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A Colonial Williamsburg Love Affair: Tales, Takes, and Tips From a Lifetime of Visits

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Have you ever wondered why some travel destinations set your soul on fire and drive you to return again and again while other locations leave you cold? A Colonial Williamsburg Love Affair: Tales, Takes and Tips From a Lifetime of Visits, explores this very theme. Through heartfelt and intimate reflections about the people, the activities, and the historic town itself, the ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published December 17th 2017 by Intropak Publications
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Liz
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had found this book before visiting Williamsburg. As it was, The Fat Canary, where we ate on our last night, had a copy at the hostess stand. I think the special experiences the author shared enhanced our experience.

So why only three stars? The second part, where the author shares tips on visiting, is hit or miss. When she shares her own impressions of the taverns or where to find quiet places for reflection, it's great. But a lot of it is along the lines of: "To find
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Jocelyn
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book a lot. Colonial Williamsburg is one of the more unique places on the East coast and, also being a professed history-nerd like the author, I thought it would talk more about the history of the site and the modern issues that they are dealing with like dropping attendance, the Super Bowl ad controversy, and more. While the author does a good job describing the site and the many programs that it offers, it felt a lot more like a 200 page advertisement for CW instead. I ...more
Helen
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As preparation for an upcoming trip to Colonial Williamsburg, I read this book and was truly delighted by it. Rather than a true guidebook, Debra Bailey shares her experiences and adventures of a lifetime of visits to Colonial Williamsburg beginning in her childhood and including her own family as an adult. Through Ms. Baily's experiences, the reader gleans fascinating tidbits of helpful suggestions. She also includes some of the background history of the development of Colonial Williamsburg and ...more
Anne Powell
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I just felt like was written for me. Colonial Williamsburg is my happy place, the place I go to relax, exercise my inner history geek, and just generally get away from the world. I live close enough that I can visit a few times a year to recharge. This book was like a walk down memory lane for me. A book that I can read to take me to CW when I can't be there myself. I admit to not paying much attention to the tips at the back, but I loved the stories and memories ...more
Ann
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first glance you might be expecting a historic love story, and in a way it is. Debra Bailey fell in love with history and Colonial Williamsburg as a child and never stopped. From her first visit in 1965 when she and her sister explored on their own for a day, (life was so much more simple and safer then) to today she always finds something new to explore. This book is a guide for anyone interested in exploring the historic capitol or simply a history buff. Lots of ideas for keeping young ...more
Sharon
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Colonial Williamsburg Love Affair by Debra Bailey is a most delightful book! I lived in Williamsburg for two years in the 1970s, and Deb’s book brought back so many happy memories. I also now have so very many new things to go back for and see! Debra takes us on a love-filled journey through time with history and science lessons and the antics of young children! Her love of CW shines through every page. I have never read a book quite like this one, so filled with happiness and respect for the ...more
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Debra Bailey is a freelance writer, nature artist, and science educator whose previous projects range from magazine articles and CliffsNotes, to dictionary and medical editing. In addition, Debra has over thirty years of experience in clinical and research laboratories, pharmaceutical AIDS research, and medical ethics. An unrepentant history geek, her favorite time periods are the American ...more