Relive 18th-Century Glory in Colonial Williamsburg

Posted July 13, 2009 by Amy Westervelt

Virginia-Williamsburg It's hard not to feel seized by the spirit of revolution in Williamsburg, even if you're not one of the legions of history buffs that descend on the town annually. Visit this living history museum in the summer for special children's activities such as dance lessons and tours, and explore the 500 or so restored buildings, homes, and gardens from the 18th-century. And for a break, you can eat, sleep, and shop in colonial style.

Shop
Mary Dickinson Shop and McKenzie's: You'd be hard pressed to find three-cornered hats and silk bonnets in shops elsewhere in the country. Take advantage of Williamsburg's historic kitsch and pick up a bonnet at the Mary Dickinson Shop (Jones Mill Lane) or an old-fashioned tonic and some rock candy at McKenzie's (Jones Mill Lane).

Eat
The King's Arms Tavern: The most authentic British pubs in the country are Williamsburg's colonial taverns. Play like John Quincy Adams and tuck into a wooden, candle-lit table at The King's Arms for hot and hearty prime rib or Game Pye (similar to a chicken pot pie). It's a good idea to call ahead for dinner reservations, particularly on weekends, but lunch is usually a safe bet. Expect to pay from $27to $35 for dinner, $12 to $14 for lunch.

Stay
Colonial Capitol B&B: A crisp white and black 18th-century colonial manse, the Colonial Capitol B&B also boasts dozens of windows that keep the house airy and bright all year round. The friendly hosts will pick you up at the airport or train station upon request, and rooms are cozy with antique wood furniture and soft, fluffy bedding. The B&B is just a three-block walk to the heart of Colonial Williamsburg and several local restaurants. Rooms start at $145 per night and include full breakfast.

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(Photo: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

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