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Virginia’s Unexpected Eastern Shore

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a slender peninsula of land jutting out between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. It is an area rich in history and natural attractions. Tourism thrives here, but in an understated way. Stay in Eastern Shore Virginia bed and breakfasts while discovering this unique place.

Onancock is one of the largest towns on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a population of approximately 1,500. Onancock Creek wraps around the town and meanders about 4 miles before spilling into Chesapeake Bay. Stroll or bike through town, admiring the historic architecture. Visit art galleries, take in a movie at the historic Roseland theater, and dine in several excellent restaurants. Kayak down the creek.

Take a day trip from Onancock to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, a remarkable place where residents still speak with an accent similar to the original British settlers. Be sure to enjoy a soft shell crab sandwich while there.

Chincoteague Island is a quaint island/town on the Atlantic coast with a handful of museums, shops, and restaurants. Nearby Assateague Island National Seashore includes 37 miles of sandy beaches, and wild ponies to boot. There is truly no place like this in the country,

If possible, stay in an Eastern Shore Virginia bed and breakfast during the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival towards the end of July. This is the best time of year to indulge in thick slices of blueberry pie topped with a fat scoop of blueberry ice-cream. The Pony Penning also takes place at the end of July; it has been a tradition for nearly 100 years for horses to swim across the shallow water between islands, run through town, and into pens. Think of the running of the bulls in Spain – the experience will be just as exotic.

It is worth taking the time to explore the whole Virginia Eastern Shore once there. This is a wonderful place to bird watch, cycle past lush farmland, and fish. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts will be equally at home on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, as will people simply seeking tranquility.

Sunrise Paddling on the North Canadian River