Weekend Trip: Historic Williamsburg

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I told you guys last Friday that I was packing my bags for Williamsburg and jetted off Friday evening for a short weekend trip. If you were following along on Instagram, you’ve already seen an eyeful, but today I have all different photos to share from my trip!

It was my first time to Williamsburg and I was spoiled!  We got the royal treatment from the wonderful people of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Benjamin Moore.  They brought just five bloggers out to Williamsburg to get a front row seat in their collaboration. When I signed up with these two notable brands for the trip, I had no clue what I was in for, but my expectations of the town were blown out of the water! They had a perfect itinerary planned so that we were able to get the most of Williamsburg (which meant eating a lot!!!!).

We started the weekend Friday night checking into the Williamsburg Lodge, then walked across the street to a cocktails and an appetizer tasting menu at the Taste Studio.  This was a wonderful, interactive event space where chefs from some of the best restaurants in town showcased small bites with paired drinks.  I highly highly recommend this experience.  It might have been my favorite of the weekend. Chef Travis’ Bourbon Pumpkin Ice cream (topped with pumpkin brittle) was the most indulgent thing I’ve tasted in…. who knows how long.

Dinner followed at the Golden Horseshoe where we had a chance to sit and chat with everyone in the group and I absolutely loved getting to know the Benjamin Moore team better – what a fascinating job!  One of the men who sat with us, Carl, is responsible for creating and naming the colors… how awesome is that?

bakery butler's pantry

(The butler’s pantry at the palace painted Governor’s Gold)


Up bright an early on Saturday, we met for breakfast and had a chance run in with Patrick Henry.  I just love the touristy stuff like that! After breakfast, the group toured the colonial town and our minds were blown. We learned just how exact the colors chosen for the town are and how much research goes into the restoration of the buildings and homes.  I’m talking labs, scientists, microscopes, you name it.

What’s more, once the colors are determined, the Williamsburg team worked with the Benjamin Moore team to establish the Williamsburg palette.  It was amazing seeing these two teams working together as an outsider and what a brilliant collaboration they’ve created.

Carter Red

color palette

Wythe Blue

I’m the kind of person who is a total wanderer when I travel.  I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing, but I just like to wander around and look at everything.  Since Williamsburg was pretty small, I succeeded in dragging Matt up and down the colonial area three or four times.  He didn’t mind though, around every corner there was something new to discover, so it was worth having time to explore.

kinds arm tavern garden market

Lunch was at Kings Arms Tavern where, once again, everyone was in character and we had the ‘tavern owner’ and a musician grace our presence. In the afternoon, a bit of shopping and taking in the fall weather was in order.

horse and carriage williamsburg inn

After a jam-packed day, we gathered for dinner at the Williamsburg Inn which was SUCH a treat.  The wine flowed, lots of food was served in multiple courses, and we all had a fabulous time telling ghost stories (because that’s what one does in a colonial city).

I cannot say enough about the fabulous experience.  I wish I’d had just a couple more days to explore the spa – some of the other girls said it was amazing.  I was too busy tipping my pewter goblet and making horse noises with my boots, however.

If you ever get a chance to go to Williamsburg – go!  If you need any suggestions, let me know!


Disclosure: This trip was made possible by the FABULOUS teams at Benjamin Moore and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  A very very special thanks goes out to Liza, Kris, Matt, and Kristen from the Williamsburg team and Carl, Teresa, Kelly, Ashley, and Jackie from the Benjamin Moore team. Your energy, enthusiasm and passion for your careers was infectious! THANK YOU!!

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