Colonial Williamsburg’s Most Romantic Hotels
Williamsburg Sampler Bed & Breakfast Inn
While the building itself is impressive and grand, nothing about the Williamsburg Sampler’s interior is boastful. It has a friendly atmosphere, and the shared areas are decorated with the owner’s memorabilia from his travels. Many of the rooms have private balconies that overlook a secluded courtyard, while others have sitting areas with comfy couches and wood-burning fireplaces, so you and your partner will have a cozy, quiet place to kick back and relax. Located within 5 minutes of Merchants Square — the place to shop, eat and people-watch — and all of the other attractions that make Colonial Williamsburg the popular tourist destination it is, the inn lets you relax and ignite, or reignite, your romance at your own pace.
Yet another inn well within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Manor has managed to combine modern charm with 18th-century elegance. It’s small, which adds to its secluded feel. All 5 rooms are well-appointed. The owners — who are also local caterers — have breakfast covered. The menu changes daily, but their specialties are Southern dishes, and they offer to accommodate any dietary restrictions you tell them about. The manor is situated just 3 blocks from Merchants Square in historic Williamsburg, where guests can enjoy shopping and restaurants. The grounds are well manicured, and there is plenty of space for a quiet, romantic stroll.
Governor’s Trace Bed & Breakfast
Romance starts early at Governor’s Trace. Here, couples can enjoy a candlelit breakfast in the comfort of their own room while wearing the complimentary terry-cloth bathrobes provided. There are 2 breakfast times: 1 for early birds, and another for couples who want to sleep a little later. The inn features 3 bedrooms — 1 with a working fireplace and 2 with adjoining porches. Afternoon refreshments, such as sweet tea, are served daily.
Set on a 300-acre vineyard, Wedmore Place makes it hard not to find romance. Each room is equipped with a wood-burning fireplace and king-size bed. Of the traveling locations listed here, it’s also the most expensive, and the décor and space have a lot to do with the sticker price. This European-style country hotel features traditional, classic and superior rooms. They are all named after European regions or countries, with furnishings styled to reflect that region’s signature. Because it’s a hotel, the grounds are much larger than most of the bed-and-breakfasts listed here, and you won’t find the same level of intimacy with your hosts. But there is enough room for seclusion as well as romance.
A Williamsburg White House
While a presidential theme might not be considered romantic, this cozy and elegantly appointed bed-and-breakfast is. Couples can enjoy complimentary terry-cloth robes, private bathrooms and, upon request, a secluded full breakfast for 2 in the JFK Library. Coffee is the only thing served early here (7:30 a.m.); breakfast is at 9 a.m. There are plenty of sitting rooms, the library offers hundreds of books to read, and wine, port and cookies are served every afternoon. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace, where you can relax and unwind after a long, busy day of sightseeing. The inn’s rooms and suites are named after Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington and others, as are the parking spaces, which come in handy when you want to ditch the car keys and walk to historic Williamsburg or Merchants Square to take advantage of the unique restaurants and shopping.
Bentley Manor Inn
Touting itself as a classic bed-and-breakfast inn, this midsize colonial, situated within short walking distance of the College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg, has the feel of a cozy home decorated in a style reflective of the 18th century. The entire inn is immaculately appointed and maintained. There are only 4 rooms — adding to the intimacy and charm — each with its own private bath. Your stay includes a complimentary glass of wine every night and a home-cooked breakfast every morning. You can choose vegetarian, low-fat or restrictive options — but you should know, the hosts’ signature dish is sour cream apple pancakes.