By Mary Burnham, Bill Burnham
The jap Shore is a spot to chill and "get clear of it all." sooner than the development of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1964, this was once an remoted locale, with a ferry the most hyperlink to Norfolk. With each one passing yr, extra humans notice this quiet gem. New retirement groups and golfing classes are indicators of items to come back, however the Shore at the present time continues to be quite often a close knit, essentially agricultural – and increasingly aquacultural – region. This the place you can find Chincoteague. The legend of Chincoteague's famed ponies holds that their ancestors swam onto this huge barrier island from a shipwrecked Spanish galleon. Throngs of tourists descend in this lodge village every one July for the yearly Pony Swim and public sale. enterprise stands nonetheless for 2 days midweek as ponies are corralled on Assateague Island and herded throughout a slim channel to Chincoteague Island. after which there's Onancock, referred to as the "Gem of the japanese Shore" and, because of a brand new generation...
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Heaping platters of Virginia baked ham, crab cakes, clam fritters, hot corn puddings, and innumerable vegetables are brought to the tables that seat 12. Open daily from late April to midOctober (Main Street, tel. 757-891-2331). Hilda Crockett's The Islander serves up steaming platters of seafood, chicken dinners, sandwiches and chowders daily, 9am-7pm, May through October. There’s a screened-in deck in addition to the dining room (Chambers Lane, tel. 757-891-2249). The Waterfront Restaurant’s name says it all.
During the War of 1812, about 1,200 British soldiers camped the island’s beaches in preparation for the attack on Baltimore. Getting Here From Onancock The Capt. Eulice passenger ferry departs for Tangier Island 10am daily Memorial Day weekend to mid-October. It’s just a 12-mile trip, five of it on Onancock Creek, returning at 3:30pm. Fares are $20 per person round-trip, half-price for children ages six-12 (under six get in free). Pets allowed on a leash. No credit cards accepted. They also rent golf carts and bikes on the island.
Lodging Hilda Crockett’s Chesapeake House offers rooms in two old homes for $40 a night that includes family-style dinner and a full breakfast the next morning. Open late April to mid-October (Main Street, tel. 757-891-2331, $). In 1904, merchant Sidney Wallace opened an inn on the island to accommodate visitors. Nearly a century later, his grandson, Wallace Pruitt and his wife Shirley now operate Shirley’s Bay View Inn Bed and Breakfast. You can stay in the main house, one of the oldest on the island, or in one of seven private cottages.