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When Inn Town

Weekend "staycation" at a local Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfasts have long been a hallmark of the Williamsburg hospitality culture. The intimacy of the “BnB” experience is much different than that of traditional lodging. The model dates to a time when communities were more open, housing travelers and soldiers passing through town. Guests would perhaps be greeted with refreshment, offered the room of one of the residents, and made a proper breakfast before continuing their journey. One such location still provides these intimate touch points and are a delight to repeat travelers from generation to generation. Billy and Sharon Scruggs, of the Fife and Drum Inn, have hosted guests for twenty-one years at their property. The repurposed structure, built by Sharon’s grandfather, Webster Hitchens, provided lodging and commercial services for many since the restoration era of Colonial Williamsburg. The Fife and Drum Inn portion of the Hitchens Building offers seven rooms and two suites for year-round lodging. The Inn allows the Scruggs’ inventive renovation of the family space, just blocks from the epicenter of activity, to occupy their working retirement at a pace that suits them. The traveler staying at a bed and breakfast is looking for something different than just a place to lay their head. The lodging experience often includes a higher touch element, and elevated standard of service, than a traditional hotel is capable of accommodating. Innkeepers are often the hosts and workforce of the property providing a heightened level of attention to the details of each guest. The concept of community shifts entirely when a few couples are gathered at a dining table sharing stories of their origins and travels. Sharon Scruggs derived a great deal of inspiration for the theme of their guest experience from the Raleigh Tavern. The historic tavern experience includes gathered seating, where various travelers are invited into conversation and togetherness providing a uniquely rich experience. The earliest concept of travelers being welcomed into a private residence still holds true, as the innkeepers often live on-site. This further cultivates that home-like feel and offers a superior standard of service. The value found in a bed and breakfast is apparent in the amount of repeat business the Scruggs enjoy. Several guests return year after year, even multiple times each year, and look forward to catching up with their hosts. Parents of William & Mary College students often book far in advance for scheduled calendar events throughout the academic lifespan of their children. Couples enjoy a retreat, without children or pets, to enjoy the peaceful lodging and change of pace. Public speakers and celebrities find the privacy endearing and interaction with their brand of hospitality refreshing. Family heritage, passed on through intimate storytelling, remains evergreen. This tradition is upheld through this niche of hospitality that serves a region with a depth of history worth sharing.


Fife and Drum Inn features beautiful antiques throughout. Sharon’s vision for the Inn had her salvaging wares, long before reconstruction began. Once apartments for displaced residents during the colonial restoration period, rooms feature nuggets of history worth a closer look.


Guests enjoy the comforts of modern amenities tastefully integrated throughout the bed and breakfasts’ efforts to maintain the qualities synonymous with the period. Service remains paramount, as the innkeepers love adding personal touches for their guests, and accommodating any reasonable request.


From the first cup of hot coffee or tea, breakfast is no place for shortcuts. A generous helping makes for an excellent start to a day of exploration. The Scruggs are known for their scrumptious breakfast and sparkling conversation.