Williamsburg Travel Blog› entry 18 of 29 › view all entries
We finally made it into beautiful Williamsburg. It snowed! We were freezing. It was still beautiful.
The town was dead. It was so dead that when Ciao Baby went past a barrier (only for residential traffic) to get to the tavern parking area, she crawled down the middle of pedestrian-only Main Street all the way from Merchant's Square to the Capitol (!) without anyone seeing her! Charles even hopped out and moved another barrier so Ciao could get back out to a driving street (where our parking lot had been spied earlier). Now, that was quite a sight, let me tell you- oops!
We enjoyed the church where the governemt was originally held with the Governor and where George Washington sat on the front pew! They were happy to see us, since we appeared to be the only tourists in sight for much of the afternoon.
We comprised 4 of the 6 visitors observing men in costume at the Capitol giving a legal presentation of the way the congress was run. In fact, we felt so bad leaving for dinner reservations, that I stood and explained in my most English voice (like those they were using) that "we must take our leave of these gracious gentlemen, but that we thank you for the opportunity" and all had a good laugh.
Hooray! They opened an historic tavern for February! While they'd all been shut down, Shields was open for dinner and we thoroughly enjoyed a meal. We'd done a secret knock earlier on their door and someone we caught coming around the corner confirmed that we could get in at 5pm. He remembered us by name when we showed up too. The menu was not the peanut soup that the Kings Arms Tavern has, but we were thrilled to didne by candlelight on some good chicken and chowder. It was a special meal indeed!
While we'd have enjoyed spending more time in Williamsburg, we did not want the $40 per person tickets into occasional buildings and no exhibits occured in the bitter cold. Off-season is really off there and I was saddened to not even find some pewter candlesticks. But as always, there is another trip to be planned for future enjoyment of this lovely, historic town.
So again we drove northward at 7pm to head to DC by about 9:30pm. Again, we took Gary Allen's advice to stay in a campground on the southern outskirts: Pohick Bay campground on the Potomac River. It's a beautiful place with friendly folks in the office, and electric for our microwave and electric blankets- whoohoo! $30 a night, propane, and laundry facilties. We love it!