Meetings have been integral to our American heritage since Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry and other ousted members of the House of Burgesses debated independence from King George in the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg. Indeed, the nation’s oldest academic honor society – Phi Beta Kappa – was founded by five College of William and Mary students who held their first meeting in that same Apollo Room, Dec. 5, 1776. Important meetings have been taking place in Williamsburg ever since.
Today, Colonial Williamsburg provides 21st-century conference settings to serve the individual needs of every group, from intimate to expansive, luxurious to economical, and corporate to casual.
The renowned Williamsburg Inn offers 62 guest rooms and meeting and function space based in the Inn and the Providence complex. Providence Hall, which accommodated President Reagan during the G7 Economic Summit, provides an executive board room in a secluded 18th-century home that includes fireplaces, three spacious bedrooms with sitting rooms and private baths, a library, garden room, terrace and adjoining carriage house with two additional bedrooms and baths.
Located in a wooded area near Providence Hall are two contemporary Providence Hall Guesthouses with 43 spacious guest rooms and balconies overlooking natural areas – a relaxing escape for busy meeting attendees. Three meeting rooms provide flexible space for 15 to 100, depending upon the function and configuration of the rooms.
The folk-art inspired Williamsburg Lodge is one of the Mid Atlantic’s premier meeting and conference locations with 323 guest rooms and suites. The facility – which received an extensive renovation and expansion in 2006 – offers leisure and conference guests gracious Southern hospitality and special amenities with 45,000 square feet of versatile indoor function space, an 11,200-square-foot ballroom, a 6,700-square-foot ballroom, 28 meeting rooms and four outdoor event areas.
The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites provides superb value in a beautiful setting, with 300 guest rooms and suites and function space overlooking a serene stream and waterfall.
Conference groups may take advantage of the unique opportunity to incorporate various elements of Colonial Williamsburg’s programming into the meeting agenda. Options range from hosting a spirited debate between Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg’s actor-interpreters) to receiving an escort to a Historic Tavern from the celebrated Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. When the meetings adjourn, groups can enjoy a range of recreational activities including admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums and access to The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, 45 holes of golf at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, tennis on eight courts, unique shopping with more than 50 boutiques and dining options to suit many different tastes and price ranges.
Colonial Williamsburg is easily accessible with convenient proximity to three international airports within a 45-minute radius offering 200 flights daily with non-stop service to many cities.