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Alternative and additional lodging
Whether your group exceeds the capacity of our dorms or your research schedule necessitates a visit during our busy season, we recommend the following options for additional housing near the Coastal Research Center.
- Kiptopeke State Park (9 miles south) — affordable rates for lodges and cabins;
- Northampton Inn and Hotel Cape Charles (5 miles west) — historic and well-appointed hotels in downtown Cape Charles
There are several locally-run motels on Rt 13 between the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and Cheriton, VA.
Fully furnished kitchens are available to dorm users in each suite. We also provide a grill and picnic tables on the porches that are suitable for hosting group meals.
Food Lion (3 miles west) — a full grocery store with all the basics; Rt 13 in Cheriton
Quail Cove (10 miles north) — bulk dry goods, organic foods, and local produce; behind the Machipongo Trading Company on Rt 13.
Gull Hammock (5 miles west) — a small gourmet market with local and specialty items in downtown Cape Charles
Cape Charles Farmers’ Market (4 miles west)– Tuesday afternoons in the summer at the Cape Charles Museum
Catering & Take-out:
Note that many restaurants/caterers do not deliver due to our rural setting. Please plan accordingly.
Coach House Tavern, 757-331-8630, Cape Charles. Carry-out and dine in, maybe delivery.
Gerry’s Ristorante (pizza), 757-331-1140, Rt 13 in Cheriton. Carry-out, no delivery.
Oyster Farm at Kings Creek, 757-331-8660, Cape Charles. Meeting space & food service. They also allow for small meetings in their wine room. Reservations required.
Amy B Catering, Amy@amybcatering.com. Full service caterer or delivery only.
Royal Farms, 757-331-1843, Rt 13 near Kiptopeke. Fried chicken – pickup only.
Machipongo Trading Company, 757-678-0005, Rt 13 in Machipongo. Custom trays, carry-out.
Kitchen Sync Catering , Loise Oliver, 757-695-2194
The Shanty — seafood on the dock with occasional music and a bar; long waits in the summer; downtown Cape Charles (across the tracks by the marina)
Tim’s Place — home cooking; Peach St, downtown Cape Charles
The Local — gourmet local cuisine in an unassuming setting; downtown Cheriton
Cape Charles Brewing Company — pub fare and locally brewed beer; entering Cape Charles (before the water tower)
Kelly’s Gingernut Pub — pub fare and bar; Mason Ave, downtown Cape Charles
Cape Charles Coffeehouse — go-to for soup, sandwiches, salads; Mason Ave, downtown Cape Charles
Gourmet Alley — soup, sandwiches, salads; Mason Ave, downtown Cape Charles
Many of the catering and take-out options listed above also offer a restaurant setting.