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February 25, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg hospitality receives recognition

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Gold Course has been awarded the prestigious Golf Magazine Premier Resort Gold Medal for 2014-2015, continuing its longstanding position among elite resorts throughout North America. The magazine’s biannual rankings are based on four criteria: golf, lodging, food and beverage and service. Designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1963, the course received an update in 1998 by Rees Jones, who was on hand last fall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the course originally designed by his father.

Forbes Travel Guide announced that the Williamsburg Inn, the Williamsburg Lodge and the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg have all earned the 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Four-star award. This is the first time the Williamsburg Lodge and the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg have received the four-star designation. The Spa is the only spa in Virginia to be recognized.

The Virginia Chefs Association named the Williamsburg Inn’s executive chef Travis Brust its 2014 chef of the year. Chef Travis, who joined the Inn culinary staff in 2002, excels in the preparation of classic dishes as well as innovative pairings of regional foods from local purveyors. Brust is responsible for the Inn’s culinary operations; he counts as his greatest accomplishment the success of culinary students he has mentored and trained in the profession.

The Williamsburg Inn, the landmark property conceived and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and opened in April 1937, has been the crown jewel of Colonial Williamsburg’s hotels for 75 years. Its Regency style of architecture was deliberately chosen to contrast with the colonial architecture of the Historic Area.

The Williamsburg Lodge opened in 1939 and is one of the first Colonial Williamsburg hotels constructed under the guidance of John D. Rockefeller Jr., the founder and first benefactor of the town’s restoration. From the original blue stone floors to the cypress accents and reproduction folk art, in every cozy nook and spacious expanse, the Lodge tells the story of its Virginia setting and the history of the town Rockefeller restored.

Completed in early 2007, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers relaxing, rejuvenating and healing therapies inspired by five centuries of wellness practices. The 20,000-square-foot Spa radiates Southern charm, harmonizing with its historical surroundings and the personality of its colonial heritage. The Spa offers 12 treatment rooms, a complete fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, bicycle rentals, memberships, retail products and classes.

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