Awash in History, Natural Beauty & Southern Hospitality
Take a leisurely stroll with us to the Tidewater region of Reinhart Country. This gorgeous piece of real estate encompasses some of the most hallowed ground in American history. Jamestown, Williamsburg, Chesapeake Bay, Richmond and Raleigh are in and around this neighborhood.
MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE WATER
The term “tidewater” refers to an area of land where the water level rises when the ocean tide comes in, as it does in Eastern Virginia and North Carolina. The Chesapeake Bay is affected by the tides as well. It is 200 miles long and is the terminus for 150 rivers and streams that flow into it. Early inhabitants gravitated to this region for its abundance of natural resources. We can only make educated guesses about prehistoric settlements here; but more recently, our history books have been peppered with famous individuals born around this area, those that have had a profound effect on our country.
POCAHONTAS — This daughter of an important Native American chieftain was kidnapped by Jamestown colonists and held for ransom. She is credited with saving the life of Captain John Smith and helping maintain the colony’s existence by securing food and friendship from the Native Americans.
GEORGE WASHINGTON — The “father of our country” was the son of a tobacco plantation owner. After serving as our first president, this “gentleman farmer” enjoyed cultivating his lush gardens at Mount Vernon.
THOMAS JEFFERSON — Our third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence was an avid gardener, introducing many non-indigenous vegetables and fruits to his gardens at Monticello, including Belgian endive, eggplant, artichokes and salsify.
LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF GREAT FOOD
The foods of the region make one’s mouth water: Oysters, crabs, clams, Virginia ham, fried chicken and North Carolina barbecue. The farm-to-table movement is wholeheartedly embraced here by many chefs, including the legendary Patrick O’Connell at the Inn at Little Washington and Rodney Einhorn of Terrapin Restaurant in Virginia Beach. Chef O’Connell looks forward to the harvest bounty each year, when he adds his signature Apple Rutabaga Soup to the menu. The Bouillabaisse at Terrapin showcases local fish, North Carolina shrimp, Pei mussels with tomatoes, organic leeks and fennel.
Colonial Williamsburg offers visitors a contrast in dining options. They can elect to take a journey back in time at one of the historic taverns where presidents dined. One example is Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, said to be George Washington’s favorite seafood place. Best known for its crab cakes, the tavern employs balladeers who perform old sea shanties to the delight of all. The Williamsburg Inn displays a more elegant ambience and upscale fare from Chef Travis Brust. His Regency Room offers the Eastern Shore Seafood Medley, with Virginia whitefish, clams and mussels.
If your mouth isn’t watering yet, read on to learn about what’s happening at some more of the fine restaurants in the Tidewater Division of Reinhart.