Fall in Colonial Williamsburg is the perfect time to get away to a place where adventure and romance abound from early in the morning to long past sunset. Warm days give way to cool nights and exciting, haunting experiences. Autumn ushers in seasonal harvests that create a bounty of fresh, culinary offerings, tastings, and fine wines. And best of all, the crowds and heat of summer have slowly drifted away on the Autumn breeze. For those looking to make a little history of their own. Here are nine activities to include on your fall bucket list:
1. Spend the Day Exploring the Arts
Plan to attend Art & Music Festival, An Occasion for the Arts to hear local musicians, check out the Youth Art Show which features students from around the area, and see fabulous original art throughout the weekend in Merchants Square. Take time to explore exhibitions in both the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art and Abby Aldridge Folk Museums in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg located within walking distance to the resort accommodations.
2. Celebrate Craftsmanship with our world-renowned tradespeople
More than 20 historic trades and skills are apprenticed in and finally mastered by the Historic Trades and Skills community at Colonial Williamsburg using materials and methods from the 18th century. These well-known tradespeople not only manufacture items and offer services for the Historic Area, but they also advise and work on projects for other international cultural organizations. Nowhere else can you discover a trades community with as many specialists in one location?
3. Shop the Williamsburg Farmers Market in Merchants Square.
Over 40 vendors offer a variety of local products, among which are fresh seasonal produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, honey, cheese, cut flowers, handmade soaps, and more. In addition to the Saturday Farmers Market enjoy Merchants Square, a unique shopping experience in the heart of Williamsburg offering guests a variety of specialty stores and restaurants.
4. Dine in Historic Taverns
Experience 18th Century dining with a taste of classic, colonial dining with two different food experiences ranging from George Washington’s favorite dining tavern, Campbell’s Tavern to our 18th-century chophouse at Kings Arms Tavern.
5. Explore the 18th century at Night, Lighting of Cressets
Stroll historic Duke of Gloucester Street for the newest fall tradition, the Lighting of the Cressets, as we bring our 18th-century streets to life on select nights this fall with strolling musicians.
6. Work on Your Golf Swing
Just as Colonial Williamsburg brings America’s history to life, The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club honors the traditions of the game—while still creating an entertaining challenge for today’s player.
7. Get A Taste of the 18th Century
Shop Colonial Williamsburg’s Annual Bake Sale in November and December. Stop by Raleigh Tavern Bakery and fuel your fall adventures with freshly baked treats like our popular Ginger Cakes or bottled Root Beer.
8. Tour the Town in Style
Enjoy a relaxing ride through the Historic Area by horse-drawn carriage where you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of our unique city, far removed from the bustle of modern-day streets.
9. Listen to Hunting Tales
Brave centuries of scares, from 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters!