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Cape Charles Virginia

Updated on August 25, 2012

Cape Charles, Virginia USA Travel Information

This page has information about Cape Charles Virginia.

This small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA) is known for its railroad, specialty shops, seafood, fishing, golf courses and beautiful sandy beaches.

Once a busy rail hub and sea port, the town is now a popular retirement community and vacation destination.

Cape Charles Virginia

Cape Charles Virginia is a historic town near the tip of the Delmarva penninsula. The town was a bustling center of business in the 1800's and first half of the 20th century, with most of its business related to the railroad which terminated in the harbor where railcars were transferred to barges for transport across the Chesapeake Bay. The rail hub still exists and remains in use.

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2009 Cape Charles Events

2ND ANNUAL CAPE CHARLES BLESSING OF THE FLEET AND 5K RUN

Friday, April 3, 2009

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Friday: 5pm

Commercial fishing boats from all over the Chesapeake Bay will converge at the quaint Cape Charles Harbor for the blessing of a safe season and good harvest for local fishermen. Share the bounty of the Bay, the freshest seafood brought to the dock by local watermen. The celebration includes beer and award-winning Eastern Shore wine.

Saturday 5k Run - registration 8am - 9am - start 9am

Contact Harbormaster Smitty Dize:757- 331-2357, harbormaster@capecharles.org, www.capecharles.org

LOW COUNTRY SHRIMP BOIL

Saturday, April 18, 2009

An annual small town shindig following the Garden Week Tour. Feast on the Eastern Shore’s version of a delicious Low Country Shrimp Boil on the grounds of the Cape Charles History Museum. Explore the latest displays and enjoy a silent auction. Local Blue Grass Music.

Contact 757-331-1008. www.smallmuseum.org/capechas.htm

LINDA LAY & THE SPRINGFIELD EXIT

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Historic Palace Theatre, Cape Charles, VA

One of Virginia’s outstanding trios performs traditional and new country, blues, swing, bluegrass and folk.

Contact Arts Enter 757-331-2787. www.artsentercapecharles.org

3rd ANNUAL BLACK DRUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FISHING TOURNAMENT

Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, 2009

Anglers from New York to Alabama, and as far west as West Virginia and Ohio find fishing heaven at the luxurious Bay Creek Resort & Club in Cape Charles. Enjoy world-class black drum fishing Saturday and Sunday with cash prizes.

Contact Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce 757-787-2460 or info@esvachamber.org www.esvachamber.org

CBES 21st ANNUAL PIG ROAST

Saturday, May 23, 2009

It’s a down-on-the-farm good time at a beautiful vintage bay side farm. Literally pig-out on smoked pork B-B-Q with all the fixings, enjoy hayrides, antique farm equipment displays and local music. Relish a place where family farms are still part of the American fiber. Cherry Grove Farm, Eastville.

Contact Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore 757-678-7157 or info@cbes.org, www.cbes.org

13th ANNUAL BENEFIT by the BAY

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A unique and grand affair alfresco alongside the Chesapeake Bay. Champagne dinner, dancing under the stars with live music. One of the Eastern Shore’s most elegant affairs.

Contact Arts Enter 757- 331-ARTS www.artsentercapecharles.org

SAIL IN THE ARTS- FALL PLEIN-AIR PAINTING EVENT

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Art lovers enjoy watching images take shape on canvas in and around the bayside town of historic Cape Charles. Later that evening have the opportunity to purchase some of the fresh creations right off the easels at an evening exhibit in the Historic Palace Theatre.

Contact Stage Door Gallery 757-331-3669, www.stagedoorgallery.com.

2nd ANNUAL FALL TOMATO FESTIVAL

September 25-27, 2009

As one of the largest crops harvested on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, its time to salute and celebrate the tomato!

Friday-Sunday along Mason Ave. in the historic downtown of Cape Charles this event-filled weekend includes a Friday evening concert at the Historic Palace Theatre, parade, Mason Ave Art Walk, Antique and Classic Car Show, Tomato-based Recipe Tasting contest and vendors with tomato-happy food offerings, a “Tomato Ball”, and Bay Creek Railway excursion runs. The grand finale -fireworks.

For information contact 757-331-4884,

CapeCharlesRenewalProgram@att.net, esvaccfallfestival.com.

HOOKED ON HABITAT FISHING TOURNAMENT

October 9-11, 2009

Revel in 2 full days of great fishing while helping out the Eastern Shore Habitat for Humanity. Anglers can depart from any Virginia port but must weigh in at weigh stations located on the Eastern Shore. Opens with a fun gathering at the Captain’s Meeting concluding with a celebratory finale at the Awards Ceremony, both at Eastern Shore restaurants.

Contact 757-442-HOUS, eshabitat@verizon.net.

17th ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Noon-5pm

Sunset Beach Resort, Cape Charles, VA

Celebrate the Eastern Shore’s harvest of field and sea. Feast on all-you-can-eat soft shell crabs, shrimp, crab cakes, sweet potato pie, fried green tomatoes and much more in a beautiful waterfront setting. Includes a tent full of local art to enjoy and take home. Contact 757-787-2460, info@esvachamber.org, www.esvachamber.org.

TOUR OF UNTAMED FISHERMAN ISLAND

Every Saturday, October through mid-March 9am-12pm

A wild isle awaits: closed the majority of the year here’s a chance to experience Fisherman Island. FREE personal tours of this majestic seaside barrier island introduce visitors to a variety of wildlife living in several unique habitats. Also discover the rich history of the Island and the role it played during World War II. Learn how this fragile world is protected through the refuge system’s wildlife management. Trail length: 4 miles with walking surface varying from soft to hard-packed sand, and short stretch of roadway. Tours limited to 24. Recommended for children 12 years and older. Advanced registration is required. Meet at the Visitor Center on Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge at 8:45am. For more information or to register, call (757) 331-3425 or email fw5rw_esvnwr@fws.gov.

CAPE CHARLES MUSEUM ANNUAL OYSTER ROAST

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gather around the bonfire and listen to live blue grass music, served up with oysters on the half shell or cooked, homemade chowder, and all the fixins’ and libations too. Contact 757-331-1008, www.smallmuseum.org/capechas.htm

CAPE CHARLES PROGRESSIVE DINNER & HOLIDAY TOUR

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit. This starry tour of fine historic Cape Charles homes with delicious courses served at each and live holiday music. Contact 757-678-0010 www.northamptoncountychamber.com.

Chesapeake Bay Aerial Photo
Chesapeake Bay Aerial Photo

The Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes more than 400,000 acres of land and thousands of miles of open bay, rivers and streams, making the Chesapeake Bay the largest estuary in North America. The name "Chesapeake" is a Susquehanock word meaning "great shellfish bay."

The Chesapeake Bay begins in Pennsylvania, as a small part of the Susquehanna River. It passes thru Maryland and Virginia, emptying into the Atlantic near The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The estuary is a vital breeding ground and sanctuary for thousands of fish, shellfish, reptiles, birds and mammals.

The Chesapeake Bay is famous for its crabs, oysters, and fish. Known for its importance as a major breeding ground for striped bass or "Rockfish", one of the most important sport and food fish of the USA east coast.

The Cape Charles Railroad

The railroad helped create Cape Charles and still exists today. Trains are routinely seen in the downtown area as they away transportation by barge to the mainland.

The World Championship Black Drum Tournament at Cape Charles

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce is known for its annual black drum tournament weekend. Cash awards go to the top three anglers.

For more information contact: Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce

phone (757) 787-2460

email info@esvachamber.org

website www.esvachamber.org

The Cape Charles Pier

Cape Charles Va Saltwater Fishing

Cape Charles is famous for its saltwater fishing. The town is nationally recognized for the outstanding black drum fishing that occurs a short distance from the harbor. Each year, anglers come from all over the USA for a chance to catch enormous black drum as they enter the Chesapeake Bay and begin their migration to spawn.

During the warm months, Cape Charles has outstanding fishing for other species including croaker, spot, sea trout, porgy, flounder, sheepshead, spadefish, cobia, tauttog, kingfish and other species.

During the fall and early winter, Cape Charles again has outstanding fishing, with trophy striped bass being caught nearby. These fish, known locally as rockfish, congregate in the Chesapeake in great numbers with fish including bay fish that are on their way out as well as the much larger ocean fish that arrive from the Atlantic Coast to feed on the abundant schools of baitfish. Fishing can be spectacular and often lasts right up until the season ends on December 31. After the bay season ends, the fish eventually migrate in the Atlantic, where some anglers continue fishing throughout the late winter and early spring.

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