Winter Weekend Getaway
Planning to get out of town this winter for a weekend? Historic Yorktown is home to several historical, artistic, and shopping attractions that are sure to keep you warm on the inside (and out).
Day 1 (Saturday morning arrival):
Reserve your stay at one of three comfy and cozy B&Bs in the heart of Historic Yorktown. The Hornsby House Inn, Marl Inn, and York River Inn offer exceptional amenities and delectable breakfast with a side of Southern hospitality.
For your first activity of the day, head over to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Museum’s indoor exhibits, immersive environments, dioramas, short films, and period artifacts engage visitors in the story of the American Revolution, from its origins in the mid-1700s to the early years of the new United States. Be sure to check out the Reign & Rebellion Special Exhibition (through Sept. 5, 2023), which intertwines groundbreaking moments in Virginia’s history, engaging personal stories, and stunning artifacts that lay the path of Virginia’s road to Revolution.
Yearning for more art? Make a detour to one of three art galleries in town. The Black Dog Gallery specializes in custom painted floor cloths, frames, and contemporary prints. Gallery at York Hall features watercolor, pottery, photography, and needlework pieces. On the Hill Gallery showcases jewelry, pastel, and oil paintings from local and regional artists.
Commemorate your quick, eventful getaway with a souvenir from one of the shops at Riverwalk Landing. Discover whimsical Colonial folk art, jewelry, candles, and more at Auntie M’s American Cottage. The Yorktown Bookshop sells books, gently-used toys, trinkets, jewelry, and antiques. Gangsta Dog offers everything your furry friend will love from handmade dog cookies and chews to plush toys and blankets. Looking for something fancier? Splurge on yourself at Viccellio’s Goldsmith, which sells beautiful, unique custom-made jewelry.
All of this activity will certainly build up your appetite! End your adventurous day by grabbing a scenic seat at the Water Street Grille for dinner. Treat yourself to one of their specialty (and aptly name) cocktails, like Yorktown Sunset or Yorktown Tea Party. Nibble on calamari, ahi tuna nachos, or mac n’ cheese egg rolls before delving into the first course. Order seafood favorites like crab cakes, fried fish, Mahi Mahi, fried shrimp baja tacos, or even miso glazed salmon. The restaurant also offers brick oven pizza, burgers, salads, soup, steak, and chicken.
Day 2 (Sunday morning departure):
After you eat breakfast at your comfortable B&B, grab a little extra pick-me-up for the road from Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters & Petit Café. The café – located in the Cole Digges House – sells custom-blended hot coffee, tea, cider, drinking chocolate, pastries, and sandwiches.