3 Reasons You Need to Visit the Northern Neck Artisan Trail

Visitors to Irvington, Virginia, can embark on numerous exciting activities in the area, from enjoying boat cruises and visiting historical sites to indulging in local cuisine. One of our favorite activities to recommend is exploring the Northern Neck Artisan Trail. This extensive group of artists, farmers, and wineries offers travelers insight into our incredible local culture. To help make your vacation planning even easier, we’ve compiled our top suggestions for excursions, activities, and restaurants. Download a copy of our Vacation Guide to gain access to a plethora of information on the area!

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The Best Things to Do on the Northern Neck Artisan Trail

The Dining Hall

View inside the Hope and Glory Inn's Irvington restaurant

Located right on-site at Hope and Glory, The Dining Hall is a fine dining establishment with cuisine people rave about, courtesy of the incredibly talented Chef Meseret Crockett. You can indulge in a three-course menu or plan to stay at our beautiful inn during one of our special dinner events. On certain Thursdays throughout the year, we offer Ethiopian Dinner Nights to give diners the chance to experience Chef Crockett’s masterful preparation of her native country’s cuisine. Other special dinner events include a Chef’s Winter Special with rotating feature meals as well as Chef’s Table Dinners where Hope and Glory owners Peggy and Dudley will host you at the table for great food and captivating discussions!

Reservations are required in our intimate 20-seat space. Contact us now to reserve your table!

The Dog and Oyster Vineyard

The Dog and Oyster Vineyard

Another member of the Artisan Trail, the Dog and Oyster Vineyard is a favorite winery in the area that oenophiles must experience. When you stay at the Hope and Glory Inn, you’ll be privy to the vineyard located just up the road from the inn itself. Explore the many acres of Vinifera and French American Hybrid varietals, learn more about our unique wine-making process, and try some of our most delicious wines at our tasting room, SIP. You can even snap a picture in front of our iconic, giant corkscrews at the vineyard!

Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

Old books at the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

History buffs will love making a stop at the Mary Ball Washington Museum along the Artisan Trail. Located in Lancaster, Virginia, this museum is home to an extensive collection of historical items from this area of the state to preserve local history. Browse the library, visit historic houses that are part of the museum’s collection, view themed exhibits, and attend annual events like the oyster festival. (If you’re looking for additional museums to learn more about our fascinating region, plan a trip to another Artisan Trail member, the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum!)

Enjoy a Comfortable Stay at the Hope and Glory Inn!

Cottage 5 at Hope and Glory Inn

There’s no better way to enjoy the many activities that are part of the Artisan Trail than by staying at the Hope and Glory Inn. Our inn, itself, is a stop on the Trail! With many activities right here on the property, such as the restaurant, the bar, and the vineyard, you can spend a day exploring the inn and relaxing in your beautiful room or cottage. Then, venture out on the town to shop, visit museums, and experience one of the popular water activities on the Chesapeake Bay.

For those looking for a little extra privacy, our cottages are the perfect accommodation. Cottage 5 features two stories of luxury, including a cozy living room and an upstairs bedroom with a romantic balcony. After a night of complete relaxation, wake up to a fresh breakfast to fuel more Artisan Trail adventures!

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