Tappahannock is a wonderful and historic small town located on the banks of the Rappahannock River. There is a relaxing, laid-back feel to the town and its close proximity to water means that leisure activities are usually centered around "the river." There are marinas and public launch sites for boating and fishing as well as public parks to enjoy the water. Downtown Tappahannock also offers local shops and restaurants with a feel that is unique to this region. 

In addition to its small town feel, Tappahannock offers easy access to larger cities:Tappahannock Bridge

  • an easy 1 hour drive to both Richmond and Fredericksburg
  • a little over an hour to Williamsburg
  • 90 minutes to the Hampton Roads region
  • about 2 hours to Washington DC

For more about life in Tappahannock/Essex County: http://www.essex-virginia.org/
and doing business: the Tappahannock-Essex Chamber of Commerce: http://tecoc.com/

The Northern Neck
Just across the Rappahannock River and on the Chesapeake Bay, lies the Northern Neck of Virginia. Filled with historic homes, farmland and waterfront, it's a place where generations have lived off the land and waters. You'll find thriving farmer's markets and roadside stands to sample the best food the 'Neck has to offer in addition to many stops on Virginia's Chesapeake Wine Trail and the Northern Neck Artisan Trail. And of course, there is the water to enjoy. There are many public launch sites as well as state parks with beautiful views and waterfront access.

Visit Virginia Tourism's site and check out the Chesapeake Bay Region of their travel guide for all the things to do and see in the Tappahannock/Northern Neck area: