What's New in Williamsburg
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It's the perfect time to visit Williamsburg, especially with the addition of exciting attractions, and the beginning of the summer season. Spend your days at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, try out some craft brews, and lounge around at newly renovated lodges and resorts.
Busch Gardens Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is open for the 2016 season. All For One is a new show where action and adventure abound in this swashbuckling spectacular where friendship, loyalty, and physical feats of bravery define a true hero. It’s All For One, and one for all this summer as the Musketeers arrive at Busch Gardens®' open-air Royal Palace Theatre. A tasty adventure awaits culinary explorers at Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. Busch Gardens invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with a variety of dishes and wines not normally served at the park, running May 27 - June 26, 2016.
Silt, a rustic farmhouse-chic restaurant, has garnered praise from culinary enthusiasts since opening in 2014. Silt is spearheaded by Executive Chef Nelson Miller, who is passionate about using local ingredients and who works with his team to redefine Southern food by incorporating techniques and ingredients from a variety of worldly influences.
Alewerks Brewing Company to Open New Kitchen
AleWerks opened its long-awaited appetizer and hors d’oeuvres kitchen in 2015, unveiling a re-created 17th-century beer based on a recipe from the Colonial Williamsburg archives. Executive Chef Gary Woolard has developed a menu that highlights and complements the broad range of beer offerings. AleWerks Brewing Company is best known for its fine beers and for fermenting their beers in state-of-the-art conical fermenters.
Chowning’s Tavern Unveils Updates
Chowning’s Tavern, located on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, now features longer operating hours, craft beers from across the state, a new menu focusing on smaller fare and a revamped outdoor dining area. No reservations are required.
The Historic Powhatan Resort has completed major renovations of two of its main buildings, including the Major House, now open to the public, and the indoor and outdoor pools. Greensprings Vacation Resort offers a new miniature golf course and features updated property playgrounds and a new miniature golf course. Fairfield Inn & Suites Williamsburg just completed a major renovation – every aspect of the hotel’s furniture, lighting, colors and fabrics has been thoughtfully renovated to offer vibrant and collaborative spaces.
Kingsmill Resort’s New Spa
Kingsmill Resort just opened its brand-new, reimagined spa “designed for the demanding and stressful lives we all lead today.” On your next visit, you’ll be greeted with options for a couple’s treatment room, in-spa dining and wine, and “quiet” rooms. More than 50 spa services are available in seven distinct treatment rooms, including wet rooms.
Yorktown Victory Center’s Major Transformation
Last year marked a major milestone in the Yorktown Victory Center’s transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Visitors are now welcomed in a new 80,000-square-foot building, featuring a spacious two-story entrance lobby with an adjacent museum store and café, a theater where several films will be shown, an American Revolution timeline corridor, and classrooms. Work continues on development of new gallery exhibits, an introductory film and outdoor amenities and living-history areas, all planned for completion by late 2016, when the site will be renamed American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.