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Williamsburg Plantation Resort

Williamsburg, VA 23188-1571 PHONE: 1-757-253-9100 Map it / View Street Address
3.9 out of 5
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78% of past guest
Would Stay Again
174 Past Guests
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Featured Review: Williamsburg Plantation Resort

by Thomas Miller, Mansfield, MA 
First printed in Nov/Dec 2009

It seems like a lifetime since my wife and I were alone in the house. After sending our youngest child off to college this year, I decided we'd celebrate with a vacation for two. We got a great trade to Williamsburg and were looking forward to a return to America's Historical Triangle after so many years away. It's probably no surprise to many of you that trading in the off season is a lot easier; I'm looking forward to more of that.

So anyway, I'll tell you we had a great time, which for me includes golf and for my wife includes historic sightsee-ing. Add a large dose of time together, fine food, and some shopping, and you've got a recipe for our fine vacation. I'll spare you all the details so you can fill in your own. But I want to share with you below some options for your vacation to Williamsburg.

We were very pleased with the Williamsburg Plantation, a part of the Vacation Village family. The roomy two bedroom unit, pretty standard in this resort, had plenty of room, a well appointed kitchen and a good sized jacuzzi in the master bathroom. The patio is small, but no one is outside until the winter months given the heat or humidity in the area. Widescreen TVs and DVD players grace many of the living rooms , which was a plus.

The resort amenities are very nice, including the two pools, jacuzzi, well appointed fitness room with TV and DVD player, several playgrounds for the kids, a kiddy pool and four tennis courts. Internet service was only available in the club house, but all the units are scheduled for wireless connections by November 2008. Although there is no on-site food available, there are a lot of restaurants within a few miles drive and some delivery is also available.

Golf There is a lot to do in Williamsburg and golf is high on the list. With many well rated courses, some world class courses, and a nice Robert Trent Jones executive course at Golden Horseshoe, there is something for every type of golfer in your family. Three rounds on the Fords Colony courses showed us some very nice courses that were a challenge for anyone and perhaps a bit too much if you're under a 30 handicap. The course was beautifully lanscaped and with a lot of water, as well as some bass. For those interested in great golf course homes, you'll enjoy this course as well. And a non-golfer can come along in the cart to do just that. The resort did offer a 10-25% discount on the prime rate for most courses in the area with the exception of Golden Horseshoe and Kingsmill. Twilight rates at all courses were better than the discounts.

Food Harry's Tavern at Ford's Colony Country Club was a nice lunch spot even if you aren't playing golf. They have a nice variety of lunch food available with some southern flare that might surprise you. Always being a little adventurous when dining out, I went for the Ultimate Burger with bacon and fried egg. I'd heard about the fried egg burger before but never had a chance to try it. It was a nice surprise and very tasty. Even without the unique topping it would have been a very good burger, but give this a try. I also hear that the dinner upstairs is very nice but we didn't get a chance to try it.

If you take an journey down to the beach, Virginia Beach that is, you have to check out Rockafeller's on the Cay (www. This is a popular casual seafood restaurant with a lot of nice options. The menu is reasonable in size but the daily specials are worth a second look. We tried the Crab Norfolk, a broiled lump crab meat dish that was served with nice side dishes, and a special blackened tuna steak that was excellent. A Raspberry-Amaretto Colada was a nice twist on a familiar drink. Don't miss this seafood option when in the area, about an hour drive east from Williamsburg.

Williamsburg has its own fine selection of seafood restaurants. We tried a nice tavern style place called Shackelford's in the Monticello Market Place that had great food. The grilled scallops were complimented with a unique chipotle sauce. They have • price specials Sunday-Wednesday so check them out early in your stay. If you've ever enjoyed a Philadelphia soft pretzel, you'll be happy to know the Philly Pretzel Factory (www. is just across the street from the Monticello Market Place. This was a nice surprise for a couple of transplanted Philly residents. It may be an acquired taste but we definitely can't go a week, or a day, without them if they are so handy.

Wine If you enjoy or are interested in wines, take advantage of opportunities to try the Virginia wines. The resort usually offers a wine tasting event one evening in the week. Local restaurants offer wine and dinner pairing events. And Williamsburg has its own winery with winery tours and "tasting" that is a great deal. The basic tour was $8 and including a tour of the winemaking process and tasting of 7 wines that represent the range of the vineyards products. There is a 2-hour reserve tour for approximately $30 that is great for the seasoned customer that wants to understand the process from vine to bottle, as well as tasting in the reserve cellar.

History The Williamsburg area is obviously very rich in history and I'll warn you I'm not going to do it justice. There are many books and websites that can give you all the pre-trip info you need for the area. Since we only had a week, we needed to pick some spots we hadn't seen before. We spent a nice morning in Yorktown at the National Park visitor center and then took a walk through historic Yorktown. The town has a number of antique stores that truly stress the history of antiques. Even if you don't buy anything, the walk through a store is like visiting a museum.

A sailboat cruise, curios and two fine restaurants on the waterfront make Yorktown a nice visit. Did I mention a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shop? Well after our snack we took the self guided driving tour through the Yorktown Battlefield. The history and background was great, as was the scenery of the area. The visitor center sells a CD for the driving tour that was enjoyable but not great quality. We also enjoyed the Colonial Parkway that connects Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown. It's a fine way to get you in the colonial spirit.

Shopping There are a number of outlets and a growing number of shopping malls in the area. We made a mandatory stop at the huge Pottery Outlet and also made a surprise discovery at the Christmas Mouse. If you enjoy Christmas decorations, or have a specific ornament you've always wanted, I'd be surprised if you don't find it at the Christmas Mouse. And I'm sure you'll see ornaments you never knew existed.

So you can see all the ingredients for our great vacation were here. I hope you can find it tasty enough to take a bite of Williamsburg yourself.

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