Originally named Middle Plantation, the city of Williamsburg was created to protect the settlements located on the lower portion of the Virginia peninsula, found between the James and York rivers, from attack from the local native population.

While visiting historic Williamsburg, be sure to stop for refreshments at the quaint coffee house and sandwich shop Aromas. This is certainly a very eclectic place, frequented by students from the nearby college of William and Mary, as well as many locals and tourists alike. In it you will find great food in an atmosphere of vibrant conversation and hustle and bustle. But along with all the commotion, you can spot a student or two sitting quietly in a corner sipping coffee, tea, or drinking a cup of soup and at the same time be engrossed in a voluminous text book.

Be sure to look up at the board above the counter to check on the daily specials. They are not many, but well worth the try. This is certainly not an upscale eating establishment, but down to earth good quality meals and generous portions meant to satisfy hungry students. You cannot go wrong with a soup and sandwich combination that will please just about everyone. You place your order and pay for it at one end of the counter, and when your order is ready, they announce it over the public address system, when you proceed to the opposite end of the counter to pick up your culinary delights.

Several types of coffees are available. We have stopped by on two separate occasions, years apart, and found the quality and quantity of the food to have been consistently good.