As a guest at our Williamsburg inn, it’s easy to get caught up in the array of options just outside our door. The historic district and surrounding area are filled with restaurants, shopping, beautiful views, and fun events almost daily. But as much as we love our location and all that comes with it, we know there’s so much more to Williamsburg than just our area. We wanted to share some of Williamsburg’s “hidden gems,” so our guests looking to venture out of downtown have some great options!
Off the parkway – College Creek, distinguished by signage and an always-crowded parking area, is beautiful, but often filled with people. For a more peaceful spot, venture a bit further down the parkway to the next parking area and bask in the beauty of the same river the settlers sailed down upon landing at what would become Jamestown.
In Colonial Williamsburg – walk the path to the right of the St. George Tucker house among centuries-old boxwoods to arrive at the perfect secret picnic spot right in the middle of the historic area.
Nature lovers, try Greensprings Trail – this nature path winds past neighborhoods and cornfields, eventually joining up with the Capitol Trail that bikers often use to ride the 50 miles to Richmond.
Freedom Park– 2 miles of multi-use trails accompany 20 miles of mountain bike trails. After a good rainfall when the ground is too soft for bikers, the bike trails make for great long walks!
For shopping, visit The Shops at Newtown – from chic clothing to pet-themed gifts, to tasty lunch & dinner options, you’ll enjoy all that beautiful Newtown has to offer just a few miles away.
Quirks of Art – this quirky shop has moved around the city, but now resides just a few doors down from us. Check out their great selection of gifts.
The Shops at High Street – Quite similar to Newtown, High Street offers dining and shopping all in one beautifully consolidated area on Richmond Road, a few minutes' drive away. Want dinner and a show? Try the Movie Tavern, offering delicious eats and all the latest flicks.
What are YOUR favorite “hidden gems” of Williamsburg?