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The past comes vibrantly to life at Colonial Williamsburg

Humberto Moreno William Byrd III was a man of great stature in Williamsburg before the American Revolution. His vast holdings included mills, warehouses and ships, and he owned hundreds of slaves. However due to his lavish lifestyle and gambling addiction, he could not live within his income, lost his wealth, and died - it’s believed by suicide - in 1760.   Christiana Campbell operated one of Williamsburg’s most successful taverns, where she hosted the likes of George Washington and Thomas…

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Mount Vernon in 'Parsing Politics, History & Personality at the USA's Presidential Libraries'

Sightseers at a setting near Boston enjoy a leisurely stroll through a magnificent 18th-century garden.  A man in Texas plays president as he reads a speech from a teleprompter.  Children in California take a pretend horseback ride with Ronald Reagan. These disparate experiences have one thing in common.  They’re taking place at depositories of manuscripts, memorabilia and memories which keep alive the stories of U.S. presidents. Today' s election in the United States increased interest in…

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Assateague Island cited as one of '5 of the USA's Best Surfing Spots Outside Hawaii/California/Florida'

When it comes to surfing, Hawaii and California are of course the most famous states in the USA (and for places in the latter, like Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach, and Venice Beach, fly into Los Angeles International Airport and can an amazing deal at NÜ Car Rentals). But 21 other states also border oceans, with varyiing qualities of surfing in many. Here are five of the best, should your travels take you there (with at least three in driving distance of another NÜ…

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An edible excursion through the USA's 'Historic Triangle'

Renowned as one of the United State's most signature historic destinations, America's Historic Triangle(Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown Virginia) is packed with opportunities for gaining a more informed insight into how the American Revolution unfolded, shaping the world's great democratic experiment. The Historic Triangle is also becoming increasingly known as a mecca for craft food and beverages with historical tie ins as well as making history of their own. read post

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    "For just $599 plus tax, a family of four can experience a five-day, four-night Colonial Williamsburg vacation worth over $1,000. The Summer Saver is available for Sunday and Monday check-in for stays May 31-September 3, 2009 and includes:

    -Four nights' accommodations in a standard room at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, an official Colonial Williamsburg hotel located at the Visitor Center gateway to the Historic Area.
    -Daily breakfast in the hotel.
    -Length-of-visit admission passes providing unlimited come-and-go access to Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.
    -$200 "resort credit" which may be applied toward meals in any of the Colonial Williamsburg restaurants or taverns, golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, services at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, or other resort recreational fees.
    -20% discount on most purchases at any Colonial Williamsburg-owned store.
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