Peaceful Retreat on the Banks of the Pagan River
Named after the old Coast Guard stations that once dotted Virginia’s outer banks, Smithfield Station welcomes vacationers with quaint riverfront charm. Blue herons, white egrets, and even the occasional bald eagle soar within eyeshot of the hotel's rustic wraparound porch. Nautical accents fill the lobby, including its blond wood floors that display an inlaid compass rose close to 6 feet in diameter. The Pack family tends the boutique hotel's 44 rooms, and each member welcomes guests with tips on navigating the nearby boardwalk shops.
Stunning panoramic views and a private balcony wash the walls of a deluxe lodge room in an abundance of natural light. Weary jet setters can warm themselves at the electric fireplace or burrow between the downy sheets of the king-size bed, custom-made from cherry wood. Four of the rooms feature jacuzzi tubs, and all include aromatic grooming products by Bath & Body Works.
Travelers delight in meals at The Restaurant at Smithfield Station, which serves fresh, local seafood and world-famous Smithfield ham seven days a week. Coveted creations such as the sweet-potato-encrusted rockfish stuffed with ham and crabmeat coax taste buds into full taste blossoms. Meals may be devoured on a deck overlooking the marina and undulating marshes or in the cedar-paneled dining room.
Smithfield, Virginia: A Historical River-Port Town
Smithfield is a peaceful town filled with the gentle sounds of footfalls on the boardwalk and the bob and lilt of boats swelling the marina's ranks. Elevating the town's quaint ambiance, art galleries, specialty shops, historical attractions, and a smattering of dining options lie within walking distance of the hotel.
Just beyond the walls of Smithfield Station sits the newly opened Windsor Castle Park, home to more than 4 miles of woodland walking trails. Picnic areas, a fishing pier and canoe launch, and a scenic overlook framing the Windsor Castle Historic Site create a picturesque setting for an afternoon outdoors.
Steeped in colonial history, Smithfield is home to St. Luke’s Church—built in 1632—and the homes of revolutionaries who fought for independence as early as the 1730s. A 45-minute car trip transports visitors back in time to Colonial Williamsburg or forward in time to the roller-coaster-filled future at Busch Gardens.