nterested in history, wine tasting, museums, or enjoying a few rounds of golf? There are plenty of attractions and activities to keep you on the go in Central Virginia and the surrounding areas. Gracefield Hall makes an excellent and convenient base for all your activities, whether they are local attractions or day trips.
New Kent County has six rural bicycle routes ranging from just over 13 miles to just over 77 miles. Each route starts and ends at the New Kent County Visitors and Commerce Center at I-64 Exit 211. There is no better way to enjoy the bucolic scenery in the area than by bicycle. Gracefield Hall is located less then ¾ mile from four of the routes. If you are staying at Gracefield Hall you can start and end your tour here and use the Visitors Center as an intermediate rest stop. Use our large covered back porch to keep your bicycle out of the weather. Gracefield Hall is a quick 12 miles from the Charles City Courthouse parking area on the Virginia Capital Trail, a new and beautiful bike and walking trail in Central Virginia: http://virginiacapitaltrail.org/
We offer pickup and delivery service for a small fee from and to the Charles City Courthouse parking area, Culs Courthouse Grill, or Indian Fields Tavern for up to two riders and their bicycles.
New Kent County has four wineries 15-20 minutes from Gracefield Hall. Plus, there are other wineries within a short drive from Gracefield Hall. If you purchase wine at any of the wineries, we can chill it for you to enjoy during your stay with us.
- New Kent Winery http://newkentwinery.com/
- Saude Creek Winery http://saudecreek.com/
- Gauthier Vineyard http://www.gauthiervineyard.com/
- Jolene Family Winery https://www.jolenefamilywinery.com/
- Williamsburg Winery http://williamsburgwinery.com/
- Other area wineries http://www.virginiawine.org/wineries/
There are several excellent and challenging golf courses a short distance from Gracefield Hall.
- *Brickshire Golf Club http://www.brickshiregolfclub.com/
- *Royal New Kent Golf Club http://www.royalnewkent.com/
- Stonehouse Golf Club https://stonehousegolfclub.com/
- *The Club at Viniterra http://www.ViniterraGolf.com
- *Colonial Williamsburg Golden Horseshoe Golf Clubs http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/wellness-and-recreation/golf/
- Kingsmill Golf Club http://www.kingsmill.com/golf/
*This golf clubhouse offers lunch and dinner service.
The Historic Triangle offers a view of colonial American history from its founding at Jamestown to where it ended at Yorktown.
- Colonial Williamsburg http://www.history.org/
- Historic Jamestowne http://historicjamestowne.org/
- Jamestown Settlement http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/attractions/jamestown/
- Yorktown Battlefield Park http://www.nps.gov/york/index.htm
- James River Plantations http://www.jamesriverplantations.org/
Richmond has a rich history, was the capital of the Confederacy, and is now the state capital of Virginia. The capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson.
- State House http://www.virginiacapitol.gov/
- Governor’s Mansion https://executivemansion.virginia.gov/
- The Valentine Museum http://thevalentine.org/#
- Agecroft Hall http://www.agecrofthall.com/View.aspx?page=home
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens http://www.lewisginter.org/
- Maymont https://maymont.org/
- Virginia House http://vahistorical.org/your-visit/virginia-house?legacy=true
- Center Hill
- Henricus Historical Park http://www.henricus.org/
- Tuckahoe Plantation http://www.tuckahoeplantation.com/
- John Marshall House http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/the-john-marshall-house
- Virginia Aviation Museum http://www.vam.smv.org/
- Richmond Railroad Museum http://www.richmondrailroadmuseum.org
- James River paddle-wheel lunch, dinner, and brunch cruises http://www.tangiercruise.com
- Tredegar Iron Works and the White House of the Confederacy https://acwm.org/
Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News offer a wide variety of sites of interest.
- The Mariners’ Museum and Park http://www.marinersmuseum.org/
- Endview Plantation http://www.endview.org/
- Lee Hall Mansion http://www.leehall.org/
- Cape Henry Lighthouse http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/cape-henry-lighthouse
Southside is that area of Virginia between the James River and the North Carolina state line. The free Jamestown Ferry provides easy access to Southside where the first American revolution took place in 1676.
- Bacon’s Castle http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/bacons-castle
- Smith’s Fort Plantation http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/smiths-fort-plantation
- Chippokes Plantation State Park http://www.chippokes.com/
- Smithfield, Virginia http://www.genuinesmithfieldva.com/
- Surry County, Virginia http://surrycountytourism.com/
Fredericksburg and the surrounding area are rich in Colonial and Civil War history.
- Mary Washington House-Hugh Mercer Apothecary-Rising Sun Tavern http://www.washingtonheritagemuseums.org/
- Kenmore-Ferry Farm http://www.kenmore.org/
- Belmont-Gari Melchers Studio http://garimelchers.umw.edu/
- Chatham http://www.nps.gov/frsp/chatham.htm
- Stratford Hall http://www.stratfordhall.org/
- Gunston Hall http://www.gunstonhall.org/
Central Virginia and areas beyond provide a variety of historic sites and other sites of interest that make excellent day trips. We can help you plan an interesting and exciting day trip.
- Montpelier Mansion http://www.montpelier.org/
- Ash Lawn-Highland http://ashlawnhighland.org/
- Monticello http://www.monticello.org/
- Poplar Forest http://www.poplarforest.org/
- Michie Tavern Restaurant http://www.michietavern.com/
- Appomattox Court House http://www.nps.gov/apco/index.htm
- Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/patrick-henrys-scotchtown
- Virginia War Museum http://www.warmuseum.org/
- National D-Day Memorial https://www.dday.org/
- Kings Dominion https://www.kingsdominion.com/
- Busch Gardens http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/
- Water Country USA http://watercountryusa.com/en/williamsburg/
New Kent County and Charles City County have several very good restaurants (we eat lunch or dinner at each one of them twice a year to ensure their food and service quality deserve our continued recommendation). Richmond and Williamsburg offer too many restaurants to provide a complete list. There is a binder with menus in our parlor and please check with us for recommendations.
- Patsy’s (Providence Forge)
- Don Miguel Mexican Restaurant (Providence Forge) http://www.donmiguekrestaurant.com
- Indian Fields Tavern (Charles City) http://www.indianfieldstavern.com
- Brothers Italian Restaurant (Providence Forge)
- Two Drummers BBQ (Toano) http://www.twodrummerssmokehouse.com
- Prima Italian Restaurant (Quinton)
- Third Base Grill (Quinton)
- Martha’s Kitchen (New Kent) https://www.marthaskitchenofnk.com
- Cul’s Courthouse Grill (Charles City) http://www.culscourthousegrille.com/
- Tobacco Company (Richmond) http://www.thetobaccocompany.com/
- Riverwalk Restaurant (Yorktown) http://www.riverwalkrestaurant.net/
- Water Street Grill (Yorktown) http://waterstreetgrille.net/
- Yorktown Pub (Yorktown) https://www.yorktownpub.com/
- Williamsburg Restaurants http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/restaurants/