3 Ways to Have a Healthy Vacation in Williamsburg

Eat at farm-to-table restaurants, walk off your calories on scenic trails, and de-stress at fabulous spas

Historic Jametowne Bike Trail
View from The Virginia Capital Trail
Waypoint Seafood Grill
Amber OX
Spa of Colonial Williamsburg

As New Year’s resolution time draws near, what better way is there to get in shape than by doing it in Greater Williamsburg?

Here are places to dine, trails to walk, and spas to relax in during a transformative trip to the area. You'll never enjoy doing the right thing more.

Walking Well

So many choices to get in so many steps.  

The Greensprings Interpretative Trail links history and nature over 3.5 miles that loops through a landscape of beaver ponds, wetlands, and forests. The trail includes sections of wooden boardwalk as well as interpretative signs about the environment, historic events of the early colonists and American Indians, and area wildlife.

Waller Mill Park is not far from downtown Williamsburg. It features a 360-acre lake with a 3.7-mile paved trail with lake views that snakes through tall tree. 

The Historic Jamestowne Bike Trail is not just for the well wheeled. Get a dose of history — fun history — with your exercise. Choose from a three-mile or five-mile loop on Island Drive that features 11 interpretive stops including a panoramic view of the James River, archaeological excavation sites, and the roosting nests of bald eagles.

Freedom Park in Williamsburg features an interpretative trail for children as well as a multi-use paved trail that is ADA accessible. As an added bonus, the Williamsburg Botanical Garden is part of the park. 

The Virginia Capital Trail covers 52 miles between the commonwealth's old capital in Williamsburg and the present one in Richmond. That might be a little too much in one dose. But you can enjoy a part of it starting in Williamsburg at the Governor's Mansion and following the Colonial Parkway to Jamestown Island, the site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World. 

Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown might be the start of a short hike, but oh what a view of the York River and historic downtown. Swing by during dusk and savor the exercise and the panorama. 

Eating Well

Greater Williamsburg knows farm — and sea — to table. After all, that's how both Native Americans and the colonists survived. What you'll find in this century is innovative, nationally known cuisine. Check it out after a long walk.

Waypoint Seafood & Grill celebrates the Chesapeake Bay. It features Tommy Leggett's York River Oysters, local jumbo lump crabmeat, a fried oyster salad, and a market fish of the day. 

Cafe Provençal proves that farm-to-table doesn't mean simple. The cooking is French-inspired, but the ingredients emphasize the best of what's local with items like Border Spring Farm lamb loin Wellington and seared diver scallops. 

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill in the middle of Greater Williamsburg has been chosen by locals at the "Best Seafood Restaurant" for more than 10 years. You'll find Tommy Leggett oysters as well as James River oysters. And then there's The Original Blue Plate, a signature dish of blue crab in she-crab soup, a lump crab cake, baked crab imperial with crispy fried oysters and shrimp.  

Riverwalk Restaurant has a view of the bridge and local seafood to match from she-crab soup to local oyster to jumbo scallops carbonara. 

Amber Ox Public House is one of the hot restaurants a short walk from the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg that mixes their craft beers with locally focused modern Southern cuisine in items like North Carolina shrimp hush puppies, sweet tea-brined pork chops with Anson Mills grits, and an Edward & Son country ham board. 

Pampering Well

Give your body — and mind — some love at one of the area's decadent spas. 

The Williamsburg Salt Spa features a salt cave, the first on the East Coast, and float tanks. Clients at the spa can sit in the cave or float in tanks, which helps the body absorb a combination of minerals thought to promote good health.

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is a chance to travel through time 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. 

The Giving Tree Spa at Wyndham's Governor's Green Resort offers five types of massage, including deep tissue and hot stone, relaxing facials and body treatments featuring a Dead Sea chamomile mask or green mint algae.

The Serenity Spa in Williamsburg promises five-star service at three-star prices with a variety of packages including massage, body wraps, tanning, facials, and manicures.

The Elements Spa at Great Wolf Lodge offers parents a chance to pamper their children. There are services for mom and dad and their teens including facials, manicures, skin peels, and aromatherapy massage.

There's so much more to Greater Williamsburg.  Explore cheap eats and family fun things to do.  Then plan your visit today.

 

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