As we wrap up the Thanksgiving festivities and rev up for the holiday season, I think it’s important to spend some time reflecting on friends and family. In an unfortunate turn of events, my Dad’s whole family had to gather together and bury my Grandpa. Maybe he had it all planned out that way, because traditionally we wouldn’t all be together as a family for Thanksgiving, especially since everyone has gotten older and most of the grandkids have started families of their own.
We have always been fortunate to be able to take family vacations. We’ve been to Alaska, Europe, Disney World, and San Francisco. However, one vacation destination that has always been the go to has been Williamsburg Virginia. I’m not sure why we ever started going there, I just know that now when we “need” to go on vacation, if no where else is decided, Williamsburg is really the answer.
In celebration of Thanksgiving, and being thankful for family, and because Williamsburg always feels particularly festive….I present to you:
Williamsburg Through the Decades
There are no photos of infant Mishappenings enjoying the colonial capital of 18th century Virginia. The camera or the film didn’t cooperate and all the pictures came out black. My very first vacation, and there’s no evidence I was even there!
These photos were from a trip we made in 1992. There are still plenty of overly friendly and carefree squirrels and gingerbread cookies to be had, and it’s good to know that sometimes things don’t change. Somethings, like traveling with our baby blankets, have changed. Also, luckily for me, my fashion choices have changed….some…..
1997 was the trip of hats and bonnets. When enjoying the capital city, it’s important to be fashionable and on trend.
2000: Someone was still trying to embrace colonial fashions, I had maybe outgrown that need by now.
We went in December of 2004 shortly after my birthday and were there for the start of the Christmas season. I had just been given this sweater for my birthday and as you can see I was quite please with it. This was also my phase where I was pretty convinced that my green hi-top Converse All-Stars went perfectly with any and all outfits!
Sadly, the gentlemen in the photo passed away a few years ago, but he had been a familiar presence on all our previous trips.
2009 was the last time we all travelled to the colonial city as a whole family. I believe it was in the spring. It was the first time that I had to fly separately and meet my family there because I was away at college. I also recall that I had to fly with several text books in my suitcase because lab reports don’t stop being due because you’re on vacation!
2016: Our first big family trip without Dad. We decided that something familiar might be nice, so we headed back to Williamsburg.
Other things that never change are my love of the apothecary shop, and the need for my parents to take slightly posed photos of me in the shop. I present to you the difference that 16 years can make! I think it’s important to note that that jacket still fits me….so I’ve been basically this same size my entire life!
Another change is they now have beer….and I’m old enough to have it!
Colonial Williamsburg now offers a selection of beers that you can purchase throughout the historic area. We also tried out a modern restaurant right on the edge of the Historic District that had one of the largest beer menus I’ve ever seen! If you’re ever in town I would recommend the DoG Street Pub. It’s loud but the building is a nice blend of colonial and modern, and the food was delicious and huge in portion. Easy to find right on the corner of Duke of Gloucester street between the Historic District and the campus of William and Mary.
If you aren’t into beer and American fare, then Sal’s by Victor needs to by on your to do list. Again, I’m not sure how we ever found it, but it was a favorite of Daddy Mishappenings and we ate there often. In fact, we ate there twice on our most recent trip….because why mess with a good thing!?
We don’t always get along, but when we do…we take snapchat pictures and embarrass my mother in public. The face swap photo is probably hands down the worst picture of both of us that has ever….and probably will ever exist!
These are just some pictures of my favorite places and spaces around the Historic District for your viewing pleasure.