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July 29, 2005

CW hosts Southern Living Weekends by Design Sept. 9-11 at the Williamsburg Inn

Two names synonymous with gracious hospitality, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Southern Living Magazine, will come together for a Southern Living Weekend by Design at Colonial Williamsburg’s elegant Williamsburg Inn Sept. 9-11.

Guests from across the country are invited to enjoy an entertaining and educational weekend filled with exclusive Southern Living events presented in the stylish setting of the Williamsburg Inn, built in 1937 by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and located adjacent to the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

The weekend begins at Friday’s welcoming wine and cheese reception where guests will meet experts from Southern Living as well as one of America’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, convincingly portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg historic character interpreter and acclaimed Jefferson expert Bill Barker. Saturday morning starts with “A Taste of Southern Living Brunch,” followed by Southern Living “Effortless Entertaining” that will focus on tabletop décor. Colonial Williamsburg’s floral designer Clark Taggart also will be on hand to share his floral expertise. More savvy Southern Living interior tips will be revealed during “Saturday Success Stories” with simple design projects for the home.

The Williamsburg Inn’s scrumptious afternoon tea provides a time to relax and reflect on the day’s newly discovered knowledge and friends. Indulge in freshly baked scones with lemon curd, strawberry preserves and clotted cream, tea sandwiches and cakes – the Inn’s signature tea cake shaped like a graceful swan – champagne, sparkling cider or fine Port wine, and a selection of tea. Placed on each table is a single rose, Mrs. Rockefeller’s favorite flower.

In addition to the Southern Living designers, Colonial Williamsburg’s own interior designer, Susan Winther, will be available to present some historical perspective on Mr. Rockefeller’s vision for the Regency-style Inn, the first hotel in America to have air conditioning. Winther, who apprenticed under Rockefeller’s original designer, Eleanor Duncan, also will provide interesting design tidbits.

Guests may dine on their own Saturday evening, perhaps in the lovely Regency Room where the influence of England’s Brighton Pavilion holds court with cuisine definitely fit for royalty, or at one of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century dining taverns -- King’s Arms Tavern and Christiana Campbell’s. Reservations are recommended for all three venues.

Another gourmet treat is in store for guests at the Regency Room Sunday Brunch, which features Inn signature dishes and a fabulous jazz trio, all overlooking the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.

The Southern Living Weekend by Design includes a welcome reception, daily breakfasts, afternoon tea, design seminars and two nights’ accommodations either at Colonial Williamsburg’s exquisite Williamsburg Inn or its collection of Colonial Houses Historic Lodging. Rates include gratuities, exclude taxes and are per person based on double occupancy: $354 for the Colonial Houses; $404 for the Inn’s adjacent Providence Wing; and $464 for the Inn’s historic main building. For reservations, call (800) 261-9530 or visit

Media Contact:
Carol C. Godwin
(757) 220-7120