The Official Newsletter of Bay Creek, Cape Charles, Virginia
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A New Season
A New Season Thankful: Small Moments & the Great Outdoors Front Porch Personalities Bay Creek New Home Collection Take Out For Two & Night Sky Viewing at Bay Creek
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The world has changed considerably since the Inaugural Issue, a scant four weeks ago. But the things that are good and true about life by the Bay remain unchanged. Our lovely Eastern Shore home hasn’t let anything stop the magnificence of spring. As Virginia’s Cape adorns itself with the beauty of spring blooms and color, we at Bay Creek are coming together to support one another in this unusual season which we find ourselves. We hope you, your family, and friends remain safe and healthy. Neighbors helping neighbors: it’s in our nature. Like towns all across the country, Bay Creek and Cape Charles are happy to answer the call to help our neighbors. Community clubs and groups have been busy volunteering with lunches for school children, assistance for those who are homebound, and sometimes, a little healing humor. We look forward to sharing stories of the happenings, beauty and unsinkable spirit of our Eastern Shore home in this issue of Soundings.
Soundings Thankful: Small Moments & the Great Outdoors Seeing neighbors out enjoying the fresh air on Bay Creek’s trails and beaches has done us good —both body and spirit. Here are a few things, great and small, in the community that are keeping us active and encouraged.
way to get out of the house and get into nature. We can’t wait to officially open the Avid Trails® networks in the near future. These engaging, activity-enhanced trails will traverse the lush woodlands, inspiring vistas and waterways of the pristine nature preserve—350 acres inside Bay Creek that have been placed into permanent conservation. Hope Springs Eternal: Take time to appreciate spring’s natural beauty as it faithfully returns to the Eastern Shore with its colors, scents and sounds. Our local (and national) treasure, Eyre Hall Gardens is an ideal place for this. If you’re seeking some outdoor inspiration or an enchanting escape, the gardens of Eyre Hall await you. Turn just off Route 13 onto the gracefully curving Eyre Hall Drive. After a serene mile-long ride past eastern red cedars and crape myrtles, you’ll find yourself on the grounds of Eyre Hall. The site of one of Virginia’s most intriguing and wellpreserved historic homes, the estate has been in the Eyre family since the mid 1600’s—some 13 generations—and remains so to this day. The gardens, planted around 1800, are part of the Eastern Shore Garden Tour and are widely recognized as one of the oldest continually maintained formal gardens in America.
Bay Creek was created around the incredible natural Chesapeake Bay landscape and we love getting outdoors and enjoying every last inch of it. First off, mother nature remains open for the business of pleasure—Bay Creek’s private beaches are open for residents and are still serving up soul-stirring sunsets daily. See You Out There: The community is also open for resident walkers and runners who are lov-ing our incredible spring weather—we walk the beach, on trails, sidewalks and our wide, scenic streets. It’s an ideal combination: enjoying the gorgeous weather and some exercise at the same time. Whether solo or as a family, it’s a great
Take a self-guided tour of the formal gardens, the ruins of the original Orangery, and the natural plantings beyond. You’ll want to explore every blossoming inch of this incredible place. When you enter the formal portion of the gardens, enormous crape myrtles (estimated to be around 200 years old) greet you with their smooth, twisting gold trunks. The natural ‘rooms’ of the garden, bordered by boxwoods and towering camellia bushes, offer different varieties of flowering trees, shrubs and plenty of color. Shocks of the brightest spring plantings greet you around every corner—tulips, hyacinths and even roses. History is everywhere in this garden—the knot garden that long ago burst its borders, the family
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graveyard and, one of the most interesting sites, Ann Eyre’s original Orangery, constructed around 1818. You’ll see a dovecote at the roof peak (pigeons were kept in formal gardens of old for the odorless ‘fertilizer’ they produced for the garden). You’ll see the old handmade bricks, the fireplaces and ingenious masonry ductwork that circulated warm air to the citrus trees. The romance of this storybook estate is matched only by the exhilaration of nature’s most vivid display of spring color. While the historic home that anchors the property is open for tours only once a year, the gardens are open to guests every day, all year. If you didn’t know this, you’re not alone— the gardens are a bit of a hidden treasure. They’re not advertised for tours though locals know anyone is welcome to explore this bewitching place. In fact, you may very well have the gardens all to yourself when you visit. Explore, discover and enjoy this Eastern Shore treasure. 215 Eyre Hall Drive | Cheriton, VA 23316
Front Porch Personalities Sometimes just seeing a smiling face is enough to completely lighten your mood and brighten the day. Bay Creek and Cape Charles are front porch kind of places—it’s where we get together to catch up and wind down. And now, it’s the perfect perch for sharing a few smiles.
Bay Creek’s own Julie Pruitt ventured out by golf cart to take a few fun snaps of Bay Creek friends on their porches. She was met by some very creative Members who certainly put the social in social distancing. We spoke with resident, Phillipa Wilcox who, with her husband, Dave, brought some levity to the ‘challenges’ of the day. On the inspiration for their photo: “We loved the idea of the porch pictures. It’s a great distraction from the news. We wanted to have some fun and give everyone a giggle. We all need a smile right now,” says Phillipa. Looking on the bright side is a quality that seems never to be in short supply among Bay Creek residents.
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Introducing The New Bay Creek Home Collection Welcome to the Cobb House Cottage, a wonderful new home offering in the highly desirable Bayside Village enclave. Designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, one the Southeast’s most renowned coastal home designers, this historic-inspired 3-bedroom, 3-bath cottage offers a wonderfully spacious layout with distinct seaside charm. The large great room and dining spaces flow effortlessly into to the wellproportioned kitchen, offering wonderful areas for gathering. There are two bedrooms downstairs, including the master suite, and a second master bedroom upstairs that could also serve as large home office or kid’s playroom. For outdoor living, this home delivers with a large covered front porch and a spacious 250 square foot screened porch adjacent to the great room. The home also includes a customdesigned detached two-car garage. Exclusively offered by Bay Creek Realty at $599,000
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“Take Out for Two, Please” Bay Creek resident, and owner of At Altitude Gallery, Gordon Campbell looks on as his daughters show us how to get the goods and GO! The Coach House Tavern is pleased to be able to offer curbside pickup and delivery within Bay Creek from 8am – 5pm daily. Call to find out about daily specials or just to say hello! (757) 331-8630 or Click Here for Coach House Menu
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Premier coastal living on Virginia’s Cape Welcome to Bay Creek on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Surrounding the charming town of Cape Charles, Bay Creek is the perfect place for families to create a legacy amidst the natural beauty, adventure, relaxation, and endless memories of beach life on the Chesapeake Bay. Encompassing 1,720 acres of picturesque coastline—Bay Creek features nearly two miles of private beachfront, 27-holes of Palmer & Nicklaus golf, and a newly designated 350-acre preserve area with plans for trails and a waterfront Base Camp.
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