The Northern Neck of Virginia – A Day With Sous Chef

by kitchenarian on July 26, 2012

I have missed Sous Chef.

I miss her sweet face and I miss the delicious goodies that she bakes for all of us. Sous Chef has been gone this summer working as a summer intern at a museum. She has been home a couple of times, but has spent most of her weekends exploring the local region where she is living. Recently, my youngest and I met up with her for the day and we spent an afternoon exploring Montross, a small town in the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Where exactly is the Northern Neck? Located in Virginia, it is the most northern of three peninsulas, referred to as a “necks”, bound by the Potomac River, Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a rural coastal range that comprises about 1,100 miles of shoreline dappled with beaches, marinas, wharfs and small towns that date back to the colonial era.  It is a beautifully scenic area with rich American history. Captain John Smith is known to have explored the area as early as 1608. It is the birthplace of several historically famous men – George Washington, James Monroe and Robert E. Lee. There are eight wineries and seventeen museums spread throughout the area. The Northern Neck is about 50 miles from Richmond, VA, and 75 miles from Washington, D.C.

I love Small Town America. I love the character and personality that small communities comfortably wear like a favorite sweater. There is so much to see and do and you can spend the entire day without ever seeing a chain restaurant or franchise anywhere! We had the best day. We strolled through the local shopping area; we went antiquing; we ate in the local hangout, we hung out at the coffee shop; we walked through old gardens, we watched horses and goats. Here is a pictorial journal of our day.

The local coffee shop:

Lunch was in a local restaurant. We ate sandwiches and all fought over the onion rings that we ordered. It was the quintessential local spot where everybody knew each other and hung out for good food and fun conversation. Here are a few pics of the restaurant’s charming interior:

Who could resist this friendly little antique shop? We certainly couldn’t.

Across the street from the coffee shop was this vintage Coca-Cola bottling plant. Don’t you just love this?

Other fun shots:

We toured Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee:

We stopped to visit the horses and the goats:

If you are able to visit the Northern Neck, check out some of these sights:

Christ Church – Colonial Virginia’s Anglican Parish Church built in 1735
Colonial Beach
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Ingleside Plantation Winery
Stratford Hall – Birthplace of Robert E. Lee
The Art of Coffee – Coffeehouse, art gallery and bistro
The Tide’s Inn
Westmoreland State Park

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Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey July 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm

That sounds like a wonderful day! The pictures are beautiful. I love little towns with character….:)

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kitchenarian July 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Thank you. There is something about a small town that makes time move just a bit slower. Very refreshing.

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Nichole@DulceDelicious July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

How cute are those horses and goats?! It looks like such a beautiful town!

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kitchenarian July 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

The animals were awesome. We stayed and watched them for a long time. The baby goat was allowed just to wander around in the open fields. It was a great day.

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