Williamsburg, Virginia. To many, it’s a tourist destination. To me, it’s home. This is just a brief history and holistic health tour.
Williamsburg served as the colonial capitol from 1699 to 1780. The College of William & Mary, the second oldest college in America, was founded in 1693.
When you visit Colonial Williamsburg, you can literally walk in the footsteps of colonial historymakers such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Wythe, George Mason, and Peyton Randolph. President John Tyler and Chief Justice John Marshall also could be seen strolling the streets of Williamsburg and attending church services at Bruton Parish Church.
Bruton Parish is an active Episcopal church, so feel free to join them for services. It’s not every day that you have to decide which Founding Father’s pew you want to sit in at church!
The first permanent English settlement, Jamestown is only a 15-minute drive westbound on the Colonial Parkway. Yorktown, site of the surrender of British General Cornwallis, is 20 minutes east of Williamsburg on the Colonial Parkway. The Colonial Parkway is a historical treasure unto itself as the Yorktown leg was build by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Jamestown end was built for the 350th anniversary of Jamestown in 1957. I will detail these in future Travel Tuesday posts.
Christmas is one of the best times to visit Williamsburg. The decorations, while not necessarily historically accurate, are beautiful. The programming is second to none and the atmosphere will get even the biggest Scrooge into the Christmas spirit.
Speaking of Scrooge, a descendant of Charles Dickens makes an annual appearance with his one-man-show of A Christmas Carol.
If you’d like to make your visit to Williamsburg even more memorable, check out these great wellness businesses in the Williamsburg area on my Hampton Roads Wellness Resources page. Instead of ending vacation tired and a few pounds heavier, leave more refreshed and healthier!
- Sample local organic food and produce.
- Get a massage, facial, or mani/pedi.
- Staying with relatives or in a timeshare? Have a healthy, gourmet meal prepared for you.
- Take a laughter yoga class or have an energy healing session.
- Meet with a naturopath who can help you with that nagging health issue that the doctor hasn’t cured.
- Support local authors by purchasing their books.
- Caregivers planning a special trip to Williamsburg can call on a local business that specializes in caregiver support to help with travel arrangements.
- Sit, relax, and sip some hot tea, then bring home some unique loose leaf tea blends for your house/pet sitter (or keep for yourself!).
I make it my mission to help locals find businesses dedicated to holistic wellness. Take advantage of these resources when you are in the area.
Not planning a trip to Williamsburg? Many of these businesses offer satellite services. Also check out the Online Wellness Resources for more holistic wellness businesses that service anyone, anywhere.
- If you are planning on being in town on November 13, come meet The Wellness Wife and learn valuable stress management techniques for the holidays from Jaynee Sasso, President of Care Keepers, Inc. The presentation will be held at 6:30pm at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, 421 North Boundary Street, walking distance from Colonial Williamsburg. You can RSVP on my Facebook page. RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or like my Facebook page to be included in invitations to future events.
Hope to see you around town! If you check out any of the businesses listed in the directory, be sure to tell them The Wellness Wife sent you!
I took the photos featured in this post. For more amazing photos of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, go to one of my newest favorite blogs, Living in Williamsburg.
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