It's time to spring into #WPKW!
Updated: Mar 12
Warmer days are just ahead, and here in #WPKW, we could not be more ready for peaceful paddles on our rivers, hikes through our state forests, crab pickin’ by the water, strolling through historic downtown West Point, and much, much more. And while we’ll have to wait just a little longer for summer, the next few months offer a perfect opportunity for travelers from around the country to spring into #WPKW. (That's West Point + King William for our new friends!)
Wide Open Spaces
If the solitude of nature is high on your list this spring, King William County offers multiple ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether its hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, golf, fishing, or simply taking a relaxing drive through the countryside, there’s an experience for any nature enthusiast in #WPKW. King William County features Zoar State Forest, Sandy Point State Forest, and Queenfield Golf Club, while West Point offers opportunities for fishing, paddling, and relaxing at Glass Island, the Riverwalk, and Beach Park. Pro tip—if you plan to enjoy water activities such as paddling, be sure to protect yourself against cold water. The West Point Paddler’s Guide offers safety tips and suggestions for paddling around West Point’s waterways.
Historic West Point
Downtown West Point's historic tree-lined Main Street is home to boutiques and antique shops such as The Exchange on Main and Divin' Off the Dock, the popular home furnishings company Wyatt-Ogg, as well as local eateries where you can find some of the best seafood this side of 95—The Blue Crab of WP and Three Rivers Seafood (both offer outside dining opportunities with views of our quaint Main Street and the Mattaponi River). For fresh donuts, specialty coffee, and delicious ice cream, the The Lazy Cow Ice Cream Parlor is a must stop. And, if it's breakfast pastries, savory sandwiches, salads, or dessert you crave, make sure C. Allen Confections is on your list.
Visitors to downtown West Point also enjoy taking in the architecture of our historic buildings, churches, and homes that include period representatives from the Victorian Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic Revival architecture styles, as well as Sears mail-order houses. At the end of Main Street, you can take in breathtaking river views at Beach Park, where the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers meet to form the mighty York. And, while we think downtown West Point is beautiful all year, it is especially lovely in the spring with the budding trees and flowers that adorn Main Street.
Artisan Farms & Baby Goat Cuddling
From snuggling baby goats to picking fresh strawberries, to touring a working flower farm or visiting with alpacas, our amazing artisan farms have unique and special experiences to offer all who spring into #WPKW.
With miles of peaceful countryside that lead to boutiques and museums, as well as nearby wineries and breweries, a quaint downtown shopping and dining district with river views, outdoor adventure and nearby amusement, King William County and the Town of West Point offer the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway.
From historic Victorian homes to riverfront vacation rentals, our region has just the right place for you to relax and enjoy a peaceful escape. Check out a few of the unique places to stay in #WPKW: Sunrise Tides - A River Retreat, Grateful Meadows, Aylett River Paradise, 403 Main by Lucky Duck Retreats, or Waterfront Retreat on the Mattaponi.
Hops & Grapes
If it's wine or craft beer you love, check out our nearby wineries and breweries—Gauthier Vineyard, Dragon Run Brewing, Saude Creek Vineyards, Zoll Vineyards, Jolene Family Winery, and New Kent Winery & Talleysville Brewing Company—as well as King William's own Mattapony Reserve, located on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation.
Each offers a unique experience to enjoy local wines and craft beer, along with amazing food, live music, and more!
Shopping...King William County Style
For those who love shopping at unique country stores or antiquing in small towns, West Point and King William County d-e-l-i-v-e-r. Our region offers shopping opportunities not found in the big city, and that's just the way we like it! From Pearls and Chicks, an amazing boutique located on one of King William's most historic properties, to Horn’s West Point Ace Hardware which offers wayyyy more than hardware, to The Exchange on Main which has everything from antiques to shabby chic home décor, there’s a treasure waiting for everyone in #WPKW. For our full list of places to shop, visit https://www.visitwestpointkingwilliam.com/planvisit.
Friends, this is just a sample of the many special experiences #WPKW has to offer in the spring. Our region is filled with culture, fun, adventure, shopping, relaxation, dining, water sports, and more. To plan your visit and learn more about the Town of West Point and King William County, be sure to bookmark our Plan Visit page and read 30 Things to See & Do in King William County, Virginia. We invite you to visit and stay awhile...for a different point of view.
Featured Image: Courtesy Seven Springs Farm & Historic Venue