Go Sailing on Chesapeake Bay This Summer

There are plenty of wonderful things to do in Irvington, VA, during the warm summer months. One of our favorites is getting out on the water for a bit of sailing on Chesapeake Bay. Luckily for you, there are several great ways to do just that!

From taking an afternoon boat ride with us aboard True Love or sailing on Chesapeake Bay with local charter companies, there are several great ways to enjoy the spectacular waterways around the Northern Neck of Virginia. It’s all at your fingertips when you stay with us at our top-rated Virginia Bed and Breakfast.

The Hope & Glory Inn has earned a solid reputation for excellence in hospitality over its many years in business. Not only do we offer the finest accommodations on the Northern Neck of Virginia, but we do it while also providing top-notch hospitality and attention to detail. Aside from our comfortable accommodations, our Virginia Bed and Breakfasts also houses one of the best Irvington VA restaurants, The Colonnade.

You won’t find a better place for sailing on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. Book your room at our Irvington VA Bed and Breakfast today!

A beautiful sailboat sailing on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia

Enjoy Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay This Summer

Though it’s not sailing on the Chesapeake Bay in the traditional sense (i.e., on an actual sailboat), the easiest and best way to get out on the beautiful waters surrounding us here on the Northern Neck of Virginia is aboard our boat, the True Love. True Love is a stunning Fortier 26 owned and operated by Dudley and Peggy Patteson. This “Downeast style” boat has a hard chine and a full keel hull.

True Love has a fascinating history behind it. Not only was it built by third-generation boat builders located in Somerset, Massachusetts, but it was built for Sidney J. “Jim” Weinberg, Jr, a member of the family dynasty that managed Goldman Sachs for decades. The boat is named for the song “True Love” featured in the 1956 movie “High Society” starring Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and Bing Crosby.

You can read more about the boat on our website, but ultimately, it’s a great way to get out on the water and sailing on Chesapeake Bay. True Love can hold up to 6 passengers and is captained by Dudley, who holds a 100-ton US Coast Guard Masters License. The cost for these cruises is $95 per person, with a minimum of four passengers, and you can also order wine and charcuterie to enjoy while aboard – just be sure to give us plenty of notice.

We offer guests two scheduled cruise times each Saturday throughout the summer; one that leaves at 4 pm and one at 5:15 pm. You’ll spend an hour sailing on Chesapeake Bay, exploring the coves of Carter’s Creek with a short time on the Rappahannock River. You’ll see beautiful waterfront homes and learn more about this incredible area we’re lucky to call home.

If you’d rather do some more traditional sailing on Chesapeake Bay, we can help you arrange that, too. We send guests to the local charter company Sail and Surf Adventures. They offer a variety of adventures for sailing on Chesapeake Bay with daily departures leaving Carters Cove in nearby Weems. Their sunset cruise is simply spectacular, but they also offer delightful afternoon cruises and even cruises that feature a delicious oyster tasting.

After sailing on Chesapeake Bay, enjoying slurping some oysters and other great things to do in Irvington, VA

5 More Great Things to do in Irvington, VA

While sailing on Chesapeake Bay tops our list of things to do in Irvington, VA, there are plenty more things worth enjoying while you’re here. This “tiny but tony” (NYT) seaside town is unbelievably charming and impossible to describe. To see just how fun vacation to Irvington, VA can be, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself.

In the meantime, we’d love to give you a little more inspiration for your upcoming travels. With gas prices and the cost of international travel soaring, there’s never been a better time to stay closer to home and experience the hidden gems right in your backyard. Whether you want to do nothing but sip wine at one of the leading wineries in Virginia, slurp oyster after oyster, or get out for some sailing on Chesapeake Bay, there’s no shortage of wonderful things to do in Irvington, VA. Here are a few favorites:

  1. This summer, one of the best things to do in Irvington, VA is slurping a few (dozen) Virginia oysters. There’s no better place than our Dog and Oyster Micro-Vineyard and Oyster Bar, located at our Virginia Bed and Breakfast. As if the delicious oysters weren’t enough, The Dog and Oyster also happens to be one of the leading wineries in Virginia, where you’ll find no better pairing to go with your sensational oysters.
  2. When you need to walk off all the food you’ll consume here, we recommend walking into town for some shopping. Downtown Irvington is unbelievably charming.
  3. Another one of the more popular things to do in Irvington, VA during the summer is to the Irvington Farmer’s Market. The market has been called one of the best in Virginia and showcases the incredible bounty of our region, including a collection of flowers, baked goods, and art.
  4. Summer is meant for beach days, and it’s one of the more popular things to do in Irvington, VA. If this sounds ideal for you, head to Hughlett’s Point Natural Area or Belle Isle State Park.
  5. Play a round of golf at the Golden Eagle Golf Club. It’s located at The Tides Inn, and the scenery here is even more spectacular than the actual golf.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless here on the Northern Neck of Virginia, even if you want to do nothing but sit back, relax, and enjoy sailing on Chesapeake Bay. This summer is the perfect time to visit. Book your room at our Virginia Bed and Breakfast today!


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!