Governor's Trace Bed & Breakfast

303 Capitol Landing Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Innkeeper(s): Sue & Dick Lake
  • Introduction

    Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast - Williamsburg, VirginiaGovernor's Trace Bed & Breakfast "Vies for the most romantic (B&B in Williamsburg)" Washington Post.

    Let each morning begin with a leisurely, candlelit, full breakfast served in the privacy of your room. Every bedroom has a comfortable sitting area and a breakfast nook and either a king or queen size canopied bed and private bath. One bedroom has a real woodburning fireplace! Another has an adjoining private, screened-in porch.

    This historically significant Georgian brick home built during the restoration period of Colonial Williamsburg sits on over a half acre and is just a minute walk from George Washington's favorite tavern there -- Christiana Campbell's.

    Your hosts, Sue and Dick Lake, have made Governor's Trace B&B the TouchStone for romantic getaways.

    "We chose Governor's Trace for its reputation as one of Virginia's most romantic spots -- a reputation well deserved." - L&P, Raleigh, NC

    Breakfast is a private affair. You don't have to be dressed for the day when we serve breakfast (we provide robes.) If you're not a morning person, that's O.K. We won't ask you any questions (but we'll be happy to answer any of yours.) We give you a choice of two times for breakfast each for early birds and one for those who prefer a few extra winks. Enjoy being pampered with a private, candlelit breakfast each morning.

    Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast- Nicholson Room

    Cross this threshold and have a uniquely romantic, private, and memory making experience at Governor's Trace bed and breakfast. Located just a minute walk from George Washington's favorite tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, Governor's Trace B&B is the closest Williamsburg bed and breakfast to the Historic Area,just a 30 second walk and you have arrived. Governor's Trace is also the oldest continuously operating bed and breakfast in Williamsburg, VA. Sue & Dick Lake, innkeepers with more than 25 years experience in operating this bed and breakfast in Williamsburg, have created an environment that allows you to make the most of being alone---together. Governor's Trace "vies for the most romantic" (bed and breakfast in Williamsburg).

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Sue & Dick Lake for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Governor's Trace B&B has been recognized by the Washington Post and others as vying for one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in Williamsburg, VA.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Romantic atmosphere and the closest B&B to the historic area...just a 30 second walk away! Privacy...we are the only B&B that serves daily a private breakfast directly in the room or on the porches at no additional cost. One of the best definitions of an Innkeeper is: "People taking care of people"....and that's what we enjoy the most---taking care of people.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The number one attraction is visiting historic Colonial Williamsburg.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Folks who tell us: “We can't wait to come back.”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Introduce yourself to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry, portrayed by professional actors, and try to guess which one is actually related to the famous personage he is portraying. The actors never ever come out of character, so you can't pop the obvious question.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We suggest visiting the historic triangle consisting of Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown and the Yorktown Battlefield. Additional popular attractions include Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    When you're only a 30 second walk away from historic Williamsburg, everything is within walking distance to include all the historic exhibit buildings (188), the famous historic dining taverns (4), and a variety of interesting merchant craft shops.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our most favorite restaurants include King's Arms Tavern, Christiana Campbell's Tavern in the historic area, the Whaling Company (best seafood in town) and La Tolteca (best Mexican restaurant in town.).

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Historic Williamsburg

    Historic Jamestown

    Yorktown Battlefield

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Three large rooms(approx. 15' X 18') and this doesn't even include the attached private screened in porches.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets primarily because so many folks fear and/or are allergic to some domestic animals.

  • Amenities


    Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast- Spotswood Fireplace

    What's so special about Governor's Trace? Well, just about everything, we think, but we'll let you be the judge. We have some of the most spacious B&B rooms in town. Each room measures about 15 X 20 feet, and that's not even counting the adjoining porches! All of the rooms have a comfortable sitting and a breakfast area, ensuite private baths, and either a king or queen size bed. For allergy sufferers, rest assured we do not have feather beds nor feather pillows. Location, location, location---park your car behind the B&B & leave it; the historic area is just a 30 second walk away! Now that's special!

    Full candlelit breakfast served in the privacy of your room every morning and no extra charge ever, or it can also be served on your private screened-in porch, weather permitting, and your choice of two times for breakfast.

    Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast- porch

    • Two bedrooms have adjoining porches
    • Common area with wood burning fireplace, library and games
    • One bedroom has its own wood burning fireplace
    • Guest controlled heating in each bedroom
    • Central air conditioning
    • Ceiling fans in each room
    • Free Wi Fi
    • Iron, ironing boards, and hair dryers available
    • Ice buckets with ice provided in each room, cork screws and wine glasses available
    • Bath soaps & shampoo packaged especially for Governor's Trace
    • Terry cloth robes
    • Extra pillows & extra blankets
    • Guest phone available
    • Menu book of local restaurants available in each room, discount coupons for some restaurants
    • Off street parking on our own property with security/safety motion lighting
    • Refreshments offered every afternoon when you return
    • 2, 3 and 4 night packages
    • Suggested touring itinerary from your experienced hosts
    • Gift certificates available
  • Local Attractions

    Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast-Men

    Distances from our driveway

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Just a 30 second walk and you’re there.


    An 8 mile ride along the Colonial Parkway.


    A 12 mile journey along the Colonial Parkway

    Busch Gardens

    A 6 minute straight away drive.

    Water Country USA

    An easy 15 minute drive.

    College of William & Mary

    Just a mile down the road.

    Williamsburg Winery

    About a 15 minute drive.

    Premium Outlets:

    Approximately 20 minutes away.

    Williamsburg Pottery Factory

    About 15 minutes away.

  • How to Find Us

    1. Take exit #238 off I-64 toward Colonial Williamsburg
    2. Turn right on route 132 South then left onto Lafayette Street (2nd traffic light)
    3. The first left off Lafayette is Capitol Landing Road
    4. Governor's Trace is the second driveway on the right -303 Capitol Landing Road