Posts Tagged ‘Cape Charles Virginia’

MOON OVER CENTRAL PARK’S UKE FEST 2019

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

DSC_5630What a fabulous afternoon last weekend in Cape Charles, VA for the 1st Annual Uke Fest ! Cool and breezy, an absolutely perfect Saturday was winding down into twilight as we arrived. The last act of the day, Rachael Manke, was just taking the stage at the Central Park Gazebo as we found seats on a comfy nearby bench to listen to her performance. After wrestling a bit with her hat, which was trying to go airborne in the breeze, Rachael began by creating a little ditty right on the spot as she tossed that uncooperative topper aside, strum, strum “Goodbye Hat”, triple strum, “Goodbye Hat”. A self-described Lutheran minister, she wisecracked that she couldn’t stay too late because she had an 8 am sermon to give in Richmond on Sunday, then launched into a wonderful repertoire of favorites laced with witty parody songs like “Has Anyone Seen My Mom” to the tune of “Has Anyone Seen My Gal” and the slightly naughty “Shovel Out of Buffalo”.

The music was delightful but watching the audience was heartwarming. I can imagine that this was the very scene that Citizens for Central Park had envisioned as they DSC_5717worked so long and so hard to get the Park funded and off the ground. Folks of all ages, in lawn chairs short or tall, sitting on the wide expanse of grass in front of the Gazebo, enjoying the performance. Colorful bankets spread by parents whose toddlers were swaying to the music. Dads holding infants, Moms wiping sticky Shave Ice from hands and faces. Guys and gals with the munchies tackling tacos and popcorn. Kids on bikes riding the winding sidewalk, teenagers playing soccer and tossing footballs near the fountain. Tiny groups in laughing conversation on the sidewalk, couples relaxing on Park benches. And dogs and owners ! Dogs of every size and description strolling peacefully on their leases, not a snarl in the air. What an amalgam of happiness, what a sense of calm and delight as the full moon rose, softly spreading pearly beams over the 2019 Uke Fest at the amazing and happy Cape Charles Central Park.

 

 

 

 

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DRUM ROLL PLEASE ! CAPE CHARLES FARMER’S MARKET SEASON 4 NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN

Friday, May 24th, 2019

DSC_5415How delightful it was to once again be able to look forward to Tuesday afternoons from 3-6 pm, May to October, as that special time each week to be able slip into the Cape Charles Farmer’s Market and stock up on super-fresh goodies. Rain or shine, hot or cold, our favorite vendors will be there with our old favorites plus new offerings, always something special to try.

On Tuesday, for those looking for veggies, Copper Cricket and Perennial Roots had plenty of just-picked DSC_5325selections on hand. Into our basket went some sweet May peas, peppery white radishes, lovely fresh scallions plus a tray of beautiful brown eggs. Fresher-than-fresh, tender asparagus was on offer from Pickett’s Harbor Farm, definitely couldn’t resist that, so great in an omelette or quiche. Further down the line, the Honey Guy from Eastville was ready for his customers, offering a sweet smile and even sweeter local honey from his busy, buzzy bees.

On the flip side of sweetness was the Horseradish Lady, whose creamed horseradish stood ready to make the ideal spicy cocktail sauce, perfect for the crab cakes and clams being sold at the Edward’s Seafood tent. Further down the line, Kitchen Sync was ready with freshly prepared ready-to-eat-good-food which can also be ordered for pickup at a later date at the Eastville Inn. So into our basket popped some chicken salad – – it was delish on toast for lunch on Wednesday.

Beauty got double billing in flowers with gorgeous offerings from the ever-popular Chatham Flower Farm ( keep an eye on their Facebook page for ticket availability to their amazing “Farm to Table” benefit dinner) as well as a colorful display from the Blooming Farmer. Nothing like a lovely bouquet to cheer up any room in the house ! Snagged a jar of bath salts with dried flowers for a friend, both beautiful and aromatic, a nice little gift. So many interesting items on offer from other local vendors including handmade cutting boards, intricately woven macrame, artful hand towels from She Seeks Wool and much more.

So don’t forget to mark your calendar. When the clock strikes 3pm on Tuesdays, it’s time to grab your basket and head over to the Cape Charles Farmer’s Market located on the grounds of the Museum on Stone Road. What a fantastic opportunity each week from now until October to buy fresh, buy local, buy delicious and nutritious ! LOVE it !

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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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VIEWS TOWARDS THE BAY AND FAIRWAY FROM THIS IMPRESSIVE HOME IN ACCLAIMED COMMUNITY OFFERING SOFT SAND BEACH, POOL, TENNIS, PALMER & NICKLAUS GOLF AND NEARBY MARINA !

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Front View - CopyThis exceptional four bedroom 3 1/2 bath brick home, located in historic Cape Charles, VA offers western views across the street out to the Chesapeake Bay and eastern views of the 6th hole of the renown Arnold Palmer Signature golf course at Bay Creek Golf Resort. Enjoy both inspiring sunsets and spectacular sunrises, a unique combination ! With total living on the 1st floor and designed by acclaimed architect, William E. Poole, this 4300+/- sq. ft. home, offered at $ 875,000, is a comfortable and coastal Southern Living plan featuring a flowing open floor plan that helps make life laidback and relaxing. Walls of windows bring the outdoors in, infusing this home with wonderful natural light from daybreak till sunset. Gourmet kitchen with recessed lighting and spacious breakfast area makes whipping up meals a pleasure. Kitchen opens seamlessly into a dramatic sunroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and cathedral ceiling, translating into super-easy Southern hospitality entertaining for chef, family and guests. Exquisite attention to detail throughout. Beautiful hardwood floors and moldings, 2 gas log fireplaces with custom mantles. You will love the spacious 1st floor master suite with lovely en-suite bath and huge walk-in closet with built-in shelving and storage. Lots of extras including office/library, exercise room and large laundry room. This beautiful like-new home offers exceptional workmanship and quality throughout, close attention was paid to the smallest details in order to make life here relaxing, comfortable and low maintenance.

 

 

 

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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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Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home custom beach access home in small Eastern Shore Virginia beachfront neighborhood close to Cape Charles.

Friday, February 8th, 2019

1MAINLocated on 1 acre plus and offered at $375,000, this like new home offers a light and airy open floor plan, hardwood floors, custom cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting, stainless appliances, 6 ceiling fans, etc. First floor master bedroom accesses back deck and has beautiful master bath with jetted tub, walk-in shower and exquisite hand painted dual sinks, large walk-in closet. 3 nice sized bedrooms upstairs with full bath and a large room over the garage perfect for recreation, fitness, home theater or office. Asphalt driveway & large two car garage gives plenty of room for keeping boat, kayaks and other beach toys. Large backyard that backs up to wildlife refuge. Easy access to amenities of Kiptopeke State Park (Beach, fishing pier, hiking trails, etc.) Just a short drive to Cape Charles offering 2 marinas, Palmer and Nicklaus Signature golf, restaurants, art galleries, theatre and shops. This relaxing coastal property is perfect for a leisure home, retirement home or year round living.

 

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BECOME THE BEACH PERSON YOU WERE BORN TO BE IN THIS GORGEOUS HOME ON VIRGINIA’S EASTERN SHORE

Friday, November 9th, 2018

48641_29Located near Cape Charles, VA, this beautiful custom 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in small beachfront neighborhood of upscale homes on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is comfy, coastal and move-in ready. Approximately 2700 sq. ft. with a light and airy floor plan and a downstairs master bedroom suite. Priced at $395,000, this home offers lots of upgrades including hardwood floors, granite countertops, custom cabinets, recessed lighting. Beautiful master bath with jetted tub, walk-in shower and lovely hand-painted dual sinks. Sited on a spacious one acre parcel with deeded access to neighborhood soft sand beach . Only a few minutes to Kiptopeke State Park with boat ramp, fishing pier, kayak launch, birding observatory, hiking trails and sand beach. Quaint little Victorian town of Cape Charles close by with amenities including restaurants, shops, art galleries, theater and more.

 

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THE CREPE MYRTLES OF CAPE CHARLES

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

DSC_1659A thousand sprays of blossoming color, fluttering in the wind. That’s the essence of the amazing crape myrtle tree, Eastern Shore Virginia’s gorgeous summer jewel, blooming brightly along highways, down country lanes, in yards large and small, lining driveways, gracing avenues, the focal point in many a landscaping plan. But I think nowhere on the Shore does it make its presence felt more beautifully than in the historic town of Cape Charles, where street signs proclaim the names of famous men and herald summer fruits and the soft sand beach beckons. But from July through September, for those heeding the call of their inner arborist, the crape myrtle becomes a center of attention. Their lacy blossoms dance enthusiastically in the breeze, flaunting deep magenta, brilliant shades of lilac and crimson, counterpoint to lively Natchez whites, together a symphony of spectacular color radiating out from Bay Avenue to Fig Street, from King’s Creek to Plantation Creek, literally along all points of the compass. Once again, in Summer 2018, the crepe myrtle reigned supreme

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WINDOW SHOPPING ON A SERENE CAPE CHARLES SUMMER EVE

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

DSC_1268I long for more calm summer nights, more peaceful and quiet moments, more serene memories. Does anything feel more gentle or tranquil than a balmy summer’s evening outdoors, touched by soft salty breezes carrying sounds of murmured conversation and light laughter ? On an evening like that I love to window shop in Cape Charles. Everything closed, including late lingerers at the Brown Dog Ice Cream Shop shop, lights already dimmed, just a few folks out on Mason Avenue, strolling leisurely, holding hands, walking dogs or shepherding children. A couple cars driving to Kelly’s Pub, a few heading back to the hotels from The Shanty, a golf cart headed for the beach loop around Bay Avenue, one or two people at the LOVE sign, taking photos in the fading twilight, a murmuring couple sitting side by side in the sand, savoring the last moments of sunset. Otherwise, all quiet on the Western front. And in that peaceful instant, in that tiny sliver of time between the end of a busy day and the hush of nightfall, you’ll find the perfect time to window shop in Cape Charles.

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On A Bluff Overlooking Beach & Bay–Your Perfect Beach Retreat On Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

beach view resizedEndless views of glistening blue waters from this lovely Coastal Living style beachfront home towering high above the Chesapeake Bay. Open floor plan with large great room with vaulted ceilings, an impressive wall of windows, bringing the outside in, topped off with a warm and cozy stone fireplace. Large fenced in back yard for your furry friends to frolic and a self-cleaning heated pool for your fun in the sun. Gorgeous kitchen with granite counter-tops and large center island will please even the most discerning chefs. Lots of gorgeous detail work throughout! Close to historic Cape Charles and just minutes to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel offering easy access to metropolitan amenities. Launch your boat at Kiptopeke State Park & enjoy some of the best fishing on the East Coast. Offered at $995,000.