With the tease we recently had of cooler temperatures—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 you’ll find in our historic waterfront town!
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 the beach and across from Victory Monument. You’ll be within walking distance to Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters which offers walking tours through National Park Service sites, and just a short Trolley ride away from riverfront dining and shopping.
But first, fuel! Start your getaway with lunch at the Yorktown Pub—a local watering hole and community favorite that serves delicious burgers, fresh seafood, cold drinks, and great conversation. From there, you can walk along the beach stopping at Auntie M’s American Cottage for Made in the USA souvenirs, the Yorktown Bookshop for discounted books on the area, and Viccellio Goldsmith for a beautiful piece of jewelry to commemorate your visit. Be sure to ask about the Yorktown Bracelet!
If the weather isn’t too chilly, rent paddle boards or kayaks from Patriot Tours & Provisions. The launch point is away from the hustle of the main channel - down on the private beach at the Watermen’s Museum. This outdoor adventure is an inexpensive way to explore the shoreline while floating along the glistening York River. They offer bicycle rentals as well.
End your evening with fish tacos, elk chops, or a brick-oven pizza on the patio of Water Street Grille. Unless perhaps sushi and sake from Umi Sushi are what you're craving. Not ready to head to bed just yet? Explore Yorktown after dark and search for Revolutionary spirits with Yorktown Ghost Walks.
If you're an early riser, spend your morning at Yorktown Market Days. Our award-winning open-air farmers market runs every Saturday through the end of October with several extended seasonal and holiday markets in November and December. More than 30 vendors and artists line the waterfront selling fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and high-quality local art. You'll find a complete schedule here.
Dedicate the rest of the day to learning more about Yorktown and its role in America’s story. One of your first stops should definitely be the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The Museum features exciting indoor galleries and period artifacts. “The Siege of Yorktown” is a brief film shown on a 180-degree surround screen—complete with dramatic special effects like smoke and vibrations from the cannon and musket fire!
Book a guided Segway Tour with Patriot Tours & Provisions to roll along the beautiful York River, learning some fun lesser-known facts about our town along the way. When you’re done, be sure to stop by the Watermen’s Museum where the spotlight shines on the Chesapeake Bay watermen. Special exhibits outline their role in shaping our nation—from pre-colonial to modern times. Don’t miss their gift shop which features more than 500 different maritime items.
End the night with an early dinner and true dock-to-dish experience at Water Street Grille. Each item on the menu features ingredients locally sourced from the area’s farmers and purveyors. You can’t beat the view—boats, dolphins, and the largest double swing-span bridge in the United States!
Before you leave town, grab coffee, a scone, and maybe a petite quiche from Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters. Then, spend a couple hours exploring the galleries! From paintings and 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 also on Main Street).
This entire autumn 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. Then, it runs weekends only through Christmas. Make note that you can also rent bicycles from Patriot Tours & Provisions to get around town at your own speed!