Genuine Smithfield hosts Worldwide Photo Walk

Smithfield will host the Worldwide Photo Walk on Saturday, October 7th. Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism is partnering with the leaders of the walk, Judith and Eric Soule of Fresh Look Photography to host 50 photographers who will spend the day in town taking photos, networking with one another, seeing the sites and entering their best shot…

Announcing Nike Park’s brand new kayak launch!

Nike Park boasts a brand new kayak launch! FREE to the public and open during the park’s regular hours (8 a.m. until dark), the launch puts you out into the natural beauty and twists & turns of Jones Creek. Nike Park is located at 13036 Nike Park Road in Carrollton and is maintained by Isle of…

Join us at the Smithfield Inn for Music! Music! Music!

The Smithfield Inn has been a favorite gathering spot for travelers, diners and locals since 1752. The tradition continues today as the Inn presents outstanding concerts by regional favorites plus a special night with mermaids! Best of all, the Inn’s famous menu and specials will be available during the concerts and the special event. Saturday, July…

Announcing Smithfield’s Instagram Scavenger Hunt!

Genuine Smithfield celebrates its public art and invites you to join us by playing our Instagram Scavenger Hunt featuring the town’s Porcine Parade and life-size bronze statues by the artist George Lundeen. Each week we’ll choose the best image and the winner will receive a pig-shaped sportpack! ​There is no age limit to play (you’re never…

2017 Olden Days Schedule of Events

Don’t miss a thing this weekend at Smithfield’s Olden Days Festival as we kick-off Summer 2017! Activities will take place along Main Street in downtown Smithfield and the Pagan River Raft Race will be held at the Smithfield Station. Friday Night, June 23 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Anthony Snape Concert, 115 Main Street, presented by Smithfield…

June 23 & 24 – Smithfield Olden Days Festival

Enjoy an old-fashioned, family-friendly good time at Smithfield’s Olden Days Festival on Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24. Dance the night away on Friday night with two FREE concerts! Anthony Snape at 6 pm at the Bank of Southside VA (115 Main Street) and Ocean Breeze at the Smithfield Times Gazebo from 7 -9…

Toast the Coast: Beer, Wine & Shine Trail

While visiting Coastal Virginia, there’s one thing you can be sure of – you will never go thirsty! Whatever your preference for sipping – craft beer, distilled spirits, or a fine wine – a number of adult beverage establishments have recently opened in COVA… and more seem to be popping up faster than you can…

Windsor Castle Parks’ Kayak & Paddleboard Outfitters now open for the season!

Windsor Castle Park’s Outfitter is now open every Saturday & Sunday through October 1st from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Last rentals out at 5 p.m.). Reservations are not required but are suggested. There are three ways to make reservations: Via email to windsorcastlekayaks@yahoo.com, Online at WindsorCastlePark.com/kayak-rentals.html, Or call 757.359.0846 (Phone reservations available on Saturdays and Sundays only). Single Kayaks…

A Spa-Like Experience

Meet Shaen and Rich Goetsch, owners of Perfectly Natural Soap® May 2017 Of course, the shop Perfectly Natural Soap® smells like heaven – a clean, fresh scent, like freshly laundered linens that have hung outside to dry in the sun. You would expect that. Of course, the gorgeous displays and products draw you in. But…

Congratulations to our Heroes, Ambassadors & LOVEwork Designers!

On Tuesday, May 9th we celebrated National Tourism Month by recognizing our 2017 Hospitality Heroes & Community Ambassadors and announcing the winner of our LOVEwork Design Contest. 2017 Hospitality Heroes Our Hospitality Heroes are front-line hospitality professionals and volunteers who have been nominated by their peers, visitors and managers for their dedication to offering outstanding…

Darden’s Country Store & Smokehouse – a rich culinary tradition & a way of life

Meet Dee Dee & Tommy Darden  ​ April 2017 (Source: DardensCountryStore.com)  “Not too many people do what we do anymore,” says Dee Dee Darden. “Farming, running the little store, doing the hams, it’s a way of life here – independence, working with family and friends, getting involved in the community, preserving what we have for the future. If…