Discover Unique Lodging Options in Greater Williamsburg
Greater Williamsburg has something for everyone. From authentic historical inns and guesthouses to upscale golf-focused resorts and water-themed family-friendly lodges. Adventure's never been this easy!
With a host of attractions in the Greater Williamsburg area, it is hardly surprising to discover a variety of memorable lodging choices. From classical treasures like Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne to adrenaline-fueled modern theme parks like Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect place to for your family to relax and enjoy the adventure.
Here are nine unique places guaranteed to help create a memorable stay.
The Williamsburg Inn: The Royal Treatment
For pampering extraordinaire, check into the Williamsburg Inn, the crown jewel of the Colonial city. From the moment you step into the lobby, decorated in English Regency style, you are in another time. John D. Rockefeller built the inn in 1937 to create a world-class, European-style hotel steps from Colonial Williamsburg. It's such a regal place that Queen Elizabeth II checked in here while visiting in 2007.
Sophisticated room options range from a 700-square-foot suite with a living room, a bathroom with a soaking tub, and a four-poster bed to those with double queen beds and a sitting area.
The newly redecorated Regency Room restaurant offers five-star service and a menu of classics from openers like crabmeat Randolph and cast-iron seared foie gras to entrees like honey pear-glazed pheasant and black garlic gremolata-crusted filet of beef. Be sure to stop by the intimate bar for a pre-dinner cocktail.
Great Wolf Lodge: Ultimate All-in-One Fun
Splishing and splashing is the main attraction at this hotel-cum-waterpark, whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a chill-seeker. So take a twisting and turning raft ride down six stories on Howlin' Tornado. Dare to challenge Alberta Falls, a four-story drop that takes you outside the building before dumping you into the plunge pool. Surf far from shore with Wolf Rider Wipeout, the surf simulator. And chill with a lazy float on Crooked Creek, if quiet waters are more your speed.
Water, though, is only part of the reason why you won't need to venture off property. Howlywood Theater is a 4D experience for the whole family. There’s no resisting Howl-in-One, the mini golf course. Northern Lights arcade features more than 100 games. And Magiquest entices children to explore an enchanted kingdom for 30 minutes or three hours. Just don't forget the wand.
When you need a respite, Great Wolf Lodge has spas for adults and children as well as a 24-hour fitness room. Adults can choose from a long list of therapies, including therapeutic massage, maternity massage, an organic facial, as well as manicures and pedicures. For the younger set, the ice cream-themed Scooops Spa offers a chocolate-covered organic facial and the Princess Experience, including manicure or pedicure, spa wrap and hair brush.
Rooms are rustic and family-friendly, and feature themed suites like the KidCabin, a Northwoods adventure; the Whirlpool Fireplace with big-screen TV, private patio, and, of course, a whirlpool and gas fireplace; and the Wolf Den with cave-themed sleeping area with bunks for the kids. They may never want to leave!
Kingsmill Resort: Spoil Yourself
Nestled along the James River, Kingsmill Resort is the only AAA Four Diamond resort in Williamsburg. If there is some activity you want to do, chances are you can do it at Kingsmill. Looking to hone your swing? There is not one, but two championship golf courses, home to the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in May. Want to work on your backhand? There are 15 courts and an adult and junior tennis academy.
The marina, open during warmer months, offers rentals of jet skis, pontoon boats, kayaks, paddleboards and even fishing poles. The 5,000-square-foot spa, decorated with natural river rock accents and Swarovski crystal-embellished wallpaper, offers so many services it needs a 28-page booklet to showcase them. Among them are Swedish massage, European facials, French manicures and a chocolate wrap.
Want to enjoy the sprawling property? Try a Segway tour or rent a bike. Need to break a sweat? Fitness classes, including those in the indoor pool, are free. Care to commune with nature? Take a hike around Wareham's Pond, a resort favorite.
Choose from updated rooms, as well as spacious cottages, condominiums or homes. They’re scattered about the property; some border the river, others the golf courses or tennis courts.
Newport House Bed & Breakfast: Live in Another Century
This romantic Colonial B&B offers not only cozy accommodations, but the considerable historical knowledge of its hosts, who are authors and ship designers as well. Located five minutes from the historic district, Newport House is the only B&B in the area themed around 18th-century history.
The house was built in 1988 using a 1756 design by Colonial architect Peter Harrison, and it is decorated with furniture designed in the 18th century, including four-poster canopy beds. Breakfast features dishes made from Colonial recipes and include fruit from the garden.
The house hosts Colonial dancing in its ballroom on Tuesday nights. Beginners are welcome; the steps are easy and repeated in different combinations. If you really want to get into the mood of the period, Newport House offers guests a chance to rent Colonial costumes.
The Fife & Drum Inn: Go Downtown
The Fife and Drum Inn, Williamsburg's only downtown inn, is the definition of convenient location, just across the street from the College of William & Mary and steps away from the historic area. With nine theme rooms to choose from, including a two-room suite, there is something for every historical taste.
The Cedars Suite features a king bed and a sitting room opening onto the back porch. The cozy Yorktown room boasts two beds under coved ceilings with dormer windows. And the Conservancy Room showcases a heavily draped queen four-poster bed and a footed tub for long soaks.
The breakfast buffet centers on a different casserole daily as well as fresh-baked muffins, fruits and the usual juice, coffee and tea.
The Historic Powhatan Resort: Modern Amenities
Boasting a handsome restored manor house dating to circa 1735, the Historic Powhatan Resort has all the modern amenities and comforts of a 21st-century facility. Tucked into 256 acres of beautiful woodland, its tasteful Colonial-style accommodations are especially family-friendly in spacious one- to three-bedroom units with kitchens and fireplaces.
Kids will love the indoor and outdoor pools, table tennis, mini golf and playground. Parents will appreciate the fitness center, tennis and racquetball courts, putting green and sauna. The whole family can enjoy strolling the well-kept grounds and easy access to Williamsburg attractions.
Wedmore Place: Sophisticated Country
Enjoy fresh country air at Wedmore Place, a charming European-style country hotel set among 300 acres of vineyards and pine forests. The hotel features 28 individually designed rooms and suites, all with wood-burning fireplaces. Each one is unique, named after a province of Europe with decor to match, including antiques and original works of art.
Dining here is a highlight at Cafe Provencal, where Chef Ika Zaken prepares French-inspired dishes like braised lamb shoulder and duck confit with black beluga lentils. Arrive early and enjoy a drink in the library.
Guests are treated to a complimentary wine tasting at the Williamsburg Winery, a part of the property and the creator of red blends as well as Chardonnay, Viognier and dessert wines.
Anvil Campground: Roughing It in the City
Rough it like an adventuresome colonist at this family-owned campground in the heart of Williamsburg that offers shuttles to major attractions like theme parks, restaurants and shopping.
Anvil Campground features a small pool, arcade, three playgrounds and laundry room with sites for RVs and tents. If you just can't go completely off-grid, don't worry. The site offers Wi-Fi and cable television.