May 20, 2013
Colonial Williamsburg’s new summer experience offers refreshed programming, more interaction and exclusive offers for hotel guests
This summer, Colonial Williamsburg will introduce a new concept created to make the on-site experience even more effortless and fun for first-time and repeat guests. The refreshed programming; additional opportunities for interaction; integrated technologies; and exclusive entitlements for hotel guests makes the summer season the ideal time to explore Colonial Williamsburg. The enhanced Revolutionary City experience debuts Monday, June 17.
The primary additions include:Hotel-Guest entitlements. Those staying at the official Colonial Williamsburg Hotels can take advantage of one complimentary evening program per guest, per stay; special tours of the Capitol; and an exclusive 45-minute hands-on activity at a different trade shop each day. Hotel guests can also enjoy access to the on-site family Fun Zone, complete with games and puzzles, and scheduled events including storytelling, magic shows, cookie decorating. A daily militia march from the Williamsburg Lodge to the Revolutionary City kicks off the morning, while Woodlands guests can take advantage of pool parties, shuffleboard and putt putt.
RevQuest: The Black Chambers. The latest chapter in Colonial Williamsburg’s interactive, text message-based adventure sends guests on a covert mission to identify a threat to American Liberty and save the Revolution by interacting with interpreters, deciphering coded messages and unlocking clues throughout the Revolutionary City.
Three big scenes anchoring each day: This summer, the Revolutionary City community can gather three times daily for interactive narratives providing the historical context that streamlines the entire Revolutionary City experience. At 10:00 a.m., guests can participate in Storming the Palace, an event on Palace Green to demand the return of the colony’s gunpowder at a time when colonists were choosing between the British king and the quest for independence. At 1:00 p.m., Declaration of Independence at the Capitol transitions the Revolutionary City to the new republic and war years, with the debate of the phrase “all men are created equal.” On to Yorktown and Victory!, at 5:00 p.m. on Market Square Green, encourages guests to join the militia in anticipation of what is expected to be the deciding battle at Yorktown.
Evening experiences. The Revolutionary City remains alive after the sun sets. The introduction of new venues increases the scale and number of evening offerings this summer, from comedy and dance to storytelling and music. Guests can take advantage of dinner reservations timed to complement the beginning or end of an interactive program, and can enjoy after-hours games with Gambols at Chowning’s Tavern.
Guests can also take advantage of:New tavern programs. This summer, the taverns become an even more integral component of the Revolutionary City with programming at breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner and into the evening. Guests can start the morning by learning the news of the day at a Revolutionary Breakfast or join in lively story and song during Tea with Mrs. Campbell. In the evening, the three-course High Life Below Stairs dinner theatre program tells the story of a wealthy London man who believes his servants are eating and drinking him out of house and mansion, while Mr. Shields’ 18th Century Pig Roast boasts family-style seating, buffet dining and live music. After hours, guests can enjoy family-friendly Tavern Ghost Walk tours, or check their gentility at the door for Gambols, complete with games, gossips, music, beer and light fare.
Refreshed tours. Experts at individual sites in the Revolutionary City place guests in key moments of history, immersing them in components of the larger storyline and providing clearer historical context. Other tours will combine storytelling, material culture, archaeology and curatorial research.
Integrated experiences at the Art Museums: In addition to two flagship exhibitions in their first full season, the Art Museums will further illuminate storylines in the Revolutionary City through programs using art and antiques to trace the events leading to the Revolution.
Increased guest assistance. The addition of more than 15 interpreters in the Revolutionary City provides more resources for guests during their visit. These staff will keep guests informed of when and where activities are taking place, allowing the Revolutionary City to further function as a community.
Access to all Revolutionary City, Art Museums and programming, including RevQuest: The Black Chambers, is included with a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. Multi-day admission starts at just $49.95 for adults and $24.95 for youth. The Colonial Williamsburg experience is enhanced by a stay at an Official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. This summer, kids stay, play and eat free through a value-loaded offer at the Woodlands Hotel & Suites. Other packages are available throughout the summer.