Area Attractions for Your Vacation in Virginia

Since each season on the Eastern Shore of Virginia has its unique natural splendor, Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast is open year ’round for your enjoyment. Umbrellas and sand chairs are available for a day at the beach, or take a stroll through town to the galleries, antique and gift shops. You can even rent a bike or golf cart in our golf cart friendly town to explore the Municipal Harbor, downtown shops and Bay Creek Resort. 

Fishing, clamming and crabbing are other activities to be enjoyed out of doors; hardier souls may desire advance reservations for guided fishing trip or sunset bay cruise. Boating excursions on the bay, around the barrier islands, or to Tangier Island are available. Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are only a short drive away. Historic Williamsburg and the famous Chincoteague ponies are about 90 minutes away.

Other outdoor pursuits include golf at one of Bay Creek Resorts’ two award-winning PGA Signature Golf Courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus and one by Arnold Palmer, visits to the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge or The Nature Conservancy. Nearby Kiptopeke State Park, located at the tip of the Eastern Shore, is one of the state’s newer parks. The Eastern Shore is well known for bird watching and naturalists as a migratory path for birds and butterflies in the spring and fall.

History permeates the villages and towns. Nearby Eastville has the oldest continuous court records in America, dating to 1632.

A self-guided historic walking tour of Cape Charles, as well as antique shopping and weekend country auction sales, make pleasant diversions. The Turner Bronze Foundry and Gallery and the NASA Wallops Island Visitors Center are also of interest.

We welcome boating guests from the Chesapeake Bay. Public and private moorings are available at Cape Charles Harbor and Kings Creek Marina; both are just minutes from Cape Charles House, with pickup service available.

Restaurants

Locally owned restaurants source the local produce from the fields and seafood from the waters. Celebrate your evening meal by watching the sunset over the Chesapeake Bay at one of our restaurants or pick-up an organic pizza for an impromptu picnic to savor on the tranquil beach. The town has restaurants to provide the backdrop for a memorable meal.

Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery
757-331-8660
Located at the end of Fig Street at Kings Creek Marina. Dining room overlooks the Chesapeake Bay. Fine dining creatively prepared, featuring regional and fresh harvests, selected for appetizers and elegant entrees. We recommend the luscious Thai Shrimp Appetizer! Reservations suggested. Open for lunch and dinner every day, in summer. Check with us for other seasonal dining. 

Cape Charles Coffee House
757-331-1880
241 Mason Avenue
Features a wide range of coffees, teas and specialty drinks along with homemade pastries and deserts. Enjoy gourmet soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. Open every day in the summer. Off-season, open Wednesday through Monday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, closed Tuesday. Check with them for other seasonal dining.

Kelly’s Gingernut Pub
757-331-3222
113 Mason Avenue
Delightful atmosphere. A true Irish Pub in a beautifully restored historic bank building. Seafood and Pub fare done right, fresh nightly specials and the best fish and chips around. Dine in the cozy vault room or saddle up to the bar. Large imported beer selection, many bottled and a dozen on tap. Open 7 days a week, for lunch and dinner. 

Rayfield’s Pharmacy
757-331-1212
2 Fig Street
A modern take on the old-fashioned lunch counter; great burgers and malt shakes, features a juke box full of 50’s music. Full breakfast and lunch. Open 6 days a week, Sundays until 11:00 AM.

Coach House Tavern
757-331-8631
1 Clubhouse Way Located in the Golf resort of Bay Creek overlooking the Golf Course.
Bar and tables, lunch and dinner casual dining. Great sandwiches and dinner weekdays until 7 PM. Dinner Friday and Saturday evenings until 9 PM.

Hook U Up Gourmet Bistro
227 Mason Ave.
Gourmet carry-out for lunch or eat-in. Wraps, croissants, focaccia, made to order sandwiches, salads and soups. Bistro Gourmet Dinners that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate! Tuesday-Friday beginning at 6 PM. Reservations highly recommended. Closed Saturday nights.

Brown Dog Ice Cream
203 Mason Avenue,
Probably the BEST ice cream you have ever tasted. All hand crafted, often using local fruits and berries. Truly something you will want to repeat daily! Closed in the winter, although you can always purchase at Gull Hummock Gourmet Market, just down the street. VOTED IN THE TOP 10 IN AMERICA!

Dead Rise Pies
757-331-6232

425 Mason Ave.
Dine-in or carry-out pizza baked in brick ovens. Salads and sandwiches. Premier Pizza destination! 

The Shanty
757-695-3853
33 Marina Road
Situated in the Cape Charles Harbor overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Committed to serving only the freshest local seafood available. Live music most weekends. Check their website. Serving on their deck as well as inside. Very casual! Closed in the winter. 

Dacha Tea, a Russian Tea House
703-340-9037
439 Mason Avenue
From Teas and Tiny Desserts to Suppe, Salat and Savories. Reservations suggested. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Shopping

Mason Avenue, situated in the Historic District, is the “downtown” of Cape Charles. Shops are mainly on the north side, since this is a railroad town with tracks on the south side. The shops, galleries and restaurants are interspersed and provide a warm welcome to visitors. Delight in finding one-of-a-kind stores that contribute to making Cape Charles a truly unique shopping experience.

ART GALLERIES

  • Gallery 209
  • Ellen Moore Gallery
  • Lemon Tree Gallery
  • Shooting Star Gallery (delete)
  • At Altitude Gallery

SHOPS

  • Gull Hummock Gourmet Market
  • Periwinkles
  • …Like a Sailor
  • Watson’s Hardware and Realty
  • Bad Girlz Collective
  • Chuckletown Productions
  • Moonrise Jewelry
  • Love Letters
  • Drizzles
  • The Boardwalk
  • BayView Engraving
  • Bailey’s Bait and Tackle
  • Seagrass Floral Studio
  • BREEZES Day Spa

Outdoor Activities

Bay Creek Golf
Bay Creek is an extraordinary golf resort community on the Chesapeake Bay. Encompassing 1,729 acres near the southwestern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Bay Creek is peacefully removed from the noise and congestion of everyday life, yet just minutes from Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Two signature golf courses from Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus trade off along spectacular bay front. Planning a Golf trip to Bay Creek, stay at Cape Charles Bed and Breakfast. Ask about our “Golf Package” if you would like us to schedule a tee time for you.

Cape Charles Boat Tour Company
Relax and enjoy the view while Captain Dave D. Lee takes you on a tour of the shore! Sunset tours, uninhabited islands accessible only by boat and many more. Call 888-595-7670 or buy tickets online. 

Cape Charles Water Sports
Wave runner and boat rentals. Call 757-387-9283. 

Cape Charles Golf Cart Rentals
Cruise around town in your own golf cart! Must be a licensed driver to operate. 757-999-2277. 

Paddle Your Glass Off
World Famous Kayak Tour to Chatham Vineyard. There is nothing else like this! Paddle up Church Creek and sample award winning wines produced by the vineyard that lies along its shores, making for an unforgettable afternoon. Trip at 1 PM. $85.00. Call 757-331-6190 or visit www.southeastexpeditions.com

Broadwater Bay Ecotours
Custom ecotours let you chart your course to the pristine waters of the Barrier Islands and the hidden treasures of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. It is a rare privilege in these times to experience nature in such an unspoiled setting. Captain Rick Kellam, whose ancestors lived on the now deserted Hog Island, is well versed in the lore. Call 757-442-4363. 

Tangier Island-Onancock Ferry
Cruise with Captain Mark Crockett aboard the Joyce Marie II and visit Tangier Island where in 1608 Captain John Smith discovered this remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, considered the “Soft Shell Crab Capitol of the World”. A real step back to centuries ago where still no cars are permitted. Listen carefully to hear the English accent that still lingers. Ferry service begins mid-May until the end of September. Reservations recommended call 757-891-2505.

HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS

Kiptopeke State Park
Located South of Cape Charles on the bayside. Beautiful hiking trails, hawk observatory, bird banding station and Bay beach.

Eastern Shore Wildlife Refuge
Located south of Cape Charles on the seaside. Wonderful interaction welcome center, butterfly garden, and discover a World War II bunker that you can climb the stairs to great a great vista of the Barrier Islands.

Northampton County Bike Trail
The parking area is across from the entrance of Kiptopeke State Park on route #13. This scenic route parallels the once used railroad bed and ends up at the Eastern Shore Wildlife Refuge.

CBES Between the Waters Bike Tour

A shore tradition usually held the last weekend in October and rotates three starting points every year. Century ride down to 20 miles. Contact www.CBES.org.

MUSEUMS

Cape Charles Museum
Housed in an electric generating plant of 1947. The exhibits change with some frequency and include a restored railroad station and a growing collection of railroad cars. 814 Randolph Avenue. Open May through November Tuesday-Friday 10-2 PM, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5.

Eastville Historic District
Old courthouse, clerk’s office and debtor’s prison maintained by Association for the Preservation of Antiquates. Inquire at County Clerk’s Office.

Barrier Island Center
Machipongo-Exhibits preserving and celebrating life on the Barrier Islands of the Eastern Shore, located in the handsomely restored Almshouse (1803) of Northampton County.7295 Young Street, Machipongo, 757-678-5550

Ker Place
In Onancock- Elegant, restored mansion (1799) housing the museum of the Eastern Shore Historical Society. 69 Market Street, Onancock. 757-787-8012

Eastern Shore Railway Museum
Parksley-Restored railroad station, railroad cars, memorabilia and relics. 18468 Dunn Avenue, Parksley 787-665-7245

Wallops Flight Facility Visitor’s Center
Wallops Island-History of manned space era includes displays, films, demonstrations and a piece of Moon Rock. Route 175, Wallops Island 757-824-2298

Oyster and Maritime Museum
Chincoteague-History of Chincoteague and its surroundings. 7125 Maddox Blouvard, Chincoteague 757-336-6117

Refuge Waterfowl Museum
Chincoteague-Decoys, boats, wood-carving exhibits. 7059 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague 757-336-5800

Cape Charles Beach

The Chesapeake Bay beach, recently replenished, is a free tranquil beach in the Historic District of Cape Charles. The waters are clean, shallow and free of waves. An unspoiled, safe beach to gather on or just a place to kick-back and totally relax.    

Nowhere else on the east coast will you find sunsets more beautiful! Pause at the gazebo, walk the beach to the jetty pier, linger with a picnic supper to experience the close of your day with these nature made events.

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands

One of the many and perhaps the most beautiful island that dots Virginia’s Eastern Shore is Chincoteague Island, Virginia’s only resort island. It is world famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals and is the gateway to Assateague Island National Seashore. History and legend blend with the wild loveliness of this barrier island and wild ponies.

Known for its great abundance of migratory birds and wild horses, it is the perfect place to get away from it all. During the summer, you can find crowded beaches or go for a little walk up the beach and find solitude. From Bird watching, surfing, swimming, fishing, crabbing or boating, the Chincoteague, Assateague area offers it all.

The serene fishing village, 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and abounding with history and natural charm, welcomes you to explore its unique island heritage. Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge offer miles of undeveloped beaches, marshes and forests stretching from Virginia to Maryland.