Here’s our list of 3 best things to do in the winter on Cape Charles. While summertime is excellent for sunbathing and picnicking, winter reveals the hidden glory of Cape Charles. The off-season is quiet, which opens up opportunities like having an entire beach to yourself or hitting those winter sales. Explore our gorgeous Eastern Shore during one of the best times of the year.
1. Explore the Great Outdoors
Here in Cape Charles, winter temperatures still get into the sixties in November and the fifties in December. With some warm layers and a thermos containing your beverage of choice, outdoor adventures await. Winter is a glorious time to walk on a beach—likely with one else there. The nature preserves are open all year and are the perfect place for a hike, a bike ride, or a nature walk. The preserves are home to many species of migrating waterfowl that are a pleasure to watch and listen to.
- Edward S. Brinkley Nature Preserve
- Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
- Cape Carles Natural Area Preserve
- Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve
2. Good Eats
If you’re just beginning your adventure, the best breakfast is made right here at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles. Depending on the season, we use veggies and herbs from our own garden or local farms. Our table offers anything from home-baked treats to hearty lumberjack breakfasts.
After all that exploring, you’ll need to warm up and fill up on good food. Cape Charles is known for its oysters. The local legends say that the best oysters are found in months that end with an “R.” Sample the gifts of the Chesapeake Bay at The Oyster Farm or The Shanty, to name a few. The Eastern Shore of Virginia is the country’s largest aquaculture producer, so the bounty is plentiful.
3. Shop ‘til You Drop
If you’re not much of an outdoor adventurer, take a walk down the main street of Cape Charles. There, you will find a plethora of shops for you to putter around in. Whether you’re jumping on your holiday shopping or searching for the best souvenir, we have a place to suit everyone’s taste. Come and enjoy the craftsmanship of our local artisans, gourmet food gifts, and more.
- The Boardwalk
- Peach Street Books
- Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio
- Table and Tonic
- Ellen Moore Gallery
- Chuckletown Productions
- Live Local-ISH
Winter is the prime time for a quick getaway to Cape Charles. Take a break from hectic holiday preparations and come and relax at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles. There’s still plenty to do, but without the crowds and lines. Walk on the beach, watch some migrating waterfowl, or peruse the local shops and restaurants downtown. Start this cooler season rested and rejuvenated with these best things to do in the winter on Cape Charles.
We hope to see you soon!