GREATER WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia, February 3, 2018: If you’re looking for an ideal romantic destination for Valentine’s, Williamsburg, Virginia might just be the perfect spot. Combining both Greater Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg, visitors get a lot of bang for their traveling dollar because it’s like having your cake and eating it, too.
For those who grew up doing the traditional fourth grade field trip to Colonial Williamsburg, the entire Greater Williamsburg area has matured to become a top-notch adult resort catering to the fourth-grader in all of us. The historic village remains, of course. But the surrounding area has evolved into a site that makes it sweet destination for Valentine’s Day or any day.
Adult Dining in Greater Williamsburg
With “palate-able” pleasures galore, the Greater Williamsburg area is no longer the haven of fast-food emporiums it was in the past. Thanks to a prime location between the James and York Rivers and its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, farm-to-table dining can be found everywhere in Greater Williamsburg, especially when it comes to fresh fish and seafood caught daily in local waters.
With plenty of choices, the variety and selection of menus available have transformed the area’s abundance of palate-friendly cuisine into a first rate draw for those seeking a food lover’s paradise.
Add in the delights of wine, beer and smooth, locally distilled drinks, and you will soon discover that the culinary experience in Williamsburg is as rich as the historical outings in the famed colonial village are rewarding.
The Williamsburg Winery wends its way through a serpentine driveway, with its acreage populated by 300-acres of vines That winding road ends at the winery’s tasting room and store, both part of the Gabriel Archer Tavern.
Tour the variety of varietals here and throughout the area, and never fear suffering the “wrath of grapes” during your visit because Williamsburg has wineries for all seasons.
What was once the domain of wine alone has yielded to the popularity of Greater Williamsburg’s local breweries and distilleries as well. One unique feature of the area: If you feel a need for mead, Williamsburg’s Silver Hand Meadery produces that ancient, honey-based fermented drink in its very own establishment.
Local beers made in their own micro-breweries are becoming as popular and, in many ways, as sophisticated as wine. Williamsburg has kept pace with the times by offering kegs, drafts and growler selections in numerous taprooms, patios and beer gardens, many of which feature live music.
For those desiring somewhat stronger spirits, Williamsburg boasts an expanding number of distilleries. Among them is the Copper Fox Distillery, which currently produces the first applewood-aged whiskey in the world.
Micro-Distilleries new to Greater Williamsburg
In keeping with the “spirits” of the 18th century, Williamsburg’s craft micro-distilleries shine. The 8 Shires Distillery offers “American Heritage” recipes and techniques geared toward producing, among othe adult beverages, the only bourbon in the world made with Indian corn.
To enjoy many of these establishments, be they devoted to wine, beer or something slightly more potent, Greater Williamsburg features the Williamsburg Tasting Trail where visitors can experience the art of creating handcrafted alcoholic beverages by many of area’s liquid pioneers.
Alert to Shop-a-holics Museum Fans
Naturally, food and drink are just the beginning. No destination is complete without first-rate shopping. With 135 stores, Williamsburg Premium Outlets is a browser’s and shopaholic’s nirvana featuring the likes of Burberry, Calvin Klein, the Coach Outlet, Ralph Lauren, L’Occitane and Waterford to mention a few.
It’s the perfect way to spoil your Valentine this year.
If shopping is not your forte, Williamsburg is also an oasis for museum hopping with English and American portrait galleries of the 17th to the 19th centuries, European and American prints, drawings and paintings dating as far back as the 14th century up to contemporary 21st century pieces, Japanese prints and photography, African art and Asian ceramics. Colonial Williamsburg itself has recently opened a fantastic museum, loaded with an extensive thematic collection of art and artifacts, including a unique collection of colonial-era pianos and forte-pianos with recorded examples demonstrating the authentic sounds of each.
Greater Williamsburg Spas and Ahhhs
Nearby Crim Dell Bridge on the campus of William and Mary is an entrancing spot for a stroll and to stop and listen to the rippling water as it gurgles under the bridge. As for the “rest” of your romantic visit, luxurious accommodations abound with everything from quaint B&Bs to elegant hotels and spas.
One example: Pamper yourself at Williamsburg’s only AAA Four Diamond Resort, the Spa at Kingsmill Resort.
Each spa in this area is unique with its own selection of themed treatments ranging down through the centuries to include wraps, herbal treatments, massages and other delights to soothe your cares away.
Whichever one you choose, however, Williamsburg’s amazing spas are guaranteed not to “rub you the wrong way.”
All of this is just part of the adventure before travelers even begin to enjoy the living-history of Colonial Williamsburg, with its interpid population of world famous re-enactors who take visitors on a time-travel experience that is second to none.
The 301-acre Historic Area includes 18th century buildings from the days when Williamsburg served as the original capital of Colonial Virginia, as well as other 17th and 19th century structures that are serve to interpret the life and times of a bustling, colonial American city.
The village is different from similar sites because it was actually built and reconstructed from a continuously inhabited, living town whose inhabitants and post-colonial-era buildings were gradually removed – after compensation, of course – before the village was slowly returned to its physical, colonial roots.
Furthermore, unlike many other living history museums, Colonial Williamsburg allows guests to walk through the historic district free of charge at any hour of the day. Admittance to the buildings, however, does require a ticket.
Among the most popular attractions are the re-enactors (interpreters) we’ve already noted. Young and old, they dress and talk just as they would during colonial times. Much like the never-changing Beefeaters at the Tower of London in England, these modern interpretors represent historical figures and traditions as they explain and demonstrate aspects of daily life just as it was hundreds of years ago.
Warning: You can try to trip them up on historical mattersup if you like, but you will not win the game! Instead, savor the moment and indulge yourself in history as you have never experienced it before.
As for the month of February, when it comes to Valentines Day, there’s more to romance than hearts, candy and flowers. A trip to Greater Williamsburg is a perfect example of this. That’s because you can celebrate Valentines every day of the year. That’s what makes Greater Williamsburg even greater.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
His goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime
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