Kayak for Wine, Clams and Solitude on Virginia's Eastern Shore
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia is for Lovers is about love - pure and simple. Visitors who love outdoor adventure that leads to wine, clams and peaceful solitude will find all three on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Local outfitter Southeast Expeditions is running some of the most creative kayak trips in the country which show off the stunning beauty of this 70-mile peninsula found between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This is the only place in the world where one can kayak to a winery, paddle for clams and spend the night in a 100 year-old waterman's cabin.
Here are some of the highlights of these trips, with more to discover on www.Virginia.org.
Kayak to a Winery
One of the most popular trips is a paddle across Church Creek to Chatham Vineyards. Visitors dock the kayaks and walk up to the charming tasting room on the grounds of a Federal-style mansion. Chatham is a family-owned winery run by Jon and Mills Wehner and somewhat by the adorable family dog Wilbur, the official winery greeter. Not only is the winery beautiful but the wine is excellent. The Chatham Vineyards Steel Chardonnay was recently rated one of the best in the nation by Wine Enthusiast magazine. After the tasting and tour, the guides will help kayakers get as many bottles of wine as possible into the kayak for the trip back across the creek.
Dream Trip for Foodies
The kayak for clams trip is ideal for culinary travelers who are looking to learn more about food and its origins. The guides of Southeast Expeditions will lead visitors to clam beds in Cherrystone Creek to harvest local clams. The guides explain how to find and forage for clams and how to measure clams by thickness. The visitors can then take the seafood bounty and roast the clams on a beautiful bonfire at one of the nearby campgrounds or Kiptopeke State Park. This trip is anywhere from a one to two hour paddle and is great for couples and families.
Sleep in Solitude in a 100 year-old Waterman's Cabin
Those who seek complete peace and solitude will find it and more on a kayak trip to overnight in a historic waterman's cabin. Built on stilts and hovered above the marsh, this rustic, cabin-style accommodation provides views of nothing but pure, unadulterated nature. Looking out over the cabin's deck there is not another building, structure or person within sight. The only thing one can see is osprey, blue crabs, egrets and other birds of the water. The only thing one can hear is the sound of the Atlantic Ocean waves in the distance. It takes about two hours to paddle to the cabin. Upon arrival Southeast Expeditions will cook dinner for the guests, usually consisting of fresh local seafood and a bottle of Chatham Vineyards wine. After dinner, the guides depart and leave the guests to enjoy a truly once-in-a-lifetime overnight experience.
Visit www.Virginia.org to learn more about travel in Virginia or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide and start planning a trip to Virginia. Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.