On your right is the Crim Dell, which connects Lake Matoaka to the Wildflower Refuge behind you. The Crim Dell is currently the most Instagrammed location on William & Mary’s campus and one of the most romantic spots on an American college campus. According to the legend of the Crim Dell, if you walk across the bridge by yourself, you are destined to be alone, never to fall in love for the rest of your life. If you walk across the bridge with a significant other and share a kiss in the middle of the bridge, you are destined to be together forever. However, if the relationship does not work out, you both must return to the top of this bridge and the unhappy party must throw their partner off the bridge into water to break the spell! All students walk across the Crim Dell Bridge with their entire graduating class as part of the Commencement walk, symbolizing their connection to each other and William & Mary.
Continue walking up the road.
The building on your left you see as you approach the brick terrace is a student coffee shop, Aroma’s Daily Grind. It’s a very popular location for students to study, hold group meetings, relax, and hang out. They serve homemade scones and muffins every day, as well as smoothies, frappés, and seasonal flavored coffees. The site next to the Aroma’s Daily Grind is the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center. Named after its donors, the new wellness center will be the home for William & Mary’s Office of Health Promotion, Counseling Center, Health Center, Campus Recreation’s wellness programming, and the Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence. Students will also have the opportunity to take one-credit wellness classes, such as biking, yoga, and meditation, at the Center as a way to de-stress during the school day. The McLeod Tyler Wellness Center also includes the new Student Health Center for students to visit when needed. At the top of the hill, you will arrive at the Sadler Center Terrace, another one of our favorite spots on campus. On a sunny day, students enjoy studying, eating a to-go box from the Sadler Center, or just hanging out on the Terrace. Everyone you know always seems to pass by the Terrace on their way to class, and it’s a great place to sit and chat with friends on a nice day. During the warm fall and spring months, the Sadler Center Terrace hosts Fridays at Five, a free concert series organized by Alma Mater Productions (AMP) held Friday afternoons at 5:00 p.m. AMP, the campus-wide programming body, provides entertainment at low to no cost to students and hosts events such as concerts, comedians, and movie screenings.