Meet the Innkeepers…
1988 – to date
Like any stately inn, it takes a battalion of smiling professionals to ensure everything is just right for your stay, and The Williamsburg Sampler is no exception; however, the owners are Laura Reeves, her father Ike Sisane and now 3rd generation Innkeeper Carter Reeves.
Traveling south from New York, through the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, to the Tidewater area of Virginia, and finally to Williamsburg, the inn was originally opened and operated by Ike and his late wife Helen in the late eighties and is today one of the longest continuously operated bed and breakfasts in the Williamsburg area. Today, Ike and Laura are carrying on the same traditions and standards the guests of The Williamsburg Sampler have enjoyed for over thirty years.
Ike, the son of European immigrants, spent his childhood rambling through the Burrows of New York. After a stint in the United States Air Force, he met and married his wife Helen. Later, Ike took a career job in civil service as an archivist and began his family. Following his job, he moved his family, now with three daughters in tow, to the laurel-covered mountains of the Poconos, through the Newport News area of Virginia, and finally retiring and putting down roots here in Williamsburg. Ike and Helen opened The Williamsburg Sampler in 1988 and began a second lifetime collecting treasures and memories to share with their guests of the inn. Later, Ike was fortunate enough to continue his world travels and continued his collection of treasures from near and far. Every item in the inn has a story sitting beside it on the shelf.
Today, his daughter Laura, granddaughter and the staff do most of the heavy lifting for The Williamsburg Sampler. They make sure that everything is perfect for your stay and as you expect it… freeing up Ike to regale guests with tales of his travels, of the area, and curate the inn’s menagerie. Laura also owns The Williamsburg Manor Bed and Breakfast and The Catering Company.
The fact that Ike literally patented the phrase “skip-lunch breakfast” tells you most of what you need to know about our breakfast. Blending their past with a little Southern style, leaving hungry will be your fault.
Rise and Shine…
Presented daily, we offer a revolving menu of favorites and seasonal selections presented family style with something for everyone.
Guest with dietary restrictions and concerns may be accommodated with ample advanced notice.
Freshly baked goods, toaster bread with jams and jellies, milk and cereals, fresh fruits and yogurts
Fresh egg dishes, breakfast meats, and sides such stone-ground grits, cottage potatoes, baked fruit, and the occasional pierogi
Tea, coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate
Available after breakfast and served all day, the inn offers a snack/treat presentation to pull you through.
Complimentary sodas and water as well as our self-service Bistro coffee bar are available at your convenience.
Just in case…
If by chance your group requires over and above food and beverage service, the owners operate the area’s largest event service company, The Catering Company, and would be happy to help you with your needs.