Photo courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Even if it wasn’t on the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Inn would still ooze history and atmosphere. The English Regency-style property was built in 1937 by the Rockefeller family in order to accommodate the visitors who wished to see the newly restored buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. The inn has hosted celebrities, several U.S. presidents, as well as the Queen of England. It was the first hotel in the country to offer air conditioning, and has expanded and added amenities ever since. The latest renovations include the outdoor Social Terrace, overlooking the Golden Horseshoe golf course (also recently updated), and the signature Rockefeller Room restaurant, which serves Southern American classics with a new British approach, such as lamb loin with lavender goat cheese potatoes. Recently refreshed and spacious rooms feature deep-soaking bathtubs, sitting areas, and antique-inspired furniture. Should you look for recreation beyond exploring Colonial Williamsburg, you have access to two outdoor pools and the spa’s indoor pool, and a variety of recreational options ranging from croquet to tennis.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
136 Francis St E, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA