What to do in Williamsburg Virginia on a Rainy day

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Well now, anyone who has looked at the weather around here knows it is raining cats and dogs outside, making for many poodles? I know, showing my age.

I thought I would focus today’s blog on what great things there are to do in town even if you have to take a boat to get to them.

There’s always the old stand by movies to go to but here in Williamsburg you have choices and I don’t mean just the features. Williamsburg has added a new venue for watching movies and dining at the same time. The Movie Tavern at High Street. And it is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon enjoying a burger and beer or wine and nachos. The seating is spacious and comfortable the table in front of you is perfect for food and drink. You order as you go in and wait staff brings it to you in the theater.

If you’re holding a ticket for Colonial Williamsburg, you could spend a few hours at the different Museums they have

Bassett Hall, a two-story, 18th-century frame house located on 585 acres of gardens and rolling woodlands, is a part of the story of the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. It was in this house that John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller made their home during the early restoration of the Historic Area, a restoration they themselves financed.
20th-century family home
Today the house looks much as it did in the 1930s and 40s when the Rockefellers restored and furnished it to be a comfortable family home. Bassett Hall reflects both its 18th-century heritage and the neighborly comfort that was part of the Rockefeller’s 20th-century life in Williamsburg. The garden blooms in the spring and fall, just as it did during the Rockefeller’s seasonal visits. Extensive conservation work recently completed included the addition of more than 5,000 trees, shrubs, and ground cover, which returned the gardens to their 1940s-era appearance. Trails the Rockefellers established in the woods behind the home are still maintained.
Bassett Hall is located near the Capitol, on the south side of Francis Street at the end of a long, tree-lined approach. Admission to Bassett Hall is included in Colonial Williamsburg admission pass. This site is not a ticket sales location so please purchase your pass ahead of time.

18th-century frame house
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
March 16, 2009- January 3, 2010, open 10-7 daily.
Colonial and contemporary artists and craftspeople work outside the mainstream of academic art to record aspects of everyday life, making novel and effective use of the materials at hand. Bold colors, simplified shapes, and imaginative surface patterns can be seen in the variety of paintings, carvings, toys, needlework they create.
The Folk Art Museum offers changing exhibitions of American folk art from its permanent holdings and museum loan shows.
The Museum Store features an array of distinctive gifts. Items ranging from folk art by contemporary artists to note cards and books complement the museum’s collection of American folk art.
The Museum Café offers sandwiches, soups, beverages and desserts. Open 11-4 daily.

326 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185.

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
March 16, 2009 – January 3, 2010, open 10-7 daily.
Opened in 1985, this museum is home to an extensive collection of American and British antiques. See furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, firearms, and textiles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Attend lectures and musical performances in the Hennage Auditorium.
Enter through the Public Hospital of 1773, a three-part exhibit on mental illness and treatment methods.
The Museum Store offers a range of books, music, jewelry, gifts, and accessories reflecting the museum’s collection of 18th and early 19th-century decorative arts.
The Museum Café offers sandwiches, soups, beverages and desserts. Open 11-4 daily.

326 West Francis Street Williamsburg,
Search for hidden treasure at the Williamsburg Antique Mall
Antiques and the museum collections of Colonial Williamsburg would seem to be synonymous, but until recent years, there were few places in the area where an individual could purchase an antique.
Since 1997, the Williamsburg Antique Mall has been a special niche in the antique market. Conveniently located off of 199 on Lightfoot Road, the Williamsburg Antique Mall has become a destination for those wishing to purchase antiques as well as view them in this historic colonial setting.
La Petite Tea Room, located in the building, serves gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Now even though it is Raining here in Williamsburg, you can still enjoy last minute specials at our dry and warm Bed and Breakfasts which feather in room fireplaces and lovely gourmet breakfasts, complimentary umbrella’s and lots of hot chocolate! 800-886-9715

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