Instagram Travel: Grab a Table at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Virginia

I guess Virginia is on my mind this week. I published my  "Pack Your Bags" on The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond this week, and that story caused me to go through all of my vacation photos. Fifteen weeks ago, I published this photograph of The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Virginia in my Instagram feed. It was my first time there. 

The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg via @Hinessightblog Instagram

This shop is in the Merchant's Square area of Williamsburg, and it is immediately outside the main entrance to the historic area, which requires an admission ticket. It's been a Williamsburg staple for over 40 years. 

When I have the time to write, I love to talk about little food gems that I find on my travels on this blog. The Cheese Shop made an impression on me, and I wanted to elaborate a little more on this cute, locally-owned market/deli.

It's a wine, beer, cheese, deli, gourmet foodie store, all in one. When it's busy, and it certainly was on the day we visited, it can be a little confusing on what to do because people are waiting everywhere for their food and space is limited. 

Since it resembles a market, you order sandwiches at the counter. You grab chips from the chip aisle and you grab a drink down the drink aisle, and you don't pay until you leave the store. 

Bread is made fresh daily.Cheeses and meats are of the highest qualities, and truthfully, the prices are extremely reasonable.  It's casual.   It's fresh.  It's good.  Depending on how busy it is, your wait may be long.  It took us about 25 minutes to get our sandwiches, and thank goodness, we arrived before 100 Boy Scouts walked in the door.  Your lunch is bagged, and then you head outside for a table on Duke of Gloucester Street. 

The Cheese Shop is known for its homemade house dressing.  When in Williamsburg, give it a try. 

Want to Go:
The Cheese Shop
410 W Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg,  Va

Colonial Williamsburg is about to open a new site just in time for the upcoming holiday. The James Anderson Public Armoury, the newest reconstruction in more than four years, will officially  open the weekend of Nov. 15-17.

Blacksmith Shop in the Armoury

Guests can explore the historical significance of the Public Armoury, discover medical practices in a military field hospital, and get a hands-on tutorial in wartime activities. The Armoury site also features a variety of Historic Trades housed in one complex, where guests can witness blacksmiths, tinsmiths and bakers working side-by-side preparing for the Revolutionary War. The ‘First Oval Office,’ George Washington’s wartime tent, will be on display for the first time, affording guests a glance into military encampment and Washington’s home for much of the Revolutionary War. The tent was recreated by Colonial Williamsburg tailors in partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, where it will be displayed in 2016.

Colonial Williamsburg currently has specials for that weekend plus great packages for the holidays.  

As you know, my family stayed at the Williamsburg Lodge, and it is an official HinesSight Blog recommended property.  You may read about the hotel in my "Pack Your Bags" feature

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