Travel Tips: Two Days in Colonial Williamsburg


Colonial Williamsburg is a privately funded living history museum located in Williamsburg, Virginia and  has buildings from 17th, 18th and 19th century, that have been restored from its former glory as a capital of Colonial Virginia. The motto of the Colonial Williamsburg is “That the future may learn from past” and having visited I can truly say this is an accurate motto that they live by!

Colonial Williamsburg is a part of one of the largest projects preserving history of the United States, known as the Historic Triangle of Virginia including Yorktown, Colonial Parkway and Jamestown. Some of the famous buildings of Colonial Williamsburg include Governor’s Palace which is all reconstructed, The Courthouse, The Magazine, The Raleigh Tavern, The Peyton Randolph House and also College of William and Mary’s College Yard.

There is so much to explore in Colonial Williamsburg from historic destinations to some family oriented places.  When planning a trip to Colonial Williamsburg it’s best to plan ahead, so you can make in this vacation as enjoyable as possible. If you are planning to visit, then it’s good to know that one of the most beautiful times to visit is during spring in April  and May as all the flowers are in bloom. However, this is also one of the busiest times as this is when all school trips to the historical site are so if you don’t like crowds beware! Fall is also a great time to visit with lower temperatures and less crowd but in Winter season it can get really cold and even though there won’t be many visitors, it does make it difficult to really enjoy the trip as most of the sights are outdoors.

Okay let’s get to the nitty gritty of “where to stay, what to visit or what to eat” to help make your trip easy, comfortable and of course FUN!

Where to Stay:

The main issue we face in any city is that “where we will stay and what the hotel be like”. Well Colonial Williamsburg contains a various number of hotels where you will feel comfortable. MainStay Suites is a hotel near Colonial Williamsburg, where most visitors stay and the reviews are that the staff is very friendly but the real perk about this location is that it is PET FRIENDLY for those traveling with furry friends. Williamsburg Lodge-Colonial Williamsburg is considered to be a great hotel if quality is your priority and is located inside Colonial Williamsburg which makes your commute to fun minimal as well as gives you access to discounted entry prices and many other perks. You can also have a great experience at the Providence Hall Guesthouses another high quality option also located on the historical grounds and includes incentives. These all provide you with free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, pool and free parking guys. Other hotels with these services are Econo Lodge Colonial, Homewood Suites Williamsburg, Day Inn Williamsburg Historic Area and Quality Inn Historic East  if you are looking for more budget friendly options.

So, “where to stay” in Colonial Williamsburg should not be the problem for you now.

Where to Eat:

Different people have different tastes of eating, don’t worry Colonial Williamsburg is a city with a combination of bars, lounges, restaurants and café. They all provide you different menus which will surely meet your needs.

Sea Food Lovers can dine in at Christian Campbell’s Tavern which is said to have been one of George Washington’s favorite places and is located behind the Capitol building. You can also enjoy yourself at King’s Arm Tavern where you will find great and gracious service as it has been since 1172. If you were in the mood for some historical 18th century brews, then visit Chowing’s Tavern where you don’t need a reservation to rest your tired feet while sipping on some ale. If you have hunger pangs in mid-afternoon then Dubois Grocer will be the perfect place for you or you can grab a few snacks can be enjoyed at McKenzie Apothecary. All of these selections are located on the grounds and even though some are packed and you may need to make reservations, they are all worth the visit!

If you are planning to satisfy yourself with some modern and luxurious dining, then venture into the city and try any one of these restaurants: Regency Room, Taste Studio Huzzah’s Eatry, Sweet Tea and Barley and Traditions. If you’re craving some coffee Café white touring then get your fix at Museum Café and Visitor Center Café.

Where to Party:

Williamsburg is considered to be a quiet and calm city and hardly known for night clubs. However, it is possible to find a few places to enjoy a night out. On Downtown Richmond, you can find some places like dance clubs and night clubs. Green leaf Café with sandwiches offers beers until its closing in morning hours. J.M. Randall’s is a bar where you can enjoy night live performances. AMF Williamsburg Lanes provides bowling at late night on weekends.

Where to Shop:

A trip to a new city usually includes sightseeing, but what’s a trip with no shopping? How is that possible? Williamsburg has a limited mixture of malls and shops where you can satisfy yourself with souvenirs and some new things. At Yankee Candle Company you will find different and various types of candles that can be used as decoration pieces and cute christmas gifts. Merchants Square and Williamsburg Premium Outlets are also considered to be best typical “mall” options in the area. Other places to shop and visit in Williamsburg include Williamsburg Antique Mall, Williamsburg Art Gallery where art lovers can surely satisfy their thirst for art and paintings. You can also have a variety of home made fresh products at The Williamsburg Farmers Market.
Well there you have it, some ideas on where to eat, stay, party and shop all in the charming town of Williamsburg.

  • mm

    “ Dee is the woman behind Dee.Life, an online magazine focused on redefining your life by exploring the world. “

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  • Ben

    Their motto is so inspiring and so true! If we’d all think like that…

    In April this year I’m going to visit this place for sure! Thank you for including so many details about where to shop, eat, stay and party! It will make things a lot easier when I’m there, plus I can now plan where I’ll stay and contact them before going. I want to make sure I have a room booked before I leave home. Great post, Dee!

    • Dee

      Thanks ben! It’s April, hope you enjoy your trip and you planned well =) send pics!

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