Carrot Tree Kitchens began with a bet: in 1984, a restaurant owner bet founder Debi that she could not surpass his carrot cake. Debi won with her grandmother’s recipe and, after honing her culinary skills and burning through multiple ovens, opened a restaurant renowned for its desserts. The eatery nestles in historic Yorktown’s oldest home, a cottage that, like Chesapeake Bay, was built in 1720. The kitchen honors the history of the building and the neighborhood with classic Southern platters that reach back to colonial times to inspire hearty country stews, barbecue pork, and vegetable dishes. On Wednesday afternoons from March through November, a traditional high-tea service makes the antique environs gently rattle their bricks in delight.
Nestled near Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Ford's Colony Country Club proffers patrons timeless charm, a hospitable staff, and three lavish championship golf courses. Iron-aficionados can pick between the picturesque four and a half star rated Blackheath, Blue Heron, and Marsh Hawk courses, each outfitted to soothe users with smooth greens, peacefully bubbling water hazards, and submarines to retrieve lobbed clubs. Re-oil rusty swings with a bucketful of balls on the driving range, then breathe in fresh, balmy air from the comfort of a golf cart as it winds through Ford's gentle pastures, absconding urban artifice for native wildlife and calming lagoons.
Kingsmill Resort's grounds surround visitors in gardens, woodlands, and the gurgling of the James River. The aestheticians and stylists of The Spa at Kingsmill take inspiration and bottle nature's scents from these landscapes, developing spa and salon services to immerse guests in natural splendor. Facial peels draw on the organic enzymes of herbs and fruits, body wraps hydrate and invigorate skin with natural elements, such as chocolate, rose, or oatmeal, and massages alternate the placement of warm basalt and cold marble stones. Combining these naturally based treatments, the spa's staff curates full- and half-day spa experiences, including packages tailored for mothers-to-be, teenagers, and men. After guests are perfectly relaxed, they can pep back up with a fitness and wellness program of group classes such as yoga and water aerobics, all led by professional staffers.
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a catering menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients for a taco, nacho, or burrito bar. Qdoba's culinary crafters craft succulent fillings for burritos, tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, including protein-packing choices, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available. Taste the gooey flavor accents of the signature queso sauce, a three-cheese blend with roasted poblanos, tomatoes, and jalapeños, the pinto or black beans simmered in cumin and onion, or the creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Tortilla chips with salsa bar and desserts complete each catered event, and customers can opt for burrito-boxed lunches and any add-ons.
From sunup to well past moonup, J.M. Randalls prepares a bounty of bar fare to fuel music listeners' ears, poker players' bluffing muscles, and fun-seekers' good-timey glands. Early birds can fill their beaks with morning basics such as the eggs benedict ($8.99) and french toast stuffed with ham and monterey jack and cheddar cheese ($6.99), and daytime workers tired from building their own home cubicles can self-nourish from a savory lot of soups, salads, and sandwiches. The army of appetizers enlists veterans such as homemade buffalo wings ($8.99), but then surprises the enemy with platoons of potato-cheddar pierogi platters ($5.99–$8.99) and an impressively performed soft-shoe routine. When the dinner bell rings, guests can enlist the hearty meat and potatoes entree, with its grilled 12-ounce rib-eye steak partnered with a loaded baked tuber and veggie of the day ($19.99), or angle the Bubba the Catfish platter, with its blackened or fried marine cuisine served with dirty sausage rice, vegetables, and house-made slaw ($15.99).