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BEST OF VIRGINIA 2023 – Virginia Living– Best Bed and Breakfast 


,find Irvington, which lies astride Carter Creek off the Rappahannock, and is Hope and Glory Inn. Yes, this tiny town has not one, but two first-class inns. 

And …you are not going to believe how many terrific restaurants you can find in a town with a population of fewer than 450 people. It’s almost as if everyone in town decided to open the best restaurant ever.

Last and very far from least is the Hope and Glory Inn’s Colonnade Restaurant. We recommend that you treat this like a popular New York City restaurant and make reservations well in advance.

Hope & Glory Inn Receives the 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award Certificate TripAdvisor

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“School has never been so fun. A former 1800s academy has been transformed into stylish lodgings in waterfront Irvington, and the boutique spot salutes the schooldays of the past.”

– February 9th, 2021

See the Bay: Virtual Oyster Feast Along Virginia’s Northern Neck PropTalk

“The proprietor of Irvington’s Hope and Glory Inn, Dudley Patteson, is the “father” of the Virginia Oyster Trail, a carefully curated set of restaurants and seafood establishments where one can revel in all things oyster.”

-January 21, 2021

The Dog and Oyster Vineyard Selected as Virginia This Morning’s Top 6 Picks: Virginia wineries and vineyards CBS 6 This Morning

“Every Tuesday, members of the Virginia This Morning team are sharing a list of six of their favorite things. The topic changes, but the goal remains the same — to inspire you to try something new. This week, our team is sharing their favorite wineries and vineyards in Virginia!”

-September 15, 2020

Hope & Glory Inn Receives the 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award Certificate TripAdvisor


Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

-September 2020

A Road Trip Through Virginia’s Northern Neck and Eastern Shore AARP

“Where to stay: A former boarding school, the Hope and Glory Inn, in Irvington’s postcard-perfect downtown, oozes charm with just six guest rooms decorated in soothing pastel hues and six garden cottages as well as a saltwater pool.”

-August 25, 2020

17 Scenic Drives Through Virginia Wine Country Virginia is for Lovers

Virginia is For Lovers Logo“The 9 wineries of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail await your arrival. The scenery along the bay will steal your breath and the wines will tickle your taste buds.”

-August 10, 2020

Best Oyster Awards 2020 Featured in Smoke & Salt 2020 Virginia Living
Smoke + Salt Virginia Magazine Cover

“My wife and I wanted to do a weekend getaway to the Northern Neck area of VA. We discovered the Hope & Glory Inn on the web. It seemed to have quite a numbers of good reviews so we deiced to give it a try. Our expectations were blown away. The inn’s decor is full of grace and charm. It has a small cottage atmosphere. The owners of the inn, Dudley and Peggy, are gracious and friendly. They greet you when you arrive. The staff is friendly and attentive making sure your needs are met. And the food is out of this world. Their chef on staff, Meseret Crockett, is a god send. The dinner we had this past Saturday was one of the best meals we ever had and my wife [and I] are big time foodies. If you like history, wine and oysters, then you have have to come to the Northern Neck. And if you enjoy excellent hospitality and a unique dining experience, you have to check out the Hope & Glory Inn!”

-A Satisfied Guest’s Review on TripAdvisor

Virginia Living Top Wedding Vendor 2020

Previous Virginia Living honors include: 2020 Best of Virginia #1 B&B in Eastern VA, 2019 Top Wedding Vendor, 2019 BEST in VIRGINIA #1 B&B in Eastern VA, and 2019 BEST in VIRGINIA #2 Wedding Venue in Eastern VA

“…We celebrated my future husband’s birthday on Friday night, and we got married on the front steps of the Inn on Saturday! There could not have been a more beautiful “destination wedding”. First, owners Peggy and Dudley Patteson made the wedding weekend perfect for us, our family and friends. The Friday night birthday barbecue was delicious and the setting outside on the enchanted patio was great fun. Our Saturday late afternoon wedding was glorious. Under a beautiful tent, we celebrated the night with the most delicious food and spirits…”

-A Satisfied Guest’s Review on TripAdvisor

Best of Virginia 2020 by Virginia Living

#1 EVERY YEAR since inception – When you are the BEST, it can’t get any better! Come and experience us.

Previous Virginia Living honors include: 2019 Top Wedding Vendor, 2019 BEST in VIRGINIA #1 B&B in Eastern VA, and 2019 BEST in VIRGINIA #2 Wedding Venue in Eastern VA

“The rooms are quaint, comfortable and very clean. The setting is very quiet and restful for just relaxing and/or sleeping. We took advantage of the optional dinner on both days and the included breakfasts. The food is terrific and the chef and support staff go to the extreme to make the visit memorable. This was our second weekend at Hope and Glory and we will definitely be back again. The owner/operators were on site both times we visited and are very cordial and active in making it a great visit.”

-A Satisfied Guest’s Review on TripAdvisor

Dudley Patteson of the Dog and Oyster Vineyard presents check to Mark Kleinschmidt of Healthy Harvest Food Bank


Dudley Patteson, the Dog and Oyster Vineyard, presents check to Mark Kleinschmidt, Healthy Harvest Food Bank


“The Hope and Glory Inn’s vineyard, The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, is pleased to report it’s fund raising drive to help the needy and hungry in six surrounding counties – Lancaster, Northumberland, Middlesex, Essex, Richmond and Westmoreland, including Colonial Beach – was a great success. $3,000 was raised by donating $5 of every bottle sold to Healthy Harvest Food Bank who used these funds to provide an amazing 27,778 meals to the hungry in this pandemic.”

-July 20, 2020

8 Romantic Getaways in Virginia | Chesapeake Bay Estuaries to Vineyard Stays – Trivago Magazine

“The Hope and Glory Inn is situated along the state’s Oyster and Wine Trail, offering guests an ideal romantic vacation complete with fresh oyster tastings and wine pairings from its 6-acre winery, Dog and Oyster Vineyard. An intimate, prix-fixe candle-lit dinner for two at the on-site restaurant, The Dining Hall, showcases the best of the area’s locally sourced ingredients like Rappahannock River oysters, jumbo lump crab and rockfish.

Set in a former schoolhouse, the cozy property features quaint rooms and cottages, some with balconies and patios that overlook the lush countryside property. A romantic seasonal boat tour on the property’s boat, True Love, offers a chance to experience life along calm inlets, frolic on pristine, white-sand beaches, and observe the numerous birds and wildlife that inhabit the peninsula.” – April 23rd, 2020

Coastal Living Magazine names Irvington as one of their “10 best places to live” and The Hope and Glory Inn and the Dog and Oyster vineyard were featured Coastal Living

“As the sun sets and frogs chirp just outside the screened-in cottage of tables, vineyard owner Dudley Patteson’s eyes sparkle behind tortoiseshell glasses. The former Washington, DC, banker and his wife Peggy also own Irvington’s acclaimed Hope and Glory Inn, a converted 1889 schoolhouse with a … bar named Detention. Patteson affably pulls up a chair and happily shares the vineyard and region ethos. “Oysters and wine both have a sense of place,” he says. “Here you get both grown together; that’s unique in the world.”

-April 4, 2020

Best Oyster Awards Virginia LivingBest Oyster Awards 2019 Featured in Smoke & Salt 2019 Virginia Living

“It’s tough to be humble when your state produces the finest bivalves anywhere, so we won’t even try. Here, we offer a list of the state’s best raw oyster bars dedicated to serving Virginia-grown oysters, and growers that retail directly to the public, chosen by our editors and panel of experts. Oyster lovers, the shuck stops here.”

– August 29, 2019

Wine glass and oystersThis Tiny Coastal Virginia Town Is Home to the Ultimate Oyster (and Wine) Lover’s Getaway Coastal Living

“As the sun sets and frogs chirp just outside the screened-in cottage of tables, vineyard owner Dudley Patteson’s eyes sparkle behind tortoiseshell glasses. The former Washington, DC, banker and his wife Peggy also own Irvington’s acclaimed Hope and Glory Inn, a converted 1889 schoolhouse with a … bar named Detention. Patteson affably pulls up a chair and happily shares the vineyard and region ethos. “Oysters and wine both have a sense of place,” he says. “Here you get both grown together; that’s unique in the world.”

-June 12, 2019

Vineyard's Rescue DogDog-Friendly Virginia Wineries Foodie Travel USA

“The Hope & Glory Inn, a longtime favorite lodging option in the Northern Neck, acquired an existing vineyard in 2011 that the innkeepers’ son Mark Hollingsworth was managing. Named for the family’s rescue dogs—who guard the grapes from native wildlife—and for the area’s prized bivalves, the Dog & Oyster Vineyard is a healthy walk or short bike ride away from the Inn and from the town of Irvington. Just look for the giant corkscrew and you’ll know you’ve arrived!”

-April 18, 2019

View of front of Hope and Glory Inn6 Unexpected Destination Wedding Locations That Are Non-Cliché In The Best Way The Zoe Report

“Couples who enjoy historic ambiance should look no further than Irvington, Virginia. “For smaller, more intimate weddings, couples will fall in love with the enchanting Hope & Glory Inn, which used to house an elite boarding school in the late 1800s,” says Caroline Logan, director of communications for the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The property offers English gardens, 16 guest rooms, a gourmet chef, a floral designer, and an on-site officiant.”

-April 17, 2019

A Foodie Road Trip of Historic Proportions TravelZoo

“Also worth a visit: The Dog and Oyster in Irvington, where the wines are crafted to pair with the area’s famous oysters (more on that in a minute), to say nothing of what may actually be the world’s largest corkscrew.”

-April 3, 2019

Corkscrew SunsetA Tast of the Northern Neck RVA Traveler Magazine
“The Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington invites guests to take a trip through its giant corkscrews and into the midst of its grapevines, which are responsible for a list of award-winning wines. Pair them with the local oysters at the Sip & Slurp stand. Keep an eye open for friendly dogs wandering the grounds. Owner Dudley Patterson, who also owns The Hope & Glory Inn, has rescued each one and brought them home to watch over his grapes.”

12 Amazing Romantic Getaways for Every Type of Couple – If Your Idea of Romance Is: Eating Oysters Washingtonian

“Although the trail runs throughout the state, numerous sites can be found along Virginia’s Northern Neck, including Dog & Oyster Vineyard, which pairs its wines with local oysters…”
“Spend the night in Irvington—about a three-hour drive from DC—at the always-romantic Hope & Glory Inn…”

-February 5, 2019

New Shuckapalooza event will give folks a behind-the-scenes look at Virginia oyster industry Richmond Times Dispatch

“East vs. West Shuckdown: At Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington, visitors can see to what extent oysters and wine grapes take on the taste of where they are grown. In a truly culinary experience, folks can compare the pairing of Dog and Oyster wine and Rappahannock River oysters (the West) with pairings of Chatham Vineyards wine and Shooting Point oysters (the Eastern Shore).”

-January 22, 2019

top wedding vendorTop Wedding Vendors 2019 Virginia Living (page 18)

“Here you will find our list of more than 800 of the industry’s best wedding professionals in all of five regions of the Commonwealth. Virginia Living’s editors reviewed thousands of vendors in more than 30 categories and selected only those that are recognized for consistently delivering the highest quality products and customer service.”

-January 2, 2019

An Oyster Lover’s Guide to Northern Neck, Virginia Washingtonian

“Wild-oyster season kicks off in the fall on Virginia’s Northern Neck. Spend a weekend eating plump and perfect specimens—and even learning to harvest them.”

“As for the rest of our time down in the Neck, we unashamedly pigged out—oysters raw, fried, roasted, and stewed. (To save money for such gluttony, we spent the night in a lovely Airbnb in Irvington. Swankier options include the Tides Inn resort and the Hope and Glory Inn.)”

-October 10, 2018

Hope & Glory Inn Chesapeake Heaven VIVA Tysons Magazine (pages 122 &123)

“The fabled Hope & Glory Inn…

Delightful owners Dudley and Peggy Patteson have designed a living dream, an inimitable romantic escape.

Chef Meseret, fluent in English, Amharic from her native Ethiopia, French, and Italian, sang us the “Coquelicot” song in French, and we all joined in for “Le Pont d’Avignon.”

Mary (breakfast server) said it best. “I love to see the guests come, but I hate to see & ’em leave.” Well fret not, dear Mary, just like the migratory coastal birds that fly back to the Bay each spring, everyone is certain to return to the Hope & Glory. If not, they may well be given Detention. And we wouldn’t want that, now would we?”

-July/August 2018

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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!