Fall was an amazing season to enjoy. Leaves revealed their vibrant colors, families embarked on a journey to find the “perfect pumpkin” and everyone found an excuse to get out and enjoy the cool, crisp air the season brings. At Bay Creek – there’s plenty of reasons to make your escape to our little section of the Eastern Shore.
Fall season means festival season and Bay Creek had its share of events to contribute to the calendar. In October, the Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival celebrated the annual fall migration here in Cape Charles. As one of the most important migration stop-overs on the East Coast, millions of songbirds and butterflies and thousands of raptors converged on the area on their long journey south. Residents and visitors had the opportunity to see over 150 species of birds come together in one location.
Another popular species that’s getting attention as of late is the oyster – a huge part of Virginia’s culture. The Commonwealth and the Artisans Center of Virginia worked in a phased approach to strengthen the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In August, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also proclaimed November as Virginia Oyster Month, recognizing Virginia as the “Oyster Capital of the East Coast.”
“Virginia produces the best oysters in the world and as the oyster industry continues to grow, we want to let it be known that Virginia is also the Oyster Capital of the East Coast,” said Governor McAuliffe. “In addition to growing, harvesting and selling the best oysters, our watermen are providing good jobs in their communities, generating revenue and tax dollars throughout their region, and are helping improve the environment of the Chesapeake Bay as their oysters filter millions of gallons of water each day.”
On October 25th the Eastern Shore Oyster Roast in support of the Eastern Shore Artisan Trail helped kick-off this exciting proclamation. The evening included catering by Bell’s Seafood, a photo exhibition by Mark Edward Atkinson, a silent auction and raffle. Live music included Blues, Gospel, and Piano.
On November 8th, Chatham Vineyards was the location for “Merroir & Terroir: Oyster Extravaganza”. This annual event included a tasting of Chardonnay from Chatham Vineyards’ very own vines on Church Creek along with heirloom oysters that are cultivated from local waterways.
A stay in one of our well-appointed condominiums or golf and marina homes is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a long stay and all these opportunities the Eastern Shore offers. Book a Golf Package that allows you to play on one of two world-class Signature® courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer while you stay and enjoy the oyster season on the bay. Or just plan to stay and explore our community by foot, by bike or by paddling the waters on kayak. Although there are plenty of things to keep you occupied this season, we will welcome anyone looking to just escape and enjoy our simple way of life here at Bay Creek.
Call (888) 422-9275 or visit us online at BayCreek.net to review options and find something fitting for you. We’d also be happy to discuss how you can fall in at Bay Creek. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
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