A plain white tympanum gable supported by a quartet of stories-tall columns juts out in front of the sprawling plantation-style main building. The classical architecture of Colonial Crossings of Williamsburg resort evokes the rich history of the nearby town, which itself perpetually harks back to when Williamsburg flourished as the second capital of the Virginia Colony. Though the city declined in prominence following the American Revolution, Williamsburg preserved its epochal glory days with a massive 20th-century restoration project backed by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich. Today, visitors from around the world come to Williamsburg to dive into the living museum.
Fully appointed one-bedroom villas delight lodgers with king-size beds, stocked kitchens, and blazing fireplaces. Oversize, jetted bathtubs power-wash away stress, and fuchsia and lemon walls tinge the resort’s predominantly colonial aesthetic with a hint of modern style. An in-unit washer and dryer accommodate lengthy stays for travelers committed to a daily mud-wrestling regimen.
Williamsburg, Virginia: Historical Elegance and Modern Amusements
American history comes to life in Williamsburg, a small city tucked between the rivers and bays that slalom through densely forested eastern Virginia. The College of William & Mary, the nation’s second-oldest university, sports the oldest college building in the United States, and its corresponding colonial campus has been restored to an 18th-century appearance. In stark contrast to faithful colonial preservation, modern theme parks and shopping outlets sidestep the exhausting logistics of actual time travel.
What You Get
For $129, a two-night stay for four in a one-bedroom villa, valid until December 31, 2011
Or, for $129, a two-night stay for four in a one-bedroom villa, valid January 1, 2012–December 31, 2012
Fully appointed kitchen
In-unit washer and dryer and fireplace
10,000-square-foot welcome center and outdoor pool