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Day tripping to Virginia's Eastern Shore, destination: Cape Charles

Cape Charles
Posted at 11:16 AM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-20 17:45:05-04

CAPE CHARLES, Va. - From Hampton Roads, it’s a day trip to travel to Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The 17-mile journey begins over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Cape Charles is on the National Register of Historic Places. The town holds bragging rights as one of the largest concentrations of ‘turn of the century’ buildings on the East Coast.

The folks who live in Cape Charles year-round say there’s something for everybody to enjoy. The beaches are vast and uncrowded. And for day trippers watching their budget, the parking is free.

A short walk from the waterfront takes you to the center of the historic town. It’s a very walkable place, where you will see a vibrant array of shops, restaurants, and galleries.

If your timing is right, you may be able to score a part as an extra for the 10th annual ‘Experimental Film Festival’ this month. Filmmakers from around the globe will inhabit the town and later this month, and show their finished cinema works at the historic Palace Theatre.

Up the road from Cape Charles you will find Chatham Vineyard. History buffs will appreciate the landscape, which has been working as a farm for four centuries.

Jon Wehner is a second-generation winegrower. Together with his wife Mills, they’ve transformed the land as a mix of farming and vineyard since 1999.

Wine tastings and special events are scheduled throughout the year.