Hampton Inn & Spas
Hampton Inn & Spas are the stars of black hospitality and physical renewal in Southeastern Virginia. With a disarmingly cozy waterfront, charming homes from a bygone era and a landmark university like Hampton nearby, you should not be surprised.
DESCRIPTION: A short distance from Chesapeake Bay waterfront and Hampton University, this magnificent Queen Anne-style home was constructed in the late 1800s by a wealthy couple who owned all movie theaters in Hampton. In 2004, Joyce and Lankford Blair purchased Magnolia House, then lovingly restored its original features and enhanced the setting with artwork, while upgrading all utilities to modern bed & breakfast standards. More recently, Joyce & Lankford have added a dream-like wedding chapel and they perform the marriage ceremony. The large Duke Ellington Suite is a feast for the senses – luxurious touches abound. The Writers Retreat Room draws inspiration from Zora Neale Hurston and promotes a desire to write. The Haven features a masculine motif, but is no less a place to unwind on the most comfortable bed, sheets and pillows you can imagine. It must be the cure for insomnia. B&B packages include a Girls Retreat Package for up to 8 pearls (guests), inventive wedding packages and a Babymoon Retreat for expectant parents that has special comforts for Mom and Dad. Hero’s Deployment Homecoming Package is for Active Duty Military returning from deployment and their significant others to enjoy a special time at Magnolia House with a discount on a two-night stay and complimentary dinner for two. Magnolia House is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. SoulOfAmerica highly recommends this innkeeper and wedding chapel where guests relax and spirits renew. Romance is rediscovered and celebrated in the ambiance of a charming, smoke-free historic home on the Virginia Peninsula.
CUISINE: Joyce won’t admit that she’s really a nurse-turned-gourmet chef. Her full breakfast is so good you might bite your lip trying to reach the last morsel. Guests can’t wait to get hungry again for anything on the wide ranging menu. She accommodates guest food restrictions, preferences and offers as much local fresh fare as possible each season. A specialty and guest favorite is the Croissant French Toast, Potato & Pepper Frittata, Chicken & Waffles AND her extraordinary cookies — Yum, Yum, Yum. The night-cap includes champagne, dessert, sparking cider and fresh-brewed decaf coffee. Meetings with luncheon and afternoon tea as well as reception-style parties are accommodated as private events.
AMENITIES: Soft terry robes & slippers, spa-quality skin care products, wireless Hi-speed Internet; CD clock radios,central air & heat, a guest pantry well-stocked stocked with refreshments & beverages, and a large TV in the downstairs lounge with a CD and DVD library.
PRIVATE BATHS: Yes, all rooms
PRICES: start at $145 per night per room; check-in 3p-6p; guest age requirement is 13+
ADDRESS: 232 South Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA MAP
PARKING: on premises
Painted Bare Spa Lounge
DESCRIPTION: The spa provides natural skin care and a host of massage therapy services by a team of licensed professionals. Singles and couples appreciate the Classic Swedish, Signature Deep, Therapeutic Bare, Hot Stone, Reflexology and Reiki packages. Expectant mothers should make an appointment for special massage services that promote relaxation prior to the big day. The retail shop features a wide range of organic and vegan eco-friendly products. The spa is conveniently located across the river from Hampton University.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon, Wed 10a-7p; Tue, Thu Noon-5p; Fri 10a-5p; Sat 9a-5p
PRICES: begin at $10
ADDRESS: 100 Bridge Street, Suite D, Hampton, VA MAP
PARKING: free on premises and on street
Foster’s Care Massage
DESCRIPTION: Vinson Foster is a national and state Certified Massage Therapist and a Personal Trainer. He incorporates various advanced techniques such as: AIS Stretching and Strengthening, Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, Accupressure, Myofacial Release, Myoskeletal Alignment and Pregnancy Massage for your body. Chela Dunnings, a Master Esthetician and Wax Tech/Makeup Artist, can also be scheduled to provide facials and other skin care on site. Vinson’s clients include the College of William & Mary Track & Field Teams, Team Nike USA Runners and local semipro athletes.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 11a-6p; Sat by appt only
PRICES: start at $30 per half hour for massage
ADDRESS: 12388 Warwick Blvd, Suite 303, Newport News, VA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 757-277-7730 or 757-478-8798