Five ways to savor the last of summer

Five ways to savor the last of summer

With the start of public school on Sept. 6 and the autumn equinox on Sept. 22, summer's end is near no matter how you look at it.

Regardless of how welcome cooler weather might be, make the most of summer's end by spending time outdoors in ways both familiar and unexpected.

Here are five suggestions from Virginia Gazette reporters.

Take a sunset cruise

Step aboard the "Alliance" for a two-hour sunset cruise along the York River, and there might even be a special sighting.

"Sometimes we see dolphins," said Laura Lohse, owner of Yorktown Sailing Charters.

The company offers a variety of tours, from a sightseeing...