AARP: A Road Trip Through Virginia’s Northern Neck and Eastern Shore

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Escape Washington, D.C., for rural charm, oysters, crabs and glorious water views


Days 1 and 2: Washington, D.C., to Reedville and Tangier Island, Virginia (121 miles)
Roughly halfway to Reedville from D.C., break for lunch at Colonial Beach, a pleasant small town with a 2 1/2-mile-long sandy beach on the Potomac (it’s somewhere between 90 minutes and two hours south of the city, depending on traffic). Stop for a swim and then make your way to Denson’s Grocery, run by the same family for three generations, for curbside takeout of Chesapeake Bay specialties the locals can’t get enough of — try the fried oyster platter or flaky rockfish bites. Walk just a block and a half west for shaded picnic tables at Torrey Smith Recreation Park.

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