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Discover The Low Key, Low Density Waterfront Life On The Eastern Shore of Virginia

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

1766 Sand Hills Dr Cape-012-004-Exterior Front-MLS_SizeA slender peninsula with the Atlantic on one side and the Chesapeake on the other, Virginia’s Eastern Shore has always been a low density area offering beautiful waterfront, lots of open space, greenery and generations of nautical traditions. Tiny beachfront and boating neighborhoods are nestled between working farms of soybeans and wheat and have always been havens of tranquillity. But now these distinctive traits have taken on a new importance because for many buyers being on the waterfront yet having extra space is the ideal rather than just the desirable. If you are looking to work from home or have a second or retirement home getaway, Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a great choice, offering a slower, friendlier, uncrowded pace of life. Yet we are only an hour away from the Virginia Beach metro area offering lots of shopping, restaurants, cultural events and more.

 

 

This beautiful beachfront home of nearly 5000 sq.ft. is sited on 2 and a half spacious acres is located in a tiny upscale beach hamlet less than 15 minutes from the quaint historic town of Cape Charles. It’s the creme’ de la creme’ of beachfront and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the best of the Eastern Shore. Of contemporary design, this top -of -the -line custom home

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A well thought- out “green home”, it combines the very best in craftsmanship with a luxury coastal lifestyle. Offers a light and airy, open concept floor plan with ICF construction and a maintenance free exterior. Upgrades include reclaimed walnut floors, custom crafted window packages, huge media room, gourmet kitchen, vaulted ceilings, inside and outside fireplaces. The extensive back porches provide lots of entertaining area, perfect for both intimate and large get-togethers. Its east- west orientation offers spectacular sunrise and dazzling sunsets over the Bay. This is a great home that can combine living and working under one roof- – come see for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

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❤️OUR BEAUTIFUL HARBINGERS OF SPRING ON THE EASTERN SHORE 🌊- – OUR SPECTACULAR 💐BLOSSOMS !

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Pink tree bay storage( This is a repost from 🌱Spring, 2019. Like everyone else, Blue Heron has been getting organized for #SocialDistancing with little time for photo 📷 taking. ) But, especially now, we all need to take a little cheer where it appears. Since 🌹Spring brings a whole Universe of Pink 🌸 to Virginia’s Eastern Shore 🌊 we decided to repost these beautiful Shore Spring photos. And when we say Pink we mean the whole Pink color 🌸🌺 🌷💐spectrum- – from fuchsia, magenta, rouge and softest rose to barely blushing apple blossom. (Need we say more, it’s truly Pink ! ) And we love it, because of course, Pink is the universal color of 💗love. So, blossoms blazing everywhere…. in yards, along roads, by offices and in woodlands, a special Spring ❤️ Valentine straight from Mother Nature.

And of course, there are other showy Spring colors, the sunny green 🌱stems and yellows and oranges of daffodil blooms, and jonquils, the Bradford pear trees 🌳with myriad white blossoms covering the entire tree with a snow- like blanket. Or the tiny dogwoods with delicate yellow centered blooms, variegated white and red 🌺 camellias, lavender azaleas, lilac- colored 💜laurels, all contributing to the joyful celebration of Spring. So ….Keep Calm, Spring has Sprung ! To borrow a phrase – Live in the Sunshine 🌞, Swim the Sea 🌊Drink the Wild Air 🌬! Because it’s Spring on the Eastern Shore 🌊 and even the Coronavirus can’t stop Mother Nature from showing her true colors 🌈!

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Cozy Cottage in the Woods on a 1.2 acre parcel priced at $239,000

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

84024502_1267523403637315_8166767050761437184_oCheck this listing on BlueHeronVa.com Near the quaint waterfront village of Bayford, is this well-maintained, low maintenance, custom built 2 bedroom, 2 Bath one story cottage with large 12’x46′ rear deck w/ screened enclosure for 6 person hot tub. The spacious living/dining area features a wood-burning masonry fireplace w/ heatilator. Andersen windows & patio doors throughout, vaulted ceiling, special lighting & ceiling fans. Large master suite with huge walk-in closet & ceramic tiled bath w/ double vanity & tub/shower. Guest bedroom offers twin closets & attached hall full bath, wall/wall carpeting. Has storm doors, central HVAC system.Lovely country setting with plenty of seclusion, easy access to the Chesapeake Bay from the private ramp at Bayford. Owner/agent.

 

 

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Cozy Ranch Home In Waterfront Neighborhood Offering Beach, Boating and Relaxation

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

82450063_1249701768752812_8819998423630479360_oLocated close to Cape Charles in Virginia’s Eastern Shore, this cozy 3 bedroom, 2 bath home listed at $199,000 is located in a waterfront neighborhood offering soft sand beach, boat launch ramp, swimming pool and tennis courts for residents and guests. Total first floor living with handicapped access to every room, bedroom and bathroom. Large living room with gas fireplace, eat-in kitchen, dining room with privacy French doors, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and separate office space. Enjoy outdoor living space on front porch, back screened porch or patio. Home is hardwired with backup generator. Just minutes away to some of the best fishing spots on the East Coast. Come for a visit, you’ll never want to leave!

 

 

 

 

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this lovely 4 bedroom 3.5 bath contemporary beach home on the dunes is priced attractively at $475,000.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

82384325_1236265760096413_4598006277006688256_oLocated on Virginia’s Eastern Shore near Cape Charles, VA. Enjoy the best in beach living in this newly renovated home. Situated on a high dune only 1 lot back from one of the very best beaches on the Shore. New flooring throughout, updated kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances, new HVAC and 3 year old roof. Light & airy open floor plan offers plenty of room for guests & family. Many decks & huge screened porch make this the perfect place for relaxing or entertaining. Storage areas in the carport for beach toys. Short walk to community pool, tennis court and 30 acre pristine lake with dock for fishing, kayaking or enjoying nature at its best. Close proximity to Cape Charles for a day of shopping & dining as well as the metropolitan amenities in Virginia Beach about a half hour away.

 

 

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GOODBYE EASTERN SHORE SUMMER 2019🌈

Friday, December 6th, 2019

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dull Winter’s 🌬 chill surely follows close behind.
But memories of our Summer ☀️ days shall to mind spring ever sweetly.

 

 

 

 

 

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CONGRATS TO ALL THE VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE’S EASTERN SHORE “BEST OF VIRGINIA” OYSTER BAR & OYSTER PRODUCER 🏅 WINNERS ! CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST BELOW !

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

70333187_1110375902685400_5549768560194093056_nHow popular is a tasty oyster on Virginia’s Eastern Shore? Well, perhaps the fact that we have an entire town named “Oyster” offers a clue ! And just how 😋 delicious are Eastern Shore oysters ? Enormously ! Small area- -big flavor ! And the proof of that pudding is in how many Eastern Shore oyster bars and oyster producers were voted as the 2019 Oyster Bar and Oyster Producer winners 🏅 by Virginia Living magazine. Selected by a panel of restauranteurs, chefs, foodies and the editorial staff, these winners from the Shore join a very select group of folks across Virginia being honored as the Best of Virginia 🎉 this year. Congratulations to you all. Clearly, the world is your oyster !

 

 

 

 

OYSTER BAR 🏅WINNERS
Hook-U-Up Gourmet (Hook@Harvey) Cape Charles
Sting Ray’s Restaurant- Cape Charles
The Oyster Farm Eatery -Cape Charles
The Shanty – Cape Charles
Great Machipongo Clam Shack- Nassawadox
The Island House – Wachapreague
Bill’s Seafood – Chincoteague

OYSTER PRODUCER 🏅 WINNERS
Ocean Cove Seafood – Cape Charles
Ballard Fish & Oyster Company – Cheriton
American Shellfish Company – Cheriton
Lynnhaven Bay Aquaculture Oysters – Cheriton
Nottingham Clams, Inc. – Cheriton
Tom’s Cove Aquafarms – Chincoteague
Tangier Island Oyster Co. – Tangier

“Art & Music on the Farm” 2019 – A Huge Success ! Again !

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

DSC_5442From traditional music rooted in rural Virginia to art in many forms and mediums, from Hog Island fig trees to twirling wind whirligigs, the Barrier Island Center and Museum’s annual bash, “Art & Music on the Farm”, was an exceptional event ! As always ! Even the weather could not have been better – – breezy, blue skies and mild temps conspired to make last Saturday a perfect day for an outdoor festival. This annual Machipongo event is one of the largest art/artisan festivals on the entire Shore, offering something for everyone. Dozens of little white tents filled with amazing decoy carvings, Windsor chairs, sculptures, bronze work, ceramics, plants and garden art, stuffed animals and children’s books, paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic mediums, hand-crafted wood pieces, pottery and so much more were on offer for the numerous enthusiastic attendees. For animal lovers, 2 rare Hog Island sheep from Island View Farm were on hand, sweet woolly characters, Opal, and her week-old baby, Beep-Beep, wowed the crowd. Plus there was toe-tapping live music ! And lush Chatham Vineyard wines !

Of course, all that walking, talking and shopping was bound to work up some serious appetites. Fortunately, delicious aromas floated everywhere, originating fromDSC_5573 vendors like Kitchen Sync, with fresh strawberries in cream, shrimp orzo and chicken salad on its savory bill of fare. Around the corner, while Gordos Food Truck was wowing the crowd with tacos and gorditas, Cape Charles Lion’s Club was rapidly turning out burgers and crab cakes. Over at the Kielbasa tent, grilling was amped up to a fast pace to keep up with demand, their mouthwatering subs pairing well with ice cold liquids from the adjacent Beer Garden. For those craving a little caffeine, Coastal Roasting had its famous Marsh Mud iced coffee and fruity iced teas ready to pour. Plus their beautiful new custom ceramic coffee mugs were available to add a little pop of color and pizzazz while sitting on the porch enjoying your morning Joe.

DSC_5559For many, the music was unquestionably the highlight of the day. From 11 am till closing, over on the main stage 4 talented groups performed throughout the day. Adjacent to the stage, a tiny dance floor was in place for those who might want to accompany the lively music with a little free style dance. Fortunately, local clogging enthusiast Bill McLaughlin was on hand – he and several energetic youngsters added some impromptu entertainment with their spirited flatfooting. Toe-tapping and delightful, rooted in the genres of old time rural Virginia bluegrass and country, with styles and traditions that go way, way back, the music absolutely captivated the audience. In the Education Building, various Musician’s Work Shops were held- although we didn’t make it to any, they were likened to being “on the porch of the Floyd General Store during Floydfest – but right here on the Eastern Shore”. All in all, simply a terrific day, filled to its fresh, breezy brim with beautiful art, delicious food and timeless music. In short, another wonderful Art & Music on the Farm ! And hats off to all the volunteers, vendors and sponsors who make this fabulous event possible each year – thank you !

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Head ‘Em Up, Herd ‘Em Out !! Spring 2019 Eastern Shore Trail Ride.

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

DSC_5169A sight one doesn’t often see on Bayside Road in Machipongo are horses on the loose, happily cantering down the center line. So imagine my surprise, when driving to the office last Friday morning, keeping an eye out for any early bird trail riders, I had to come to an abrupt halt as I saw 2 horses, gaily unencumbered by riders, come racing across a farm field. They jumped the ditch just in front of me and continued on down the middle of the road, traveling at a pretty good clip. Fortunately, the driver of a pickup going north jumped out, and with some energetic clapping, yelling and arm waving, got the 2 runaways turned back into the field. As I turned towards the Trail Ride campsite to alert folks, an ATV came racing down Cedar Grove Farm Road, apparently a 2 person posse on the move, ready to round up the renegades. The chase was on, Round 1 of “The People vs. The Horses” and the horses were winning ! Those bad girls were tasting sweet freedom and being captured was not part of their action plan. The posse jumped off the ATV, lead ropes in hand, but every time they got within a 100 feet of the horses, off they galloped ! Stop start, stop start, until herding them with the ATV was obviously the only viable solution to move head ‘em up and move ‘em in ! After 15 minutes of this motorized round- up, the horses got bored with the game and headed back into camp where a very relived owner led them away, scolding softly.

With that, the Spring 2019 Trail Ride got off to a pretty exciting start ! The rest seemed like a pretty normal Station 16 Northampton Fire and Rescue Company DSC_5278sponsored Trail Ride, headquartered at the Smith Farm in Machipongo. Arriving attendees were busily unpacking, lighting fire pits, feeding, grooming and just generally making their horses comfortable after what had been, for many, a long trip to the Eastern Shore. Lots of folks were chatting with friends, getting ready to cook, walking dogs or saddling up for a relaxing ride. So many beautiful horses there, of every color and stripe, even a huge Shropshire draft horse, Devon, who was hanging close to his little buddy Isaac. We also met Callie, a sweet Australian sheep dog, whose grateful owner said that he had rescued her but then she turned around and rescued him right back, staying by his side for months during recuperation after he fell from a ladder and broke his pelvis in 4 places !

DSC_2010The big draw for attendees is the opportunity to soak up the Shore’s relaxing coastal ambiance, exploring winding trails through farm fields, riding along woodlands bordering large waterfront farms, past little freshwater ponds, across cross dams and over roads and out onto sandy Chesapeake Bay beaches, horses splashing enthusiastically through saltwater shallows. Saturday is always the biggest day, offering a long ride followed by a BBQ dinner and Silent Auction put on by the Fire & Rescue Company. And nobody lets some evening rain dampen their spirits, it’s just water going pitter patter on a horse trailer roof. So…. the beat goes on until the next Trail Ride, coming Fall 2019.

 

 

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OUR BEAUTIFUL HARBINGERS OF SPRING ON THE EASTERN SHORE….. THE SPECTACULAR BLOSSOMS!

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Close up BlossomsApril brings a whole Universe of Pink to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. And when we say Pink we mean the whole Pink color spectrum- – from fuchsia, magenta, rouge and softest rose to barely blushing apple blossom. (Need we say more, it’s truly Pink ! ) And we love it, because of course, Pink is the universal color of love. So, blossoms blazing everywhere…. in yards, along roads, by offices and in woodlands, a special Valentine in April straight from Mother Nature.

And of course, there are other showy Spring colors, the sunny yellows and oranges of the daffodils and jonquils, the Bradford pear trees with myriad white blossoms covering the entire tree with a snow- like blanket. Or the tiny dogwoods with delicate yellow centered blooms, variegated white and red camellias, lavender azaleas, lilac- colored laurels, all contributing to the joyful celebration of Spring. So ….Keep Calm, Spring has Sprung ! To borrow a phrase – Live in the Sunshine, Swim the Sea, Drink the Wild air ! Because it’s Spring !

 

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