Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I don’t think it could have been a more beautiful day for Melissa and Jerrad’s Wedding. The temperatures were perfect and the sun never stopped shinning. The Bride Melissa of Newport News Va. And Groom, Jerrad also of Newport News, we very much in love and it showed as they shared this wonderful, magical time with their closest family and friends. The bride wore a gorgeous white gown with a cornflower blue sash accented by a lovely, sparkling rhinestone broach. She carried a fresh bouquet of yellow and ivory roses, daisies and greenery .
After the nuptials were spoken the group enjoyed finger food and a delicious cake from a local Williamsburg Bakery along with some bubbly.
They loved their Williamsburg Wedding! If you are interested in an intimate Williamsburg wedding, call the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast. We specialize in Weddings and honeymoons. 1-800-886-9715
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Let me tell you why,
Going way back in history to the medieval times, a bed and breakfast was a place you would stay at while going from one town to another. You were given a bed to sleep in and a meal to start your day. After breakfast, you were on your way out the door
The bed and breakfast industry began to flourish in the U.S. during the 1980s, and B&Bs thrive today in large part because they provide an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality that traditional hotels simply can't match -- although many now try.
Most bed and breakfasts are owned by the innkeepers, who usually lives onsite or in a guest house on the property. It's natural to expect that innkeepers who live in their own inns will bring a different perspective to the job than someone who works a shift behind a hotel reception desk and then goes home and forgets about the customers left behind.
At good B&Bs, "customers" are truly guests, and it shows. Innkeepers function as the concierge, providing personal recommendations. Innkeepers will gladly help you find the best restaurant in town, point you to the most romantic spot in the nearby park, and much more.
If you've never stayed at a B&B or inn, it's important to note that some bed and breakfasts provide private bathrooms with private entry from your room, while other inns provide private and shared bathrooms located outside of your room (usually down the hall from your room). Here at the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast, we only have private en suite bathrooms.
Most bed and breakfasts generate most of their income from repeat business. Many also depend on word-of-mouth recommendations so, it's easy to see why most innkeepers go out of their way to make sure your stay provides some great relaxation and memories.
There are several types of people who choose to stay at a bed and breakfast. The purist stays at a bed and breakfast because they simply like the idea of being with "friends" and because staying at a bed and breakfast adds an interesting twist to your trip when you meet other travelers from around the world. Another type of person who stays at a bed and breakfast is someone not so much interested in meeting new people, but rather, instead these people prefer the pampering and luxury of staying in a house that is often historic in nature with many upscale features. Many lady business travelers prefer it for the obvious safety reasons. And Corporate travel being so boring, a B&B can truly make you feel at home.
So welcome to the wonderful world of bed and breakfasts and remember the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast is your choice for luxury accomidations in Williamsburg Virginia
Posted by A Williamsburg Insider at 7:25 AM
Friday, April 9, 2010
What to do on a spring day in Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg has become a much more well rounded — and upscale — experience in recent years. Local chefs have adapted traditional Southern cooking and native ingredients to create more exotic combinations. Virginia wineries, once thought of as bargain wines produce high-quality vintages. The central district of Williamsburg is known not only for stark Colonial homes but also for a lavish Spas, fine dining and upscale 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.
Virginia wines now hold their own in global wine competitions, and the Williamsburg Winery, a few miles from the Colonial District www.williamsburgwinery.com), is the largest winery in the state. Its chardonnays — particularly the fruity, oaky Acte 12 chardonnay — have won much acclaim from critics. On a spring afternoon, attend a tasting ($8 and $30) and then head over to the adjacent tavern for a wonderful lunch.
This time of year check out the Colonial buildings and re-enactments anytime of day with the spring temperatures highs are around 75. Your Innkeeper can help you purchase discount tickets.
Colonial Williamsburg This Week, a free print publication, contains up-to-date listings of re-enactments, but don’t miss the Governor’s Palace, home to royal governors (and Patrick Henry) and the Bruton Parish Church (one of the oldest Episcopal churches in America). And look for re-enactors who are engaged in political debates. which tend to be less stilted than other re-enactments.
More than just a purveyor of cider mugs and souvenir tricorner hats, Merchants Square, on the west end of the Colonial District, also serves up unusual — and sometimes pricey antiques, quilts, silver and other American crafts. Try the Nancy Thomas Gallery of Folk Art; www.nancythomas.com) or J. Fenton Modern American Crafts; www.quiltsunlimited.com) for updated interpretations — in jewelry, clothing and other formats — of the quirky traditions of folk art found in the Rockefeller collection.
When you get hungry for lunch, grab a gourmet sandwich at the Cheese shop on the square next door to the Fat Canary which has quickly established itself far above the taverns of Williamsburg, which tend to serve mediocre pub-style food in traditional alehouse atmosphere. Fat Canary serve up in suave, Art Deco-looking surroundings, Fat Canary serves nouvelle cuisine that mixes local with innovative takes, resulting in combinations like crispy cornmeal oysters with charred tomato and free-range pheasant with polenta, pine nuts and pancetta. Reservations are essential. Dinner for two without wine is around $100 and worth every penny!
When you finish a long day of walking and shopping, a visit to the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg might just be what you need. Right in the Colonial District, the spa serves the usual menu of treatments, but in keeping with the history theme, it also offers a twist: packages based on practices from the early days of American history, like an 18th-century treatment with colonial-era herbs like pennyroyal, sage, rosemary, angelica and juniper berries
In colonial times, Williamsburg was known as much for drinking as for debating — taverns served as meeting places, the perfect setting for wielding influence in the powerful Virginia colony. The restored Colonial District features four working taverns — some serving lunch, dinner or both — striving to recreate an authentic atmosphere. Most feature similar workaday fare like sandwiches and local seafood, but the ambience can’t be beat.
After all this fun and fare it time to head on back to your home away from home, The Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast. Where you will sleep on luxury linens on superior bedding and wake to the fabulous smells of Kona coffee and the rest of your breakfast fare. As always call 800-886-9715 to make your Colonial Williamsburg luxury accommodations
Posted by A Williamsburg Insider at 2:34 PM
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Weddings in Colonial Williamsburg
All I can say is that Williamsburg is in the first stages of Spring and the Weddings here at Colonial Gardens B&B have been happening more and more frequently.
In March we saw quite a few and probably the most unique was the Ensley/Cagle and the Ensley/Bezemer wedding. Father and son both married their brides on the same day, officiated by James Gilley.
Jennifer Cagle wore a beautiful long white gown and carried A hand tied bouquet of spring flowers.
Couple number two said their nuptials in a more casual Attire, but the bride, Susan Bezemer, was no less beautiful wearing a persimmon dress and caring a bouquet of pale blue hydrangeas and White roses. The couples dined together at Opus nine Steakhouse that evening.
Staying in the Romantic Rhododendron suite the following week was the next couple to wed here at the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast Susan Ayres and Joesph Lebert. The bride wore a gorgeous fuchsia silk dress and carried White callas and tulips with just a splash of pink rose. They were married by Eunice Fenwick a local marriage commissioner and dined at Opus 9 steak house.
As always when you are looking for the perfect garden wedding or just the right romantic place to spend your honeymoon in Williamsbrug Virginia, Look no further than the Colonial Gardens Bed and Breakfast at 1109 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg. 800-886-9715.
Posted by A Williamsburg Insider at 11:27 AM