Upon arriving in Mathews, head to Main Street for many delicious dining options including White Dog Bistro for a special gourmet meal, or Southwind Pizza for the local vibe and craft beers on tap. Richardson’s Café is popular for their lunch options and ice cream window! Or spice things up with Mi Casa Azteca's healthy portions of great Mexican food.
Stay at Callis House Inn in a cheeky coastal room with the amenities of a modern hotel, within walking distance of the Mathews Farmers Market and boutique shops that have stamped downtown as a vintage and antique shopping destination.
For more remote lodging, The Inn at Tabbs Creek, offers a pool, dock, fire pits and a gas grill, yard games and gourmet breakfast on the waterfront! Whether you’re staying here or not, stop by during the daytime to view their beautiful new LOVEwork!
Camping is available at New Point Campground, or check out some other unique coastal cottages and house rentals.
Grab lunch from Island Stop Market or Seafood Shack food truck to enjoy a picnic by the river. Then take a drive down to the Observation Deck at New Point Comfort Natural Area Preserve for a view of the 3rd oldest lighthouse on the Bay, New Point Comfort Lighthouse.
Or, enjoy lunch at the L. Wayne Hudgins Pavilion at Bayside Landing. Williams Wharf offers beautiful East River views, or for kid-friendly spots, check out the Pavilion at Port Fun Mathews which has a playground.
Many Mathews County beaches are private and natural with many species of marsh grasses providing haven to coastal wildlife. Haven Beach is popular for families and swimming. Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve is another local favorite for a nice walk, picnic along the beach or enjoy birding.
Book a boat tour from a local Mathews County waterman. Tours vary by guide, but include local history, sites visits, and learning about local aquaculture. Or rent some kayaks from local outfitter, Mobjack Kayaking.
For outdoors enthusiasts, the Mathews Blueways Water Trails has over 90 miles of paddling, cycling and driving routes. Bring a bike, SUP, kayak, or take your vehicle to explore the many backroads, rivers, creeks and marsh waters around the county.
Gwynn’s Island is a beautiful spot to end your day. Explore the roads of Gwynn’s Island and be sure to try the Hole in the Wall Waterfront Restaurant for outdoor and indoor dining featuring local seafood, affordable cocktails, and a casual environment! Visit Island Seafood to purchase fresh fish, crab, and more to take home.
There is so much to see, eat and experience in Mathews County if you appreciate the adventure of finding the windows to the bay on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula.
Last Updated: 09/18/2020
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