What Are the Best Things to Do in Kilmarnock, VA?

The Northern Neck is full of small-town charm just waiting to be enjoyed! During your stay with us in Irvington, make sure you save time to explore the treasures of Kilmarnock as well. This quaint community is less than ten minutes from our inn and offers everything from exquisite wine tastings to fun-filled celebrations. All of these incredible things to do in Kilmarnock are the perfect additions to your Irvington getaway. Read on to learn about this lovely town nearby, and get your free Vacation Guide to make the most of your visit to the Northern Neck! It’s full of information on oyster festivals, wineries, historical sites, and more that you won’t want to miss!

Make the Most of Your Visit!

5 of the Best Things to Do in Kilmarnock, VA

1. Explore the Kilmarnock Museum

People browsing displays at the Kilmarnock Museum

Did you know that Kilmarnock, VA, has a sister city across the ocean in Scotland? This is just one of the many fascinating stories you can learn about at the Kilmarnock Museum! Stop by and explore the big history of this small town through photographs, newspaper articles, and remarkable displays. It’s one of the many fantastic things to do in the Northern Neck, and admission is free!

2. Watch the Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade

Celebrate the holidays with one of our favorite Kilmarnock, VA, events! On December 14th, Kilmarnock hosts its 40th annual Lighted Christmas Parade! This long-standing tradition never ceases to warm the hearts and excite the minds of visitors. Each year, people decorate remarkable floats according to a specific theme. In 2018, it’s “A Storybook Christmas!” Grab a prime viewing spot along Main Street and prepare to be dazzled by twinkling lights, creative floats, marching bands, and even some antique cars!

3. Be Inspired at the Rappahannock Art League Center

Woman viewing artwork at the Rappahannock Art League in Kilmarnock

A visit to the Rappahannock Art League Center is sure to inspire the creativity in you! This local organization hosts magnificent collections of artwork in addition to events and workshops throughout the year. Step inside their studio gallery and enter a world of beauty through paintings, sculptures, and photography. In addition to viewing artwork from talented regional artists, you’re welcome to purchase your favorites and take home a unique souvenir for your home. They even have a special exhibit for the holidays!

4. Grab a Pint at the Kilmarnock Brewhaus

If you need to take a break during your Kilmarnock adventures, pull up a chair at the Kilmarnock Brewhaus. This casual, friendly environment is home to some of the best brews in the Northern Neck as well as spectacular live music! Whether you enjoy hoppy pale ales, smooth lagers, or rich stouts, you’ll have no problem finding a refreshing option on tap. You can even try some unique beverages like their Back in Blackberry Pilsner or the Backyard Barbecue Beer with a smooth, smoky flavor.

5. Visit Good Luck Cellars

Person pouring wine at Good Luck Cellars

There are several excellent wineries in the Northern Neck, and Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock is one of the best. Owners Paul and Katie have created something extraordinary from what was once just a hobby for them. They craft exquisite red and white wines from their lovely estate winery, and you’re welcome to stop by and try them! The people are friendly, the landscape is beautiful, and the wines are incredible. Plus, it’s only 10 minutes from The Dog & Oyster Vineyard, so you can visit both and enjoy a delightful Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail experience!

Enjoy It All During Your Stay at the Hope and Glory Inn!

All of these attractions are just minutes away from the Hope and Glory Inn, so you can enjoy a lovely afternoon in Kilmarnock then return for a relaxing evening in our Irvington paradise. We’re much more than your average hotel. Our beautiful property features 12 uniquely designed accommodations, stunning gardens, and a medal-winning vineyard just steps away. It’s the perfect retreat for relaxation and romance in the Northern Neck!

View of bedroom in Garden Cottage 4 at Hope and Glory Inn

With gorgeous decor, a spacious living room, and a premium king bedroom, Cottage 4 will erase all of your worries as you settle in for the evening. There’s even a charming patio area for when you want to sit outside and feel the cool breezes. Don’t get too lost in relaxation, though, because you won’t want to miss our delicious breakfasts each morning to fuel your Chesapeake Bay adventures! After spending one night here, you’ll wish you could stay forever!

Book your stay and start looking forward to the beauty and relaxation that awaits you at the Hope & Glory Inn and Vineyard! We look forward to seeing you soon!