Holidays in the Historic Triangle
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If shopping is more on your mind, you’ll find plenty of unique and personalized gifts at the following Williamsburg-area sites:
A vibrant, 365-acre community on Courthouse Street (off Monticello Avenue), New Town features 170 shops and restaurants to choose from, including Kay Jewelers, Virginia Diner Shoppe, Computer Concepts, The Nautical Dog and Comic Cubicle, to name a few. For dining options, there’s Dudley’s Bistro, Sapori, Tony’s All American Grill, Sweet Frog, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bonefish Grill and Panera Bread, among others. If you want to take a break from shopping to rest or recharge, there’s a 12-screen movie theater, parks and walking trails.
If you’ve got a big list to fill, you can’t go wrong with 135 outlet stores to choose from and extraordinary savings from 25 percent to 65 percent off. Located off Richmond Road, you’ll find something for everyone at stores such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Coach, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Columbia Sportswear, DKNY, Guess, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
What started out as a small kiln on Richmond Road offering hand-crafted pottery made in the 17th- and 18th-century style, blossomed over the years to a shopping mecca featuring pottery and plants, as well as retail goods and services (such as custom framing) offered at incredible discounted prices. “The Pottery” as it is known locally, underwent a major revitalization starting in 2010 that was completed in 2012 and is now ready to serve all your gift shopping needs in The Gourmet Kitchen Marketplace, The Home Essentials Marketplace, The Outdoor Living Marketplace and the Au Bon Pain café.
Dine and shop alongside the York River in Historic Yorktown where you’ll find unique gifts from Auntie M’s American Cottage, River Fruit Tropical Wines, The Yorktown Onion and Viccellio Goldsmith. If shopping works up an appetite for you, grab a sweet treat at the Green Mountain Coffee Café featuring Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, or grab a seat for something more substantial at Riverwalk Restaurant or the Water Street Grill.
Conveniently located just across the street from Colonial Williamsburg, Merchant’s Square offers shopping and dining venues for every taste imaginable. Visit Bella Fine Lingerie & Loungewear, Binns, Closet Envy, Jazzy Giraffe, Ocean Palm, The Precious Gem or Williams-Sonoma, then grab a bite at Aromas Specialty Coffees & Bakery, Blue Talon Bistro, The Cheese Shop, DoG Street Pub or Stephanos Pizza & Subs.
For a completely different gift shopping experience, give the gift of wine or wine accessories for the oenophile on your list. Williamsburg Winery offers award-winning Virginia reds, whites, sparkling, dessert and specialty wines (the Settlers’ Spiced Wine is fantastic when served heated on a cold winter evening). Grab lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern, or make a weekend of it by staying on-site at Wedmore place that features 28 different European-inspired rooms as well Café Provencal restaurant.