One Isn’t the Loneliest Number in Yorktown
“Table for one!” What was once deemed as taboo is now a popular trend in the travel industry. Solo travel has steadily increased over the past decade. In 2023, people aged 55 and over traveled without their partner 46% more than the previous year according to a US Consumer Travel group report from Phocuswright. Most solo travelers, many of whom are married, are women. Experts attribute the rise in solo travel to differing vacation ideas between spouses. For instance, men tend to prefer biking over hiking, according to Tom Hale, founder of Backroads, an active-travel company.
If you have the opportunity to travel alone to Historic Yorktown, we have a few suggestions on how to spend your time:
Begin the day with a relaxing stroll along Yorktown Beach while enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee from one of our charming cafes. Don’t be surprised if a friendly pod of dolphins join you as they play in the York River. From there, we recommend renting a bike or booking a Segway tour to explore the miles of scenic battlefield roads.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, plan to have dinner and a cold beverage at Water Street Grille. We highly recommend the fish tacos and the brick oven pizza. Their outdoor dining offers spectacular waterfront views, or you can opt to enjoy a craft beer at the bar where you’ll meet locals and visitors from all over the world.
If you want to meet new people that are literally out of this world, sign up for an evening ghost tour. You’ll learn about the history of Historic Main Street and the interesting cast of characters that continue to call it home centuries later.
For your second day of solo travel, we recommend a visit to the charming shops on historic Main Street. You’ll find unique gifts to take home to family and friends. Choose from handcrafted chocolates at Little York Confectionery to beautiful artwork at On the Hill Gallery or the Gallery at York Hall. Then meander back to the waterfront to dine at a local favorite, Carrot Tree Kitchens. Their summer salads and chilled gazpacho soup are a perfect meal to enjoy at their charming outdoor seating area.
If you want to walk off your lunch, follow the picturesque brick pathway up the hill to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Otherwise, take the complimentary Yorktown Trolley as you embark on a journey through American history. We suggest beginning your tour by viewing “Liberty Fever,” an award-winning film that tells the compelling story of the American Revolution.
After a busy day, wind down with a glass of wine or a cup of tea at the cozy Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters on Historic Main Street. If you are traveling between April and October, then a sunset sail on the Schooner Alliance II is the perfect way to end your trip. As you sail past the battlefields and Riverwalk Landing, take some time to reflect on your visit. Don’t forget to say “goodnight” to some of the friends you made this trip – the friendly dolphins. That’s when you’ll realize that you weren’t alone during your entire stay!