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Rivah Visitor's Guide

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Best of The Rivah WINNERS


We asked. You voted.

Hundreds of you let us know what makes the Rivah special to you!  From wineries to oysters, chicken to bait, art to ice cream and much, much more . . . you have chosen our area’s favorites.

Place to eat by the Rivah
1st: White Dog Bistro – Mathews
2nd: Merroir – Topping
3rd:  Willaby’s – White Stone

Place to find Rivah Art
1st: RAL Studio Gallery – Kilmarnock
2nd: Crying Shame – Tappahannock
3rd:  Gloucester Arts on Main – Gloucester

Real Estate Company
1st: IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate – Middlesex, Mathews, Lancaster
Mason Realty – Middlesex
2nd: Morgan & Edwards – Mathews
ReMax Waterfront Realty – Lancaster
Middle Bay Realty – Lancaster, Northumberland
3rd:  Virginia Country Real Estate – Gloucester

Fresh Produce Stand/Market
1st: Garner’s Produce – Westmoreland
2nd: Norman’s Produce – Saluda
Old Farm Truck – Irvington, Lively
3rd:  Irvington Farmers Market – Irvington
Merryvale Farm – Deltaville

1st: Dog and Oyster Vineyard – Irvington
2nd: Good Luck Cellars – Kilmarnock
3rd:  Ingleside Winery – Oak Grove

Fresh Seafood Market
1st: J&W Seafood – Deltaville
2nd: Faunces Seafood – Montross, Tappahannock
3rd:  Urbanna Seafood Market – Urbanna

1st: Windmill Point Beach – Lancaster County
2nd: Wake Beach – Middlesex County
3rd:  Haven Beach – Mathews County

Oyster Roast
1st: Chesapeake Academy – Irvington
2nd: Deltaville VFD – Deltaville
3rd:  Reedville Fishermen’s Museum – Reedville

Place to have a Cocktail
1st: White Dog Bistro – Mathews
2nd: Something Different – Urbanna
3rd:  Sandpiper – White Stone
Trick Dog – Irvington

Charter Boat Captain
1st: Capt. Billy Pipkin – Ingram Bay Marina
Capt. Ryan Rogers – Smith Point Marina
2nd: Capt. David Fisher – Buzzard’s Point Marina
Capt. Chuck O’Bier – Lewisetta
3rd:  Capt. Al Mathews – Hudgins
Capt. William Saunders – Irvington

1st: Bethpage – Urbanna, Middlesex
2nd: Grey’s Point – Topping, Middlesex
3rd:  New Point – New Point, Mathews

1st: Deltaville Yachting Center – Deltaville
2nd: Horn Harbor Marina – Mathews
3rd:  Chesapeake Boat Basin – Kilmarnock

Place to get Pampered
1st: Salon By The Bay – Topping
2nd: Tides Inn – Irvington
3rd:  Head’s Up Hairworks – Kilmarnock

Fried Chicken for a day on the boat
1st: Tri-Star Supermarket – Kilmarnock
2nd: Deltaville Market – Deltaville
3rd:  Callao Supermarket – Callao

Camp for Kids
1st: Camp Kekoka (YMCA) – Kilmarnock
2nd: Chesapeake Academy – Irvington
3rd:  Camp Piankatank – Hartfield

1st: Urbanna Oyster Festival – Urbanna
2nd: Mathews Market Days – Mathews
3rd:  RivahFest – Tappahannock

Rivah Main Street
1st: Main Street, Kilmarnock
2nd: Virginia Street, Urbanna
3rd: Main Street, Mathews

Golf Course
1st: Piankatank River Golf Club – Hartfield
2nd: Hobbs Hole – Tappahannock
3rd:  Golden Eagle – Irvington

Wedding Venue
1st: White Dog Bistro – Mathews
2nd: Tides Inn – Irvington
3rd:  Hewick Plantation – Urbanna

Rivah Excursion
1st: Tangier Island Cruise – Reedville
2nd: Captain Thomas – Tappahannock
3rd:  Belle Isle State Park – Lancaster

Nautical Gift Shop
1st: Crying Shame – Tappahannock
2nd: River Birch – Locust Hill
3rd:  Colonial Collectibles – Warsaw

Place to get a Crabcake
1st: White Dog Bistro – Mathews
2nd: Merroir – Topping
3rd:  Sandpiper – White Stone

1st: Warsaw Town Park – Warsaw
2nd: Beaverdam Park – Gloucester
3rd:  Kilmarnock Playground – Kilmarnock

Museum/Historical Site
1st: Deltaville Maritime Museum – Deltaville
2nd: Historic Christ Church – Weems
3rd:  Gwynn’s Island Museum – Gwynn’s Island

Place to get Bait/Tackle
1st: J&W Seafood – Deltaville
2nd: RW’s Sport Shop – Lottsburg
3rd:  Keepers – Saluda

Place for Rivah Home Accessories
1st: Crying Shame – Tappahannock
2nd: Bay and River Home Decor – Kilmarnock
3rd:  River Birch – Locust Hill

Local Band
1st: Stuck on a Name
2nd: Lickity Splitz
3rd:  Bad Ace
Beer Money
Tom Euler Trio

Place for a Soft Crab
1st: Something Different – Urbanna
2nd: Virginia Street Cafe – Urbanna
3rd:  Byrd’s Seafood at Dog and Oyster Vineyard – Irvington

Place to find Rivah-themed Jewelry
1st: Burke’s – Kilmarnock
2nd: Crying Shame – Tappahannock
3rd:  River Birch – Locust Hill

Place to get Fried Oysters
1st: Virginia Street Cafe – Urbanna
2nd: Something Different – Urbanna
3rd:  Richardson’s – Mathews
Urbanna Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar – Urbanna

Place for a Date
1st: White Dog Bistro – Mathews
2nd: Merroir – Topping
3rd:  Something Different – Urbanna
Tides Inn – Irvington

1st: Steve Kancianic, Yours Truly – Kilmarnock
2nd: Kristee Norwood – Middlesex
3rd:  Sarah Thrift – Tappahannock

Place to eat Ice Cream
1st: Stevie’s – Kilmarnock
2nd: Shortlane – Gloucester
3rd:  Something Different – Urbanna

Place for Breakfast/Brunch
1st: Something Different – Urbanna
2nd: Car Wash Cafe – Kilmarnock
3rd:  Java Jacks – Tappahannock
The Table To Go – Deltaville

1st: Tides Inn – Irvington
2nd: Inn at Tabbs Creek – Mathews
Kilmarnock Inn – Kilmarnock
3rd:  Hope and Glory Inn – Irvington

Place to find Rivah Attire
1st: Crying Shame – Tappahannock
2nd: Lowe Tide – Urbanna
3rd:  Weekends – Kilmarnock
River Birch – Locust Hill

posted 07.05.2016

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