WILLIAMSBURG, Va, August 6, 2012 - Offering diversions that are not grounded in history visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg. An intimate feeling park located on 383 acres of European themed environments,the park offers high flying roller coasters and thrill rides including Apollo’s Chariot, which won #7 best steel coaster in 2011 from the Golden Ticket Awards, as well as its high-tech 3-D movie dark ride, The Curse of DarKastle.
Pretzels and Busch Garden go hand-in-hand thanks to the parks yearly pretzel twist roller coaster contest that has competitors creating roller coasters out of, you got it, Hanover Snyder pretzel twists. Oktoberfest features Beste Brezeln und Bier (Best Pretzles and Beer) as one of their newer theme park food offerings – this one winning Best Theme Park food in 2011.
Opened this summer, and not too far for Beste Brezeln, is their newest coaster, Verbolten an all-new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster. Riders enter via a German tourist center for an autobahn touring experience when a surprise sends their care into the verboten Black Forest. A lightningfast, multi-sensory dash through the dark and foreboding woods ends with a terrifying 88-foot plunge toward the Rhine River that will leave everyone breathless
The park is conveniently located about 3 miles southeast of Williamsburg making it an easy diversion to add to your “history” trip.
One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Your on vacation so don’t deny your sweet tooth and stop at Mad About Chocolate, the newest venture of famed Williamsburg Chef Marcel Desaulniers (Trellis). Located a few block from Historic Williamsburg, the café features a daily HotPot and Chef Desaulniers incredible Smile & Savor Cheesecake and cakes, cookies, ice creams, truffles, brownies all made of chocolate.
Adding to the sweetness of the Mad About Chocolate sweets and savories is Connie Desaulniers who has lent her artistic flair and talent into a whimsical environment, filled with her artwork, creating a environment as sweet to the eye as Chef Marcel’s chocolate is to the tongue.
Mad About Chocolate
204 Armisted Avenue
An unexpected, but worth going back for again and again, is the dining experience at Oceans & Ale, a casual restaurant found off the main Williamsburg drag, but well worth seeking out amongst the sea of mediocre chain dining to be found.
We actually made it to Oceans & Ale two nights in a row, and not only for a large selection of draft beers, but also a menu that included large portions of fresh King Crab Legs, the best I have ever had, served with trimmings of fresh, hot butter, coleslaw and fresh bread as well as entrees featuring tremendous steaks, sandwiches and, of course, savory deserts.
But what might be the one thing that tips Ocean & Ale over the top is service. There are few places that you can go into for a casual dinner (well under $75 for three with beers for adults) and walk out feeling as though you have spent time in a fine dining establishment.
The staff is as friendly and wonderful, and competent, as any ever encountered. And as a primarily food writer, my expectations are very high.
They truly do exceed those expectations and Oceans & Ale is on the “must stop” list for every journey into the Historic Triangle area.
Oceans & Ale
5601-1 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
- Serving up good times in Groganâ€™s Pub at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, strolling balladeers and musicians create a cheerful dining experience while encouraging a rousing sing-a-long. Â©2010 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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