Spend a Day at Hughlett Point Nature Preserve in Irvington, VA

If you’re looking for a fun and beautiful way to spend the afternoon near our Irvington, VA Bed and Breakfast, we recommend you head to the beautiful Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve. You’ll find stunning, undeveloped beaches, tidal marshes and wetlands, dunes, and protected forests at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve. It’s one of the best examples of undisturbed shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, and it’s just a short drive from our Virginia Bed and Breakfast.

Access to incredible places like the Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is just one of the many reasons to visit our “tiny but tony” town of Irvington, Virginia. More importantly, a trip to Irvington means you get to stay at our luxurious Virginia Bed and Breakfast, centrally located in walkable downtown Irvington and all the fantastic things there are to do here.

The Hope and Glory Inn is unique among its competitors, offering small, boutique lodging and a dedicated micro vineyard in our front yard. It’s the perfect place to sip delicious local wines and local oysters, and enjoy a luxurious getaway near the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia. Book your room at our extraordinary Bed and Breakfast in Irvington, Virginia, today!

A protected beach at the Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve near Irvington, VA
Photo Credit: Chad Williams

What to do at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

Like Irvington, Virginia, Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is a hidden gem on the Chesapeake Bay. Quiet, protected places like this are often overshadowed by popular coastal tourist destinations like Virginia Beach or Ocean City, Maryland. But that’s exactly the point of visiting places like Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve – to see what the Chesapeake Bay was once like, and to experience small town America at its absolute finest.

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is a 20-minute drive to the northeast of our Irvington, Virginia Bed and Breakfast. It’s situated on the stunning western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Here, you’ll find an astonishing diversity of ecosystems, all serving as vital habitats for various insects, invertebrates, birds, and more. In fact, Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is an important wintering area for migrating waterfowl and songbirds. Throughout the rest of the year, you can often find eagles, osprey, and northern harriers, not to mention some rare species of protected shorebirds, among these protected waterways.

There are only eleven parking spaces in the Hughlett Point Natural Preserve lot, which effectually limits the crowd sizes in this protected area. We recommend heading here earlier in the day to secure a spot. Once there, you’ll encounter several trails, a woodland boardwalk, wildlife viewing platforms, and interpretive signs to help you make the most of your time.

You might also consider adding a stop to Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve, just a few more minutes north of Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve, which contains more than 300 acres of protected wetlands and vital shorebird habitat. Like Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve, you’ll find a small parking lot, walking trails, a boardwalk, and a wildlife viewing platform. There’s also a designated “hand-carry” boat put-in site for kayaking and canoeing in these protected waters.

Our Garden Bath makes our property one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia, and a great place from which to visit Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

The Most Unique Place to Stay in Virginia

Having access to stunning, protected beaches and habitats like those found at Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve is the start of all the fantastic things you’ll encounter when you stay at our Irvington, Virginia Bed and Breakfast. In fact, our Virginia Bed and Breakfast is considered one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia, thanks to our exquisite small-town location and unique, one-of-a-kind amenities.

When you stay at our Ivingont, Virginia Bed and Breakfast, you’ll not only have a great place to serve as your home base for the duration of your stay, but you’ll have access to things like our saltwater pool, sailings on our boat, True Loveromantic dinners out at our top-rated restaurant, The Colonnade, and convenient access to our renowned micro-vineyard and oyster bar.

Of all these fantastic amenities, it’s probably our Garden Bath that stands out and establishes us as one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia. Where else would you have the opportunity to bathe in a claw-footed tub outdoors under the moonlight? It also has a shower, circa 1942, compliments of The Breakers, Palm Beach. It’s truly a memorable experience and only available here at our Irvington, Virginia Bed and Breakfast. Book your room, and see what makes us one of the most unique places to stay in Virginia!

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