Local travel agents are ‘back in the picture’ and seeing more business

Instead of falling down that travel wormhole on the worldwide web, residents in Hampton Roads are starting to look for a local solution when it comes to planning and executing their travel dreams.

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Name your own price for that hotel stay. Be sure to compare all those rental car quotes. Then scour the internet for hours looking for reviews, advice and the best travel package deal imaginable. Does this sound familiar? For the last two decades, this is how many American consumers planned their trips to Europe, the […]


Williamsburg’s little-known Civil War battlefield has connections to local history

Increased visitation and volunteerism has raised awareness of Williamsburg’s brush with the Civil War.

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For years, Williamsburg’s Civil War history has lived in the shadow of better-known attractions situated nearby. But local historians and preservationists have made strides in recent years to right that imbalance by showcasing opportunities to enjoy the preserved parts of this hidden history and by adding to the protected portions of the sprawling battlefield. Even […]


Train adventure fuels 12-song album by local musicians: Part II

During a four-day train trip across the country, a group of former Christopher Newport University musicians and their friends -- dubbed the American Train Collective -- write, perform and record an entire album from scratch.

Caroline Scruggs, left, Caroline Redick and Samuel Corey work on a song from inside the observation train car. (Photos courtesy Jeanette Corey)

The American Train Collective from Elizabeth Corey on Vimeo. Website for the American Train Collective. Editor’s note: This is the final of a two-part series. Click here to read the first part.  Drawing names out of a hat at random was a good way to break down barriers that intrinsically exist when new people meet […]


Train adventure fuels 12-song album by local musicians: Part I

During a four-day train trip across the country, a group of former Christopher Newport University musicians and their friends -- dubbed the American Train Collective -- write, perform and record an entire album.

Caroline Scruggs, left, Caroline Redick and Samuel Corey work on a song from inside the observation train car. (Photos courtesy Jeanette Corey)

The American Train Collective from Elizabeth Corey on Vimeo. Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Inside a packed New York City train station, a young, ragtag bunch of friendly musicians sported sandals on their feet with colorful bandannas festively wrapped in their hair. They hesitantly walked through the terminal carrying duffel […]


Escape to Oregon (in an RV): Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Follow Williamsburg resident Kathy Hornsby as she documents the good, the bad, and the boring from her solo journey across Oregon while maneuvering a 25-foot recreational vehicle.

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The idea was pretty simple: Roam around by myself in Oregon for 12 days in an recreational vehicle — aka an RV. But in reality, I don’t like driving an RV. My focus was on landscape photography. Desert. Mountains. Dramatic coastline … but I don’t like landscape photography.   At the very least, I wanted […]


Nearly 500 soldiers head home for holidays via Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport

The annual event -- dubbed ‘Exodus’ -- by the USO started at 3 a.m. on Saturday as U.S. soldiers from Fort Eustis started to arrive at the airport by bus before flying home for the holiday break.

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After a long and arduous boot camp, United States Army soldiers from Fort Eustis in Newport News earned a break before they headed home for the holidays. And it came in the form of leather couches, plenty of food and comfort dogs at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The United Service Organizations at the airport served 483 […]


The King’s Singers endure ‘travel chaos’ ahead of Williamsburg concert

The Grammy Award-winning a cappella group from England have crisscrossed America during their holiday tour but saved their final shows for Norfolk and Williamsburg this weekend.

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The Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble The King’s Singers have an international reputation and a strong worldwide following so they are no strangers to travel. The renowned group from England has been performing across the pond this month while crisscrossing the United States. But the holiday season has included a few travel setbacks for the […]


Giving back: William & Mary students will travel far and near for holiday service trips

The Branch Out alternative break, which is part of the college’s community engagement initiative, will send 35 students to Nicaragua, Haiti and North Carolina next month.

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While many college students will take a much-needed break after their fall semester exams and relax with their family over the holiday break, Giorgina Agostini and a handful of other students from the College of William & Mary will use their limited time off to give a whole lot back. Agostini is among 35 students […]