This is the most small-town climate that you could probably find.Ray Cagle
So, why do people return to little towns when big cities offer so much more? It’s just that — we don’t want MORE. We love the little-town feel, the sleepiness of a place offering tranquility, scenery, and interesting people. And those are the things that brought us back to Onancock, Virginia, a town known as Port Scarbrough in 1680, and still today a place for steamboats, goods, and people seeking the best of the Eastern Shore.
When we visited before, we were on business but happened to stumble upon a seaside celebration complete with outdoor music, games for children, and seafood platters to eat by Onancock Creek. We returned to see what’s changed and found that, thankfully, . . . not much has.
Artists, like Jack Richardson open their doors to galleries filled with seaside art and impressionistic floral compositions. And then they talk up their passion while making a sale — so those of us who love the places we see can take home art as artists see it.
Boat owners ply the waters of Onancock Creek in spiffy craft like this one I fell in love with. Ariel, it’s called. And I had serious lust for this navy-hulled boat, imagining myself taking a day off in a handsome watercraft, seeing Eastern Shore properties from the waterside.
We knew where we wanted to stay — at the Charlotte Hotel. The same owners, Charlotte and Gary Cochran, who bought the place in the 60’s still offer creative rooms artistically painted by Charlotte and a restaurant recommended unabashedly by Gary (as well as a host of top-notch magazine reviewers).
Art and function meet perfectly in the hotel’s cozy dining room, where imaginatively prepared local game, fish, and produce are served on tabletops adorned with folk art.The Washingtonian
We dined on Seafood Risotto in this sweet-spot intimate dining room prepared brilliantly by Chef Sam Yokum whose contact with local watermen and farmers provides the best of Eastern Shore cuisine at the Charlotte.
But there’s nothing wrong with a stop at the local harbor
where you can rent bikes for pedaling through town . . .
or stop for an evening repast at Mallards at the Wharf.
After all, a toast to sundown in Onancock, Virginia, is the perfect way to end a day on the Eastern Shore.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Road Trip 2020 as much as we have loved sharing it with you. We’ll add one more post to the series next week and then bid farewell to our trip from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Shore. Even though we couldn’t go abroad in 2020, we’ve found joy in touring the States. Hope you have as well.
Rusha & Bert
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