I think Colonial Williamsburg is magic.
Boyfriend and I spent a Fourth of July there recently, and I’ll never forget how the place made me feel even in the pouring rain during the fireworks.
The community was out in full spirit – some folks braved the downpour in raincoats and flowy ponchos, some parked it in tents, and others sought some sliver of shelter from the rain beneath large trees. All the while, pipe music played, costumed interpreters never lost a beat, and everything around us was completely covered in mud.
The Williamsburg Lodge is offering a Winter Stories package that allows guests to immerse themselves in history – walking through the historic area, visiting the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, and shopping at Merchants Square.
The package starts at $299 per couple and includes a three-day, two-night stay at the lodge, a $100 gift card, daily breakfast in the Lodge restaurant and length-of-stay admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area and museums. The package is valid through March 25.
The gift card can be used on spa services at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, dining in Colonial Williamsburg taverns or restaurants, or at an official, on-site Colonial Williamsburg-owned store.
Last November, Williamsburg opened an 18th century coffeehouse.
Williamsburg formally dedicated the reconstructed R. Charlton Coffeehouse more than 200 years after Americans gathered there to discuss political and social issues. The coffeehouse is built on its original foundations with 18th-century construction techniques.
Archaeological evidence recovered from the coffeehouse site reflects the importance of fine dining as well as the consumption of tea, coffee, and chocolate. Charlton offered an epicurean menu that included fish, shellfish, meat and game, even peacock.
Coffeehouse furnishings include carefully researched reproduction furniture, ceramics, glassware, hardware, and items representing the activities that took place there. Hand-printed wallpapers will cover the walls of the private meeting room and the north room, both based on microscopic study of original building fragments.
R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse is open for interpretive tours. There, guests will learn about the pre-Revolutionary significance of the establishment before concluding the experience with the opportunity to sample period coffeehouse beverages.