Exploring the Wine and Oyster Regions of Virginia
Where to Stay and Dine
When your travel plans take you to the Eastern Shore, here are several suggestions for accommodations and dining.
The Inn at Onancock – Owned and managed by Kris and Lisa Montague, this beautiful B&B (and the only Select Registry Inn on the Eastern Shore) is located in downtown Onancock and dates back to 1886. Lisa’s training as a professional cook is evident in her flair for entertaining guests and the delightful breakfasts served each morning. This couple’s thoughtful hands-on approach and attention to detail is what makes staying here a real delight and you’ll instantly feel welcome in their home.
The inn offers tours and packages that include a trip to Tangier Island and oyster and wine tastings, including the upcoming weekends in November for the Wine & Brine events.
Hotel Cape Charles – About a 50 minute drive from Onancock and at the furthest tip of the Eastern Shore, is the town of Cape Charles. This quaint seaside town offers guests a few options for accommodations, but for the perfect location and great base to see the area, book a room at Hotel Cape Charles located on Mason Avenue, the town’s main street.
A modern hotel, that is also pet friendly, the historic building has been a hotel for over 100 years. Guests can walk to the beach at the end of the street, enjoy coffee in the morning at Cape Charles Coffee House (which was originally a bank built in 1910), shop at the local boutiques and have dinner at one of the favorite restaurants in town, The Shanty, located just minutes from the hotel. Sunsets from their back deck are another reason to dine at this popular spot.
Another great spot for dinner is The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek, just a few minutes outside town. Their menu features local oysters and fresh seafood, including fresh caught Virginia flounder, in season. This is another spectacular spot to watch the breathtaking sunsets on the Eastern Shore.
When you head over to the Northern Neck and Virginia’s Middle Peninsula to continue along the Oyster Trail, then make reservations at The Tides Inn.
The Tides Inn, located on a private peninsula and surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay in Irvington, exudes old fashioned Virginia charm and a timeless elegance. Perfect for a family vacation or romantic retreat, the upscale resort property offers a myriad of onsite activities. Relax indoors with signature spa treatments at Journey Spa or venture outside where you can learn to set sail from their private Tides Marina, go fly fishing in the Chesapeake Bay or play a round of golf or tennis.
You can also opt for a bike ride around the property and venture into town to visit a local winery, The Dog and Oyster. As the sun goes down in the evening, enjoy spectacular sunsets and a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the water.
Dinner at the property’s Chesapeake Restaurant with views overlooking the marina, features locally grown produce and fresh seafood from Virginia’s coastal region, and of course, famous Rappahannock River Oysters, which come from just over the bridge in the nearby town of Topping.
Virginia is for Food and Wine Lovers
With its beautiful scenery, breathtaking sunsets, 17 wine trails and the only Oyster Trail of its kind in the country, a trip to the Old Dominion State should be high on your travel plans.
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