Eastern Shore of Virginia

Virginia Eastern Shore

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Come Discover Virginia’s Undiscovered Eastern Shore

easternShore300x200A 70-mile peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Chesapeake Bay on the other, the Virginia Eastern Shore is an outdoor paradise for kayakers, boaters, cyclists, nature lovers, anglers, birders and hunters. Over 78,000 acres of wild public space include two National Wildlife Refuges, a National Seashore, six public beaches, and a chain of wild barrier islands that are the longest remaining on the East Coast. The Atlantic coast of the Eastern Shore is the launch point for guided day trips out to these uninhabited islands. The region is a major migratory flyway and birders from all over the world flock here for fall and spring birding festivals and year around to observe birds and wildlife in pristine natural habitats. Wild ponies roam Assateague Island and the annual Chincoteague pony swim brings thousands of people to watch.

The Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail maps the way to studios, galleries, farms and wineries down long country lanes and in charming harbor towns. Waterside villages sport a growing number of boutique B&Bs, inns and hotels, and shops, bakeries, restaurants, wineries and antique stores. Dozens of vacation rentals, premier event spaces and top-notch local caterers bring families here to celebrate for weddings, reunions and other special times.

The Virginia Oyster Trail winds its way through the Eastern Shore, one of America’s oldest seafood regions. Enjoy fresh local catch on the tables of 70+ restaurants, raw bars, seafood shacks and waterside bistros. Tour a modern aqua farm or take a boat tour out to harvest fresh clams or oysters right from the sea. Shop local at farmer’s markets, retail seafood and gourmet grocers and cook up a feast at a vacation rental perched right on the Atlantic or the Chesapeake Bay. During the fall, oysters roasts fill the calendar and November Wine and Brine spotlights special culinary events across the region.

Until just a few years ago, mapmakers often left Virginia’s Eastern Shore off maps. The only transportation from the peninsula’s southern tip to mainland Virginia was a long ferry ride until 1964 when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was erected. It is an area largely untouched by hectic modern life. Come discover the undiscovered on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. (Photos Courtesy VTC)

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