Visiting Cape Charles
Cape Charles, located close to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia's Eastern Shore, was founded in 1884 as a planned community by railroad and ferry interests. The town's neatly ordered grid of streets and alleyways attest to it's carefully designed beginnings.
Cape Charles was, for many years, the terminal for passenger and car ferry service across the Bay to Norfolk and Hampton. The construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel made ferry transportation obsolete and the last ferry left Cape Charles in 1953. Although there is no longer passenger ferry service across the Bay, rail barges still depart from Cape Charles, transporting railcars over the open waters.
Today, Cape Charles thrives as both a local residential community and a destination for vacationers. The town has a nice public beach right on the Bay and the historic downtown has a number of nice restaurants and shops. The town's marina was recently renovated and serves as a welcoming port for visiting boaters. There are boat a popular seafood restaurant at the town marina called The Shanty. And the Bay Creek Resort and Club, with beautiful Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses sits on the edge of town.
Nearby attractions include Kiptopeke State Park and the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge.
Cape Charles Attractions - Things to do and see.
Cape Charles Lodging
Hotel Cape Charles
This 16 room boutique hotel opened in May of 2012. Located on Mason Avenue, in the heart of downtown and close to restaurants and shops.
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A six room boutique hotel, opened in 2012. Large loft-style rooms in a renovated historic structure. Convenient downtown location on Mason Avenue.
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Sunset Beach Resort
This Best Western hotel has a Route 13 location and private beach. There's a beachfront restaurant and bar that's popular in the warm months and often has live music on the weekend. Read reviews of the Sunset Beach Resort
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Restaurant options include Aqua, (fine dining at Bay Creek Resort) Coach House Tavern (casual dining at Bay Creek Resort), Cape Charles Coffee House (located in a restored historic building, serves breakfast and lunch), Kelly's Gingernut Pub (classic Irish pub in an old bank building), King's Creek Inn (fine dining, located outside of town), and the Shanty (fresh seafood at the town marina). A little way out of town, you'll find good food in an unexpected gas station setting at the popular Stingray's on Route 13. Read Cape Charles restaurant reviews.
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Things to Do - Things to see and do during your visit
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