Couples Getaway: 3 Romantic Days in Greater Williamsburg

Spend a long weekend with your honey enjoying this charming destination.

Breathtaking sunsets over the water. Lazy, twisting walks in the woods. One innovative restaurant after another. Craft beer galore. A country winery in the city. Greater Williamsburg is one of those rare boutique destinations that offer a charming array of choices for a romantic three-day getaway. 

Whether for Valentine’s Day, a special anniversary, or just an interlude for two, here’s a three-day itinerary guaranteed to put you in the mood for love.

DAY 1

Morning

Start the day with stunning views crossing the 700-foot timber bridge on the Powhatan Creek Trail.  Walk hand in hand to the sound of water streaming down the creek. Take the two-mile walk or link to other trails if the mood strikes you.

Lunch

After working up an appetite, get one of the back booths for lunch at Waypoint Seafood & Grill where the focus is on sea to table. Check out the signature crab cake, the fried oyster salad, or the oyster stew. The wine list features plenty of sparklers. Go on, treat your partner to the bubbly. 

Afternoon

It's spa time. Slip into the reclining chairs in the salt cave, the first on the East Coast, or float tanks at The Williamsburg Salt Spa. Check out the specials for two and indulge.

If you'd rather time travel than slip into the darkness, check out The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg to find just the right treatment. Their unique services blend ancient rituals with modern technology, offering pampering ranging from an herbal wrap and hot stone massage to a detoxifying herbal wrap and an African traditional band and strengthening massage.  

 

Dinner

Indulge in the nationally revered food at Fat Canary,  where with advance notice the staff will print a personal menu with a message for your special dinner. The menu is Modern American with nods to Asian and Italian cuisine. The menu changes seasonally with options like tuna tempura with avocado, soy, and wasabi; free-range guinea fowl with Parmesan gnocchi and charred tomato; and pan roasted duck breast with Asian Noodles, wild mushrooms, and Napa cabbage.

After dinner slip over to Triangle, the hottest late-night spot in town for a creative nightcap like the Surreal Classics including the Savoy Sling and the Coscorron Royale. 

DAY 2

Breakfast

Enjoy a walk to Aromas Coffeehouse, Bakery and Fresh Cafe in downtown Williamsburg. They roast coffee in house daily and bake a whopping list of breakfast treats including crumbly scones, sticky sticky buns, flaky croissants, and monster muffins not to mention omelets and lick-your-lips French toast. Pull up a chair at a comfortable table inside or sit outside and watch people strolling by.  

Morning

You're near some great art. Head over to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, the first of its kind in the country and a gem not to be missed. The museum offers changing exhibitions of American folk art from its permanent holdings and museum loan shows highlighting subjects like quilting, ship paintings, folk music instruments, and dollhouses.

Lunch

Amber Ox Public House in Williamsburg serves farm-to-table and Southern-style cuisine with a contemporary twist, offering fare like sweet tea-brined pork chops, shrimp and grits and pimento macaroni and cheese. The menu changes seasonally, as do the beers ranging from a Belgian tripel with jasmine flowers to an Imperial stout aged in barrels. Yes, these guys are creative. 

Afternoon

Follow The Eagles’ advice: Take it easy.  Wander the streets of Colonial Williamsburg then slip into a horse-drawn carriage for that clichéd, but most romantic of rides. Cozy up, sit back, and enjoy the sights and sounds of times past. Reserve early. Tickets sell out quickly. 

Slip out of town in the late afternoon and take the country road amid the vines to sample the award-winning offerings at the 300-acre Williamsburg Winery compound. There's a tasting room and store as well as the Gabriel Archer Tavern. Take a tour, try the tasting, and then sit outside in the sun at the Tavern and toast each other over hors d’oeuvres.

Dinner

Stay at the winery and enjoy dinner at Cafe Provencal. Transport your lover to the magic of Provence in this most romantic of settings. The food is as elegant as the decor featuring items like grilled lobster salad, confit chicken and house ricotta roulade, and seared red snapper. 

DAY 3

Breakfast

Locals know The Carrot Tree restaurants in Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown are a sure bet for sweet relief, especially their signature carrot cake. But the one in Williamsburg is a breakfast favorite featuring omelets and a selection of eggs Benedict.

Morning

Spend the morning strolling the shops and boutiques along the Yorktown waterfront or take a guided Segway tour of the historic village and environs with Patriot Tours and Provisions.

Lunch

When in Yorktown, enjoy lunch at The Yorktown Pub. Fuel up with mammoth sandwiches and build-your-own burgers. Better yet, go local with York River oysters, middle neck clams, or Cape May sea scallops. 

Afternoon

Slip in a little bit of history. Intelligence is romantic. Swing over to the Yorktown Battlefield, where the British surrender allowed the United States to gain its independence at long last. Then find a new appreciation and understanding of our nation’s beginnings at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, where you can explore re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm.

Dinner

Stick with Yorktown. At Riverwalk Restaurant, enjoy dinner and spectacular views of the York River and bridge highlighted by a setting sun and long shadows. Feast on the bounties of the sea including char-grilled local oysters or the peanut encrusted rockfish. Relax. You've earned this. 

Looking for more to do? Explore all the free options in the area and delve into the area's secrets. Then start planning your visit to Greater Williamsburg today.

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