inspire. at your pace.

Welcome to The WilliamsBLOG, a place where experts and influencers inspire you to experience Williamsburg, just as they do. Here is where you’ll find buzzworthy ways to customize your next stay with insider tips on everything from selecting the perfect produce at a farmers market and scoring the best vintage finds on a boutique shopping spree to getting a taste of the emerging brewpub scene and an essential guide to top seasonal events. Get inspired to get away.

Samantha Brooke

I'm Samantha, the human behind @samanthabrookephoto and fur baby mama to Aspen (in heaven), Koa (Mr. Sensitive), and Lily (crazy eyes). I started focusing on pictures of families and pups outdoors when I could no longer successfully bribe my husband to model for photography practice; I quickly learned my first golden retriever (part human really), Aspen, would work for food. Now with my family and two goldens, I capture pet-friendly adventures both outdoors and around town as well as lifestyle and commercial work.

Follow Samantha, Koa and Lily via Samantha Brooke Photography and on Instagram @samanthabrookephoto

Koa and Lily Travel Back In Time

Follow along as two golden retrievers explore Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown’s dog-friendly landmarks. YORKTOWN Colonial Parkway Take the 23-mile scenic roadway between Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Stop at scenic viewpoints to watch the sunrise over the York River; walk the…

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Koa, Lily, and James' Weekend in Williamsburg

There is no place more ideal for a weekend getaway with a kid’s best friend than the Williamsburg area. Koa and Lily, two golden retrievers, explored history, nature, food, and shops with their 2.5-year-old kid best friend, James. Read on to learn about and see a few highlights from their adventure…

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A Dog's Day Out in Williamsburg

Dog-friendly restaurants with “drool-worthy” food, a trip back to Colonial times, and a walking ghost tour are just three of the unique experiences my dogs had in pet-friendly Williamsburg. With more travelers opting for car travel due to social distancing and recent health guidelines, it’s the…

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