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October 21, 2009

Grand opening of historic R. Charlton's Coffeehouse celebrated with contemporary dining event and special spa services

In a contemporary celebration of the grand opening of the R. Charlton Coffeehouse in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area Nov. 20, the Williamsburg Lodge will host “A Celebration of Coffee, Chocolate and Cognac,” in the Virginia Room from 8 – 10:30 p.m. that evening. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg celebrates from now throughout the month of November with special chocolate and coffee spa services.

R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse is the newest exhibition building on Colonial Williamsburg’s famed Duke of Gloucester Street in more than 50 years. Built on its original foundation, R. Charlton’s was a building as important to the Revolution as the Raleigh Tavern, providing a gathering place for citizens to discuss the important news and events of the day.

The Lodge event will be an odyssey of rich flavors from Lodge executive chef Rhys Lewis and sommelier Charles Birr, complete with food stations for all things chocolate – Viennese pastries, cognac samplings, chocolate martini tasting, gourmet coffees from local specialty coffee roasters, exquisite ice carvings filled with iced coffee – and more.

The celebration is $45 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 1 800-447-8679. The Williamsburg Lodge is located at 310 S. England St.

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg celebrates with an espresso coffee scrub, which combines the earthy notes of coffee, pumice and clay to exfoliate the skin, with a relaxing massage to finish. For a sweet treat for the feet, a chocolate and peppermint pedicure includes an exfoliating coffee scrub followed by an invigorating peppermint foot balm.

The coffee and chocolate spa services are specially priced through November 30. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-800- 688-6479 or 757-220-7720.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. Colonial Williamsburg’s Resort Collection offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, a new 20,000-square-foot spa, the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the restored Williamsburg Lodge.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

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Barbara Brown
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