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10 things to do in Irvington


  1. Take a walking tour of this picturesque village on Carter’s Creek.  Stop at the commons and let the kids play on the playground while you take advantage of the town’s WiFi service.

  2. For a romantic trip to the past when women carried parasols and skirts brushed the ground, stop at the Steamboat Era Museum. It offers a world class visual history of steamboat travel, local commerce, culture and social life along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

  3. All year, the town commons hosts a variety of events and celebrations including a farmer’s market the first Saturday, fun dog show October 18 and holiday events like Halloween trick or treats and Christmas caroling. There’s also a public tennis court and children’s playground.

  4. Slip over to the Tides Inn for spa treatments, golf and a variety of dining experiences. Watch the sun set over the creek with a specialty drink or “craft” draft beer and order off the small plate menu—part of a new event called “6 for 6 ‘til 6,” Mondays through Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m.

  5. Independence Day is celebrated with small-town American pride. Grab a picnic basket and meet on the commons for a patriotic concert featuring the Air Force Band 7 p.m. July 1. Don’t miss the annual July 4th hometown parade down King Carter Drive at 10 a.m.

  6. No one celebrates the Chesapeake Bay blue crab quite like the locals. The Steamboat Era Museum will hold its annual crab festival 4-8 p.m. August 9 under a big tent on the commons with entertainment by Lump Daddy and the Back Fin Boys and hot dogs for fussy kids. Purchase tickets early—they sell out fast.

  7. Wine tasting starts at the Dog and Oyster Vineyard off Irvington Road. Or try the Chamber by the Bay wine event at the Tides Inn in November for a taste of award winning regional wines.

  8. The annual Turkey Shoot Regatta launches from the Irvington Yacht Club on Carters Creek Columbus Day weekend in October. Register your crew and sailing vessel for a weekend of fun, food and friendships.

  9. Burn off the calories sure to be eaten later with an early morning work-out in the turkey day Turkey Trot, Irvington’s annual Thanksgiving 5K run through the village streets.

  10. Carts and Carols launches the village holiday season the first weekend in December. Decorated and lighted golf carts parade down Irvington Road to the commons for tree lighting, caroling and hot chocolate.

Compiled by Audrey Thomasson

posted 04.30.2014

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