Cowboys used to ride off into the sunset. I don’t know where they were heading, west I suppose. That’s where the sun sets on most afternoons.
I know of a place where the sunset is to the east. East, as on the Eastern Shore. It’s Sunset Beach Inn near Cape Charles on the Virginia’s Pristine Eastern Shore. It has become a favored mini-vacation destination for Nancy and me. If we’ve got a couple, three days to get away, we look to Sunset Beach Inn.
The Inn was called The Chesapeake House many years ago, famous for fall oyster roasts. New owners acquired the property and it has recently been totally refurbished. Sunset Beach now offers RV accommodations, two-bedroom cottages and rooms and suites in the hotel.
The views from the beach are sensational and the Inn has a great little bar and grill on the cabana at the edge of the bay where many boats pull up and anchor, then go ashore for cold drinks or some tasty bar food. On weekends, they offer live music. My grandson, James, said they made the best burgers he’s ever had, and he’s eaten a lot of burgers. I like their fresh, catch-of-the-day fish platters or sandwiches. For recreational opportunities, you can actually wade out and catch croakers in the shallows beyond the beach, but a short drive to Cape Charles puts you on the municipal pier where lots of flounders and bottom fish hang out. Kiptopeke State Park is also close by. If you go, be sure to eat one meal at Sting Ray’s on Rt. 13. Chincoteague, by the way, is about an hour and a half up Rt. 13 and Cape Charles has a terrific golf course with lots of shopping for the lady folks.
The rooms are reasonable, about $100 to $120 per night in season, and less after Labor Day. The staff is friendly. The Inn has a restaurant on site with a great breakfast buffet. Sunset Beach Inn makes for a great road trip. Check it out!
Sunset Beach Inn is located at 32246 Lankford Hwy at Cape Charles. Call them at 855-249-7421 or go to www.sunsetbeachva.com