by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 01, 2015
Why here?
History is everywhere in Virginia, from the reenactments at Colonial Williamsburg (pictured) to the exhibits at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond. Serving the legacy of days gone by are docents and actors, pubmasters and stablehands. Many venues throughout the state cater to private groups.

 The 336-room Westin Arlington Gateway has completed renovations of its more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel features the Pinzimini restaurant and a Starbucks.

 The 106-room Tides Inn, on the Rappahannock River east of Richmond, is now a member of Kindred Resorts & Hotels, a consortium of meetings properties. The hotel has 8,980 square feet of function space.

A Briard puppy named Liberty has joined George Washington's entourage in Colonial Williamsburg. The pooch was chosen due to Thomas Jefferson's enthusiastic writings about the breed. Learn more at
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Local Update
 The renovated restaurant at the 323-room Williamsburg Lodge debuts this fall, along with an upgraded courtyard with outdoor seating, fire pits and live music.

Meeting Hotels: Group properties in this historical town include the 323-room Williamsburg Lodge and the 300-room Williamsburg Woodlands.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Airport Transit: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, approximately 20 miles south of Colonial Williamsburg. Transfer cost by taxi, about $60

Richmond International Airport, about 25 miles northwest of Colonial Williamsburg. Transfer cost by taxi, $130

Taxes: Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 6%; city tax, $2 per room night; total tax on hotel rooms, 13% plus $2 per room night

Group Venue: The village features four outdoor venues perfect for special evening events. The Fountain Garden holds up to 200 people; the Oval Garden accommodates 800; the Virginia Lawn can be tented for up to 600, and the Colony Terrace holds 200. (757) 220-7600;

Contact: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, (757) 220-7600