When Captain John Smith sailed into the Chesapeake Bay 400 years ago, he apparently declared it the most beautiful place he'd ever seen and named the tip Cape Charles, proving that even four centuries ago, dudes were staring in awe at/ naming their tips. Well, now a boutique hotel down there is proving itself just as vain, opening as the Hotel Cape Charles after a two-year, $3 million-dollar renovation
With harbor and bay views from private glass balconies, its 16 pet-friendly rooms sport custom-crafted bamboo beds with mattresses handmade in Norfolk, rain showerheads, and access to an artfully minimalist third-story veranda & two kitchenette wet bars stocked with complimentary breakfast. After fueling up, the Eastern Shore is your
oyster umm, crab, with the hotel serving as a solid jumping off point for hang gliding (ha!), a kayak tour of Virginia’s barrier islands, or an hours-long gourmet meal inside of an actual railcar from 1913, which will chug along as you do the same
And because you're likely going down with a date, the hotel's also walking distance from a quaint (like... brain-meltingly quaint!!) downtown filled with all sorts of dining and shopping, so prepare to watch her try stuff on, then make like the ole captain and exclaim that you've never seen anything more stunning.