Are you ever in for a treat when you take a
break from enjoying all historic ambience
Williamsburg offers to
go shopping. The town has everything a shopper -- be you a
bargain hunter or a connoisseur of luxury -- could want.
And many of the best places to shop are quite close to our
In fact, a huge favorite of visitors and locals alike is
Williamsburg’s Merchant’s Square. Located right next to
Colonial Williamsburg, Merchant’s Square may very well be
the first planned shopping district in the United States. If
it’s not, it’s one of the first, for the shopping area was first
designed the early part of the previous century (circa 1927).
Designed to evoke the Colonial era, the Square’s shops offer
visitors the chance to see and purchase fabric and furniture
that could have been used in pre-Revolutionary War times. You
can deck out your entire home in the Colonial style. Or just
purchase one couch. One pillow. Perhaps curtains.
Merchant's Square also sells fine art, crafts, pewter, jewelry,
You’ll also want to walk down Duke of Gloucester Street.
Located in Colonial Williamsburg, this street is full of
artisans and shops straight out the 18th century. Need a new
powdered wig? What a about a new silk dress with full skirt for
the ball. You’ll find them here.
Looking for a bargain? The Prime Outlets
- Williamsburg offer shoppers the chance to purchase high-end
goods -- such as shoes from Kate Spade, or a purse from Coach -
at below-retail prices. More than 120 stores will tempt you with
terrific bargains. These Prime Outlets are located a quick drive
from Colonial Williamsburg.
Ever hear of “New Urbanism”? It’s a movement that got started in
the 1980s and 1990s that believes neighborhoods should be
designed to be walk able, have great mass transportation, and
have a mix of residential, retail and business -- all within
walking distance of each other.
New Town in Williamsburg is an example of a New Urbanism
community. And a centerpiece of this town within a town is its
shopping mall. Come to New Town to purchase from local,
one-of-a-kind shops, as well as retailers known nationwide.
There are plenty of restaurants and even a 12-screen cinema.
High Street also has a great mix of residential and urban
retail, all located in the middle of Williamsburg. Stop
by and you’ll immediately stop in your tracks as you view the
center’s Georgian architecture. High Street has some fantastic
restaurants and eateries, as well as the wonderful Movie Tavern,
a cinema café that shows first-run movies on its eight screens.
It’s truly not to be missed.
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