Colonial Williamsburg plans new restaurant, event spaces for Inn

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation announced Friday the second phase in a multi-million dollar renovation to the historic Williamsburg Inn.

According to a press release from the Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg has partnered with hospitality firm Puccini Group to design a “new signature restaurant” and “reimagine” the existing dining offerings within the hotel.

Some structural renovations include a reflection pool at the main entrance, an expansion to Queen’s Terrace and the addition of an outdoor bar, featuring a fountain and fire pit lounge.

“We are excited about the upcoming plans for the Williamsburg Inn, which, once complete, will usher in a new chapter for this historically significant hotel,” Florencio Ferrao, vice president of hospitality at Colonial Williamsburg said in the release.

Friday’s announcement comes on the heels of the layoff of roughly 40 employees earlier this month.

In September, the Foundation submitted an $8 million renovation proposal to the City’s Architectural Review Board, which detailed proposed enhancements to the Inn. According to a press release detailing the proposal, the renovations were expected to be “limited to the historic hotel’s exterior” as well as honor “the vision of Colonial Williamsburg founding benefactor John D. Rockefeller.”

The planned enhancements follow the Inn’s most extensive renovation in 15 years. It officially reopened its doors in May. The Inn temporarily halted reservations on Jan. 22 due to the extensive nature of the property-wide renovations and will reopen in April, the release stated. 

The renovation to the Inn also coincides with the multi-million dollar renovation of Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, as well as renovations to the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, now managed by Trilogy Spa Holdings.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has also submitted a proposal to Williamsburg’s Planning Commission for the rezoning and subsequent $40 million expansion of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, located at 301 Nassau Street. A public hearing for the proposed museum expansion is scheduled for Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Stryker Center, 412 North Boundary Street.

“The renovations represent the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s deep commitment to preserving the Inn’s legacy while continually refining the guest experience with luxurious accommodations, authentic experiences and outstanding food and beverage offerings,” Florencio Ferrao, vice president of hospitality at Colonial Williamsburg said in the release.