Rivah ('riv-a),n.[der.river]:
1. the lands and waters of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia, USA, particularly favored by urban dwellers for spring, summer and fall escapes. 2. a region in these peninsulas bound by the Chesapeake Bay and the Rappahannock, Potomac and York rivers, inclusive. adj.-rivah: reflecting an attitude indicative of the abundantly pleasant lifestyle in this area.

The Essex Inn, a Virginia bed and breakfast, was built in 1850 and is located in the Historic District of Tappahannock. The Inn is the newest of thirteen buildings on our walking tour, the oldest having been built in 1680. It is ideally situated for a stroll of our historic village, which sits along the Rappahannock River. The Native American name, Tappahannock, means "Town on the rise and fall of water".

A gracious alternative to Tappahannock hotels, The Essex Inn has been masterfully restored to its early grandeur and now invites you to share the experience of elegant tidewater living. We're the gateway to the Northern Neck, where colonial history has deep and prosperous roots and nature seems to know no bounds. As Captain John Smith so aptly described the area after his visit in 1608; "A place where heaven and earth never agreed better to frame man's habitation."

Nearby you'll find the birthplace of some of our founding fathers, George Washington, James Monroe, and four generations of the Lee family, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and their more famous offspring, General Robert E. Lee. Day trips to many historic attractions include Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, and Fredericksburg.

Many recreational activities are also available close to our beautiful inn, making it an ideal choice when searching for a Tappahannock, VA hotel. Guests can play a round of golf at Hobb's Hole or go fishing or cruising on the Rappahannock River. Go canoeing or kayaking up one of the many unspoiled creeks, or go biking in town or along beautiful country roads. Tappahannock offers a multitude of great antique shops and a very fine museum, plus the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail starts just across the river. Delight in a visit to one of the charming towns nearby such as Urbanna, Irvington, and Kilmarnock.

While rural, Tappahannock, VA is conveniently located two hours from Washington, DC, two and a half hours from Baltimore, and an hour from Richmond. Come join us in Tappahannock and get revived "Rivah" style.



It was a year ago in February that we stepped, ankle deep, through the snow as we came up the walk to The Essex Inn for the very first time. Having come from Carmel, California we weren't entirely sure we were ready to trade our flip-flops for snow shoes. But since then we've learned that snow turns to daffodils and then to fire flies and then to red and yellow leaves before it snows once again. It's been an eventful, enjoyable, challenging, hectic and sometimes overwhelming experience but it has also been one of the best moves we've ever made. We love the Tidewater area, its history, scenery and above all its people.

It would be our pleasure to welcome you to The Essex Inn as generously, we hope, as we've been welcomed to the Tidewater.

» Patrick Evans-Hylton at The Essex Inn
8/1/2013 from Virginia Bed and Breakfast, Essex Inn
Recently we, at The Essex Inn in Tappahannock, VA , welcomed well-known Virginia Chef and Author, Patrick Evans-Hylton, whom we hosted for a night at our luxurious bed and breakfast inn. Patrick was exploring our region of eastern Virgin...

» Northern Neck Garden Tour 2013
4/13/2013 from Virginia Bed and Breakfast, Essex Inn
It is that time of year again to seek and discover a portion of Virginia that you may not have experienced before.  Yes, Historic Garden Week is coming up April 20th through April 27.  Over here in the Tidewater area of Eastern...

» Northern Neck Wine and Oyster Crawl
4/8/2013 from Virginia Bed and Breakfast, Essex Inn
Interested in wine and oysters?  Then don't miss this new area event on April 13th.  9 wineries on The Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail on the Northern Neck of Virginia are hosting an oyster and wine crawl.  Each of the participa...