Details on Va., Md. state park beaches

DETAILS
GETTING THERE

First Landing State Park is about 200 miles southeast of Washington. Take Interstate 95 south to I-295 south and then I-64 east to exit 282. Head north on U.S. 13/Northampton Boulevard, then take the U.S. 60 east/Shore Drive exit. The state park entrance will be on the left.

To reach Kiptopeke State Park from First Landing, retrace your steps by going west on U.S. 60/Shore Drive. Merge onto U.S. 13 north and head across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. On the Eastern Shore, turn left on Arlington Road and then left on Kiptopeke Drive.

To continue to Assateague State Park, head north on U.S. 13. Near Pocomoke City, Md., take U.S. 113 north. At Berlin, turn right on Assateague Road and follow Maryland Route 611/Stephen Decatur Highway to the park.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Cape Charles

235 Mason Ave.

Cape Charles, Va.

757-695-3854

www.hotelcapecharles.com

Immaculate new hotel close to the water in a charming town. Rooms from $160.

Atlantic Hotel

2 N. Main St.

Berlin, Md.

410-641-3589

www.atlantichotel.com

Recently updated 1895 hotel, still with Victorian accents. Rooms from $140.

WHERE TO EAT

Taste Unlimited

4097 Shore Drive

Virginia Beach

757-464-1566

www.tasteunlimited.com

Pick up items for a gourmet picnic, or grab lunch to go. Sandwiches from $5.99.

Brown Dog Ice Cream

203 Mason Ave.

Cape Charles

757-331-0536

New, old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Cups and cones from $2.75.

Kelly’s Gingernut Pub

133 Mason Ave.

Cape Charles

757-331-3222

kellysgingernutpub.com

Local hangout in an old bank. Entrees from $9.50.

Cape Charles Coffee House

241 Mason Ave.

Cape Charles

757-331-1880

www.capecharlescoffeehouse.com

Perfect spot for a leisurely morning meal. Breakfast from around $6.

WHAT TO DO

First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Drive

Virginia Beach

757-412-2300

www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fir.shtml

Daily sunrise to sunset (day passes expire at 10 p.m.). Weekdays $4 per car, $5 weekends.

Kiptopeke State Park

3540 Kiptopeke Drive

Cape Charles

757-331-2267

www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/kip.shtml

Daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Weekdays $3 per car, $4 weekends.

Assateague State Park

6915 Stephen Decatur Hwy.

Berlin

410-641-2918

www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/assateague.asp

Daily 9 a.m.-sunset. Maryland residents $4 per person, $6 non-residents.

INFORMATION

www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks

www.dnr.state.md.us

B.K.

Becky Krystal covers food for the Going Out Guide and Weekend and Food sections. In her spare time she loves to, of course, eat and cook.
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