Resort on Former Plantation Close to Historic District
“Caesar had his Brutus, Charles his Cromwell, and George III may profit by their examples." These fighting words were uttered by Patrick Henry over cries of “treason” as he denounced British tyranny during a Virginia assembly in 1765. Instead of being arrested, however, he went on to catalyze the American Revolution. You can still listen to Patrick Henry debate colonial rights today—sort of—at Williamsburg’s reconstructed brick capitol building. This Patrick Henry is an actor, of course, one of several appearing in daily historical reenactments in Colonial Williamsburg, where visitors can see sophisticated representations of daily life in the colony and in pre-colonial Native American tribes.
About 5 miles west of Colonial Williamsburg, you'll find Greensprings Vacation Resort on the grounds of a former plantation. It's a good home base for exploring the area’s historic attractions, but there's also plenty of onsite recreation. Amenities include floodlighted tennis courts and indoor and outdoor pools. Most guest rooms have their own fireplaces and private hot tubs. The resort sits right next door to the Williamsburg National Golf Club, which has a Jack Nicklaus–designed course hailed by Gold Digest as one of the 10 best courses you can play in Virginia.
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—colonial forces gathered here in 1781 to march to Yorktown for the war's final battle with the British. The city pays homage to its patriotic past at Colonial Williamsburg, where you can stroll past historic buildings and watch fifers march in Revolutionary regalia. The Yorktown Battlefield is only a short drive east; there, a park ranger guides visitors along the British line of defense and tells the story of the final siege.
Williamsburg's 18th-century-style specialty boutiques along Merchants Square sell everything from whimsical toys to hand-cooked Virginia peanuts. In addition to its historic sites, the city boasts a thriving artistic community. Original folk art and paint-by-number self-portraits of the Founding Fathers are displayed at several galleries and exhibits throughout the city.