For our Fall 2019 Symposium, we explored the historic town of Williamsburg, Virginia. We were immediately drawn to the southern, small-town feel of Williamsburg.
Our day started in the historic district, which a couple of us have fond memories of visiting as kids. Our first stop was the Blue Talon Bistro located in the heart of Williamsburg’s historic downtown. We enjoyed Blue Talon’s signature French comfort food (think truffled eggs and croissants topped with brie and homemade jam), charming aesthetics, and southern hospitality.
Next, we explored The College of William & Mary, which was founded in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England, and is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United
States. We especially enjoyed strolling around the sunken garden and seeing the beautiful Wren Building, which is the oldest college building still standing in America.
After exploring William & Mary, we walked back to the historic district where we enjoyed a leisurely ride by horse-drawn carriage. The horse-drawn carriage ride was a great way to see the sites located on Duke of Gloucester Street including the Governor’s Palace and Green, Market Square, and the Courthouse from where Benjamin Waller read the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War was announced. We ended our tour of Colonial Williamsburg by enjoying a cocktail on the patio of Chowning’s Tavern.
We came back to present day and headed to the Williamsburg Inn & Spa where we enjoyed spa services in a beautiful and tranquil environment. We extended our relaxation time at The Social Terrace, which is the elegant outdoor patio of the Williamsburg Inn with sweeping views of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
From there, we headed to the Kingsmill Resort located on the historic James River. In Kingsmill, we had a blast taking an electric Gem car ride through the resort exploring the marina, golf courses, pools, cottages, and the new Estate, and seeing a beautiful sunset on the James. Cocktails and dinner in Kingsmill capped off our fun, whirlwind day.
We loved our time in Williamsburg and look forward to returning