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October 28, 2016

Colonial Williamsburg Partners with the Puccini Group

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation today announced its partnership with Puccini Group, an innovative hospitality design firm, to reimagine the dining experience at the destination’s nine food and beverage outlets, including the iconic Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge, beginning next year.

For 20 years, Puccini Group has been creating restaurants, bars, hotels, and resorts in partnership with the world’s most renowned hospitality brands. Puccini Group’s team of 35+ designers and consultants offers a spectrum of services including innovative concepts, inspired designs, seamless operations, and strategic marketing.

“We look forward to adding new and fresh ideas to the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge and our existing portfolio of food and beverage outlets through a talented team like the Puccini Group,” said Florencio Ferrao, vice president of hospitality at Colonial Williamsburg. “With their unique design details and years of hospitality brand experience, we are confident that they will envision something special for guests to look forward to experiencing.”

“It is a great honor and a privilege to be chosen as partners by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation—a group that’s renowned for its remarkable educational significance, and its dedication to preserving our country’s history for generations to come,” said Shelia Turner, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Puccini Group. “Our overall strategic direction will span the areas of concepts, design, F&B operations, marketing, and branding. In partnership with the foundation, we intend to create an environment in which culinary excellence will be inherent to the Colonial Williamsburg experience.”

The food and beverage concepts developed by Puccini Group for the Williamsburg Inn and the Williamsburg Lodge take inspiration from American colonial life. The Inn’s dining spaces will be reimagined with a “nouveau British” lifestyle in mind, showcasing a spirit of grandeur, drama, and refined elegance that will bring a sophisticated and memorable experience to guests. At the Lodge, the restaurant and lounge will recall a traditional southern colonial estate with a modern twist.

Following its most extensive renovation in 15 years, the Williamsburg Inn reopened in March 2016 introducing new aesthetic details, tasteful modern amenities, and a thoughtful redesign of guests’ welcoming hospitality to create a captivating luxury experience in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. The partnership between Colonial Williamsburg and Puccini Group will restore the Williamsburg Inn by reinstating the property as a premium hotel destination while enhancing Colonial Williamsburg guests’ overall destination experience.

The Williamsburg Inn is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America and Leading Hotels of the World. The Williamsburg Lodge, a four-star rated Forbes Travel Guide hotel and a member of the Historic Hotels of America collection, recently announced its upcoming plans to join the Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of nearly 100 independent hotels worldwide, in January 2017. Both historic accommodations reflect the standards of classic elegance and charm of 18th-century Williamsburg that honor the vision of Colonial Williamsburg founding benefactor John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Additional information is available online at, by calling 855-296-6627, on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contact:
Joe Straw