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“It's Like Stepping Into a Thomas Kinkade Painting!”
Review of Merchants Square

Merchants Square
Ranked #26 of 95 things to do in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Inspired by the rich architectural heritage of the 18th century, Merchants Square blends the atmosphere found in the adjacent Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg with 21st-century shopping and dining. This is a shopping experience unlike any other. We offer the best in personal service, high-quality merchandise, world-class food, and shop owners who really care.
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Rochester, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“It's Like Stepping Into a Thomas Kinkade Painting!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I decided to go to a place that would be perfect for "rekindling" our marriage. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in March, 2013 and desired somewhere romantic. Well, we found it! Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg VA is the most beautiful place and oh so friendly! People even live life dressed in colonial days as if it were really 85 years ago! Cannot wait to return again! Highly recommend!!

Visited August 2013
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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Grabbed a bite to eat at the Cheese Shop. It's seems to always be crowded, and for what you pay the sandwiches are only average (nothing special). The Peanut Shop is always a big hit, and my family loves the Wythe Candy Shop. There's short-term, free parking (2 hr) close to the shops, and a longer term parking lot just a few blocks away that's inexpensive.

Visited August 2013
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Chesapeake
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a nice area to visit when visiting the Colonial part of Williamsburg. It is right in the middle of all the historical parts of the city. The small, unique shops are where you find the hard to find items. Really different.
The restaurants are delicious in this area with historical Traverns serving dishes and playing music from the Colonial era. They also dress accordingly in their Colonial outfits.
During the Summer they also have a Saturday Farmers Market which is rated 4 in the Nation for Farmers Markets and 1 in VA. Just a great place to visit for the day.

Visited July 2013
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Perfect utopia !”
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

What a nice surprise to find! Walking down N. Henry is beautiful and to end up in this little piece of Heaven was perfect. We ate a early dinner at The Fat Canary. A bit steep in the pricing $178.00 for a family of four, but it was well worth it. We sat outside, and enjoyed soaking up all the sights. The shops were unique~ keeping with the orginal buildings and sidewalks puts a perfect touch to the citys charm. A must see!!

Visited July 2013
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Ewing, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A strolling delight”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is such a delightful area right outside of Colonial Williamsburg. The shops are a delight to browse and shop in. Found some great bookstores including Barnes and Noble. But the quaint bookstores were also a joy! Good food and the stores you find are wonderful. Everyone I came in contact with there really seems to enjoy their work. Ambience galore! Parking can be a hassle. Did find a free parking lot for two hours, but ended up in the parking garage which is $1.00 per hour. I liked that option and felt that fee was very reasonable.

Visited July 2013
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