Sometimes the weather is just too beautiful to stay inside, and in Williamsburg, that time is NOW! And what better way to take full advantage of the lovely Virginia temperatures than with a classic picnic? There’s nothing like eating al fresco to awaken the senses, especially with the ones you love and with a lovely view. Today we’ve compiled our top 5 places to picnic in Williamsburg, so grab your basket and blanket and let’s get out there!
1. Palace Green: This classic Williamsburg spot is a no-brainer, and it’s just a short walk from the Inn! This long grassy green sits in the shadow of the Governor’s Palace and is located right in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. If you’re lucky, you can hear cannon fire or the music of the Fife and Drum Corps. Better still, take a detour to the Cheese Shoppe on Duke of Glouchester St. to stock up on provisions.
2. Sunken Garden: This lush lawn is situated right by the Wren Building and is now part of the College of William and Mary. It’s an expansive green that resembles a classic eighteenth-century English landscape with rows of beech trees on either side, a perfect little oasis to escape to!
3. Lake Matoaka: Just a short drive from the inn is the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheater, located on beautiful Lake Matoaka, another name for Pocahontas. The trails around the theater are quiet, and you can walk out on the docks to see the whole of the lake. This remote spot is lovely in the spring when the sun is setting, the view is spectacular!
4. Williamsburg Botanical Garden: Fancy a stroll to the perfect picnic spot? Head to these abundant grounds (admission is free!) and navigate over a dozen small gardens til you find the right spot for you, whether by wildflowers or pine trees. It’s also a great place to learn about some of the native flora of Williamsburg!
5. Jamestown Beach Event Park: There’s nothing like a bay-side picnic to get away from the rush of downtown. Head to the riverbanks on the other side of the Historic Triangle and enjoy the breeze and salty air. This spot is ideal to get a taste of the coast!
These are our favorite places to picnic, but the best thing about them is that they provide the opportunity to explore. You may find a completely different nook to lay your blanket on, and that’s the fun of it!
Where do YOU like to picnic? Let us know in the comments!