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A Visit to Colonial Williamsburg

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Are you ready to take a trip back in time?  Colonial Williamsburg is the restoration of the town of Williamsburg, pre Revolution.  In other words, welcome to a living history museum set in the 18th century.  You literally take a trip back in time.  The buildings are restored and the docents are in period attire.  If you’ve not been, I can recommend you visit.

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I love visiting. Colonial Williamsburg operates multiple hotels on the property for visitors to enjoy.  My favorite is th Williamsburg Inn.  Every time I visit I feel like I’ve died and gone to pampering heaven.  The rooms are beautiful, the service designed to make you feel like a princess, even the Queen has stayed there.

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The Inn and the nearby Lodge are perfect for access to the historic area.  What better for exercise than a walk or run around the historic district? Merchant’s Square is a fun stop for shopping and eating.  The Cheese Shop is a must visit for a quick bite. The Fat Canary great for supper, although my personal favorite is the Blue Talon.

The Blue Talon restaurant is a French bistro within east walking distance to the Inn.  Their mac-n-cheese is to die for and the garden salad the perfect accompaniment.  The menu is replete with excellent choices and the wine menu is to die for.  Added fun are the replays of The French Chef, Julia Child’s tv program.  My favorite is that I can have a wonderful dinner and walk back to the Inn.  The Inn also has a wonderful breakfast.  Sunday brunch is legendary and don’t forget to grab a cocktail from the Restoration Bar or the patio bar, depending upon the weather.

No visit to CW would be complete without a visit to the spa. I always opt for a massage and leave time for the whirlpool and the steam room.

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CW offers so much from golf and tennis to museums to history to shopping.  There is something for everyone.

Exercise

Exercise

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Growing up my mother put me in ballet class at the tender age of four.  I loved that class.  It was a combination of ballet and tap and I could not wait until the next class.  I still have my first pair of ballet shoes.  From the age of four until thirteen, every week I danced and loved it, until I didn’t.  Do you have those regrets when you look back at things you did when you were a child?  I do.  When I look back I see a pattern of start and stop.   I rode horses and played tennis,  and danced, until I didn’t.  For a while it seems I was always moving on to the next thing until I circled back to an old favorite.

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Ballet and tennis somehow persisted through my start and stop pattern.  Riding tried to but there was the question of access to a horse which became a slightly more difficult question, but I digress.  I always seem to find my way back to ballet and tennis, albeit in slightly different form.  In college it was in the form of required physical education classes.  I served and danced my way through my required classes in absolute enjoyment feeling like I’d found an old friend. As an adult it is USTA and tennis leagues and tons of doubles matches and/or Pilates, barre, and yoga.  I guess old habits die hard as I continue to find enjoyment in the same plies I do at my barre today as I did at four.

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Is it the patterns we become accustomed to as a child that provide comfort as an adult?  I don’t know the answer to that question.  I do know, however, I have a barre in my house.  There are times when it gets used daily and then there are periods when it use sits there until, well, until it is needed again.