GETTING THERE: Reedville, Va., is about a three-hour drive from Washington. Take I-95 to Fredericksburg and pick up Route 17 east. At Tappahannock, get on Route 360 east and follow it until it dead-ends at Reedville.

STAYING THERE: The Gables (859 Main St., 804-453-5209, www.thegablesbb.com), a five-story sea captain's mansion-turned-B&B, has rooms starting at $150 in the main house, $89 in the adjacent coach house. Grand View Bed and Breakfast (114 Riverside Lane, 804-453-3890, www.grandviewbb.freeyellow.com) has four rooms, three porches and a private pier; rooms run $70 to $100. Fleeton Fields Bed and Breakfast (2783 Fleeton Rd., 800-497-8215, www.fleetonfields.com) has kayaks, canoes and bicycles for guests; rooms are $135 to $175.

EATING THERE: In Reedville, the Crazy Crab (Reedville Marina) has fresh local seafood and fantastic hush puppies; dinner for two came to about $40, with drinks. Tommy's (729 Main St.) specializes in regional cuisine; dinner for two, with wine, runs about $50.

BEING THERE: The Reedville Fishermen's Museum (504 Main St., Reedville, 804-453-6529, www.rfmuseum.org, $3) offers rides on a 1911 skipjack, Oct. 2, 16 and 30 ($25); a Quilt Gala, Oct. 23-24 ($15-$20); an oyster roast, Nov. 13 ($25-$30); and Christmas on Cockrell's Creek, a chance to peek into the sea captains' mansions, Dec. 11-12 ($20).

Tangier Cruises (804-453-2628, www.tangiercruise.com) offers daily cruises from Reedville to Tangier Island, May through October (last cruise this year: Oct. 16). Round-trip tickets are $22.

While you're in the Northern Neck, save time to explore the area's colonial past, including the stunningly beautiful 1735 Christ Church (420 Christ Church Rd., Weems, 804-438-6855, www.christchurch1735.org); George Washington's Birthplace (804-224-1732, www.nps.gov/gewa); and Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee (804-493-8038, www.stratfordhall.org).

INFORMATION: Northern Neck Tourism Council, 800-393-6180, www.northernneck.org.