The banks of the Rappahannock River in Port Royal, Virginia are home to Riverview, a historic home built in the mid-1800s. This acre of land has seen many historical figures from the Civil War era – including General Abercrombie, the Angel of the Confederacy and John Wilkes Booth. Check out all of the other historical homes nearby, including the birthplace of George Washington, when you stay at one of these hotels near Riverview, Port Royal – bookable on Culture Trip.
Across from the Rappahannock River, the Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast is an escape into Southern elegance. Antiques fill the mansion where President James Madison was born – and you’re welcome to afternoon tea in the parlor, but allow us to spill the tea. This mansion is said to be on one of the most haunted plantations in the state. Join a ghost hunting tour if you dare and when you feel a chill run across your spine – it’s best to just assume that it’s the cool Virginia breeze.
Sit on the breezy front porch at Magnolia Morning Suites and savor the slow pace of the Historic Bowling Green. Your private suite has its own full kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities so you can laze about the house as long as you like. Need to stretch your legs while still savoring solitude? The Mattaponi Wildlife Management Area has easy, well-maintained trails to stroll at your leisure.
When you check into My Place Hotel, you’ll be thankful you strapped your bicycle to your roof. The King George Rail Trail ends right at the hotel, offering you a chance to bike all 16mi (25km) of the trail whenever you wish. After a long ride, your calves will appreciate the recliner in your suite. Grab snacks from My Store to refuel or order a pie for delivery from Ledo Pizza across the street.
The pet-friendly Red Roof Inn is essentially a Red Woof Inn for dogs, too – this hotel lets you treat your pup to snuggles in bed, though we think the whirlpool tub is best experienced without a furry friend. Barnesfield Park is closest, but the Colonial Beach Dog Park is the best place for your pup to splash in the river waters. High Tides on the Potomac and Colonial Beach Brewing are dog-friendly joints to dine out near the water as the sun goes down.
Need a safe place to park your vintage ride? Stay across the river from the Maryland International Raceway at Holiday Inn Express and Suites. You can cruise over to a classic car show or drag race in 20 minutes – and not a moment more – thanks to Holiday Inn’s in-room coffee maker and hot ready-to-eat breakfast. Make it a weekend of racing in Mechanicsville with stops at the Potomac Speedway and Budds Creek Motocross Park.
Pack your walking shoes when you stay at Hampton Inn. This budget-friendly hotel is only a 20-minute jaunt to the old-growth forests of Caledon State Park. Spot eagles soaring through the air and wave to Maryland across the river. Kick those hiking boots off back at the hotel and head into downtown Dahlgren to rustle up some dinner or grab fast food from across the street – and fit a quick dip in the pool before bed.
Country Inn and Suites positions you for a lovely drive down the Potomac River, tracing the Virginia/Maryland border as you drive. A hot breakfast will fuel you up and we suggest snagging some coffee and cookies for the road. Make your way down to Colonial Beach – then down to the birthplace of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Go shell hunting at Fossil Beach then make it back to Country Inn for another handful of cookies to take to your room.