Stretch Summer

Think Your Chance For A Summer Vacation Has Vanished? Rethink It With An Easy Retreat To Virginia’s Eastern Shore—Just A Gull’s Cry Away.

The Eastern Shore Offers Lots of Attractions and Activities

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At the first blush of summer, sun-filled days seem like they will last forever. But lost in the daze of life’s demands you can suddenly wake up and wonder, where did our summer go?

Relax. You can still relish a vacation with loved ones even if the thought of airport hassles or a long road trip makes you want to throw in the beach towel. Right in Hampton Roads’ own backyard within an hour’s drive you can discover a pristine peninsula where small, waterfront towns welcome and peaceful beaches beckon. Retreat to Virginia’s enchanting Eastern Shore for a long weekend—or longer. It’s as simple as grabbing a swimsuit and following the seagulls.

Follow the Gulls
Dorothy and friends had the Yellow Brick Road to bring them to their special destination, and you have the 21-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel that literally takes you over and through the beauty of the bay. It efficiently connects the Eastern Shore with the rest of the Old Dominion, but it’s also a destination in itself.

Stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Chesapeake Grill with its bird’s eye view of the water and passing parade of ships. The charming shop here specializes in regional gifts and mementos. The Sea Gull Pier is popular for fishing, and the Bridge-Tunnel’s man-made islands are famed for their one-of-a-kind vantage points for bird watching.

Once you depart the bridge visit the Eastern Shore of Virginia Welcome Center on the immediate right where professional travel consultants are waiting to answer your questions and provide maps and recommendations.

Take it From the Top
Island time is a great way to regain precious family time. Travel the traffic-less Route 13, the Eastern Shore’s main artery, to the northern end of the peninsula. You’ll delight in Chincoteague Island, a retro, seaside family resort and its sister isle of Assateague, home to Chincoteague’s National Wildlife Refuge, where the famed wild ponies play. Besides ponies the refuge provides miles of natural beaches, a historic lighthouse and scenic bike trails. The village of Chincoteague is steeped in sweet nostalgia with its Mayberry-like downtown filled with eclectic shops and seafood restaurants.  

Campers will adore the waterside setting and the “treat you like family” attitude at Tom’s Cove Park. For decades the family-owned operation has been providing fun for all ages with fishing piers, boat ramp, marina, clubhouse and more. The perfect cure for “Mom, I’m bored.”

If a hotel stay is your style, Fairfield Inn & Suites promises to exceed your expectations. Overlooking the tranquil Chincoteague Bay, its location makes it easy to savor island charms as you stroll the downtown or visit the refuge and beach. Convenient too is the onsite Chincoteague Inn Restaurant, seasonal pool and fishing dock.

At the Island Resort hotel bay sunsets are an event. Kick back on your waterfront balcony or aside the pools—both inside and out. Owned for more than 30 years by native islanders that have shown guests how to celebrate the Chincoteague creed “Relax, you’re on Island Time.”