Your Guide To The Eastern Shore

Hey guys, it has been a minute. I really do need to get better about blogging maybe a mid new year’s goal!

Do you need a weekend getaway? With summer right around the corner, this destination is the perfect spot for drinks, sea food, the beach, and more.

Where to Stay

If you are trying to stay a bit closer to Richmond, VA I would find something in Cape Charles. This adorable town is where we spent the majority of our stay. We ended up staying at The Charlotte Hotel in Onancock, VA. Onancock is another adorable town 40 minutes North of Cape Charles.

Where to Eat

We hit up The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek in Cape Charles for lunch and it did not disappoint. With beautiful views overlooking the bay and delicious food you are in for a treat. I ordered the Wood Plank Scallops and they melted in my mouth. I paired my meal with a bloody that was topped with a fresh oyster — I’m drooling thinking about it!

For dinner, we ventured to Maurice in Onancock. I ordered the New Zealand Lamb Chop and Holly ordered the Grilled Steak of the Day. We shared a delicious bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape and finished the meal with a slice of cheesecake. I highly recommend this place — the food and wine were amazing.

Where to Drink

Chatham Vineyards is located about 20 minutes north of Cape Charles in Machipongo. It is the only winery located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They have about 20 acres under vine: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. Their vineyards consist of well-drained, sandy loam soils and they have a long growing season due to their climate and constant breeze. They are offering 3 flight options: red, white, or all. I tasted through all of them and really enjoyed their Steel Chardonnay, Rose, and Cabernet Franc.

Cape Charles Brewing is a fun, family owned and operated spot to grab a beer or even a flight. Due to COVID they’re offering limited indoor seating, but they have 3 acres of outdoor space with colorful picnic tables and cute shaded patios! They have yard games for everyone and they even have live music on the patio Friday evenings. Come hungry and thirsty — they serve food and have a variety of craft beers on tap.

My favorite spot of the trip was Cape Charles Distillery. We actually visited twice because we had such a nice time! The vibe was perfect — they had intimate indoor seating as well as a spacious patio with comfy seating and fire pits. The cocktail list was huge and made solely with their spirits. Some of our favorites included: Bitter French (CCD Vodka, Campari, Champagne, Lemon, Simple Syrup), Old Fashioned (CCD Bourbon, Demerara Syrup, Orange Bitters), Porch Night (CCD Vodka, Strawberries, Lemon, Basil, Simple Syrup), and Twisted Greyhound (CCD Vodka, Grapefruit, Lemon, Grapefruit Lime Simple Syrup, Club Soda).

Sights to See

In Cape Charles check out Mason Ave. There are a ton of darling shops, ice cream spots, and more. We loved exploring the shops and stopping at the distillery for a mid-day drink.

If the beach is more your vibe, grab your blanket and chairs and head to the beach! We packed a little picnic and had a great afternoon soaking in the sun and breeze.

Cheers, Paige


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