Enter HERE to win a contest getaway to Mathews County, Virginia!
Explore Mathews County Virginia this fall/winter!
- Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Inn at Tabbs Creek
- Dinner for two at the White Dog Bistro
- $100 gift certificate to Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill
- Class for two at the Bay School Community Arts Center
- Gift Basket from the Mathews County Visitor Center.
One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Winner is drawn December 12, 2021, and must use giveaway before March 31, 2022. Win bonus entries by sharing and visiting websites. For more information and to read all rules for the contest entry at Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine giveaway entry site.
About Mathews County
Mathews County is the 2nd smallest county in Virginia, located near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Draw a line east from Richmond, you’ll find the county nestled on a 214 mile peninsula harbored between the Piankatank River, Mobjack and Chesapeake Bays. There is more shoreline here for you to explore beaches, lighthouses, landings and waterfront pavilions, award-winning restaurants and an attractive and busy Main Street!
All participating businesses have won awards for their excellence in the hospitality and restaurant industry. Experience the best the county has to offer with more privacy in the off season. The county has received accolades such as “Top 5 Coolest Towns in America”, and “Top 10 Hidden Gems for Craft Lovers” and “Best Small Town Feel”. You can experience this creative community during your private class for 2 at the Bay School Community Arts Center, which offers art classes such as pottery, painting, basket weaving and much more, with a beautiful art gallery that changes exhibits monthly.
What to do and see this Fall in Mathews
New Point Comfort Lighthouse
Visit the newly renovated New Point Comfort Lighthouse by visiting the Observation Walkway at New Point Comfort Natural Area Preserve. Witness history as you see the light shine at night. This light was relit in October, 21 for the first time in decades.
Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve and Haven Beach are popular local beaches off the Chesapeake Bay. Great for long nature walks, bird watching, and sunset views.
Main Street Shopping & Dining
From Vintage and antique stores, to community art centers, folk art galleries, fine gifts, to Mexican, country diners, and fine dining establishments – Mathews Main Street has it all! The Mathews Visitor Center is a great place to start your trip to get recommendations of how to make the most out of your fall weekend here! (The visitor center is closed during the month of January – please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with brochures and your gift basket with advanced notice.)
Get to enjoy some of this great cuisine as part of your giveaway at the White Dog Bistro. This Bistro features a one-of-a-kind, classy yet still casual fine dining atmosphere in a beautifully decorated, historic estate in downtown. Enjoy the gourmet cuisine specials changed weekly by Chef Walter – his dishes have been featured in magazines like Virginia Living, Chesapeake Bay Mag, and Coastal Living.
Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill is located at the entrance to Gwynn’s Island, where the name was chosen to pay homage to the body of water that provides the beautiful waterfront view. This is a small, friendly and unpretentious casual dining spot that is thoughtfully decorated with a modern coastal touch. With a fully stocked bar and seafood specials on the menu daily – this is a restaurant that fits the bill for you to unwind comfortably on vacation. Often in the off season, they feature live music several weekends per month.
Stop for a picnic, fishing or enjoy the view at William’s Wharf Landing and Pavilion. You can also enjoy Bayside Pavilion near the New Point Comfort Natural Area Preserve, or the Put-In Creek Pavilion right in town. Mathews County also has roughly 20 public landings for non-motorized watercraft for you to put-in or stop by for some fishing. Mathews has 100 miles of Blueways Water Trails. Just be aware of cold water dangers and weather advisories and be prepared before you go.
Enjoy the Inn at Tabbs Creek Property
There is so much to do at the award-winning waterfront bed & breakfast, the Inn at Tabbs Creek, where you will stay! Each morning includes a gourmet breakfast made special for you. Borrow bikes and kayaks right on the property, enjoy yard games such as horseshoe, corn hole, or frisbee golf. Private and public firepits are available for you to enjoy smores, libations and privacy with views of the water. Enjoy the dock and grill and make yourself at home. The Inn also features one of Virginia is for Lover’s LOVE signs on the property for a perfect photo opportunity!
Take a driving tour, and follow your “wanderlove” through Mathews. Tour by car the many backroads and must-see waterfront spots in the County. Enjoy the beautiful, winding backroads with views of historic properties, farmland, marsh and wetlands, wildlife and plenty of small town charm.
There is so much to see, eat and experience in Mathews County if you appreciate the adventure of finding the windows to the bay on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. Explore our website to get more information about things to do. Close by to Mathews, you can experience other wonderful Virginia WanderLove itineraries along Eastern Virginia’s three peninsulas within a 1-hour drive: Virginia River Realm and the Historic Triangle.