Only two more weeks of summer before the madness begins again. How does this sound for a quick, relaxing summer getaway?
Book a room at the Smithfield Station (or another of our lodging facilities!) for a couple nights. Check in and watch the sunset over the Pagan River from your boardwalk room. Then stroll into town for the Friday night summer concert series. Finish your day with an indulgent treat at the Smithfield Ice Cream Parlor.
You can sleep in a bit on Saturday because it’s an easy walk to the Smithfield Farmers Market. The market is in full swing this time of year offering peanuts, plants, herbs, baked goods, coffee, cheese, honey, barbecue, ham sandwiches, handcrafted items, live music and of course locally grown produce.
After the market check out the downtown specialty shops, then grab lunch at one of our outstanding restaurants. Next head to the Isle of Wight County Museum to see the country store exhibit and the museum’s most notable artifact – the world’s oldest, edible cured ham. Be sure to send your family and friends the ham cam link so you can say “hello” to them from the ham exhibit (https://video.nest.com/live/fvrxx4).
Head back to the Station for a rare afternoon break before heading back into town for dinner and craft beer tastings at Smithfield’s new brewpub, Wharf Hill Brewing Company. Enjoy the ambiance of this restored 1906 building and the friendly folks who run the place. Finally, take the scenic route via Windsor Castle Park back to the Station.
Rise and shine Sunday morning and rent a kayak or paddleboard at Windsor Castle Park. The outfitter is a short, scenic walk from the Smithfield Station. Get a bit of exercise, enjoy the mild weather and tour the Pagan River and Cypress Creek. Afterwards walk through Windsor Castle Park back to town for a satisfying lunch – after all that exercise you can even indulge in dessert!
Now how does that sound for a relaxing, last hurrah to summer?