When I come to the College of William and Mary on study leave, I start my day at Aromas. It is a wonderful little coffee shop and eatery on the edge of the oldest end of the college and the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg. When they open at 7:00 a.m. and I am waiting outside. The coffee is as good as Starbucks with as much variety, and the food is inexpensive and delicious. (Once you have their breakfast burrito, the one from McDonald's will always be a disappointment.) At the cash register there is a huge coffee cup for tips with a sign that reads, "Help feed hungry college students." It's a pitch hard to resist. There is also dog dish just outside the front door for the canines that are taking their masters for a walk.
The city offers free wi-fi in the surrounding commerical area, so I can start my day by going through e-mail, getting the latest news, and now blogging. It is two hours of pure enjoyment before I begin my research at 9:00 a.m. when the library opens for the day.
The clientele is quite diverse: college students, retirees, joggers running in for their morning coffee and plenty of water, professional people, and, of course, tourists. The people are quite friendly which makes it a nice place to be.
If you are ever in Williamsburg, VA, Aromas is a must for a meal or a coffee break. Aromas is truly a cafe with character.