This is one of the few beach towns left on the Delmarva Peninsula a term coined by the states that form it: Established in , Cape Charles became a major railroad terminus. This final stop at the end of the peninsula was an important shipping point where trains would meet steamships to carry freight and passengers across the Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk. The town prospered during this era, erecting some of the largest concentrations of late-Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings on the East Coast.
Many of the historic building fell into ruins and the town was almost forgotten. However, within the last couple of decades, there has been renewed interest and growth. Retirees from urban areas in DC, Virginia, and North Carolina were drawn to Cape Charles for its affordable waterfront properties and laid-back living.
Cape Charles has come to life again with a surprising amount of sophisticated shops, gourmet restaurants, and unique accommodations—perfect for travelers looking to explore the coastal beauty of the Chesapeake and Atlantic in a relaxed setting. Cape Charles is famed for its historic Victorian architecture. Several homes in town are for rent by their owners as well as newer homes found in the private Bay Creek community.
Rentals are an economic option for groups or families who plan to stay in the area for three nights or more. Cape Charles has several quaint, antique-style bed and breakfasts located in historic homes around town. There are several campgrounds, RV lots, and cabins situated about minutes from town. They are mostly located on the bay side and offer amenities like water, bathroom facilities, picnic areas, and grills.
Below is a list of popular sites:. However, diners will be pleased to find a variety of gourmet and home-style fare. Guests will find an upbeat atmosphere with live music on weekend evenings, Thursday karaoke nights, and cornhole sets on the deck. The menu focuses on creative, fresh seafood dishes like Hungars Creek oysters, Caribbean style tacos, and crab cakes served with Sriracha aioli. Vegetarians will be pleased to find some unique options like kale and quinoa salad, fried avocado tacos, and tasty sides like cucumber kimchee and french fries served with Old Bay seasoning. Gourmet Alley is the perfect place to find freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, soups, and dishes for a picnic or to enjoy on the premise.
The pies are made with wholesome, quality ingredients that are locally sources whenever possible. Even the oil and vinegar used to make the pizzas are sourced from Drizzles Tasting Shop down the street. In addition to pies, the menu also offers a variety of hearty salads and subs which can be eaten on the spot or ordered to-go.
Cape Charles Coffee House takes coffee seriously and pulls some of the best shots on the Eastern Shore.
The staff is warm and friendly, making the former bank-turned-parlor space a great place to unwind with delicious drinks, breakfast, or lunch. Brown Dog serves ice cream made onsite in small batches using quality ingredients that are often locally sourced. Its mission is to rekindle the childhood memory of enjoying a delicious cone on a hot summer day near the seashore. Classic flavors include vanilla bean and milk chocolate, but there are also satisfying sophisticated options like lemon vanilla chia, cherry chocolate chip , and black raspberry.
The parlor closes at 8: Rayfields is a family-owned drugstore on the edge of town that has a legit, old-fashioned soda fountain and ice cream bar. Locals flock here to grab a seat at the counter or booths at all times of the day to enjoy Southern-style breakfasts, blue plate specials, sandwiches, frothy milkshakes, and signature home-made vanilla Cokes. Antique and flea market vendors are savvy to city prices so you may not always find great steals, but you will discover finds unique to the Eastern Shore.
This shop stocks locally-made food, treats, and microbrew beers.
Stop in for a weekend wine tasting or to purchase edible souvenirs and gifts. Chuckletown is a quirky shop in the Cape Charles Hotel that sells original town-themed mementos and handy beach accessories. Not only will customers find beautiful arrangements, there are also lots of takeaway gifts for home decor.
Ellen Moore runs a small gallery that sells paintings, prints, pottery, and jewelry by artists connected to the area. Ellen has a sophisticated eye and close ties with the artists. Many of them work at the gallery, making it a personal way to meet and talk to them about their creations. Art-lovers will also discover several other galleries on the main strip like Stage Door Gallery and Willows Artisans.
Windsor House is a restored Victorian era home off Route 13 that sells antiques, furniture, and local folk and fine art. Cape Charles is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay on the southern tip of the Delmarva peninsula, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers. Land lubbers can hike and bike while sea-goers can partake in paddling, swimming, fishing, and boating activities.
Cape Charles has several beautiful bay beaches.
Calm waters make it swim-friendly and is safer for children than the strong current on the Atlantic side. Since these beaches are close to where the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, you will find bluer, saltier, and clearer water than bay beaches further north. The beaches around town and barrier islands are also great place to hunt for sea glass.
However, to get away from the crowds, we recommend taking a tour or renting from Southeast Expeditions. The guides are passionate about the outdoors and can show you special spots, deserted islands, and wildlife you may not find on your own. It is recommended to contact them ahead of time to schedule a tour or lesson, the company is also happy to deliver kayak rentals to you in town or anywhere along the Eastern Shore. The calm waters of the Chesapeake create the perfect conditions for learning SUP.
Rentals, tours, and lessons can be booked through Southeast Expeditions. It is recommended to contact them ahead of time to schedule a tour or lesson; the company is also happy to deliver boards to town. See the kayaking entry above for contact information. As one of the most important migration stop-overs on the East Coast, thousands of songbirds, butterflies, and raptors converge in the area on their long journey south. A couple of parks in the area have great spots to enjoy the outdoors and to view over bird species that visit area.
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This shop stocks locally-made food, treats, and microbrew beers. Festival-goers may explore the decks and meet costumed crews and re-enactors. All hotels in Cape Charles 8. Reservations strongly suggested for dinner. You could grab a prepared meal at The Hookup or stop at the grocery store to prepare your own lunch. Even the oil and vinegar used to make the pizzas are sourced from Drizzles Tasting Shop down the street. Well prepared and with good service and a decent wine list.
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