Walkin’ on Sunshine in Smithfield

There’s no better way to enjoy a “staycation,” taking in all the delights of the summer season in a relaxed, laid back spot than a visit to Smithfield. This enchanting hamlet offers all the allure of a small town - a historic Main Street lined with shops and galleries, notable attractions and of course, great places to eat. But best of all, the Ham Capital of the World is located in the heart of Coastal Virginia. In fact, its easy accessibility has made it the #1 weekend getaway for Coastal Virginians who savor its small-town southern charms. 

Smithfield’s award-winning Farmers Market runs each Saturday through the end of October. Held in the Bank of Southside Virginia parking lot on Main Street, the market is packed with plenty of fresh produce, handmade goods, live music and a sprinkling of small-town characters just for fun! 

Everyone’s favorite summer festival, Olden Days will be held Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24 in downtown Smithfield. This can’t miss, old-fashioned festival offers fun for all ages and features crafters and artisans, antique cars, military vehicles, a ghost walk, live music, a “Kids, Bike and Pet Parade,” the Pagan River Raft Race, a children’s area, great festival food and lots more! 

Windsor Castle Park is the jewel of the town, and never more so than in the summer. Scenic overlooks and bridges along four miles of walking trails, a dog park, mountain bike path, fishing pier – the park offers all this and more - all within easy walking distance of Main Street and the gorgeous Smithfield Station. 

During the summer months, the park’s outfitter rents kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Take in the natural beauty of the Cypress Creek, Pagan River and the surrounding marshes teaming with wildlife. 

Just opened in November, the park now offers a one-of-a-kind natural Playscape for children. This is not your ordinary outdoor playground. The Playscape moves little ones into the natural environment for a truly interactive and unique experience. Play elements include rock climbing walls, a pebble harp, crawl through tunnels, balance log mazes, a 30-foot slide, and more. There are even two separate play areas for preschool and school-age children. 

Smithfield shines in the summertime. Take a well-deserved break and visit Smithfield & Isle of Wight County, the #1 Weekend Getaway for Coastal Virginians for “hams, history, hospitality & heart!”

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01 May 2017

By Lois Tokarz