Located in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Merchants Square is the obvious choice for specialty shopping and fine dining, with more than 40 choices. The 18-century-style village exudes charm. Need to add style to your wardrobe? Try Closet Envy, Shoesters or Chico’s. Quilts Unlimited has a range of timeless linens and women’s clothing, and Carousel Children’s Boutique is a well-established shop that knows how to make children look adorable. The Toymaker of Williamsburg, Everything Williamsburg and King’s Treasure all have typical colonial souvenirs and toys. If you’re looking for an elegant gift to commemorate your stay, The Silver Vault Ltd. has beautiful silver dining ware and jewelry. Williams-Sonoma, a leading store nationally for home cooks, captures the spirit of Williamsburg for kitchens and dining rooms.
Commemorate your visit with a stop at WILLIAMSBURG Revolutions. Pick out a t-shirt, drum, colonial figurine and hat, or rent an 18th-century costume so your kids can pretend to be a colonist during your stay. If you’re not sure what to buy your friends back home, traditional American goodies are a tasty decision!
Whitley's Peanut Factory
Whitley’s Peanut Factory searches for the biggest Virginia peanuts it can find and then slowly roasts them to perfection. All of this is done the old-fashioned way by hand in individual batches, and you can taste it in each crisp nut. Salted or unsalted? Redskin or naked? Roasted or raw? In a tin or on a T-shirt? In the shell? Boiled? Yes, Whitley’s does make peanut butter, cover peanuts in chocolate and mix them into gorp. And if you feel an addiction coming on or simply can’t choose between them all, then monthly and quarterly peanut clubs are available for your convenience.
Williamsburg Pottery has three crafty marketplaces: Home Essentials, Outdoor Living and Gourmet Kitchen, as well as an Au Bon Pain for anyone shopping up an appetite. The collection of shops was inspired by Jimmy Maloney, who made 18th-century-type salt glazes using clay from the James River. Visit for custom framing, salt-glazed pottery and silk floral arrangements. As you browse the isles, you’ll be able to add china, glasses, cookware, gourmet foods, wines, lamps, home decorations, candles and bridal accessories to your cart. Take the kids by the sweetshop for a carefully frosted cupcake before you check out!
In New Town, take a break from history and mingle with people who now call Williamsburg home. It has 170 shops and restaurants, as well as a movie theater and a number of service-oriented businesses. Shop at popular stores such as Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes and Noble, Victoria’s Secret, Doncaster, Bath & Body Works, Chico’s and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Gifts. Also browse local favorites: The Mole Hole, Retro Daddio, Hi-Ho Silver, Williamsburg Cupcake, Authentic Guitars and New Town Art Gallery.
Spice & Tea Exchange
Is your spice cabinet looking bare? Then stock up at the Spice & Tea Exchange. With 170 spices, herbs and seasonings, you can imagine this place smells amazing. If you’re an experienced chef, then select a few ounces of gourmet spices. If not, then try a pre-mixed blend or rub such as Salmon Tea Rub or Herbs de Provence. If you prefer sticking to the basics, then try more varieties of salt and pepper than the average person has even heard of. Of course olive oil ties in a nice spice beautiful, so check that selection. Also try their sugars (Doesn’t blueberry sugar sound delicious!) and teas. Tired of Black English tea? Try Sweet Matcha, stone-ground with milled sugar cane to produce a fine green powder. If you’re searching for gifts, then a dehydrated mushroom blend, spice gift box and gourmet sampler won’t be forgotten!
The William Pitt Shop
The William Pitt Shop is a children’s boutique full of kid-friendly souvenirs and gifts. Educational in nature, your family can purchase 18th-century games, toys and books. Picture books and historic publications interest some, while modern stuffed animals depicting creatures from the local rare breeds program might get the other kids excited.
The Colonial Nursery helps gardeners transform their spaces to resemble 18th-century gardens. Their inventory includes heirloom seeds and plants, wreaths, seasonal greens, 18th-century clay flowerpots, herbs, flowers and bird bottles. Purchases here are healthy, colorful reminders of your trip to Williamsburg.
Golden Horshoe Golf Club
The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club has been named one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses in America” by Golfweek Magazine, and its three courses are all Audubon sanctuaries, making them peaceful patches of paradise. The Gold Course was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. It is one of the best examples of traditional golf course architecture in the world. Opened in 1963, Jones Sr. called the Gold Course his “finest design.” In 1998, Rees Jones was the architect of a course renovation that remained faithful to the original design but expanded the appeal of the course for higher-handicap players while simultaneously lengthening the course from the back tees. The Green Course, on the other hand, was designed by “The Open Doctor” Rees Jones, Jones Sr.’s son, and opened in 1991. The layout is carved from the same terrain as the Gold Course and is more typical of contemporary trends in golf course architecture. It also stands out as the first father-son tandem of side-by-side layouts. The Spotswood Course was named for Colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood and is the elder Jones’s 1964 update of the Williamsburg Inn’s original 1947 nine-hole course.
The WILLIAMSBURG Marketplace is easy to access with 19 stores in Williamsburg and a retail website. Its products are designed for modern lifestyles but inspired by the 1700s. A home could almost entirely be furnished by its offerings.