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September 4, 2013

Sumptuous Cuisine and Bewitching Evening Programming Highlight Colonial Williamsburg’s Fall Experience

Cool nights and vibrant foliage set a stunning backdrop to the complete Colonial Williamsburg experience this fall, and guests are invited to rejuvenate this season with exceptional culinary offerings, programming that lasts after dark, beer and wine tastings, and more. Among the many activities, guests can discover secrets of 18th-century blacksmiths and tinsmiths at the Grand Opening of James Anderson’s Public Armoury, get a taste of the local harvest at Historic Taverns and special culinary events, and take a peek into the ghostly folklore of the colonial capital. The value-loaded Colonial Williamsburg Experience package places the destination’s diverse offerings right at guests’ fingertips for an effortless and affordable fall getaway.

It’s never too late to book a trip and experience Colonial Williamsburg. Here are some of the top reasons to visit this autumn:

  • The Colonial Williamsburg Experience Package, starting at $131 per person, per night, and including:

    • Three nights’ accommodations at the Williamsburg Lodge;

    • Daily breakfast;

    • Admission to Colonial Williamsburg Revolutionary City and Art Museums;

    • Evening ghost tour tickets; and

    • A $100 Resort Activities Card for use at the Spa, Golden Horseshoe Golf Club or restaurants.

    • Food, Wine, and Beer
      This fall, guests of Colonial Williamsburg can enliven their taste buds with plentiful local produce and beer and wine programming. As part of the destination's on-site garden-to-table program, the freshest local ingredients are showcased through harvest dinners and infused throughout Colonial Williamsburg's distinctive restaurants. Beer, wine and spirit lovers can sample local libations at the Historic Taverns and restaurants. Additionally, wine enthusiasts can enjoy programming catered to their tastes with seminars such as Wine, Wit and Wisdom, an afternoon tour of the world's best wines complimented by artisan cheeses, chocolate and unique insights on wine with Colonial Williamsburg's Executive Chef Rhys Lewis. Guests can also drink to good health with beer and artisan food pairings, featuring the best microbrews, handcrafted beer and ales alongside local artisan delicacies.

    • Evening Programs
      Once the sun sets on the Revolutionary City, guests are invited to explore the spookier side of Colonial Williamsburg. From spine-tingling ghost tours to meeting the ghouls of Blackbeard’s pirate crew, guests can continue to enjoy Colonial Williamsburg’s interactive programming after dark.

    • Historic Trades
      Guests discover what it was like to work in the 18th century by visiting any one of the 22 trade sites and watching more than 70 artisans create objects using the technologies and techniques of their trades. Blacksmiths and armorers shape iron into tools and weapons at the Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury, while Historic Foodways interpreters create 18th-century delicacies like they were made in the kitchens of local Virginia residents at Governor’s Palace Kitchen or Anderson Kitchen, and seeds of Revolution were spread through words printed at the Print Shop and Bindery.

    • Art and Culture
      The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg have a multitude of headlining exhibits this season. The Threads of Feeling exhibit showcases the scraps of fabric that mothers often left with their newborns at London’s Foundling Hospital in the mid-18th century as identifiers in the event that they came to reclaim their children. Another highlight is the Painters and Paintings of the Early American South, featuring more than 80 paintings that reflect the groundbreaking research of one of the museum’s curators. The exhibit represents the largest body of paintings from this time period and geography ever shown together.

    • Spa and Golf
      The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013, and fall is the perfect time to play 45 holes of golf on three courses, enjoy tennis on one of eight courts or pedal through the Revolutionary City on a Schwinn bike, available for rent at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. Guests can also find the perfect 18th-century-inspired gift, souvenir or home accent at one of more than 40 retail stores in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, museums and Merchants Square.

    • Beauty and Nature
      There is no better time to see the fall bounty and changing colors in the more than 100 colonial gardens and nurseries this fall. Guests can learn 18th-century techniques for growing vegetables and herbs, while enjoying a beautiful autumn afternoon walking amongst the flowers.

    • Senior Savings
      Guests over 50 can also enjoy Colonial Williamsburg’s “Pay for a Day” promotion, granting access to the Revolutionary City and Art Museums for the rest of 2013 for the price of one day’s admission. The offer applies to tickets purchased before October 31, 2013.

      Information and reservations for the Colonial Williamsburg Experience Package are available at

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