(Closed) Colonial Williamsburg in October

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Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

I love colonial williamsburg!! If you can afford it, I would stay at the Williamsburg Lodge. It is lovely and cozy and has a nice colonial feeling, without being as insanely $$$ as the Williamsburg Inn. It’s also in walking distance (like really right across the street!) from “downtown” Colonial Williamsburg. If you’re looking for something less pricy, there are a few Hampton Inn’s in the vicinity that are all pretty nice and well located, as well as many other hotel chains.

Food!! Well how colonial are you trying to be? If you really want the full experience, I would dine at one of the taverns like Christiana Campbells or the King’s Arms. I will say that the taverns are very expensive and the food isn’t necessarily to die for, but the ambiance is very nice and it’s def an experience. They usually have live colonial music and singing too which can be fun. Another tavern I love is Chownings – that’s more for grabbing a beer and a snack than a full meal, but it’s always packed so I haven’t actually been able to go there in many years. Maybe see if you can get a reservation.

As for “normal” restaurants, the Blue Talon Bistro is my favorite upscale dinner place in Colonial Williamsburg. Really good food and lovely atmosphere. It is pricy, but I think the food is better there than at the other similar restaurants in the area (like the Trellis and Fat Canary, although those are both tasty too!). 

Definitely stop into the Cheese Shoppe for a sandwich and make sure to get their house dressing on your sandwich! Other low key/cost efficient but fun dining options are at the college delis (Paul’s, College deli, and the Green Leafe, although I think that may have just closed, which is tragic). For coffee shops/breakfast places, Aromas (just one block off of Duke of Gloucester st, ie main drag of Colonial Williamsburg) is great.

As for what you should do, well if you’re there to see the historical stuff, get a day pass for Colonial Williamsburg, which gets you access to everything. You can also walk around the area totally for free but you won’t be able to get into certain museums and activities they have. Then of course there is Busch Gardens down the road, which is a different sort of fun.

William and Mary is right across the street from Colonial Williamsburg and has a beautiful campus, def worth walking around if you’re looking for something to do. 

ahh I am jealous…I spent some of the best years of my life in CW. Have a blast!!!

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Take a Ghost Tour one evening. Those are fun!

Also a nice day trip up Route 5 to visit some of the larger plantations like Berkeley or Shirley.

Post # 4
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Newbee

Love Williamsburg, it’s a special place. October weather there is perfect and cozy, my favorite time of year there. I’ve been there several times. Magnolia Manor has been my favorite place to stay. Seasons restaurant is good. Mama Steve’s is old school diner nostalgia and I may crazy but I enjoy breakfast there. I think buying the Colonial Williamsburg pass at least once is worth it. The Christmas stores are fun and the Yankee Candle Department 56 display is worth checking out. And dont forget to pick up some homemade pumpkin fudge at Wallace’s!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Too funny. I live in Wburg and you guys know more about ‘The Spots’ than I do…lol!

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Newbee

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leilarobs2 :  Same here, I lived in Williamsburg for almost 2 years and only went to a few of those places.  I didn’t even know about most of them, lol

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I live in Yorktown. 🙂 I would say it’s worth a quick visit. You’ll get a lot more about the revolutionary war than how they lived though. 

i also love Jamestown so I say that one would be good too. Oh and while you’re here visiting through our historical triangle, I suggest driving on the colonial parkway. It’s a beautiful drive. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Jamestown is worth a visit! And the ghost tours are really fun too. Busch Gardens Halloween activities are pretty amazing. I love going to all the Haunted houses and it’s a really beautiful place to walk around when all the leaves are changing. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Stop at the Trellis Bar & Grill for dessert. Their Death by Chocolate cake is, well, to die for! Seven layers of every type of chocolate you can imagine, from chocolate mousse to rich chocolate ganache. I have the cookbook and once considered making it myself, but the hours of work and skill required seemed so overwhelming that it made more sense to take the two-hour drive to Williamsburg to buy some already made. It’s well worth the hefty price tag but it’s definitely something to split. Although I will admit I once ate the entire thing in one sitting by myself and the look of shock and horror on the waiter’s face made the ensuing stomach ache worth it.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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liaeona :  You could crash our wedding!  But actually, there are a few vineyards there that are beautiful if you love wine (we’re getting married at a vineyard and visited a bunch!).  I’ve heard great things about the ghost tours (they’re on our to-do list).  Williamsburg is beautiful that time of year and should look super fall-y.  I would go to a cozy B&B – we saw quite a few when we were looking for lodging for our guests.  

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