If you are planning a visit to Williamsburg, Virginia, this fall, there are a number of events and activities taking place throughout the area. So, don’t confine yourself just to the historic areas – there are plenty of fall festivals in Williamsburg and other seasonal happenings going on all over the place to check out.
There’s plenty to do and see at the Virginia Celtic Gathering and Highland Games. Parades and pageantry are on display. You can try out some Scottish games. At the Celtic Heritage Village there is Scottish food and drink, along with places to shop, listen to music and storytelling, watch sword fights, and dance. If you are of Scottish descent, you can check out your family tree at the clan area.
Some of the games include a kilted run, a war cry rally, a haggis hurl, a tug of war, and cheers for beers. There also are games for the children. Visitors can take part in a limerick contest, a pub singing contest, and even a knobby knees contest. Some of the traditional instruments on display are the harp, the Uilean pipe and the fiddle. If you are interested in history, you can listen to tales of Robert the Bruce. The event takes place in Richmond this year on October 22 & 23, 2016..
At Busch Gardens, you can celebrate Halloween at Howl-O-Scream, featuring scary mazes and shows at the park. There is a haunted house and catacombs filled with bones and the voices of the dead. Another attraction at Howl-O-Scream is the Fear Fair, a big-top where the entertainers can be very frightening. And then there is Dracula’s mansion, a house set in Eastern Europe in the 1800s for those with an interest in vampires. Another attraction is a logging camp that has been attacked by enormous venomous spiders. And if you are more in the mood for a show, there is the Monsterstomp, featuring witches, skeletons and vampires.
The Williamsburg Farmers Market also continues to operate on selected days during the fall. This open-air market is located in Merchants Square in the historic area. Here you can buy a wide range of local products, including produce, pumpkins, organic fruit and vegetables, free-range chicken, beef, bison, pork, clams, oysters, fish, other seafood, plants, baked goods, honey, cheese, mushrooms, handmade soaps, and a lot more. There is live music along with demonstrations by local chefs. Master gardeners are available for questions, as well.
Ghost Tours are popular during the fall season. Take a Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Ghost Walk and learn that ghosts still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of CW.
If you like sports, you might be interested in taking in a William & Mary football game. The Tribe’s football games have been a tradition in Williamsburg for 72 years. The Tribe has earned 17 conference titles and has had seven undefeated seasons. You can find the 2016 game schedule here.
Williamsburg is magnificent year round, but we want to focus on Spring – and what makes Spring in Williamsburg so special! There are so many reasons why people flock to this area, but we bring you the top 3 reasons why we think people are drawn here when the weather breaks.
Valentine’s Day – an excuse to make your special someone feel loved and appreciated! Here at The Liberty Rose, every day is Valentine’s Day as we focus on the details that make our guests feel welcome. But for those of you celebrating once a year, we’ve compiled a few ideas to make this holiday extra special. (more…)
Liberty Rose Bed & Breakfast has always enticed and excited its guests with wonderfully complex, rich, quirky, beautiful design and decor. But if you want to see the top come off the creativity pot, you owe yourself a stay here during the holidays- for the trees. This season, Christmas travel packages to Williamsburg VA and a stay at Liberty Rose will include a tree in every suite at our Inn!
Our Christmas Travel Packages to Williamsburg VA are magical. It’s truly an extravaganza; a full size Christmas Tree decorated to the nines in every suite, with a giant parlor tree and several smaller icons here and there. The trees are each unique and like the style of the decor of our award winning inn, each is its own story book. We find our guests wandering the inn and marveling at the plethora of holiday decorations we have collected and displayed. Conversations begin, and friendships are created during this enchanting time of year.
Here are a few photos of the trees in The Dora Suite, Fig & Ficus Suite, and The Parlour. Please feel free to take your selfies or photos with our trees when you visit and post to our facebook, instagram, pinterest or website. See you soon and have an extravagant Christmas in Williamsburg or wherever you spend the holiday! We implore you to give the Liberty Rose a chance during this season. You’ll be glad you did.
Visit us as Liberty Rose Kicks off the 2016 Christmas Tree Extravaganza With a Tree in Every Suite
Williamsburg, VA is a great place to be year round, but it’s especially wonderful during the holiday season. The area is bustling with holiday events and activities throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas. With so much going on, it can be hard to choose which Williamsburg Christmas events to attend.
For those of you that live locally – and those of you visiting from out of town – here is our list of the top family friendly Christmas events in Williamsburg that you won’t want to miss this season!
1. Grand Illumination Kick off the holiday season with Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination event in early December. Featuring live music, entertainment for the kids, fireworks and more, this family friendly holiday event is a holiday tradition you’ll love.
2. Christmas Town Get into the spirit of the holiday season with a trip to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town. This event runs from late November through early January and features shows and performances, delicious dining, festive shopping and more. Complete with millions of glittering lights and a North Pole where you can visit Santa, Christmas Town is an experience your whole family will love!
3. A Colonial Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg Colonial Williamsburg is the place to be during the holiday season. From ice skating and holiday shopping to festive dining and musical performances, this event has it all. With events, programs and traditional activities amidst the background of the Revolutionary City, Colonial Christmas is a holiday event the whole family will enjoy.
4. Parades There are a number of holiday parades throughout the Williamsburg area during the Christmas season. Enjoy marching bands, floats and more with the family at the Williamsburg Christmas Parade and the Yorktown Toyland Parade. Looking for something a little different? We highly recommend the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, a floating parade of lights at the Yorktown waterfront that includes caroling around a beach bonfire, musical performance and more.
The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy family activities and with Christmas events going on all season long, Williamsburg is the place to be! Experience the true magic of the holiday season with your family this year at one – or all – of these fantastic holiday events!
When you stay at The Liberty Rose, you will experience a retreat like no other. Spoil yourself with our Rose & Dine Package which consists of a fusion of flavors – a feast of fresh, local, organic ingredients melded together into a meal you will thoroughly enjoy. Relax and savor the titillating smells, revel in conversations and recharge yourself with an exquisite meal.
Friend, writer and fellow food adventurist, Andrea Deibler-Gorman covers our new Rose&Dine dinner package in her latest blog
We are honored to have had our friend Andrea staying with us the night of our inaugural Rose&Dine dinner service- a new option for guests looking for a romantic 5+2 course dinner at our inn (inside or outside as weather permits). Our cook, Mike, has been practicing and experimenting for a year to develop these seasonally adapting menus that he tweaks according to guest’s dietary requirements or restrictions and preferences. Andrea’s new blog piece is a wonderful window into this meal from the perspective of the kitchen. Hope this inspires you to consider staying with us on your next trip to the area and ordering one of our dinner packages in our drop down options-extras menu. Call for details or with your questions, or email us here.
Ghosts in Colonial Williamsburg, VA – Where history comes alive (or dead)
Maybe it’s the slight chill in the air, or because dark comes a little earlier each day, but as soon as fall comes to Colonial Williamsburg it becomes easier to believe that restless spirits really do haunt our homes and streets. The birthplace of the American Revolution, Williamsburg has a rich history of political intrigue, traitorous betrayals, and war – the perfect recipe for unfinished business.
The most famous spectres are said to haunt the halls of the Peyton Randolph House which is just down the road from Liberty Rose. Originally built in 1715, the house has been home to many notable families and counted among its guests such personages as General Rochambeau and the Marquis de Lafayette. If those walls could talk… Well, maybe they can, if the reports of objects moving on their own or ghostly nudges and disembodied voices are true. One theory says that the house is not haunted but cursed while another suggests that Native American burial grounds were disturbed in the building of the house.
Want to decide for yourself? Several companies give haunted tours of Colonial Williamsburg that make for a perfect fall evening or Halloween haunt.
Best Supernatural and Haunted Tours to find Ghosts in Colonial Williamsburg
Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
With tours like “Ghosts and Witches of Williamsburg” and “The Dead of Night Ghost Tour”, Spooks and Legends offers something for everyone and includes plenty of history amidst the tales of woe and gore.
Colonial Ghosts 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor
Offering both dusk and late-night tours, Colonial Ghosts will appeal to both skeptics and devoted ghost hunters. With a website featuring an in-depth history and hauntings blog, you can even be prepared when venturing without a guide.
The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg Candlelight Tour 4/5 on TripAdvisor
Also offering two tours, the original and extreme, the candlelight tours of Williamsburg focus on “eerie and fun folklore” based on L.B. Taylor’s book The Ghosts of Williamsburg.
This chocolate chip cookie recipe really is special. It’s an old recipe, handed down, swiped, shared and treasured by a select few bakers around the world. Apparently you can find them in New York City. But I shouldn’t over share. Here’s the deal: you can book your room and choose the extra called Cookies or Chocolates- and make sure you specify Cookies- for $35. When you arrive you’ll find these absolutely mouth watering decadently rich chocolaty nutty cookies fresh from our oven, allowed to cool just so, on our footed crystal plate with sprigs of garden mint under a glass dome cloche with a purple ribbon. And some napkins ready for you to gobble them up. Want some tea or coffee or cold milk with those? Just let us know. That’s on the house. Start your stay at Liberty Rose by making it extra sweet!
Some visit Williamsburg for the theme parks and thrills, others for the culture and dining, and most, of course, come here for the rich American history. So how do you decide what to do? For a memorable trip that covers it all, don’t leave Williamsburg without doing these 5 things.
• Travel back in time to Colonial Williamsburg. Become a colonist in this historic district and living history museum. Join actors in period costume as they re-enact day-to-day Colonial life in the streets, stores and workshops.
• Get an adrenaline rush at Busch Gardens. From world-class roller coasters, rides, and slides to character appearances, shows, and animal interactions, the Busch Gardens theme park offers adventure at every turn.
• Take in a film or show at the Kimball Theater. Located in Merchants Square, the Kimball Theater has a rich history that dates back to 1933. Today, it hosts live performances, plays and featured films.
• Dine at an 18th-century Tavern. Order the period-inspired “chop of shoat” at King Arm’s Tavern, sample specialty beers at Chowning’s alehouse, or reserve a table at George Washington’s favorite spot, Christina Campbell’s Tavern.
• Enjoy the Summer Breeze Concert Series. Every Wednesday night from 7:00-9:00 pm in Merchants Square, these open-air concerts feature a variety of bands performing live music all summer long.
These are some of our favorites. Of course, Innkeeper Sandi Thompson can give you additional advice about things to do while visiting our wonderful community. The Liberty Rose is a very convenient spot for your getaway and is just down the road from all of the above suggestions.