Fully Equipped Villas on Stately Resort Property in Williamsburg
American history comes to life in Williamsburg, a small city tucked between the rivers and bays that wind through densely forested eastern Virginia. Williamsburg once 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. Roughly 20 miles away from the historic site is Colonial Crossings Of Williamsburg, a resort with classical, plantation-style architecture that evokes the area’s rich history.
Each fully appointed one-bedroom suite offers a homey retreat with a full kitchen, blazing fireplace, and oversize jetted bathtub. Fuchsia- and lemon-hued walls tinge the resort’s predominantly colonial aesthetic with a hint of modern style. In-unit washers and dryers accommodate lengthy stays for travelers committed to a daily mud-wrestling regimen.
Williamsburg, Virginia: Art and Entertainment in Historic Colonial Town
Part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia, Williamsburg played a central role during the American Revolution—American forces gathered there in 1781 to march to Yorktown for the final British defeat. The city pays homage to this patriotic past in a living museum where fifers march in Revolutionary War regalia and costumed actors portray everyday colonists. Historians have carefully preserved and restored 88 original 18th-century structures within the town; buildings of note include the opulent Governor’s Palace, built in 1722 to house the British governor, and the residential home of George Wythe, the first Virginian patriot to sign the Declaration of Independence. Yorktown Battlefield is only a short drive east; there, a park ranger guides visitors along the British defense and tells the story of the Revolutionary War's final siege.
Back in Williamsburg, the 18th-century-style specialty boutiques along Merchants Square sell everything from whimsical toys to hand-cooked Virginia peanuts. In addition to its historic sites, Williamsburg boasts a thriving artistic community, with original folk art and paint-by-number self-portraits of the Founding Fathers displayed at several galleries and art exhibits throughout the city.