Your Escape to Paradise: Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Beautiful beaches, tranquil towns, and exquisite cuisine. It sounds like something you would find on an exotic island. Your escape to paradise might be closer than you think.
Take a moment to take in the fresh air from Fisherman’s Island as you cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. You have crossed the Chesapeake Bay, and now you are embarking on an amazing journey through Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This overlook is a great spot to enjoy sunsets at ESVA!
This stretch of land, once largely unknown, is now alive and well. It also preserves the longest natural coastline in the Eastern United States. From the moment you arrive, you can see conservation in action! Multiple wildlife refuges, natural areas preserves, and parks are all part of the ESVA.
On the northern shore of the Shore, you’ll find ponies, rockets and a beach-town vibe at Chincoteague Island. Explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge by driving across to Assateague Island. Cape Charles is home to a variety of fine boutique businesses and restaurants. This town perfectly balances historic and beach-town characteristics. Three spots on Mason Avenue in Cape Charles were once banks. Can you find them all? Enjoy the vibrant artisan scene on the Bay as you stroll the streets of historic Onancock. You prefer a slower pace, but more space. You can visit towns like Wachapreague and Cheriton or take the ferry from the Onancock Wharf to spend a few days exploring Tangier Island. You can find miles of trails along the Shore that you can explore by foot or bicycle. Stop by Kiptopeke State Park’s hawk watch in the fall to identify the hundreds of birds that migrate along the Shore. Every year, at most one rare species is spotted. You might be the one who finds it!
Winter months are the best time to visit wildlife refuges and enjoy the marshland hush. You can see migrating waterfowl on the waterways, and you can also visit historical sites along the trails. Stop by one of the local museums to learn more and shop at their small businesses. You can also get an Eastern Shore oyster and clam from one their producers. They have the best water quality and are perfect for growing amazing seafood.
You can always find something to do on the Shore, year round.
You can find everything you need right on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, from history to art to amazing food to nature. What will you find as you create memories that will last a lifetime on Virginia’s natural coasts? Find your piece between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Virginia’s Eastern Shore is eager to meet you!
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