Annual Report 2005
Projects Promise Welcome Results
Colonial Williamsburg added a flavor to the mix at Shields Tavern in 2005 by transforming the establishment into an 18th-century coffeehouse. Guests can choose from an assortment of freshly baked cakes, pies, breads, and cookies, as well as hot and cold beverages.
When completed, the 7,000-square-foot Colony Room in the new Williamsburg Lodge will seat 540 banquet guests. (A larger Virginia Room will seat 1,000 banquet guests.) The room's chandeliers are inspired by 18th-century wrought-iron chandeliers. The carpet was inspired by a 19th-century American coverlet.
The Williamsburg Lodge, the financial engine of Colonial Williamsburg's hospitality operations, continued to undergo major construction, renovation, and restoration in 2005, pointing toward full reopening in 2006. Conference center demolition and restoration of the main building proceeded, the Tazewell Hall and South Wing were renovated, and the new Ashby and Custis guesthouses opened. The Lodge's centerpiece, a 45,000-square-foot conference center, is set for an autumn 2006 debut, and the main building, restaurant and north guesthouses are on schedule for introduction in winter 2006.
The new spa and fitness center and pool projects also are on schedule for late 2006 completions. The spa and fitness center will occupy the building that formerly housed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
The Williamsburg Inn again made Condé Nast Traveler magazine's Gold List and Travel & Leisure magazine's roster of 500 Great Hotels in the World. The Inn's Regency Room earned the American Automobile Association's Four Diamond rating and won the Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award.
The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club won a gold medal from Golf Magazine and the Gold Course was recognized by Golf Digest as a Five-Star course. Condé Nast Traveler named the Inn and Golden Horseshoe resort among the "100 Top Golf Resorts around the World."
Shields Tavern, converted to an 18th-century coffeehouse, prepared to play a supporting role in the Historic Area's new Revolutionary City programming. Like Chowning's Tavern, which offers Colonial Quick Fare for families, Shields complements the á la carte dining opportunities at Christiana Campbell's and King's Arms taverns.
These projects complete the substantial investment in Colonial Williamsburg's hospitality properties. Whether in lodging, dining, or recreation, hospitality operations offer an integral enhancement of the guest experience, with proceeds supporting Colonial Williamsburg's educational initiatives.