Carrot Tree Kitchens at The Dale House Café is one of the few places to have lunch on the shores of the James River in the Williamsburg area. The fare includes homemade BBQ and light sandwiches along with a variety of soups, salads, and desserts.
The cozy riverside building was known as the Relic House when it was built in the early 20th century. It showcased displays of the artifacts unearthed by members of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (which still owns the building and original fort site, under the name Preservation Virginia). Later the building served as a pottery demonstration area and museum store before becoming the headquarters for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project in 1994. In spite of its small footprint, the Dale House supported all functions of the archaeological project for several years, including collections storage, conservation, staff offices, and exhibit space.
In 2011, Carrot Tree Kitchens brought its famous carrot cake and lunch service to the historic building. Owner Debi Helseth built her first commercial bakery in her home garage in 1990. Five years later she opened Carrot Tree Kitchens, Williamsburg’s only scratch bakery at the time, on Jamestown Rd.
Lunch at the Dale House Café will include the best view of the James River for miles in either direction!