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October 17, 2008

CW named to Top Ten list of places to celebrate the holidays by TravelSmart Newsletter

Colonial Williamsburg has been named one of the Ten Places to Celebrate the Holidays by TravelSmart Newsletter in its October 2008 edition. Correspondent Eleanor Berman said Colonial Williamsburg was second in the nation “where someone else will lug the groceries home, peel the sweet potatoes and wash the dishes.”

“Enjoy holiday concerts, lectures, pageants, children’s activities and 18th-century dances by candlelight. Each evening, 1,200+ electric candles set every window aglow. Historically accurate Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are served in all the taverns, plus the elegant Williamsburg Inn.”

The description also touts travel packages, directions and other points of interest.

Other destinations on the list were: Bethlehem, Pa. (first); Old Sturbridge Village, Mass. (sixth); Philadelphia (seventh); Plymouth, Mass. (eighth); and London (tenth).

Every year, Nancy Dunnan, publisher of Travel Smart Newsletter, selects the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving. As O. Henry said, "Thanksgiving is the one day that is purely American."

For the second year in a row, Colonial Williamsburg was at the top of the selective TravelSmart list in the September 2008 newsletter. "No where else can you step back in time with such enjoyable historic accuracy as at Colonial Williamsburg," said Dunnan. "In addition to the delightful learning activities and authentic food, Colonial Williamsburg’s hospitality offers accommodations for every budget. Visiting Williamsburg is something everyone should do at least once and Thanksgiving is the ideal time.", in its 32nd year, is one of the nation's oldest consumer travel newsletters. It does not accept advertising; therefore its readers trust and follow the newsletter's advice. Their confidence in the editorial matter is reflected in the unusually high renewal rate – more than 80 percent. For a free copy of the newsletter contact, call 800-327-3633 or visit its Web site at

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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