Field Trip: Yorktown

I’m always interested in visiting cheap places and participating in local activities. I love discovering new places to eat, have coffee, and sight-see. My family calls these adventures my lesser-known “field trips.” 

When they came into town for Labor Day a few weekends ago, we all experienced one of my “field trips” by going to Yorktown. It’s about an hour away from campus, and is a fairly simple drive. We had visited Williamsburg a few times already, but we had never been to Yorktown. For the most part, we were expecting the same historical and shopping environment, but Yorktown was different in a wonderful way!

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the stores and tours were very limited, so we mainly walked around the historical section. Once my family got to the edge of town, we were able to walk down to the beach. Though the beach was busy in a few areas, it was mostly open and free of people since the beach is in a residential area. We went to an antique store where I found some vinyls, and the store owner had very intriguing books, patches, pins, and historical antiques. There are a few restaurants on the oceanfront, but the one we specifically enjoyed was Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters. Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters is in the upper, historical part of Yorktown. They have fairly priced sandwiches and pastries, and they roast their own coffee beans on-sight. The store also sells vegetarian-friendly food. 

I would highly recommend taking a trip to Yorktown if you enjoy history and local fare. They offer historical tours on buses, have an entire calendar of themed events until December, and a clean, friendly beach. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, so bring your friends and be immersed in our nation’s history!

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Isobel Nardone

Isobel Nardone is a staff writer for The Daily Runner.