As we travel, we enjoy botanical gardens of all shapes and sizes but at home, we are lucky enough to have Norfolk Botanical Garden on our back doorstep where we can enjoy beautiful flowers all spring and summer and a spectacular holiday light display in the winter. This family-friendly spot is a great place to host a wedding or just spend an afternoon.
If you are visiting the Hampton Roads areas, visiting the Hermitage is a great way to spend the afternoon. As locals, it is a hidden gem worth repeat visits. The Hermitage is peaceful, quiet, educational, beautiful, and a family-friendly place.
For three short, very precious weeks each spring, Burnside Farms explodes with color as 2.5 million tulip bulbs bloom across 15 acres. The result is spectacular and the farm opens to the public for a not-to-be missed "pick-your-own" event.
Berkley Plantation is a family friendly and a history buff's bonanza! It is not in the center of the Williamsburg tourist attractions, which is a plus for us and we thought it was worth the short drive to visit. The plantation is peaceful and beautifully situated high above the James River.
Nestled in the Roanoke Valley is it's namesake, the City of Roanoke, the largest city in Southwest Virginia. Incorporated as Roanoke in 1884, the area has history that goes back to 1852 when it was known under the name of "Big Lick."
"Let's go camping and not come back for a while." --Unknown
"Let's find some beautiful places and get lost together." --Unknown
Tucked deeply in Williamsburg, Virginia's farm land lies a place where the Earth is laughing; Sweethaven Lavender Farm.
Just under an hour from home, Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the closest parks and best known to us of all the parks. When we bought our RV in March, we took it straight to Chippokes for our very first camping trip and despite the Pandemic interrupting our fun, we have restarted our camping adventures at Chippokes again this month. With Chippokes being so close to home, it has been a great spot for us to test our camping ability in our new equipment before venturing too far. My husband has called these our "Shake down" trips.
"There's no place like home!" -Dorothy, Wizard of Oz