vol. 39 / guest editor

vol. 39 / guest editor 🏖

There's no question that we love it here, but everyone needs a vacation every now and then, right? This week's newsletter will take you to a nearby beach town with lots to explore. We stuck with guest-editor tradition and asked these fellow Here. readers to take you on this out-of-town adventure. 

It's our distinct pleasure this week to not only spark your next weekend getaway plans, but also introduce our guest editors, John and Sherry Petersik.

You probably know this local married couple from Young House Love, their mega-popular and oh-so-informative home improvement and design blog that's spawned books, product collections, and even a podcast.

Over the course of renovating properties in Cape Charles, John and Sherry have learned just where to go in this this super-quaint bay town. Grab your bags and read on!

Modern Bay


While Cape Charles is home to lots of charming bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals, Hotel Cape Charles is one of our favorite places for short stays.

Located right along Mason Avenue (the town’s main street, full of shopping and dining), the 100-year-old hotel building was relaunched in 2009 as a boutique hotel with a zen-like feel. From the exposed brick to the handcrafted furniture in each room, it’s comfortable as well as beautiful. Book a room overlooking the harbor or one that opens right onto a private balcony.

If that’s all booked, try the new “retro chic” boutique hotel called The Northampton, which just opened down the street in May.






You’ll find several options for grabbing a meal right along Mason Ave., like great pizza at Deadrise Pies or cool treats at Brown Dog Ice Cream.

But for a truly Cape Charles experience, take your car (or golf cart!) to the marina for lunch, dinner, or drinks at The Shanty. With a good mix of seafood and non-seafood items on the menu, there’s something for everyone (even the kids!) at this popular waterfront restaurant.

During the summer, there will be live music and cornhole on the outdoor patio, so call ahead or just enjoy an excuse to watch the sun set over the water while you wait.





There’s plenty to uncover in Cape Charles, but the beach is the town’s true star.

The calm Chesapeake Bay waters and uncrowded sands make it a welcome relief from your typical summer beach spot. Most days you can even find plenty of free (!) parking right along the beachfront.

The water is calm and shallow, making it perfect for parking your beach chair and watching the kids play (minus the fear that a big wave is moments away). You can typically find hermit crabs and sea snails, which can add hours of entertainment for the little ones.


Elisabeth Edelmango, eat