Cape Charles has become a hub for tourism on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This small sliver of coastal Virginia contains a unique combination of refined amenities in close proximity to some of North America’s most beautiful natural habitats. The Town of Cape Charles, small town America itself, boasts a public beach perfect for families, an ice cream store on its main street, and a hardware store from a bygone era.
Opportunities for recreation and relaxation abound on the Eastern Shore, the only limitation being the time you have to stay with us. We hope you will take some time to discover some of these hidden treasures.
The Chesapeake Bay
The nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay offers many peaceful distractions, from relaxing on the Cape Charles beach, to sailing, fishing, kayaking, kite-boarding, birding, and beach-combing. In Cape Charles, we enjoy a California sunset everyday!
Eateries & Wineries
Dining in the neighborhood:
Biking and Hiking
If a little exercise is on the agenda, get outdoors! Woven though the lower Eastern Shore are trails for walking, running, and biking. If you’re not bringing your own, the Hotel has several beach cruiser bicycles available to guests.
Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail is a 5 mile paved trail beginning at the Eastern Shore Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot.
Cape Charles Coastal Habitat Natural Area Preserve is a 29-acre Natural Area Preserve with boardwalks throughout and the reward of a beautiful view at the end.
Kiptopeke State Park offers several easy trails for biking and hiking.
Birding, Barrier Islands & Seaside
One of the world’s only remaining wild Barrier Islands, Virginia’s outer banks are mystical in their isolation. Walk for miles and miles along the deserted shorelines and enjoy the solitude of no houses, no people and no civilization. Explore by small boat, planes, and kayaks, hire an eco-tour guide to get there via boat and pack a picnic.
Parks, Refuges, & Natural Areas
Based in Cape Charles, you’ll find world-renown wildlife refuges and parks at the doorstep, all less than 10 minutes away.
Each season has a special character, but for birders, the autumn migration is unrivaled on the Eastern Shore. Our current bird list of 409 species, found in and around the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is a great resource for planning your bird watching visit.
Or, hike one of the trails in little known Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve. The nearly 300 acre preserve along the Chesapeake Bay is named for the 50 foot tall dunes that are estimated to have been part of the landscape for 10,000 years.
Shops & Galleries
Cape Charles is home to an ever growing eclectic group of shops and artisans.
Getting Airborne & Around
What better way to see the area than from the air? Hang glide high above the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, and see Virginia’s wild barrier islands from a mile up. The silence and vast beauty will transform the way you see the world. You don’t have to have any experience—the certified instructors at Virginia Hang Gliding will teach you all you need to know.
Each summer, Cape Charles is transformed into the center of a progressive arts scene. Experimental Film Virginia gathers 40-50 artists from all over the world to convene on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for two weeks with a mission to create new short films inspired by the people and places of historic, small-town and rural America.