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About Karen Straight

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Mad About Chocolate!

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Posted by on September 11, 2014

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After a few years of semi-retirement, Chef Marcel along with wife and co-owner Connie, decided to open Mad about Chocolate–we are so glad they did. Chef Marcel is responsible for The Trellis restaurant’s famed “Death by Chocolate” dessert, which he created when he owned the restaurant in downtown Williamsburg, Virginia. Today he oversees and creates some of the most delectable read more...

Silt

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Posted by on August 7, 2014

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A fresh addition to the list of dining options in Williamsburg Virginia and the brain child of Executive Chef Nelson Miller, called simply, “SILT” …  a Farm To Fork Restaurant in Williamsburg. SILT is a true farm to fork concept restaurant with 90 percent of the protein and produce coming from within 150 miles of Williamsburg. Every entree is gluten read more...

Williamsburg Summer Breeze Concert Series

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Posted by on July 8, 2014

Jul 9, 2014 - Aug 27, 2014
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Each year for the past 22 years, the Merchant Square area of downtown Williamsburg, Virginia fills up with lawn chairs and coolers, brought by hundreds of locals and tourists alike, to enjoy an evening of music and fellowship. This happens on Wednesday evenings, beginning July 9th all the way though August.  July’s concerts feature wonderful artists such as RareMixx, Kings read more...

Summer Fest New Town!

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Posted by on May 30, 2014

Jun 14, 2014 - Jun 14, 2014
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Living in Williamsburg Virginia is a real treat. There is always something going on in town and with summer just about here we should start planning!  This year the “Summer Fest New Town 2014″ is no exception. There will be live music provided by “The Hark” and brews provided by a dozen different breweries to sample.  Food will be on read more...

Williamsburg Farmers Market

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Posted by on May 7, 2014

Mar 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
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Each Saturday morning from 8AM to noon, the Merchant Square area of Williamsburg’s downtown, transforms into a locals’ pantry paradise. Growers, producers and artisans of Virginia join up to offer visitors and residents locally grown or produced: foods, soaps, flowers and herbs. Each week they sell seasonal, direct farm to table foods and products using Virginia grown and produced materials. read more...

Jamestown Discovery Boat Tours

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Posted by on April 1, 2014

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As most of you know, the landing at Jamestown Virginia in 1607 was made by the ships Susan Constant, God Speed and the Discovery.  These ships took months to cross the Atlantic Ocean to stop at Jamestown and become what to date is the first truly successful  English settlement in America. Jamestown has now welcomed the addition of a new read more...

Hogarth’s Bar and Bistro

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Posted by on February 27, 2014

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You are going to love this great new restaurant in Newtown. Hogarth’s Bar and Bistro opened up in the later part of 2013 and was the dream child of Cathie Upton and partner Chris Hogarth, if you have not been yet, you’re missing out on a very special experience. There is nothing too fancy about the place, just good food read more...

Second Street an American Bistro

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Posted by on January 28, 2014

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If you are a native to Williamsburg then you know the names, the Chohany brothers, John and Mickey have been in the public eye for many years with at least 4 restaurants under their belts and this the “Second Street Bistro” is probably this girls favorite of them all. Second Street offers wonderful selections on their menu that are fresh, read more...

Williamsburg Aleworks

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Posted by on December 31, 2013

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Centered in the Heart of Williamsburg Virginia, the Williamsburg AleWorks Brewery, which was Established in 2006, has brought forth a vast range of craft brews which has helped to forged a reputation of being a brewer of fine beers. The brewery uses a direct fire process, the same process that larger breweries use, in the crafting.  Enjoy  a tour of read more...

Christmas Town

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Posted by on November 27, 2013

Nov 23, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013
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It has been happening for about 4 years now that just days before Thanksgiving, when Busch Gardens Williamsburg is typically closed for the season, it is transformed into a “Christmas Wonderland” with millions of lights, hundreds of trees & snow falling in the charming European themed towns. You can choose from peppermint hot chocolate, hot apple cider or even an read more...

The Williamsburg Winery

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Posted by on October 22, 2013

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The Williamsburg Winery is a hidden gem here in the historic triangle of Virginia.  It sits on 300 acres known as Wessex hundred.  Hundred was used in the colonial times to describe a piece of land mass that was capable of supporting a hundred families regardless of the amount of land it was. The Winery has several tours and tastings read more...

Go Ape At Freedom Park

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Posted by on September 25, 2013

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Freedom Park in Williamsburg Virginia is a nature lovers dream, especially if your into outdoor adventures like zip lines and mountain biking or simply taking a hike in the woods. The park’s more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails are considered some of the best in the area and the two miles of hiking trails will give you ample opportunity read more...

The Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast

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Posted by on September 12, 2013

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Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast is a romantic and relaxing retreat amidst the history, fun and adventure that is waiting for you here in Williamsburg Virginia. On the historic Jamestown Road corridor, Colonial Gardens sits back just enough to feel like your staying in a park with the surrounding acres worth of gardens.  The century’s old oak trees provide wonderful and welcome read more...

Williamsburg Charter Sails

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Posted by on September 5, 2013

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Into the sunrise sails the newest attraction for Williamsburg, Virginia. Under the motto “Let’s Go Sail,” a seasoned US Coast Guard captain runs a modern 32-foot sloop every day at 10:30 and 2:00 for families and groups of up to six people. This Adventure Cruise is for those who want to party or contemplate the beauty of the York River read more...

Holy Mackerel

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Posted by on September 3, 2013

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Have I found the best place for seafood in town or what? Anyone who knows me knows I like great food at a great price and I think I have found the perfect Williamsburg Virginia seafood restaurant.  The folks at Holy Mackerel have elected to serve only Seaford Oysters as their choice oyster and with good reason.  The Seaford Oyster read more...

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Posted by on August 8, 2013

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As if there were not enough to do in Williamsburg Virginia with the many historic attractions folks typically come for, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers  a nearly 400 acre park which  has been amusing folks for 37 years now with a European theme. Filled with daring roller coasters along side animal rehabilitation attractions and restaurants this park has been voted the read more...

Karen Straight

Posted by on August 2, 2013

Where do you Live? Williamsburg Virginia Since: 2004 Why did you choose the city / state you now live in? We chose Williamsburg Virginia because of the amount and diversity of things there are to do here. That along with the temperate climate allows for outdoor activities both day and night. What do you love most about where you live? read more...