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Laidback Luxury in Irvington

One Of Virginia's River Realm's 8 Great Small Towns

A Quaint Coastal Village..

… nestled on the shore of Carter’s Creek and the Rappahannock River.

White picket fences line the streets of this charming small town and invite people from all over to experience world-class lodging, fine dining & bay-to-table cuisine, boutique shopping, and unique experiences on the shore or on the water.

Enjoy a weekend of laidback luxury as you sip wine, stroll the town, and soak in the beauty of Irvington, Virginia – one of Virginia’s River Realm’s 8 Great Small Towns.

Places To Stay In Irvington

You’ll want to spend a long weekend here to experience everything this town has to offer! Luckily, accommodations are plentiful in Irvington. From nationally-recognized resorts & inns to a tiny home village within walking distance of the town, you can experience laidback luxury in style during your stay. Looking for a more secluded setting? Irvington’s AirBnbs give you the privacy of a home-away-from-home with all of the unique, coastal vibes you desire. 

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Places to stay in Irvington, Virginia

Rosé Retreat

Quiet and peaceful, The Rosé Retreat is a 3 BR/3 BA cottage located walking distance to downtown Irvington. It is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a trip with friends. You will enjoy the screened porch overlooking Carter’s Creek! The onwers shared, “We fell in love with this house and named it The Rosé Retreat, as it is meant to be a place to get away from it all. Perhaps enjoy a bottle (or more, we’re not judging) of Rosé while you’re here.”

Harmony Tides Cottage

An oasis set on 2 acre overlooking Carter’s Creek, this cottage delights with gothic architecture, sun-filled rooms, and a dreamy hot tub under the stars. Have a glass of local wine, slurp some oysters, and relax with a slower pace of life. Enjoy the outdoor shower, 2 bikes, and nature. The possibilities are endless. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a slower pace in the River Realm. You will be booking for next year before you leave!

Tides Inn

Set on the lush peninsula with the Potomac River to the north, the Rappahannock River to the south, and historic Chesapeake Bay to the east, the Tides Inn provides a Virginia luxury resort setting like no other. Its own peninsula is on Carter’s Creek. Whether it’s casual, yet refined dining in the Chesapeake Room or something more laid back on Terrace, the menus at the Tides Inn are always packed with flavors inspired by the region. Superior food, service and a spectacular view of Carter’s Creek, make the Tides a “must” when in the River Realm.

Hope and Glory Inn

Those of you seeking rest, relaxation, and romance will find will find everything you need and more at the whimsical boutique hotel. Let the feelings of peace and tranquility simply wash over you, from your head to your toes, as soon as you step inside the Hope and Glory Inn. This Chesapeake Bay paradise was once an elite boarding school in 1890, and it has since graduated into a stylish hotel in Irvington within Virginia’s River Realm.

Bay-To-Table Dining

Foodies from all over yearn for a fresh sea or farm to table dining experience, and Irvington has several ways to satisfy your sophisticated palette. Irvington’s restaurants embrace all of the fresh fare the River Realm provides with local produce and seafood straight from the source.  The Irvington Farmers Market opens up the opportunity to gather locally harvested bounties of produce and seafood that can be taken back to your vacation homes for a more intimate cooking and dining experience to share friends and neighbors.

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Places to dine in Irvington, Virginia


Serving up, “Fresh out of the Water,” VA oysters and seafood,  jerk chicken, Cuban pork, tacos, burgers, and much more with a Caribbean, Cajun, and Asian influence, the Dredge menu offers an array of boat/farm to table items.  They source most of their produce and also raise their own grass-fed cattle, pigs, and chickens at their family owned,  “Black Sheep Farm,” in Lively, VA.  Dredge’s passion for food earned them the title, “Best Restaurant in Virginia,” from Virginia Living Magazine in 2020.

W.E. Kellum Seafood

Looking for a fresh Bay-To-Table Dining Experience from the comfort of your vacation rental? Kellum Seafood has a wide-variety of local seafood at the ready for you: Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs, Oysters, Scallops, and fin fish. They also carry quite the selection of fresh produce from local farms and other necessary ingredients world-class dish at home or your vacation rental.


Vine is Irvington’s local wine bar/boutique wine shop. They’re dedicated to bringing a perfectly curated selection of wine, craft beer, and small plates to this small town. Vine features a menu of sharable small plates suitable for a quick bite or a complete meal, and the curated wine list includes select organic and biodynamic offerings, while the seasonal beer menu focuses on craft and regional brewers. Vine’s communal seating and outdoor patio provide the perfect setting to gather with friends and meet new ones as you sip, dine, and unwind.

The Office Bistro

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner with friends or an intimate dining experience for that special occasion at The Office Bistro, a full-service restaurant and bar in Irvington, VA. The stellar menu selection features exciting, daily features, refined wine and beer lists and locally sourced seasonal specials. Enjoy outdoor dining on the deck during the warmer months or dine-in all year long. Indulge in one of the guest favorites like the Crisp Country Cobb Salad, Fork Tender Baby Back BBQ Ribs or delicious Pizzas made with house-made and hand-stretched pizza dough. It’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience that you’ll be delighted to find here in the River Realm. There’s something to satisfy every craving at The Office Bistro.

A True Coastal Experience

 Irvington’s prime location on the shoreline of Carter’s Creek lends itself to a unique coastal experience of exploration and tranquility. Carter Creek, a secluded tributary surrounded by nature, flows into the Rappahannock River just 12 miles from the Chesapeake Bay where travelers and wanderers can choose their own adventure.

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Sail and Surf Adventures

Sunset cruises, full-day sailing adventures or epic surf trips – Sail & Surf Adventures has a coastal Virginia adventure to suit you! They aim to provide an atmosphere that allows for reflection and rejuvenation from busy life ashore. Step aboard their 36’ fully refitted sailboat, Galene, and immerse your senses in life at sea.  They sail to off-the-beaten-path islands and islets where nature abounds. Keep your eyes peeled for ospreys, bald eagles and even dolphins!

Windswept Experience & Supply Co.

Experience is in the name at Windswept Experience & Supply Co. Nestled within a 1920’s service station, Windswept caters to the adventure seekers with all things apparel, bicycles, boards, and vintage. Test the waters with a paddleboard rental or explore the streets with one of their bicycle rentals or on a new longboard. Shop a curated collection of men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

Steamboat Era Museum

In Irvington, you can find coastal experiences on shore, as well. The Steamboat Era Museum travels back in time to an age when revival camps, canneries, and country stores dotted the rivers’ shores. They have educational programming and interactive exhibits that provide fun and entertainment for the whole family with a nautical history twist.

On the Water Custom Power Charters

Your water adventure begins with Captain Gene of On The Water Custom Power Charters with a list of options to customize your coastal experience, including touring the area as you digest back stories of lovely waterfront homes, beach combing, stalking crabs in a salt marsh, birding, learning and seeing oyster farms and dredging operations, sunset cruises and visiting waterfront restaurants. Let Captain Gene Edmonds show you the sights, sounds and wonders of the Rappahannock River and beyond.

Dog & Oyster Micro-Vineyard

Wine and brine at the Dog & Oyster Micro-Vineyard and Oyster Bar located front and center of the Hope & Glory Inn. Here, you’ll find a “creative wine and oyster bar” that offers choices of oysters and seasonings, all of which have been crafted by their widely-acclaimed Chef Meseret Crockett. They  provide the ultimate food and wine pairing – a magical culinary confluence that creates a “sense of place” where they pair two of life’s most sought after delicacies on this earth and in the water. Both offer a taste which is “top of the class” in uniquely reflecting where they are grown. “For our wine it is know as terroir; for our oysters it’s merroir.”

Stroll, Shop & Explore

Irvington is filled with boutique shopping, art galleries, history, and events for every type of traveler all within a comfortable strolling distance from our overnight lodging that visitors can plan their entire stay around.

Each day offers a new way to explore during your visit: bicycling through town, wandering through our historic sites museums, creative outlets in the shape of The Tides Inn Maker Space or craft classes at Sewlovelee, and even playing a round of disc golf.

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Deadrise Disc Golf

Deadrise Disc Golf is a FREE community 18 “hole” disc golf course on the driving range and 9th hole of the former King Carter golf course. Friends can gather to play a round and enjoy fresh air and good company, along with the lush greens of this Irvington community space.

Unique Boutiques & Shops

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, there are plenty of unique finds in the Town of Irvington. Find apparel and accessories at The Dandelion, Dear Neighbor, or Windswept. Shop for craftsupplies and sign for classes at at Sewlovelee and Village Needlepoint. Discover Home decor, art and more at Pillar & Peacock Irvington Home Goods,  Fore & Aft, and Objects.

The Local – Coffee & Community

The Local provides the perfect gathering point during your exploration of Irvington. They serve up craft coffee from Richmond-based Ironclad Roasters, complete with modern accoutrements. You can also snack on a variety of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and lunch offerings, including paninis, wraps, salads and ice cream. And if you’re looking to unwind after a day of shopping you can enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or bubbly on their patio looking out over the town streets.

Compass Entertainment Complex

If a fun day of exploration and adventure with the kids is what you crave, then a day at Compass Entertainment needs to be on your itinerary. Compass’s state-of-the-art entertainment complex feature a multi-screen luxury boutique movie theatre, plus 9 exciting attractions: an arcade, indoor adventure course, climbing walls, go-karts, minigolf, and a full-service restaurant & bar.

Historic Christ Church Carter Reception Center and Museum

Christ Church is the best preserved of colonial Virginia’s Anglican parish churches. It is the only church from colonial Virginia to retain its original high-backed box pews, and it is one of only two with its original triple-decker pulpit. Step back in time and explore this historic church during your stay…

Signature Event

Taste By The Bay

This Virginia’s River Realm Signature Event occurs annually in November at the renowned Tides Inn in Irvington. People gather from all over to taste Virginia Wines, Ciders, and Craft Brews as they soak in the beautiful coastal surroundings. Save the date for this fun event happening on November 18th, 2023 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM.

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