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Tappahannock, the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula have tons to offer!

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Beaches, Parks and Museums

Belle Isle state park

Lancaster County, about an hour away.

Naylor's beach

If the jellyfish are bad, head over to Naylor's Beach where the brackish water keeps them at bay!

Charter and Concierge Services

Kinsale charters

White Point Marina, Kinsale, VA 23488. (804-761-8603).
Ask for Captain Scottie Moss and enjoy a day fishing on the Potomac River . The Captain does bachelor and bachelorette parties, Weddings, boat rides and spectacular fishing experience.

Northern Neck concierge

Brilliant! Callao, online, delivery!

Day Trips

colonial williamsburg

Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes away.


Approximately 1 hour away.

Family Fun

Tappahannock and Surrounding Areas

Compass Entertainment

Kilmarnock, approximately 50 minutes away.

Essex 5 Cinemas


Love. Create. Art.

Private art lessons and all-inclusive painting parties (we come to you!).

Mini-Golf and Ice Cream

Bethpage Camp-Resort, Urbanna, approximately 20 minutes away.

Grocery Stores

Please keep in mind during the pandemic that many rural grocery stores are struggling to stay stocked with meats, paper towels, toilet paper and other common goods. While we understand that it may be difficult to bring everything you need from afar, not buying everything from town is appreciated.

Garner's Produce

Warsaw, approximately 30 minutes away.

River Market

White Stone, approximately 45 minutes away. We recommend going through Warsaw (Richmond County) instead of through Middlesex to avoid the dreaded Norris Bridge that connects Middlesex and Lancaster Counties. GREAT for families who don't want to cook but enjoy good food. Pre-made dishes you can take and bake. Crazy expensive chicken salad - but worth every penny 😉


Online ordering and curbside pick-up are available.

***Watt's and Sons***

(Our choice.) Super convenient and close to the cottage! (Close in the country is 10-15 minutes 😉 )


Garrett's Marina

Super close and convenient to the cottage! Daily rates for putting in boats and jet skis.

News and Resources

Essex Public Library

117 N Church Lane, Tappahannock VA 22560. (804) 443-4945. We do not offer non-resident library cards but we do have computers/newspapers/magazines/WiFi available to the public and a great book sale shelf to pick up beach reads.


5 Suns Photography

Vacation Photos, Engagement and Weddings at reasonable rates!

Hannah Hylton Photography

Essex native and former year-round inhabitant of the cottage! Headshots, weddings, elopements, engagements, family pictures, and more!


Java Jacks

One of our favorites for breakfast and lunch!

Roma Restaurante Italaliano

Truly EXCELLENT Italian food and very friendly service.

Sunnyside Grocery


The Seafood Palace



(Approximately 30-60 Minutes away)


Topping, approximately 40 minutes away. Authentic German food. Slightly dressy.


Topping, approximately 40 minutes away. World-renowned. Enjoy Rappahannock River Oysters and small plates DIRECTLY on the shores of the Rappahannock amidst a bed of oyster shells and picnic tables.

Northern Neck BBq at the barn

Montross, approximately 35 minutes away.

Something Different

Urbanna, approximately 25 minutes away. WELL worth the drive! Excellent, house-smoked meats, ribs, sandwiches and salads!

The Table at wilton

Deltaville, approximately 45 minutes away. Cute, delicious little date night spot owned and operated by a childhood classmate of Alyson's.

Tides Inn

Irvington, approximately 45 minutes away (we recommend going through Tappahannock to avoid the Norris Bridge in White Stone!). Fine Dining.

Virginia Street Cafe

Urbanna, approximately 25 minutes away. Southern, country and seafood – need we say more?


Acme Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor

Tappahannock. Antiques, Vintage, Collectables, Jewelry then top it all off with a visit next door to their 1950's ice cream parlor!


Tappahannock. Clothing and decor.

Spa, Beauty and Fitness

Head to Toe Salon


LaSource Spa

Kilmarnock, approximately 45 minutes away.

River fitness


Steamed Crabs and Seafood

Bubba Williams

Local fisherman. Urbanna, approximately 20 minutes away. (804) 695-4854.

J&W Seafood

Deltaville, approximately 45 minutes away. Steamed crabs, fresh fish, soft shell crabs, prepared sides and salads - just go 😉

Urbanna Seafood Restaurant & Raw Bar

Urbanna, approximately 20 minutes away. (804) 758-8588.

Wineries and Breweries

Nearby (Approximately 30-60 Minutes Away)