Places to visit on one tank of gas: Aberdeen Farm in Smithfield, VA

Colby Fairchild, a Virginia Beach native, is the executive chef and farm manager at this sprawling 1,000-acre estate, which features private beach access, hunting, hiking and even Fairchild’s famous oyster roast.

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to on a tank of gas or less. Buckle up and hit the road.   After Colby Fairchild graduated from Johnson & Wales […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Williamsburg Tasting Trail

The local craft beverage scene in the Historic Triangle is expanding and because the thirsty visitors from Hampton Roads are lining up, businesses are also offering guided tours that provide transportation.

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to on a tank of gas or less. Buckle up and hit the road.    It’s the most common question craft beverage makers […]

W&M ice hockey captain enjoys ‘cultural education’ during European tour with U.S. national team

“I had never been on a trip like this before,” said senior Julian Kell, who added five new stamps to his passport in two weeks as a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) national team.

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Growing up in northern Virginia, Julian Kell got used to traveling for ice hockey tournaments. During many of these trips, there would always be a little time to also see the sights. A visit to New York City allowed his youth league team to explore the Statue Of Liberty. Then there was a trip to […]

Places to visit on one tank of gas: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger is on display through June 18 and general admission is free. “The VMFA has never really presented such an extensive exhibition of jewelry objects like this.”

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Williamsburg area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road.    Many people find inspiration in the beauty of […]

All Aboard: Riverboat cruises are ‘the next big thing’ for travelers from Hampton Roads

As opposed to typical ocean cruise ships, which usually have long buffet lines and jam-packed pool decks, riverboat cruises offer a more intimate experience. Which is something to be desired for the older crowd.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance is sponsoring a 7-night, 4-country riverboat cruise along the Danube that can be booked online within minutes. (Photo courtesy Pat Kirkman)

With exciting international itineraries, high-tech amenities provided onboard and extra time to explore, riverboat cruises are catching on among the travelers from Hampton Roads. This is not a new phenomenon — river cruises have been in business for decades — but more modern ships are now visiting more locations around the world that ocean-going vessels […]

When it comes to New Orleans, Mardi Gras and food, always listen to the locals

Po’ Boy sandwiches, freshly-shucked oysters and those famous beignets...Tom Mahnken offers his advice on where to eat when visiting the Crescent City just in time for Mardi Gras.

The famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy CafeDuMonde.com)

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our Vice President of Creative Services. It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans as more and more […]

W&M grad students hope Hampton Roads can get behind their socially-conscious coffee venture

Cesar Murillo and David Nouveau start Do Good Trading Company so 700 million people in the world can gain access to clean drinking water.

Do Good Trading Company founders Cesar Murillo, left, and David Nouveau are looking for local carriers of their product within the Hampton Roads area. (Photo courtesy Cesar Murillo)

While traveling the world, Cesar Murillo and David Nouveau saw some devastating problems that affect many innocent people from around the globe. Now they are on a local mission to find a solution. And it all starts with a cup of coffee. The College of William & Mary business graduate students started a socially-conscious coffee cooperative, […]

William & Mary students reflect on their alternative breaks in Nicaragua and Haiti

The Branch Out alternative break, which is part of the college’s community engagement initiative, sent more than 20 students abroad over the winter holiday break to work on social justice projects.

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Brandon Posner’s holiday trip to Nicaragua was not a luxurious excursion. The College of William & Mary junior did spend plenty of time in the sun, but it wasn’t poolside or while swimming at the beach. Instead, there were long hours of hauling heavy cinder blocks and he had to take showers with a bucket […]

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