Top 10 Spots in CW
You're planning some time in America's colonial capital? Here is a local's take on what to see, do, and taste!
- The Bake Shop. A newer establishment on Armistead Avenue offering up great coffee, bagels, breads, and baked goods. With only outdoor seating available, a stop here inclines your heart to grab a latte and take to the streets for a scenic walk.
- The Palace Green. An expansive lawn facing the Governor's Palace where you'll find tourists with their guides, picnickers, and horse and carriage stops. Enjoy a good read or people watching. Free wifi included.
- The Shoe Attic. Centrally located in the major retail area of CW, The Shoe Attic always draws me in for a survey of what's current in fashion. I personally overlook the super flashy shoes while enjoying the possibility of donning a new clog or boot. This little shop brings the clothing styles. I tend to shop casual looks, but if you have a special occasion to shop for, you'll find the right outfit here.
- The Cheese Shop. A Merchant's Square staple. Sandwiches are simple but the house sauce is the best. Shop the selection of fine foods while awaiting your order, then check out and dine outside, or make that short trek to the Palace Green.
- Saturday Farmer's Market. Another Merchant Square staple. Kicking off the 2023 season on February 11, the market presents producers and makers to enhance your organic lifestyle.
- CW Pass. A walk through the Colonial Williamsburg streets is a treat, but eventually you experience the draw to explore colonial buildings, the Palace, and additional exhibits. For that, you'll need a pass. Explore the website for an experience that suits your interests- there are many options!
- Amber Ox Public House. A lively spot on Prince George Street with indoor and outdoor seating options. The menu excites with fresh takes on seafood and traditional pub food. A crowd pleaser after a day of exploring.
- The Carousel. A children's boutique in Merchant's Square that boasts high end clothing and goods for the littles. The shop is beautiful and the service is sweet.
- William & Mary campus. Within Colonial Williamsburg, so it's walkable but also an enjoyable bike ride, especially if you're short on time and want to see all of CW.
- Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop. Even if you have sworn off chocolate and candy, the store still merits a visit purely for the trip down memory lane. It's all here, and it makes you wonder why you ever consumed such strange things!
To hit these spots is to truly scratch the surface of all Williamsburg has to offer. Even in the colonial area there's more to be discovered and enjoyed. Start with the CW Pass link to plan a visit. And if you have favorite spots of your own to share, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
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