Tuesday, November 20, 2018

RV Holiday in Colonial Williamsburg

Holiday season at Colonial Williamsburg (ColonialWilliamsburg.com)

If you want beauty and flair this Holiday Season, one delightful place for the RV family to visit is Virginia’s Historic Triangle that includes Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown.  American History is brought to life in this unique area located midway between Richmond and Virginia Beach, about 150 miles south of Washington, DC.

"Here you’ll find enduring traditions, charming decorations, and a season that still warms the heart." One visit and you’ll quickly see why visitors "come from near and far to take in the festivities while making memories that last a lifetime," promise the folks at the Regional Visitor Center.

Carriage tour of Colonial Williamssburg (ColonialWilliamsburg.com)
Colonial Williamsburg includes a 300-acre historic area that attracts nearly one million visitors every year.

There are literally hundreds of RV Short Stops in the Historic Triangle. A few of my favorite stops in Williamsburg were the blacksmith shop, bakery, and live enactments of significant moments of America’s past.

Another fond memory is the hours we spent simply strolling the same paths and streets that George Washington walked. We downed a pint of ale in King’s Arms Tavern.  And, we literally gawked at the dozens of magnificently restored buildings.

To "Celebrate the Holiday Season in Colonial Williamsburg"  ... Click here  ... for the 28-page 2018 Holiday Planner for more than 100 musical, dining and cultural programs.

Don't overlook side trips to the Jamestown settlement and Yorktown battleground for a full historical experience.

If you plan to go:
Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center
101-A Visitor Center Dr.
Williamsburg, Va 23185
(888) 965-7254

Nearby RV campgrounds

Two full-service RV campgrounds located near historic Colonial Williamsburg that are opened year-round are:

All lit up for Holidays (American Heritage RV Park)
American Heritage RV Park 
146 Maxton Lane
Williamsburg, VA  23188
(757) 566.2133

Stay at the American Heritage RV Park amid 70 acres of lush green meadows and woodlands. "Every site features easy pull-thru’s, full hookups, room for all your slides, concrete pad and patio," and they are pet friendly.

Making family holiday memories. (Williamsburg KOA Campground)
Williamsburg KOA Campground  
400 Newman Rd
Williamsburg, Va 23188
(757) 565-2907

Located in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, the 180-acre Williamsburg KOA is minutes away from Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. For your convenience, discounted attraction tickets are sold in the General Store.

-- Julianne G. Crane
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Texas Renaissance Festival is fun RV short stop

For Winter Texans -- those RV Snowbirds migrating to the Gulf Coast -- the Texas Renaissance Festival, northwest of Houston, is a great RV Short Stop for those looking for lots of dress-up fun and games.

The Texas Renaissance Festival, weekends through Nov. 25, offers more than 20 stages of live entertainment of all kinds including clowns, jugglers, musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats, comedians and jousters.

Jousting at the Texas Renaissance Festival  (TexRenFest.com)
Nov. 10-11, "Heroes and Villains" is the festival's theme. "The call has gone forth- assemble the mightiest heroes and heroines and gather the darkest villains and vixens. The King and Queen welcome the worthy and the worst to a weekend celebration of great deeds and dastardly doings. Enjoy marvelous entertainment and food and drink fit for champions"

For the weekend of Nov. 17-18, take in the "Highland Fling" -- "The pipes are calling you to don your kilt and tartan, grab your bonnie lass or laddie, and join the King and Queen for a celebration of the joys of Scotland. Enjoy a Scotch egg, dance a reel to the pipe music of Tartanic or Drones-n-Drums, find a wee something special in our over 400 shoppes, or try your luck in our themed contests- the Bonnie Knees Costume Contest, or the Haggis Eating Contest."

Father Christmas (TexRenFest.com)
Nov. 23-25, "Celtic Christmas" --
"Father Christmas and his merry band of elves welcome children of all ages to our final, three day holiday celebration. Unwrap the magic of the Yuletide season as the village transforms into a winter wonderland of Christmas trees, holiday music, and shoppes decorated in the lights and symbols of the season.

"The young and young at heart share their wish list with Father Christmas and there is a gift to be found for everyone in the shoppes of New Market. The Holiday Costume and Pumpkin Pie Eating contests will be a treat and the food, drink, music, and entertainment of the Texas Renaissance Festival will fill everyone with Christmas cheer," according to Festival reps.

Tent and RV Camping

Spaces for tents and RVs at festival campground (TexRenFest.com)
The Fields of New Market Campground is a 200-acre camping facility located adjacent to the Festival site.

The campground has room for both tent and RV camping. There are water stations with potable water and a pump station for sewage waste, but no water or electrical hookups.
There are attended restrooms, showers and dressing areas located near the campground entrance. Also, a shuttle service is available for transportation to and from the festival at an additional charge.

"There are two types of camping according to organizers: Family Camping is for those who prefer a more relaxed evening with family and friends, with a family bonfire event each Saturday evening. Revels Camping is for the more adventurous and bold, where the party continues into the night. Many social groups gather around the legendary Saturday night bonfire for a celebration of epic proportions."

For details and costs click on: The Fields of New Market Campground . Call (800) 458-3435 for details.

44th Texas Renaissance Festival

21778 Farm to Market 1774

Todd Mission, Texas 77363
Phone: 800-458-3435
Open: Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday Only
Now – Nov. 25
Open Rain or Shine

Adult admission (age 13 and older):$32
Children Free on Sundays

-- Julianne G. Crane
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