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Watermen’s Museum is Best of the Bay
December 16, 2020 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Below is the text of a posting York County Tourism released yesterday. We took the liberty of moving the paragraph about the Museum closer to the top of the listing. Congratulations to all the people and businesses that make Yorktown a wonderful place to live, work, and visit!
This year’s list was just released by Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and we are so excited to reveal that Yorktown has been named the Most Charming Chesapeake Town in Virginia! Several Historic Yorktown businesses also received top honors which we have included in this post.
But first – please join us in giving York County’s very own Capt. James Scruggs a very special round of applause. James has been granted the distinction of Virginia’s Best Dockmaster for his oversight of the Riverwalk Landing Piers. If you’ve ever docked in Yorktown, you know James delivers top notch customer service to all boaters and tall ship captains who pass through our beautiful town. It’s evident by all the awards for Riverwalk Landing this year!
Watermen’s Museum: It’s dedicated to the watermen, obviously, but this little museum has big ideas, emphasizing environmental stewardship, native and colonial history, and ongoing research into the maritime legacy of the Bay.
Riverwalk Landing: Along with outdoor dining, shops, and a lovely walking spot along the York River, you’ll find 1,200 feet of dock and enough current to make docking interesting.
Riverwalk Landing: After a 1985 hurricane left them with a clean slate waterfront-wise, Yorktown planners took the time to rebuild and revitalize the area, including a commitment to protect the York River. That applies to the landscaping and groundskeeping, as well as their piers, with 1,200 feet of docking space, pumpouts, water, and electricity.
Riverwalk Landing: Offering overnight stays for transient boaters, with electrical and water hookups as well as pumpout facilities and showers, Riverwalk makes a great stop on the York River, with easy access to the Bay and a prime spot for the various concerts and events held along the water.
! – Yorktown
Below are the other 2020 winners in the categories of Boating, Bay Living, and Food & Drink. They are also printed in this month’s edition of the magazine. Feel free to leave congratulatory messages to these small businesses in the comments. We are so proud of all they do!
Hornsby House Inn Bed & Breakfast: A family home built in 1933, Hornsby House was opened as a bed and breakfast in 2011 on Yorktown’s Main Street. It’s walking distance to restaurants and shops, and a short drive to the area’s many historic attractions.
Colonial National Historical Park – Yorktown Battlefield: Turn your kid into a history buff by traveling the 23-mile Colonial Parkway from Yorktown Battlefield (“Look kids, cannons!”) to Historic Jamestown (“Look kids, glassblowers!”) and everything in between.
This 23-mile scenic highway connects the historic triangle of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg. Stop along the way for history lessons via interpretive markers, or just cruise and enjoy the protected landscape, managed by the National Park Service.
Yorktown Pub: This local hangout feels more neighborhood pub than dive bar, especially when you factor in the cozy, wood-paneled walls, brick fireplace, hearty menu, and up-close views of the York River beach. Dive into their extensive beer list, too.
Water Street Grille: Variety is the name of the game, with creole steak n’ eggs, lobster or blue-crab bennies served on a biscuit, and chicken ’n’ waffles with Tennessee hot sauce offered alongside the usual suspects. Their brunch is so popular, they serve it on Saturday and Sunday.
Water Street Grille: The brick patio overlooking Yorktown Beach and the York River behind is an ideal place to watch the comings and goings of ships in and out of the Bay. Brick-oven pastas and pizzas pair well with the 20 craft beers on tap, which always include lots of Virginia brews.
Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters, LLC: Avid coffee lovers Celeste and Jo Gucanac have been sourcing and roasting specialty beans for the perfect cup since 2007. The Yorktown Colonial blend features varietals used in the Revolutionary era, roasted in their circa-1720 headquarters in historic Yorktown Village.
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Schooner Alliance, Yorktown Sailing Charters: Yorktown’s own three-masted schooner Alliance has been daysailing from Riverwalk Landing since 2005, with summers spent in the Caribbean. This year put a serious dent in the schedule but they’ll be back out cruising when the weather warms up