As mentioned in Friday’s post, my friend, Donna, celebrated her birthday on Saturday.
So Motor Man and I invited her to join us for an overnight trip to Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We left early Friday morning and returned home Saturday evening.
Our Friday was spent browsing the quaint shops in downtown Cape Charles. The shopkeepers were so friendly, and that, of course, made our experience even nicer. Motor Man waited in the vehicle, read a book he purchased on the history of Cape Charles and chatted with passers-by. The weather was perfect.
Donna and I especially liked the consignment shop, Periwinkles, and we both found something to buy there. At the international shop, Voijer, I found several giraffe items to add to my growing collection. Moonrise Jewelry had beautiful items (including a ring I couldn’t resist). We both purchased Christmas gifts at another shop. And we loved walking around in a one-hundred-year old hardware store, which brought back memories to Donna of her father’s business.
Lunch was at Kelly’s Pub, one of our favorite restaurants in Cape Charles. Then we spent the first part of the afternoon finishing up our shopping. Afterward, Motor Man took us riding around town and listened to us “oohing and aah-ing” over the beautiful old homes, some restored and some in the process of restoration.
There are huge stately homes alongside quaint beach cottages. Donna and I are still wondering how they still have such beautiful summer flowers this late into fall.
Later, we checked into our rooms at the beautiful Northampton Hotel, an old hotel – newly renovated. We couldn’t wait to explore the “widow’s walk”.
Donna was sweet to take so many pictures of my Motor Man and me during our trip. It was like having our own personal photographer. Behind us, the body of water to the right is the Chesapeake Bay. There are many cargo/container ships anchored in the Bay; one is barely visible just over Motor Man’s left shoulder. To the left is an inlet coming into the harbor in Cape Charles.
Dinner was at The Shanty, a waterside restaurant at the nearby marina. It was a bit too chilly to sit outside, but we had a great view from inside. And we stepped outside after dinner to take pictures.
Docked nearby was this beautiful “teaching vessel” based out of Hawaii.
It was a busy weekend, so I’ve decided to share our adventures in two posts. To be continued on Wednesday…..stay tuned!
~These Days Of Mine~
How BEAUTIFUL and what FUN!!! You should enter the tourism PR industry. Now I want to go back to Cape Charles and discover some of these spots that I’ve missed before. A perfect Birthday for a Sweet gal!
Looks like you had a perfect day for your adventure in honor of Donna’s birthday. That “teaching vessel” is a gorgeous ship – wow. So happy you three had so much fun!
Sounds like a great place for a Getaway made even better with a good friend. Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to Part 2.
What a fabulous birthday weekend with the Keen Touring Company 😊 The Eastern shore is quite different from the inland flatlands I am used to. Houses colored like Key West, architecture unique to that area. Lot of people we met moved there after retirement because had vacationed there when young or grew up there.Just a wonderful place to visit, and must say, extraordinary company I was with!
What an adventure! & more to come ! Perfect weather, beautiful scenery, good food, & friendly locals .. Good birthday celebration !
You all have the most fun outings! Looks like a truly wonderful time. Can’t wait to read more about it. 🙂
What a amazing birthday trip. I love hearing about it and the pictures. Waiting for part two. 🙂
The town has really gentrified over the last decade. As for flowers, the bay region tends to stay a bit warmer than the higher elevations of Virginia.