Taking in all the sights and sounds of Colonial Williamsburg is not for the faint of heart, or the under-caffeinated. On my first visit, I was overwhelmed by just how much there was to see. Two museums, dozens of picturesque historic buildings, manicured lawn after manicured lawn—I got pretty tired early on. Thanks to a $5 million gift from the Mars Foundation, opening next Friday will be the R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse, serving complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and tea to visitors. Not to miss the educational opportunity, costumed interpreters will explain the 18th-century recipes and their place in colonial society to people as they sip from antique cups and sit on period furnishings.
Want to do Williamsburg better than I did? I suggest following one of the itineraries on the living history museum’s website. Itinerary themes include must-sees for first-time visitors and family fun.—Hilary Solan