I mentioned on the blog last week that my sister had to postpone her wedding due to Hurricane Florence. I was also supposed to go to Hilton Head, SC the week after her wedding with some of our family, but it wasn’t possible for us to physically make it to Hilton Head with all of the flooding. We came up with a few other options for our vacation, and decided on Williamsburg. It has been quite a few years since I’ve been to Williamsburg, VA so I started to do a little research as soon as we decided on our destination. Although it wasn’t our first choice, we had a lot of fun and a great part about our trip is definitely the variety of different things that we did! Today I wanted to share some recommendations on what to do and where to eat in Williamsburg.
What to do:
Williamsburg Winery: Visiting the Williamsburg Winery was what I was looking forward to most in Williamsburg. We had a large group, and decided on doing just the tasting although they offer a tour as well. They had two different tasting options to choose from, and we went with the reserve tasting which I definitely recommend. We were all so impressed with their wines, and my favorite was their Chardonnay!
Busch Gardens: It’s off-season at Busch Gardens right now which means that they aren’t open every day, but because of this we were able to purchase discounted tickets online. They also go all out for Halloween, and the park transforms starting at 6 pm into their ‘Howl-O-Scream’ event. We had Charlotte with us, so we made sure to leave before that started. We did spend the day watching a few shows, going on a couple rides, and walking around the gorgeous park.
Colonial Williamsburg: We opted to just check out Merchant Square where all the shops are, and just walk around for a little while instead of buying tickets to Colonial Williamsburg. To be honest, Colonial Williamsburg isn’t quite my cup of tea but I did enjoy walking around especially because it was such a perfect day.
Silver Hand Meadery: Silver Hand Meadery offers both a honey tasting and a mead tasting. I opted to just do the honey tasting and I definitely recommend it! I honestly didn’t know that there were that many different kinds of honey, so it was really interesting to try different varieties.
Day trip to Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach is only an hour away from Williamsburg so we went for the day. We arrived at around lunch time, and then spent a couple of hours on the beach. It’s such a gorgeous beach with a boardwalk filled with many different restaurants and hotels. Charlotte wasn’t the biggest fan of the beach, but at least she looked the part and I’m hoping it gets better once she’s a little older.
Williamsburg Premium Outlets: Our condo was right near the outlets, which was both perfect and really dangerous. I stopped by a couple of different times, but my favorite stop was the Kate Spade outlet which was running a huge sale. I’ll definitely share the bag that I purchased soon!
Where to eat:
Riverwalk restaurant: Riverwalk restaurant is technically in Yorktown, but it wasn’t a far drive from Williamsburg. This was hands down the best meal that we had on our trip. Everyone in our group kept raving about their meal and it was definitely the perfect spot for our last dinner. I had the salmon that came with mashed potatoes with lump crab meat in them and it was definitely life changing! The restaurant is located right on the water, and Yorktown is such a cute little spot that I definitely want to go back to some day and explore some more.
Food for Thought: We went to Food for Thought for lunch on our first day, and then went back for breakfast before heading home on our last day. For lunch I had their wine country grilled cheese which had brie, caramelized onions, apples, and strawberries which I liked because of how different and flavorful it was. For breakfast I had their blueberry pancakes which I highly recommend. They had such a large variety of things to choose from, which makes it a great place to visit especially if you have a big group.
Gabriel Archer Tavern: Gabriel Archer Tavern is located at the Williamsburg Winery. After our tasting, we were all ready for some lunch so we decided to check out this spot. Luckily Charlotte slept the entire time we were at lunch which couldn’t have been more perfect so that we could all kick back and relax. We sat outside and I ordered the lobster roll sandwich that came with a side salad, and it definitely hit the spot.
Oceans and Ale: My husband, Charlotte, my Mom, and I went to Oceans and Ale for lunch one day. This was an afternoon that everyone was kind of doing their own thing, so we decided to get out for a bit and head to lunch. This spot is right near the outlets, and it was a great place for lunch. I had the fish tacos which I highly suggest, my husband had the fish and chips, and my Mom ordered the burger.
Have you been to Williamsburg before?