Shopping in Williamsburg

April 26th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Williamsburg Shopping in Merchant Square

Williamsburg is well know for its History but did you know shopping in Williamsburg is one of the most popular thing to do in 2010? With a variety of shopping options, you are sure to find what you are looking for. A diversity of shops can be found in Merchant Square. From Williams Sonoma to unique boutique shops like G.Bates, you can spend the afternoon shopping for that special gift, outfit, kitchen accessory or homemade candies right down the street. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a desert and wine outside on the patio at the Trellis Restaurant or grab a sandwich and sit outside at the Cheese Shop. Colonial Shops can be found right down the street where you will find Colonial Wear, household items and unique toys, foods and apparel.

If you prefer the more modern name brand stores, head up the street about 4 miles and you will find the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. With over 135 stores you are sure to find a bargain waiting for you every day of the year.

After a long day of shopping, come back to A Williamsburg White House Inn, enjoy afternoon snacks and wine, a beautifully appointed room and a full complimentary breakfast.

Intimate Weddings and Elopements in Williamsburg

April 13th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Williamsburg Wedding

Are you looking to escape the rat race and enjoy a small intimate wedding ceremony in Williamsburg? Our Williamsburg Inn offers small intimate ceremonies either just the two of you, or just a few guests in attendance. Enjoy your ceremony under the trellis in the Churchill Garden or in the Diplomatic Reception Room or JFK Library. We offer packages to make your day as easy and relaxing as possible. All you need to bring is your significant other and your marriage license. We will arrange the marriage commissioner, the flowers, the champagne, the dinner and the room. Whether this is your first marriage or you wish to renew your vows, we can make your day something special. Stay the night and enjoy breakfast the next morning at a candlelit table for two in the JFK Library. If you need any information, just call us at 866-229-8580 or check out our wedding and elopement packages on our website. Our Williamsburg Inn is a special place for a special day!

How to spend your visit in Williamsburg

March 29th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Williamsburg offers a variety of “things” to do.

How you decide what to do depends on the time you have to spend in our town. There is Colonial Williamsburg with its historic homes, buildings and programs which you can easily spend at least 2 full days doing. Then there is Jamestown Settlement with its “state of the art” museum,  3 ships you can tour, the Fort and the Indian Village. Behind the Settlement, you will find the actual Jamestown Island where the archaeological dig is going on as well as a wonderful archearium to tour.  A short drive down Colonial Parkway will bring you to Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown Victory Center and the Yorktown Riverwalk.

Of course if history is not your interest, Busch Gardens and Water Country is less than 5 miles down the road. Maybe you prefer to golf, have a spa day or shop in over 150 premium outlet stores? Finally, stop at the Winery for your tour and stock up on wine for your cellar!

I haven’t even mentioned the fine restaurants that Williamsburg has to offer or the wonderful shops in Merchant Square.

Maybe just a day relaxing at the Inn, playing some chess, reading a book? Enjoying afternoon wines and snack.

Whatever you trip entails, we can help you plan your itineray when you stay with us, just ask!

John and Debbie at A Williamsburg White House Bed & Breakfast

Busch Gardens for All Ages

March 16th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Va

Explore six countries full of European themed rides, shows and eateries.  Theme Parks Magazine’s fourth annual Readers’ Choice Awards have chosen Busch Gardens as a clear winner; placing in nine of 17 categories. Busch Gardens was voted most beautiful park. The European-themed park also had three of the top 10 steel roller coasters, with Griffon placing second in the favorite “New for 2007″ category. Other notable placements include best food, best live entertainment, cleanest park, best seasonal event, best water ride and best themed ride or attraction.

For the 20th consecutive year, the European-themed park has been voted the “Most Beautiful Park” by members of the National Amusement Park Historical Association. The combination of European-themed architecture, lush landscaping and elaborate costumes contributes to the beauty and charm of the park.

Additionally, Busch Gardens has ranked highly in Amusement Today’s international “Golden Ticket Awards” survey in the “Best Landscaping – Amusement Park” category. Busch Gardens has won the award every year since 1998 when the category was established.

With dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, entertaining shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, Busch Gardens is the ticket to world-class adventure.

Busch Gardens is adding new thrills in 2011. With the addition of a new  thrill ride, Mäch Tower℠, the rejuvenation of an iconic village and the return of exciting events, 2011 will bring a year of thrills at the Williamsburg theme park. Mäch Tower, opening late spring, will lift riders nearly 240 feet above Oktoberfest and drop them at breathtaking speeds. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest village is getting a fresh new look complete with restaurants, games and performance areas. Summer, fall and winter are packed full of excitement with the return of IllumiNights:  A Busch Gardens Encore, the 13th anniversary of Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town:  A Busch Gardens Celebration, the holiday spectacular that transforms the European-themed park into a winter wonderland.

Located about 5 miles from the Inn, you can easily drive to Busch Gardens and spend the day. Combination tickets are available to Colonial Williamsburg as well as Busch Gardens.

Click here to book your reservation now and ask about Busch Gardens ticket options.

Breakfast at the Inn

March 6th, 2011 by debbiekeane

The Bed and Breakfast experience is one that has many preconceived notions. We try to break those misgivings and show you that once you stay at a Bed and Breakast, you may never go back to a hotel.  We are set up like a small boutique hotel. You as our guest, come and go as you please, you have your own room, your own bathroom and your own key. You do not have to see the innkeepers for any reason but know that we are there to assist you if you need us.  We have common areas for you to enjoy with other guests such as the Diplomatic Reception Room and the JFK Library. Breakfast is served every morning at the same time for all of our guests. You can choose to sit together with other guests in the Reagan Dining Room or at a table for 2 in the JFK Library. No matter where you sit, you are served the same entree. Every morning that you stay at our Inn, you are served a beginner and an entree. This also includes unlimited Orange Juice and Coffee or Hot Tea.  The entree rotates daily and can include such entrees as

omelets, Belgium Waffles with bacon, Stuffed French Toast drizzled in Blueberry Sauce or Eggs Benedict. We can accommodate special diets with advance notice.  Many of our guests are first time Bed and Breakfast visitors and really appreciate the interaction with other guests as they can get a “birds eye view” of the area from them. From young couples in their 20′s to our seniors in their 80′s, we promise that our breakfast experience will be one of the highlights of your day in Williamsburg.

Jamestown’s Military Through the Ages!

February 23rd, 2011 by debbiekeane

Jamestown Settlement, Military Through the Ages.

Jamestown Settlement's Military Through the Ages

 One of our favorite early spring events in the area is “Military through the Ages!”

 This weekend long program is presented at the Jamestown Settlement, just over 4 miles right down the street from A Williamsburg White House Inn. Enjoy hundreds of re-enactors depicting soldiers from the 8th century to modern times. This event will take place from March 19-20, 2011.  During this weekend, you can experience the past and present in a unique display of Miltary History as re-enactors show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved thoughout the centuries, as well as field communication and medical treatment. The event also showcases a variety of military vehicles and equipment.

Visitors are encouraged to interact with re-enactors to learn how soldiers attired and armed themselves, as well as how they were fed and housed in times of war.
Thirty five groups based in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina will portray soldiers and military encounters from the medieval and Viking periods, Hundred Years’ War, War of the Roses, French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812 and American Civil War. Re-enactors representing World Wars I and II, Vietnam War and the Soviet War in Afghanistan will take visitors through the 20thcentury, with the Virginia Army National Guard representing the present

For more information visit Jamestown Settlement

Spring Getaways in Williamsburg

February 12th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Spring flowers in Williamsburg

One of my favorite times of the year. The flowers and trees in bloom, the grass is green, the skies are blue and the humidity is low. Williamsburg is beautiful in the spring. Enjoy full programming in Colonial Williamsburg, take the shuttle to Jamestown or Yorktown and leave your car in the driveway. Stroll through the farmers market down the street on Saturday mornings and then jump on a carriage ride down Duke of Gloucester street in the afternoon sun. Enjoy shopping in Merchant Square and sit outside the Cheese Shop with a glass of wine and a sampling of cheese. Restaurants abound as you choose from “our own Emeril” at A Chefs Kitchen to  Fine dining at the Fat Canary. If you prefer a French Bistro for some “comfort food”, then try the Blue Talon, but if you want to hear a little jazz, head to the Trellis restaurant for dinner and music. Back at the Inn, we will have your room waiting for you, some warm tasty snacks along with wine , port and sherry in the late afternoon. In the morning, wake to a delicious breakfast, steaming hot coffee and great conversation. Click here for our spring special where you will enjoy tickets and $50 gift card to spend as you wish in Colonial Williamsburg.

Presidents Weekend Getaway in Williamsburg, VA!

February 8th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Happy Presidents Day!

Treat yourself and stay in one of our favorite Presidential Suites on this holiday weekend. Try the Lincoln Suite with it’s “his” and “hers” bathrooms, or the Teddy Roosevelt Suite with a Queen Size railroad berth replica Bed , or maybe your prefer WWII/Hollywood decor in the FDR Bed Chambers. Which ever your favorite, we are sure you will be pleased with our choice of accommodations here in Williamsburg, Virginia. A Full Breakfast is complimentary and is served in the Reagan Dining Room or the JFK Library. Enjoy afternoon wines and snacks in the Diplomatic Reception Room. Sit in the JFK Library and enjoy a good book in front of a roaring fire as you relax and unwind. What better Presidential Treament can be found on this special weekend? Come and celebrate their birthdays and be a President for the Day! Click here to view our rooms.

Historic Jamestown Settlement

January 24th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Jamestown Settlement

Located right down the street, just a short 4 mile drive, you will find Jamestown Settlement. This wonderful historic settlement portrays the story  of over 400 years ago.

A Group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the banks of Virginia’s James River.  These men were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders had planned to make a profit from the resources of the New World. These men suffered horrible hardships but managed to survive and earn the distinction of being America’s first permanent English Colony.

Today at Jamestown Settlement, the story is told. You will enjoy a stroll through the Powhatan Indian village where you can interact with the Indians, skin the hides and enter their homes. Walk down the path and board the replica of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, and then enjoy life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort. Costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in the early 17th century.  A exquisite museum offers expansive gallery exhibits.

After touring the Settlement you can enjoy lunch at their cafe and stop in the gift shop for some souveniers to take home.

Jamestown is open daily except for Christmas and New Years Day.

Martin Luther King Getaway Weekend

January 11th, 2011 by debbiekeane

Martin Luther King Weekend

In a few days it will be the first holiday weekend of 2011. What a better way to spend that weekend than with  a little bit of history, a little bit of romance, and a beautiful place to stay. Colonial Williamsburg is open year round and offers discounted tickets in the winter. Fine Restaurants in Merchant Square are open and reservations are available. Enjoy some post holidays shopping at the Premium Outlets or Merchant Square. Stay with us at A Williamsburg White House and enjoy a beautiful room, great down comforters, a wood burning fireplace in the common areas along with afternoon wine and baked goods. A Full Breakfast in the morning to complete your stay is offered in the JFK Library or the Reagan Dining Room. Walk down the Street to enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride or stroll the historic area, you never know who you may meet, Thomas Jefferson perhaps? Need more history? Turn left out the driveway and right down the street you will find the Jamestown Settlement, complete with Indian Village, ships to explore, the fort and an outstanding museum. For more information, go to www.awilliamsburgwhitehouse.com