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  • Water view through the trees

Perfect Days the Northern Neck Way

Day 1: Tangier Island Tour

Retrace the steps of Captain John Smith who landed on a small island he named Tangier in 1608. Today, Tangier Island is frequented by visitors for its quaint shops, seafood restaurants and rich history.

Schedule a morning flight by Coastal Sky Taxi from nearby Hummel Field in Topping, VA. On the way to the airfield, stop by Chesapeake Doughnut Co. in White Stone for a delectable to-go breakfast and coffee.

If you prefer a boat cruise, depart from historic Reedville on the Chesapeake Breeze. Prior to boarding, stop by Front Porch Coffee House in Kilmarnock for regional coffees, sandwiches and sweet and savory breads.

Known as the soft crab capital of the nation, the tiny fishing village of Tangier is best explored via golf cart. Rent your own golf cart or see the island on a guided tour by a knowledgeable local. The Tangier History Museum offers free use of canoes and kayaks to explore its water trails
through pristine marsh.

Return to Tides Inn for sunset drinks under the Great Cedar Tree.

Day 2: Watermen's Way

These boots were made for fishing! Discover the Watermen’s Way public art project, fifteen painted white boot sculptures honoring the men and women dedicated to life on the water in Virginia’s River Realm.

Starting at the Tides Inn marina, locate our pair of boots, titled “Oyster Paisley,” designed and painted by author-illustrator Mary Jo Beswick. Continue the hunt on the picturesque streets of Irvington via one of our cruiser bikes and pre-order a picnic lunch from our culinary team.

At the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington, stand in the restored pilothouse
of the Potomac and peruse the artifact exhibits. Don’t miss the “Wading Around” boot sculpture out front. After your picnic lunch on one of the Irvington Commons tables, continue to the Objects, Art & More Gallery and pose for pictures inside the Crabber’s Paradise boots.

Journey 1.5 miles to Historic Christ Church & Museum (built in 1732-35), a National Historic Landmark of colonial architecture nestled in the woods of Weems, VA. Make your final stop at Kellum Farms Produce & Seafood for handmade gifts and a double dip of ice cream. For the “hot bed” of boots, the town of Kilmarnock, a ten-minute drive away, has nine in total.

Day 3: Oyster Outing

The world is your oyster at the Tides Inn. Traverse on the Triangle Trolley, a one-hour route between the towns of Kilmarnock, Irvington and White Stone. Operating Memorial Day to the first weekend of October, the trolley conveniently picks up and drops off at our resort.

Stop at Kilmarnock Antique Gallery, the largest seller of oyster plates in the nation and one of the largest antique malls in the region with 100 dealers. Stroll through the Steptoe’s District of Kilmarnock, an open-air shopping district with more than 50 local businesses.

Add an across the “rivah” road trip to the “tasting room” of the Rappahannock Oyster Company, named Merroir. Proprietors Ryan and Travis Croxton helped reestablish the almost endangered Chesapeake Bay oyster almost 20 years ago. Today, Merroir now tops the “best of” lists by Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and others.

Return to the Tides Inn for a cove cruise of Carter’s Creek and a history lesson of the area’s oystering industry. Dock and enjoy a local Virginia wine pairing and our guest favorite, Rappahannock Oysters—baked with crab, bacon, garlic butter, parmesan and breadcrumbs—at the Chesapeake Restaurant.

Day 4: R&R

Relax and rejuvenate with a specialty massage tailored just for you at the Tides Inn Spa. Enjoy a leisurely morning of croquet on the lawn or pirate bingo by the fireplace of the View Room.

In the afternoon, take a drive over the Corrotoman River by way of the Merry Point Ferry, which began operation in 1847. Continue to the 892-acre Belle Isle State Park to wind around its tidal wetland trails and beaches at your own pace. Along the way, you may catch glimpses of a bald eagle or a blue heron. Pass through unincorporated Nuttsville, just to say you did. Stop in the town of Lively for a delicious crab cake at The Corner.

Later, end the day at Fish Hawk to imbibe upon our signature Lancaster Lemonade and pick-up S’mores kits to roast over a beachfront bonfire.

Please contact our helpful Concierge Team to assist with planning these excursions at