Three Towns Noted for Contributions


By Linda Cicoira — For years a local radio announcer would repeat her love for Accomack and Northampton counties daily by simply saying, “Every day is a beautiful day on the Eastern Shore.”

This week, three towns were recognized for their contributions to that adage.

Onancock was listed as Southern Living magazine’s “Charm on the Chesapeake.”

“A popular harbor for boats traveling the Chesapeake Bay, this town of just over 1,200 was founded in 1680,” the publication stated. “You’re sure to love the Victorian mansions, the locally owned shops, and the harbor and creeks to explore. Locals often set sail or take to paddleboats here … Just living on the Eastern Shore could be enough, but you can also visit an old-time movie theater, enjoy the vibrant arts scene, and kayak to a winery.”

People magazine listed the wild ponies of Assateague Island as one of the “100 Reasons to Love America.”

“Beautiful feral horses have roamed this barrier island off the coast of Maryland and Virginia since the 1600s,” the magazine said.

Cape Charles was listed among “The Most Beautiful Seaside Towns in America,” by Reader’s Digest. “Cape Charles Town Beach runs along Bay Avenue, and it’s the only public beach that doesn’t have an access fee on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The quaint downtown area has an eclectic mix of interesting shops along Mason Avenue and the boutique property, Hotel Cape Charles. For a room with a view, stay at The Northampton Hotel and for spectacular sunsets, have cocktails and casual bites at The Shanty,” the magazine stated. Cape Charles was listed with Nantucket, Mass., Sanibel Island, Fla., and St. Michael’s, Md.

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