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Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #11 of 21 Williamsburg B&B and Inns
Orefield
2 reviews
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“Mark & Nancy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

Dick & Sue are wonderful hosts. They treat you like family throughout your entire stay with them. They are welcoming and accommodating of your needs. The private breakfast in your room is quite delicious and romantic. The rooms are large, comfortable, and evoke a Williamsburg atmosphere. This is a great B&B within one block of the historic area.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

This was my first B&B experience in the United State and it set a very high standard. My girlfriend and I stayed here for our 2 yr anniversary and we felt welcomed from the moment we stepped onto the porch. Dick and Sue were there to greet us and it was like coming home to a relative you haven't seen in a few years. They gave us all the information we needed on local restaurants and activities along with a little history. In terms of location, it really couldn't get much better what we were doing which was Busch Gardens one day and short walk to Colonial Williamsburg the next day. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the romantic and delicious breakfast. So while perhaps more expensive than staying at a hotel, it is a completely different experience.

Room Tip: The rooms with the connected porch are nice but not very useful when its still cold.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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maine
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67 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

I feel remiss in taking so long to write this review. We visited Williamsburg in March and spent two days at Governor's Trace.
First, I gave this bed and breakfast a 'very good' rating mainly based on a few important things: The owners are very helpful and welcoming, the breakfasts were good, the location ( a short walk to Colonial Williamsburg) was perfect and the room ( great bed) was spacious and comfortable.
This bed and breakfast is a home stay bed and breakfast, the owners are in the house. So many bed and breakfast inns have become luxurious and expensive, with owners or innkeepers somewhere on the property. In Governor's Trace you feel that you are in someone's home. Certainly when the concept of bed and breakfasts was first introduced in this country that's what all of them were like.
This one is pleasant, well kept, has nice grounds and very personable owners.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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GovTrace, Owner at Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, April 13, 2012
Thank you for your thoughts and gracious comments. Your review reminded us of a guest who once said to us: “This is just like staying at Grandma’s house.” At first, we were somewhat insulted but the more we thought about it, we realized that Grandma’s house was a place that was always inviting, cozy, warm, and comfortable, and we always looked forward to returning there. And after talking later with this guest, we discovered that this is exactly what they meant. As for occupancy by the owners, our Williamsburg City ordnance requires that B&B’s be owner occupied. Our experience from staying at other B&B's has been that those B&B's that are owner occupied provide the guests with immediate access to someone who can take care of their needs. We once heard that a good definition of B&B innkeepers is “people taking care of people.” We try!
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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

From Dick welcoming you at the front door to the day we checked out, Dick and Sue were wonderful hosts. This B&B is literally right next to the historic district which makes it very easy to access by foot. The room was very comfortable. The candlelight breakfast was delicious. The recommendations of restaurants and sights to see was greatly appreciated. Thank you both and we hope to see you again!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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College Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Governor's Trace for our one year anniversary and we had such a wonderful time. When people ask how our stay was, my response has been that "It was a dream come true". It was truly a home away from home. We had homemade breakfasts served to us every morning, it was quiet, the place was clean, and the owners Dick and Sue were absolutely wonderful. They even wrote a cute note on a sign in the hallway welcoming us. Not only was the place perfect, but the location was perfect as well. You are literally less than 5 minutes walking distance away from downtown Williamsburg. What's so great is that you can walk to any of the Williamsburg Tavern. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a perfect romantic home away from home.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rachel O
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

The best asset of Governor's Trace is the location, a quick walk over a bridge to the foot of the Governor's Palace. The Inn itself was a bit disappointing. Having stayed at many bed and breakfasts and after reading all the wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor, I expected a more refined and welcoming ambiance. The Inn's decor and lay out was cluttered, and as a result, not relaxing. Breakfast in the room is a nice idea, and the breakfast was very good, but the atmosphere was confining. A coffee lover, I was disappointed that early morning coffee (with a morning paper in the common room) was not available as a standard feature. I was up early and off to the local McDonald's to feed my habit.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

My husband and I stayed in the Botetourt room and loved it! The room was so comfortable and having breakfast each morning in our room was wonderful ~ and they were delicious! Sue & Dick do such a wonderful job ~ they are not only extremely friendly and helpful but make you feel right at home!

And the location is wonderful, we really enjoyed being able to walk to Colonial Williamsburg each day!

Someone else mentioned lack of tv, radio, etc. and while they don't have a tv for you to watch or radio to listen to I would have to say that just added to the atmosphere. We were on vacation ~ it was SO nice to not have all of the normal everyday distractions!!

I would highly recommend this place for others. It's comfortable, the owners are incredibly friendly and helpful and always available and the breakfasts are wonderful! We are already planning our next trip back!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank J P
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Property: Governor's Trace Bed and Breakfast
Address: 303 Capitol Landing Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Location: United States > Virginia > Williamsburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Williamsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cross this threshold and have a uniquely romantic, private, and memory making experience at Governor's Trace bed and breakfast. Located just a minute walk from George Washington's favorite tavern in Colonial Williamsburg, Governor's Trace B&B is the closest Williamsburg bed and breakfast to the Historic Area...just a 30 second walk and "you have arrived." Governor's Trace is also the oldest continuously operating bed and breakfast in Williamsburg, VA. Sue & Dick Lake, innkeepers with more than 30 years experience in operating this bed and breakfast in Williamsburg, have created an environment that allows you to make the most of being alone---together. Governor's Trace "...vies for the most romantic (bed and breakfast in Williamsburg)"...WASHINGTON POST ... more   less 

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