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What to Do, Where to Go on Tangier Island

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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GETTING THERE

Ferries depart for Tangier from Crisfield, Md., and Onancock and Reedville, Va. Fares are about $25 round trip for adults, and the ride is an hour to an hour and a half. Reedville is the closest departure point from Washington, about 77 miles from the Beltway. Take Interstate 95 south to Route 17 east to Route 360 east.

STAYING THERE

Hilda Crockett's Chesapeake House (16243 Main St., 757-891-2331, http://www.chesapeakehousetangier.com). Offers eight bedrooms with shared bathrooms in two historic houses. Open mid-April to mid-October, $90-$145 including breakfast and lunch or dinner.

Bay View Inn (16408 W. Ridge Rd., 757-891-2396, http://www.tangierisland.net). The most modern accommodation on Tangier, open year-round. Rooms start at $120, including breakfast.

EATING THERE

The Fisherman's Corner (Longbridge and Main streets, 757-891-2900). The best restaurant on the island. Entrees range from $10.99 to $25.99.

Lorraine's Seafood and Sandwich Shop (4417 Chambers Lane, 757-891-2225). This family-run shop serves such simple fare as crab cakes, shrimp and clam strips, pizza and subs. Prices $4.99 to $10.99.

PLAYING THERE

Watermen's Tour (With Captain Denny Crockett, 757-891-2331 -- ask for Glenna or Susan, http://www.chesapeakehousetangier.com/tours). The 1 1/2 -hour boat ride is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 6 to 12.

(With James "Ooker" Eskridge, the town mayor, 757-891-2269 or 757-891-2900, http://www.fishermanscornerrestaurant.com/baycrabs). A 30- to 45-minute tour is $15.

Tangier History Museum (16215 Main Ridge Rd., 302-234-1660, http://www.tangierhistorymuseum.org). A homey collection of all things Tangier. Admission is free. Or grab a free kayak from the dock behind the museum and head for the marshes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.tangierisland-va.com

-- V.M.

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