Tranquil, rural, and rich with riverfront, Virginia's Northern Neck is as good as it gets to get away from it all. Don't miss the spa at The Tides Inn or the Hope and Glory Inn, kayaking along the back creeks, antiquing wineries and the quaint, wealthy town of Irvington with great dining!
Off Pope's Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River is the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Tour the reconstructed Colonial Revival Home; visit the family burial ground and dependencies. Get away to an 18th-century experience that includes gardens, outbuildings, fields and heritage breed animals. Walk along creek side paths to enjoy unspoiled waterfront vistas.
Continue on to Stratford Hall dining room for lunch and tour of the Great House. Stratford Hall is the home of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, and birthplace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Georgian Great House was built in 1738 and the grounds still encompass 1,900 acres of the original land, which sits high along the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River. Explore the many dependencies, formal gardens, gristmill and hiking/nature trails.
Then the fun really begins, at Ingleside Plantation Vineyards and Winery. Built in 1834, the vineyards cover 50 acres of gently rolling countryside. Enjoy tours and tastings at one of Virginia's oldest and largest wineries.
Stop by the Westmoreland Berry Farm to stock up on fresh fruit and produce in season and the farm's own line of gourmet fruit preserves. Enjoy a fresh fruit sundae on their pavilion deck overlooking the river.
Wander through Irvington's unique shops and enjoy all the fun of their farmer's markets. Conclude your day with a refreshing spa treatment at The Tides Inn or Hope and Glory Inn. It'll make an impression on you!