The Northern Neck a Great Getaway for Northern Virginia Residents

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Despite rumors to the contrary occasionally Realtors® do take a break from their busy schedules to enjoy a holiday weekend with family and friends.  For those of us in Northern Virginia we have a lot of choices.  We can stay close to home and take in the history right outside our door or we can go a little bit further and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and yes even more history.

This weekend our family joined a big group of friends in the Northern Neck area of Virginia to celebrate "A No Labor-Labor Day."  The Northern Neck area which covers four Virginia Counties is located between the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River and was first discovered by Captain John Smith in 1608.  With both rivers out the back door and leading directly to the Chesapeake Bay it is no wonder that George Washington called it the "garden of Virginia."  Our destination was in Westmoreland County just less than 2 hours from DC.

What most people who head to the Northern Neck to spend the weekend don't realize is that this area was home to three US PresidentsGeorge Washington who is most often connected with Mount Vernon in Alexandria was actually born in Westmoreland County.  James Madison and James Monroe also called the Northern Neck home.  It was also the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and home Francis Lighthorse Lee who signed the Declaration of Independence.

The biggest draw for visitors to Northern Neck though is the outdoor activities.  With over 1,100 miles of shoreline kayakers share the waterway with power boats.  Bird watchers can watch Eagles along the marshes in the 6,000 acre Rappahannock River Valley Wildlife Refugee.  We were fortunate to be staying with friends who had a direct view of a pair of Eagles who nest across the creek from their home.  So if you are looking for an overnight getaway from the hustle of Northern Virginia then you might want to check out what the Northern Neck area has to offer.  You can take in history, relax on the water or do a little of both on one tank of gas!

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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and Integrity Real Estate Group a call at 703-346-2213.

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Comments (2)

Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

Cindy, going to the Northern Neck is a real getaway where life is much slower and relaxed than in Northern Virginia.  I've been down there a couple of times and feel the tension leave my neck and shoulders as soon as I passed Fredericksburg.  Hope you had a great trip.

Sep 02, 2008 10:37 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Brian-it is amazing that once you get outside Fredericksburg you are out of civilization.  We had a great trip!  Great picnic with 75 people, jet skis, kayaks, star gazing and eagle watching.  A great way to enjoy a holiday weekend!

Sep 03, 2008 01:20 AM