There’s something special about a waterfront destination. There’s a sort of soulfulness, a majestic feeling that makes everyone who visits feel like they never want to leave. Steeped in charm and overflowing with hospitality, Hampton Virginia is ideal for a long weekend of relaxation, good food, and culture.
Nestled on the Chesapeake Bay where it meets the Hampton Roads harbor is a traveler’s paradise: Hampton Virginia. This 405-year-old visitor hub has welcomed new arrivals since the first Virginia Company settlers anchored on its shoreline in 1607.
The architecture of its charming downtown is indicative of centuries of history and redevelopment. Take a short stroll from your downtown lodging to visit one of these attractions:
- Historic churches,
- the Virginia Air & Space Center and IMAX theater,
- harbor tours,
- fishing excursions,
- museums presenting history and art,
- festival parks,
- and a historic carousel.
Eat Your Heart Out & Shop Till You Drop
The district has a pleasing array of restaurants presenting authentic multicultural dining. Trendy owner-operated eateries like Marker 20 and Conch & Bucket specialize in the seafood for which Hampton credits its renaissance following the Civil War that leveled many of the downtown buildings. Venture presents experimental recipes with exotic combinations of fresh produce and creamy cheeses and no Hampton Virginia vacation would be complete without a visit to The Grey Goose is legendary for its stews, biscuits, and home-baked pie.
From downtown, land lovers travelling by bike or car can reach stone fort, beaches, and landmarks at formidable Fort Monroe, enjoying the heritage sites and funky shops in Phoebus along the way. The Point, Old Town Tavern, and Six Mellen Street are eateries that come recommended by the locals. Once on Fort Monroe, gastronomic pleasure can be found at The Deadrise, located dockside overlooking the Point Comfort Marina.
Get Your Culture On
Phoebus’ The American Theatre presents internationally acclaimed artists in an intimate 400-seat setting. Year-round events that entwine the city’s very unique history are held in park settings that encourage you to relax and enjoy. For a bigger experience, join 10,000 others for a live concert at iconic Hampton Coliseum, entertaining millions during its 45-year history. The Coliseum Central district includes Peninsula Town Center and the Power Plant of Hampton Roads presenting many more options to dine, shop and celebrate.