Plan a Fall Getaway in Yorktown
The temperatures are dropping and many of us have pumpkins, football, and the changing leaves on our minds. This is the perfect time of year to plan a much-needed escape to Yorktown. I mean, what’s more romantic than sailing into the sunset with your honey, cuddled under a blanket, sharing a bottle of wine?
There’s so much to do that it’s impossible to fit it all into this post, but we did put together a sample 48-hour weekend getaway. You might be surprised by all there is to do in our historic waterfront town!
Friday: Shop, Eat and... RELAX
Check into the quaint little B&B that’s been the center of hospitality in Yorktown for three generations! The Hornsby House Inn is just a block from beach and across from the Victory Monument. You’ll be within walking distance to the Yorktown Battlefield and just a short Trolley ride away from riverfront dining and shopping.
Start your getaway with lunch at the Yorktown Pub—a local watering hole that serves delicious sandwiches, fresh seafood, cold drinks, and great conversation. From there, you can walk along the beach stopping in the Yorktown Onion for beautiful coastal inspired souvenirs, the Yorktown Book Shop for discounted books on the area, and Viccellio Goldsmith for a beautiful piece of jewelry to commemorate your visit.
End your evening with fish tacos, a loaded burger, or a brick oven pizza on the patio of Water Street Grille. You can’t beat the view—boats, wildlife, and the most splendid sunsets!
Saturday: Enjoy a Little History & Hospitality
Dedicate this day to learning more about Yorktown and its role in America’s story. Tour the Yorktown Battlefield and walk in the same footsteps of founders like Gen. George Washington. Visit the Moore House where negotiations were made for the British surrender during the Revolution. And explore the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown where you’ll find artifacts, interactive exhibits, films, and costumed interpretation.
End the night with an early dinner and true dock-to-dish experience at Riverwalk Restaurant. Each item on the menu features ingredients locally sourced from our area’s farmers and watermen.
Just when you thought the night couldn’t get any better—enjoy a glass of wine together as you sail into the sunset aboard the Schooners Alliance or Serenity, or book a more intimate charter with Let’s Go Sail. Both boats leave from the Riverwalk Landing Pier behind the restaurant.
Sunday: End on a Sweet Note!
Before you leave town, grab breakfast at the Duke of York Beach Bakery Cafe (we recommend their famous french toast!), and spend a few hours exploring the art galleries. From paintings to photography to sea glass jewelry to woodcarvings—you’ll find the work of hundreds of local artists at On the Hill Gallery and Gallery at York Hall (both on Main Street).
This entire itinerary is within a three-mile radius with several public parking lots and a garage. In addition to a free trolley service that makes stops along the loop seasonally from the end of March to the middle of November, you can also rent bicycles from Patriot Tours & Provisions to explore the area—which includes trails around the Battlefield. FYI - there are several bike racks located throughout town for your convenience!
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