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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Slurp Oysters on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

A wave of sustainable oyster farms have transformed the region, bringing new opportunities to taste the area's increasingly popular bivalves straight from the source.


1. Where to Stay

Hotel Cape Charles is a newcomer in its harbor-front town.  

Enjoy loft-inspired living at the Cape Charles Blue (from $130), where six 700-square-foot suites feature exposed-brick walls dating back to 1900 and full kitchens built with reclaimed wood from the original structure. Housed in what was once a nickel and dime store, the hotel is a short walk from the beach, where you can watch the sun set over Chesapeake Bay.

Book one of the second-floor rooms with private glass-and-wood balconies that overlook the harbor at Hotel Cape Charles (from $170), opened last spring on the main thoroughfare of Mason Avenue. Though the building has served as a hotel for more than a century, its latest incarnation features contemporary touches like Carrara marble countertops and glass mosaic tiles along with comforts like handmade Cozy Pure mattresses and complimentary breakfasts.

Have oysters and wine on your own private beach at Eagle’s Rest Beach House (from $3,900/week), an airy, three-bedroom waterfront house located north of Cape Charles. Designed by New York architect Tom Hickey, the home sports floor-to-ceiling windows, gorgeous mosaics, and a luxe kitchen alongside an open dining room that seats up to ten people.

Published on Jan 11, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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