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My husband and I have traveled to Williamsburg, VA two times. Each time was so wonderful, we could have stayed. There are so many wonderful places to eat and drink in town. One solid pub and restaurant is the Dog Street Pub. It is located at the corner of W. Duke of Gloucester St. and N. Henry St. The decor is so interesting inside of the traditional brick building. It is almost art deco. The bar is stocked and you will find some interesting things on the menu, like blood sausage.
If you are a chocolate lover, do not miss the Wythe Candy and Gourmet Shop, also on W. Duke of Gloucester St. Though they have a wide selection of packaged goods, I didn’t notice half of them because I got distracted by the truffle case.
W. Duke of Gloucester St. is a great brick pedestrian street to stroll down. There are many shops and restaurants to pop into.
One of our favorite restaurants is located just outside the main Williamsburg retail area on Prince George St. It is called The Hound’s Tale. We sat at the bar one night and enjoying a few cocktails and a few appetizers. All were delicious and I highly recommend giving this place a try if you are in town.
Our absolutely favorite restaurant was Blue Talon Bistro on Prince George St. A French brasserie with a lovely interior, a cute bar, a great wine selection, and food you will dream about. I could eat here every night.
Across the street from the Blue Talon Bistro is Kilwins. We may have gone in here way too many times for ice cream waffle cones. I regret none of these choices.
We’ve stayed at the Williamsburg Lodge on both visits. I can’t say enough about how well worth the money this location is. It is close to the retail and shopping areas, as well as Colonial Williamsburg. The staff is super helpful and nice. The bar and lounge (Sweet Tea and Barley) on site are fantastic. I couldn’t get enough shrimp and grits during our stays.
The hotel and grounds are beautiful. I’ve gotten massages at the spa on site and both experiences were wonderful. During our last visit, I ran at the gym each morning and it is a great facility. We also discovered a short, but lovely, walking path nearby to stretch our legs.
Pictured above is the Williamsburg Inn, down the street from the Lodge. Both are located within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg, which features a living-history museum and restaurants. Below is a photo of the Governor’s mansion, occupied at one point by Governor Thomas Jefferson in the late 1700s. I highly recommend paying to tour this particular building and its stunning garden out back.
Lastly, if you are looking to take a little ride outside the area, here are two ideas. The first is the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown. This gorgeous indoor and outdoor museum has some of the best use of interactive technology in a museum. With screens that project holograms to screen you can swipe and hear from characters, this museum did an incredible job blending the technology with the artifacts. If it is nice enough, travel outside to see part of the outdoor museum.
The second option for a trip right outside Williamsburg is featured in another post about Merroir. Be sure to check out this cute waterfront oyster spot.