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WELCOME

36 UNPLUG FOR FAMILY FUN

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SHORE TOUR

38 WHAT’S HAPPENING?

11 WILD ISLAND PONIES

40 BLAST OFF!

24 MAP

42 ONANCOCK & TANGIER ISLAND FERRY

28 GET OUT!

43 OPSAIL 2012 : THE SHORE WAY

32 SHORE ART - SHOP IT

44 PLACES TO VISIT

34 SHORE WINE TRAIL

47 ACCOMMODATIONS

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30 BEACHY KEEN

Published For EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA TOURISM COMMISSION P.O. Box 72, Tasley, VA 23441 757-787-8268 tourism@esvatourism.org www.esvatourism.org

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Chatham Vineyards On Church Creek Virginia’s Eastern Shore

757-678-5588 www.ChathamVineyards.com

Award-winning, hand-crafted, premium wines grown on Virginia's Eastern Shore at historic Chatham Farm info@chathamvineyards.com

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As birds sing out a welcome breathe deep the salty air as coastal country roads lead you to: Secret docks and islands, islands, islands Wild ponies running free by the sea Sophisticated small towns to shop, play, stay Historic hamlets where artisans create Renowned signature golf courses along the Bay Tall Ships at Cape Charles A trio of romantic wineries and watercolor sunsets that stop you in awe. Remote is close. Find this and more just 30 minutes north of Virginia Beach, on the serene side of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Shore Tour

Shore Tour FROM STEM TO STERN Welcome Center

Listed South to North CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL The 21-mile engineering marvel transports you above and through the breathtaking beauty of the Bay, the perfect introduction to the Eastern Shore’s coastal charms. On Sea Gull Pier fish or dine/shop at the new venue. Be immersed in spectacular bird-watching on the man-made islands by permit. 757-331-2960.

EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA WELCOME CENTER Come sit a spell on our porch just seconds from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel [east side Rt. 13/Lankford Hwy]. Here you’ll get the Eastern Shore lowdown on a slow down vacation. The gazebo-styled center is staffed by professional travel consultants eager to share discounts, info, maps and more. The Wildlife Refuge’s display will reveal the many natural treasures you can experience during your stay. And a work of local art is the stunning ES floor medallion created by artisan David Crane, of Seafire Ceramic. www.davidcrane.esva.net. The Welcome Center is a project of the ES of Virginia Tourism Commission. Continued on page 10.

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Serving locals & visitors Since 1950

• Exxon Gas • Food 26507 Lankford Highway • Gift shop Cape Charles, VA 23310 • Pottery

757-331-1541 & C-Store 757-331-2505

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Shore Tour FROM STEM TO STERN Bay in sea glass Continued from page 8.

EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Out the Welcome Center’s back door find the Shore’s pristine backyard. Stretch your legs on the butterfly trail, take in the nature museum, bird watching, kayak launch, and seaside vistas atop an old WWII bunker.

KIPTOPEKE STATE PARK Near the cape is a bay beach escape, wildstyle. Camp in beautiful cabins, hike, bike, go boating, fish the pier, or recline on sandy beaches.

CAPE CHARLES At the southern tip of the peninsula the Cinderella town continues its amazing transformation, recapturing its 1886 glory days when the railroad gave birth to this Victorian beauty. B&Bs, a boutique hotel and cottage/resort rentals make staying here a pleasure along with the downtown shopping. Full service European day spa and nearby guided horseback trail rides on a waterfront estate add to the offerings. Eateries include a posh waterfront restaurant, casually chic coffee house, Irish pub, bistro, and old fashioned soda fountain. Cape Charles Museum provides a fascinating look back. The Art Deco Palace Theater spotlights local, regional and national talent. Bay Creek Resort and Club’s upscale marina with shops and restaurant flank the northern side of town. On the southern side its two nationally ranked golf courses designed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer intersect along stunning water vistas. Resort rentals are also available. Get on track with the vintage Bay Creek Railway dining excursions. Sunsets are serene on the town’s quiet mile-long beach, catch a sail or fish the pier.

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Wild Island Ponies

Wild Island Ponies A CHINCOTEAGUE ROMANCE

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RENEGADES FOR CENTURIES, THE SIGHT OF WILD HORSES running along the shores of Assateague Island have become romantic symbols of freedom, speaking to our innate longing to escape life’s “fences.” With unbridled anticipation visitors to neighboring Chincoteague Island seek out the wild ponies roaming Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Sturdy but small horses, their size is the reason for the affable “pony” moniker. Legend claims the ponies are descendents of wild mustangs who swam to shore after a Spanish galleon sunk off the coast. The less imaginative say their origin is traced back to the 1600s when early island settlers turned their herds loose to graze on the island tax-free. Either way, the Chincoteague Ponies have earned their island home and the affection of millions worldwide. Cared for by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the ponies are permitted to graze on the refuge. But to protect the sensitive eco-system the herd can not exceed 150 horses.

PONY POWER To trim the herd’s numbers and provide a source of revenue for the fire company on the last Wednesday before the last Thursday in July the island shifts into pony power with its annual Pony Penning and Auction. Run by the island’s version of their Wild West counterpoints, the Chincoteague “Saltwater Cowboys” round up the herd. On a “slack tide” they swim across the channel and into the quaint downtown of Chincoteague to the delight of thousands of onlookers. The foals are auctioned to fill the “I wanna pony” dream of kids of all ages. This 80-plus year celebration never fails to make international headlines but the pony mystique can be relished year round. Discover the horses while hiking, biking, or on a bus tour of the wildlife refuge with the Chincoteague National History Association. 757-336-3696, www.assateague.org/plover. Island captains also offer boat tours to view the ponies.

MISTY MAGIC Who made Pony Penning the splash heard round the world? Author Marguerite Henry who penned her beloved 1947 children’s classic Misty of Chincoteague. It later made it to the big screen filmed here using many islanders. On the Misty “trail” visit Miss Molly’s Inn, Main Street where Henry dreamed up the pony story, and the Island Roxy where the real Misty once strolled the aisles. Her hoof prints are memorialized under the old movie house marquee. You can also see where Misty once frolicked, the Beebe Ranch, now turned mini museum at 3062 Ridge Road. Misty and her foal Stormy, who later got her own story book, are preserved there and can be viewed during select summer hours. Call 757-599-6069. Fitting too is the beautiful bronzed statue at the town’s Waterfront Park commemorating the pony who put this delightful island on the map.

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Shore Tour FROM STEM TO STERN Eyre Hall Gardens Continued from page 10.

EYRE HALL GARDENS, CHERITON One of Virginia’s finest and best-preserved colonial homes provides idyllic strolls through one of the country’s oldest gardens, circa 1800. Entrance RT 13 west side between Cheriton & Eastville. 3215 Eyre Hall Dr.

EASTVILLE The historic Courthouse Green and the nation’s oldest continuous court records lend a genteel sense of history to this pretty porch community. Dine at a Colonial era inn. Unique shopping experience at two art galleries including redesigned thrift store finds transformed into whimsical furniture and a porch filled with colorful glass art. Site of Northampton County Chamber of Commerce office 757-678-0010 northamptoncountychamber.com

MACHIPONGO Just further south at the historic former “poorhouse farm” is the intriguing Barrier Islands Center. Though the Eastern Shore’s chain of seaside barrier islands are mostly deserted now, the museum preserves through relics and guided tours the fascinating tales of those who once called these shifting sands home. 757-678-5550. On east side of RT 13 awaits funky, fun Machipongo Trading Company with local coffee and sandwiches. Nearby on the scenic banks of Church Creek Chatham Vineyards offers tours/tastings and Kayak Winery Tour. 757-678-5588. FRANKTOWN Another fine winery can be found passing through the west side of Nassawadox. Follow the grape signs to Holly Grove Vineyards. Tours/tastings by appointment only. 757-442-2844

NASSAWADOX Along east Rt. 13 is an Italian restaurant—a locals’ favorite and gallery gift shop. On west side find the Great Machipongo Clam Shack seafood and live music venue. The hometown pharmacy is noted for its fun gift selection. Continued on page 16.

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Machipongo Trading Company WE SERVE: • Locally Roasted Coffee • Lattes, Espressos and Blended Coffees • Smoothies • Lox, Bagels • A&J’s Local Sage Sausage • Breakfast Burritos • Breakfast Sandwiches • Coffee Cake/ Scones • Lunch • Wraps, Salads & Paninis • Vegetarian Choices

WE SELL: • Ice Cream - Made on the Shore at Chincoteague’s Island Creamery • Healthy and not-so-healthy snacks • Eastern Shore Coastal Roasting Coffee Beans • Local Eastern Shore Products • Microbrews • Local Art WE OFFER: • Wi-Fi • Helpful directions to local venues • Dining In/Carry Out

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Wachapreague Inn

Stay Right at the Water in Comfort Walk to Boat Ramp, Marina & Restaurant Houses, Apartments & Rooms

757-787-2105

www.wachapreagueinn.com

WACHAPREAGUE Little City By The Sea Marinas • Art Shop • Restaurants Boat Ramps • Boat Rentals • Seaside Park Bird Watching • Bait & Tackle Shops Accommodations • Antique Shops Barrier Island Tours • Charter Fleets Kayak & Canoe Launching Facilities

Town Of Wachapreague P.O. BOX 242 Wachapreague, VA 23480 wactown@verizon.net • wachapreague.org • 757-787-7117 Visit us on our Facebook page! 14

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Waterfront Dining Banquet Room & Lounge

Island House Restaurant

Overlooking the Barrier Islands Fresh Local Seafood Clams, Oysters, Crab Cakes

(757) 787-4242 Capt. Zed's Marina & Tackleshop

Charter & Small Boat Rentals Free Boat Ramp • Slips • Fuel Water Taxi to Barrier Islands

(757) 789-3222

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EXMORE & WILLIS WHARF Enjoy the little downtown which includes a cozy café bakery, antique shops and retro-real diner. [Legend has it there’s a stool Elvis once rested his blue suede shoes on.] Lodging at centrally located hotels is available on the town’s Rt. 13 frontage. On the waterside find Willis Wharf, a secluded seaside village and aquaculture capital raising clams and oysters.

WACHAPREAGUE Known as the “Little City by the Sea” and “Flounder Capital of the World,” this town of 250 residents shines with small town friendliness. Its setting along emerald green marshes is the scene stealer. Marinas provide an active charter fishing fleet, boat slip rentals, bait and tackle shop, boat and kayak rentals to explore the pristine barrier islands. If eating fresh seafood with amazing water views is your thing, stop on by or stay at in-town lodging. Freshly renovated Island House Restaurant and Wachapreague Inn are both under exciting new ownership. Family fun can be had each summer at the nostalgic Wachapreague Carnival.

MELFA Along Rt. 13, check out the visitors’ center at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce (757-787-2460). At the Accomack County Airport (757-787-4600) fly-in for a Shore visit or seek a bird’s eye view of our beautiful coastlines with an aerial tour. Inside the Accomack Airport Park, Blue Crab Bay Company offers award-winning regional specialty foods and gifts.

ONLEY Just minutes north on Rt. 13 experience the internationally acclaimed bronze wildlife sculptures at Turner Sculpture. Continued on page 20.

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Award winning staff • Free high speed Internet Complimentary continental breakfast Restaurant adjacent • 52 rooms with 8 suites Outdoor pool

P.O. Box 1327 2543 Lankford Hwy. (US Route 13) Exmore, VA 23350 Call 757-442-REST (7378) or EASTERN SHORE INN Toll Free Reservation www.easternshoreinn.com 888-ROUTE 13 (768-8313)

Theis Sea Shell Motel a center of hospitality and comfort.

• Family Owned Business Since 1965 • Conveniently located close to town, shopping & eateries • Modern motel rooms, efficiencies, suites & cottages/houses

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• Summer kitchen, picnic tables, barbeques • Moderate rates • Free Hi-Speed Wireless

3720 WilloW W Street

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the Charlotte Hotel & Restaurant Where sleep is blissful and the food is art. 7 North Street, Onancock, VA 23417

757-787-7400

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Explore the rich history of the Eastern Shore at Ker Place, a 1799 Plantation House and Museum Open March through December Tuesday – Saturday 11AM-4PM

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Waterfront Dining in Onancock

Located in the historic Hopkins Bros. Store

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757-787-8558

Open daily serving lunch & dinner Summer Sunday Dockside Entertainment Limited Slips Available Johnny Mo’s ALL CRAB crab cakes Mallards Restaurants, Catering & Entertainment “The Shore’s Premier Caterer”

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ONANCOCK Voted COOLEST SMALL TOWN in America by Budget Travel Magazine, it’s also known for welcoming guests and their pets with “Yappy Hour” and other petfriendly accommodations. With a petite harbor, this charmer chartered in 1680 displays its esteemed history at Ker Place, a circa 1800 Federal style house museum. The small town sophisticate harbors bistros and an Irish pub. Dinner and a movie take on a delightful twist with the retro movie theater or theatrics at the North Street Playhouse. Enjoy shopping opportunities for art, antiques and garden and home furnishings. The wharf provides a safe harbor for visiting boaters, fishing charters, kayaking tours, and waterfront dining. A boutique hotel and welcoming B & Bs make extended stays more than tempting. onancock.org

TANGIER ISLAND ESPN found one of the last watermen’s outposts a perfect spot to film commercials as unique as the tiny Chesapeake isle. From Onancock sail back in time where islanders speak in an endearing sing-song Elizabethan twang. Visitors can enjoy the fresh bounty at several of the island’s home-style restaurants. Rent bikes or Tangier taxis—golf carts—to cruise the car-less isle. The new Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center and self-guided history walk give insight to the island’s enduring heritage. Pristine sandy beaches are excellent for relaxing. Take a Waterman’s Tour with a Tangier captain and discover the island’s legendary soft-shell crab “farms” (Contact Chesapeake House 757-891-2331). Free kayak rentals and mapped water trails bring you to secluded vistas. Come twilight rock on the porch of the Bay View Inn and listen to the creatures of the marsh softly serenade the island. tangierhistorymuseum.org

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The ♥ of the Eastern Shore

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Chincoteague Island Ponies Continued from page 20.

PARKSLEY Norman Rockwell would have loved this vestige of small town America. The meticulously restored railroad station—home to the charming Eastern Shore Railroad Museum—is situated in the 1885 town square surrounded by quaint shops and a pair of restaurants. 2 miles west off Rt. 13, 20 minutes south of the Maryland line.

BLOXOM Mediterranean flavor flows from a Victorian-era farm—home to Bloxom Winery—a mile west of Rt. 13. Memorial Day thru Dec., Fri.-Sun. 757-665-5670.

NASA VISITOR CENTER AT WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY Near Chincoteague Island discover what has been going on since 1945 at one of the oldest launch sites in the world. No spacecraft needed to have an astronaut’s-eye-view of the planets and moons at the new Science On a Sphere Theatre. A six-foot-diameter globe provides stunning visual effects from real scientific data. The animated sphere seems to float in space—just as an astronaut would see the Earth! 757-824-2298

CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND “America’s Best Beach Town” –AOL TRAVEL is the family resort famed for its wild ponies, but with all it has to offer it’s far from a one-horse town. Shopping in the pedestrian-friendly downtown ranges from decoys to dresses, antique to art. Second Saturday Art Strolls are popular evening events April–Dec. Fresh off the dock seafood is found in a variety of restaurants. Lodging is equally varied from family-owned motels to charming B & Bs. See the island from the water with expert guides. A 1945 movie theatre is a place to catch a flick the old-fashioned way. Unspoiled beaches and nature trails along with the Assateague Lighthouse provide outdoor adventures on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The 87th Annual Pony Swim & Auction is July 25-26, sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. For more information stop by the helpful Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center located on Maddox Blvd circle. 757-336-6161, chincoteaguechamber.com 22

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POINTS OF INTEREST 1 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge/ Assateague Island National Seashore 2 Assateague Lighthouse 3 Chincoteague Island Museum 4 NASA/Wallops Visitor Center 5 Eastern Shore Railway Museum 6 Ker Place Museum 7 Barrier Islands Center 8 Custis’ Tombs 9 Kiptopeke State Park 10 Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge 11 Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel 12 Cape Charles Museum DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH, after crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge on I-295, continue on to I-95 (Delaware Turnpike) to exit 4A for Route 1 South. Continue to exit 97, an expressway connection to Route 13—turn south. Continue on US 13 to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. FROM THE SOUTH, take Route 13 North and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects Route 13 in Virginia Beach to Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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YOU’VE DISCOVERED MOTHER NATURE’S PLAYGROUND. THE EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA: THE LONGEST STRETCH OF NATURAL COASTLINE REMAINING ON THE EAST COAST. • Channel your inner “eagle” at the Eastern Shore hang gliding facility, no experience needed. How about some kiteboarding and parasailing fun? • Sunset Cruises are a specialty from Cape Charles to Chincoteague. A world away is our chain of deserted islands and eco-tour guides can take you by boat or kayak. • No fish tales needed when casting here. Charters available in Wachapreague and other seaside/bayside towns. Surf fishing, try Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge beaches. Fishing pier sites include Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles, and Saxis. • Birding is the best on our hemispherically crucial migratory flyway. Refuges, parks, and our county roads offer great vantage points. Observe bird banding from mid Aug.–Nov. at Kiptopeke State Park. • Hike/bike nature trails at Chincoteague and Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuges, Kiptopeke State Park or quiet Seaside Road that runs up our 70 mile peninsula. • Hands on, feet wet education equals fun for kids, teens, families, and adults while staying at the Marine Science Consortium’s brand new campus. Explore marine and coastal environments by boat/kayak excursions, birding, biking, photography workshops and more. See listings for more info. 28

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CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Assateague Island is the only seaside beach accessible by land on the Eastern Shore. 14,000 acres of unmitigated beauty, it’s the one stop shopping for outdoor fun including 10 miles of natural beach, bird watching, kayaking, biking and surf fishing. Interpretive centers and the 1867 Assateague Lighthouse add to this amazing experience. Meet its most famous residents—the wild Chincoteague Ponies. A gull’s cry away is Chincoteague Island, a nostalgia-sweet resort. 757-336-6161 www.chincoteaguechamber.com

SEASIDE BARRIER ISLANDS In a hectic world the Eastern Shore’s 60-mile-long chain of barrier islands are almost mystical in their isolation. No houses, fewer humans, it’s easy to lose yourself in this water-meets-sky world. You can get there from here, but only with a professional eco-tour guide who provides unique adventures in the rarest of settings while protecting this fragile environment. Take a boat tour and on deserted beaches find your own Castaway experience—only better! (See listings) 757-787-8268 www.esvatourism.org

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Bayside Tangier island Smack dab in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, this authentic working watermen’s island’s best kept secret is its secluded beaches. Walk, bike, ride or take a Tangier taxi—golf cart—to share the surf with the shore birds, hunt for Native American arrowheads or experience an unforgettable island sunrise or sunset. Tangier Island is a true getaway, the only way to get here is by ferry boat or small plane. 757-891-2369 www.tangierhistorymuseum.org

Cape Charles BeaCh Near the southern end of the Eastern Shore, relax on this friendly, small town beach, along the calm waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Complete with gingerbread gazebo and fishing pier all within steps of the historic downtown. Come sundown, grab a seat on the sands and watch the sun kiss the bay good night. 757-787-8268 www.esvatourism.org

KipTopeKe sTaTe parK Nature rules at this beautiful beach. Peaceful waters are perfect for small children. Utilize a boat launch, fishing pier—or surf fish right off the beach. Picnic and excellent camping facilities combine with walking/biking trails that allow exploration of scenic maritime forests and dunes. Pets allowed on leash. 800-933-PARK 757-331-2267 www.dcr.virginia.gov/parks/kiptopek.htm

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Shore Art

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ON THIS PASTORAL PENINSULA, ART REFLECTS THE BEAUTY OF LIFE LIVED BETWEEN THE WATERS. Whether it’s a painting of a bay sunset, the salty tradition of decoy carving, or ancient trees turned to art, the Eastern Shore’s splendor nurtures nationally acclaimed artists and artisans. Discover them in main street galleries, local festivals and art strolls. Delight too, in performing arts brought to a historic theater and thriving in a community playhouse. MOONRISE JEWELRY

Artisan Guild – Eastern Shore of Virginia • esartisansguild.org ARTS ENTER Palace Theatre • artsentercapecharles.org     Arts Council of the Eastern Shore • acesva.org Chincoteague Cultural Alliance • chincoteagueculturalalliance.org Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Assoc. • 800-388-6759 ESO Art Center • esoartscenter.org Eastern Shore Art League • easternshoreartleague.org North Street Playhouse • northstreetplayhouse.org 32

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Turner Sculpture Wildlife Sculptures in Bronze by William H.Turner & David H.Turner. Gallery & Foundry

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2nd Largest antique MaLL in Virginia

35,000 Square Feet • 200 Shops Under One Roof

Furniture • Jewelry • Vintage Items • Decorative Arts Christmas Shoppe • Pet Friendly • Camper Friendly

Blue Crow Antique Mall Open 7 Days a Week • Mon. - Sat. 10-5 Sun. 12-5

(757) 442-4150

32124 Lankford Hwy. Rt. 13 • Keller, VA 23401 bluecrow@intercom.net • bluecrowantiquemall.com

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Shore Wine Trail

Shore Wine Trail

3 Boutique Wineries Await your Tasting Adventure Listed South to North CHATHAM VINEYARDS On the southern end of the Shore just north of Eastville, you’ll find estate grown wines that have garnered multiple awards. Set at the Federal Period home of Chatham on land first patented in 1640, the winery is now planted with more than twenty acres of French Vinifera. Perched on the fair shores of Church Creek it is home to the country’s only Kayak Winery Tour through Southeast Expeditions. Tours/Tastings. June-August open daily. Remainder of the year: Open Thurs-Mon 10-5. Sun 12–5. Closed Tues & Wed 757-678-5588 chathamvineyards.com HOLLY GROVE VINEYARDS Home of Genesis, a Bordeaux blend, an exciting new wine celebrating Virginia’s return to space where the nation’s space program began right here on Wallop’s Island. Award-wining Vintner Jonathan Bess, partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport and the Virginia Space Flight Academy, will donate 10% of Genesis sales to the Space Flight Academy, a camp that gets kids excited about space technology. Taste this and more at the family owned winery. Holly Grove Winery; 6404 Holly Bluff Drive, Franktown VA call for hours: 757-442-2844. hollygrovevineyards.com

BLOXOM WINERY In 2004, Robert and Francesca opened one of the Shore’s first wineries on a scenic Victorian-era farm. Found on the northern end of the peninsula north of Parksley, the beautiful Mediterranean-style tasting and dining room allows visitors to savor the “fruits” of their labor inside and out. A great complement to the wines is Francesca’s pizza baked fresh in their wood-fired oven, served year round. Sat 1-7pm. Homemade pasta Fridays till end of summer starting at 5pm. Open Memorial Day till year’s end. Fri-Sun 12-5. 757-665-5670 bloxomwinery.com

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the o t e m o c Wel ncoteague

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Inn

A 70 unit motel, just minutes away from the Assateague Island Beach and Wildlife Refuge, the Inn is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the solitude and the breathtaking sunsets our Island has to offer.

Be our guest as you enjoy our outdoor pool with large surrounding deck & gazebo. A screened pavilion equipped with cooking facilities will accommodate most any gathering, large or small. For those wanting to picnic, we have barbeque grills available as well as a volleyball court. There is ample parking for cars and a designated area for boats and buses.

Maddox Blvd. and 4417 Deep Hole Road Chincoteague, Virginia 23336

1-877-222-8799 ONLINE RESERVATIONS

www.ChincoteagueInn.com

Open Year Round

20 cottages modern in every detail. Located one block north of Maddox Blvd., just 5 minutes to Assateague National Seashore Park. Cottages consist of two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and bath. Cable TV, facilities for 6 people, telephones, 24-hour linen availability, and complete housekeeping furnishings with a safe playground for children to play. A/C, carpet, and pool too! No pets.

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100% Smoke Free

6113 Taylor Street, Chincoteague,VA

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Unplug for Family Fun

Unplug for Family Fun AUNT BEA WOULD APPROVE The Mayberry-like town of Cape Charles is a family friendly destination. Kayak tours can teach your clan how to clam while seeking wildlife on serene waters. Connect with your inner pirate when Tall Ships visit the harbor—ARRR! “MA, I WANNA PONY!” That request can be met on Chincoteague Island, a place that harkens to the seaside resorts of old where kids, parents and grandparents made memories. The home of wild ponies made famous by the 1947 book Misty of Chincoteague still captivates children today. No need to wait for the legendary Pony Swim, scope out the ponies year round on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge where the beach is pristine. Other attractions: the 1867 Assateague Lighthouse, Herbert Bateman Center, cozy museums, bike trails, boat tours, miniature golf, the list goes on. GATHER AROUND THE CAMPFIRE The Shore has a variety of campgrounds tucked along the scenic waters of the bay and sea. Fun in the sun activities range from swimming and fishing to paddle boats and dolphin cruises. Lodging options include deluxe cabins, RV hook-ups and tent sites. And just for the kids, stellar summer adventures at YMCA Camp Silver Beach. (See listings for more info)

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explore nature's pristine & private places on Virginia's Eastern Shore and Barrier Islands

Broadwater Bay Eco-tours

757-442-4363 757-710-0568 cell www.broadwaterbayecotours.com

Your Home for Kayaking, Kiteboarding, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Hang Gliding & More from the Tip to the Top of the Eastern Shore!

www.SouthEastExpeditions.com

Visit one of our 4 store locations, or give us a call to start planning your adventure today! SUNSET BEACH

32218 Lankford Hwy

CAPE CHARLES 239 Mason Ave

Cape Charles, VA Cape Charles, VA 757-331-2680 757-695-4001

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CHINCOTEAGUE

6631 Maddox Blvd

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What’s Happening? TALL SHIPS AT CAPE CHARLES PHOTO: CHRIS GLENNON

What’s Happening? THE EASTERN SHORE KNOWS HOW TO ROCK YEAR ROUND WITH FESTIVALS, TOURS AND TOURNAMENTS.

• Feast on our fresh from the tide oysters, clams, crabs. • Get down on the farm for some lip smackin’ barbecue or take the kids to country carnivals. • Hobnob at garden & holiday tours, art & antique shows. • Catch the big one at the fishing tournaments, test your golf game or bike between the waters. • OpSail 2012™: For the 1st time this historic, world-class, international event comes to the Eastern Shore. Celebrate Tall Ships in our small towns like Cape Charles. tallshipscapecharles.com

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MRanch

Triple

On Kings Creek

Our 150 acre waterfront farm is located approximately 1 mile from Cape Charles on Route 184 For Ride Reservations Call 757-695-1780 www.triplemranches.com • triplemranch@me.com We Offer Boarding

Cheers! Subscribe today to get Virginia WineLover magazine delivered to your door. State-wide coverage on your favorite wineries, food pairings, festivals and events. Plus our mobile app that dials you into any of the close to 200 wineries in the Old Dominion!

www.VirginiaWineLover.com

FREE Wireless Internet • 50 Amp Pull-Thrus

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Blast Off!

Blast Off! EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF ROCKET LAUNCHES ON OUR COAST

“SPACE ISLAND” IS RESUPPLYING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION Rocket launches to rival any 4th of July Fireworks and you can watch with the wild ponies on Assateague Beach or raise a glass of cheer at waterside restaurants, hotels and a bevy of places up and down our coast. The excitement is brought to you by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport—MARS—located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. And it’s Orbital Sciences Corp.’s rockets that will be resupplying the International Space Station. Did you know Wallops Flight Facility is where the U.S. Space program began and is the nation’s oldest, most prolific rocket launching site? The first research rocket lifted off from the island on July 4, 1945—more than a decade before the creation of NASA. Way back then, the only way onto the island was by ferry. And who put the first female astronaut in orbit? Yep, our Space Island! Miss Sam, a rhesus monkey, paved the way for Astronaut Alan Shepard’s success in the Apollo era. [And no worries—she made it safely back for a happy retirement.] Launch/Space info: marsspaceport.com [See Current Launch Manifest] and www.nasa.gov/wallops. For evolving festivities & fun stuff to do prior to countdown: esvatourism.org SPRING 2012: Re-supply mission Antares launch. Stay tuned! 40

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Located near the center of the island, easy access to all that Chincoteague Island has to offer.

We pride ourselves on quality service at an affordable price. • Free continental breakfast • Free WI-FI high-speed Internet access • Free local calls • Seasonal outdoor pool • Exercise room • Picnic area with BBQ grills • We are a DOG FRIENDLY hotel • In-room microwave, refrigerator • Business Center on Site • Non-smoking & handicap accessible

6273 Maddox Blvd Chincoteague, VA 23336 (757) 336-6565 www.rodewayinn.com

• Circa 1904 •

BayBedView Inn & Breakfast

Bay View Inn is one of the oldest homes on Tangier Island and is filled with the beauty and charm of days gone by. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast, then walk to any of the nearby Gift Shops, Restaurants, Beaches, Wildlife, Kayaking, Eco Tours and more! All Major Credit Cards Accepted

OPEN YEAR-ROUND

16408 West Ridge Road | Tangier Island, VA 23440 www.tangierisland.net | e: tangiergetaways@yahoo.com

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100% Smoke Free

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Onancock & Tangier Island Ferry

From Coolest Town to the Island ESPN Found Pair a visit to a bayside, small town sophisticate with the car-less isle of Tangier TANGIER ISLAND: ESPN filmed a series of authentically funny sports-themed commercials here with islanders as the stars. See why history isn’t a dusty relic but alive each day in the watermen who still till the tides for blue crabs like their great-great-granddaddies did. Climb aboard for an Honorary Waterman’s Tour ~ Visit the Tangier Island History Museum ~ feast on the freshest island seafood ~ on self-guided kayak trails float to abandoned places. ONANCOCK: Budget Travel Magazine’s pick for America’s Coolest Small Towns spoils you with gracious inns ~ shopping strolls ~ guided kayaking tours ~ delightful dining ops including sunsets on the historic harbor with gourmet bistro Mallards at the Wharf. Ferry Schedule/Reservations Captain Mark Crockett, 757-891-2505 www.tangierferry.com

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OpSail 2012™: The Shore Way

Tall Ships, Small Towns June 1-12 FOR THE 1ST TIME THIS HISTORIC, WORLD-CLASS, INTERNATIONAL EVENT COMES TO THE EASTERN SHORE’S TRIO OF OFFICAL OpSail 2012™ AFFILIATE PORTS FOR A BOUTIQUE TALL SHIP EXPERIENCE. ALL HANDS ON DECK! Hey, that’s you as you climb aboard to relish up-close the majestic romance of Tall Ships as costumed crew rope you and your family into the golden age of sailing. Feel that wind-in-yoursails freedom with a rare opportunity to ply the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in these historic beauties. With an array of festivities the Colonial port town of Onancock, the amazing island without cars Tangier, and Cape Charles your Harbor to Hospitality provide a relaxed, hands on way to celebrate OpSail 2012™ Virginia, one of the largest tall ship and maritime events in history. In Cape Charles, coupled with historic re-enactments, the town’s deep water harbor will be a sea of excitement with watercraft of every conceivable kind from skipjacks to sloops. Details: esvatourism.org • tallshipscapecharles.com OpSail 2012 Virginia commemorates the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Opsail2012virginia.com

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Places to Visit

Places to Visit

Bay Creek Railway ATTRACTIONS

Cape Charles Business Association P.O. Box 461 Cape Charles, VA 23310 www.CapeCharles.Biz info@CapeCharles.Biz

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Town of Wachapreague PO Box 242 Wachapreague, VA 23480 (757) 787-7117 wactown@verizon.net www.wachapreague.org

ARTISANS / GALLERIES

32386 Lankford Highway Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-2960 Fax (757) 331-4565 www.cbbt.com

The Gallery at Eastville

Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society at Ker Place

Island Arts

69 Market Street, PO Box 179 Onancock, VA 23417 (757) 787-8012 kerplace@verizon.net www.kerplace.org

Marine Science Consortium 34001 Mill Dam Road Wallops Island, VA 23337 (757) 824-5636 www.msconsortium.org

Town of Onancock PO Box 111 Onancock, VA 23417 (757) 302-0388 www.onancock.org www.onancock.com 44

16319 Courthouse Road Eastville, VA 23347 (757) 678-7532 www.TheGalleryAtEastville.com 6196 Maddox Boulevard Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-5856 (757) 336-3113 Fax (757) 336-1869

The Stage Door Gallery 301 Mason Avenue, P.O. Box 226 Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-3669 www.stagedoorgallery.com www.artsentercapecharles.org

Turner Sculpture 27316 Lankford Highway Onley, VA 23418 (757) 787-2818 www.turnersculpture.com

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CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce

6733 Maddox Boulevard Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-6161 chincoteaguechamber.com

Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce 19056 Parkway, PO Box 460 Melfa, VA 23410 (757) 787-2460 www.esvachamber.org

Northhampton County Chamber of Commerce

16429A Courthouse Road PO Box 475, Eastville, VA 23347 (757) 678-0010 www.northamptoncountychamber.com DINING

Bill’s Seafood Restaurant

4040 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-5831 www.billsseafoodrestaurant.com

The Great Machipongo Clam Shack

6468 Lankford Highway, Route 13 Nassawadox, VA 23413 (757) 442-3800 www.greatclams.com

Island House Restaurant & Capt. Zed’s Marina 17 Atlantic Avenue Wachapreague, VA 23480 (757) 787-4242 Restaurant (757) 789-3222 Capt. Zed’s www.wachapreague.com

Machipongo Trading Company 13037 Lankford Hwy. Machipongo, VA 23405 (757) 678-0005 www.esvamtc.com

Mallards Restaurant

2 Market Street Onancock, VA (757) 787-8558 Caterers (757) 787-7321 www.mallardsllc.com

Sting-Ray’s Restaurant

26507 Lankford Highway Cape Charles, VA 23310 Rest. 757-331-1541 C. Store 757-331-2505 www.sting-raysrestaurant.com

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Places to Visit Veneto’s Pizzeria

227 Mason Ave. Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-2275 venetos@verizon.net www.eatvenetos.com ECO TOURS / CHARTER BOATS SCENIC CRUISES BIKE RENTALS / SERVICES

Bike Depot & Beach Outfitters 7058 Maddox Boulevard Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-5511 • (888) 673-3843 Fax (757) 336-6134 www.refugebikes.com

Broadwater Bay Ecotours 6035 Killmon Point Road Exmore, VA 23350 (757) 442-4363 Cell (757) 710-0568 www.broadwaterbayecotours.com

Chincoteague Cruises & Nature Tours Curtis Merritt Harbor Main St., Chincoteague, VA 23336 (757) 336-5731 chincocruises1@verizon.net www.chincoteaguecruises.com

Eastern Shore Adventures/ Captain Buddy Vaughan

PO Box 2069 Cheriton, VA 23316 (757) 615-2598 Cell (757) 615-7723 esa10@verizon.net www.easternshoreadventures.com

Southeast Expeditions Kayak Tours 32218 Lankford Hwy. Cape Charles, VA (4 Locations!) (757) 331-2680 Sunset Beach (757) 52-KAYAK Chincoteague (757) 695-4001 Cape Charles (757) 354-4FUN Onancock www.southeastexpeditions.com TRAIL RIDING (HORSEBACK RIDING)

Triple M Ranch 22190 Karen’s Lane Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 695-1780 www.triplemranches.com triplemranch@me.com Continued on page 46.

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MASSAGE THERAPY AND SPA SERVICES

Pinder Massage Therapy & Spa Services

20441 Market Street Onancock, VA 23417 (757) 789-7611 • (757) 710-6532 www.pindermassage.massagetherapy.com CONFERENCE CENTER / RETREAT

The Chincoteague Center

6155 Community Drive Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-0614 ChincoteagueCenter.com GOURMET AND SPECIALTY FOOD SHOPS

Blue Crab Bay Co.

Off Rt. 13 29368 Atlantic Drive Melfa, VA 23410 (757) 787-3602 • (800) 221-2722 www.bluecrabbay.com REALTORS

Eastern Shore of VA Realty (757) 331-4661 VirginiasOtherBeach.com Team@ESVARealty.com www.ESVARealty.com

SPECIALTY SHOPS

Blue Crow Antique Mall 32124 Lankford Highway Keller, VA 23401 (757) 442-4150 bluecrow@intercom.net bluecrowantiquemall.com

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King Street Exchange 49 King Street Onancock, VA 23417 (757) 787-2247 SUMMER CAMP

YMCA Camp Silver Beach 6272 YMCA Lane, P.O. Box 69 Jamesville, VA 23398 (757) 442-4634 (877) 231-2012 Fax (757) 442-4786 info@campsilverbeach.org www.campsilverbeach.org WINERIES

Bloxom Winery 26130 Mason Road Bloxom, VA 23308 (757) 665-5670 www.bloxomwinery.com

Chatham Vineyards 9232 Chatham Road Machipongo, VA 23405 (757) 678-5588 info@chathamvineyards.com www.ChathamVineyards.net

Holly Grove Vineyards 6404 Holly Bluff Drive Franktown, VA 23354 (757) 442-2844 www.HollyGroveVineyards.com

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Accommodations

Accommodations HOTELS & RESORTS

Bay Creek Resort & Club 3335 Stone Road Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-8742 www.baycreek.net

BEST WESTERN PLUS Chincoteague Island

7105 Maddox Boulevard Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-6557 • (800) 553-6117 chincoteague-hotel.com

Best Western - Eastern Shore Inn P.O. Box 1327 2543 Lankford Highway (US Route. 13) Exmore, VA 23350 (757) 442-7378 • (888) 768-8313 www.EasternShoreInn.com

The Charlotte Hotel & Restaurant

7 North Street Onancock, VA 23417 (757) 787-7400 www.thecharlottehotel.com

Chincoteague Inn

4417 Deep Hole Road Chincoteague, VA 23336 (757) 336-6415 • (877) 222-8799 Fax (757) 336-3244 ChincoteagueInn.com

Comfort Suites

4195 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-3700 Fax (757) 336-5452 www.chincoteaguecomfortsuites.com

Dove Winds

7023 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-5667 www.DoveWinds.com

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Hampton Inn & Suites

4179 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-1616 • 800-HAMPTON www.hamptoninnchincoteague.com

Island Resort

4391 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-3141 • Fax (757) 336-1483 reservations@islandmotorinnresort.com www.islandmotorinn.com

Refuge Inn

7058 Maddox Boulevard Chincoteague, VA 23336 (757) 336-5511 • (888) 831-0900 www.refugeinn.com

Rittenhouse Motor Lodge

23054 Lankford Highway Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-2768 • Fax (757) 331-2063 www.rittenhousemotorlodge.com

Rodeway Inn

6273 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague, VA 23336 (757) 336-6565 www.rodewayinn.com

Sea Shell Motel

3720 Willow Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-6589 www.seashellmotel.org

Sunset Beach Resort Hotel 32246 Lankford Highway Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-1776 • (800) 899-4786 www.SunsetBeachResortVA.com

Wachapreague Inn

1 Main Street, PO Box 256 Wachapreague, VA 23480 (757) 787-2105 www.wachapreagueinn.com wachapreagueinn@mail.com Continued on page 48.

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Waterside Inn

3761 S. Main Street, PO Box 347 Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (877) 870-3434 www.watersidemotorinn.com CAMPGROUNDS / COTTAGE RENTALS

Cape Charles Vacation Rentals 555 Mason Avenue Cape Charles, VA 23310 (800) 421-1481 www.rentalsincapecharles.com vacation@rentalsincapecharles.com

Eastern Shore Retreats

6759-A Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-1088 www.chincoteague.com/esretreats Pattjack1@Verizon.net

Holiday Cottages

6113 Taylor Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-6256

Tall Pines Harbor Campground 8107 Tall Pines Lane Sanford, VA 23426 (757) 824-0777 www.tallpinesharbor.com

Tom’s Cove Park

8128 Beebe Road Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336-6498 Email: tomscovepark@verizon.net www.tomscovepark.com BED & BREAKFASTS

Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles

The Baywood Bed & Breakfast 31400 Latimers Bluff Road Cape Charles, VA 23310 (269) 209-4406 www.thebaywood.com

Cape Charles House B&B 645 Tazewell Avenue Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-4920 www.capecharleshouse.com stay@capecharleshouse.com

Channel Bass Inn & Tea Room 6228 Church Street Chincoteague, VA 23336 (757) 336-6148 • (800) 249-0818 www.channelbassinn.com

Chesapeake Bay View Bed & Breakfast 212 Bay Avenue Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-2087 chesapeakebayview.com

Colonial Manor Inn

84 Market Street Onancock, VA 23417 (757) 787-3521 www.colonialmanorinn.com

Fig Street Inn

711 Tazewell Avenue Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-3133 • (855) 331-3133 www.figstreetinn.com info@figstreetinn.com

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The Inn at Onancock

403 Tazewell Avenue Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-2838 BayHavenInnbnb.com

30 North Street Onancock, VA 23417 (757) 789-7711 • (866) 792-7466 krisandlisa@innatonancock.com www.innatonancock.com

16408 West Ridge Road Tangier Island, VA 23440 (757) 891-2396 tangiergetaways@yahoo.com www.tangierisland.net

9 Tazewell Avenue Cape Charles, VA 23310 (757) 331-2206 sea_gate@verizon.net www.seagatebb.com

Bay View Inn Bed & Breakfast

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Sea Gate, A Bed and Breakfast

TOURISM INFORMATION: EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA TOURISM COMMISSION PO Box 72, Tasley, VA 23441 757-787-8268 • esvatourism.org • tourism@esvatourism.org

VISIT: Eastern Shore of Virginia Welcome Center North end of Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. PHOTOGRAPHS GENEROUSLY DONATED BY: • • • •

CHRIS ROGERS chrismrogers.com • BLUE CRAB BAY bluecrabbay.com CHRIS GLENNON chrisglennon.com • SOUTHEAST EXPEDITIONS southeastexpeditions.net RON WRUCKE easternshoreimaging.com MEDFORD TAYLOR-Saltwater Cowboys, NASA WALLOPS, KENNY LEWIS, ARIEL SKELLEY, FLORENCE WOMACKS, VIRGINIA TOURISM

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Best Western Plus Chincoteague Island

Closest Accommodations to the Beach & Refuge Winner of the prestigious 2011 Best Western Champion Award in Customer Care.

“Elegance At Nature’s Door”

• Free High Speed Wireless Internet • Free Hot Deluxe Breakfast • Bicycle And Beach Gear Rentals

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Best Western Plus Chincoteague Island

7105 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island Virginia 23336 757.336.6557 1.800.553.6117 | www.chincoteague-hotel.com Each Best Western© branded hotel is independently owned and operated. ©2011 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Refuge Inn

Distinctive Rooms & Suites

7058 Maddox Blvd. • Chincoteague, VA 23336 1-888-831-0900 • 757-336-5511 • www.refugeinn.com

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Assateague National Seashore Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge Surf Fishing • Bay Flounder Fishing Ocean Beaches • Bird Watching Oyster Museum • Miniature Golf Tennis Courts and more!

CAMPING AT ITS BEST Fishing and Crabbing Piers Boat Ramp and Marina Playground for the Kids Clubhouse with Video Games and Pool Tables Large Country Store Cable Television on Selected Sites Seasonal Sites Available 30x60 Swimming Pool

Fun For the Whole Family 8128 Beebe Rd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 757.336.6498 www.tomscovepark.com tomscovepark@verizon.net

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ChinCoteague island’s all Waterfront resort

RESORT WATERFRONT BALCONIES, BEST VIEW ON ISLAND, HEALTH/FITNESS CENTER, CAFE, INDOOR & OUTDOOR POOLS, CONFERENCE/HOSPITALITY ROOM, YACHT ACCOMMODATIONS FIVE MINUTES TO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ASSATEAGUE NATIONAL SEASHORE, NASA/ WALLOPS ISLAND ON CHINCOTEAGUE BAY 4391 MAIN STREET (757) 336-3141 • Fax (757) 336-1483 www.islandmotorinn.com reservations@islandmotorinnresort.com

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