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Discover Williamsburg Birding and Wildlife

With the approach of a new season, what better time to get outside and explore the bird community?

While bird watching can be done anywhere, what better place than in the heart of Virginia?

America’s Historic Triangle is known as being one of the most scenic and environmentally rich communities in the nation.

Birding and bird watching is the observing of wild birds in their natural habitats. This fast growing hobby is gaining popularity among people of all ages. In North America alone there are over 800 species of birds.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance details the best bird watching locations in its online guide, “Williamsburg Ecotourism,” and we’re sharing it here with you. Williamsburg and these sites they recommend are often just a 30 to 45 minute drive from Warner Hall.

Chickahominy Riverfront Park: Abundant in marsh birds during low tide this habitat runs along the Chickahominy River and Gordon’s Creek. Ospreys and bald eagles may be seen along the shores while egrets and great blue herons may be found in the swamps nearby.

College Landing Park: Situated on the banks of College Creek, this park offers visitors a lookout tower and marsh walkway for easy viewing of a variety of birds.

Colonial Parkway: This scenic byway connects Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown and offers an abundance of pull-offs for both birding and to take in the sights of history along the way.

Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail: Did you know over 200 species of birds have been sighted here? This spot is well known for osprey, warblers, woodpeckers, swallows and much more!

Historic Jamestowne: This low-lying island offers salt marsh, piney woods, riverside and pond habitats for the birding fan to observe.

Little Creek Reservoir Park: This 996-acre reservoir is great for year round birdwatching. The one mile hiking trail is a great place to spot birds in their habitats.

New Quarter Park & Queens Creek Blueway: This 545-acre park is recognized as one of coastal Virginia’s best sites for bird watching. This park offers forests, ridges and wetlands and provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Powhatan Creek Park & Blueway: Listed as one of the most biodiverse creeks on the Peninsula, this blueway offers the option of exploring in a small non-motorized boat, canoe or kayak. Visitors can see tidal marshes and a variety of wildlife can be seen along the way.

Waller Mill Park: Offering nature trails and picnicking, bird species such as thrushes, vireos, warblers, flycatchers and tanagers can be seen here.

York River State Park: Known for its rare and delicate environment, this park gives visitors the experience of a coastal estuary. Birdwatchers can expect to find a large variety of bird species at this location due to the rich marine and plant life.

Yorktown Battlefield: This historic battlefield offers an abundance of both open fields and woodlands. In addition to various bird species, you can also find whitetail deer, groundhogs and squirrels.

Williamsburg City Walks – Bassett Hall Nature Trail: This three mile trail winds through the forest and offers enjoyable views for woodlands birds, waterfowl and other wildlife.

Looking for other outdoor activities to enjoy while visiting our Virginia plantation? Read some of our previous blog posts to plan your trip!

Exploring Yorktown, Warner Hall’s Historic Neighbor

Exploring Virginia’s Middle Peninsula By Water

Williamsburg Biking Trails

Warner Hall, Gloucester and the Civil War

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      Great Gloucester! – Now through Dec. 15, 2018

      Spend three nights in splendid Warner Hall style now through Dec. 15, 2018 and we’ll give you a $75 gift certificate to your choice of our favorite participating Gloucester restaurants, markets & shops. To name just a few: Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine, Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, Goodman’s Antiques,  Juan’s Mexican Café and Cantina, Kelsick Specialty Market, Lulu Birds Kitchen, Nuttall’s Store, Olivia’s on Main, Patriot’s Grill, Scoot’s BBQ, The Silver Box, Smith’s Florist, Sweet Tooth Café and Bakery, Tony & Milena’s, Up South!,  Ware Neck Produce, Yolanda’s, York River Oyster Co.

      You must enter GREAT GLOUCESTER in the guest notes when you make your reservation online!

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    • Dog Days of Summer 2018 Lodging Special

      For each online reservation made between Aug. 17 and Aug. 31, 2018 with a two day stay period through October 31, 2018,  the Inn at Warner Hall will donate 15% of lodging proceeds to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. Additionally, guests that bring a 5lb. bag of pet food to check in / out will be entered in a drawing for a free overnight stay on Valentine’s Day.

      You must enter LOVE THAT TAIL in the guest notes when you make your reservation online!

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    • Gloucester Wine Festival – Sept. 22, 2018

      Great wines are waiting to be discovered at the 9th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival – Sat. Sept. 22, 218.  Reserve your stay at Warner Hall for the weekend and receive two free tickets to the Wine Festival!

      Join fellow wine enthusiasts for a tasting of top Virginia wines & fine foods. Learn more about the art of wine making and tasting. Shop with local artisans and vendors and enjoy exciting live music while strolling the grounds of the internationally acclaimed Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

      You must enter SEPTEMBER IS FOR WINEing in the guest notes when you make your reservation online!

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    • BrewJam Festival – Oct. 20, 2018

      Brew up some excitement this autumn over the weekend of Oct. 20, 2018. Spend two nights at the Inn at Warner Hall and we’ll give you two free tickets to Gloucester Main Street’s BrewJam. Sip some tasty “Brews” and spread your best dance “Jam” moves with friends who enjoy great music, craft beers and delicious food.

      You must enter BREW IT UP BABY! in the guest notes when you make your reservation online!

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    • OHHHHH For the Love of Oysters – Nov. 3, 2018

      Spend the weekend at Warner Hall and we’ll bring a taste of the Urbanna Oyster Festival to you here at the Inn! Experience the warmth & ambiance of one of our signature Boathouse Bonfires while feasting on tasty hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads and of course, OYSTERS!

      Saturday, Nov. 3, 5 – 8pm.

      $20 pp incudes Wine, Beer and live Bluegrass music!

      You must enter LOVE OYSTERS! in the guest notes when you make your reservation online!

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