April 28, 2009
Dining choices abound at Williamsburg Inn
The Williamsburg Inn is renowned for formal dining in the elegant Regency Room, but the Inn also offers dining options from early morning to late night. Guests may enjoy breakfast in the Regency Room daily from 7:30 until 10 a.m. Choices from cold cereal or yogurt to fresh squeezed juice, pancakes, omelets or Chesapeake Bay crab hash Benedict make the first meal of the day special any day of the week or time of year. Breakfast at the Inn is not just for hotel guests. It’s a perfect setting for a business meeting or for people who want to treat themselves to breakfast in a beautiful setting.
Sunday brunch in the Regency Room is served from noon to 2 p.m. and includes live music, tapas, seafood, carving and omelet stations, pastries, cocktails and desserts.
Lunch is served in the Regency Room daily from noon to 2 p.m. Guests may select from the à la carte lunch menu that includes jumbo lump crab cakes, pasta choices, soups, spa salad, sirloin burgers and club sandwich. New to the Regency Room is a prix fixe lunch selection that offers a choice of soup or salad, chicken or salmon, and torte or cream pie for dessert for $20, plus tax and gratuity.
Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. the Regency Room offers fine dining and dancing. Select from an à la carte menu that begins with an appetizer such as crabmeat Randolph or lobster bisque and ends with crème brûlée or hazelnut ice cream with choices of salads, lamb, pork tenderloin, Angus beef or a chef’s selection in between.
Other dining locations in the Inn include the Rockefeller Room, which has been revitalized to the original grandeur John D. Rockefeller Jr. designed in 1937. The Rockefeller Room is an intimate setting where dinner is served Monday through Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. accompanied by live piano music. Guests may order from the Inn’s à la carte menu or enjoy the new Prix Fixe dinner, which offers diners a choice of three appetizers, entrées and desserts for $38, plus tax and gratuity. The menu includes oysters Rockefeller, chef’s soup selection, Caesar salad, beef short ribs, rockfish, chicken and prosciutto, strawberries and cream.
Less formal than the Regency and Rockefeller is the Terrace Room, which adjoins the Restoration Bar and overlooks the Inn terrace and grounds of the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course. Light fare is served daily from 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday night, the Terrace Room serves until midnight. Seasonally inspired selections on the à la carte Terrace Room menu include trio of brochette, oyster fritters, chilled jumbo shrimp, sirloin salad, corned beef Reuben on grilled rye bread, chicken pot pie, vegetable wrap, pork and crab cakes. In addition, chef de cuisine Travis Brust always includes a special selection from regional markets. The Terrace Room also offers the choice of the same prix fixe dinner menu served in the Rockefeller Room Monday through Thursday for $38, plus tax and gratuity.
Dress is jackets for gentlemen in the Regency and Rockefeller dining rooms for dinner, and blue jeans are not permitted during evening dining room hours. Resort wear is appropriate for all other dining areas of the Inn.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com or www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com/golf.