Go Kayaking on Chesapeake Bay This Summer

What’s not to love about a relaxing summer getaway on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay with its many rivers and inlets – particularly when it includes a stay in the “tiny but tony” town of Irvington? Getaways to Irvington start with plenty of breathtaking scenery and end with relaxing evenings at our #1 rated Virginia Bed and Breakfast. In between, there are plenty of great things to do in Irvington and along the shores of the Rappahannock River, including some of the best Chesapeake Bay kayaking and paddleboarding.

Our area offers three wonderful choices. In Irvington conveniently just across the street from the Hope and Glory is Windswept Experience and Supply Company which offers an elevated retail shop and paddle board rental. Just down the road is Windmill Watersports which also offers eco-tours, and also located at Windmill Point is Paddle On, a kiosk where kayaks and paddleboards are rentable from a kiosk.

When you spend your days enjoying Chesapeake Bay kayaking and paddleboarding adventures, you look forward to returning to the Hope and Glory to savor the pairing of local wine with local oysters at The Dog and Oyster Micro-Vineyard and Oyster Bar. Or, you may choose to relax and soak up the small-town charm of Irvington, Virginia. One thing is for sure: You’ll never be bored. There are so many fantastic things to do in Irvington, VA.

Even with so many things to keep you busy, it’s hard to beat paddling through the stunning scenery you’ll enjoy on Chesapeake Bay kayaking trips. The only thing that comes close is a stay at our #1-rated Irvington, Virginia Bed and Breakfast. We’re one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia and offer you the perfect home base for exploring this magnificent area. Book your room at our Virginia Bed and Breakfast today!

Woman enjoying some coastal Chesapeake Bay Kayaking

The Best Chesapeake Bay Kayaking Near Irvington

Getting out on the water and experiencing the best of the Chesapeake Bay is one of the top things to do in Irvington, VA – and there are plenty of ways to do it, too. From epic sunset sails to peaceful Chesapeake Bay kayaking trips, this is one of the best places to experience the majestic nature of the Chesapeake Bay.

We absolutely love taking our guests sailing on the True Love while they’re in town, but if you’re craving more time out on the water – and we can’t blame you for that! – then, it’s time to plan some time on Chesapeake Bay kayaking. One of the best places to enjoy kayaking near us is actually on the Rappahannock River, which runs across the northern part of Virginia and is the largest free-flowing river in the Chesapeake Bay area. There are several launch points and water trails in the area, including one just down the street!

A great place to launch your Chesapeake Bay kayaking trip is Belle Isle State Park, which offers easy access to the Rappahannock River. There are also canoes and kayaks available for rent from the park for easy access to the water. There are seven miles of shoreline at Belle Isle State Park, and you can even paddle up into Mulberry and Deep Creeks from here.

There are several water trails on the Northern Neck of Virginia, many of which are within easy driving distance of our boutique hotel. Popular water trails near Irvington include the Little Oyster Creek Water Trail, the Rappahannock River Water Trail, which is extensive and best broken up into shorter trips, the Corrotoman River Water Trail, and the Morratico Creek-Lancaster Creek Water Trail. 

With our own microvineyard in our front yard, we're one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia, where you can enjoy stunning Chesapeake Bay kayaking.

#1 Among Unique Places to Stay in Virginia

Warmed by the sun and surrounded by the Northern Neck’s stunning landscapes, there’s no better place to enjoy a relaxing Chesapeake Bay kayaking adventure. When you’re done, rest your tired muscles and rejuvenate your soul at our incredible Bed and Breakfast, rated as one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia.

There are many reasons to love a stay in the charming town of Irvington, but landing in the comfortable guest rooms and cottages of the Hope and Glory Inn is chief among them. We offer guests sumptuous accommodations and incredible amenities, including our saltwater pool, unique garden bath, and cruises aboard our boat, True Love. But stays at our Irvington, Virginia Bed and Breakfast are about so much more than that.

Stays at the Hope and Glory Inn are about experiencing the best of the Chesapeake Bay – without working too hard to enjoy it. We operate one of the finest restaurants on the Northern Neck of Virginia, The Colonnade, which was one of the reasons we were named one of the Best Seven Hotels of the Chesapeake Bay by Trip Savvy. We were so named “Best for Foodies!” Not only that, but on the front lawn of our property, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind micro vineyard, The Dog & Oyster.

Every detail of your stay has been thoughtfully attended to. From start to finish, you’ll see what sets us apart from our competition and leaves us ranking as one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia. You may come for the Chesapeake Bay kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities, but you’ll leave with a new favorite getaway. If you’re ready for an unforgettable summer adventure, it’s time to book your room at our Irvington, Virginia Bed and Breakfast.

Summer Lodging & Dining Special!

Stay & Dine

Book between now & May 31 two nights (Thursday-Sunday) this Summer along with a dinner reservation for 2 in our fine dining restaurant The Colonnade and receive a $50 credit to your folio upon check out!