Playing Through A Revolution: Golf in Williamsburg
Historic Williamsburg's Latest Revolution Is Happening on the Links
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Shopping? Berkeley Commons Designer Outlet Mall has more than 50 shops, including Brooks Brothers, Coach, Cole-Haan and Nike. Also, Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg has many unusual shops specializing in pewter, brass, antiques, and all sorts of colonial esoterica.
For truly atmospheric dining, Colonial Williamsburg's historic taverns re-create supper experiences savored by eighteenth-century patriots. Christiana Campbell's Tavern, patronized by George Washington, features Chesapeake Bay regional seafood dishes. At the King's Arm Tavern, the oyster-stuffed filet mignon and pecan pie are extra special, while the mixed grill of wild boar sausage and quail served at Shields Tavern is the perfect repast for the famished golfer.
Along with the Regency Room at the Williamsburg Inn, the other truly noteworthy dining room in town is called just that--The Dining Room, located at Ford's Colony. Formal and refined, The Dining Room has received the coveted Distinguished Restaurants of North America award, an AAA Five Diamond Award, as well as Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" yearly since 1989. (With more than 1,000 selections, the wine cellar is Virginia's best and largest.) The chef's six-course Signature Dishes are the way to go if you've worked up a big appetite on the links--or won the bet for dinner.
Williamsburg is a four-season destination, but spring and fall are the best times of year for golf. Spring brings an explosion of blossoms; autumn has its blaze of color. Easily accessible by car from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South and Midwest, Williams-burg is convenient to three airports served by most major carriers.
For additional information about the region plus a 36-page package planner, contact the Williamsburg Area Golf Association at (800) 367-4653 (because of a technical glitch, the recording may answer "Williamsburg Hotel-Motel Association").