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February 1, 2011

Winter Pairings Ticket Combines a Taste of History, Tavern Dining

Planning to experience Colonial Williamsburg for the day? Colonial Williamsburg’s Winter Pairing Ticket is the best deal around. Guests can visit the Historic Area, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy lunch at historic Chowning’s Tavern – all for only $30 per person for guests of all ages.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area offers guests more than 25 trade shops and exhibition buildings open daily. The Wigmaker Shop and the Milliner and Tailor talk about the latest hairstyles and fashions for men and ladies of the period. The Silversmith creates objects from precious metal in the 18th-century method. Guests can visit the Governor’s Palace and see how the last royal governor in the colonies and his family lived.

The newest exhibition, “Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe: 1600 to 1840,” brings wardrobe items out of the closet and illustrates their roles in reflecting the latest fashion trends for men and women, at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on Jan. 29.

For more information on Historic Area and museum hours, visit

Take a break for lunch at Chowning’s Tavern. Lunch includes choice of entrée and nonalcoholic beverage and is served 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Chowning’s Tavern is located at on Duke of Gloucester St. in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

The one-day Winter Pairing Ticket is available at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket locations and must be used that day. The ticket also can be purchased online at, and a date when it will be redeemed must be identified. The Winter Pairing Ticket is available through Feb. 28.

Josiah Chowning opened his tavern in 1766 appealing to the “ordinary sort.” Guests can enjoy lunch where, in the 18th century, patriots contemplated revolution in Virginia’s colonial capital. Today, Colonial Williamsburg’s historic taverns serve the hearty and distinctive fare that sustained the Founding Fathers – with contemporary flair and Southern hospitality in authentic surroundings. Although inspired by 18th-century recipes, today’s menu reflects the culinary tastes and methods 21st-century diners prefer. Wait staff in 18th-century dress serve guests and enhance the dining experience with explanations of colonial dining habits and food preferences, lively exchanges with character interpreters and music of the era played on period instruments.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and presentation of the 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels, including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six other restaurants, a full-service 20,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe golf courses and 67,000 square feet of conference space centered at the renovated and expanded Williamsburg Lodge. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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