A Girlfriends Getaway that will live in History
4 Days | Year-Round
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
A New, powerful tour that explores the role of Women in the 18th Century. Learn about the difference between Women’s Rights then and today. This tour will discuss the often-surprising realities of women’s labor in the 18th-century.
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Day 1 – Williamsburg, VA – Paint & Wine Party
Arrive today on Williamsburg, VA. Check into your local hotel for a three night stay.
This evening following dinner at a local restaurant, enjoy a Paint & Wine Party. What’s better than toasting to a good time with friends? A Paint & Wine Party is a fun way to create memories and masterpieces and enjoy a class of wine. Glasses, canvases, and paintbrushes are provided and a local artist guides you through the party, stroke-by-stroke. All you need to bring is the wine. (D)
Day 2 – Colonial Williamsburg – Women at Work Tour – Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg – Tavern Dinner – Evening Entertainment
Enjoy a full day at Colonial Williamsburg. Your Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket provides one-day access to the Historic Area exhibition sites, museums, trade shops and Revolutionary City programming during the afternoon (as available).
Included today is a Women at Work Tour. We’ve all heard that a woman’s place was in the home during the 18th century, but it was far from the only place. Enjoy a walking tour discussing the often-surprising realities of women’s labor, skills, and rights in 18th-century Williamsburg and the Colonial Atlantic world. Explore roughly half a mile of sites, stories, and continuing research into hidden history.
You also visit the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The distinctive collections of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are located under one roof. In these expansive galleries, you’ll find wonderful examples of American and British antiques and decorative art from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries as well as bold and imaginative pieces of colonial and contemporary folk art.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at King’s Arms Tavern. After Jane Vobe opened the King’s Arms Tavern in 1772, it became one of the town’s most genteel establishments. She once described it as a place “where the best people resorted.” Today, the tavern remains true to her words. From the finest furnishings to the most gracious service, the King’s Arms Tavern offers musical entertainment in an elegant environment. Enter the rustic reproduction tavern and be greeted by a server dressed in the fashion of the 18th century. Hear “the news of the day” from a citizen of Williamsburg. Choose from a chophouse menu, featuring prime rib, pork chops, and roasted lamb.
Following dinner, enjoy an evening of entertainment at Colonial Williamsburg. The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Evening entertainment includes signature favorites and new enchanting experiences. Take a spooky ghost tour or enjoy other seasonal storytelling and staged experiences (subject to availability). (B,D)
Day 3 – Jamestown Settlement – American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – Tall Ship Sunset Cruise – Riverwalk Landing Dinner
This morning tour the Jamestown Settlement. Thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, after a four-and-a-half-month voyage to Virginia, a group of 104 English men and boys established a settlement on the banks of the James River. Located adjacent to the original site, this living-history museum offers full-scale re-creation of a Powhatan Indian village, the three original ships (1607) and a working colonial fort. Plus – you also learn the REAL story of Pocahontas.
Guided tour at Jamestown Settlement is led by a trained guide, who highlights each museum’s exhibition galleries and outdoor living -history area. These hands-on, inquiry-oriented tours encourage participants to handle reproduction objects, interact with costumed historical interpreters, and explore museum galleries and re-created outdoor settings.
Lunch is included today at the Jamestown Settlement Café.
You also visit the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, it one of America’s foremost sites re-telling the story of the nation’s founding. Through comprehensive, immersive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history, it offers a truly national perspective, conveying a sense of the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage.
While here, see the film, “The Siege of Yorktown” and learn of Sarah Osborn Benjamin, who followed her soldier-husband’s Continental Army unit and spoke to George Washington at the Siege of Yorktown. This moment is taken from her 1837 pension deposition, and the moment is reimagined in the 4D Siege Theater film.
At the time she gave her deposition for a pension in 1837, Sarah had remarried but was widowed from her third husband, John Benjamin. Sarah died perhaps not long after she sat for her photograph. The Lewisburg Chronicle recorded her death in an article published on May 14, 1858, noting her tenacity during the uncertain and often violent Revolutionary era: “her temperament was such that she could not be an idle spectator of events.” Sarah apparently relished opportunities to share her own stories of her Revolutionary experiences, and would “relate the events of her early days with all the vivacity of youth.” True to her form, the article also reveals that she once stood in her husband’s place as a sentinel at Kingsbridge, New York. Sarah was dressed in her husband’s heavy overcoat and wielding his gun when Washington came by. “Who placed you here?” he asked. “Them who had a right to, Sir,” she replied.
This evening you sail on a scenic sunset cruise aboard the Tall Ship Alliance on the York River. Come aboard and enjoy the evening views of the River and discover the tranquility of cruising onboard a stunning vessel, powered only by the wind in our sails. Sightseeing may include dolphins or osprey, 18th century homes, naval warships, the Yorktown Battlefield and the scenic riverwalk.
After the cruise, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant on Riverwalk Landing. Following dinner, enjoy some free time to browse locally owned stores and specialty shops where you’ll find unique gifts including local art, jewelry, and home decor. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Depart for Home
After breakfast, depart for home. (B)