Cozy Inn Nestled Along Tributary of Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Inn, a venerable brick building, sits within walking distance of the shores of a Chesapeake Bay tributary. The inn’s decor frequently references the nearby bay: upon entering, 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. They bookend a large painting of a weathered rowboat set in a gilded frame.
Thirteen unique rooms populate the inn; their coastal decor includes framed maps and tiny sailboats. There’s a full-size refrigerator and microwave for midnight snacking.
White wicker furniture dots the outdoor courtyard, which overlooks a tiny pond adorned with wildlife sculptures. The front-desk staff rents surrey bicycles at no charge⎯they’re 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 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, Jamestown Settlement re-creates 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, or visit 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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