When in Williamsburg …

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Sep 20, 2010 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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Fall in Williamsburg is simply charming. The scene is spectacular with brilliant foliage and there’s a hint of colonial home cookin’ in the air. Passersby bid you well with a nod of their head and a sparkle in their eye. Somehow, Colonial Williamsburg feels like home.

The stocks at Colonial WilliamsburgSettle in for the weekend at the Governor’s Inn, Williamsburg Woodland Hotel & Suites, Williamsburg Lodge, Colonial Houses, or The Williamsburg Inn – all within the Colonial area and reflecting its style. If you have two nights to spend, check out the Autumn Stories package that includes lodging, breakfast, Tavern Ghost Walk tickets, and a $100 activities card. It’s available through November 24, 2010, beginning at $449 per couple.

18th Century dining is a must. Choose from Christiana Campbell’s Tavern (George Washington’s favorite), Chowning’s Tavern, King’s Arms Tavern, or Shields Tavern. Children will love the tricorn hat-inspired ham and cheese at King’s Arms, while you enjoy fresh, seasonal dishes (including seafood) at any of the taverns. Be sure to check reservation requirements before sauntering in.

One thing becomes evident as you begin to plan your Colonial Williamsburg weekend – there’s something for every member of the family. The ladies will love The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg with its five centuries’ healing methods, while the gentlemen may enjoy a round of golf at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. In fact, the Fall Military Invitational is November 13 and 14, and active duty, retired, or reserve military, or National Guard members are welcome to compete in this 36-hole format.

Jesse Williams of Grey's Anatomy

Teenagers wrote and recorded a special art tour called “Teen Takes: A New Angle on Art”. Each piece highlighted on the tour was chosen by the teens based on its “coolness” factor. What better way to encourage art appreciation than by having cool kids talk to your cool kid about cool art?!

How about art and artifacts for adults? It just so happens that Colonial Williamsburg touts two award-winning museums. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum houses British and American decorative arts from 1600 through 1830. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum (the oldest folk art-dedicated museum in the U.S.) is home to whirligigs, toys, embroideries, weather vanes, and more fun pieces.

The art of acting takes center stage in Colonial Williamsburg. The costumed interpreters deserve an Academy Award, in my opinion. To further build the “art of acting” notion, CW has launched a Guest Artist Series. The next one is Saturday, September 25, and features Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams as Lord Dunmore’s abandoned servant in “What Holds the Future?”. Reservations are required for one of the two show times – 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. – and there will be a Q&A session by Jesse and the crew.

Keep an eye out here for more information about Colonial Williamsburg holiday fun, and be sure to request a Virginia is for Lovers® Travel Guide to assist in the planning.


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