In the world of over-the-top vacation destinations, where it takes far too much energy to keep up with the Joneses, Irvington, Virginia, is a breath of fresh, slowly exhaled air. Irvington has emerged as one of the mid-Atlantic’s most desirable getaways, capturing the attention of New Yorkers and Washingtonians in search of a rural waterfront refuge.

With its Mayberry-meets-Manhattan appeal, this town … has enough stylish offerings to keep citified travelers sated. The appeal of this waterman’s town, where landed gentry peacefully cohabit with agrarians and artists, is a pocket of sophisticated attractions. Much like an exclusive Caribbean island, Irvington has roughly two varieties of every amenity found on a well-healed traveler’s must have list.