Schooner Alliance
Schooner Alliance at sunset
Williamsburg Winery glass
Toast to Williamsburg Winery

Greater Williamsburg: Where to Relax and Recharge

Take a break from all the nonstop action in Greater Williamsburg. Here are a few ways to kick back and chill out during your visit.

Soothing Spas

Nothing is more relaxing than a day at a spa. The Spa at Kingsmill Resort, a renovated full-service 5,000-square-foot facility, is an oasis of calm decorated with Swarovski crystal-embellished wallpaper. Choose from a variety of massages, facials and body treatments, including decadent chocolate wraps, European rose treatments, oatmeal and honey wraps, or signature sugar or salt scrubs. Wind down your spa day with a laid-back moment in the “quiet” lounge. Nestle into the comfy rocking chairs that face the outdoor pool and feel your stress just melt away. 

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg takes you through the centuries with themed treatments based on the herbs and rituals from each of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. They range from the 17th-century Detoxifying Herbal Wrap & Hot Stone Massage Spa Experience to the 21st-century Advanced Age-Defense Spa Experience.

Divine Dining and Wining

You can’t help but unwind when visiting the family-owned Williamsburg Winery, set on a 300-acre farm. Take your time sampling the wines during daily tastings and tours of the barrel cellar and then tuck into Provence-inspired meals at the fine-dining Café Provencal, which serves dinner most nights of the week.

Settle into your chair at a table or the bar at the Fat Canary in Merchants Square and indulge in a magical evening, pampered by the superb service and delighted by the seasonally changing menu featuring items like pan-seared scallops with smoked tomato and pork belly.  

Tucked into a strip shopping center outside of downtown is Waypoint Seafood and Grill, which highlights farm- and bay-to-table fare under the direction of Chef Hans J. Schadler, who balances the fish-centered menu with schnitzel, pork and beef. 

At Opus 9, where red meat lovers have no less than seven choices ranging from a gigantic 24-ounce Porterhouse to a cowboy-cut ribeye with the bone in that tips the scale at 18 ounces. Linger over an extra glass of wine from a pages-long wine list with more than 150 offerings, many by the glass. 

Laid-Back Nighttime Fun

Wind down your day with a tranquil two-hour sunset cruise on the 105-foot Schooner Alliance operated by Yorktown Sailing Charters out of Yorktown. Sunset cruises, which sail the Chesapeake Bay tidewaters, operate from March 28 to Nov. 5.

For an evening of laughs as well as food and drink, the Comedy Club of Williamsburg is the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night. Billed as the longest-running seasonal comedy club in the nation, it is tucked into the Doubletree by Hilton hotel.

Beer, burgers, and recliners make it seem like you’re chilling at home while watching the big screen at the Movie Tavern. Comfort comes with a discount. Movie Tavern admission is generally cheaper than at other theaters. So sit, sup, relax, and repeat.

Tranquil Places to Stay

The Williamsburg Inn is the crown jewel of the Colonial city, a trip back in time as envisioned in 1937 by John D. Rockefeller, who wanted to create a world-class, European-style hotel offering only the finest. It's truly a regal place. Queen Elizabeth II checked in here while visiting in 2007. Just steps away, you can ease back in time in a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Revolutionary city.

Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony is another posh Colonial-style resort, tucked into the rolling hills. It offers 54 holes of golf, fine dining, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fitness center open around the clock. But you can just put up your feet in a private villa and do nothing at all.

Another hillside property on the quiet edge of town, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Williamsburg Resort boasts Colonial-inspired architecture, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and comfortable villas where the whole family can take a break from an action-packed day. 

Kids will love the junior Olympic-sized swimming pool while parents can take a long breather in the jetted hot tubs of the extraordinary year-round Aquatic Center at King's Creek Plantation. A self-contained gated community, the resort has cottages, townhomes and spacious vacation homes in a setting that feels like a small village.