Sweet Small Town Charm

I just returned from a lovely time in the charming and very small town of Cape Charles, VA.  Have you heard of it? This town hit my radar when I started seeing photographs of the “Love” sign.  If your not from Virginia, these love signs have popped up all around the state as a symbol of our state motto “Virginia is for lovers.”  This place REALLY came on my radar after my fabulous photographer bought a house and started posting the most beautiful pictures on Instagram.  So long story short, my dear friend invited me to join her at my photographers home. Everything about the 3 nights was perfect, the house, small town vibe, calm ocean waters, the sunshine and of course the company.

While Cape Charles might not be on everyone’s radar, I think it's important to put a small town destination on your list.  They are great for quick weekend getaways and ultimately slow down your pace of life. 

In 2018, Coastal Living voted Cape Charles #3 top small beach town in the whole US.  This sweet town is located at the tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.   It was originally a terminal for ferries that took passengers and cars across the Bay and later it became a terminal for railroad freight.  Now it serves as an escape from life with cute brickfront stores, public beach, yummy seafood and a highly ranked golf course.

A few favorites spots in Cape Charles

  • Brown Dog Ice Cream//Every beach trip requires Ice Cream and this place won’t disappoint.  A local joint that creates handcrafted uniquely flavored ice cream.

  • Peach Beach Shave Ice Shack// After traveling to Hawaii it was hard to top Hawaiian  shaved ice but Peach Beach bought a machine from Hawaii. This is legit!  

  • Cape Charles Brewery Company// Fantastic outdoor seating, good food, and yard games equals a happy family.  

  • Shanty// Can’t go to the beach without eating some seafood, this a family friendly casual seafood place located on the water.  It is also a lovely location to catch the sunset.

  • Southern Tip Bike and Hike Trail//This is a very family friendly 5.3 mile trail that offers scenic views.  Enjoy the leisurely ride or hike and get outside!