Exploring the Northern Neck of Virginia while staying at your Irvington inn will lead to an interesting and enjoyable day. Awaiting you are interesting small towns, scenic nature, museums, historic sites, shopping and a variety of dining.
Reedville Fishermen's Museum
504 Main Street
Reedville, VA 22539
Reedville has a lot of colonial history in the commercial fishing industry, which continues today. Kodiak, Alaska is the only port that is larger. You will find the Reedville Fishermen's Museum loaded with many aspects of the town's history. The museum is on the grounds of the William Walker House and was owned by Captain Elijah Reed. Take in the boat building shop, artifacts from the fishing history, community history and the outdoor displays including boats. Hours vary according to seasons, so check the website.
George Washington National Monument
1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Constructed in 1931, this memorial home in the Northern Neck of Virginia recreates Washington's birthplace. This plantation area shows the social standing of the Washington family during the father of our country's youth. Both the house and the Colonial Kitchen have more than 1,000 pieces from the era. Enjoy this colonial farm close to your Irvington bed and breakfast which offers fields of tobacco during the growing season.
Caledon Natural Area
11617 Caledon Rd.
King George, VA 22485
This National Landmark will provide you with unique views of bald eagles right where they live. This is one of the largest summer homes for these national birds. They live in the bluffs that look over the Potomac River. The trail to the eagle area is closed April through September so the young eagles remain undisturbed. Some tours of the eagle area are offered from mid-June through August, but you must have a reservation. The park also has a visitor center with plenty of eagle knowledge. Five hiking trails are open year round and they wind in and out of wooded areas and marshlands. Don't miss the Boyd's Hole Trail to the Potomac River, which is open from October 1 to March 31. Bring a camera, because you may see something spectacular.
Smith Island and Chesapeake Bay Cruises
382 Campground Road
Reedville, VA 22539
As an Irvington bed and breakfast visitor, you're in for a scenic treat with a cruise across Chesapeake Bay to Smith Island. The island is 13 miles across the bay from Reedville. You will see crabbers on the bay and rivers and get a peek at the soft shell crab farms on your cruise with Smith Island and Chesapeake Bay Cruises. Smith Island is actually three small islands. The largest is Ewell. You will have a chance to have lunch on the island's waterfront. Enjoy your time taking in the interesting historic fishing villages. The cruise departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 3:45 p.m. and runs May through October. Reservations are needed.
Stratford Hall Plantation
483 Great House Road
Montross, VA 22520
The home of Robert E. Lee, Stratford Hall, offers visitors a day of history, hiking, gardens and food in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Explore the 1,900 acres of this beautiful plantation on the bank of the Potomac River. The area is actively farmed and hosts Great House, a dining room for the public, a library, visitor center, nature trails for hiking, gardens, a museum and a scenic view.