Stay in the Heart of Downtown Williamsburg on Your Next Visit

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Welcome to our Bed and Breakfast in Williamsburg VA

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.

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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.

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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.

Seasonal events:

Summer Breeze concert series

Funhouse Fest

Independence Day fireworks

Movies on Prince George Street

The Occasion for the Arts

Haunting on DoG Street

Liberty’s Ice Pavilion  

Grand Illumination

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?

New Ways to Enjoy Williamsburg in 2019

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Happy New Year! It’s finally 2019, and no matter what might have been thrown your way last year, it’s a new year and a new set of opportunities. In addition, there are a lot of exciting ways to enjoy Williamsburg this year, whether through old traditions or new developments. Here are some of our must-see events for Williamsburg in 2019!


If you haven’t ever had the chance to hear the amazing Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra live, you’re missing out! Look through their program of 5 Masterworks concerts throughout the year, or join on January 26 at their Cabaret and Cocktails concert for a fun night out. Maybe you’re more the movie buff? Check out the William and Mary Global Film Festival January 31-February 3. Complete with workshops and interviews, it’s a great way to get a dose of culture and art.

Those who have visited the Williamsburg Winery know that it is quite a local fixture…and rightly so! In addition to year-round events, there are two new tours joining the lineup of vineyard adventures this year. And since everyone knows nothing pairs better with wine than good music, the Virginia Arts Festival is offering their Coffee Concerts on-site throughout the year!

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For those a bit more athletic, now is the time to sign up for the 2019 IRONMAN Triathlon on May 5. There’s no better scenery for training or racing than beautiful Colonial Williamsburg! What’s more, we’re getting new neighbors! Two new tenants are joining Midtown Row (frozen custard anyone).

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Finally, as we look forward to summertime, there are now two new reasons to vacation in Willaismburg: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are each adding a new attraction! 


There’s so much to look forward to this year, and Williamsburg is no exception. Whether you live locally or are planning a relaxing getaway, a stay at the Fife and Drum is the best way to be in-the-know on all the local happenings. May this year be your brightest year yet!

What are you looking forward to in 2019? Let us know in the comments!

All About the Fifes and Drums of Williamsburg!

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It’s probably quite obvious that we have a fondness for the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg, and why not? This fascinating music has become a historical fixture and the soundtrack of Williamsburg, Virginia. If you’re wondering how they came to be or how you can experience this music today, look no further! Today we’re sharing a little history and opportunity for those who enjoy this corps as much as we do…


Military music is something that dates back long before the formation of the United States. During times of war, it was common to have music accompany the battle, and during the Revolutionary War, it was the sound of fifes and drums. Just as the artillery was stocked and soldiers were acquired, musicians were hard at work. Usually boys of about 10 or 12, they represented the sound of freedom, an instrumental war cry for the Colonists.

Here is a newspaper excerpt from Alexandria, Virginia, on June 12, 1775. In it, two men, Thomas Sterling and Thomas Hooker, offered their services as musical teachers for the war:

“THE Subscribers would willingly learn any Number of Boys the MILITARY MUSICK of the FIFE and DRUM; and also supply any Persons with Musick for the said Instruments. Gentlemen desirous of having Pupils instructed may depend on the greatest Attention being paid to them. Our Terms are half a Guinea Entrance, and a Guinea per Month for each Instrument.”

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Since then, this music has been preserved as a historical tribute to the American Revolution and the role of Williamsburg in it. Whenever you visit the living museum that is Colonial Williamsburg, it’s the sound of the Fife and Drum that completes the experience. Now both boys and girls from ages 10-18 are able to be part of a centuries-old tradition. 

It’s so exciting to see these performers live, and here are your opportunities to do so:

  • If you have admission to Colonial Williamsburg, be sure to join for Behind the Field Musick, which takes place every Friday and Tuesday at 3:30 on the corner of Botetourt and Nicholson Streets. This 45-minute program gives you behind-the-scenes insight into what it takes to make this music happen, as well as an extra dose of history!
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  • The Drummers Call takes place in Colonial Williamsburg every spring and is an incredible weekend of military music from around the country.

  • And, of course, any major holiday event is commemorated with the Fifes and Drums, such as the 4th of July, Veterans Day, or the Grand Illumination in December!

This music is an integral part of the live history that is preserved in Colonial Williamsburg, and we at the Fife and Drum Inn are proud to invoke the symbol as our namesake. Next time you’re in the Colonial area, give us a call and stay in the heart of town, surrounded by warmth, history and, of course, music!

Have you seen the Fifes and Drums of Williamsburg yet? Tell us about it in the comments!

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5 Williamsburg Picnic Spots to Visit this Spring!

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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 classic eighteenth-century English landscape with rows of beech trees on either side, a perfect little oasis to escape to!

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3.Lake Matoaka: Just a short drive from the inn is the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre, 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!

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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, and that’s the fun of it!

Where do YOU like to picnic? Let us know in the comments!

What’s Happening in Colonial Williamsburg in 2019!

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What’s Happening in Colonial Williamsburg in 2019!

Now that the weather is finally warming up, we’re more excited than ever for all the fun things in store in Colonial Williamsburg this year! We want to share this video from CW with you all as a little preview into this coming year:

From all of us at the Fife and Drum Inn, we can’t wait to see you soon!

10 Reasons to Visit Williamsburg This Season

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This year, March 20th is officially the first day of spring! After the long, wet Virginia winter, Williamsburg seems to be reborn year after year with new life and color. It’s time to get outside and enjoy all that this season has to offer. Here are our top 10 reasons to come and visit!


1. New Specials and the Return of Live Music: Local restaurants have spring specials filling their menus, while outdoor patios across Williamsburg are about to come alive with new (and recurring) sights and sounds. Start spring off right at The Trellis this weekend for their Spring Fish Fry!

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2. Get out to the Course: Williamsburg boasts some of the most beautiful golf courses in the area, from Kingsmill to Kiskiack to the Golden Horseshoe. Click here to read all about them!

3. Buy Fresh and Local: The return of the Williamsburg Farmers Market is always a beautiful sight to behold, and is a sure sign of the shift in season. You can stroll from stall to stall spying fresh produce, pastry, flowers, honey, meat, even kombucha! It’s truly the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

4. Spend the Holiday with the Family: Have any little ones? Join in for the annual Great Easter Egg Hunt at Lee Hall Mansion for a day of family fun, all while exploring the historic grounds!

5. Stop and smell the Grandiflora: It’s around this time of year that Williamsburg starts blooming again, and aren’t we ready for it! There are so many beautiful natural plants flowering during this season, all you have to do is walk around. Click here to read about some of the local blooms.

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6. Take Your Lunch to the Lawn: There are few ways to enjoy the spring weather better than by embracing the picnic. With so many beautiful views, why not lay out a blanket and take your food outdoors? Our suggestion: the Governor’s Palace Green!

7. Have a Drink (or two): With several local breweries, it’s no surprise to see this new addition to the festival lineup. As part of Culture Fix’s Scrumptious Weekend, you can enjoy the last Sunday in April at the 2019 Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival

8. 76: That number is the average temperature across the entire spring season in Williamsburg. Need we say more?

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9. Get Ready to Frolic: Have you ever wanted to experience a real garden party? Now’s your chance! On May 3rd you can attend Mr. Jefferson’s Palace Garden Party, an immersive evening of drinks, dancing, theatrics, performances, and fireworks. Dust off your petticoats and grab your fan!

10. Seek a New Thrill: The ever-popular Busch Gardens theme park opens this Saturday, March 23rd, and boasts a new giant swing ride! It’s a must-see Williamsburg attraction, and with good reason!


Well there you have it, your inspiration to visit and enjoy Williamsburg this spring season, though there are always new adventures and recommendations to be made every year! And remember, if you need a place to stay, the Fife and Drum Inn is right in the heart of town and is the perfect way to enjoy this beautiful historic city!

What is your favorite way to spend springtime in Williamsburg? Let us know below!

5 Ways to Enjoy Williamsburg Indoors

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Baby it’s…..still cold outside. Here in Williamsburg the winter can feel long, and while we can’t wait for spring to bring on outdoor concerts and farmer’s markets, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the great indoors! Whether it be cold, rainy or starting to snow, here are our top 5 ways to enjoy Williamsburg (all of them just a quick walk from the Inn!) when you have to stay inside…

Read a good book just a few doors down at Mermaid Books. This charming independent bookstore has stacks and stacks of rare books, used books, new books, vintage postcards and so so much more! This unique store is continually changing and switching things up, so there’s always something new to read.

See a show at the historic Kimball Theater, just across the square on Duke of Glouchester Street. This local theater houses plays and concerts by William & Mary and the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, as well as some traveling one-night specials. It’s a great way to see some local culture!

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Enjoy a cup of something warm and maybe a croissant or scone. Just next door to the Fife and Drum Inn is Aroma’s, a warm coffeehouse with a European flair. It’s a popular hang-out for both college students and lounging locals, and carries loose-leaf teas from the nearby Spice and Tea Exchange. Or check out Blackbird Bakery, just on the other side of the street! Their loaves, pastries and famous sticky buns are made fresh every morning, which go perfectly with a cup of Illy coffee. 

Have a night out at Amber Ox Public House just across Boundary Street. This restaurant and brewery has frequent evening events and is always a great place to gather and enjoy delicious local food and drink. 

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Have a little more time to spare? Just a few blocks over you can find the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum & DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. Two museums under one roof, and all of it is underground! Here you’ll find historic collections of local antiques, as well as folk art from then and now. It’s quite the experience, so make a day of it!


If you ever find yourself in the Williamsburg area and less-than-perfect weather, you now have a collection of fun and cozy experiences just waiting to be enjoyed! And don’t forget The Fife and Drum Inn is nestled right in the heart of town, so it’s the perfect place to stay!

What’s your favorite way to spend a rainy day? Let us know in the comments!

3 Perfect Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Christmas Morning

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Here at the Fife and Drum Inn, we’re in full Christmas swing! Colonial Williamsburg is decked out in wreaths and garlands with the sounds of horses and carolers every night. As we all look forward to the big day, there’s one element we’re really looking forward to…Christmas breakfast! As your local bed-and-breakfast, we’d like to bring 3 lovely make-ahead breakfasts to your home….

FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE (from Lil’ Luna)

CASSEROLE

1 loaf sourdough bread

8 eggs

2 c milk

1/2 c heavy cream

3/4 c sugar

2 TB vanilla

TOPPING

1/2 c flour

1/2 c brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c butter cold, cut into pieces

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut loaf into cubes and place evenly in a greased 9×13 pan.
  • In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread.
  • Cover your pan with Saran Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Cut in butter with this mixture until crumbly and place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight as well.
  • Take pan and Ziploc out when ready to bake. Sprinkle crumbly mixture evenly over the bread.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how soft you like it.

QUICHE WITH LEEKS, THYME AND GOAT CHEESE (from Evergreen Kitchen)

Gluten free savory crust:

1/2 cup sunflower seeds (raw, no shell)

1 cup oats

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons chilled butter (or coconut oil)*

2 1/2 – 3 tablespoons ice cold water

Leek, thyme & cheese filling:

1 tablespoon butter (or coconut oil)

2 leeks, white and light green parts only (~2 1/2 – 3 cups diced)**

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups spinach

4 large eggs

2/3 cup non-dairy milk***

2 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves picked

Pinch of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 oz / 85 g goat cheese (~6 tablespoons)

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DIRECTIONS

  • In a frying pan, toast sunflower seeds over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir regularly to prevent burning. When seeds are fragrant and slightly toasted, remove from heat.
  • In a food processor, blend oats until the texture of coarse sand. Add sunflower seeds and salt and blend until the seeds are also a crumb-like texture. This should only take 30 seconds – 1 minute. Add the chilled butter / coconut oil and pulse until well incorporated.
  • Empty the mixture into a bowl. Using your hands, mix in the ice cold water until a ball of dough forms. This dough will feel quite sticky. This is normal. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place into the back of your freezer for ~15 minutes.
  • While the dough chills, preheat oven to 375°F. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add butter, leeks and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, until soft. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Remove from heat.
  • Remove dough from freezer and press it into prepared 9″ pie pan. Aim for an even distribution of dough throughout the pan, pressing the dough together firmly to create a solid base. Using a fork, prick the bottom of the crust thoroughly to allow air to escape when baking. Aim to prick the crust ~15 times with even coverage across the crust. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Set aside once baked. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in the leek and spinach mixture. Add the crumbled goat cheese and stir until just combined. Pour egg mixture into the prepared shell. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the middle of the tart has set. Allow to cool before removing from pan.

SLOW COOKER OATS (from brandysue on Allrecipes)

1 cup steel-cut oats

3 ½ cups water

1 cup peeled and chopped apple

½ cup raisins

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Place the steel cut oats, water, apple, raisins, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla extract into a slow cooker, and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Cover the cooker, set to Low, and allow to cook 6 to 7 hours (for firm oats) or 8 hours (for softer texture).

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From all of us here at the Fife and Drum Inn, we wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas, and hope these recipes can fill your home with the scent of something special!

How you do spend Christmas morning? 

Your Ultimate Holiday Guide to Williamsburg

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The Holiday season is upon us! And here in Williamsburg, there’s so much going on to celebrate. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled the Ultimate Holiday Guide to all the special seasonal events so you don’t miss any Christmas festivities. Here we go!


First off, there are several recurring opportunities available in Williamsburg throughout the entire season. Come explore Sparkleland in Merchant’s Square every week Thursday through Sunday. You can enjoy special performances and activities, or come meet Santa! Just next door is the Liberty Ice Pavilion, open daily for the perfect cold-weather past-time. Every Thursday and Sunday, head over to Charlton’s Coffeehouse for Christmas caroling, complete with burning cressets.

If you have a love for the historic side, Colonial Williamsburg tours are perfect at this time of year. Check out their Christmastide in Virginia tour to learn about traditions and techniques of a colonial Christmas, or the Midwinter Stories presentations throughout the day. For some 17th century classics, consider the seasonal concert series at the Governor’s Palace where you can enjoy impressive musicianship and historic holiday-themed selections.

We would be amiss to forget Busch Gardens’ Christmastown, Williamsburg’s own winter wonderland! Always a local favorite, you can experience the sights, sounds, and smells of holiday comfort and take in thousands of Christmas lights!


There are, of course, some special events throughout the season as well. Here’s the ones we’re most excited about!

-November 24: The annual Tree Lighting party, complete with free hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts, of course.

-December 1: The Williamsburg Christmas parade, a must see!

-December 1-2: Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert, conducted by Janna Hymes.

-December 2: the ever-popular Grand Illumination! It’s a well-known Williamsburg tradition, including performances by the best local musicians and a beautiful fireworks display.

-December 15: “At Christmas Be Mery”: A Special Evening at Historic Jamestown, where you can experience traditional early-English traditions, including the firing of the guns and a seasonal bonfire.


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It’s certainly no secret that Colonial Williamsburg is known for it’s breathtaking and naturally-made decorations, and this year is no exception. The streets and buildings will soon be adorned by garlands and, in particular, wreaths made locally from natural materials to make a beautiful seasonal landscape. You can read all about the history of this tradition here, then take to the Williamsburg streets to experience this unique Christmas decor. You can even take a tour around such houses with this special Colonial Williamsburg tour.

We take such pride in these homemade decorations, in fact, that this year the Christmas Homes Tour is in it’s 58th year! This unique tour includes entry to several historic buildings like the Nelson-Galt House, Edinburgh Castle Tavern, and Benjamin Waller House. It’s a special event over the course of December 1-2; click here for tickets!


Finally, here’s a simple recipe for a cold-weather classic…mulled cider! It’s the perfect cozy drink for the holiday season…

This recipe is from The Pioneer Woman, click here for the whole post. 

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4 whole cinnamon sticks

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

8 whole allspice berries

Orange peel from 1 orange

Lemon peel from 1 lemon

1/2 cup maple syrup

6 cups unfiltered (fresh squeezed is great) apple juice

1/2 cup dark rum (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Pour in maple syrup and apple juice, then bring to almost a boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in mugs.

(Add a splash of rum for an adults-only version! Yum, yum, yum.)


We hope this Holiday Guide sets you up nicely to experience all the Williamsburg area has to offer this season!  It can be easy to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in Christmas crazy, so take a little time to experience the beauty of the area and the joy of the season. It only comes once each year, here’s to the loveliest year yet!

What’s your favorite way to bring in the holiday season? Let us know below!

9 Ways to Enjoy the Season this Fall

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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!