Explore Mathews County Virginia

Mathews County offers so many activities and ways to enjoy the beauty of our beloved waters, wildlife, and rich history:

cyclists in Mathews, VA*Cycling: with no stoplights, low traffic, and flat roads, explore the county via several mapped routes that take you through beautiful country roads as well as historic and natural sites. We have a few bikes available, (on a first come first served basis), or bring your own!

*Kayaking: One of the most extensive kayak trail systems on the Eastern Coast, the Blueways Water Trails offer over 90 miles of mapped routes. You can rent our sit on top kayaks on site or book a guided tour through Mobjack Kayaking. Have your own kayak? Bring it on and launch right from our property to explore the East River, or haul your boat to any of 22 launch sites throughout the county. Check out our Kayak Chesapeake Bay page for more details.

kayaking on tabbs creek


fly fishing Chesapeake Bay*Fishing: Fish or crab right off of our own dock! We have some fishing poles and tackle on sight, or bring your own. Our kayaks are also designed for fishing! Please call for rental information. For a more extensive fishing experience, you may arrange for a special charter through Capt. Chris at www.bayflyfishing.com. If you have a smaller craft, you can also bring your boat and launch from our own boat ramp, or boat in and tie up at our private dock. Keep in mind that if fishing off our dock, you would not need a license, but if fishing off kayaks or boats, a licence is required. These are available online.

*Bird Watching: Enjoy trying to spot over 190 species of birds including Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Bald Eagles, and Egrets right from our property, or along Bethel Beach and Haven Beach Nature preserves just a few miles away.

osprey with fish in talons

*Sight Seeing and Shopping: Explore several of the many charming small towns each with it’s own unique character, galleries, restaurants, museums, and some wineries. Click here for more information about local dining and other activities. There are also several antique shops and an antique mall available all within a 30 minute drive. We are also within an hour drive of the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown where many more activities are available as well as outlet mall shopping.

*Walking: Take a walk along the shores of the Chesapeake at Bethel Beach Nature preserve or along the New Point Comfort Lighthouse observatory just a few miles away. Or just take a quick stroll along our tree lined drive past nature conservancy land and down our country lane.

stand up paddleboarding couple

*Stand Up Paddleboarding, (better known as SUP): Try the hottest new sport that is perfect for our area. You go as fast as on a kayak, but with less strain on your body, and see a lot more by standing up. You may even catch some wind, or a wave or two! We have a few boards for rent on site each for $30.00 1/2 day and $55.00 full day. Rental comes with all equipment plus minimal instruction. Quantities limited, so please call or email to reserve SUP boards for specific days and times. For extended lessons and guided tours, call Macky or Steve at Chesapeake Boardsports 804-384-3534. For more information, go to our SUP page.

piankatank river golf course*Golfing: The Piankatank River Golf club offers one of the most unique and beautiful courses in Virginia and is just under a 20 minute drive from the Inn. Open to the public and among Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play”, you will love traversing the wooded front nine while then enjoying the flatter back nine part of which is right along the shores of the Piankatank as well as the Chesapeake Bay.

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For more information, go to www.visitmathews.com