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Lighthouse Touring

Created by: Casey

Lighthouses lovers will take in all five Virginia lighthouses on this trip.

Day 1

  • New Point Comfort Lighthouse

    New Point Comfort Lighthouse
    Address:
    Route 600, Mathews, VA, 23109

    Phone:
    (804) 725-4229
    Website:
    www.newpointcomfort.com/home.html

    Standing at the end of what was once the southernmost peninsula in Mathews County, now surrounded by water and hundreds of yards from the mainland, the lighthouse marks the entrance to Mobjack Bay. Authorized by Congress and commissioned by Thomas Jefferson in 1801, this 63-foot high sandstone tower with its spiraling stone steps to the lighthouse cage, was built in 1805 by Elzy Burroughs, the first keeper. The keeper’s dwelling once stood next to the lighthouse on a five-acre tract. The 200th anniversary of the first illumination was celebrated on January 17, 2005. It is the third oldest lighthouse still standing on the Chesapeake Bay, tenth oldest in the US. Today, it may be seen from the New Point Comfort Observation Walkway located at the southern end of Route 600. Virginia Highway Historical Marker N-89.

  • New Point Comfort Nature Preserve

    New Point Comfort Nature Preserve
    Address:
    Route 600, Mathews, VA, 23109

    Phone:
    () 804-7254
    Website:
    www.visitmathews.com

    New Point Comfort Nature Preserve and Observation Walkway gives you an intimate look at life at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. Depending on the tide, this site combines tidal shallows, mudflats, beach, exposed pilings, and deep offshore channels, all of which offer their own assortment of numerous waterbirds, lusty displays of fiddler crabs and yellow Seaside Dragonlets, our only truly saltwater dragonfly. The boardwalk is also an excellent place from which to view the New Point Comfort Lighthouse, the third oldest lighthouse still standing on the Bay. Canoes and kayaks may be launched here for naturalists seeking an intimate view of the marsh and its residents. Located in Mathews County at the southern end of Route 600, Virginia Highway Historical Marker N-89.

  • Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

    Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve
    Address:
    Route 609, Mathews, VA, 23109

    Phone:
    () 804-7254
    Website:
    www.visitmathews.com

    Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve is a sandy spit of low dunes and salt marsh habitat separating the eastern side of Winter Harbor in Mathews County from the Chesapeake Bay. Winds and water move sand creating an ever changing habitat on the narrow beach, apparently to the liking of the Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle, an endangered and Federally protected insect that thrives in these sands. Scan the beach and offshore bay waters, tidal lagoons, salt marsh, shrubby swamp, and deeper channels during any season to discover over 185 species of birds, including 25 species of shorebirds, that have been sited here.

  • The Inn at Tabbs Creek

    The Inn at Tabbs Creek
    Address:
    384 Turpin Lane, Port Haywood, VA, 23138

    Phone:
    (804) 725-5136
    Website:
    www.innattabbscreek.com

    Come see why we were voted as one of the Top 10 B&Bs in the US last year! Set on a secluded creek of the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews County, Virginia, The Inn at Tabbs creek offers an ideal spot for a relaxing and romantic get away. The area is great for kayaking and cycling as well as touring nearby charming towns and wineries. Of course you do not have to leave the Inn at all as it is simply perfect for relaxation and leisure. Sit on the porches and dock that overlook the water and wildlife, take a dip in our chlorine free swimming pool, or cozy up to our outdoor fire pit or our library's fireplace. Charter a sunset cruise or fishing trip on our authentic Chesapeake Bay Deadrise boat that leaves from our private dock. Your relaxation and comfort is our highest priority. We serve a full breakfast made with all natural, local and organic ingredients each morning. As a VA Green Lodging establishment, we strive to follow as many ecologically sensitive practices as possible. Whatever your pleasure, we believe you will leave The Inn at Tabbs Creek feeling refreshed, relaxed, revitalized and longing to come back!

Day 2

  • The Inn at Tabbs Creek

    The Inn at Tabbs Creek
    Address:
    384 Turpin Lane, Port Haywood, VA, 23138

    Phone:
    (804) 725-5136
    Website:
    www.innattabbscreek.com

    Come see why we were voted as one of the Top 10 B&Bs in the US last year! Set on a secluded creek of the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews County, Virginia, The Inn at Tabbs creek offers an ideal spot for a relaxing and romantic get away. The area is great for kayaking and cycling as well as touring nearby charming towns and wineries. Of course you do not have to leave the Inn at all as it is simply perfect for relaxation and leisure. Sit on the porches and dock that overlook the water and wildlife, take a dip in our chlorine free swimming pool, or cozy up to our outdoor fire pit or our library's fireplace. Charter a sunset cruise or fishing trip on our authentic Chesapeake Bay Deadrise boat that leaves from our private dock. Your relaxation and comfort is our highest priority. We serve a full breakfast made with all natural, local and organic ingredients each morning. As a VA Green Lodging establishment, we strive to follow as many ecologically sensitive practices as possible. Whatever your pleasure, we believe you will leave The Inn at Tabbs Creek feeling refreshed, relaxed, revitalized and longing to come back!

  • Linda's Diner

    Linda's Diner
    Address:
    Off Route 198/14, Mathews, VA, 23109

    Phone:
    (804) 725-7070
    Website:
    www.visitmathews.com/restaurants/lindas.htm

    Located in Mathews County just off Route 198/14, Linda's Diner serves up good food at a great price in a friendly atmosphere. Dine in or take out.

    HOURS
    Monday-Saturday, 6:30 am-3 pm
    Friday, 6:30 am-8 pm

  • Fort Monroe - Casemate Museum

    Fort Monroe - Casemate Museum
    Address:
    20 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, VA, 23651

    Phone:
    (757) 788-3391
    Website:
    www.visitfortmonroe.com/things-to-do/now-open/casemate-museum/

    Completed in 1834, Fort Monroe was originally designed to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from an enemy attack. It is the largest stone fort in America, as well as the only one surrounded by a moat. The fort is open to the public. Admission is free at the Casemate Museum.


    Within the fort is the Casemate Museum, which chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe and features Jefferson Davis's prison cell, highlights Major General Benjamin Butler's Contraband of War decision that granted refuge to three escaped slaves, tells the history of the US Army Coast Artillery Corps.


    Hours of Operation are Tuesday - Sunday 10:30 am -- 4:30 pm.


    Museum is closed on Mondays (except Memorial Day and Labor Day) and Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. 

  • Bubba's Marina and Seafood Restaurant

    Bubba's Marina and Seafood Restaurant
    Address:
    3323 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

    Phone:
    (757) 481-3513
    Website:
    www.bubbasseafoodrestaurant.com

    Bubba's Marina has been an institution on Shore Drive for over 20 years. Our restaurant and seafood market boasts the freshest fish in Virginia Beach, and during the season we do our own fishing right here in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Cape Henry Lighthouses

    Cape Henry Lighthouses
    Address:
    Cape Henry Lighthouse, 583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, VA, 23459

    Phone:
    (757) 422-9421
    Website:
    preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/cape-henry-lighthouse

    The Cape Henry Lighthouse stands near the "First Landing" site of the Jamestown settlers, and was authorized by George Washington and overseen by Alexander Hamilton. Completed in 1792, the construction of the Cape Henry Lighthouse was one of the first acts of the newly formed Federal government.The lighthouse was active use for nearly a century before being replaced by a new cast iron lighthouse still standing nearby. It is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the United States.


    Today visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.


    Note to Our Visitors: The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located within Fort Story military base. To visit the lighthouse, you must pass through the security gates of Fort Story at 89th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Please have identification including a picture with you for all visitors aged 16 years or older. This ID should be a student or state or Federal issued ID card. Proof of vehicle insurance and current vehicle registration is also required for admission to Fort Story Military Base.

  • Cape Henry Lighthouse

    Cape Henry Lighthouse
    Address:
    Fort Story, 583 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA, 23459

    Phone:
    (757) 422-9421
    Website:
    preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/cape-henry-lighthouse

    The Cape Henry Lighthouse was built in 1792. It started to crack in 1870 and was replaced with the new Cape Henry Lighthouse only 357 feet away, which is an active aid to navigation and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Old Cape Henry Lighthouse is maintained by Preservation Virginia and is a National Historic Landmark, serving as the official symbol for the City of Virginia Beach. Directions: At First Landing State Park turn left into the west gate of Fort Story. Follow the road, which will take you between the two lighthouses. Note to Our Visitors: The Cape Henry Lighthouse is located within Fort Story military base. To visit the lighthouse, you must pass through the security gates of Fort Story. Please have a government issued form of identification for all persons over the age of 18. Must be at least 42" to climb.

  • First Landing Cross

    First Landing Cross
    Address:
    Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

    Phone:
    (800) 822-3224
    Website:
    www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/search/?page=2&search=first%20landing%20cross

    Upon touching the shore of the New World on April 26, 1607 (13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock) the first permanent English settlers from the London Company set up a cross on the newly named Cape Henry shore in gratitude to God and to affirm England's claim to the site. These settlers later traveled up the James River to Jamestown.


    Each year a pilgrimage is organized by the Order of Cape Henry to celebrate this milestone. The present-day granite cross was erected in 1935 and is a national landmark.

  • Surf Rider Restaurant

    Surf Rider Restaurant
    Address:
    2100 Marina Shores Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

    Phone:
    (757) 481-5646

    The Surf Rider Restaurant at Marina Shores is one of five Surf Rider locations in the Hampton Roads area. Surf Rider specializes in fresh local seafood as well as a variety of other entrée’s to satisfy any craving. Daily lunch and dinner specials are available. Relax in a casual setting and allow us to prepare our fresh seafood and meats for you. Seasonal dining on the water.

    Recommended Dish: Enjoy our famous Crab Cakes, broiled to perfection. Our Crab Cakes are made with fresh lump crab meat.

  • Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
    Address:
    5700 Atlantic Ave., 57th & Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

    Phone:
    (800) 365-3032
    Website:
    www.wyndhamvirginiabeach.com

    The Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront is situated on the exclusive North End of the beach. For the ultimate in beach vacations, plan to stay at the Wyndham, offering onsite entertainment (Mid June - through Labor Day), daily activities and near countless attractions. Our beachfront hotel offers 244 guest rooms and boasts the most direct ocean view rooms in Virginia Beach. Delight in refreshing breezes off the water from private balconies or patios. We offer Family Movie Nights on the Oceanfront Patio Monday - Wednesday - Friday nights at dark. Relax on the warm sand of our semi-private beach, enjoy a drink at our Surf Club Ocean Grille outside patio or take our free beach shuttle to the boardwalk (running June through Labor Day) then by request. We have a brand new Oceanfront Entertainment Venue Patio 57 offering Friday-Saturday-Sunday FREE Band Performances throughout the summer, surf on over to www.surfclubvabeach.com for most current schedule. Join us at the Wyndham!

Day 3

  • Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
    Address:
    5700 Atlantic Ave., 57th & Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

    Phone:
    (800) 365-3032
    Website:
    www.wyndhamvirginiabeach.com

    The Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront is situated on the exclusive North End of the beach. For the ultimate in beach vacations, plan to stay at the Wyndham, offering onsite entertainment (Mid June - through Labor Day), daily activities and near countless attractions. Our beachfront hotel offers 244 guest rooms and boasts the most direct ocean view rooms in Virginia Beach. Delight in refreshing breezes off the water from private balconies or patios. We offer Family Movie Nights on the Oceanfront Patio Monday - Wednesday - Friday nights at dark. Relax on the warm sand of our semi-private beach, enjoy a drink at our Surf Club Ocean Grille outside patio or take our free beach shuttle to the boardwalk (running June through Labor Day) then by request. We have a brand new Oceanfront Entertainment Venue Patio 57 offering Friday-Saturday-Sunday FREE Band Performances throughout the summer, surf on over to www.surfclubvabeach.com for most current schedule. Join us at the Wyndham!

  • Citrus Breakfast & Lunch

    Citrus Breakfast & Lunch
    Address:
    2265 W. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

    Phone:
    (757) 227-3333
    Website:
    citrusvb.com

    Lance and Cheri Shores built Citrus in 2006. Cheri's vision of serving up the best and freshest Breakfast and Lunch in Virginia Beach has come to life!


    Every breakfast item at Citrus is made from scratch and Cheri and Lance also strive to source all produce and products from local farmers and producers in the Coastal Virginia Region.


    While Citrus is famous for the perfect breakfast, they also have the best and freshest lunch in Hampton Roads!


    Cheri does all of the baking and enjoys being creative with the daily specials. Lance enjoys surfing, fishing & hunting. They have three rescue Norwegian Elkhounds and truly love dogs. So much so, that they offer a dog friendly patio. Cheri and Lance believe that dogs are a part of the family.


    Citrus was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.

  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

    Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
    Address:
    U.S. 13, 32386 Lankford Highway, Cape Charles, VA, 23310

    Phone:
    (757) 331-2960
    Website:
    www.cbbt.com

    Both a tourist attraction and a travel convenience, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk with Virginia's Eastern Shore. This 17.6 mile toll facility is an award-winning engineering marvel and is considered one of the seven man-made wonders of the world. Direct crossing time is approximately 25 minutes. A bayside restaurant, gift shop and 625-foot fishing pier are located on the southernmost island (Buses Welcome!). Virginia Originals and Chesapeake Grill hours are 7 am to 7 pm, mid-September through mid-May; and 6 am to 10 pm, mid-May through mid-September. Closed Christmas Day. Bus parking is available at the north and south toll plaza and at scenic stop on the southenmost island. Restrooms. E-ZPass accepted.

  • Exmore Diner

    Exmore Diner
    Address:
    4264 Main St., Exmore, VA, 23350

    Phone:
    (757) 442-2313
    Website:
    www.exmorediner.com

    An Eastern Shore favorite for decades, the Exmore Diner is a perfect venue for sportsman, outdoor enthusiasts or vacationers traveling up and down U.S. 13. The Exmore Diner has a long establised reputation for fresh, local seafood, steaks, sandwiches and home-made deserts. Best of all, the "Diner's" menu won't break your wallet. If you're looking for quality food in an informal atmosphere, the Exmore Diner will suit both your budget and your palate. The "Diner" is located on U.S. 13 business south in Exmore.

  • Assateague Lighthouse

    Assateague Lighthouse
    Address:
    Assateague Island, Chincoteague Island, VA, 23336

    Phone:
    (757) 336-3696

    The Assateague lighthouse, built in 1867, stands 142 feet high. The brick tower has two 1000-watt lamps that double flash every five seconds. At its base, the lighthouse is 27 feet in diameter and about 15 feet in diameter at the top. An internal spiral stairway leads up to the top. The lighthouse is located on the Virginia side of Assateague Island, a windswept barrier island that serves as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy the 'Legacy of the Lighthouse' program offered by the Refuge.

    Directions: From Route 13 in Accomack County, take Route 175 to Chincoteague. Cross the drawbridge, turn left at the light onto Main St. Go several blocks and turn right onto Maddox Blvd. Cross the bridge to Assateague Island and the Wildlife Refuge. Park in the lot for the lighthouse on the right.

  • Assateague Explorer Pony Watching/Wildlife Cruises

    Assateague Explorer Pony Watching/Wildlife Cruises
    Address:
    Curtis Merritt Harbor, Slip 14, Main St, Chincoteague Island, VA, 23336

    Phone:
    (757) 336-5956
    Website:
    www.assateagueexplorer.com

    When you are on Assateague Explorer's Pony Express Nature Tour, you visit the areas where you have the greatest chance of seeing wild ponies on your vacation. You will explore many secluded areas of Assateague Island's wildlife refuge where wild ponies live. Assateague Ponies are an unique breed and have lived in solitude for approximately 400 years. Different bands or herds are dispersed along this extensive island. Our native captain knows where to travel to see many herds along the island each day. You will encounter a large variety of birds, other wildlife and sometimes dolphins along the way. $43/person (children 11 or under receive $10 off)

  • Island Creamery

    Island Creamery
    Address:
    6243 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island, VA, 23336

    Phone:
    (757) 336-6236
    Website:
    www.islandcreamery.net

    When visiting Chincoteague Island be sure to visit the Island Creamery, where our frozen desserts are hand-made in small batches in our kitchen, ensuring the highest quality. Smell the aroma of freshly baked waffle cones and choose from over 36 flavors daily of homemade ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, sugar free and frozen yogurt. Relax with a cafe latte or cappuccino on our deck. Choose your favorite flavor to be made into a delicious ice cream cake for your next special occasion. We've been serving our neighbors and making friends for 33 years. Come enjoy our homemade ice cream. We feel it is the freshest, most delicious ice cream you'll find anywhere. Open daily year round. Groups welcome, but please call to ensure sufficient staffing in the off-season. Bus parking available. Don't forget our free wireless internet.

  • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
    Address:
    8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA, 23336

    Phone:
    (757) 336-6122
    Website:
    www.fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/

    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Most of the refuge is located on the Virginia end of Assateague Island. Chincoteague Refuge provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds, as well as other species of wildlife and plants. Refuge staff manage this barrier island habitat to allow many species of wildlife to co-exist, each establishing their own place in the environment.


    Refuge management programs restore threatened and endangered species and conserve local wildlife and plants. The refuge also provides environmental education and wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, wildlife observation, interpretation, and wildlife photography.

  • Don's Seafood

    Don's Seafood
    Address:
    4113 Main, Chincoteague, VA, 23336

    Phone:
    (757) 336-5715
    Website:
    donsseafood.com

    If you are looking for a friendly, casual restaurant that serves the freshest local seafood...this is it!

    Since 1973, Don's has delighted folks year round with their famous specialties: Crab Cakes, Flounder, Oysters and Clams on the Half Shell. Located in the heart of downtown Chincoteague, Don's sits dockside on Chincoteague Channel where you can enjoy great views of the bridge and fishing fleet as well as spectacular sunsets. There are over 40 shops within easy walking distance and a first run movie theater across the street. We can accommodate groups and parties with ample parking for buses. All major credit cards accepted, ATM on premises.

    Upstairs, Chattie's is a favorite nightspot with Cocktail Lounge, Raw Bar and Dancing Nightly. There's also live entertainment on many weekends.

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Chincoteague Island

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Chincoteague Island
    Address:
    3913 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA, 23336

    Phone:
    (757) 336-0043
    Website:
    www.fairfieldchincoteague.com

    The Fairfield Inn and Suites Chincoteague Island is the ideal choice for business and pleasure.  With 92 guest rooms and suites and an array of amenities to complement your stay, we guarantee you will be satisfied.  Chincoteague is home to many events, attractions and businesses.  The hotel is conveniently located bay front on Main Street to make the most of your time in the area. 


    Area attractions include Assateague Island National Seashore; Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge featuring the world-famous wild Chincoteague Ponies and Assateague Island Lighthouse; NASA Wallops Flight Facility with wonderful hands-on Visitor Center; and the Museum of Chincoteague Island-now home to the preserved Misty of Chincoteague and her foal Stormy.  Miles of nature trails for hiking and biking, scenic boat cruises along the Chincoteague Bay and Assateague Channel, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean are but a few of the activities to enjoy during your stay.


    Conveniently located near fine shops and art galleries, you are but a leisurely stroll from some of the finest hand-crafted work on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 


     

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