December 1, 2009
Grand Illumination celebration more than fireworks
Family holiday traditions are not complete without sharing fine food and toasting the season. The Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn serve festive fare and holiday cheer morning, noon and night throughout Grand Illumination – for hotel guests and day visitors alike.
On Grand Illumination morning, a breakfast buffet is served in the Lodge Garden Lounge from 7 – 10 a.m. for $14.95. The Lodge Restaurant opens at 9 a.m. for brunch until 2 p.m. $21.95 for adults, $10 for children 6 – 12; children under five are free. Brunch in the Regency Room in the Williamsburg Inn is served from noon to 2 p.m., $42 for adults and $21 for children, plus tax and gratuity. Guests enjoy tapas, omelet stations, seafood, desserts and more, accompanied by live music.
The Grand Illumination Thrill of the Grill is served in the Lodge Garden Lounge from noon until 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy sandwiches prepared by the chef on the charcoal grills in the courtyard available for dining in or carry out. The vocal and guitar duo “Me & Jo” perform songs made popular by Norah Jones, Dave Matthews, Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, Shania Twain, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow and the Beatles, to name a few, by the fireside in the Lodge Lounge from 4 – 5:45 p.m. and from 7 – 9 p.m. Prior to and during the fireworks, the duo leads sing-along caroling on the circle in front of the Lodge beginning at 6 p.m.
For those who want a more robust dining experience, Grand Illumination Holiday Buffet is served in the Lodge restaurant from 5 – 9 p.m. for $29 for adults, plus tax and gratuity. Selections from butternut squash soup to selections of salads, artisan cheeses, Italian meats, assorted breads, sushi, Atlantic salmon, oysters, turkey breast, pork loin, catfish and more, topped off by a tempting selection of desserts made by Lodge pastry chefs.
A Colonial Williamsburg favorite, the Groaning Board feast, is a four-course meal with ale served in the Virginia Room accompanied by a selection of traditional entertainment – balladeers, fifes and drums and madrigal singers. Reception begins at 6:30 with dinner served at 7 p.m. Adults $79.95, including tax and gratuity. Reservations required.
For those who want an informal but elegant experience, the Williamsburg Inn’s chef has prepared some special tapas and dishes to share, served in the Rockefeller Room with wine pairings selected for the occasion. Diners may choose from Rockefeller’s tapas, Regency slider trio, fine cheeses and charcuterie and a selection of cookies and cakes. No reservation required.
For reservations and more information on dining in the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Inn and Historic Taverns, call 1-800-HISTORY.
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 operates more than 1,000 guest rooms among five official hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, a 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 www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.