How to Plan the Perfect Day at the Northern Neck’s Beaches

There’s nothing like a relaxing day on the shore, feeling the cool breeze through your hair and gazing out at the glistening water. If your ideal retreat includes this coastal dreamscape, we know some Northern Neck beaches that would be perfect for you. When you’re not dipping your toes into the sand, you can immerse yourself in more beauty by hiking and bird watching along the coast. It’s a nature lover’s paradise here! Find out how to soak up some sun on the Northern Neck and explore our free Vacation Guide to make the most of it all. We packed it with our local tips and recommendations for restaurants, parks, boat cruises, and more for you to check out!

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Your Guide to Enjoying the Beaches of the Northern Neck

Start Your Day at the Hope and Glory Inn

The first step toward the perfect day is waking up at the Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard. After a night in your luxurious room or cottage and a delicious breakfast, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready for a full day of Northern Neck adventures! Plus, our location in the beautiful town of Irvington puts you within driving distance of several local beaches.

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

First on your list should be the Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve. This gem of the Northern Neck is located just 20 minutes away from our inn, at the eastern edge of our peninsula. It’s open year-round to the public from dawn until dusk, with a lovely stretch of undeveloped beaches to enjoy. Feel free to take a stroll through the sand and soak up the beauty!

Plus, the Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is home to walking trails that are perfect for bird-watching and nature photography. The path leads you through a wooded area with a boardwalk and two observation decks for wildlife viewing. Remember to bring a camera because the scenery is breathtaking!

Colonial Beach

If you’re willing to drive a bit further, Colonial Beach, VA, can be an excellent day trip destination with a beautiful beach resting along the Potomac River. In fact, it’s the second largest beach in the whole state of Virginia! You can find your favorite spot in the sand to kick back and unwind under the sun’s warm rays. When you’re not lounging on the beach, you’re welcome to stroll through town for some tasty bites and unique finds at local businesses. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

For an added bonus, make sure you save some time to check out one of the most popular historical sites on the Northern Neck — the George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Colonial Beach, Virginia. It’s home to a working farm, recreated houses resembling 18th-century colonial architecture, and a two-mile nature trail. It’s an excellent spot for an afternoon picnic before heading back to the Hope and Glory Inn!

Return to the Hope and Glory Inn for More Rest and Relaxation

View of Room 7 at the Hope and Glory Inn

The ultimate day on the Northern Neck is just beginning when you come back to our award-winning inn. Feel free to soak up some more sun and relax at our salt-water pool, take a short walk to the Dog and Oyster Vineyard for wine tastings, and make reservations for a gourmet meal at our top-rated restaurant. The meals that expert Chef Meseret crafts are nothing short of exceptional. The Hope and Glory Inn offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience!

Consider a stay in Room 7 during your Northern Neck getaway. This bright, cheery space invites you inside with colorful decor and fills you with a feeling of pure relaxation as soon as you stretch out on the premium queen-size bed.

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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!