There’s no question that Colonial Williamsburg is a tourist spot. There are a ton of things to do but the main attractions include taking the historic tour and visiting the two amusement parks, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Since I have been to Williamsburg a billion times, I didn’t want to do the typical tour and amusement park trip. I wanted to take part in the other fun things happening around town. Here are some of the things I did that you might want to try if you plan to visit Williamsburg:
Check out the local restaurants (and maybe a chain or two)
One of the things I love about Williamsburg is all of the Mom and Pop restaurants to choose from. You don’t have to settle for the generic offerings of an IHOP or Denny’s, but can get some real home-style cooking in one of these quaint and smaller restaurants. I am a sucker for Cracker Barrel, which I enjoyed while there, but the rest of the time was spent checking out local restaurants that I can’t find at home. My personal favs are Mama Steve’s Pancake House, Baker’s Crust, Sal’s Ristorante Italian, and Opus 9 Steakhouse (this option is slightly pricey).
Baker’s Crust – http://www.bakerscrust.com
Opus 9 Steakhouse – http://www.opus9steakhouse.com
Check out the shops!
Outlet shopping is huge in Williamsburg, but it is often overcrowded and the offerings are not worth your time (in my opinion). Opt for checking out the shops along Richmond Road! This long stretch of road, which leads to Colonial Williamsburg’s historical buildings, offers great shopping for those of us that like to browse without complete strangers invading your personal space. Quirks of Art is a good example of a nice shop with tons of cool knick knacks to bring home for family and friends. There’s also a William and Sonoma, cheese and wine shops, and other clothing stores further down the road.
Quirks of Art – http://kinksandquirks.com
Visit the Winery!
Williamsburg has a really cool winery no more than 30 minutes away from downtown. Williamsburg Winery offers tours starting at $10 (there is a Reserve Tour for slightly more) and I have to say my husband and I really enjoyed the tour where the guides offer history of the Winery complete with unique stories and philosophies of their business. For $10, you get a complete tour with samplings of 8 wines (a mixture of white, red, dessert, and reserve offerings) and you get two glasses for the memories. Not bad, right?! This is the only place I found that makes a red wine I like! Definitely check this place out.
Williamsburg Winery – http://williamsburgwinery.com
If you’re looking for a relaxing trip, check out some of these places to avoid the crowds and truly enjoy your staycation!