Photo: Scott Suchman

This Eastorn Shore is full of signature golf courses, clam chowder, and classic harbors.

David Hanson

The Vibe 
This bustling Eastern Shore hub nearly dried up in the 1950s when a ferry terminal headed south to Kiptopeke. But fresh development has revived this charming town with a mix of marinas and golf courses, Victorian homes and oyster shacks.

What to Do 
At Bay Creek Resort, you can explore two Signature golf courses and a marina, sunset cocktails in hand. But downtown's seven square blocks, bordered by dunes and Bay Beach, remain the core. The 1940s Historic Palace Theater (757/331-2787) keeps things current by bringing various musical acts to town.

Where to Eat 
Bill's Clam Chowder, an Eastern Shore original cooked in a clear, clam-juice-based broth, is a favorite at AQUA (757/331-8660). The crab-and-Brie burger pairs well with the citrusy Bell's Oberon Ale draft at Kelly's Gingernut Pub (757/331-3222). The newest restaurant, The Shanty, is slated to open this summer, with fresh-harvested, steamed clams and crab on a deck overlooking the bay.

Where to Stay 
Rent a house or villa at Bay Creek Resort ( 757/331-8600) (from $250). Or, opt for Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast (757/331-4920) or Fig Street Inn (757/331-3133) (both from $140). These updated, turn-of-the-century homes have easy access to downtown.

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