Recreation Report: Kayaking

Paddles up! Last Saturday morning was absolutely beautiful. It was one of those mornings that calls for an outdoor adventure. It was a little balmy, so anything water related would be the ideal choice. After some research, I quickly found out that Belle Haven Marina offers kayak and boat rentals along the Potomac. A local outdoor adventure? Now that floats my boat (yes, I went there.)



Belle Haven Marina, located just South of historic Old Town Alexandria, is a quaint, scenic marina owned by the National Park Service and operated by Belle Haven Marina Inc. Sailors in the Washington, D.C. area have enjoyed sailing at Belle Haven Marina since 1977. You can rent a boat, canoe, kayak, or SUP. Their rates are completely reasonable for just $30 for 2 hours and $45 for 4 hours.


In about ten minutes, I was pushing off the shore, in my life jacket, with my paddles up. I didn’t really know what to expect. To say I’m an experienced kayaker would make just about anyone laugh, but I was relaxed as soon as I got out on the water. Other fellow kayakers were of all ages. Fisherman trolling for bass, friends enjoying a leisurely paddle, even families with dogs lounging in their kayaks (like really cute dogs with tiny life jackets.. I repeat Tiny. Life. Jackets.) It took about two minutes to be totally calm, without a worry in the world. Before I knew it, I was cruising and my heart was singing, Just Around the Riverbend.


To say you’re immediately in another world is an understatement. It’s like a mini-vacation from the everyday hustle and bustle. The breeze oddly silences everything around you and the soothing rhythm of paddling is almost like a moving meditation. You also get to be feet away from incredible wetland wildlife that you would normally never have access to. I ended up paddling down a variety of serene tidal marshes, including the
Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

Another great perk? Once you’re back on dry land, The Custard Shack is just half a mile away from the marina. Nothing beats a little ice cream after working up an appetite.


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

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