If Heaven looks
like this place, please book me a room.
~ Switzerland ~
We'll be back.
There is no reason to stay anywhere else.
~ North Carolina ~
Everyone knows that Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg is beyond enchanting.
Summer is full of Fourth of July celebrations, warm weather, great fun on the rides at Busch Gardens and walking among the living history that is Colonial Williamsburg.
So what about autumn? As the weather cools and the leaves fall how could one enjoy in the Season of Color?
How can you enjoy fall in Colonial Williamsburg? Well, let us just count the ways!
1) Whether you're visiting Williamsburg to enjoy the fall colors or not, perhaps one of the best reasons to visit us at this time of year is the fact that the number of visitors is fewer. That's right, not as many people visit Williamsburg in the fall as do in summer and during the holidays. Lines to visit Colonial Williamsburg therefore will be shorter. As will the number of folks vying for a peek at the smithy as he fashions a horseshoe, or the weaver as she works on a loom.
2) Fall is the time for some of the best in college sports. Visit Williamsburg in autumn and you'll be able to enjoy watching the Tribe's finest athletes compete in football, soccer, field hockey and cross country. (Visit Williamsburg later in the fall and catch the school's swim teams: Meets begin in mid-October.)
3) If you came to see the changing colors of the trees, you'll get a terrific view of them walking/hiking along the trails and walkways that abound in and around Williamsburg. Walking around the tree-lined streets of Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg will give you plenty of color as you visit such sites at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Bassett Hall and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, or as you enjoy great meals at Williamsburg taverns: Christiana Cambell's, Shields, Chowning's and the King's Arms Tavern.
Naturally, you'll want to wander in and around nature to get the best color "bang," so you might want to explore some of the many trails in and near Williamsburg. If you're up for a long hike, the New Quarter Park Trail fits the bill. This trail is a point-to-point trail that is seven miles long. The trail is open year-round and parts of it includes lakeshore hiking.
Another terrific trail is the Virginia Capital Trail. The trail is 54 miles long, but is easily walked in much shorter stretches. The trail stretches from Canal Walk in Richmond, Virginia, through the Shockoe Valley and ends up at Colonial Williamsburg's Governor's Mansion. It also connects with Jamestown. The trail is paved and you also may ride your bicycle or use rollerskates/inline skates. Roughly one third of the route has a paved bike trail. Cyclists must drive on the road for the other two thirds.
4) Visit Williamsburg near Halloween and you must take in one of the town's ghost tours. For example, the Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour takes you through Colonial Williamsburg by candlelight while you learn about "eerie and fun folklore of this very old city."