Cozy Inn Nestled Along a Tributary of Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Inn, a venerable brick building, sits within walking distance of the shores of a Chesapeake Bay tributary. Upon entering the cozy inn, you’ll see a cluster of wooden oars poking out of a wooden barrel as if they were stowed there by a fisherman freshly arrived from a day on the water. Across the hall, two pieces of driftwood have been repurposed as lamps, bookending a large painting of a weathered rowboat set in a gilded frame. These nautical touches are in keeping with the inn’s stunning, coastal Virginia surroundings. Thirteen unique rooms populate the inn, each sporting coastal decor. Bright walls and maritime accents, including framed maps and tiny sailboats, enhance the seaside atmosphere. There’s a full-size refrigerator and microwave for midnight snacking, and, as a homey touch, a welcome basket of cookies and coffee awaits lodgers in each room. White wicker furniture dots the outdoor courtyard, which overlooks a tiny pond adorned with wildlife sculptures. The front-desk staff rents pedal surrey bicycles at no charge, providing out-of-towners a convenient way to see downtown Urbanna and the Rappahannock River area without strapping a webcam to a seagull.
Urbanna, Virginia: Tranquil Coastal Town Rife with History
Urbanna was founded in 1680 as a port town nestled along the Rappahannock River, a tributary that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. According to legend, Patrick Henry once addressed the townspeople from the steps of a pub on Prince George Street. The tiny waterfront community packs a lot into a half-square-mile package, including a number of restaurants, a historical district, and special events such as the annual Urbanna Oyster Festival. About an hour's drive away, the Jamestown Settlement recreates the historic colony via a living-history museum, costumed characters, and gallery exhibits. Patrons can board replicas of the three English ships that crossed the Atlantic in 1607, explore the re-created James fort, and learn about Pocahontas's high-school crush in a simulated Powhatan village. Relics of the real settlement can be explored in nearby Jamestown, which features excavated ruins of the actual colonial site.
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