9 Ways to Enjoy the Season this Fall

pumpkin on wood floor

Autumn has finally arrived! The trees are changing, the days are cooler, and we at the Fife and Drum Inn are looking forward to all the exciting events Williamsburg has to offer this season. 


OCTOBER:

Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s the perfect time head just up the road to Pumpkinville in Toano, VA. You can pick out the perfect pumpkin to spice up your home and check out the selection of fall-themes crafts and decorations. Corn mazes, games, and a hayride complete the perfect autumn outing- check it out now through October 28!

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For any William and Mary alumni out there, Homecoming is just around the corner! Join us here in Williamsburg October 18-21 for a weekend reunion, and for a personal and memorable trip, remember to stay at the Fife and Drum Inn.

If you’re in the mood for something a little spooky this October, there are several local events and surprises to last all season long. Start at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, a Halloween staple in Williamsburg. This year, this scary celebration marks its 20-year anniversary and a new Era of Terror. Filled with new shows, scare zones, and haunted houses, it’s a must-see!

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For a more historical Halloween scene, try a Ghost Walk in Colonial Williamsburg, or a haunted hayride at York River State Park on October 20, 26, and 27. Also check out Monsters, Mayhem, and Musick, a baroque concert series playing every Tuesday at the Governor’s Palace. These are great opportunities to experience a new side of history and are a fun way to see the area!


NOVEMBER:

As the season of harvest and Thanksgiving approaches, there are a few great opportunities in the area to make this year extra special. The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival on November 4 kicks off the season with a day immersed in the history of the First English Thanksgiving, complete with food and dance.

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On Turkey day, Blue Talon Bistro’s annual Turkey Trot is a great way to start! It’s a time-honored tradition that supports local charity and brings people closer together. Finally, you can sit down to a beautiful Thanksgiving buffet at the Williamsburg Inn.

No matter how you choose to spend your fall season, it’s the people you spend it with that make it truly special. We hope that as the air gets colder, the company around you gets warmer.

Who will you be spending this season with? Leave a comment and let us know!

Williamsburg Holiday Dining Guide

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Over the years, Williamsburg has become a mecca of exceptional restaurants, many of which are located just a short walk away from our bed and breakfast. Which ones will you choose to dine at this season? Here are the holiday schedules of some of our favorites – we would be happy to make recommendations and reservations for you during your stay.  


Restaurant

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve


Aromas

Open

Closed

Open


Berret’s Seafood Taphouse

Open

Closed

Open


Blackbird Bakery

Open

Closed

Open


Blue Talon Bistro

Open

Closed

Open


Capitol Pancake House

Open

Closed

Open


Cheese Shop

Open

Closed

Open


Chowning’s Tavern

Open

Open

Open


Christiana Cambell’s Tavern

Closed

Open

Closed


Corner Cafe

Open

Closed

Open


Culture Cafe

Open

Closed

Open


DoG Street Pub

Open

Closed

Open


Fat Canary

Closed

Closed

Closed


Fat Tuna

Open

Open

Open


Gabriel Archer Tavern at the Williamsburg Winery

Open

Closed

Open


Golden Horseshoe

Open

Open

Open


Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop

Open

Closed

Open


King Arms Tavern

Open

Open

Open


La Yaca

Open

Closed

Open


Maurizio Italian Restaurant

Open

Closed

Open


Pekong & Mongolian Grill

Open

Open

Open


Pierce’s Pitt Barbecue

Open

Closed

Open


Retro’s Good Eats

Open

Closed

Open


Sal’s By Victor

Open

Closed

Open


Second Street

Open

Closed

Open


The Hound’s Tale

Closed

Closed

Open


Shields Tavern

Open

Open

Open


The Trellis

Open

Closed

Open


Two Drummers Smokehouse

Open

Closed

Open


Williamsburg Inn

Open

Open

Open


Williamsburg Lodge

Open

Open

Open


Options for Thanksgiving Dinner in Williamsburg 2016

Shields Tavern with brown shutters

One of our longtime favorite restaurants in Williamsburg is LeYaca – amazing French cuisine – fabulous food. They will be serving from noon until 8 p.m. The menu for Thanksgiving is on the website @ www.leyacawilliamsburg.com. They are located about 2 miles west of our inn on Rt. 60 west. (757) 220-3616.

This would be my first choice for the quality of food and value!


In Merchant’s Square, across the street from us at the Blue Talon, they will be serving their regular menu supplemented with traditional Thanksgiving items on the menu. Reservations required. Seatings from 3:00 – 7:30. www.bluetalon.com (757)476-2583

Two blocks away from the inn, Berrett’s Seafood will be serving their regular lunch menu from 11:30 – 3 followed by dinner from 5-9 p.m. Each service will also offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $18.95 at lunch and $28.95. www.berretts.com (757) 253-1847

For all of the options below we recommend you call 1-800-HISTORY, and ask for dining reservations.

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Although many guests might like to dine in the Colonial Taverns for Thanksgiving, they fill up quickly.

You should try to book these as far in advance as possible. They offer a complete dinner, including tax and gratuity for $59.95 Adult and $23.95 children.

The Regency Room at the Williamsburg Inn still has one of the most elegant offerings of food and atmosphere.

The Williamsburg Lodge has two options:

  • The Dining Room will have their regular menu supplemented with traditional Thanksgiving fare on the menu. Reservations required.
  • The Conference Center will be serving a traditional buffet “Thanksgiving Feast” by reservation.