Cape Charles, Virginia is one of those places with a seemingly endless supply of photo opportunities. Whether you’re snapping a sunset selfie or taking a professional portrait of local wildlife, we have a lot of great locations you can feature in your photography. Take a look at a few of our favorite photo ops:
If you do take and enjoy some photos during your Cape Charles getaway, we’d love to see them! Please feel free to share them on our Facebook page, and they just might be featured in one of our future posts.
Ahhhh….the relaxation that comes with summer. The sun. The beach. The lazy days. Are you ready to soak up all these good vibes, curled up with a fantastic book?
It’s not uncommon for guests to sit on our porch, rocking gently back and forth, and lose themselves in a great book. When they are ready for change of scenery, they often pack up their beach bags and head over to Cape Charles beach--and continue reading!
Get your summer reading on with our top picks. These books are sure to transport you to another land--just remember to apply your sunscreen!
The Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles Summer Reading List
Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee
Lilliet Berne, an opera singer, has been given the chance of a lifetime to perform in Paris. However, someone has betrayed her and is bringing up ghosts and secrets from her past. What could be better than a novel that combines suspense, romance, music, and Paris?
Blood Defense, by Marcia Clark
Were you obsessed with The People vs. O.J. Simpson back in the 90s? If so, you’ll definitely want to read this book by Marcia Clark, who prosecuted the trial. This is the first book in her new legal series, complete with a double-murder case.
Modern Lovers, by Emma Straub
The summer-read of 2014 that had everyone wanting to get to Majorca was called The Vacationers. This season, Straub tells the story of friends and former bandmates who’ve grown into their 50s together, living the perfect lives in Brooklyn, New York--until the summer their teenagers discover sex. Now, mid-life crises have set in and suddenly everything is not as perfect as it once seemed.
Neon Green, by Margaret Wappler
What happens when a spaceship lands in the backyard of a normal, suburban Chicago family? It’s the 90s as you once knew it...but now with aliens!
Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn
The thought of Jamaica may have you envisioning beaches and resorts, but this novel explores the lives of the residents. You’ll be immersed in the culture as a group of women battle for independence--financial, sexual, and otherwise.
Happy Reading! Let us know which books you picked off this list, and which one was your favorite!
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In honor of its 20th year, the 2016 Arts Enter Annual Benefit by the Bay will be celebrating in the style of the Jazz Age! Grab your flapper dress and your fedora, and get ready for the Roaring 20th at Oyster Farm at Kings Creek. Let’s check out a few facts about this upcoming event:
- The Annual Benefit by the Bay is Arts Enter’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps to support everything from stage productions and movie nights to children’s summer camps.
- Dress is “20’s spiffy” and is optional but encouraged! Who wouldn’t want to dress like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character?
- The Roaring 20th will be taking place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm, so you still have plenty of time to start planning your trip to Cape Charles.
- The Julius Pittman Revival (soul, blues, rock) will be providing the music for the event. They played at the Oyster Farm Pearl Center New Year’s Eve and brought down the house! People danced the night away and this encore performance promises to also be a hit.
- Tickets are $100 a person for a night of great food, soulful music and outstanding fellowship.
- There will be a Roaring Twenties Selfie Station, where you can dress up in 20s garb and grab the selfie stick and snap and post away.
And speaking of planning a trip to Cape Charles, Arts Enter is only a five minute walk away from Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles, so if you’re in need of weekend lodging for the fundraiser, we’re at your service! Click here to book your room now. (Miss our blog about Arts Enter Cape Charles? Read it here.) We can’t wait to see you soon!
If you’ve been reading our blog for the past few months, you know that we have a love for organic gardening with heirloom seeds. You also have probably figured out that we serve our guests delectable treats made from scratch on a daily basis, using local ingredients. Our guests RAVE about our signature biscuits--and so today we are revealing the story behind them--and our recipe!
Before we do that though, we’d like you to know how proud we are of these breakfast goodies. We were recognized byVirginia.org as one of ten B&Bs having a Notable Breakfast in Virginia. Last year we made it to the FINAL four for theBedandbreakfast.com Breakfast Contest. We were representing the Southern brackett. That was great fun!
Our fluffy Sweet Potato Biscuit recipe has a fascinating history that actually starts with Thomas Jefferson! In 1774, his Sweet Potato Biscuits were served at the first meeting of the First Continental Congress at City Tavern in Philadelphia. They are still served there today.
Thomas Jefferson enjoyed gardening, and one of his favorite vegetables to grow was the sweet potato. In fact, on September 17, 1787, he wrote a letter to Nicholas Lewis in Paris and requested “seeds of the common sweet potato [I mean the real seeds and not the root which cannot be brought here without rotting].”
Now, our recipe does have a twist to his original version, and we’d like to share a funny story with you. The first few times we made these biscuits, they tasted wonderful, but they didn’t look so appealing. In fact, they looked like they were filled with hairs! It was quite alarming, and that was when we learned that we must puree the sweet potatoes prior to baking due to their fibrous nature. Can you imagine serving hairy-looking biscuits to our guests?
Sweet potatoes grow very well in our loamy soil on the shore. Take a journey through the photos as you watch Innkeeper and Jim Jim the Biscuit Man work his breakfast magic.
The dough has been prepared, rolled out, and Jim is carefully cutting the biscuits.
Next, the biscuits are baked and brushed with butter.
Biscuits are topped with homemade Ginger Fig Jam and slices of Virginia Edwards Ham.
When you arrive for breakfast, not only can you expect our signature biscuits, but they will be served with the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles Eastern Shore Coastal Roast coffee and plenty of other garden-to-table goodies!
Want to make some of your own? Here’s our recipe--let us know how they turn out!
Bay Haven Inn’s Sweet Potato Biscuits
Created by Jim Holloway, Inn Keeper
2 cups Virginia sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed)
9 Tbls melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ginger
1/8 tsp all spice
2 cup of sifted flour
¼ c brown sugar
1 tsp salt
5 tsp baking powder
Thinly shaved Virginia Country Ham (optional)
1) Add melted butter to sweet potato, next add milk and sugar
2) Combine dry ingredients together (flour, salt, baking powder)
3) Fold the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and do not over mix, just enough to hold together.
4) Dust a pastry board, divide dough in half and work with one ½ at a time. Spread out dough to ½ inch thickness and flip over to dust it with flour again.
5) Take 2 inch biscuit cutter, dip in flour and cut in first biscuit, repeat process making sure to dip in flour each time.
Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, watch closely varies based on oven.
We serve with a thinly shaved Edwards Virginia country ham and add a light layer of apricot or ginger/fig jam to create the perfect bite.
* I am not sure where adding the country ham came into the picture but it is definitely the perfect mate to the Sweet Potato biscuit, add a our homemade Ginger Fig or peach pepper jam and you have created the perfect, most memorable bite!
Recipe derived from the Thomas Jefferson’s original Sweet Potato Biscuits served at City Tavern and Susie H. Mapp, Eastern Shore homemaker.
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There is nothing quite like farm-fresh food, especially here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. We’re gearing up to celebrate eating and buying local with the Cape Charles Outdoor Market on May 28, 2016. Let’s check out a few reasons you should attend the Outdoor Market (and the Cape Charles Farmers Market at the Museum!):
1. The fresh, the local, and the handmade. All vendors at the Outdoor Market either made, baked, or grew their produce and products. Whether it’s fresh seafood, ripe veggies, or flourishing plants, you’ll find something to suit your interest and taste (literally!).
2. The location. Besides being only 5 minutes away from Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles, the Outdoor Market is also right by some great activities, shopping locales, and restaurants. Check out Kelly’s Gingernut Pub, Cape Charles Coffee House, Periwinkles Consignment Boutique, Hook-U-Up Gourmet, and more.
3. The sustainable grocery bags. The first 100 families to purchase something at the Outdoor Market will receive a FREE sustainable grocery bag. Who doesn’t love free stuff?
If you can’t make it to the Outdoor Market on May 28, no worries! The Cape Charles Farmers Market at the Museum will be held every Tuesday from May 3 to October 25, 4:00pm-7:00pm. You won’t want to miss the incredible assortment of fresh fruits and veggies, body care products, honey, eggs, live entertainment, and more. Click here to check out the Farmers Market Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you on your Outdoor Market excursion! Don’t forget to grab a room here at Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles.
Feeling crabby? No worries...that’s normal around these parts!
On May 21, 2016, Cape Charles Central Park will be filled with food, music, fun, and lots of things to see and do for the 5th Annual Crabby Blues Festival. And the best news? You can enjoy fresh off-the-boat crabs, live music, arts and crafts, and food vendors. Pack your bags and head to Cape Charles!
Imagine watching the boats come to the shoreline, filled to the brim with crabs. As soon as they bring their haul in, the crabs will be steamed on location. After feasting, if you are left wanting more, there’s good news. Steamed crabs will be sold by the dozen for take-away.
The Crabby Blues Festival is held rain or shine, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 21st. The proceeds benefit the Cape Charles Christian School, and Pfeiffer Riding Stables will be at the festival offering barrel train rides and pony rides. Add a whole afternoon of music and entertainment, and you’ve got yourself one perfect Saturday to spend on the shore!
Here at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles, our guests look forward to this event each May. Last year, one of our newlywed couples attended the event--and it was their first time eating crabs. The community rallied around them, teaching them how to eat and pick a crab!
Book your weekend stay at our inn early--as this is a popular event in our area. We will be happy to personalize the experience for you--should you be celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or any other special occasion. Give us a call at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles and let us help you to make memories that will last a lifetime!
We all love a good breakfast recipe, right? Cereal and toast get so boring after a while, so mix up what you eat for your morning meal with a yummy recipe from Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles! Try out these Fluffy Egg Soufflés, and feel free to share a photo of the results on our Facebook page!
- 1-cup eggbeaters
- 1-cup egg whites
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash (we use Fiesta Lime or Table Blend, based on taste preference)
- 1 Tbsp ground mustard
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ cup diced peppers
- ½ cup diced tomatoes (optional)
- ½ cup diced meat (leftover bacon, sausage, and/or ham work well!)
- ½ cup diced or shredded cheese
- ¼ cup diced onion (Vidalia or Spanish)
- ½ cup left over cornbread crumbled or frozen shredded hash browns
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix first 7 ingredients in a measuring cup, and set aside.
3. Spray 4 ramekins thoroughly with cooking spray (or grease with butter).
4. Begin layering ingredients beginning with cornbread or hash browns on bottom, then half of the cheese (reserve remaining for top layer), then peppers, onions and tomatoes (if desired). Add final layer of cheese.
5. Wish wet ingredients and pour over mixture until all ingredients are covered well with mixture. Place on a foil lined baking pan and place in oven. Cook for 35 minutes, longer if you want a crispy brown top.
6. Once in the oven do NOT peak! Only open the oven door when you are removing soufflés.
Serve directly to the table using caution with the hot ramekins. (Or remove from ramekin by holding with a pot holder and using a paper towel to turn the out the soufflé and place on a lightly dressed bed of fresh salad greens.)
We hope you enjoy this egg-based recipe from our inn! Don’t forget to book your room now at Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles and enjoy breakfast right here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Spring is right around the corner--and that means the Eastern Shore of Virginia is gearing up for a slew of fun activities perfect for weekend getaways. Here’s our top picks of what’s happening in the next few weeks.
This annual festival features local and national carvers and artists and is located on Chincoteague Island. Awards are given to a variety of categories, including art, photography, and carving. Hand-carved and/or hand-painted wooden Easter eggs are offered via a silent auction. This silent auction has been the highlight of the Festival each year!
Speaking of Easter, did you know that the Easter Bunny stops by Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles and deliveries goodies each year? Should you choose to stay at this adult-only weekend, be ready for an Easter morning surprise at breakfast!
Visit Cape Charles Harbor for the 9th Annual Blessing of the Fleet. The ceremony honors the water-men who have been lost at sea and continues to celebrate those who put local seafood on our tables. The ceremony begins at 6P ET, and you can expect a Presentation of Colors, Thanksgiving for Seafarers Prayer, Blessing of the Fleet, Throwing the Wreath, and a Cannon Salute. After the ceremony, stick around for live music, arts and crafts, and food.
Become one of the Virginia visitors who gets to witness the beauty and elegance of unforgettable gardens at the peak of springtime color. Tours of the gardens and historic landmarks take place over a period of eight days across the state.
On April 30th, the tour focuses on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Here, untouched natural beaches frame historic downtown areas and attractions. There are five tour stops on the Eastern Shore’s Garden Tour: Salt Grove, Brownsville, Chatham, Eyre Hall, and Edgewater at Bay Creek.
Guests staying at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles will also experience a personal tour of our gardens, as well as tour of the New Roots Youth Garden. Innkeeper Tammy, a Virginia Master Gardener and volunteer at New Roots, loves their mission of cultivating healthy children, families, and community through outdoor experiential learning. New Roots continues to connect this community from seed to table.
We hope you get to experience the beauty and splendor the Eastern Shore of Virginia has to offer!
During my first week as an innkeeper, I was putting the plates on the table for our very first breakfast at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles. As I set the last plate down at the ten-seat table, I began to wonder how to introduce guests to one another, in a way that would “break the ice” at the breakfast table.
Being a “Breakfast Matchmaker” was not a role I had ever expected to find myself playing. I knew I would be a chef, a hostess, a gardner, a travel guide, and a laundress...but a breakfast matchmaker? Never!
As the guests took their seats, my main goals for the morning were to make sure they were happy with their meal, as well as with the company of each other. One couple--an introverted, pair from Holland--was involved in the international space program. The other guest--a local woman in her mid-sixties, enjoying the inn with her sister--had made all the window treatments for the inn. I remember my thought in that moment, as if it was yesterday: How in the world am I going to introduce these guests to one another and foster a warm and inviting environment?
It was then that I recalled that the seamstress’s husband used to work for NASA! I casually leaned over, while serving some ham and biscuits, and said, “Did you know that you all have something in common?” I then made the introduction and headed back to the kitchen.
Since this pivotal moment at my inn’s breakfast table, I have realized that I want an inn that is known for people coming together to relax, converse, and forget about their worries. I take special care when guests check in to get to know them, learn what they like, ask where they are from, and find out what brought them to Cape Charles. This brief, intentional conversation provides me with enough information to make introductions and help people build connections.
One of the greatest rewards of being The Breakfast Matchmaker is watching the friendships form after breakfast is over. I often see the guests sitting on the porch together, glass of wine in hand, chatting and enjoying the company of one another. They sometimes exchange emails, so they can stay in touch. I even have a couple who met at the inn, and travel back each year, meeting up with one another, like a reunion.
The next time you are in Cape Charles, I hope you will book a stay at our inn, so you can see The Breakfast Matchmaker in action! Even though this is an unexpected role as an innkeeper, it is one I have come to love and cherish very much!
There’s still a bit of chill in the air, but spring is definitely on its way, and Cape Charles is ready to burst into warm-weather activities. Walking and driving aren’t the only way enjoy springtime around Cape Charles, though! You can indulge in the sights and sounds of the Eastern Shore of Virginia by kayak, by golf cart, by horseback, or by bicycle. Keep reading to learn more:
1. Explore the shores by kayak: SouthEast Expeditions is a fantastic local kayak-rental company. Whether you’re a first-time kayaker, an intermediate paddler, or an experienced adventurer, there is definitely a kayak trip to suit you! Explore the Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge or take the Paddle Your Glass Off winery tour. This is the perfect way to get outdoors and welcome the warmer weather on the Eastern Shore. (For more information, check out the SouthEast Expedition beachfront kiosk or outpost in Cape Charles.)
2. Experience the town via golf cart: Cape Charles is known for its “cart life,” which is a phrase we owe to Chuckletown Productions. Your golf cart rental will take you from shops to restaurants to sunsets on the beach (as well as to and from Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles!). Click here to read our blog about cart life in Cape Charles and learn a bit about our very own cart, Chessy Bay.
3. Enjoy the scenery by horseback: Saddle up with Pfeiffer Riding Stables for a trail ride through our Virginia woods, accompanied by King’s Creek and a variety of local furry critters. If you’d rather explore the inner streets of the town, hop into a horse-drawn carriage with Cape Charles Carriage Horses.
4. Peddle your way through the streets: Take in the warm bay weather while getting some exercise! Bicycling is a fun way to tour Cape Charles, and if you’re worried about having to drag along your own bike, no worries; we offer bicycle rentals right here in town. (Click here to check out some of the cycling routes around Cape Charles.)