While living in Virginia Beach, I was able visit Colonial Williamsburg several times, including this year at Christmas time, and most recently this May. Its possible to tour many of the historic buildings, but I never have, I just enjoy walking around. On this particular trip, I stayed until after dinner when all the buildings had closed, and discovered that I was free to wander in and around many of the yards.
The gardens are beautiful, and I especially love the kitchen gardens, which incorporate flowers and vegetables together. I like the formal design of many of these gardens, often juxtaposed with unruly plants. The colonial farming methods, although not organic, are very interesting too.