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Cape Charles, located close to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, on Virginia's Eastern Shore, was founded in 1884 as a planned community by railroad and ferry interests. Cape Charles was, for many years, the terminal for passenger and car ferry service across the Bay to Norfolk and Hampton. The last ferry left Cape Charles in 1953. Cape Charles still serves as a terminal for railway barges that carry rail cars from the Eastern Shore Railroad across the mouth of the Bay to Norfolk. After leaving Cape Charles, the ferry boat terminal operated for some time out of nearby Kiptopeke. Ferry service from the Eastern Shore was terminated in 1964 with the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Bay Creek Golf Club
Cape Charles has two beautiful golf courses at the Bay Creek golf and residential community. Both courses were designed by golf legends and provide for challenging and enjoyable golf along the Chesapeake Bay and Plantation Creek. The Arnold Palmer Signature Course and the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course will be enjoyed by any avid golfer.

Kiptopeke State Park
Since 1963, Kiptopeke has been the site of bird population studies. Sponsored by the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory and licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, volunteers capture, examine, weigh, band and release resident and migratory birds each year from mid-August through November. In the raptor research area, hawks, kestrels, osprey and other birds of prey are observed and banded from September through November. Kiptopeke’s hawk observatory is among the top 15 nationwide.

Cherrystone Campground
Cherrystone is situated on 300 acres of natural waterfront on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, and has just about everything you need for a great vacation. Whether you come by R.V., bring a camper or stay in one of our deluxe cottages, camping cabins or rental trailers, we’re sure you’ll find us accommodating.

Chatham Vineyards
The winery was constructed in 2005 and currently has a production capacity of 3,000 to 5,000 cases annually. Winemaking equipment includes a computerized Europress 2200 litre, a Zickler-Rauch destemmer/crusher A-12, French and Virginia oak cooperage, and stainless steel fermenters with dimpled glycol cooling jackets custom-made in Italy. Temperature in the winery is maintained at 50 degrees year round. A retail tasting room is located in the winery. Future plans include the relocation and restoration of an 1890s farmhouse adjoining the winery to serve as a tasting room and special events facility.

Holly Grove Vineyard
Winemaking begins in the vineyard! We are committed to choosing the vine stock which is best suited for the soil type and environmental conditions for the Eastern Shore Appellation to produce Virginia wines which best express this area's natural terroir. Vines are managed using the vertical shoot positioning trellis system. Crop load is adjusted by selective cane pruning and held in check by four foot vine spacing in order to maximize fruit quality.