• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

WARA Iron Chef/Wine & Food Expo 2014 Saturday, April 12, 2014

iron chef williamsburg vaIn February of 2009, WARA hosted their first ever Iron Chef Competition. The success of that event prompted them to make it an annual event.with a goal to showcase local talent and gain recognition for the Association.

This year the event will be held  on  On Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Williamsburg Lodge. Nine regional Virginia chefs battle it out  in an Iron Chef competition similar to what is seen on many of the top-rated cooking shows on television

Also included in your admission price is the opportunity to taste over 75 wines from around the world sure to tantalize your palette.

The Wine and Food Expo portion of the evening will showcase an extensive selection of wines as well as a handful of specialty dishes from local WARA restaurants.

Competing chefs will be from:

Williamsburg (2nd Street Bistro, Berret’s, Colonial Williamsburg)

Richmond (The Blue Goat, The Country Club of VA, The Savory Grain)

Virginia Beach (Catch 31, Steinhilber’s, Hot Tuna).

Colonial Williamsburg, The Cheese Shop – Merchants Square, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, Blue Talon & Opus 9 Steakhouse will serve their greatest cuisine, with heavy hors d’oeuvre.

Over 75 wines from around the world, will be on hand to tantalize your palette, this is included in the admission price.

April 12, 2014

6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Williamsburg Lodge

$60 pp/$110 couple at the door

$40 non drinking

Save the Date

Contact Info:
(757) 221-6835

Buy tickets here




Restaurant Month 2013 in Williamsburg VA

williamsburg restaurant monthWould you like to try some of Williamsburg’s best restaurants at reduced prices  ? What used to be Williamsburg Restaurant week has turned into  Restaurant Month and will run for the entire month of January 2013

I love this promotion in that it gives us a chance to go to our favorite restaurants without killing my wallet.

You can enjoy a two course lunch menu for $10.11. For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.

This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association.. For more information on the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association click here. Reservations are suggested.

Participating Restaurants include:

 Bakers Crust * L/D  5234 Monticello Avenue 253-2787

 Berret’s Seafood Restaurant * L/D  199 South Henry Street 253-1847

 Blue Talon Bistro * L/D .13420 Prince George Street 476-2583

 Buon Amici * L/D  5201 Center Street 220-8188

 LeYaca * D  1915 Pocahontas Trail 220-3616

 Opus 9 Steakhouse * L/D  5143 Main Street 645-4779

 Sal’s by Victor * L/D $ 1252 Richmond Road 220-2641

 Seasons Restaurant *L/D  110 S. Henry Street 259-0018

 Second Street An American Bistro * L/D  140 Second Street 220-2286

 Stephano’s Pizza & Subs * L $ 110 S. Henry Street 476-8999

 The Crust * L/D  249 Richmond Road 603-6981

 The Kitchen at Powhatan *  3601 Ironbound Road 253-7893

 The Williamsburg Inn * D  136 East Francis Street 800-447-8679

 "Traditions" at The Williamsburg Lodge * D 310 South England Street 229-2141

*May not be combined with any other promotions or discounts.

Check out the wonderful selection of items on the menus listed below.
Restaurant MONTH Menus 2013

Peter Chang set to open in Williamsburg 9/28

peter chang china cafe in williamsburg vaLater this month, Peter Chang will debut his third restaurant in central Virginia.

The 170-seat Peter Chang China Cafe will officially open to the public on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 in Williamsburg at 1203 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg VA.

The chef already operates Peter Chang’s China Grill in Charlottesville and the Peter Chang China Cafe in Glen Allen, outside Richmond (which Bon Appetit nominated as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America).

The kitchen at the new Williamsburg restaurant will be run by five chefs whom Lee brought over from China. They have been training under Chang to get familiar with his lengthy menu and his approach to cooking the dishes on it. The menu will be slightly smaller in Williamsburg than in Richmond, but will allow for more specials to help give the restaurant its own feel.

You can download his Richmond menu here.  The menu will be slightly smaller in Williamsburg than in Richmond, but will allow for more specials to help give the restaurant its own feel.”

Hans Schadler Opens Waypoint Grill in Williamsburg

It took a little longer than expected but Chef Hans Schadler has opened his new Williamsburg location. Waypoint Grill is in the new Quarterpath Shopping Center across from Kingsmill on Rt 199. ( near Harris TeeterIt took a little longer than expected but Chef Hans Schadler has opened his new Williamsburg location. Waypoint Grill is in the new Quarterpath Shopping Center across from Kingsmill on Rt 199. ( near Harris Teeter)

Schadler ,the former executive chef of the Williamsburg Inn left to open the Rivers In Restaurant in Gloucester Point back in the spring of 2009. He closed that successful location in Dec of 2010 to return home to Williamsburg and open the Waypoint Grill.

“The time is right and we are excited to open our brand new facility," adds Schadler. "In the Williamsburg restaurant, you can expect to experience what we do best: the seasonal menus, exceptional wine list and the special events for which we are known.”


imageFrom the restaurant : We are very excited to now be taking reservations for Friday Dec. 9th and moving forward. 


Sunday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: Closed


Tuesday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Wednesday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Thursday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Friday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Saturday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

The team here at Waypoint would like to thank everyone for there support, patience and hard work!

We look forward to seeing everyone in the upcoming weeks.

The Team of Waypoint


Quarterpath Crossing

1480 Quarterpath Rd.

Williamsburg, Va 23185




Map/ Directions

quarterpath shopping center

Williamsburg Welcomes Back Chef Hans Schadler

Waypoint Seafood and GrillThe new location for Chef Hans Schadler’s Williamsburg Va restaurant will be at the Quarterpath Shopping Center across from Kingsmill on Rt 199.

Schadler ,the former executive chef of the Williamsburg Inn left to open the Rivers In Restaurant in Gloucester Point back in the spring of 2009. He closed that successful location in Dec of 2010 to return home to Williamsburg and open the Waypoint Grill.

“It’s been a wonderful time here at the River’s Inn, and the success we have achieved has been incredible,” says Schadler. “We are grateful to have had such a beautiful location for our first restaurant, but Williamsburg is home.
“The time is right and we are excited to open our brand new facility," adds Schadler. "In the Williamsburg restaurant, you can expect to experience what we do best: the seasonal menus, exceptional wine list and the special events for which we are known.”

The target opening date is May of 2011. Check their website for updates…

Waypoint Grill

(757) 220-2228

1480 Quarterpath Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185 click for directions

www.waypointgrill.com  Note: the website is not operation yet, check back later for updates.

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What’s your favorite Williamsburg VA Restaurant ? Tell us in the comment link below…

Williamsburg VA Restaurant Month

Would you like to try some of Williamsburg’s best restaurants at reduced prices  ? Last year’s Williamsburg Restaurant week has now turned into  Restaurant Month It will run for the entire month of January 2011. 

I love this promotion in that it gives us a chance to go to our favorite restaurants without killing my wallet.

You can enjoy a two course lunch menu for $10.11 at the following restaurants:

Berrets, Blue Talon, Buon Amici , Eagles Steakhouse at Kingsmill, Opus 9, The Magnolia Dining Room at Colonial Heritage, Riverwalk, The Trellis,

For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.

This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association.. For more information on the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association click here. Reservations are suggested.

Participating Restaurants include:

 Bavarian Garden ,Berret’s Seafood Restaurant | Black Angus Grille | Blue Talon Bistro | Buon Amici | Center Street Grille| Dudley’s Farmhouse Grille || Giuseppe’s Italian Café | | LeYaca | The Magnolia Dining Room (at Colonial Heritage) | Opus 9 Steakhouse | Outback Steakhouse | Riverwalk Restaurant (Yorktown) || Second Street An American Bistro | The Trellis  | Williamsburg Inn-Terrace Room | Williamsburg Lodge

You can read the special menus for all the restaurants here

Welcome Back Z Pizza

Z PizzaZ- Pizza in New Town has a whole new staff with a whole new attitude.

  zpizza’s unique flavors remain the same with fire-baked pizza, certified organic tomato sauce and your choice of traditional or unique toppings.



Stop in for their Grand Re-Opening today!

Click Here for Zpizza_Coupon $5 off a purchase of $20 or more or FREE small salad with an XL pizza

Be sure to save their new phone number (757) 645-3303
or order online at www.zpizza.com

Open for Lunch/Dinner and delivery and take-out available

Be sure to say hi to the new owners :

Eric & Kellie Kruizenga -Locally Owned and Operated

Across from the New Town movie on Courthouse St, New Town, Williamsburg VA

Click here for reviews



Free Burritos on Thursday @ Chipotle Grill in Williamsburg

chipotle grill williamsburg va Williamsburg Virginia’s  first Chipotle Grill opens this week .The fast food chain opens this Friday , March 26th, at  1413 Richmond Road, near Bypass Road and across from High Street.

Better yet,to celebrate it’s opening they have announced "Free Burrito Day," on Thursday March 25th. An apparent tradition at new outlets during which anyone stopping by can get a free burrito and soft drink. The promotion runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Chipotle is known for using fresh, naturally raised meat and organic beans, when possible. The company calls it "food with integrity."

The food is made on site. "There are no freezers, no microwaves or can openers at Chipotle,"

It’s hard to argue with that.

See you on Thursday !

Chipotle Website



Trellis Re-Opening Soon in Williamsburg

Trellis williamsburg Local Chef and Blue Talon owner David Everett has taken over the helm of The Trellis.  Long an icon in the Williamsburg area its hard to believe it been almost  30 years since it opened.

Everyone is dying to know about the renovations, what the rooms will look like, what’s happening to this or that, is a certain chocolate dessert going to be on the menu, etc.,

The response from staff : The Trellis is absolutely going to rock.  Great food, great philosophy, great decor, outstanding staff – the works!  (Chocolate lovers won’t be disappointed!)

Everyone is pulling together to get this restaurant open in the next couple of weeks.Take a moment to click on the link below and enter your name on the email form for TheTrellis.com to be the first to know about the grand re-opening.

 The Trellis website

Kids Eat Free- Williamsburg and Hampton Roads VA

As a family we are all about saving money. Eating out is a not too frequent luxury these days. With that being said in this current economy I thought I would try compiling a local “Kids eat free” or  “Reduced price kids meal specials” in the Williamsburg or Hampton Roads Virginia area.

This is just a start and I appreciate any updates you know about . In searching the web I found quite a few outdated offers that are no longer available. Verify them yourself before you go.  As of 2/6/2010 they are current.

They are in random order….

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Check out Williamsburg VA Restaurants with $10 lunches and $20 dinners this week

restaurant week williamsburg virginia Have you wanted to try some of the pricier restaurants in town but didn’t want to bust your budget ? Well now is your chance. as the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association presents the 4th Annual Williamsburg Restaurant Week.  With more than twenty restaurants offering dining at a fraction of the price. Two-course prix fixe lunch menus are $10.10 and three-course prix fixe dinner menus are $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity are not included.

Which ones will you go to ?
It will be a difficult choice for us unless we go to lunch every day this week ! Le Yaca, Blue Talon, Opus 9, Giuseppe’s, Buon Amici, Berret’s are tops on our list.

Participating Restaurants in Williamsburg VA include :

 415 Grill at the Williamsburg Hospitality House * L/D
    Backfin Seafood Restaurant * D
    Berret’s Seafood Restaurant * L/D
    Black Angus Grille * D
    Blue Talon Bistro * L/D
    Buon Amici * L/D
    Capitol Pancake House * L
    Cities Grille * D
    Dudley’s Farmhouse Grille * L/D
    Gaberial Archer Tavern * L/D 
       (at the Williamsburg Winery)
    Giuseppe’s Italian Café * L/D
    LeYaca * D
    The Magnolia Dining Room * L/D 
       (at Colonial Heritage)
    Opus 9 Steakhouse * L/D
    Outback Steakhouse * D
    Riverwalk Restaurant * L/D
    Shackleford’s II Restaurant & Raw Bar * D
    Spectator’s Family Sports Pub * L/D 

D= Dinner   

*Beverage*Alcohol*Tax*Gratuity not included
    *Reservations suggested
    *May not be combined with any other promotions or discounts


Click here for menus from the participating Williamsburg VA restaurants

If you are heading to Norfolk, VA this week check out their restaurant week winter specials here

The Trellis in Williamsburg is Closed for Renovation

The Trellis-Williamsburg

Now under the ownership of Blue Talon Bistro chef/owner David Everett, the Trellis is closed temporarily for renovation. The work has already begun, and Chef Everett plans to be back up and running with a fresh look in March.
You are invited to stop by to check out the work in progress, and to talk with any of the folks at the Blue Talon for details. Chef Everett and his team look forward to serving you in March!

Visit the Blue Talon website here

The Ice Cream, Mexican Restaurant and Sub Wars are on.

Soon, you’ll have another ice cream store to choose from in Williamsburg, VA This one specializes in chocolate. Kilwins  is scheduled to open in High Street next weekend. If you have a sweet tooth, you probably already know about Kilwin’s. The family-owned shop features homemade ice cream, candy and confections. If you’re looking for a quick indulgence  stop in for an ice cream cone, homemade fudge and a full line of handmade chocolates all made fresh in the store.

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Green Leafe Williamsburg VA – Live Music Schedule

greenleafewilliamsburg Because of it’s proximity to campus and like any restaurant/bar, Green Leafe’s customers  range from students, professors, visitors and tourists depending on the time of day and if school’s in session. When school is in session the weekends and Mug Night will be packed with students. Get there early if you and your friends want a table.

With more than 30 beers on tap and 100 bottled beers, libations are the main attraction at the Green Leafe Cafe. But that doesn’t mean food is an afterthought at the tavern near the William and Mary campus. There’s tavern fare such as wings and quesadillas, plus pasta and seafood meals. The menu changes with the seasons, and there are daily specials. Food portions are quite generous.

The Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg, VA (downtown) will have some great live music in the next several weeks!  

Here is the current schedule… for 2009

8/19 – Electric Sideshow                http://www.myspace.com/electricsideshow
8/26 – The Will Thomas Band             http://www.myspace.com/willthomasband
9/2 – No Reverse
9/9 –
9/16 – The Will Thomas Band             http://www.myspace.com/willthomasband
9/23 – Rich Whiskey
Audition            http://www.myspace.com/richwhiskeyaudition
9/30 – The Havers                       http://www.myspace.com/greengrassrock
10/7 – Hate The Bomb
10/14 – Electric Sideshow               http://www.myspace.com/electricsideshow
10/21 – The Will Thomas Band            http://www.myspace.com/willthomasband
10/28 – JM Suttan
11/4 – Electric Sideshow                http://www.myspace.com/electricsideshow
11/18 – The Will Thomas Band            http://www.myspace.com/willthomasband
11/25 – The Havers                      http://www.myspace.com/greengrassrock
12/2 – Electric Sideshow                http://www.myspace.com/electricsideshow

Green Leafe Cafe Downtown

765 Scotland Street

Williamsburg, VA 23185


Visit Colonial Williamsburg, VA

aerialcapitol3Well, I guess we are bound to get a lot of visitors coming to Williamsburg VA for 36 hour trips now that the New York Times has posted a Williamsburg, VA travel story.

I was just looking at my Twitter account ( Twitter/ MrWilliamsburg) and it seems that hundreds if not thousands of people are reposting the story.


Here is the story:

ONCE the preserve of eighth-grade field trips and history re-enactors, Williamsburg, Va., with its restored Colonial District, has become in recent years a much more rounded — and upscale — experience. Local chefs raised on both grits and Asian ginger have adapted traditional Southern cooking and native ingredients to create more exotic combinations. Virginia wineries, once scorned, produce high-quality vintages, while the central district of Williamsburg is known not only for stark Colonial homes but also for a lavish spa and upscale folk-art shops. Of course, if you want to see a staging of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!” speech, or stick your head in the stocks, that’s still an option

Read the rest of the story on Colonial Williamsburg here

By the way. There are many fine restaurants to choose from besides the Fat Canary. Contrary to what the NYT article indicates.

Make sure you take in a performance of “Revolutionary City if you visit. Somehow the writer missed this entirely.

If you lived here instead of paying $34.95 for  a one day pass to Colonial Williamsburg, you could purchase an annual " Good Neighbor Pass" to CW for $10. Kids under 17 get an annual Good Neighbor Pass for FREE ! Read about it here: https://williamsburgsrealestate.com/2008/11/29/good-neighbor-pass-colonial-williamsburg-resident-discount/

Another benefit of living here for our kids at least is Busch Gardens. If you are a resident of Virginia instead of paying $59.95 for a one day pass you can buy a Fun Pass that gets you in all season.  Or you can take out a second mortgage on your house and buy one year passes to both Water Country and Busch Gardens. I was only kidding about the second mortgage , we all know those aren’t available anymore so you just sign up for the monthly payment plan to purchase your BG passes.


J.M. Randalls in Williamsburg, VA Going Smoke Free !

jmrandalls Just got this email from J.M. Randalls in Williamsburg. This has always been a favorite venue to see R & B bands in the Williamsburg VA area.. The line up of bands through the years has been amazing. My one dislike has been the amount of cigarette smoke so it’s great to  hear they are going Smoke Free !


spring has sprung, rain, flowers, mothers day, golf tournament, nascar in richmond,  busch gardens is open, arts in the square, farmers market, william & mary graduation……..

so much in our quaint little towne to do……and add one more area of fun

here’s the may 2009 entertainment schedule for your favorite place






















Check out their website for more information: http://www.jmrandalls.com/

Latest concert Schedule: 

Read review of JM Randalls on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-m-randalls-restaurant-and-lounge-williamsburg#hrid:TeaCILZ-2aVFpBCxJJRFpA

High Street Williamsburg VA Store Openings

temps ford 002_editedThe first business to open at High Street was Five Guys Burgers and Fries on March 16, 2009 .

The Movie Tavern, which will show first-run movies and offer in-theater dining, opened  March 27.  Read more about Movie Tavern here

I first experienced Five Guys in the Washington DC area many years ago and anxiously await it’s opening.   If you like big, fat, juicy hamburgers then this is your kind of place..

temps ford 003_edited The Arlington, Va., chain has over 300 restaurant locations in the U.S.
The beauty of Five Guys is its simplicity. Choices are limited to burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese or a veggie special (basically all the toppings with melted cheese on a bun) plus amazing french fries.

Read more about Five Guys Burgers and Fries here

This will be Five Guys  first store on the Peninsula, and the High Street development’s first retail tenant to open.

mlssearch Last summer, High Street began to take shape when construction started on portions of its residential area, which included its 191 apartment units ( Sterling Manor) and 16 town homes. The apartments and town houses were completed last fall while the 225,000-square-foot retail side was still under construction.

In spite of the economic obstacles in place for hopeful businesses, there are promising signs pointing to a High Street that will be bustling with activity in future months as Plaza Azteca, a Mexican restaurant, is adding the finishing touches to its establishment and construction on a chocolate and desert shop, Kilwins, is coming along well.

PlazaAztecaWilliamsburg “There are  five businesses under construction at this time  at High Street— three of which are scheduled to open in the next few weeks.

The Williamsburg Trolley has also helped business since it began running in mid-August. The trolley, which includes High Street as one of its stops, has exposed students to the High Street area while they are on their way to other destinations like New Town or Merchants Square. It has also made it more convenient for students to go on weekend excursions to Movie Tavern or Five Guys.

124822_6 There are ongoing talks between the developer and several grocery stores about locating at High Street. Talks are also underway to bring a  a gym, a bookstore, dry cleaners, nail salons and several soft goods retailers to the development..

Although the economic climate is unsure, one thing is certain: slowly but surely, the High Street development is coming together.

Confirmed businesses that are opening at High Street include Kilwins, Terra Coffee & Wine, Plaza Azteca, Firehouse Subs and Subway.





Location Map  of High Street in Williamsburg, Virginia

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Williamsburg VA Farmers Market Video

Here is a great video of the Colonial Williamsburg Farmers Market by the co-founders of the Culinary Media Network ( Jennifer and Chef Mark ) 

Jennifer and Chef Mark discover the great local produce, seafood, and local chefs giving demos at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Williamsburg Virginia

Rather than spotlight the trendy, they are focusing on the roots of cuisine itself, and celebrating the art of experiencing food, wine and culture via the senses in cooking, in tasting — and in understanding.  In short, they are food philosophers.

You can watch the video here

After you watch the video mark your calendar for the next Colonial Williamsburg Farmers Market. You can find the schedule and lots more information here.

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Williamsburg VA Restaurants- Z Pizza- New Town


Z- Pizza has opened in New Town, Williamsburg, VA.  Located at 4902 Courthouse St  ( Across from the Movie Theater, next to Coco Chocolatier)

What makes Z- Pizza Different ?

They Combine the freshest, highest quality ingredients with authentic and original recipes, then serve the food in a timely manner in a really cool atmosphere and you get zpizza. It all starts with a passion for food.
Our dough is made from premium Montana winter wheat prepared fresh every day, hand thrown and fire-baked until uniquely crisp. We combine select ingredients such as Wisconsin skim mozzarella, certified organic tomato sauce, MSG-free pepperoni and additive-free sausage.
Even our fresh produce sets us apart. But exotic delights like Cremini and Shitake mushrooms, roasted eggplant, pili pili and truffle oil, pine nuts, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, and caramelized onions assure you’ll never experience a bland, boring, blasé pizza. The same holds true for our gourmet salads and sandwiches.

Note: ( For a limited time ) If you visit zPizza in New Town and add yourself to their mailing list at the store  they will give you a free 10" pizza with the purchase of any other pizza !

zPizza- 4902 Courthouse St, Williamsburg VA-
757 903 4750

Check out the zpizza corporate website for more information


zpizza reopens- March 2010
zpizza in New Town has reopened, under new ownership. Kellie and Eric Kruizenga were first interested in a zpizza franchise before transferring from Arizona to Williamsburg five years ago. Both have years of experience in the hospitality industry. zpizza has created programs to assist local schools and non-profits with fundraising. An outdoor patio area, with beer and wine service, will break

Top-Ranking U.S. Digital Cities Named for 2008 VA has 10 Winners !

2008 Digital Cities Winners Announced!

Top-Ranking U.S. Digital Cities Named for 2008
e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities magazine released results of the eighth annual survey which examines how cities use technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents.

“This year’s winners reflect that even with budgetary challenges, cities are placing a high value on citizen engagement and improved services,” said Cathilea Robinett, executive director for the Center for Digital Government. “Cities are incorporating newer technologies such as Webcasting, podcasts and blogs while continuing to use IT to enhance delivery options for citizens and businesses.”

The survey is open to all U.S. cities with a population of 30,000 or more and respondent cities are classified into four size-based categories.

The first-place winners in each of the four population categories are:
• Aurora, Colo. (250,000 or more population)
• Lincoln, Neb. (125,000 – 249,999 population)
• Roanoke, Va. (75,000 – 124,999 population)
• Lynchburg, Va. (30,000 – 74,999 population)

This year’s survey was underwritten by Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Blackberry, and Hyland Software, developers of OnBase. All companies are proud partners of city governments across America.

Winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony in Orlando, Fla.

Following are the top 10 cities for each population category.

Congratulations, Digital Cities Top Ten!

Center for Digital Government’s 2008 Digital Cities Survey winners in VA are :

250,000 or more population category:
2nd City of Virginia Beach, Va.

125,000-249,999 population category:
4th City of Alexandria, Va.
5th City of Norfolk, Va.
7th City of Hampton, Va. (tie)
8th City of Richmond, Va. (tie)
9th City of Chesapeake, Va. (tie)

75,000 – 124,999 population category:
1st City of Roanoke, Va.
30,000 – 74,999 population category:
1st City of Lynchburg, Va.
4th Town of Blacksburg, Va.
5th City of Charlottesville, Va.

Williamsburg VA Locals Restaurant Specials

Chef/Proprietor is an alumnus of the Culinary
Institute of America
NEW $10 Menu Available for a limited time only.
Expires Jan. 31, 2009. Not valid with any
other discount. For local diners only.
Quality food at chain restaurant prices.
Prime Rib
Crab Cakes
Any Pasta Entreé
Baby Back Ribs
Fried Shrimp
Roasted Garlic &
Spinach Meatloaf
Chicken Parmigiana
Add an extra
$5 Get Cup of Soup & Dessert
All entrées, except pasta entrée, come with a choice of roasted garlic
mashed potatoes, wild rice blend, pasta or roasted red skin potatoes.
* Year around Locals 20% discount on all regular entrées (except $10 menu and excluding tax).
Please inform your server that you are ordering from the $10 menu.
Coming in 2009!
Burgers, Paninis, Pita Sandwiches & Pasta in addition to our regular menu.

1433 Richmond Grill, Williamsburg VA
757 229 6823


The Seafare Restaurant 1632 Richmond Road • Williamsburg VA
(757) 229-0099
$39.95* per couple
Offer valid December 20 – January 15
For Starters
Homemade Rum Bread
Along With
Your choice of one of our Homemade Soups (French Onion, Crab
Bisque, Clam Chowder) or salads (Special Caesar or House)
Next Enjoy
Your choice of one entrée per person:
• Broiled Seafood Combination including shrimp, scallops, oysters
flounder filet, jumbo lump crabmeat.
• Broiled Norwegian Salmon Filet topped with dill sauce
• New York Strip Steak broiled to perfection
Entrées served with either Baked Potato, Steak Cut French Fries
or Rice Pilaf
Top Off Your Meal With Our
Chocolate Lava Cake for Two with Ice Cream
* Not to be combined with any other offer. Reservations suggested. Must present ad in the Gazette

Williamsburg VA Bluegrass Concert ” FISH Benefit “

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
Bluegrass Night – 8th Annual Fundraiser for FISH a Williamsburg VA Non Profit

  “‘Ever Who Shows Up” performs from 7-9.  Come early for an a la carte Southern style dinner 5-7 p.m.  Admission $5 and a can of food.  All proceeds support the local food bank – FISH

Concert will be held at The Corner Pocket in New Town/ Williamsburg VA

Who is FISH in Williamsburg VA ?

FISH is a local organization that helps families in times of emergencies. They have over 250 people that offer their services in a completely voluntary manner. FISH offers food, clothing and transportation to the less fortunate members of our community. A family or individual in need may receive once every 30 days a generous supply of dry and canned foods and infant formula, together with sanitation supplies. They may also receive throughout the year clothing and household goods such as bed sheets, towels and blankets. The organization has a well-stocked selection area and the volunteers work hard to make sure that everything that is handed out is in optimal condition.No child that visits the center will leave without a toy and a book. Transportation services are available to persons with medical appointments. Anyone in need of transportation must call three days in advance, although they will do their best to accommodate requests made with less than three days notice.

FISH can be contacted through the United Way Helpline (757-229-2222) or at 757-220-9379. If you cannot call and you need the food, you can go directly to FISH. To receive their services you will only need a picture ID, such as a driver’s license.

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Dining in Colonial Williamsburg VA


Eighteenth-century patriots savored their meals and hoisted pints of ale as they contemplated
revolution at taverns in Virginia’s colonial capital. Today, Colonial Williamsburg serves select
favorites from the period at four unique historic dining taverns with distinctive menus and authentic
colonial atmosphere. Staff in 18th-century dress serve guests and enhance the dining experience
with explanations of colonial dining habits and food preferences, lively exchanges with character
interpreters and music of the era played on period instruments. At King’s Arms, Shields, Christiana
Campbell’s and Chowning’s taverns, guests enjoy dining experiences similar to those of patrons
who frequented these establishments in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Colonial Williamsburg’s taverns are located in the heart of the Historic Area and are open to the public.

King’s Arms Tavern recalls an 18th-century chop house and continues the tradition of
fine tavern dining as guests feast on such colonial delicacies as roast prime rib of beef,
collops of pork, roast young duckling, game pie and traditional King’s Arms favorites of
peanut soup and the grand mushroom. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and
dinner is served from 5 p.m. until closing. Reservations are recommended for dinner.
Guests may order à la carte or try a complete meal of colonial favorites—Mrs.
Vobe’s Tavern Dinner, named after the tavern’s 18th-century proprietress Jane Vobe. This
fixed-price sampler starts with the tavern’s trademark peanut soup followed by a main
course of boneless breast of chicken with ham accompanied by potatoes, meadow
mushrooms and tarragon sauce. Dinner includes Sally Lunn bread and finishes with a
choice of Southern favorites, rice pudding or Williamsburg pecan pie.
In conjunction with Revolutionary City® programming, King’s Arms Tavern offers
Breakfast with Citizens of the Revolution. Guests enjoy a hot breakfast buffet while
engaging in conversation with revolutionaries who helped shape the future of our country.
The breakfast is offered seasonally Friday through Monday, with seatings at 8:45 and 9

King’s Arms Tavern originally catered to Virginia’s gentry and the politically
influential before, during and after the Revolution. Today, Queen Anne-style tables, paired
with Sarah Richardson (a colonial resident) chairs, are set with yard-square linen napkins,
brass candlesticks and china stamped with the king’s coat of arms. Original and
reproduction colonial prints and paintings adorn the walls and windows are hung with
hand-woven English linens. In the Purdie House annex, a section of the tavern that
originally existed as the neighboring home of 18th-century Virginia Gazette publisher
Alexander Purdie, the furniture and elegant décor represent a level of wealth and style
associated with a prosperous gentry-class Williamsburg home. The home features not only
the fine carpeting, wallpaper and wall hangings of a wealthy merchant, but also artifacts
that tell the story of the Purdie family – including Purdie’s tobacco pipe on the mantel in
the former study and three small tricorn hats on pegs in his sons’ former bedroom.
Waitstaff are glad to share the story of the family, gleaned from ongoing Colonial
Williamsburg historical research.
King’s Arms Tavern is located on the south side of Duke of Gloucester Street
between Botetourt and Blair streets, near the Capitol. Free parking is available for tavern
patrons across Frances Street. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located in the newly
remodeled Purdie Kitchen behind the tavern.

Shields Tavern® The restored 18th-century capital of Virginia has brewed a unique flavor at its
successful Shields Tavern and transformed the establishment into an 18th-century
coffeehouse. Remember, tea was out of fashion in the pre-Revolutionary colonies, and
coffee was quite the rage in Europe and Great Britain. The first English “coffee house”
opened in Oxford in 1650. Fifty years later, there were 2,000 coffeehouses in London
alone. Williamsburg’s historical records reveal that when tavernkeeper Daniel Fisher took
over Shields Tavern in 1751, he recorded in his journal that the locals called the building
“the English Coffee House.” By 1767, the exotic, dark brew was being sipped at Richard
Charlton’s popular Coffee House located next to the Capitol in the area of Williamsburg
called the Exchange, “where all money business (was) transacted” and the governor and his
council were frequent patrons. Today the Charlton site is an archaeological dig across the
street from Shields Tavern.
James Shields Tavern operates in the spirit of an 18th-century coffeehouse, providing
a venue for interaction between guests, costumed historic character interpreters and
research staff. Served all day, the tavern’s light fare menu offers recipes representative of
the 18th-century food similar to that served by proprietor James Shields in the 1740s for the
lesser gentry and upper middling ranks of locals and travelers.
Over a cold beverage, hot chocolate or coffee and good eats, guests might discuss
18th-century “events of the day” and other topics with the interpreters or simply enjoy a
quiet drink and snack in one of the dining rooms or in the outdoor garden behind the
In the evening, a portion of the warm, rustic and historically accurate tavern will
operate as a lounge, where guests may enjoy a quiet beverage before or after dining in one of
Colonial Williamsburg’s others taverns—or any time. Costumed servers continue in the
tradition of interpreting the 18th-century tavern experience amidst period tavern furnishings
and decoration.
Shields Tavern is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mr. Shields is pleased to offer
a seasonal feast on Friday and Saturday evenings with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Costumed servers continue in the tradition of interpreting the 18th-century tavern experience
amidst period tavern furnishings and decoration while guests savor a three-course colonial
The lower level tavern room is available for banquets for up to 100, and the covered
garden area behind the tavern offers an ideal outdoor space for group functions with 18thcentury
entertainment, weather permitting. Shields Tavern is located on Duke of Gloucester
Street just east of King’s Arms Tavern, near the Capitol.

Christiana Campbell’s Tavern tempts guests with traditional seafood from the rest of
the British colonies of North America. Christiana Campbell’s Tavern serves dinner from
Tuesday through Saturday (reservations are recommended), providing guests with ample
opportunity to savor Mrs. Campbell’s favorite dishes of sherried shrimp, scallops and
lobster, as well as the Waterman’s Supper and lump crab cakes, the tavern’s signature dish.
The entrées are complemented by long-time tavern favorites of Campbell’s cabbage slaw,
spoon bread and sweet potato muffins.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, the tavern hosts tea with Mrs. Campbell. Guests are
welcome to experience 18th-century hospitality while their hostess regales them with
accounts of her contemporaries and the quaint customs of the period.
Christiana Campbell’s Tavern was a favorite of well-known colonial Virginians such
as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Servers of the tavern are on hand to recount
stories of George Washington’s favorable diary entries about Mrs. Campbell’s
establishment and other noteworthy tales about the colonial tavern. Free parking is
available behind the tavern, located today on the east side of Waller Street across from the

Chowning’s (pronounced “chewnings”) Tavern, located near Market Square on Duke
of Gloucester Street, offers guests a popular menu—traditional pit barbecue. References to
“barbecued hog” date back to the late 1700s. The Chowning’s menu features sumptuous
entrées such as beef brisket, pulled pork barbecue, turkey legs and grilled chicken
Chowning’s offers casual quick fare from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily in the tavern
garden. Guests may enjoy their meal at tables set under grape arbors or inside the tavern.
From 5 to 8 p.m., Chowning’s caters to families with the music, magic and colonial
games of gambols while serving light fare. Beginning at 8 p.m., gambols takes on the
rollicking atmosphere of an 18th-century ale house featuring beverages such as stout rum
drinks, a variety of hearty ales and wine by the glass. The same light fare is offered along
with baskets of fresh-roasted Virginia peanuts on every table.
Mary Randolph, reputed to be the best cook in Richmond by the 1790s, published
“The Virginia House-Wife” in 1824. She included recipes for fried chicken, Spanish
gazpacho, Italian polenta and East Indian curry. The tradition of this cookbook continues
at Colonial Williamsburg taverns with special themed dinners held throughout the year.
Guests have the opportunity to engage in unique tavern programming such as the 18thcentury
Chocolate Dinner, Colonial Chef’s Table, dinner with George Washington and
Thomas Jefferson wine dinners.

Colonial Williamsburg’s historic tavern guests experience the hearty and distinctive fare that
sustained the Founding Fathers, served with Southern hospitality in authentic surroundings.