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10 Socially Distant Things To Do in Williamsburg 25 Jun 2020, 8:24 am
It’s finally SUMMER here in Williamsburg…
…and this year it not only represents the bounty of sunshine and outdoor fun, but also the gradual reopening of all the places and activities you know and love. After such a trying spring season, we’re relieved to be able to enjoy our summer favorites, but not without caution. We at the Fife and Drum have taken our own precautions to make sure our guests can travel safely and comfortably, and want all of you to be able to be able to soak up the season as we continue to navigate this unique time. On that note, today we’re sharing 10 activities here in Williamsburg that you can enjoy thoroughly, all while remaining socially distant.
- 1. Rent a kayak and explore the marshes around Jamestown Island. Part historical tour/part natural trail, you can paddle through the same waterways that Captain John Smith traveled. If you’re a little more adventurous, try some of the paddle-boarding experiences!
- 2. Have lunch or coffee ON DoG Street –experience Merchants Square like you never have before! Your favorite restaurants like Blue Talon Bistro, Illy Coffee, and DOG Street Grille have extended their outdoor seating into the streets (even some parking lots) to make for a delicious meal, always 6 feet apart.
- 3. Adventure into the historic countryside: Take the ferry over to Surry and explore Bacon’s Castle. Not only do you get to see a beautiful view of the James River on the way, but you can experience the oldest brick dwelling in North America!
- 4. Bike part or all of the Capital Trail to Richmond! Whether you’re up for the 2-mile Greensprings trail, or want to try the whole 51.7 miles, this historic trail is dotted with eateries, picnic spots, and restrooms along the way.
- 5. Go on a private ghost tour. Williamsburg has a lot of fun history by day, but if you’re interested in the spookier side, try John Sutton’s incredible ghost tour of some of the town’s oldest buildings, all by lantern light.
- 6. Pack a picnic from the Cheese Shop and explore the W&M woods trails. We recommend the Sunken Gardens or (for a beautiful private water view) down by Lake Matoaka. You really can’t ask for a better afternoon!
- 7. Take a dip! Drive down the scenic Parkway to Yorktown Beach for a refreshing swim, and don’t forget to walk over to Ben and Jerry’s when you’re done.
- 8. Go horseback riding at Shirley Plantation, complete with a historical tour and wine tasting!
- 9. Explore the local gardens: The Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum and Governor’s Palace Gardens are stunning this time of year, but even a stroll down Duke of Gloucester is filled with small patches and gardens that are carefully kept all year round.
- 10. Take photographs — the fact of the matter is, there just aren’t as many visitors in Williamsburg right now. This means less crowds to avoid in getting the perfect shot of your favorite buildings, views, or nature spots around Williamsburg! Our city is truly yours to enjoy.
While this summer is certainly unique, Williamsburg still affords the opportunity to explore new places and try truly unique experiences. Now’s the time to plan a little summer getaway, just give us a call and stay right in the heart of Williamsburg!
How We Are Dealing with Coronavirus 5 May 2020, 8:57 am
We are open for business!
We are continuously reviewing and updating our operations to
provide a safe,
comfortable, and relaxing environment here at the Fife & Drum Inn.
The following are just some of the steps that we have taken to adapt our practices to meet CDC guidelines for the Covid 19 virus.
Employee & Guest Health Concerns
- We are checking temperatures for staff (and ourselves) twice a day.
- Responding swiftly and reporting to local health officials any presumed cases of COVID-19 at the hotel property shall be a staff-wide requirement. Any staff member that may be exhibiting signs of illness will stay home to recover.
- There will be sanitizing stations at the base of the main stair, the top of the stairs, and between the Common Room and Coffee Bar.
- Room keys will be sanitized, and staff will have washed/sanitized hands before handing room keys to our guests.
- Hands will be sanitized prior to handling guest credit cards.
- Staff will sanitize immediately after handling any guest property.
- In many cases we may be able to offer guest a room that has not had a guest for at least 24 hours
- For the immediate future, our buffet breakfast will be
replaced by self-serve
continental items. The items available will include fresh baked muffin tops,
yogurt, granola, oatmeal, milk, orange juice, tea, and coffee. This service will be
available from 8-9:30PM. For those that prefer a full breakfast menu we
recommend The Blue Talon or Aromas. Both are located a few steps from our
- We will be using wrapped sterilized flatware, paper place mats and napkins.
- Our famous chocolate chip cookies will be individually wrapped!
- We continue to disinfect guest rooms and bathrooms, to include light switches, doorknobs, TV remotes, clocks, and all hard surfaces. This also applies to Inn common areas where we are frequently cleaning and disinfecting all hard surfaces, handrails, doorknobs, and light switches, table, and chair surfaces.
- We have temporarily removed decorative pillows, duvets, and shams from the beds.
- Beds will be triple sheeted, with a removable washed covering.
- Cleaning products and protocols shall include EPA-approved disinfectants that meet CDC requirements for use and effectiveness against viruses, bacteria, and other airborne pathogens.
- Fresh towels will be available when requested.
- Housekeeping shall not enter a guest room during a stay unless
- Linens, towels, and laundry shall be washed in accordance with CDC guidelines
- There will be sanitizer at the coffee bar, and we request all guests use the sanitizer prior to self-serving coffee.
Hotel industry health and safety protocols will be updated in accordance with CDC guidelines as we learn more about COVID-19 and ways to combat it operationally for the safety of guests and employees. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]
Sharon and Billy Scruggs
Heartwarming Virginia Stories in the Midst of Covid-19 27 Apr 2020, 2:23 pm
There’s a lot of news out there, and sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the information. Things are changing every day, and though we know eventually our lives will begin to return to normal, we all need a little encouragement right now. The good news is…there’s good news, and lots of it! There are beautiful, selfless acts of kindness happening all around us every day, so why not dwell on those today? We’ve compiled some of our favorite heartwarming local stories to shed some loving light on all the good happening in Virginia…
-Everyone knows and loves Busch Gardens, but did you know that last month they donated a total of 10,000 pounds of food to Grove Christian Outreach Center? That’s a lot of food! They teamed up to provide families with fresh produce, milk, and snacks. Even if we can’t enjoy the sights of our favorite theme park yet, this story brought a smile to our face.
-A little farther north, D.C.-based freelance cartoonist gives of his time and expertise by hosting free drawing tutorials for aspiring artists of all ages on Facebook live. Local families have been able to enjoy a fun, creative activity together, and all thanks to an artist’s generosity!
-In the wake of so many school closings, meals for many families have become a great concern. Well, one local food truck, Matchsticks BBQ Co., has dedicated themselves to offering free barbecue meals every Thursday to kids and families who depended on school lunches. They’re making a difference in Williamsburg, one meal at a time.
-Even closer to home, the Colonial Williamsburg culinary team has been cooking up a storm! Not only did they provide 900 families with a special Easter dinner, but they’ve been consistently teaming up with Meals on Wheels, the Williamsburg House of Mercy and the Village Initiative to prepare more than 2,000 meals every week! We’re so proud of the CW foundation and all the resources they’ve been able to offer so generously.
-While many Virginia workers are currently out of work, there are also others on the front lines every day, and Fine Signs in Williamsburg is showing their appreciation. They’ve donated signs that say “Heroes Work Here” to hospitals on the peninsula, and now their signs can be seen at local post offices too. It’s a subtle but powerful “thank you” to those on whom we depend.
-For those that are most at-risk, Carter Myers Automotive in Williamsburg has created an errands helpline. From grocery shopping to picking up prescriptions, they’re also working with Meals on Wheels and have even set up a blood drive in one of their showrooms!
-Here’s something to celebrate: Jane Ferguson in Virginia Beach turned 105 yesterday! She wasn’t able to celebrate with her family in person, but what a Zoom call that must have been!
-We’re so disappointed for all the William & Mary students who have been stuck at home, but are just as proud of juniors Sonia Kinkhabwala and Mary Pelson for their wonderful idea. They’ve created a pen-pal program that matches up students with Williamsburg senior citizens as a way to connect to the place they consider home. Over 150 students have signed up so far!
-And finally, a reminder to love: school counselor Katie Gaylord has teamed up with Custom Ink to create a T-shirt fundraiser. The shirt says “Virginia is For Kindness”, and we couldn’t agree more. As of now, they’ve raised $7,240 for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank!
We hope these stories of hope bring you some joy in midst of this crazy time. Hold each other other close, and we can’t wait to see you in the (hopefully near) future!
Do you know someone who is showing kindness in the midst of crisis? Leave us a comment to let us know, or tag us online at @fifeanddruminn. Stay safe out there!
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6 Ways to Welcome Spring During Quarantine 25 Mar 2020, 11:42 am
These certainly are unprecedented times in Virginia, and indeed all over the world. Due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, we are currently in the throws of a mandatory state-wide quarantine, which has greatly altered the schedule and the view of our beloved Colonial Williamsburg. We are currently embracing those close to us and spending most of our time at home, but also making the most of it! The silver lining in all this is the beautiful onset of spring, which began officially only last week. Today we’re sharing 6 lovely ways to welcome the season while doing your part to stop the spread….
Why not take advantage of all the fantastic fresh fruits and vegetables that are coming into season? Even if you can’t go out to enjoy a meal, this time provides an opportunity to hone your skills in the kitchen. An evening at home can become a fun culinary journey with the right ingredients. And if you need some inspiration for creative recipes, check out last year’s foodie blog post, or maybe invest in a Colonial Williamsburg cookbook!
2. Open the Windows
The weather is warming up, right to that perfect spring temperature. It’s amazing how refreshing a little natural breeze can bring such life into the home, so open up those windows! With the streets so quiet, you can hear the birds singing and new leaves rustling in the trees. Fresh air does us so much good!
3. Get Inspired (read a book!)
If you’re like us and can tire easily of screens, make it a point to invest time every day in a book that sparks creativity. Whether it’s a travel memoir, a new informative book on gardening, or maybe something unexpected that just invigorates you, go for it! Keep your brain sharp and your imagination free to roam.
4. Get Outdoors
All of the local events have had to adjust their schedules, but Mother Nature runs on her own time. And right now, she’s gorgeous! Weather permitting, try to make it a point every day to get outside for at least 30 minutes; it will do so much to re-energize your day. You can maintain social distancing while enjoying the great outdoors, whether you’re walking your dog, playing frisbee with a loved one, or maybe taking a meal outside for a picnic. Williamsburg has so many beautiful trails and outdoor spaces, it would take all spring to cover them all!
5. Bring the Outdoors To You
Spring is the season of new life, and what better way to embrace it than to welcome nature into your home with an indoor herb garden! On your next grocery haul, stop and smell all those fresh bulbs and herbs and pick one or two.
Pro-tip: remember all those tea tins you’ve collected from The Cheese Shop? Turn those empty tea tins into fresh decorative planters! You’re helping the environment through recycling, the population through social distancing, and your taste buds by incorporating fresh herbs. Win-win-win!
6. Listen Up
Welcome something new into your day-to-day with podcasts. There are so many to choose from, no matter your interest (and it’s a great way to peak a new interest too). You can listen to them while exercising, cleaning your home, cooking, falling asleep, really any time. Whether informative or fun, this is a great way to go screen-free for a little while. Our recommendation: start with Past & Present, Colonial Williamsburg’s own podcast!
While this time of social distancing and quarantine may be a challenge for us all, we at the Inn, like so many others, are determined to make the most of it. The spring season offers so much beauty every year, and this year is no different in that regard. We hope you are able to enjoy it to the fullest, whatever your circumstance, and we can’t wait to see you in the summer!
All of us at the Fife and Drum Inn wish health to you and yours.
How are you spending your quarantine? Leave us a comment to let us know, or tag us online at @fifeanddruminn. We’ll see you soon!
All About the Williamsburg Farmers Market 20 Feb 2020, 10:41 am
Though there’s still quite a chill in the air, daffodils are starting to pop up as the anticipation of spring is welcomed into Colonial Williamsburg. And one of the first big signs that the seasons are shifting is the annual return of the Williamsburg Farmers Market. This local fixture is returning on March 7, just two weeks away! So whether you’re a long-time market lover or have yet to experience it, here’s all you need to know before you grab your basket and head to the stalls…
WHERE AND WHEN:
You can find this gem of a market every Saturday from March through December from 8:00-12:00, and right in Merchants Square! It’s only a 5 minute walk from the Fife and Drum Inn, so even if you need that extra bit of sleep or like a nice luxurious breakfast (we’ve got you covered) there’s still plenty of time to enjoy.
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
Duke of Gloucester Street is lined with booths of local vendors, sometimes up to 50 different tents! Browse the bounty from local farmers, florists, butchers, and bakers, plus specialty goods like kombucha, goat cheese, mushrooms, peanuts, and chocolate. Every week you can check the market website to see the layout map and list of vendors for any given week.
There’s also a few special tents that you’ll want to check out. Aroma’s Cafe, has a stand in case you need your coffee fix. We can’t recommend the basil lemonade enough! Plus, in front of The Cheese Shop you can find the Chef’s Tent, where different local restaurants give some delicious cooking demos. It’s a great opportunity to find some great Williamsburg eats.
What’s that sound? To make the market atmosphere even more lovely, local musicians provide a live soundtrack to your morning.
WHAT TO BRING:
While some vendors might only accept cash, all you have to do is make a stop by the Farmers Market tent to buy market tokens, which can be used at every booth. You can purchase with cash, credit cards, SNAP, plus W&M Express for market-loving students.
And, of course, you’ll want to bring a market bag or picnic basket for all your delicious finds!
The Williamsburg Farmers Market has been a treasured fixture since 2002, and it’s only getting better with each year. If you haven’t had the chance to experience it yet, you have the wonderful opportunity starting March 7th! Our suggestion: fill your basket with market goodies, then head to one of our favorite picnic spots to enjoy the sunshine. Just one Saturday and you’ll be hooked!
Which market vendors are you excited to see this year? Comment below to let us know, or tag us at @fifeanddruminn with your new market photos!
What’s New to Williamsburg in 2020! 18 Jan 2020, 11:12 am
Happy New Year! We’re excited for another beautiful year here in Colonial Williamsburg, and even though it’s a town that cherishes its history, there’s always new developments on the horizon. Things are changing to make your stay even more refreshing, informative, and enjoyable. Even if you visited just last year, here are a few reasons, dare we say excuses, to come back and experience it in 2020!
You might have heard the buzz about the new illy Caffè on Duke of Gloucester Street. It’s a European-style coffee shop offering unique flavors in petite ceramics, plus fresh croissants and paninis. It’s the cutest new addition to Merchants Square!
Look just across the street to see what’s up and coming. Although we’ll miss our Williams-Sonoma store, which is closing in just a few weeks, it begs the question, “What’s next?” With so many new ideas bringing life to Williamsburg, we can’t wait to see what happens in this lot by the end of the year.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT…
CW is under new management! As of January 1st Cliff Fleet has become the ninth CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. We’re so looking forward how things will shift as new opportunities are explored, especially as we approach the nation’s 250th anniversary and the foundation’s centennial in 2026. Be on the lookout for upcoming surprises.
For all you thrill-seekers out there, you won’t want to miss the unveiling of Pantheon, the newest roller coaster coming this summer to Busch Gardens. It will be the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster, complete with a 95° drop, a height of 180 feet, and a record-breaking top speed of 73 mph. It’s bound to be a game changer!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS…
You may have noticed the ongoing construction just off of Henry Street, and we’re here to tell you that the wait is almost over!The Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum expansion is set to be unveiled in April of this year. The new addition will provide more gallery space, and will improve accessibility all around the museum.
BIG news: Tuesday, April 28 the Antiques Roadshow is coming to Williamsburg! Whether you have an item you to bring to the show or simply want a close-up look, you can get tickets now through February 19. In a town so chock-full of history, we can only imagine the show CW will make!
Whether you’re a Williamsburg local or waiting for your next chance to visit again, there’s so many reasons to come in 2020. We can’t wait to see how this year unfolds, and want you to get in on the action! Give us a call at the Fife and Drum Inn to book your perfect Williamsburg getaway and enjoy all this year has to offer.
What are you most excited for in 2020? Leave a comment or tag us at @fifeanddruminn and let us know!
5 Heartwarming Ways To Get You In the Holiday Spirit 17 Dec 2019, 2:01 pm
The winter holidays are fast approaching, and it’s easy to get swept up in the end of the year wrap-up stress. So in case you need a little dose of holiday cheer (we say, we all do!), here are 5 ways to bring a little cozy comfort to your day. Whether you’re visiting the area for the holidays or are a Williamsburg local, these are just a few little things you can include into your week that will help you slow down and appreciate this season…
- One thing that never goes unnoticed in Williamsburg is the beautiful, fresh decorations, in particular the wreaths. Every year these unique wreaths adorn almost every door in town, all made with fresh local greenery. They’re absolutely stunning and only around for a short time, so why not take a stroll down one of the many streets and spy a few?
2. Just a 5 minute walk from the Fife and Drum Inn is the brand new illy Caffè, a European-style cafe serving Italy’s most popular coffee. Aside from the breakfast and lunch menu, they switch over to a dessert-only menu in the evening. It’s the perfect place to stop in for a cup of coffee and a sweet with someone you love, or maybe to savor alone in a moment of quiet.
3. One word: CRESSETS. These beauties are placed throughout Colonial Williamsburg as sort of seasonal lanterns. Not only are they stunning, but they’re warm. There’s no need to fear the weather if you’re in the mood for an after-dark stroll; you can enjoy the holiday lights around town with little pit-stops sporadically at the cressets. They hearken back to an older and simpler time and makes for a refreshing pause in the evening.
4. What better way to see all the holiday sights than in a horse-drawn carriage? While these carriage rides are available all year round, we think they’re especially lovely at this time of year. They’re just 15 minutes, so you don’t have to carve out too much of your busy schedule, but they’re such a treat. It makes for a unique gift idea too!
5. Finally, we think there’s no better way to enjoy any day, let alone the holiday season, than by starting with a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast. Stay a day or two at the Fife and Drum Inn and you’ll simply have to enjoy your time. We’re decked out for the season, but we still like to keep things simple. There’s really no better start to your day than breakfast by our roaring fireplace!
Christmastime in Williamsburg is a treasure that we look forward to every year, and we hope these ideas inspire a festive gathering of those you love, a quiet moment of gratitude, or perhaps a night of much-needed rest. However you celebrate, we wish all the best for you and yours during this holiday season.
Merry Christmas from the Fife and Drum Inn!
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Sounds of the Season: 10 Williamsburg Ways to Enjoy the Music of the Holidays 22 Nov 2019, 9:07 am
The holiday season is drawing near, bringing with it not just the sights, but also the sounds, of Christmastime in Williamsburg. Music is such a lovely part of this season, and here at the Fife and Drum Inn, we love to experience it live with those we love as much as we can! Today we’ve put together our top 10 opportunities to see (and hear) the beauty of Williamsburg through music of the holdays…
-December 5: Come see Dean Shostak perform “Crystal Carols”, a program on glass armonica, crystal handbells, and glass violin at the Hennage Auditiorium. It’s unlike any other sound, and a beautiful way to hearken in the season.
-December 7: The William and Mary Choir, along with the Barksdale Treble Choir and the Botetourt Chamber Singers, present their joint winter choral concert at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. It’ll include a new composition by Dominick DiOrio as well as beloved holiday and winter-themed pieces, plus students get a discounted rate!
-December 8: The Grand Illumination is an outstanding Williamsburg tradition that always draws quite the crowd, and with good reason! In addition to the spectacular fireworks, come to the Palace Green early to hear the vintage Christmas tunes of 504 Supreme and the Truetone Honeys, plus a special performance by the Fifes and Drums.
-December 9: Join Thomas Jefferson and James Madison at the Hennage Auditorium for “Music of the Season”, a delightful selection of historical tales and tunes enjoyed by these great founding fathers. Complete with live violin, guitar, cello, and harpsichord, it’s a true taste of the Colonial Christmas.
-December 13: We all some joy during this time, so why not kick it off with “Joy In the Morning” in Colonial Williamsburg, a program dedicated to the spirit and pride of the enslaved African Americans of the 18th century. Check the link for other dates for this hope-filled show!
-December 11, 18, 24: Join in on the fun with Caroling at the Courthouse, a holiday sing-along on the courthouse steps. This one is free and open to the public, and is just a walk from the Fife and Drum Inn!
-December 15, 22: Or, gather around Charlton’s Coffeehouse and go caroling! Because Christmas festivities are always better with a warm beverage. No ticket necessary, just bundle up the scarves and warm up the pipes!
-December 24: If you live near or are visiting the Williamsburg area for Christmas, we highly recommend this pre-dinner concert at the Hennage Auditorium. Timothy Seaman will perform holiday carols from old American and European traditions on the extended-range hammered dulcimer. “Profound Joy” is a beautiful celebration unlike any other.
-December 29: If you thought the holiday season ended after Christmas day, not so! “A Season Full of Holidays” in Colonial Williamsburg is a fascinating program by four amazing musicians all about the festive season, including pieces from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Epiphany and everything in between. Come revel in the sounds of dulcimer, Celtic harp, violin and viola, guitar, flute and voice as you learn more about different traditions. So fun!
-Now through the New Year: Of course, we can’t forget about the joyous sounds from Busch Gardens Christmastown! The best of Virginia’s musical talent comes together in 7 different shows across the park, plus roaming carolers. It’s a must-do this season, and we highly recommend seeing some if not all of these beautiful live performances throughout the day.
While you might not be able to make ALL these amazing performances, why not take a look at your calendar and mark a few of these down? It’s a great opportunity to take a pause during all the hustle and bustle and simply enjoy. We hope your season is all the merrier this year, and hope to see you in Williamsburg soon!
How do you like to sing in the season? Comment below or tag us with the hashtag #fifeanddruminn and let us know!
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Unique places in Williamsburg to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth 22 Oct 2019, 1:09 pm
Halloween is just around the corner, and with it the annual sweet craving. Though we might not be able to go trick-or-treating like we did when we were younger, that sweet tooth hasn’t aged a bit! Fortunately, Williamsburg is home to several unique and satisfying sweet shops, bakeries, and creameries that you can’t find anywhere else. No costume required!
CANDIES AND SWEETS:
A fixture of Colonial Williamsburg, Wythe Candy and Gourmet Shop in Merchants Square is a great local spot to find a large variety of sweets, as well as hand-crafted truffles, caramel apples, and fudge! It’s worth the trip just to watch the masters at work.
Likewise, Kilwin’s right down the street from the Inn is a great place to find wonderful chocolate-covered creations, plus this location doubles as an ice cream shop! Waffles cones are made fresh all day long, and the sweet smell wafts down the street……ahhhh.
Maybe you’re one with a bit of a sophisticated palette? The The Cheese Shop is the perfect place to look. It’s here that you’ll find those really unique things like specialty honeys, teas, dried fruits, as well as imported cookies, sweets and (of course) cheese.
Or maybe you really like that sweet-salty combination? Step across the street to the Peanut Shop of Williamsburg and go nuts! Peanuts, almonds, cashews, you name it, all covered in high quality chocolates, and trust us, the peanut brittle is a MUST.
Tucked away in between Prince George Street and Merchants Square is Blackbird Bakery, a lovely local bake shop. In addition to their fresh breads, croissants and Illy coffee, they also have quite the array of cookies, tarts, and (the claim to fame) some HUGE pecan sticky buns!
Or you can go right up Richmond Road to Extraordinary Cupcakes. Trust us, the smell alone is so heavenly it’s hard to leave! With rotating and seasonal flavors like Amazing Apple Brown Betty and Sensational S’mores, plus mini cupcakes and gluten free options, they’re a true Williamsburg indulgence.
If you’re haven’t traveled much along the East Coast, you may be unfamiliar with Duck Donuts, but around here they’re a staple. Hot and made to order, you’ll have to check out their season cinnamon apple pie, salted caramel, pumpkin roll, and maple bacon donuts. Or you can create a unique combination of cake, icing, and toppings all on your own to make the perfect bite!
Though hardly more than a walk-up window, Bruster’s Ice Cream on John Tyler Highway is the place to go to find wacky ice cream creations. In addition to classic cones and sundaes, they also have like Oreo ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes, blended ice cream blasts, and lots more. Call ahead to see which flavors from their extensive list are there today!
Finally, we thought we’d bring it full circle with a spot about 10 steps away from the Fife and Drum Inn. Retro’s Good Eats on Prince George Street has all the charm of 1950’s Americana, but more importantly has true frozen custard. Thick, cold and sweet, you can get it in a cone, on a sundae, in a milkshake (so many flavors!), or in a classic soda float. It’s a sweet way to top off any evening.
Mouth watering yet? While the little ones are counting and inspecting their annual batch of Halloween candy, why not try one of these local haunts? When you stay in the heart of Williamsburg, rest assured your sweet tooth will be satisfied!
Which sweet treat will you choose, Candies, cakes or cream? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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Williamsburg in Autumn: Our Must-See Events! 19 Sep 2019, 10:53 am
The school year has started and there’s a cool breeze rushing through Williamsburg. That’s right, the fall season is upon us! We look forward to this time every year, as the weather is ideal for fun outdoor events. We’ve compiled 9 must-see fall activities, so whether you’re a local or in need of a Williamsburg getaway, you have the perfect excuse to stay at your favorite bed and breakfast…
SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS: Autumn at its finest!
-Need that pumpkin fix for it to really feel like fall? Pumpkinville in nearby Toano, VA has got you covered. It’s open throughout all of October and, in addition to lots of free family-friendly activities like a hayride and cornfield maze, it’s the best spot to pick the perfect pumpkin!
-Start the season off with a local arts festival. An Occassion for the Arts on October 5th and 6th will take over Colonial Williamsburg (it’ll be right outside our front door!) with demonstrations and galleries of glass, ceramic, paint, metal, wood and so much more, plus dozens of local music artists and the Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.
-Any Tribe pride out there? This year’s William and Mary Homecoming is October 17-20 and makes for a beautiful reunion, complete with the annual parade, tailgate, and (of course) football against JMU!
-The mild fall weather is great for outdoor exercise. Consider signing up for the Governor’s Land 5k Run/Walk on October 26, right up the street from us. Getting your steps in while taking in the beautiful Williamsburg scenery.
HISTORIC HAUNTS: Spooky events all October long!
-As the Halloween season approaches, consider the Colonial Ghosts Tour. It’s been named one of the Top 10 Ghost Tours in the US, with good reason! They really know their Williamsburg history, which we love. Or, come experience Haunted Williamsburg and gain access to real historic buildings.
-If you’re one of those people who really love the scary side, Busch Gardens’ ever-popular Howl-O-Scream event promises even more sights and frights this year. A new show and two new haunted houses, plus the thrills of roller coasters, you’ll be screaming one way or another!
The Haunting On DOG Street Trick or Treating on October 25-26 is our ultimate local Halloween event. Perfect for little ones, you can find the Haunting Horsemen or Blackbeard, parties, and an auction. It’s the essence of the holiday done the Williamsburg way.
-Also on October 25-26 is Fright Nights at Jamestown Settlement , so why not make a weekend of it? This is an all-encompassing Halloween event held on both land and sea, complete with ghost stories, family activities and trick-or-treating. Stroll through smoke and lanterns in the historical camp and board the three enormous ships in the harbor!
We hope you’ll stop by our favorite historic town this season to enjoy one (or all!) of these unique events. Stay with us in the heart of Williamsburg and learn why we love to call it home!
What’s your favorite fall memory in Williamsburg? Leave us a comment and let us know!