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Cape Charles, VA

Cape Charles, VA

It’s the last days of summer and fall is in the air!  The leaves will start turning soon but before our days in Richmond, VA turn chilly and our menus become “pumpkin spice” everything, there’s still time to celebrate the last days of summer.

Here’s an itinerary of our night and a day in Cape Charles, VA.

We left Richmond at 5:30 pm on a weekday. Rush hour was dwindling down and the scenic drive only took 2 hours with a bit of tunnel traffic in Hampton.  The sun was starting to set as we crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and stopped to join other viewers at the Eastern Shore lookout to watch the sunset over the beach.

chesapeake bay bridge




We had dinner in town which was a simple fare of fish, pasta, and salad at a cool Irish pub/restaurant called Kelly’s Gingernut Pub.  The interior was attractive with wood and exposed brick.  Service was friendly and the food was good. I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of the food!


Where we stayed: Rittenhouse Motor Lodge 

Update: the property is now called Milestone Lodge under new ownership/management.

Rittenhouse Motor Lodge

A quiet and peaceful motel/lodge surrounded by pine trees. Rittenhouse has been around since the 1950’s but it has been well kept and loved by the owner.  Our room was in the back with a big window facing the forest.  The room was clean and had a “bed and breakfast” feel to it that you won’t get with a box hotel/motel room. In the morning, we got our coffee in the lobby and walked the short trail through the forest.


Breakfast: Cape Charles Coffee House

The restored interior is beautiful with high ceilings and tall windows. We ordered Coffees and a Bagel and Lox each.  The service was fast, friendly and our food was awesome with just the right amount of salmon, capers, onions, and cream cheese.


bagel and lox


Cape Charles Beach

Beautiful! The water was calm and shallow, a perfect peaceful beach. We set our mat down and hung out with our books to soak in our last few hours in Cape Charles.



Brown Dog Ice Cream

A must when you’re in town.  A cute little place that serves homemade ice cream that feature regular and unique flavors like peach and corn, beet and goat cheese, and even an adult tequila strawberry pineapple. Awesome stuff! I hope they open a branch in Richmond.

brown dog ice cream


We ordered our ice cream and walked back down to the fishing pier to watch the tide come in. The end of the pier is shaded and was a good place to look out on the water or watch the people hanging out by the shore.


Happy with our beach day, we decided to head back for home with a quick detour to Kiptopeke State Park to see the Concrete Ships. It was historically interesting and I made a mental note to bring our kayaks for next time.

concrete ships


We were within the Richmond area before rush hour and arrived in the late afternoon recharged for the week ahead. It was a lovely trip! I love quiet beaches and small towns. Cape Charles will not disappoint anyone looking for a quaint beach town that features good food and amazing beach day memories.


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  1. sophia l borg
    September 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM Reply

    You are helping me resurrect my old habit of looking up on a map of places I read about.
    Thanks, Maria! Interesting!
    So, Cape Charles is almost at the tip of The Delmarva Peninsula. Now I know:)

  2. AmusingMaria
    September 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM Reply

    Thanks Tita! I’m trying to feed my wanderlust even with my new full time job. So far, day and weekend trips have been entertaining.

  3. Onig
    September 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM Reply

    Tell Andy I’m going to trade him green mango shake with that ice cream.

  4. betsy
    October 4, 2014 at 10:41 PM Reply

    Been wanting to visit here for some time. Thanks for the tip on where to stay and great pic of the beach. I am going soon. Love the beach this time of year.

    • AmusingMaria
      October 5, 2014 at 12:18 AM Reply

      Thanks for the reply and you’re welcome! Cape Charles is a gem. I can’t wait to go back!

  5. Coleen Patrick
    October 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM Reply

    This looks like a lot of fun! Will have to remember Kiptopeke State Park, sounds like my kind of place to go (and not a far drive from home)! 🙂

  6. Aimee @ Irresistible Icing
    January 6, 2015 at 12:50 PM Reply

    I love Kiptopeke State Park! It’s so relaxing and feels like a mini vacation from Va Beach!

    • AmusingMaria
      January 12, 2015 at 9:11 PM Reply

      We’re planning to go back and explore Kiptopeke when the weather gets warmer. Lucky, you live so close! 😀

  7. Lorelei
    June 27, 2017 at 5:58 PM Reply

    I’m desperately wanting to visit Cape Charles and your itinerary is so very helpful for someone who has never been there before. Thank you for all the great information and lovely pictures!!

    • AmusingMaria
      August 12, 2017 at 9:29 AM Reply

      You’re welcome, Cape Charles is a fave. I updated the post since Rittenhouse Motor Lodge is now Milestone Lodge.

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