“Sleep till you’re hungry, eat till you’re sleepy.”
After the She-Crab Soup and the Double Prime Rib Beef Bordelaise, what more could you ask? So much more, if you’re willing to invest some time getting to know the town synonymous with hams, peanuts and old Southern charm. We call it the Smithfield experience and yours could go something like this. After an unforgettable dinner, you’ll stay the night here at the Smithfield Inn, in one of our eight one-of-a-kind suites and rooms and enjoy a made to order breakfast (served in bed if you like) before venturing out into what Virginia Review calls, “without a doubt, one of the prettiest towns in Virginia.”
Three ways to go.
Go left out of the Inn and you’re just a stone’s throw from the Isle of Wight Museum, home to prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts and the world’s oldest (1902) edible cured ham. From there, walk southeast on Church Street along the Pagan River and see some of our most iconic, historic homes and our newest attraction, Windsor Castle Park, a riverside park featuring a woodland walking trail system, orchards, picnic areas, a dog park, fishing pier and kayak and canoe launch.
Go right out of the Inn and stop by the Old Courthouse of 1750, modeled after the Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg, on your way to the Smithfield & Isle of Wight Visitor’s Center. Stop in and pick up your Old Town Walking Tour map covering over 50 buildings of historical significance and you’re good for most of the day.
Or jump in the car and venture out to our big name historic sites, like Fort Boykin Historic Park with its intact fort situated high on the bluff of the James River. Don’t miss St. Luke’s Church, the oldest existing church of English foundation in America, or Fort Huger, “Gateway to the Confederate Capital.” Looking for something unique? Arrange a visit to Mill Swamp Indian Horse Farm where the nearly extinct Corolla Spanish Mustangs from the Outer Banks are bred and trained.
Our point is, any way you go, whether it’s a day trip or a long weekend, there’s plenty to see and do here and the Smithfield Inn is the perfect base of operations. You always know there’s a great meal and a warm bed waiting for you.
Like to know more? Visit www.smithfield-virginia.com
Delightful Dining at the Smithfield Inn, a PDF article from the Virginian Pilot