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Colonial Williamsburg Natural Light

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An April 2006 trip to Williamsburg by samepenny

Berrets Seafood Restaurant Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia More Photos
Quote: I dreamed of visiting Colonial Williamsburg, my visit exceeded my dreams. That good!

Williamsburg Hospitality House

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Hotel

Williamsburg Hospitality House Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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The hotel offers an extremely good location for visiting Colonial Williamsburg (a 10-minute walk) and the College of William & Mary (across the street). A low-rise building in keeping with the architectural restrictions of a historic area, there can be long walks to your room; so make sure you book the room you want and need.We had a large double room with a full bathroom and a second sink and makeup mirror. The room had a coffee maker and good coffee provided, but no mini-fridge and a very limited amount of closet space. High speed Internet connection available, but no telephone on the desk! Obviously they are updating the rooms. A luxury in modern times, the window in our bedroom opened! Mos...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

Williamsburg Hospitality House
415 RICHMOND ROAD
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
757-229-4020

Berret's Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Berret's Seafood Restaurant & Raw Bar"

Berret's Seafood Restaurant Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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I arrived in Williamsburg tired and hungry. Our hotel, the Williamsburg Hospitality House, lived up to its name when the front desk managed recommended this fine restaurant to us. A 10-minute walk from the hotel, along the edge of the College of William & Mary Campus, the restaurant is a few steps from the famous "confusion corner" intersection of South Boundary Road, Duke of Glouscester Street, Jamestown Road, and Scotland Road.I really appreciated having a beef selection in a seafood restaurant, and it was excellent. My sweetie wrapped himself around a beautiful plate of crab cakes, and we both had warm blueberry pie for dessert. A winner!I ordered a half pint of home bre...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

Berret's Seafood Restaurant
199 South Boundary St.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 253-1847

Kings Arms Tavern

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Restaurant | "King's Arms Tavern"

Kings Arms Tavern Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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You may walk the streets of Colonial Williamsburg for free, but if you want to enter one of the historic buildings, you need a ticket for the day (or multi-day or annual pass); however a work around is to have a meal in one of the famous taverns. You can see a historic building as part of the cost of your meal. It was a great treat for me to dine at the King's Arms Tavern both due to the food and the atmosphere. All the employees wear carefully authentic period costumes, the tableware is as close to authentic as can be found and the dishes are colonial with modifications for modern taste and dietary expectations. We don't cook food swimming in lard any more.Even the cocktails, wines and be...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

Kings Arms Tavern
409 Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-8610

The Trellis

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Restaurant

The Trellis Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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I dined twice at this fine restaurant: one dinner, one lunch. It was that good an experience. Be prepared for a long sit as the food is made fresh and isn't sitting around waiting for you to order. Our wait stuff for both meals was friendly but efficient in a big city sort of way. In the evenings there is live music, but in the daytime it is loud from a great deal of conversation. A favorite with visitors and locals alike, you need to telephone for a reservation. The restaurant is heavily marketed on the Internet at www.dessertstodiefor.com and www.thetrellis.com The 'to die for' reference has to do with the fact that the recipe for the famous 'death by chocolate' dessert was c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

The Trellis
403 West Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-8610

Blue Talon Bistro

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Restaurant

Blue Talon Bistro Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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We faced our departure from Colonial Williamsburg with regret, but on our way out of town stopped for one more meal in a Merchant's Square restaurant. My Sweetie's choice, the Blue Talon Bistro. What a good choice! Although crowded at lunch time, the atmosphere was relaxed and civil. The tables have cool marble tops and the colors are pleasing. Full wine bar and cocktail selection. We weren't driving ourselves, so one more glass of wine for the road.We toasted our wonderful Williamsburg vacation and lunched on the freshest of fresh foods. Finally Sweetie got off his crab cake kick and ordered a turkey sandwich. I had a Virginia ham salad. Until you have enjoyed real Virginia ham, you haven...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

Blue Talon Bistro
420 Prince Georges St.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 476-2583

The Cheese Shop

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Restaurant

The Cheese Shop Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Most food service within Colonial Williamsburg stops after 2pm and doesn't resume until at least 5pm when the taverns reopen. That leaves a long hungry and thirsty gap in the afternoon. Dreams of having a glass of wine while looking at colonial sites was dashed when all we could find for sale was soda and bottles of cold water.Even the Raleigh Tavern was alcohol free in the afternoon! So we trekked the mile down Duke of Glouscester Street to Merchant's Square and found the Cheese Shop open and doing a huge business. No wonder! They have wine and beer for sale by the serving in glass bottles. You must sit in their restaurant or on their outdoor terrace to have your drinks, but it is a sol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

The Cheese Shop
410 W Duke Of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-2098

Williamsburg Winery

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Attraction

Williamsburg Winery Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Follow the driving directions carefully to find this wonderful winery. It is about a 15-minute trip from Colonial Williamsburg, if you make every turn properly. We arrived for a sunset wine tasting and dinner. Fantastic! The rich red wines and the sweet whites make it hard to believe this winery has only been open since 1985. Telephone ahead to book tours April through October, and to get those directions. The rich Virginia soil is idea for growing wines with modern methods, creating the success that Thomas Jefferson could only dream about in his day. The prices of the wine by the bottle are quite reasonable, so consider making some purchases to enjoy at home.www.williamsburgwinery.com ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

Williamsburg Winery
5800 Wessex Hundred
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-0999

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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A dream of a lifetime came true for me at Colonial Williamsburg. I can't tell you how long I wished for this to happen. I got lucky as I had a meeting in Williamsburg and was able to extend my stay for 3 full days to enjoy my passion for history.The ticketing process can be confusing. You can walk through Colonial Williamsburg at any time of the day or night for free. There are no gates—this isn't Disney World. Students from nearby College of William and Mary use 'CW' as their jogging path, picnic grounds, and as a fine place to sit and study. It isn't unusual to see a beautiful co-ed jogging by in the briefest of outfits as the actor playing General Washington is giving a speech! Makes for...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

Colonial Williamsburg
134 Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 4447-679

Colonial Williamsburg

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Attraction | "Colonial Williamsburg Part 2"

Colonial Williamsburg Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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So how does it all go for visitors? The answer is 'sometimes confusing'. If you are on a 1 day visit you have to work out what you want to see and when to see it. The "This Week" map has daily schedules of what is happening and which buildings are open on which days of the week. We waited for the right day to visit the Gunsmith's Shop and Saddle and Harness Shop, and managed to catch the Arsenal when it was open. You have to read the instructions!CW rotates its presentation of events of the Revolutionary War called 'Revolutionary City'. We were there enough days to see the entire cycle of 3 days. Events are played out with talented people doing the speeches of famous folk of our history. Man...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

Colonial Williamsburg
134 Henry Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(800) 4447-679