CAPE CHARLES: VIRGINIA’S MOST CHARMING COASTAL TOWN03/16/2020
Few places anywhere can match the scenic beauty and seaside charm of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The area is a haven for coastal living and everything that that entails—fishing, crabbing, golfing, dining, shopping, kayaking, swimming, and more. It’s crowning jewel, is the inviting small harbor town of Cape Charles. Spanning little over 3.5 square miles and home to just 1,000 inhabitants, Cape Charles is pound for pound one of the most unique and inviting coastal towns in Virginia—indeed, in the entire Eastern Seaboard. With a dream location on the idyllic shores of Chesapeake Bay, Cape Charles beckons visitors with its wide array of enticements.
Founded in 1884 as a planned community for railroad and ferry interests, Cape Charles is now a bustling hub for entertainment, shopping, dining, and sight-seeing. The town is known for its beautiful mix of stately Victorian homes, many of which have been preserved due to the town’s designation in the National Register of Historic Places. Wide front porches, gingerbread trim, and grand turrets can be seen on almost every tree-lined street. This is the quintessential southern coastal town, a perfect place to spend the day—whether sipping a cup of coffee by the harbor, meeting friends for delicious fresh seafood, or enjoying a live concert or play at the elegantly restored Palace Theatre.
Cape Charles also features a welcoming waterfront and harbor, that includes a world-class deep-water marina. There are plenty of opportunities for fishing, paddleboarding, sailing, and cruising the Cape. The Cape Charles Harbor has 95 slips and plenty of dock space to house a wide range of boats, commercial and recreational. For fishing enthusiasts, the harbor offers a number of daily charter boats and sport fishing crafts that take visitors to some of the Chesapeake bay hotspots. Nearby, the Oyster Farm Marina at King’s Creek has 124 floating slips that are fully cushioned and provide accommodations for boats up to 150 feet.
Things To See & Do In Cape Charles
Cape Charles Historic District • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel • Kiptopeke State Park • Cape Charles Beach • Eastern Shore national Wildlife Refuge • Bay Creek Resort & Golf Club • Poseidon Watersports Jet Ski Rental • Cape Charles Brewing Company • Cape Charles Museum & Welcome Center • John Custis’ Tomb • Cape Charles natural Area Preserve • Ellen Moore Gallery • Gallery V • Plantation Flats Lighthouse