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Where to Eat, Play, and Stay in Colonial Williamsburg


Consider this a revolutionary guide. 

Visiting Colonial Williamsburg might be the closest thing to time travel that we know of. The Virginian town has been pristinely restored and preserved to its 18th-century appearance, when it was one of the founding areas of America's democratic principles.

While there are plenty of places to eat and play that hearken back to older times, Williamsburg also provides entertainment for the modern traveler. Let us take you through Colonial Williamsburg one ghost walk and carriage ride at a time.

Where to Stay

Williamsburg-inn-staticWilliamsburg Inn - This inn promises southern hospitality and downtown convenience (just steps away from Revolutionary City). The traditional architecture, unique rooms, and award-winning spa make for a special stay unlike any other.

Providence Hall - Wooded pathways, balconies, and a modern aesthetic punctuate Providence Hall. Ponds and plenty of trees add a touch of serenity to any night spent here.

Colonial Houses - When in Colonial Williamsburg, get the revolutionary experience. Period reproductions, canopy beds, and crackling fires turn back time at this lodging option. It's also a breezy mile-long walk from downtown.

Where to Eat

Breakfast - Start the day with a freshly baked 18th-century treat at Raleigh Tavern Bakery. Opt for a hot ginger cake or a savory ham biscuit. They pair well with cinnamon stick tea or the bakery's signature apple cider, served hot or cold.


Lunch - If you're saving room for a big dinner, check out McKenzie Apothecary for a light snack and root beer. For something heartier, head to Berret's for a fresh fish fry and microbrew.


Dinner - Meat and potatoes get an elevated treatment at the town-favorite King's Arm Tavern. For all you carnivores, enjoy tender prime rib, pork chops, and roasted lamb served in a homey environment. For a more modern, less traditional meal, The Terrace Room offers a beloved crab cake and an array of olives ranging from brined to oil-cured. An inventive Cobb salad and house cocktails are also crowd-pleasers.

Where to Play


Tours - There are a host of different tours offered in Williamsburg, but we're fans of two in particular. A horse-drawn carriage ride will take you through town just like 18th-century Americans. It's a great way to get a pace for life hundreds of years ago, and considering you can fit up to nine riders, it's an ideal way to see the city with friends and family. After that, a proper guided tour of Revolutionary City is a must-do and covers topics ranging from the storming of the palace to the establishment of the Declaration of Independence.


Art Museums - See two wonderful museums all under the same roof! The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum offer exhibits on everything from American and British antiques to colonial and contemporary folk art.

Ghost Walk- Any town dating back hundreds of years is bound to have a few age-old ghost stories. Gather together late at night and be led through the dark streets of Williamsburg. You'll hear about all the myths and legends that exist, and who knows what paranormal activity you'll witness.


Sunset Drinks - After touring, eating, and spooks, a specialty beer and sunset serenade at Chowning's Tavern is always a good end to a perfect day in Colonial Williamsburg.

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