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Why we love living here. Reasons to move, relocate, retire to Williamsburg.

My wife, Ellen , and I chose Williamsburg as the place to raise our family many years ago. After living in the Washington DC and Annapolis Md we felt the need to be closer to family and began looking for a smaller town environment. Williamsburg was our top choice and so we made the move to "Mayberry" , I meant Williamsburg.

In the course of my job in real estate, the most often asked question is "What is there to do there ? To that end I started a list with a sampling of places and events that we and our friends enjoy.

Note: we are not retired. Our kids are in middle school and we will be working for a while ! Our area is a haven for retirees but tons of families with kids are choosing Williamsburg as "The place to live and raise families"

If you are right out of college and looking for the "single life" our area will probably disappoint. Most of the single 20& 30 something’s prefer the livelier areas of Norfolk, VA Beach, Newport News and Richmond.

So here is my revised list in no particular order. I will add some expanded descriptions in posts in the future. Please share your favorites in the comment section below !

 


1 A Chef’s Kitchen- Dinner is prepared in front of you by world-class chefs who teach as they cook
2 Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
3 Amtrak Train Station in Williamsburg-take a train to Richmond,  DC, NYC or beyond
4 An Occasion for the Arts
5 Antique Shopping at  the Williamsburg Antique Mall & Charlie’s Antiques
6 Aroma’s Coffee House-Enjoy the patio or venture inside for specialty coffees to compliment your breakfast, lunch or dinner. 
7 Art Cafe 26-Gallery cafe is a delightful culinary experience serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon desserts
8 Barbecue — Pierce’s  ,Hog Wild Smokehouse,  Red, Hot & Blue
10 Barnes & Noble in New Town and CW
11 Beachfront at Jamestown Beach Park!
12 Beautiful campus @ William and Mary
13 Brunch at the Williamsburg Inn &  Lodge, Kingsmill, Opus 9
14 Bruton Heights Research Center for the scholar in you
15 Bruton Parish Church – where Washington, Jefferson and Adams worshipped
16 Burgers and Fries at Five Guys in High Street
17 Busch Gardens season passes and Howl-O-Scream
18 Cheese Shoppe- sandwiches are out of this world!
19 Christopher Wren Society-Adult Learning Classes @ W&M
20 Colonial Williamsburg Good Neighbor Pass
22 Consignment shopping at the Velvet Shoestring, Classic Consignments and more.
21 Crab Races at Barrett’s
23 Cycling, running or walking on the Virginia Capital Bicycle Trail- soon to be 55 miles
24 Dessert at the Trellis – "Death by Chocolate"
25 Dewey Decibel Concert Series at the Williamsburg Library Theatre
26 DeWitt Wallace  Museum @ CW
27 Driving or cycling the Colonial Parkway from Jamestown to Yorktown
28 Farmer’s Market- Merchant’s Square – great fresh produce, cheeses, baked goods, peanuts, , plants, meats, seafood, lively music, cooking demonstration and baked goods, (dog friendly)
29 First Night @ New Years- A great night of entertainment, concerts and more.
30 Forth of July Fireworks at Busch Gardens & CW
31 Freedom Park, New Quarter Park, York River State Park
32 Gambols at Shields Tavern- Imagine spending your evening at an 18th century tavern with a night of music, silly sing-a-longs, peach cider, peanuts, and entertainers making fun of your friends. 
33 Ghost Tours by Lantern in Colonial Williamsburg
34 Golf at Golden Horseshoe , Williamsburg National, Kiskiak , Fords Colony, Kingsmill and the other  Local Golf Courses
35 Grand Illumination at Christmas
36 Great happy hour at Bonefish
37 Great Italian Restaurants- Sal’s By Victor, Buon Amici,Giuseppe’s,
38 Great Private Schools-Walsingham Academy, Providence Classical, Williamsburg Christian, Williamsburg Montessori,
39 Great Wolf Lodge – great place for family’s to stay. The indoor water park is great for all ages and is open year round ,outdoor water park opens in Summer
40 Grocery shopping at The Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, and Harris Teeter
41 Ham Biscuits & Blueberry pancakes at The Chickahominy House Restaurant
42 Historic plantations along Route 5
43 Homemade guacamole at Plaza Azteca
44 Horse drawn wagon ride through Williamsburg -a great way to see the town
45 Hot dogs and fries at Retro’s
46 James City County Rec Center-Fitness, indoor track, indoor pool, racquetball, child care
47 James City County/Williamsburg (VA) Master Gardeners.
48 Kayaking at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, York River State Park, Powhatan Creek, New Quarter Pk
49 Kidsburg-playground at Mid County Park
50 Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre @ W&M
51 Location- close to everything. Beaches are  an hour away,OBX,  2 hours. 2.5 hours to DC or  the Blue Ridge mountains,. 3 airports are within an hour and a half’s drive if you’re a jet setter, or if your family wants to come visit. And, there is certainly plenty to do while they’re here
52 Low cost of living
53 Low real estate taxes
54 Make your own history at historic Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement
55 Mountain Biking at Freedom Park, New Quarter Park, York River State Park
56 Muscarelle Museum of Art
57 New town Cinema 12 and the Movie Tavern
58 One of the Top Five places to retire in America
64 Our Great Restaurants-Fat Canary, Blue Talon, The Trellis, Le Yaca, Guiseppis, Buon Amici
59 Outdoor dining at many restaurants around town
60 Panera’s in New Town
61 Paul’s Deli or the Green Leafe after any Tribe sporting event
63 Pedal boating at Waller Mill Park
62 Perfect Climate-hardly ever snows
65 Performing Arts series at Phi Beta Kappa Hall
66 Pick your own strawberries, pumpkins, blueberries at Bush Neck Farm
67 Power boating or Jet skiing on the Chickahominy
68 Pumpkinville at Halloween
69 Reasonably priced homes
70 Refillable  mugs @ CW-$10 gets you unlimited coffee, tea, cider (hot or cold), soda – any non-alcoholic beverage , for a year.
71 Revolutionary City outdoor programs @ CW
73 Runners can choose from many 5K, 10K, half and full marathon races and a very active running community (Colonial Road Runners)
72 Sailing on the nearby Chesapeake Bay- less than 25 minutes from Williamsburg
75 Sal’s Italian Restaurant
74 Sampling the peanuts at The Peanut Shoppe
76 Season’s Holiday Open House
77 Shopping and dining at New Town
78 Shopping and dining on Merchant’s Square
79 Shopping at Premium Outlets (not during holidays)
80 Skate/BMX Park @ JCC Community Center
81 So many places to go for  ice cream, milk shakes, frozen yogurt , Italian ice-Sno-to-Go, Retro’s  Brewster’s, Cold Stone Ice Cream,Ben & Jerry’s, Sweet Frog, Handel’s, Rita’s and Queen Anne Dari-Snak (old school) 
82 Soon to open "Go Ape Ropes/ Zipline course at Freedom Park
83 Soon to open "Mad about Chocolate" 
84 Spanish food, wine, fresh tapas, … food classes @ LaTienda 
85 Spend the night in a colonial home in CW
86 Spending a night at the sumptuous Williamsburg Inn, Lodge,  Wedmore Place Inn @ the Williamsburg Winery, our countless B&B’s
87 Spoon bread , seafood and Colonial entertainment @ Christiana Campbell’s Tavern
88 Summer Breeze Concert Series on Duke of Gloucester Street
89 Summer Movie Nights on Merchant’s Square
90 Swem Library @ W&M -more than 2 million books, journals, manuscripts, government documents, and films
91 Tennis @ McCormick-Nagelsen Tennis Center & Kingsmill Resort & various outdoor courts around town
92 The Fife & Drum Corps
93 The Grand Illumination
94 The great schools in Williamsburg/ James City County
95 The old fashioned Christmas Parade
96 The soon to re-open Williamsburg Pottery
97 The spas at Colonial Williamsburg and Kingsmill
98 The Virginia Gazette and the Last Word
99 Three airports within a half to one hour away-PHF, RIC, ORF
100 Very active cycling community in the area (WAB) many routes to ride both on roads & bike paths
101 Virginia Shakespeare Festival @ W&M
102 Virginia Symphony Orchestra concerts under the stars at Matoaka Amphitheater
103 Water Country
104 Water, Water, Water-Bounded by 3 rivers (the James, the York, and the Chickahominy), and just minutes to the Chesapeake Bay, where you can boat, ski, fish, kayak and crab.
105 William & Mary Tribe Football (and tailgate parties!)
106 Williamsburg Ale Werks – micro brewery
107 Williamsburg Community Chapel
108 Williamsburg Players-community theatre
109 Williamsburg Symphonia-Concerts
110 Wine sampling or a meal at the Williamsburg Winery
111 WISC (Williamsburg Indoor Sports Center)
112 Wonderful programs at the Kimball Theater
113 Yankee Candle Factory

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2 Responses

  1. Opus 9 in New Town…great food!

  2. Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, every year, last week of April.

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