Living in Northern Neck

The Northern Neck has 1,109 miles of tidal shoreline along the Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay, and Rappahannock River, along with their tributary creeks and smaller rivers, providing a haven for boaters and water enthusiasts.

The region has emerged as a popular vacation and retirement destination due to its quality of life and accessibility to Richmond, Norfolk, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Colonial architecture, small-town charm, bed & breakfast inns, nine wineries, 17 museums, historic sites, marinas, and retail shops are among the valuable assets that attract visitors to the area. The Tides Inn, overlooking Carters Creek in Lancaster County, is a magnificent resort destination, recognized with dozens of industry awards. Recreational activities include golf, tennis, croquet, a full-service spa, three restaurants, and river cruises.

The Northern Neck’s natural attractions include national parks, state parks, and agritourism. Colonial Beach, Westmoreland State Park, Rappahannock River National Wildlife Refuge, and many other locations provide water access for fishing, boating, and yachting. A number of historic sites related to the nation’s founders are open to the public, including the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Christ Church, one of the oldest colonial churches in Virginia, has been restored and maintained as a museum.