Your Guide to a Perfect Day in Cape Charles, VA
Unless you’re one of the lucky people in the know, you’re probably guilty of driving past Cape Charles on the lower Eastern Shore without a second thought. The bayside hamlet is often overlooked for its more happening neighbors. But behind the town’s sleepy exterior is a quirky spot full of good eats, beautiful beaches and great golf. Here’s how to spend the perfect summer day there.
8 a.m.: Get a Morning Jolt Start your day at Cape Charles Coffee House, where the baked goods and premium coffee is as delicious as it is caffeinated—and you’d never guess the menu includes organic and gluten free with the best French toast.
9 a.m.: Hit the Links One of Cape Charles’s many features is the award winning golf courses at Bay Creek designed by Jack Nicholas and Arnold Palmer. It has been described as “a secret Chesapeake paradise’ and with incredible views of the Chesapeake Bay.
1 p.m.: Go Where It’s Pristine Explore the waters of the Lower Chesapeake Bay and the Barrier Islands that is only accessible by boat. Local tour company, Cape Charles Boat Tours, can offer excursions to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the estuaries and marshes sitting within the unspoiled islands on the Virginia Eastern Shoreline.
Alternate 1 p.m.: Paddle To Bliss
If your looking for more exercise, one of Cape Charles’s many charms is that you’re never far from a water activity. Given Cape Charles’s location, the ultimate outdoor exercise is a kayak expedition with The Adventure Experts at SouthEast Expeditions. With plenty of tours options available, such as National Wildlife refuge or Kayak Winery Tour at Chatham Vineyards, you will be able to see much of the landscape of the southern Eastern Shore.
3 p.m.: Surround Yourself in Beach Beauty Some days you want to body surf in the waves, and some days you just want a beach where you can lazily float all day. Cape Charles Beach is a beautiful bay beach with white sand, parking and facilities.
4 p.m.: Shanty Time By now the sun is high in the sky and you’re thirsty. Take a break from the beach and head to The Shanty. The drinks are on par with the view - spectacular!
NIGHT7:00 p.m.: Enjoy Dinner After enjoying a cool beverage from The Shanty head to The Oyster Farm. The name gives away its seafood expertise, but the extensive menu gives tons of options. Be sure to nightcap with Cape Charles Distillery libations.
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