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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Historic Williamsburg, Va.

(A shopkeeper in the historically reconstructed town of Williamsburg, Va.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

(A shopkeeper in the historically reconstructed town of Williamsburg, Va. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (CBS) – For traditional 17th-century fare this Thanksgiving, how about a getaway to this old Virginia colony?

The drive south to Virginia can be a pleasure in itself.  Skip the I-95 route — instead, head down the eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia, past Chincoteague and Cape Charles, then cross the Chesapeake Bay bridge-tunnel as you head past Norfolk toward Williamsburg.

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(A reenactor with oxcart in Williamsburg, Va. Credit: Jay Lloyd)

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The Colonial taverns of Williamsburg will be serving up Thanksgiving dinners in high spirits.   There, among the trappings of costumed servers, Virginia ham, Chesapeake oysters, ribs of beef, and tankards of ale will appear before your eyes, often to the music of 17th-century instruments.

And, for a closer look at how Colonial-era food was gathered and prepared, shuttle over to Jamestown or Yorktown for a three-day food and feast festival.

For a more modern interpretation of the traditional meal, Williamsburg’s Trellis restaurant will be putting out a spread at lunch and dinner.

By the way, there is something beyond turkey.   This is the place where the decadent dessert “Death by Chocolate” was created.

Reported by Jay Lloyd, KYW Newsradio 1060

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