The stark beauty of the shore this time of year reminds me why I chose to live here. The beaches are empty and while some businesses are closed, there is still so much to see and do. Wildlife abounds in the marshes and nature preserves this time of year. Trails are open and clear for hiking. This is one of the best times of the year for observing the birds that make their nests and brave the winter in this area.
Cape Charles is surrounded by parks and trails that provide access to outstanding viewing areas. From the Wildlife Refuge to Brownsville Nature Preserve, there are a multitude of sites. For a list with detailed maps of all the trails on the Eastern Shore go to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
February 16-19th is the Great Backyard Bird Count when scientists rely on novice bird watchers to collect data that is used to map locations of birds around the world. Come for the Bird Count or just to hike through the beautiful trails. Novice birders and experienced Ornithologists are welcome and can enjoy these areas.
Cape Charles Brewing Company, Buskey Cider on the Bay, and Cape Charles Distillery are all open and provide good cheer. Both the Brewery and the Distillery offer live entertainment, and if that doesn’t motivate you, then just come and the sit by the fire while you relax with a glass of wine at Alyssa House Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy the quiet beauty of the Eastern Shore in February.