Are you looking for fun things to do this Memorial Day Weekend? You can’t go wrong by attending the St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival on the Northern Neck! This popular tradition brings joy to the community each year with freshly picked strawberries, decadent shortcakes, live music, and more just minutes away from the Hope and Glory Inn. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful scenery of our area. Of course, make sure you treat your taste buds to plenty of juicy strawberries, too! Read on to find out everything you need to know about the festival and access our free Vacation Guide to plan the perfect visit. We filled it with recommendations on more things to do and places to see while you’re on the Northern Neck!
St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival: a Northern Neck Tradition
The 2019 strawberry festival takes place on Saturday, May 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the St. Stephen’s Church in Heathsville, VA. Here’s what to expect!
Enjoy Freshly Picked Strawberries
Step one for enjoying the St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival is biting into some of the delicious local strawberries! You won’t have any trouble finding these tasty fruits here. As you explore the festival grounds, remember to save room for the popular strawberry shortcake desserts as well. The rich flavors are enough to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!
Browse Local Vendors
Every year, this Northern Neck strawberry festival invites local vendors to come and showcase their goods to the community. The 2018 strawberry festival attracted over 100 exhibitors, and this year’s festival is no different. You can expect to find handmade crafts, freshly plucked flowers, and tasty treats. The list of vendors to look forward to includes:
- Auntie Alice’s Kettle Corn
- Karin Andrews Art
- Potomac Breeze Pottery
- Richard Derrow Birdhouses
- TK’s Craft and Creations
- Whimsical Yard & Garden
- And so much more!
Don’t forget to save some time to check out the annual Plant & Bake Sale at the festival, too!
Tour the Historic Church
Did you know that the St. Stephen’s Church is a great example of wooden Gothic style architecture from the 19th century? While you’re at the festival, feel free to stop and admire this historic structure. There are free tours each year at the festival, giving you a first-hand look at the building!
Book Your Stay Nearby at the Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard!
We bet you can’t wait to bite into some of those ripe strawberries! Before you go, make sure you have a comfortable place to stay nearby. The Hope and Glory Inn is a fantastic option, located just minutes away from all the excitement. You can wake up to one of our delicious breakfasts to fuel your day at the festival. Then, return to the inn and relax at the salt-water pool, enjoy a therapeutic massage, or walk over to The Dog and Oyster Vineyard for a taste of our medal-winning wines! (And, that’s just the beginning of the unparalleled guest experience we offer at our inn!)
Take your pick from our cozy rooms and romantic cottages for a relaxing getaway like none other. Cottage 1 is an ideal retreat for your three-day Memorial Day Weekend getaway, featuring lush gardens, sunny windows, and a private patio for admiring the scenery. Check our availability and book your stay today!