also has a 170 seat theater, where films and various galleries are shown. Admission is $12 or you can buy a combination ticket for $23 and visit both the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and the Jamestown Settlement. For more information, visit their website.
- Yorktown Bay Beach
- Yorktown Bay Beach offers opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. No license is required to fish from the Yorktown Beach pier and it is open all year. Near the beach is a picnic area and quaint local shops offering an indoor refuge from the summer heat. Also, Yorktown Beach is dog friendly – just make sure to clean up after your furry friends! For more information, visit their website.
- Island Grille, Duke of York
- The Island Grill (Duke of York) restaurant is connected with Duke of York, the only hotel on the waterfront of the Yorktown Bay Beach, and is the perfect location for brunch on the weekend. Duke of York serves American-style breakfast and lunch meals and includes a variety of seafood options. For more information, visit their website.
- Yorktown Beach Market Days
- Market Days at Yorktown Beach offers delicious food, live music and local artwork to enjoy on the boardwalk. Take a walk on the beach after grabbing some local produce and enjoy the sun rising over the river. Market Days happen every Saturday morning from April to October. For specific Market Day details, and themed market event dates, visit the Yorktown website.
For more photos, check out our Flickr album.
Join us next time for “A Day Away” to Virginia Beach!