Nestled beside the York River sits one of Virginia’s best kept secrets. Yorktown is known for its history—but you’ll also find fresh seafood, specialty shops, and romantic sails!
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 burgers, 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 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!
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 the 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 Schooner Alliance, or book a more intimate charter with Let’s Go Sail. Both boats leave from the Riverwalk Landing Pier behind the restaurant.
Before you leave town, grab breakfast at the Duke of York Hotel's Island Cafe and spend a few hours exploring the art galleries! From paintings to photography to sea glass and 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). A sweet way to end your trip is with ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s or a slice of carrot cake from Carrot Tree Kitchens!
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!
This getaway was submitted by York County Parks, Recreation & Tourism