Shake Off The Winter Blues in Williamsburg
Winter blues have you down? Step out of the cold and into the fun here at Greater Williamsburg. From couples looking for a cozy, fun getaway to families looking to make a splash, things are just heating up this season.
“Indoor Williamsburg” is one of the best-kept secrets in Virginia. Those in the know are well aware that the popular summer destination is also an ideal winter escape with its cozy accommodations, creative libations, gastronomic delights, million-dollar spas, museums, thrilling indoor water parks, interactive movies and much more. Best of all, “Indoor Williamsburg is the perfect escape for couples and families.
From rekindling the flame and warming up to a winter libation at one of the many new and popular hotspots across Greater Williamsburg to families looking to make a splash in the destination’s warm waters, here’s just a start of what Greater Willliamsburg offers in the winter.
Accommodations. Couples don’t even need to leave their room when staying in one of Greater Williamsburg’s romantic accommodations. The destination is home to some of the dreamiest hotel experiences, such as The Williamsburg Lodge, featuring a selection of unique rooms in an unforgettable setting in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, just steps from the Revolutionary City. Stay at least two nights, and take advantage of the Inn’s “Couples Getaway” Package, starting at $139 per person per night (February 1 – March 17).
Couples will also enjoy the newly-opened restaurant, Sweet Tea and Barley, located at the Lodge. Serving casual meals and an outdoor terrace space with heated umbrella tables and fire pits, this restaurant is ideal for a cozy night with a loved one.
The secluded Wedmore Place is also a stop that couples will treasure. The 28-room boutique hotel located on a farm, steps from the popular Williamsburg Winery features a wood-burning fireplace and a king-sized bed in every room – perfect to re-connect with your loved one.
Kingsmill Resort just unveiled their Cottages on The James, ideal for couples looking for resort living at its very finest. The exclusive community of homes feature professionally designed luxurious interiors with cottage-inspired exteriors, three-to-four bedrooms each with its own ensuite, a gourmet kitchen, an individual security system, plus two critically acclaimed 18-hole golf courses right outside your doorstep.
Booze. Winery, brewery, meadery, Oh My! You don’t need to be outside to enjoy a glass of wine, cold brew or a sweet libation. At the Williamsburg Winery, winemaker Matthew Meyer produces 25+ wines annually including the new Wessex Hundred series of estate-grown wine.
Prefer to enjoy a pint with your special someone? Couples can head to Williamsburg Aleworks Brewery, where they will be able to sample the broad range of beer offerings and learn more about the story of AleWerks and their unique American handcrafted ales. And be one of the first to enjoy a cold brew from the Virginia Beer Company, opening winter 2016. The company’s brewery, taproom and beer garden focus on a small, high-quality core lineup, with a rotation of limited edition beers. Stay tuned to their website and social media for an official opening date.
Food. A getaway with your plus one wouldn’t be without a romantic meal, and lucky for travelers, the dining options in Greater Williamsburg are endless. Couples can enjoy a romantic meal sourced from local purveyors along the river in Yorktown, travel back in time and dine in one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century-style taverns, or splurge on fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. Some couple favorites include: The Fat Canary, located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg; Gabriel Archer Tavern at the Williamsburg Winery, featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients; and Opus 9 Steakhouse in New Town, epitomizing the dining experience from prime quality steakhouse fare to the diversity of the wine list.
Comedy. There’s nothing like a good gut-busting laugh to fuel the romantic chemistry. This February, Kingsmill Resort will laugh off the winter blues with its first comedy festival premiering February 12-14. The comedy shows will run each night from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. with reserved table seating, a full bar and limited food menu.
Spas. Couples can relax, refresh and recharge with a visit to a spa. From the four-star Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, featuring 17th- and 18th-century colonial wellness experiences, to the unusual Williamsburg Salt Spa (yes, salt therapy treatments and a salt cave!), there are standout options for every taste and style.
Museums & Galleries Williamsburg is home to some of the most intriguing art museums on the East Coast and boasts more than 20 art galleries to explore. Couples can spend a day exploring all Basset Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller, Jr; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum; and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum have to offer.
The college of William and Mary is also home to art institution, Muscarelle Museum of Art. On February 14 at 2:00 p.m., couples can experience the “Music in the Galleries” series, which will feature romantic melodies of local husband and wife duo Timothy and Judy Olbrych.
Water. Who doesn’t love swimming in the middle of winter? At least two-dozen Williamsburg area hotels offer indoor pools – perfect for when the weather is cold outside. They include the Great Wolf Lodge, with its multi-faceted indoor water park, the massive Kingsmill Resort, the Historic Powhatan Resort, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Hampton Inn & Suites and more. So jump right in! The water's fine.
For more information on all Williamsburg area hotels, please check out the Lodging section on the website.
Shopping. Turn a chilly day into your own check-off-the-list day by shopping for everyone on your 2016 birthday/holiday/special occasion list. From unique
crafts and handmade collectibles (colonial pewter, anyone?) to 135 name-brand fashion purveyors at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets mall to dozens of antique shops, including the sprawling 300-dealer Williamsburg Antiques Mall, you won't leave empty-handed.
Just around the corner from the outlets is Yankee Candle Village, where Christmas is a year-round event. Watch magic come to life with animated, singing characters and the every-day celebration of Christmas. Families will have fun with Santa in the shop or enjoy a hands-on, interactive candle-making experience.
Live Music. Who doesn’t love a free concert? Wipe the winter blues away with a free indoor concert in the Freight Shed at Riverwalk Landing in historic Yorktown every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. through March. During the Cabin Fever Concert Series, local musicians engage and interact with the audience during this unique experience.
Movies. Spend the day inside the Jamestown Settlement and take-in the introductory film “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” which sets the stage for expansive exhibition galleries that chronicle 1600s Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures. Throughout the galleries, families will enjoy the touchable objects, question panels, films, interactive exhibits and period artifacts, too.
Inside the doors of the Yorktown Victory Center, families will enjoy three films that dramatize the final military campaign of the American Revolution. Afterwards, check out the “Creating Our New Museum” exhibit, which provides families with a multimedia, interactive encounter with the permanent exhibition galleries and introductory film, debuting with the Yorktown Victory Center’s transition to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016.