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January 13, 2010

CW offers special one-day admission with tavern lunch in January

Through Jan. 31, Colonial Williamsburg offers a winter pairing ticket that includes one-day access to all general admission sites and lunch at Shields Tavern.

The ticket is $30 per person and provides admission to the Historic Area, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the movie “Williamsburg – The Story of a Patriot” at the Visitor Center, and choice of entrée at Shields Tavern, with a non-alcoholic beverage and a cookie. Price includes tax but not lunch gratuity.

The ticket special is available at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket locations and online at Lunch is served 11:30 – 2:30; Shields Tavern is located at 422 E. Duke of Gloucester St., near the Capitol.

For those who already have a ticket or simply want to enjoy a tavern meal this season, winter is a perfect time to enjoy tavern dining in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Shields Tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner through Feb. 14 with a menu sure to please the palate and warm the spirit.

In the early 1740s, James Shields assumed proprietorship of the tavern that his father-in-law had operated several decades earlier. Today, tavern guests dine on Southern comfort foods inspired by “colonial receipts.” This winter, guests also can enjoy favorites from neighboring taverns – Chowning’s Brunswick stew, Christiana Campbell’s crab cakes and King’s Arms colonial game pye. The tavern has a varied wine menu, and specialty drinks such as warm apple cider rum punch are the perfect companion to the menu’s sumptuous desserts.

Located in the heart of the Historic Area, Shields offers a warm and comforting respite from the chill of winter, with musical interludes by balladeers and visits from characters from the past.

Lunch is served 11:30 – 2:30; dinner seatings are 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 757-229-2141. Free parking is available across Francis Street.

Additionally, guests will find the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop temporarily located in Shields, serving delicious baked goods and beverages to warm and refresh from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2010 souvenir mugs featuring the R. Charlton Coffeehouse logo are available for purchase and refill.

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. Colonial Williamsburg operates 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 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research and educational programs.

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Penna Rogers
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