Since Zoey played tourist, I thought I'd follow her lead. My husband and I spent this past unseasonably-warm weekend in Williamsburg. We've done Duke of Gloucester St numerous times, and since there were no special events, we ventured out in other directions.
We drove about 20-minutes outside Williamsburg to enjoy the wine tasting at Saude Creek Vineyards in New Kent County. The tasting fee includes a souvenir glass. We enjoyed the wines and bought several (watch out for the "Wine B****" -- yeah, that's on her shirt -- she's a laugh riot and quite the sales woman). The view at Saude Creek is a surprise. It looks like you're in the mountains. You'll be looking around for ski slopes, I promise. They have several music and wine events planned for the winter weekends. Should be a good time.
On Sunday we did both of the Jamestowns. First we went to the Settlement, which includes the reconstructed fort and ships. The last time I visited Jamestown, it was self-guided, but now to go outside to the fort and ships requires a guide. Good move! Our interpreter was Dennis. If you can figure out his schedule, go when he's there. Wow and more wow. He put Jamestown in perspective in such a meaningful way that I will never think about our early history in the same way again. Dennis is amazing.
Then we went to Historic Jamestown, where the REAL Jamestown was. When I last visited Jamestown, everyone thought the land where the fort was located had eroded into the river. But no. Only a small piece of the land has eroded away. So it was exciting to see the outline of the fort, where archeologists are currently digging, and the burial site of those first settlers all marked with black crosses. Here a park ranger led the tour. He was excellent too.
No more will I ever think that I can use a brochure to go on a self-guided tour. These 2 tour guides are worth twice or more the cost of admission.