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BOOK YOUR MEMORABLE CAPE CHARLES, VA VACATION AT “SEA GATE”, ONE OF THE TOWN’S MOST BELOVED HISTORIC HOMES!

Friday, April 19th, 2019

front of home 2“Sea Gate,” hosted B&B guests for many decades. It is now being offered for the 1st time this year as a Vacation Rental home after being charmingly upgraded and refurbished. Offered at $2,800 per week, this spacious home is ideal for a large family or several families because with 4 bedrooms and a loft it sleeps 14 yet has nooks for finding solitude. Located a block down from Bay Avenue and the Cape Charles beach, guests can enjoy tangy salt breezes while lounging on the home’s beautiful front porch in comfy Adirondack chairs and the porch swing. Enjoy the side patio while having lunch at the picnic table or delight in the back yard, just lounging or playing games. When stepping across the threshold at “Sea Gate,” you will be greeted by both the ambiance of historic Cape Charles and by an architecturally-unique home, beautifully decorated, furnished and equipped as a comfortable modern home. It also offers one of the best locations in Cape Charles for vacationers because they can easily walk to the beach and boardwalk as well as the to the Fun Pier to enjoy the scenery or fish and crab day or night.

Entrance into the home is into a large foyer with a grand piano. Off the foyer to the left is the living room which is well-furnished and includes a sofa that becomes aporch 2 pull-out bed with a thick new mattress. A living room door opens to a light-filled, glassed-in Florida room, with a spiral staircase leading to one of the second-floor bedrooms. Just off the living room is a powder room and the well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast nook and a desk. Off the foyer to the right is a beautiful dining room with a dining room table which accommodates eight. The dining room opens to another lovely glassed-in porch with tables accommodating six.The large staircase from the first floor leads to the second floor with four bedrooms. Three of these bedrooms have their own full bath with a shower. The fourth bedroom has a half bath and access to a hallway full bath with a bathtub/shower. Although these bedrooms have central air conditioning, they also have window air-conditioners so guests in each bedroom can control the temperature to what they individually prefer. The second floor offers one king bed and three queen beds. All mattresses and bedding are brand new.A little staircase leads up to a very large children’s room on the third floor. We think that when children first see it, they will say “Wow!” because it is fully equipped with many games and game tables. But adults will say “WOW” too because it gives the kids a separate, spacious place to congregate and play . This very large room includes alcoves, a refrigerator, a sofa, beds that will sleep six, and a full bathroom with a shower. Also, dogs will be considered on a case- by- case basis.

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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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NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY THIS CAPE CHARLES COMMERCIAL BUILDING AND OPEN YOUR OWN BUSINESS OR BECOME A LANDLORD IN CAPE CHARLES !!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

frontview closerContact Gerry Forbes ( 757-678-3366) for more information and an appointment to see this great building ! Cape Charles was voted last summer as #3 on Coastal Living magazine’s list of the nationwide “10 Happiest Seaside Towns”, and has rightfully been receiving a lot of well-deserved publicity these days. Virginia Living magazine’s current issue features an extensive article on the renaissance of Cape Charles and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. HGTV just completed another Cape Charles show and rumor has it that multiple Cape Charles businesses have won places on the coveted “Best of Virginia” list to be published in May. The “Main Street Cape Charles” folks have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and improve opportunities for businesses in Town. So it makes just makes sense that if you have been thinking of buying a commercial building and opening an Eastern Shore business or becoming a commercial landlord, that now could be a good time and Cape Charles is definitely a terrific place !

This great 900 sq. ft. building, offered at $249,000 by Blue Heron Realty Co., is an exciting opportunity to own your own real estate and open aDSC_0284 business or to become a landlord in the very heart of the Historic Commercial District. Currently in use as an upscale restaurant, most of the restaurant equipment conveys with the sale including walk-in refrigerator, 6 burner gas range with oven and flat top gas grill and 2 drawer refrigerated storage unit. ( A complete list is available upon request. ). However, this building could easily be converted to almost any commercial retail or office use.

If you are ready for the rewards of being a business owner or becoming a Cape Charles landlord, contact listing agent Gerry Forbes at 757-678-3366 for more information or to make an appointment to see this great property for yourself. Or call 757-331-4885 for our Cape Charles office located at 113 Mason Avenue and get a copy of our free catalog and additional information on this property.

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NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO PLAN YOUR SUMMER VACATION IN CAPE CHARLES, VIRGINIA

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

As I write this post, cold rain is sloshing down here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore but almost everywhere else on the East Coast, folks are digging out from under another miserable storm, with yet another avalanche of snow and ice. Brrrr… So what that says to me is that it’s time to turn to more pleasant thoughts …. like planning a beach vacation ! Nothing like dreams of summer fun, of toes wiggling in the sand and sea breezes cooling the brow to push away the reality of winter blues. ( Did the groundhog see his shadow? How many more weeks to go ? )

And if you’re looking for a weekly vacation rental which offers both a relaxed and quiet atmosphere paired with lots to do, might I suggest Cape Charles, VA as a great destination. Coastal traditions, historic towns and tiny villages to explore, soft sandy beaches to relax on, off-shore Barrier Islands to visit, broad saltwater inlets to boat and kayak,  fabulous fishing and crabbing, artist’s studios and antique shops to visit,  seafood restaurants to sample, Palmer and Nicklaus golf to take a swing at– from A for Art Galleries to Z for Zesty clam dip, there is so much to do.  Or… just laz around on the deck,  book in hand, a  iced tea or cold glass of Chardonnay waiting close by,  letting the tension just slip away like an outgoing tide.  That is the promise of a Simply Relaxing Vacation on Virginia’s Eastern Shore because Virginia’s Eastern Shore is not just a place, it’s a relaxed coastal state of mind !

Which brings us to the list of  the 9 terrific vacation homes offered this year for weekly vacation rental through Blue Heron Vacation Rentals   ( Use this link to email them your desired dates and the house you are most interested in at easternshorevacationtime@gmail.com   .  Or call them at 757-678-5277 )   Though the homes vary by size and price, each has a distinctive personality–  historic, waterfront, beachfront, in-town, in the country.  From a ” 1 bedroom cozy nest for two”  through ” 5 bedrooms, sleeps 14″,   there is something for everybody.  ( And a couple are even for sale,  so if you fall in love with it, it could be yours for life !! How cool is that ? 

“SEA GATE”-Ca. 1912 Charm. 1 Block to Beach. Sleeps 14. Equipped Rec. Room.

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“BayPlace”-Exquisite Historic Home, 7 Bdrms, Sleeps 18 ,Comfy Furnishings, Fully Equipped Kitchen.

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Historic “Peach Retreat” Sparkles Like New! Great Location. Pets Considered.     

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SEASHELL COTTAGE” -Enjoy Your Vacation With Only Steps To The Soft Sand Cape Charles Beach. 

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“BayView Cottage”- West Indies Style Home; Community Beach & Pool; Waterfront Dining Nearby.

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“SEAHORSE RETREAT”, Only 1 Block From The Beach, A Sweet Beachy Vacation Nest For 2 Or 4 In Quaint Cape Charles.

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“Dolphins’ Doorway” 3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Bath With A Backyard Beach!

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Bayfront Breezes”- Charming Bayfront Home, Spectacular Sunsets Over the Water, Beach Access.

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“SANDY HARBOR COTTAGE” A Waterfront Vacation Home With Beach Access On Virginia’s Eastern Shore Offering Both Beach and Boat Dock.

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LIGHTING UP THE SKY WITH EASTERN SHORE HOLIDAY SPIRIT !

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

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Say it with lights – -that’s a wonderful way to spread effervescent holiday cheer ! Beautiful colors and dazzling designs can radiate joy and exuberance from a chimney top to the shrubbery below and all points in between. So take a moment, take a drive, check out some of the beautiful light displays on the lower Shore this season. On Fairview Road, just past Kiptopeake School, a dazzling Christmas wonderland, with music ! In Cape Charles this year, from Central Park to the Beach Gazebo, up and down every street, sparkling lights are glowing in the dark, brilliant colors of illumination, brightening the holiday season for every passerby. Cheriton is on board too ! Lots of colorful lights twinkle hello. And congrats to Blue Heron Realty agent Mike Killebrew of Cheriton, your house looks really great, beaming a silent but sparkling and vibrant Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all !

 

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We Saw An Elf At The Palace On Sunday !

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

DSC_4193Yes, we definitely, positively, absolutely, unequivocally …… saw an Elf in the Palace. The Palace being the historic Palace Theatre in Cape Charles and the Elf being the star of “Elf Jr. The Musical”. With a delightful stage set and a large and enthusiastic cast, this newest live Palace production by the GEAR School of Dance and Theatre, was a bubbly holiday treat. Plenty of singing and dancing, from tiny tots to tweens and adults, they put on a real show ! It may have been cold and rainy outside but inside the audience was toasty warm and enveloped in cheery Christmas spirit. So bravo to the cast members and all the volunteers whose time and hard work made this holiday entertainment possible, thanks so much, we loved it !

 

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Pick Up Some Holiday Vibe ! Two More Chances To Experience A “Festive Friday” Evening In Cape Charles This Holiday Season !

Monday, December 17th, 2018

DSC_3778If you haven’t been to Cape Charles on a Friday night this holiday season, happily, you still have two more opportunities to enjoy the fun during the 5th Annual Festive Friday evening celebrations in the historic downtown area. Strolling down Mason Avenue will give you a Close Encounter of the Best Kind with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can find them relaxing in front of their Cape Charles “vacation home” at Strawberry Street Station, a respite from their busy North Pole primary residence at the Toy Factory. Nearby, a ballooning project will be happening, myriad shapes and colors magically fashioned for delighted boys and girls. Last Friday at the Candy store, busy kids gathered around a table of colorful icings to decorate their gingerbread men, a tasty task. Across the way at Lemon Tree Gallery, the Boot Scootin’ Belles were bursting with energy and ready to go, those boots were made for dancing and dance they did ! Out front, a magician made one tiny foam rabbit turn into about 8 tiny rabbits right in my own chilly hand- – amazing, still can’t imagine how he did it !

So many things to see and do for kids and adults alike. Beautiful and cheery shop windows along Mason Avenue and down Strawberry Street, dressed to the nines for the holidays, beckon to smilingly folks strolling past. Lively songs by Christmas carolers, horse drawn carriage rides, clever street performers, candlelight story reading by Mrs. Claus at the Library, free holiday movies – – always something to delight everyone. Many of the shops feature live music to entertain customers who clearly love it all.

Festive Friday is the perfect opportunity to get your holiday spirit on and shop for your Special Someones. Check out the new jewelry at Moonrise, find a unique piece of art at the Lemon Tree or Ellen Moore Gallery, relax over a scrumptious gourmet dinner at Hook Up, warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate at the popular Cape Charles Coffee House, indulge in a hot read plus hot coffee at the newly-opened Peach Street Books, explore international gifts at Voiajer, browse the new inventory at Periwinkle’s. Try sampling the wonderful flavors of sweet balsamic vinegars at Drizzles or head down Gull Hummock’s way to select your New Year’s Eve champagne. Take some time to drop in for info on new listings from Blue Heron Realty or browse the gift shop at the gorgeously renovated Northampton Hotel. This and so much more awaits you each Friday night until Christmas !

It’s so, so easy to get into the swing of things and pick up some holiday vibe. On Friday, December 14th or 21st, just grab your whole group and head on out to one of the Eastern Shore’s best holiday events, Festive Friday in historic downtown Cape Charles. Get ready to discover the old-fashioned fun of a small town coastal Christmas . You’ll have a great time, guaranteed !

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Candles, Holiday Music, Decorated Golf Carts, Lights and Smiles Highlighted the 8th Annual Grand Illumination In Cape Charles

Friday, December 7th, 2018

 

IMG_2318We’ve all heard the phrase “The show must go on”. But last weekend we saw it in action as, after holding off for most of the day, rain began falling at a pretty good rate just as the Lighted Golf Cart Parade, traveling down Peach St., crossed over Tazewell Ave. and headed into Central Park for the 2018 Grand Illumination. But no worries, everyone just kept going, undaunted, this unique- to-Cape-Charles Parade and Illumination kept moving forward, offering dazzling lights and decorations, wonder and joy to the many kids and adults who ventured out to see it. Tots bundled in zipped up strollers, parents with umbrellas at the ready, headed into the Park. Over at the Gazebo, plenty of hot chocolate on hand to warm cold hands although fortunately temps were pretty mild. In fact, in retrospect, rain doesn’t seem so bad, actually a silver lining- – thank heavens it wasn’t sleet !

It was a wonderful evening, with candles lit and a moment of silence held in memory and honor of loved ones and first responders. Then the traditional countdown, a flip of the switch – – voila’ ! Holiday lights strung around the Gazebo and the trees were revealed in their shining glory. (A shout-out here to Citizens for Central Park, without whose hard work we would not have this amazing community amenity.)

Definitely a highlight of the event was a rousing performance in the Gazebo by the impressive Tidewater Concert Band. What a splendid treat to have live orchestral holiday music, 30 musicians strong ! The Band was great, playing favorites of the season, the percussion section making Little Drummer Boy and Do You Hear What I Hear particularly delightful, loved their rendition of Feliz Navidad with its upbeat tempo and joyful wishes. Super Kudos to those who arranged the booking of this Band, I really hope that having the Tidewater Concert Band back every year could become a favorite Cape Charles Grand Illumination tradition!

Of course, no Christmas event would be complete without a visit from the jolly old Elf himself. Pretty sure the little kids and big kids alike loved seeing Santa and Mrs Claus who dispensed hugs, danced do-se-do with youngsters and posed for many a photo, kids smiling ear to ear ! ( Another Shout Out, this time to Trina Veber, Santa’s better half since the very 1st Grand Illumination. On that freezing evening, December 4th, 2010, so many folks, young, old, toddlers and teenagers alike, poured into Central Park for the celebration. Chris Bannon, aka Mr. Cape Charles, dressed jauntily in a bright red Santa hat and jacket, was the first Master of Ceremonies. Mayor Dora Sullivan threw the Illumination switch for the very first time and Trina & Larry Veber made the first “surprise” Santa visit, passing out candy canes, sitting for photos, listening to kids earnestly whisper Christmas hopes and dreams in their ears. )

Not to sound too sentimental, as a lot of water has passed over the dam since that first Illumination, yet I believe that the same spirit of goodwill, hope and holiday joy that was present when the very first Memory Candles were lit 8 years ago still prevails today. In that spirit, Blue Heron Realty Co. wants to wish you a Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad from the bottom of our hearts.

P.S. if you’re interested in seeing photos from that 1st Grand Illumination in Dec., 2010, click the link http://www.easternshorevablog.com/2010/12/ to our Life and Real Estate blog and open the Dec. 2010 Archive in the right- hand navigation bar.

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Cloudy Then Rainy. Yet the 2018 Artisan’s Guild Holiday Tour Was Still Great

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

DSC_3666From Cape Charles to Onancock, 43 talented Eastern Shore Virginia artists and artisans threw open their studio doors, welcoming the world to enter and discover the unique items on offer during the 16th Annual Artisan Holiday Tour this past Friday and Saturday. It may have been cloudy and then rainy outside but inside the many stops on the 14 studio plus Chatham Vineyard self-driving Tour, it was cozy, friendly and warm. Unfortunately, because of a late start we didn’t make it to every location….. but there’s always next year !

We kicked off at the Milby Barn Studio at Chatham Flower Farm located in Painter where we were greeted by Kate Meyer, likely humorously known as the Painter of Painter. ( Also the hostess of the recent and hugely successful Farm-to-Table dinner which we unfortunately missed.) From there forward to Maurice Spector’s studio featuring unique wood and stone sculptures. Mo hosted 4 other artists at his waterfront home including David Crane, Miriam Riggs, Marty Burgess and Guy Shover. Oysters were on the grill, smoke drifting, aromas tempting, totally relaxing.

Onward to By The Bay Alpaca Farm, one of my perennial favorites. Their alpacas are so cute- – when you pet them they are delightfully warm and luxuriously soft and silky ! Definitely the place to stock up on alpaca sox, perfect stocking stuffers for anyone on your List who fights cold feet all winter ! From there we were off to the tiny town of Harborton where Windhorse Barn and Studio overlooks Pungoteague Creek. Painted a whimsical shade of fuchsia , the Barn hosted multiple artists and offered a blazing fire pit surrounded by plenty of chairs to enjoy it.

After a lunch break at Janet’s Cafe in Onancock, (home to one of the best roast beef sandwiches on the entire Shore), we stopped in at Danny Doughty’s studio. ( Danny and his work were honored earlier this year at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Pubic Policy. ). Located above the Red Queen Gallery, Danny’s was not on the official Tour but we are huge fans of his work and wanted to see what new pieces were hanging on the walls of his large and light-filled gallery. Plus he always has a spectacularly decorated Christmas tree ! Well, this year the tree was “Under Construction” but Danny’s fabulous new art work definitely did not disappoint, including a large Ballard Fish company commissioned painting on which he is currently putting the finishing touches.

Just a few blocks over, the Vesna Zedovic studio. Vesna’s mirrors, framed with a surround of hand-cast pottery tiles of sea creatures or butterflies or flowers are really amazing. We’re lucky to have a small collection of beautiful her red clay tiles stretching back many years to when we first saw her pottery at the former Old Thyme Garden and Gifts in Weirwood. Vesna is still going strong nearly 30 years later although working primarily in white clay now.

By then the rain was really doing its thing but nobody seemed deterred as we rolled up to the Ker Place Museum where Gertraud Fendler’s sea glass jewelry, David Farlow decoys and Diana Davis watercolors were being shown as part of the Tour. In addition, the Museum itself had a featured exhibit of Shore WW I memorabilia, pretty interesting. And then to our last stop of the day, the historic Onancock School with its numerous exhibitors. We took a moment to watch carver Brad Bradach work on one of his miniature decoys before slipping over to see what Bobby Bridges, Billy Crocket, Elizabeth Hunt and Laura McGowan were showing. Everybody had beautiful things on offer, unique, one-of-a-kind art, perfect for a distinctive holiday gift for a Special Someone or possibly, dare we say it….. a holiday gift for oneself ! And then, all over, time to go home after a long but delightful day ! But definitely ready to do it all again next Thanksgiving !

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JUST ONE MORE CHANCE THIS YEAR !

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

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It was a beautiful Fall day last Saturday, blue skies, wispy white clouds, golden sunshine, perfect for the next-to-last Cape Charles Farmer’s Market session of the year. Attendees enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the grounds in the near 60 degree weather, stocking up for the weeks ahead. For the many aficionados of the Farmer’s Market, it’s a fact, sad but true, that there is only one more chance this year to meander through the Market, picking up special goodies as you go ! So mark it on your calendar, Saturday December 15th from 1-4 pm, the very last market of the year, after that it’s farewell till May to all your favorite vendors.

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