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    5 Out of the Way Places to Explore in Coastal Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on February 27th, 2014

    Undoubtedly you know about the fantastic beaches of Coastal Virginia, but look beyond the warm sandy shores and check out the not-so-obvious attractions and things to do along the Chesapeake Bay and the Coastal Virginia region, comprised of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.

    Air Power Park, Hampton, Virginia

    Air Power Park, Hampton, Virginia

    1. Air and space is big business in Coastal Virginia with sites like the NASA Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague Island and the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, but these additional sites have a few tricks up their sleeves, too.

    • Air Power Park in Hampton is a free city park that happens to have aviation on display, front and center, with jets, missiles and rockets. Pack a picnic and enjoy the playground and floating dock on Newmarket Creek.
    • Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk offers a daily 45-minute tour for $10 per adult and $5 per child aged 3 to 11. The Naval Station is home port to more than 78 ships of the Atlantic Fleet, making it the world’s largest naval installation. It’s also one of the busiest airfields in the country. Cash only; photo ID required for adults. Schedule
    Vantage point from Fort Boykin in Smithfield, Virginia.

    Vantage point from Fort Boykin in Smithfield, Virginia.

    2. Fort Boykin‘s presence dates to 1623 when the Castle fort on the bluff above the James River in Smithfield was built to protect Jamestown colonists from Native Americans and Spainards. Having been used during and restructured for the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and finally the Civil War, Fort Boykin is a preserved and mostly intact as a Civil War site depicting military architecture of the time. An additional note to the site is the black walnut tree, believed to be the second largest in Virginia and at least 200 years old. It’s on the list with the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project. Brochure

    3. Paddle or fish the calm waters of the Mathews Blueways Water Trails. Five routes offer unique points along the way, like the New Point Comfort Lighthouse which is only accessible by water. The trails range in distance from 10.7 to 22.1 miles. Outfitters are available for equipment rental.

    Tangier Island, Virginia

    Tangier Island, Virginia

    4. The gardens of Eyre Hall in Cheriton are among the oldest in the nation, dating to 1800, but simply getting to them will take your breath away. A cedar-lined lane brings you onto the 1760 Eyre Hall estate. The Eyre family actually dates to 1623 on the Eastern Shore, however, as Thomas Eyre arrived to Jamestown in 1622. Do seek out the 1819 orangery ruin on site.

    5. You can’t get much more out of the way than Tangier Island, a lost-in-time island in the Chesapeake Bay that takes up only 1.236 square miles and is only accessible by ferry or your own watercraft. Taste the bay as the watermen bring their harvest to shore, and do converse with the locals. You’ll delight in their Elizabethan speak. Take a day trip with Tangier Island Cruise out of Reedville, Virginia.

    Enjoy your explorations!

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    5 Ways to Enjoy National Fishing and Boating Week

    by Casey | Posted on June 3rd, 2013

    June 1 – 9, 2013 is National Fishing and Boating Week and we have five fun ways you can enjoy the water this week in Virginia.

    Buggs Island Lake / John H. Kerr Reservoir. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

    Buggs Island Lake / John H. Kerr Reservoir

    1. Free Fishing Days - June 7-9 are designated Free Fishing Days in Virginia, where you are welcome to fish without a license in any freshwater or saltwater environments except designated stocked trout waters, which are marked with signage. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to fishing.

    2. Go Big – Head to Virginia’s largest lakes for plenty of coves  that are sure to be full of fish. The boating and watersports are awesome, too!

    Largest: John H. Kerr Reservoir / Buggs Island Lake in Clarksville includes more than 50,000 acres of fresh water and over 800 miles of shoreline. Try either Occoneechee or Staunton River State Park for the best public access.
    Second Largest: Smith Mountain Lake is so large (500 miles of shoreline) that it can be accessed from three counties – Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania. Try Smith Mountain Lake State Park for the best public access.
    Third Largest: Lake Anna also reaches into three counties – Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania. The lake offers more than 200 miles of shoreline and 13,000 surface acres of water. Lake Anna is noted for being one of the best lakes on the eastern seaboard for fishing large mouth bass. Head to Lake Anna State Park for the best public access.

    Blue Marlin.

    Blue Marlin caught from “Flat Line” with AquaMan Sportfishing Charters.

    3. Cruise – Step onto a harbor cruise if you’re not quite ready to slip out into the Atlantic on a charter. Try the Carrie B. out of Portsmouth (a Mississippi river boat replica), Miss Hampton II out of Hampton, American Rover out of Norfolk (a sailing schooner) or Victory Rover, also out of Norfolk. A harbor cruise out of Norfolk would be especially fun this weekend as Norfolk Harborfest is going on and there will be many ships to see, not to mention fireworks!

    4. Cast a Long Line – Hop aboard a charter and head out into the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Ocean for stellar offshore and deep sea fishing. Captains of Bay Fisher IICatchin’ Up, Final PursuitFlat Line, High Hopes, Key DreamsLemon Twist, Long Time Com’n, MatadorMatty J, Net Profits, Obsessed, Ocean EagleRock Hound, and Wave Runner will help you land croaker, flounder, sea bass, tautog, cobia and possibly a blue marlin, among others.

    5. River Runs – Virginia’s rivers are ripe for a variety of freshwater fish, and there are plenty of guides on standby to help you get started.

    New River Trips

    New River Trips

    New River

    Shenandoah River

    Matt Miles Fly Fishing, LLC

    Matt Miles Fly Fishing, LLC

    James River

     Rappahannock River

    Are you all set with great ideas and contacts for a week on the water? Comment below to share your experiences and tell what’s biting where.

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    Waterside Vacation Homes

    by Casey | Posted on March 6th, 2013

    Though the calendar says we’re still a couple of weeks away from the official start of spring, now is the time to start thinking about booking your waterside Virginia vacation home.

    Just steps away from lapping waves, sand or the calm reflection of a lake, Virginia’s vacation rental properties that include a waterfront view book up months in advance of the summer travel season. Check into these attractive bungalows and book now.

    Along the Chesapeake Bay

    Bayvon Beachfront Cottage is a comfortable accommodation right on the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews. Bring your own linens for this three bed/two bath house that sleeps six. It’s a quiet property perfect for families. No smoking; no pets. $1500/week

    Chesapeake Bay view from Cameron's Landing in Reedville.

    Bay view from Cameron’s Landing in Reedville.

    Vacation with the entire family when you book Cameron’s Landing in Reedville. The Bay views are commanding the private beach area is a protected place with gentle waters for the littlest vacationers. Just bring what you need to eat and wear; the rest is provided. Main house and guesthouse sleep 14 total. No smoking; no pets. $2400-$3700/week (without guesthouse or with). Book Now

    Boaters, crabbers and fisherfolk will fall in love with James Ross River Plantation in Urbanna. This expansive four acre estate includes a boathouse, heated indoor pool, dock and accommodations for 14. $3900/week. HURRY! Only one week left in August; three in June! Book Now

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    On the Eastern Shore

    Corratock is a two-story historic home sits waterfront on Craddock Creek with a private pier and no neighbors. The birdwatching is excellent! A canoe, crab nets, traps, and fishing gear are all available for you and your five guests to use. No smoking; no pets. $1200/week.

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    Virginia Beach Resort Area

    Don’t mind a short walk to the sand? The Coastal Charm Beach House is just a block and a half back. It’s a cozy bungalow that boasts a sun deck and accommodations for up to 8. $2200-$2300/week. No smoking; no pets. Book Now

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    Lakeside

    The Dome Home in Huddleston is situated on a quiet cove of Smith Mountain Lake and includes a private dock. Want to bring a pet? Just ask! The home sleeps six and has large party decks on two levels. $1400/week. Book Now

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    Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove

    Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove

    Lake Anna Glass House is located in Spotsylvania on Lake Anna and boasts 4,200 square feet of vacation space. Private dock, enormous windows with grand views, game and media room, and a well-equipped gourmet kitchen makes this a special reprieve for a family of 12. $2415-$3465/week. HURRY! One remaining week for August and two in June! Book Now

    Kindred Spirits at Childs Cove is also a Lake Anna waterfront home. Decks, two boat slips, jet ski lift, child’s slide into the water and beach area welcome families for summer fun. Sleeps up to 8 and has a wide range of amenities. $2347/week. Book Now

    More Lake Anna Homes

    If you’re ready to start planning your summer vacation waterside in Virginia, act fast. They’re going fast! See more vacation home options at Virginia.org.

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    Coastal Cottages for Fall

    by Casey | Posted on October 19th, 2012

    Fall is a great time to escape to Virginia’s shores. The crowds are gone, the air is crisp and the coast is as beautiful as summer.

    Wake up a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

    Wake up to a sunrise on the water. View from The Crab Shack in Mathews.

    Clear your mind any weekend this fall with a cottage rental in Virginia Beach, on the Eastern Shore or along the Chesapeake Bay.

    Atlantic Breeze is a luxurious four-story town home just a quick 3 1/2 block walk to the oceanfront, Boardwalk, dining, shops, live entertainment, and more. Sleeps up to 12.

    The Dunes is a sweet cottage just two blocks from the center of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. A comfortable four-bedroom, fully equipped home with all the amenities for a relaxing beach vacation, The Dunes sleeps up to 10 people.

    Matchotank Country Home is an expansive place on 50 acres in Onancock. The home sits waterfront with a dock, boat ramp, stocked freshwater pond, and all of the equipment you need to have a great time outdoors. Sleeps 10.

    Eagle’s View is a four-bedroom waterfront home near Assateague Lighthouse on Chincoteague Island. It’s a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Soak in the midst of the Wildlife Refuge with over 300 species of birds and wild ponies. The property has a private dock for your use, as well as two master suites – great for multi-generation vacationing. Sleeps 11.

    In Grimstead, Gwynn’s Island Cottage overlooks several bodies of water with easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and a private beach. Sleeps 3.

    The Crab Shack at Grandview in Mathews overlooks the East River. It’s a brand new accommodation with a rooftop deck and gourmet kitchen. You just might want to stay a while longer. Sleeps two comfortably, but air mattresses are available for additional guests. Dog-friendly.

    Discover more coastal cottages at www.virginia.org/BeachVacationRentals/.

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    Camping Along Cool Waters

    by Casey | Posted on July 19th, 2012

    The great outdoors bring families to Virginia to unplug, unwind and just be together. Take advantage of the remaining summer weekends – or plan a fall weekend – to escape to one of Virginia’s campgrounds or a Virginia State Park.

    Lake Shore Campground, Abingdon

    Lake Shore Campground, Abingdon

    Virginia offers all types of camping in various climates and terrains. Beach and lake-based campgrounds are especially popular this time of year and often have great family attractions nearby.

    • First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is Virginia’s most visited State Park. The beach you’ll find there is actually on the Chesapeake Bay, not the Atlantic, so it’s much calmer water for little swimmers.
    • Holiday Trav-L-Park is the closest campground to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. You can bicycle to the sand or there is designated free parking for campers.
    • North Landing Beach Campground & RV Resort in Virginia Beach is located on the North Landing River and offers a variety of camp sites, even primitive beach tent camping.
    • Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is 300 acres on the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay where you can, indeed, see a beach sunset in Virginia.
    • Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna boasts over 1,000 camp sites and an abundance of those are located on a peninsula in Robinson’s Creek – a tributary of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay. Also find a large lake, multiple pools and a waterpark here.
    • Christopher Run Campground in Mineral is located on Lake Anna – Virginia’s third largest lake. Families will enjoy the beach area, as well as marina and boat rentals.
    • Lake Shore Campground in Abingdon is situated on the South Holston River. You won’t find a long list of activities and amenities but you will find great fishing, a beach for relaxation, and a quiet, comfortable place to completly connect.
    • Indian Heritage RV Park & Campground in Martinsville offers camping right along the Smith River. Seventeen tent sites and 29 full hook-up sites are available. Take advantage of the on-site outfitter.
    • New River Campground in Independence sits right on the VA/NC border and has great sites on the New River. Tents and RVs are welcome; camping cabins are available.

      Outlanders River Camp, Luray

      Outlanders River Camp, Luray

    • Outlanders River Camp has wooded tent sites on the Shenandoah River in Luray. Nearly 100 acres back up to 3/4-mile river frontage. Pull in your RV for full hook-up or utilize electric or primitive tent camping sites.
    • More Virginia Campgrounds

    If you need more inspiration or want a ‘best of the best’ list, see our post that includes 12 Virginia campgrounds that made the cut for ReserveAmerica’s Top 100 Family Campgrounds.

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