As much as I love DC, there are times when you gotta get out of the city and recharge the batteries. Another one of the huge benefits of living in this area is its central location. There are so many great destinations within a few hours drive of DC. You can easily get to other fun cities like Annapolis and Baltimore, the beach towns of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore or the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. When my two best friends from college were planning a weekend getaway to celebrate my 40th birthday, they racked their brains for a nearby destination that we hadn’t already visited numerous times. They decided on Williamsburg, VA since none of us had been since we were children, and we all share a love of history and architecture.
My childhood memories of Williamsburg were pretty hazy so I was newly impressed by the perfectly preserved architecture, quaint streets and the dedication to maintaining period details. It was also a perfect time of year to admire the magnificent flower and vegetable gardens. As we walked through the streets, we would occasionally catch the wafting, sweet scent of honeysuckle.
No girls weekend would be complete without a little pampering so of course I made a trip to the hotel spa with impressive gardens of its own.
We were able to rent bikes to better explore the colonial area. Since this was not the height of the season with hordes of people milling around, it was a fun and easy way to get around.
Of course, I can’t forget the food. There are taverns within the colonial area serving traditional period food and drink. We were able to enjoy refreshments on the beautiful garden patio at Chowning’s Tavern. Because of the glowing Yelp reviews, we ventured out of the colonial area to a quirky restaurant called Food for Thought featuring Southern comfort food where I had some pretty delicious ribs. We also enjoyed traditional French cuisine at the Blue Talon Bistro in the adjacent Merchants Square shopping district where we indulged in some of our favorite desserts like creme brulee, chocolate mousse and an interesting burnt sugar ice cream. Our breakfast within the Williamsburg Lodge was also phenomenal. A hearty Eggs Benedict with perfectly poached eggs and buttery, homemade English muffins filled me up for the day.
Williamsburg proved to be a truly memorable location to celebrate a huge milestone with two of the most important people in my life. There’s nothing quite like enjoying time with friends who know and love me so well. I fell in love with these peacock plates at Chowning’s Tavern and decided to pick up a couple as a momento of this very special weekend.