Welcome to Northern Neck
Sandwiched between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers, this peninsula of land on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay is a popular weekend and holiday destination for upper-crusty residents of Richmond, who refer to it (only somewhat jokingly) as The Rivah. Eleven miles southeast of the coastal town of Colonial Beach, where Pope's Creek flows into the Potomac River, is a rustic patchwork of tobacco fields, wheat plots, broadleaf forest and waterfront views over the bluffs of the Northern Neck. This is where John Washington – great-grandfather of the first president – settled in 1657 and carved out a plantation, where his most famed descendant was born. For tourism information, see www.northernneck.org.