Adventure Time: Newport News & Williamsburg, VA Edition (Greyhounds, Colonial Williamsburg, and Romantic Escape Package)

Al and I had a great weekend! We got to meet and greet some greyhounds, and then spent some time at The Williamsburg Winery!

We went to a meet-and-greet with Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. This was their first meet-and-greet at the Care-A-Lot in Newport News. There were nine greyhounds there, with their owners, along with the Director of the group. Everyone was so nice and friendly! The dogs were incredibly sweet. We went home with an application, and are excited to start this process!


After the greyhound meet-and-greet, we went to Colonial Williamsburg for lunch. The Trellis Bar & Grill is a really nice restaurant, right in the heart of Merchants Square.

We enjoyed a hearty lunch – Al had “The Burger” and I got their tortellini.

I love the unique touches, from their birdcage lanterns, to their cute salt and pepper grinders.. Their water comes in epic bottles!

We weren’t quite full after our entrees, but we decided to spring for dessert and their signature mock-tails. For dessert, I chose their Flourless Chocolate Torte, and Al had their Burnt Sugar ice cream. Al had the “Moscow Pony” mock-tail, and I had their “No-Jito” mock-tail. They were awesome!


After lunch, we ventured 12 minutes away to The Williamsburg Winery. Al won a very generous gift card at his company Christmas party in December, which allowed us this experience!

We chose the Romantic Winter Escape Hotel Package:

  • One Night in a Tradition room, with king-sized bed and wood-burning fireplace*

  • A Tour and Wine Tasting for two at the Williamsburg Winery, including a tour of the barrel cellar and a tasting of seven wines

  • Bottle of Williamsburg Winery wine

  • Artisanal chocolates

  • $100 Dinner Voucher for Café Provençal

  • European-style Continental Breakfast for two including croissants, pastries, fresh fruit and more

We got to the winery around 4:00. We checked in around 4:15, which gave us just enough time to unload the car before the 4:30 tour and tasting.

These are the giant oak barrels where the wine is stored!

Barrels of wine in the cellar.

This is the “reserve cellar,” where a more extensive tour and tasting is held.

The shelves hold different vintages of wine, dating back to the late 1980s.

These are the three concrete eggs that hold the white wines.

Once the barrels are past their prime (Their life span is about 10 years), they are sold to private collectors, or used as trash cans in places like Colonial Williamsburg.

The tour and tasting were fabulous. Our guide, Stephanie, was incredibly knowledgeable and awesome! We tasted several different wines. It was really nice and relaxing!

The view from our hotel window. That’s the winery in the distance.

Our room at Wedmore Place was the “Brittany.” I felt like we were in Europe! The bed was incredibly comfortable. I wanted to take the mattress home!

I got to wear my new LuLaRoe Maxi!

Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes.

Filet Mignon.

Poached Apple Tart.

Pumpkin Cheesecake.

We had an amazing dinner at Cafe Provençal, which was located in the lower level of the hotel. Everything was divine! Al got the Caramelized Onion Soup (no photo), and the Filet Mignon. I had their delicious Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes, along with a glass of their A Midsummer Night’s White.

For dessert, Al got the Pumpkin Cheesecake, and I had the Poached Apple Tart.

There were exquisite pieces of furniture, like this, throughout!

The courtyard.

Our complimentary bottle of merlot, wine glasses, and artisanal chocolates!

Part of the package was a bottle of wine of our choice, wine glasses, and artisanal chocolates! We took it home. With our complimentary tour glasses, we have four new wine glasses at home!

On Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the cafe. It was a lavish feast, with fresh fruit, strong coffee, assorted croissants, and quiche! We took our time, and checked out about an hour later. We went back to reality quickly – Getting gas, grocery shopping, getting ready for the new work week.

It was a much-needed mini-getaway. A piece of Europe is only 45 minutes away!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

17 thoughts on “Adventure Time: Newport News & Williamsburg, VA Edition (Greyhounds, Colonial Williamsburg, and Romantic Escape Package)

  1. OMG! So fancy – I love it!

    I would’ve stolen that gorgeous box that was at the foot of your bed, though. Then immediately get caught because I’m a terrible liar – &, therefore, thief. LOL

    • Haha! Everything was so European and fabulous. I want to go back and swim in the saltwater pool, haha!

      • Saltwater pools are great! I mean, they usually have some chlorine in them still, but it’s still much better for the skin & hair.

        I got so distracted by that fabulous box, I forgot to mention: you look fantastic in your new outfit, the food presentation is awe-inspiring, & is that bacon on Al’s pumpkin cheesecake?!? LOL

      • Exactly. Plus, I’ve never swam in one.

        Thank you! I love LuLaRoe. I’m usually not one to wear skirts or dresses, but I love everything I’ve bought. The food presentation was off the charts! I’m not sure if it was bacon. Whatever it was, he scraped his plate clean!

      • I hadn’t swam in one before my gym switched its pools over. I haven’t used them a whole lot recently, but I found that I didn’t stink like chlorine anymore after I swam in them. I take that as a huge plus!

        The outfits look great on you! I’m glad you like their stuff. 🙂

        I would’ve licked his plate clean too. 😀

      • Thank you! Yeah, chlorine is rough! My eyes burn really badly. Lucky that you gym has one!

        Thank you! I feel super confident whole wearing them.

        Hehe – He thought about it, but then thought better of it. It was too fancy of a place to get away with something like that.

      • That’s one downside I was going to mention, but I felt I couldn’t quite fit it into my previous comment. Since you brought it up, salt pools do usually contain a small amount of chemicals/chlorine (I guess to keep algae from growing? I have no idea). Also, salt in the eyes? Still burns. I had a real problem with my eyes hurting when I used the salt-water pools.

        Then again, I was in exercise classes, which might have caused my eyes to be more irritated (lots of splashing while doing kicks, paddle swishes, dance moves, etc., in the pool lol). I think it’s best that you try one when you get the chance & see for yourself which is better! Personally, I bought some goggles. LOL

        You should feel super confident wearing them! You look both stylish, with your own sorta flair, yet very professional.

        Yeah, I probably would have licked my plate. This is why I can’t have nice things. 😀

      • Makes sense. Salt is part chloride, anyway (High school chemistry coming back to me!) Goggles for the win!

        Thank you! I appreciate the compliments – Professional is something I always strive for.

      • You’re welcome! You deserve them!

  2. Oh my gosh, that room & courtyard is gorgeous. I can definitely see how it would make you feel like being in Europe! I’m glad you got to have that experience. The food looks delicious too. Please post more of your adventures! I love reading about them, I love reading all of your posts, but this way I can live vicariously through you! Ha ha! Seriously though, I’m so glad you guys got to get away for that weekend!

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