The Fife and Drum Inn, located right in the heart of downtown Williamsburg, offers not only stunning rooms and top quality guest experience, but it couldn’t be in a more convenient location for enjoying all that historic Williamsburg has to offer.
Most guests enjoy taking advantage of the inn’s proximity to Colonial Williamsburg and the picturesque College of William and Mary campus, opting forgo driving from place to place and navigate the city on foot. But the inn’s prime location may make it hard to get anywhere too quickly. No, not because of traffic, but because there is so much to see and do along the way.
You’re greeted with a plethora of dining and shopping options the second you step out the front door and onto quaint Prince George Street. Venture just a few blocks further and the options increase rapidly. From fast casual burgers and sandwiches to formal dining, fashion boutiques to tourism-centered shops, there’s something for everyone in bustling Merchants Square.
A few of our favorite local restaurants include:
Aromas – calling all coffee lovers, sandwich lovers, mac and cheese lovers… basically, food lovers in general. Aromas has a little bit of everything and is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of exploring.
Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill – what’s not to like about a place that that serves oysters on the half shell, she crab soup and fresh caught seafood dishes? Berret’s offers the best of both worlds with a fine dining experience inside and a more casual bar and grill setting outdoors.
The Blue Talon Bistro – there’s so much to love on this menu, make sure to go hungry and get ready to indulge. Their daily specials are always popular.
The Cheese Shop – a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Be sure to try the famous house dressing on your sandwich!
Retros – a great place for families to grab a quick – and delicious – meal. Retros will make your 1950s diner dreams come true with their burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and more.
The Trellis – one of the city’s more upscale dining options, their Death by Chocolate cake is famous for very good reason.
Once past the incredible restaurants and storefronts, the streets of Williamsburg are yours to roam. To the left of the inn, Historic Duke of Gloucester street awaits. The road is closed to car traffic and leads past restored Colonial Williamsburg landmarks like the capital building, courthouse, Governor’s Palace and Bruton Parish Church. Visitors can also enjoy an array of old taverns and specialty shops, gardens and visits with local livestock. All the while, interpreters clad in colonial garb greet pedestrians along the way.
Making a right out of the inn’s doors leads to William and Mary’s campus. This direction offers a beautiful, shaded walk that meanders past academic buildings, athletic fields and the Crim Dell bridge. Whichever way you turn, we’re sure you won’t need your car while you’re in downtown Williamsburg.
That said, if you do venture outside of downtown, you’ll have no problem finding a place to park when you come back. There is plenty of street parking (although some is time restricted, so please take note of signs), a paid parking garage right behind the inn and several lots within a few blocks. If you don’t want to drive, but are going outside of walking range, renting a bike or using Williamsburg’s trolley system are unique ways to get around.
Downtown Williamsburg is rich with history, but strongly committed to its present day culture as well. From a weekly farmer’s market to summer concerts to movies in the middle of the street, a unique blend of arts, entertainment and local tradition mean there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Events and activities we enjoy year-round:
Williamsburg Farmer’s Market – held each Saturday from 8am to noon in Merchants Square. Enjoy locally grown produce, freshly baked bread, handcrafted chocolates and more.
Second Sundays – the second Sunday of each month shuts down Prince George Street and the surrounding area for an arts and crafts fair featuring local artists and vendors accompanied by live music.
Ghost tours – Williamsburg is home to quite an array of haunted houses and ghostly tales… and many ghost sightings! Several companies offer guided tours that are sure to leave you looking over your shoulder.
Summer Breeze concert series
Independence Day fireworks
Movies on Prince George Street
The Occasion for the Arts
Haunting on DoG Street
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion
Williamsburg has so much to offer, it would be impossible to list it all. If you’d like additional suggestions during your stay, Billy and Sharon are always happy to help!
Now that you’ve heard our two cents, we want to hear from you! What are your must-dos and go-tos when you visit our town?