When visitors cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a sudden tranquility washes over them. The essence of time no longer matters, the feeling of hurriedness disappears, and they’re left with a blissful relaxation that can only be explained in one way: they’ve crossed over to Shore time.
Made up of 70 miles of land, the Eastern Shore is surrounded by water on either side—the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Chesapeake Bay on the other. The area is comprised by natural beaches and salt marshes, forests and quaint farms, country roads and adorable waterfront towns filled with friendly faces, salty air and some of the best seafood around.
For years the Shore’s fishermen and watermen have provided fresh catches of fish, shrimp, crab, clams and oysters that can be found on the menus of most Eastern Shore eateries. Of course the area is also known for its selection of farm fresh veggies, so be sure to stop at one of the roadside stands to get your fill of juicy watermelon and cantaloupe, sweet corn and ripe tomatoes.
If the weather is nice, paddle along the bay via kayak and journey to a nearby winery for an afternoon tasting, or catch a round of golf at a pristine club. Many flock to Chincoteague each summer for the famous pony roundup, but wild horses can be spotted along the towns of Chincoteague and Assateague at any time.
A ferry ride away is the quiet and carless island of Tangier. Rent a golf cart to check out the island’s restaurants and shops, and pay a visit to their history museum to get a true sense of the area.
The towns of Cape Charles and Onancock are perfect for spending the day. Pop into the art galleries to get a sense of the local talent, find the perfect souvenir at one of the cute shops, and have an unforgettable meal at an adorable restaurant. If you choose to spend all of your vacation here, you’ll be greeted to Victorian bed & breakfasts with wraparound porches and the most hospitable innkeepers you’ll ever meet.