For us in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, RURAL is a state of mind, shared by those who live in this unique part of Virginia where the Potomac, Rappahannock and York rivers spill into the Chesapeake Bay. It is here that residents find a more relaxed pace of life, where “born heres” and “come heres” share a common appreciation for land, water and the bounty that comes with it. Here, RURAL is chosen by people from all corners of the world, with all kinds of experiences, who come for the uniqueness of this place. It is here where you can boat, kayak, fish, dine, dance, put your toes in the sand, walk your dog, bike, wine taste, catch a performance, shop or just wander. We welcome those who seek the RURAL life and we can’t wait to share this unique place with you.
The Northern Neck of Virginia, “a peninsula nestled between the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers,” draws many people to vacation and retire. It is also home to local waterman, farmers and other families that have chosen to build their lives here. Given that people come to the area for all different reasons and at all different times in their lives, the Northern Neck is rich in culture and diverse lifestyles. The Northern Neck is a slow-paced rural area, but it is a short distance from a number of cities. Williamsburg is under an hour away from parts of the NN, Richmond is about an hour and a half and DC is under 3 hours away. Thus, day trips to big cities for shop-ping and events is no problem. The NN provides some very unique waterfront and ac-cess. You can boat and fish on the Bay, relax on the beaches of the Chesapeake and enjoy the calmer waters of the many rivers and small creeks.
The Northern Neck mostly encompasses Northumberland and Lancaster County. Northumberland County includes the towns of Heathsville, where there is a Food Lion, restaurants, gas station, Dollar General and the county government, Burgess, Callao, Lottsburg, Lewisetta and Reedville. Reedville has a Main Street and waterfront restaurants. Lancaster County has the closest “city” – Kilmarnock – where you will find 2 grocery stores, a Main Street with shops and restaurants and a Walmart. White Stone and Irvington are also in Lancaster County, within a few miles of Kilmarnock. Irvington is best known for the resort, The Tides Inn. Houses in the Northern Neck are valued at prices from under $100,000 up into the millions. Waterfront homes are generally more expensive than non-waterfront. However, all houses in the NN have water access as there are public boat launches, marinas, beaches and natural preserves.
The NN Tourism Commission offers an excellent website about the area. The site includes history, a map, a calendar and other information about the Northern Neck. Check it out at: http://www.northernneck.org/the-northern-neck-2/