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On December 27, 2009, my husband and I were married at Williamsburg Lodge. Before we finally moved to Williamsburg, every anniversary, we would drive up from Chesapeake to celebrate at the place where we said our vows. While I’m completely biased and think Christmastime is the most magical and best time to visit, America’s Colonial Capitol is the perfect place to celebrate your marriage history all year long. And today, I’m sharing some great local things to do together while you’re in town!
Walk Around Colonial Williamsburg
No matter what time of year it is, nothing beats a romantic stroll through the living museum that is Colonial Williamsburg. The Governor’s Palace, the historic taverns, Bruton Parish, the horse-drawn carriages, and more all charm any visitor on its dusty pebble paths. Between the tours, events, and museums within this micro-world of yore, you’ll have a packed itinerary for exploration together.
Relax at College Creek Beach off the Colonial Parkway
Most visitors don’t even know that Williamsburg has a beach! Quiet and calming, College Creek Beach is a little local’s hidden gem and a place most go to decompress and watch the wildlife. This location doesn’t really show up on a map, but drive down the Parkway towards Historic Jamestowne, and you can’t miss it.
Grab a Drink at DoG Street Pub
Right on Duke of Gloucester Street in the Historic Area, an old bank has been transformed into a local gastropub favorite. It’s English food meets American tastes here! There is no other place where you can get deliciously sweet Eton Mess, bangers and mash, or a pint of locally-brewed beer. Want some sips and bites to go? DoG Street Pub even offers growlers, so picnic away, lovebirds!
Explore the Trails at Freedom Park
Whether you’re into biking, hiking, or the general outdoors, Freedom Park is a nature lover’s dream. With outdoor activities like ziplining with Go Ape and trails that appeal to all, it’s a beautiful spot with a great history behind it. In the early 1800’s, Freedom Park was home to one of our country’s earliest Free Black Settlements. To commemorate this, three historically accurate recreated cabins are located right in center of the park. Get your history on along with a hike through the woods!
Renew Your Vows in the Wren Chapel
William and Mary alum come back to the ‘Burg often, and if you’re one of them, why not renew your vows during your anniversary trip in the country's oldest college building still in use? The Wren Chapel is a beautiful and intimate setting for a true Williamsburg-inspired ceremony of any type. Turn your anniversary trip into even more sweet memories surrounded by the beauty that is the South’s oldest institution of higher education!
Taste the Local Grapes at Williamsburg Winery
From wine tasting to a nice lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern, Williamsburg Winery offers a great experience for any wine-loving couple. Steeped also in local history since the 1600’s, this winery not only makes its own wine but also hosts a beautiful European-style country hotel called Wedmore Place on the massive estate. It’s old world charm perfectly set for an idyllic romantic getaway.
Photo: Virginia Ashley Photography via Tidewater and Tulle
Have a Picnic on William & Mary Grounds
Grab some sandwiches from the Cheese Shop and head over to the College of William and Mary across the street. Whether you lay down the picnic blanket in the Sunken Gardens or at the most romantic spot on campus near the Crim Dell Bridge, there are beautiful buildings and landscapes galore to enjoy.
No matter what you decide to do when you get here to Williamsburg, enjoy yourselves and celebrate the journey you’ve been on together! By honoring (and visiting) the past, you’ve got a beautiful future to keep looking forward to.