Looking for things to do in Northern Neck, Virginia? If you love nature, history, wine or fishing – you will have no problems at all finding a great time in Chesapeake Bay’s Northern Neck Peninsula. Below are some recreational ideas for Virginia travelers looking for a great vacation.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Take a walk back in time and visit the location of George Washington’s birth and upbringing. A very well maintained historical spot in the Northern Neck region, the site includes a replica house, barn, workshop, cookhouse, garden, farm animals, a few trails & a stunning scenery of the Potomac.
Town of Reedville
At one point in the United States’ history, Reedville was the number one fishery in the United States. Fishing has been a big part of this town’s culture for years and years. If you visit Reedville on your journey around Chesapeake’s Northern Neck, you will witness stunning, uniquely constructed homes from the early 1900s. Visit the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum to appreciate this amazing booming town of the Early 20th century.
This town also has some very unique dining experiences with places like The Crazy Crab, Chitter-Chats and Tommy’s Restaurant. Something out of the ordinary and totally unlike the boring experience you get at, say, Applebees.
Northern Neck Wineries
Traditionally wineries were located on the West coast of the United States, do to more favorable soil and growing areas. But thanks to advances in innovation for grape vine cultivation and winemaking, this Chesapeake Bay has served as a booming location for wineries.
Visit on of these Wineries of the Northern Neck and do some wine tasting while you explore the business of wine growing in this area.
Dog & Oyster Vineyard
170 White Fences Drive, Irvington, 804.438.9463
General’s Ridge Vineyard
1618 Weldons Drive, Hague, 804.223.2478
Good Luck Cellars
1025 Good Luck Road, Kilmarnock, 804.435.1416
The Hague Winery
8268 Cople Highway, Hague, 804.472.5283
Ingleside Plantation Vineyards
5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, 804.224.8687
Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery
8215 Oak Crest Drive, King George, 540.663.2813
King George County
A 15 to 20 minutes drive south from the Rivah Home will land you in King George County. This is the location of President James Madison’s birth, and you can explore the history at Belle Grove Plantation – With world-class lodging and a great historic focal point to explore the area.
Here you can visit the Dahlgren Heritage Museum for rich local history, hike trails at Caledon State Park and Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark which is home to one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles in America! Feel and soak up all the U.S. history then take a trip to the Unique Antiques Mall on Rt. 301 for local antiques and collectibles of the area.
Steamboat Era Museum
Eestablished in 2004, the Steamboat Era Museum is a real treat for historians and history enthusiasts. Th Museum walks the visitor through the story of steamboats and how they altered the lives of everyone along the Chesapeake Bay region.
The introduction into steamboats provided an economic boost to the towns of Chesapeake Bay. The cities of Norfolk and Baltimore acted as gateways to the world, the cities provided the markets, the towns provided goods, and the steamboats provided means.
The era is brought back to life at the Steamboat Era Museum with models, artifacts, photos .