Stay at our Williamsburg Inn and Visit These Hidden Gems

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!


If you’re looking for restaurants, try:

Carrot Tree – the Carrot Tree serves up delicious southern cooking – make sure to try their Virginia ham biscuits and, of course, their carrot cake!

The Chickahominy House – this eatery-gift-shop-combo is a delight to visitors, particularly those looking for southern breakfast staples. A multi-level gift shop offers unique souvenirs and home décor.

Bangkok Garden – Thai food lovers, have no fear. Williamsburg’s Bangkok Garden offers Thai cuisine that will fill your belly while leaving you wanting more.

Nawab – be sure to check out the lunch buffet for classic Indian dishes including tikka masala and tandoori vegetables with a side of fresh-baked naan bread.

Five Forks Café – this place serves up awesome all-American diner breakfasts, but be sure to come early, as this place is so popular among locals that breakfast-seekers will usually have to wait for a table.

Carrot Cake

For scenic spots, go to: 

James River

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 multiuse 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?