If you're in Chincoteague Island and want to grab a quick bite to eat, this is the place to come. There is a small deli in the back that makes up sandwiches hot or cold in all sorts of yummy combinations. Or, if the kids just want peanut butter on bread, they can do that too. I enjoyed a French Onion Panini - the caramelized onions and cheese complemented the roast beef nicely.
There is also a small grocery store where you'll find only the best quality gourmet snacks: drinks, chips and cookies. I wish I had more time to browse, but my kids wanted everything in the store!
We took our sandwiches down to Memorial Park and picnicked there by the water's edge. This would also be a great place to grab lunch on the way to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island.
Just a short drive down the road from Cape Charles is the Oyster Farm at King’s Creek. It has a marina, restaurant, store and several luxury rental suites and cottages of various sizes. During the summer season there are many activities available including bikes and kayaks for rent. The Oyster Farm has everything a family needs to enjoy a laid back, luxurious, family vacation on the Eastern Shore.
MY GENERAL IMPRESSION
We arrived at Oyster Farm around sunset on a spring night to a nearly deserted resort complex. To be honest, it was hard to imagine this resort bustling with summertime activity of families biking, kayaking, boating and playing at the beach when we didn’t see another person around the entire evening. After grabbing breakfast in town the following morning, we returned to landscapers and builders working around the complex. While this is a beautiful complex now with buildings painted in striking shades of turquoise and coral, I can’t quite envision how amazing it will be when it’s actually complete.
BIMINI 202 – Luxury Two Bedroom Suite
When we first walked through the door of our suite, I felt like I was stepping into the pages of a Martha Stewart Magazine. Part of me wanted to scream at the top of my lungs “kids, don’t touch anything!” But, the kids settled down just fine on the leather sofa and began watching the television – which had plenty of channels to keep them occupied while I explored everything the suite had to offer.
This particular suite looks like it is perfectly laid out for two couples vacationing together with a large dining room table, amazing kitchen with new appliances and perfectly matched dishes, two bedrooms each with a spacious luxurious bathroom, and a bookshelf with assorted novels and magazines.
But, there is plenty of space here for a family vacationing as well. My kids loved the seashells decorating the countertop in the hallway and the large dining room table. They carefully played with, sorted and replaced these bleached white shells like they were precious jewels. We enjoyed the view of the blue and white buildings of the Oyster Farm from our balcony at sunset with the restaurant in the distance. There were no bath time complaints from my dirty, sandy kids as they cleaned-up for the night in the master bedroom’s huge Jacuzzi tub. (The huge bathtub was such a thrill that no one wanted to try out the amazing walk in shower.) The kids slept soundly in the king bed in their own bedroom with a small nightlight on to comfort them if they happened to wake up. I was able to stretch out in one of the many comfortable chairs and read a magazine while the kids slept. I meant to turn on the gas fireplace – but I must have been too distracted by the array of celebrity gossip magazines and I completely forgot.
I wish that I had remembered to bring breakfast along so that we could have used the kitchen and had a lazy morning enjoying the luxury of our suite. But, I forgot to pick up some cereal in Norfolk and I couldn’t figure out if there was a place to find groceries in tiny Cape Charles in April. There was coffee, bottled water and soda provided in the suite’s kitchen, but since our stay was so short we didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy these complimentary beverages.
There is a private beach available at the Oyster Farm; unfortunately, we ran out of time to check it out. If it is anything like the nearby Cape Charles Beach, I’m sure that it is wonderful. There were some bean bag games set up in the outdoor breezeway by our suite that the kids enjoyed playing with as I handed in our key and checked out.
While it is hard for me to picture what the Oyster Farm complex will look like in the summertime, I am sure that if the same attention to detail is found around the entire property that we experienced in our suite, this will be an absolutely amazing, luxurious getaway.
Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary accommodations for one night in the Bimini Suite #202 at The Oyster Farm at King’s Creek for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
We are lucky enough to live 30 minutes from Lambeau so how can I not review this landmark!? We have been there for training camp and for games and it is always so special and fun!
Lets start with training camp. We went a week after training camp starting we also chose a week day to hopefully avoid some of the crowd. I was pleasantly surprised that it was still busy and crowded of course, but not terrible. We watched some of the practice, my son still talks about being 15' away from his idol, Clay Matthews. We got a snack and walked around a little. We also chose to go on a day that the Packers sign autographs for kids. If you have a young packer fan I highly recommend it. It is a long line but it moves quick and the best part is, no parents allowed! They only let the kids walk up, say hi and get autographs. Parents are still close enough that eyes are always on the kiddos but there isn't the "drama" that can come with grownups trying to get autographs. I almost forgot, as we were waiting in line the Packers rode bikes on the way from the practice field back to Lambeau. My son got to stand and get high 5's from players as they were going by. Next we went into Lambeau for some ice cream and to play in the arcade. Why the arcade you ask? They have fun, active football skill games. My sons favorite was the football throwing game. After that we called it a day and headed home. Overall, highly recommended and we went on a more calm day of training camp!
Next, the big game! We went to the last game of the regular season last year, Lions at Packers. We pre booked our parking online using ParkWhiz because I wanted to know ahead of time exactly where we were going. It worked out just like I'd hoped would, easy drive in. On our walk to Lambeau we passed a few booths of Packer souvenears so we picked out a couple Packer necklaces for $5 and went on our way. We were in seats vs. the bleachers which helps with kiddos (cup holders, yay). As way reached our floor a very nice women directing everyone asked my son if it was his first game to which he replied yes. She had me fill out a form with his name and date and they mailed us a My First Packer Game certificate a few weeks later. Awesome! There was enough music and video to keep him occupied until the announced the players and the game started. The game was great, and we won which helps! A fear of mine was leaving the stadium with just mom and 7 year old. I was pleasantly surprised. We didn't witness any out of control fans and the fans we made contact with gave my son a high 5 and kept on walking. Food was great, fans were great. Overall, an awesome experience and can't wait to go back!
Don't miss this festival! I took my kids one year, just out of curiosity. We had a BLAST!! There's so much to see and do. The food is fresh and amazing! There are people in costume and kids activities galore!!! You can walk to marina and see many boats and ships. Go! You'll have so much fun!
Tip: go down to the marina gift shop for an ice cream treat that is much less expensive than the vendor ice cream on the strip.
Here's a post I wrote on jonahbonah.com about the 50th Shrimp Festival. http://bit.ly/1GZdyDd
Make a day of the Riverside Arts Market and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens! There are multiple galleries within the museum, some kid friendly, others are very serious and though provoking.
Be sure to grab an art kit on your way out to the Gardens and spend some time creating watercolor paintings in a serene atmosphere. Seriously, the Gardens are breathtaking!