Chesapeake Bay Americana: Life is Better in a Small Town

4th of July Breakfast Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles

4th of July Breakfast at Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles

Every small town in the US has its own version of Americana life, from the wheat fields of Iowa to the tractor pulls in Virginia. That’s what makes rural life so inviting! Here on the Shore, we too, have our own way of celebrating a gentler way of living.

It’s why we love the small town of Cape Charles, Virginia so much! Whether you’re a kid or an adult, walking barefoot to the Peach Beach Shave Ice Shack ice stand under a summer sun and salty breezes is a little slice of heaven. 

So is chasing fireflies on the beach or in the park. Then there are the free Saturday night concerts sponsored by Citizens for Central Park. Families and friends bring blankets and gather under the stars to share picnic dinners old-fashioned style while enjoying the background music of the band. 

At the last concert of the season, usually Labor Day Weekend, everyone brings a potluck dish while Citizens for Central Park provides hot dogs and hamburgers. Last year, we had over 250 people attend. It was wonderful!

Downtown Small Town Pleasures!

Downtown Cape Charles is also a hub of small-town pleasures. With the revitalization as a result of the Cape Charles’ participation in Virginia Main Street, the town blends modern day stores with a touch of the past. 

You’ll find an old-fashioned soda fountain pharmacy and restaurant at Rayfield’sPharmacy, complete with ‘50’s style counter and stools. And what’s a small town without homemade ice cream?

Brown Dog Ice Cream Cape Charles VA

Brown Dog Ice Cream

Brown Dog Ice Cream does the honor here! With handcrafted goodness made with locally sourced ingredients, it’s a big reason you’ll hear kids and adults alike giggling with delight. Made in small batches just like your grandparents did, Brown Dog may change the flavors multiple times during the day.

Get scrumptious, cool-down flavors like Black Raspberry with freshly picked raspberries. Or, go for peach ice cream with fresh peaches from our local farm, Picketts Harbor.

Mid-June, you’re welcome to attend the UKE Fest which features local and regional ukulele acts, beach jam, and workshops. And it’s all free!

Independence Day Parade

golf cart 4th of July parade

golf cart 4th of July parade
Pic source: Blue Heron Realty

Americana living is all about babies and kids. Here on the Shore, it’s no different. The Cutest Baby Contest is absolutely adorable and very hard to judge! But we love it all the same. Kids from New Roots Youth Garden host a guppie challenge, a fishing tournament for kids.

It’s a ton of fun! Free to all participants, prizes and poles are donated by sponsors. Last year, we had over 125 kids participate  and fill the Cape Charles Free Fishing pier!

As we all celebrate our country’s independence and reflect over how life has changed over the years. A taste of Cape Charles Americana is just what the doctor ordered!

Ready for a Chesapeake Bay seaside adventure? You’ll find it here in Cape Charles. And Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles is within walking or golf cart driving distance of downtown. Book here!


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