Photo: New Kent Winery
Eating & Drinking:
Aspen Burger Company – This burger joint has more than just your typical offerings when it comes to burgers. Kick it up a notch with the Certified Angus beef, chorizo sausage, beer-battered jalapeño, queso fresco and pico de gallo on a brioche bun), the Certified Angus beef ground chuck with bulgogi spice, grilled green onions, pickled red onion and radishes, kogi BBQ sauce and kimchi on a brioche bun), or the Certified Angus beef ground chuck, lamb and beef gyro, spinach, tomatoes, Feta cheese, side of tzatziki sauce). These are just three of the crazy number of combinations you can order from this New Kent staple. They also offer great sandwiches, salads, soups, and chili, too.
The Farmer’s Daughter – For a taste of traditional southern cooking the way grandma used to make it, check out The Farmer’s Daughter in West Point. Serving breakfast all day (plus lunch and dinner), you won’t be disappointed with their homemade fare including soft shell crabs (in season), fried okra, cornbread, and all sorts of other fixin’s. Check out their $5 lunch specials, too.
Two Drummers Smokehouse – This Toano gem serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and there’s something for just about every taste. From smoked favorites like barbecue and ribs to burgers and salads, they have the field covered. The Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge even named them the 2016 winner for their “Eat Like A Local” category spotlighting favorite local eateries throughout the Commonwealth, so you know it’s good!
Seeing & Doing:
New Kent Winery – Constructed from reclaimed materials, New Kent Winery is a stately and beautiful winery located in the heart of the county. Offering a variety of Virginia-grown wines, New Kent offers daily tours and tastings for $8:00 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM–it even includes a souvenir glass for you to take with you.
Pamunkey Indian Museum – Located on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation, this museum gives a comprehensive learning experience in “A living memory of Powhatan’s People,” according to Virginia Is For Lovers. Learn about the tribe’s traditional tools, pottery, clothing and more from the Ice Age to present day and explore artifacts on display. You can even purchae pottery made in the tribe’s centuries-old traditions. Admission is $6.00 and the museum is great for families. The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Saudé Creek Vineyards – This privately owned vineyard and winery is located on the Pamunkey River and features “complex, food-friendly wines” thanks to the rich clay soils it sits upon. The site was once the home of Frank’s Tavern, a colonial inn and public house for wayfarers riding between ponits north and west and the Colonial capitol of Williamsburg. George Washington and the French General Rochambeau, among other patriots and notables of the time, reputedly quenched their thirsts here.