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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

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  • Historic Area

    The Best Places to Travel in July

    Travel + Leisure

    “For a full day of July 4 celebrations, visit Colonial Williamsburg, beginning with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Capitol West Balcony and ending with evening fireworks.”

    award for excellence 2019

    Trip Advisor 

    Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence

    "Now, no two visits are ever the same. From the orations of founding fathers to the soot of the blacksmiths there is something of interest for everyone in the family. The gardens, the architecture, the food and the interpreters bring history to life and tell a story of our nation's struggle for independence and the people involved. From the posh Governor's Palace to the simple homes of the gunsmith and cabinet makers, life in the 18th century comes alive..."

    18 southern places to visit Before You Die

    Southern Living

    Southern Living

    "Watch history come to life with interactive tours and an epic battle reenactment."

    19 CITIES THAT MUST BE SEEN IN 2019

    Expedia

    Expedia "Cities that must be seen in 2019"

    “Stepping back in time can bring lessons from history to life in ways the imagination can’t quite cover ... The Williamsburg Lodge gives a charming and updated sense of the area’s colonial aesthetic.”

    52 Places to Go in 2019

    New York Times

    In 1619, the area that includes the Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg and Yorktown was home to some of the most significant events in American history: the official arrival of the first African slaves to North America, the convening of the first representative assembly in America and the first recorded proclamation of Thanksgiving in the New World.

    best virginia attraction

    USA Today 10Best

    A visit to this unique living-history museum in Virginia is like stepping back in time. Across 300-plus acres, the museum encompasses an impressive selection of historical buildings, including reconstructed, re-created and restored buildings that paint a picture for life in Colonial Virginia.

    Best “Do Not Miss” Tourist Attraction

    First Place, Eastern Region

    Virginia Living

    In 1926, John D. Rockefeller Jr. purchased the first building of Colonial Williamsburg, and since then the restored Colonial village has been home to history. Demonstrations and reenactments educate and entertain visitors, and there’s more to come with a newly announced $40-million expansion of Colonial Williamsburg’s art museums.

    One of the South's best museums

    The South's Best Museums 2017

    Southern Living

    Williamsburg has an impressive historic district billed as “the world’s largest living history museum.” Meet interpreters and crafts people in period costume and watch 18th Century America come to life.

    “Give me luxury, or give me death!”

    Why You Should Spend Spring Break in the 18th Century

    The Wall Street Journal

    A PAINSTAKINGLY accurate recreation of an 18th-century city may not be everyone’s destination of choice (bonnets are involved), but Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg isn’t all muskets and looms.

    "Williamsburg is the ultimate history buff's paradise"

    21 Nicest Small Towns in America Everyone Should Visit Before They’re 50

    Reader's Digest

    About three hours south of our nation's capitol lies the city of Williamsburg, a tiny town that played a major role in our country's history.

    "#4 in Best Historic Destinations in the USA"

    Best Historic Destinations in the USA

    U.S. News

    Why go: Part historical town, part theatrical stage, Williamsburg hosts numerous refurbished buildings and a legion of period actors. While some consider Colonial Williamsburg to be the Disneyland of the Revolutionary War, others find the recreation educational and enjoyable.

    Best “Do Not Miss” Tourist Attraction

    Best of Virginia 2016 Colonial Williamsburg Awards

    Virginia Living

    History is the number one draw for guests of Colonial Williamsburg. Historical re-enactments, such as colonial dance and music performances as well as pirate and witch trials, bring the past to life, but more modern experiences are in the offering too, including a golf club, spa and more than 40 stores in Merchants Square.

    Best Historic Site

    Best of Virginia 2016 Colonial Williamsburg Awards

    Virginia Living

    Talk about starting off your vacation with a bang: last March, Colonial Williamsburg introduced its new educational musket range. Costumed interpreters offer information about the history and mechanics of Revolutionary-era weapons, and those age 14 and up can fire replica ‘Brown Bess’ muskets and muzzle-loaded fowling pieces (guests under 18 require chaperone).

    Foundation Awarded Reaccreditation

    American Alliance of Museums

    American Alliance of Museums

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation announced today that it has been awarded reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

    The Top 15 Cities in the United States

    Travel + Leisure

    Williamsburg has earned the #13 spot on Travel + Leisure’s 2017 list of the “Top 15 Cities in the United States.”

    15 Best Summer Weekend Getaways You’ll Want to Book This Second

    Reader's Digest

    Reader's Digest

    "Head to Williamsburg in Virginia's Historic Triangle where you can rent period costumes in Colonial Williamsburg and spend time learning a trade, like wooden barrel making. You can even sit on a jury as part of a mock witch trial or go on an evening ghost walk."

    Virginia’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Colonial Williamsburg

    Go Pet Friendly

    Go Pet Friendly Top Attraction

    Pets are very welcome at Colonial Williamsburg – in fact they have their own doggy mascot, Liberty! Just be sure your pet is leashed, that you pick up after him, and that you don’t take him in any of the buildings.

  • Art Museums

    award for excellence 2019

    Trip Advisor 

    Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence

    "A wonderful museum and worth visiting. Their collection provides a terrific view into the early history of the region with impressive artifacts. They are also expanding for the future. This is a worthwhile stop."

    “Museum of the Month”

    Changing Keys, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

    New England Antiques Journal

    Changing Keys opened in 2012 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

    “Show Stoppers.”

    The Winter Antiques Show, New York, Jan 19 - 28

    New England Antiques Journal

    Who could resist her! In the Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Exhibit, brought by the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, was this charming folk sculpture of Amanda Clayanna Armstrong by Asa Ames, done in New York in 1847. You can’t buy her, but you can enjoy her.

  • Hotels

    The Williamsburg Inn Named Five-Star Recommended Hotel By Forbes Travel Guide

    Williamsburg Inn

    Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming the Williamsburg Inn as a new Forbes Travel Five-Star Recommended hotel. The Williamsburg Inn will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

    Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide

    Williamsburg Lodge

  • Golf

    Top 100 Resort Courses

    2012

    Golfweek

  • Spa

    Four Stars from Forbes

    The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is the only spa in Virginia to be recognized by Forbes Travel Guide with its distinguished Four-star award.

    2012 SpaFinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards

    Top 10 best spas for: Golf, Weddings, Girlfriend Getaway, & Bachelorettes, Families, Pet-friendly

    SpaFinder

  • Dining

    The Terrace Room

    Winner “Diner’s Choice 2015”

    Open Table

    Traditions

    Winner “Diner’s Choice 2015”

    Open Table