Econo Lodge Pottery
7051 Richmond Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 564-3341
Fax: (757) 564-8668
What began in 1938 as a factory producing 18th-century salt-glaze reproductions has turned into a 200-acre complex with 32 buildings and over 70,000 items gathered from around the world. In addition to pottery, artisans produce wood items, plaster art, custom lamps, floral arrangements, dried and silk flowers, and made-to-order frames. It's even possible to make your own pottery as a truly unique souvenir. The complex also contains factory outlets, a restaurant and snack shop and a comfortable campground.
Although the younger of Williamsburg two libraries, James City County Library holds its own, with its collection of 100,000 volumes, family literacy center and high-tech facilities. Meeting rooms allow for the showcasing of a variety of cultural events, including art shows and lectures.
This brewery has been around since 2006, and uses high quality conical fermenters to create some of the most eclectic varieties of beer in Williamsburg. Popular brews include the summery Wheat Ale, and the rich Red Porter Ale, with deep hints of fruit. The tour is a bargain five dollars - you'll have the chance to learn about the history of AleWerks and best of all, receive free tastings and a specially imprinted glass. The owners also encourage guests to come in and have their own growler filled straight from the brewery's taps.
The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is a historic green space which is home to over 2000 trees and other flora. The property also consists of an herb garden, butterfly garden and wildflower meadow. It is open year round to visitors from dawn to dusk.
A short distance from Williamsburg's town life lies the tranquil natural beauty of York River State Park. The congregation of saltwater and freshwater is responsible for the unique ecosystem and biodiversity found around the park; it's a popular destination for nature lovers. Excellent fishing, boating and hiking opportunities make this park a favorite among locals and visitors. The park is for day use only and has no overnight camping facilities. Parking and boat launch fees are applicable.
New Town is a 365-acre complex that manages to be a residential area, shopping mecca and entertainment center in one. It was designed to have everything one could need in an accessible space, making it a great place to eat out, or go on a shopping spree. There's a Barnes and Noble, Ann Taylor Loft, Footlocker - and a seemingly endless list of restaurants, activities and professional services. Be prepared to lose a day in New Town - there's a plethora of things to do, see and eat.
This lovely brick church, named after an English Benedictine monk, is considered one of Williamsburg's architectural triumphs. It can seat up to 1500 people, all of which have unobstructed views of the altar. The church hosts many events throughout the year, alongside its Sunday services - it is worth visiting for the serenity of the 43-acre grounds and the stunning pipe organ, which took over two years to complete.
Once the capital of Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg has been restored into a living history museum so that visitors may see it as it was in the 1700s. For the better part of the 18th Century, the city was the center of most civilized life in the colony of Virginia. Today, visitors can watch glassblowers, blacksmiths and other artisans producing goods by authentic, tried-and-true colonial methods just as they did back then. Or perhaps participate in a re-enactment of a trial at the courthouse. The period homes, stores and other buildings are full of interesting things to do and see. There are even costume rentals and historic accommodations so you can fully immerse yourself in American history.
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church is housed in a classically built brick building, very much in keeping with the colonial architectural styles of surrounding buildings. Its weekly services are on Saturdays and Sundays (the second Sunday service is broadcast on local radio) along with other events throughout the year. Check their website for details and service times.
Located on the Old Campus of the College of William & Mary, the Sunken Gardens is an expansive stretch of grass that is extremely popular with students who come here to study, socialize and play. Raptors have been known to nest nearby and it's a wonderful place to check out local student life, or relax and have a picnic.
If you're looking for a good restaurant but you're feeling undecided, Prince George Street is a good place to make up your mind. The street is well-known for the amount of restaurants and eateries on it. There have been special measures to control traffic and make arrangements for parking on the street as finding parking can be difficult.
The second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States (the first is Harvard), The College of William and Mary is a first-rate learning institution. A small college nestled in Williamsburg, it has educated three former presidents. Current enrollment is around 6000 undergraduate students. Set on a beautiful campus and filled with history, The College of William and Mary is perfect for visiting, or even attending!