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December 2016

Celebrating 30 Years In Business

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Smithfield Station Celebrates 30 Years In Business

Family run business has staying power

Smithfield, VA: Smithfield Station just celebrated 30 years in business.  The award-winning restaurant, hotel, marina and conference center located on the Pagan River in downtown Smithfield, Virginia opened its doors November 24, 1986.  Ever since, they have been serving delicious meals, delighting overnight travelers by both land and sea and providing beautiful, first-class riverfront conference facilities.

In the lobby of The Restaurant at Smithfield Station hangs an article from Portfolio Magazine in 1987 that is a testament to Pack’s vision.  The article is the Golden Fork Awards and lists new restaurants worth watching.  Smithfield Station is the only restaurant on that list still in operation today.  Since opening in 1986 Smithfield Station has seen steady growth adding a Chesapeake Bay styled lighthouse in 1994, which serves as two luxury hotel suites, and five boardwalk cottages along the marina.  In 2007, Smithfield Station doubled in size when it opened twenty-two additional hotel rooms, a world class conference facility, retail shops and fifty additional marina slips.

While Ron and Tina are semi-retired, sons Randy and Brian carry on the business.  Ron Pack often jokes that he didn’t want to sell the business so he had to “grow his replacements.”  Randy Pack, now the President of Smithfield Station and Ron and Tina’s oldest son says, “The love and passion with which our parents have built Smithfield Station has left a huge role to fill for my brother and I.  For a restaurant to last 30 years is impressive and speaks to the quality of the facility, the quality and longevity of staff and the success of our parents ingrained motto to ‘allow no guest leave anything less than delighted.’”

Smithfield Station is in the historic district of charming Smithfield, VA.  With several major events going on throughout the year, the Town of Smithfield and Smithfield Station have proven they are the place to be in Coastal Virginia.  Shopping and dining opportunities abound and the boutique coastal style hotel is sure to please the most discerning traveler.

About Smithfield Station:  Smithfield Station is a restaurant, hotel, marina and conference center in Smithfield Station.  They boast a 144-seat restaurant, 44 beautifully appointed hotel rooms, 100 slip marina, beautiful conference and corporate retreat facilities as well as endless catering possibilities from an intimate cocktail party to a 400 person + seated dinner.   For more information please contact Randy Pack, President of Smithfield Station, at (757) 357-7700, or visit our website at

New Children’s PlayScape Now Open In Smithfield!

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Unlike a traditional playground in a box, the new Natural Children’s PlayScape project at Windsor Castle Park is integrated into the environment. Tunnels are part of the landscaping, slides are embedded into the hillside, and natural materials were used.  There are two main areas.  Towards the existing dog park is the “toddler area” with amenities that are reduced in size for young users.  Wrapped around the base of the picnic area is the main children’s area with slides, tunnels, log balance elements, climbing walls and sand pits. The BIG WOW Slide for those with a sense of adventure is located on the large incline on the far side of the picnic area.

This project was funded by the Windsor Castle Park Foundation and design & construction was done by the Natural Playground Company. The work is now complete and the PlayScape is open to the public!  All conveniently a short stroll across the boardwalk and through the park from Smithfield Station!  Plan a hotel stay, or just join us for lunch in the restaurant before or after you play.  This is such a great addition to our town and one we know many little kiddos and families will enjoy for years to come!

If you are interested in making a donation to assist the with cost of the project, please visit