Aw Shucks – The COVA Oyster Trail

November is Oyster Month in Virginia and there’s nothing we like better in Coastal Virginia than seafood. Take a tour of beautiful COVA and enjoy the freshest oysters and an experience that you can’t find anywhere else! Virginia is for Oyster Lovers.

Here are six ways to get shuckin’ in COVA:

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Virginia is the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters on the East Coast, providing eight regions of distinctive flavor. From the salts of the Eastern Shore, to the sweets of the Rappahannock River, you are invited to take a delicious journey of discovery on the Virginia Oyster Trail. Find your flavor and keep up-to-date with all things oyster: LEARN MORE

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Virginia Beach

When Chris Ludford began giving tours of his Virginia Beach oyster operation, Pleasure House Oysters, he wanted to give locals and visitors the opportunity to learn and experience what goes into growing and farming oysters, as well as teaching the importance and impact that they have on keeping the waterways clean. On his tours, you’ll learn about the history of the river that you just can’t find in history books. Experience firsthand what it take to make the legends of the Lynnhaven River come to life and bring them to plates of restaurants all around town. Plus, you’ll get to shuck and suck some delicious oysters straight from the water beneath you. It doesn’t get any fresher than that! LEARN MORE

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Hampton

Hip new establishments in downtown Hampton, Phoebus, and Fort Monroe are making waves and blazing trails…oyster trails! Downtown Hampton’s Queens Way is home trendy eateries like Venture Kitchen and Conch & Bucket, both offering up seasonal “specials of the day” featuring oyster dishes with a twist. The Point, a farm-to-table bistro in Phoebus, serves up to-die-for fried oysters. The Deadrise at Fort Monroe National Monument boasts a seaside oyster plate complete with hand-cut cottage fries, hush puppies and homemade cole slaw. LEARN MORE

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Norfolk

The Lynnhaven oyster, a saltwater delicacy indigenous to coastal Virginia, was once prized by the kings and queens of Europe; rumor has it that many royal families had the specialty plucked from Virginia waters and shipped to them overseas. Try them for yourself at A.W. Shucks Raw Bar & Grill in the historic Ghent district of Norfolk! LEARN MORE

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Chesapeake

Grab your flannel and oyster shucker and come out to the Oyster & South Festival at Greenbrier Farms. Tempting seasonal oysters & other seafood will be served. Delicious fresh foods from local restaurants, cool beverages, live entertainment and plenty of good old southern-style harvest time fun! Walk the grounds of Historic Greenbrier Farms, with its 800 acres of history, charm and serene views provide a stunning backdrop while shucking some of the freshest oysters in town. LEARN MORE

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Smithfield

It’s no wonder Smithfield VA Event’s have become the hottest ticket in Coastal Virginia, regularly selling out literally within minutes! These boutique events are well-run and held at the gorgeous Windsor Castle Park in downtown Smithfield. BOB Fest takes place on Saturday, January 14 and kicks off with the Chilly Bob 8K Roadrace (optional). The party begins at noon and is held inside two 25,000+ square foot HEATED party tents. Live entertainment featuring the 80s rock band “The Deloreans,” dancing, all-you-can-eat oysters, Brunswick Stew, BBQ and a Bloody Mary bar. This first class event will give you something to look forward to through the winter! There are a limited number of tickets which sold out weeks in advance last year, so plan on getting yours early! Make a weekend of it and choose from three beautiful lodging options – all located in downtown and within easy walking distance of the festival site. But make your reservations early! LEARN MORE

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