There’s no better place to explore for treasures than a beach…Colonial Beach, VA that is. After my trip to Fishersville, I started asking a few dealers where a gal could go these days for some ripe pickin’s. A few folks told me that there are still some great places scattered around the Eastern Shore and Northern Neck area. So, what did do? I conned my poor family into going antique hunting by mentioning that we were also going to the beach! Something for everyone, right?
Surprisingly, there wasn’t much to find online about Colonial Beach. A tourist website and a smattering of motel/restaurant reviews…but nothing to really give an overall sense of what this place has to offer. We hopped in the car and drove a little over an hour northeast, through Bowling Green and King George…passing farm houses and veggie stands. We also passed signs for Popes Creek Plantation (the birthplace of George Washington) and Stratford Hall (where General Robert E. Lee was born).
When we entered the small beach town, we were greeted with ice cream stands and adorable Victorian cottages, many which were either for sale or for rent. We drove up the peninsula to have lunch at Dockside Restaurant, so we could sit outside and watch the boats pass by.
Legend has it that this home served as a summer, vacation spot to the family of Alexander Graham Bell. It’s now a lovely bed & breakfast and visitors can enjoy its historic charm, as well as amazing seaside view! When I was taking this photo, a guest at the house told me that the owner had just restored the two original brick chimneys on either side of the house.
We asked some locals where some good spots were for pickin’ old treasures and the Red Barn seemed like a popular place. After visiting there, I see why. This is the kind of place I love…just a big ol’ indoor flea market. We saw lots of cool stuff in here, including an old taxidermy squirrel (which probably should have come home with us!).
We also visited Compulsive Cravings, which is sadly going out of business. Lucky for us though that almost everything in the shop was on sale. I fell in love with this arts and crafts style wicker arm chair, but decided to pass. I did leave with an antique yard-long photograph taken in 1944…to add to my vintage photography collection.
So, what was the big score that day? This antique mission oak desk. We stopped a small roadside shop called Rydell’s, and as soon as we walked in my husband I both spotted it at the same time. We’ve been looking for one and this one was priced just right at under $100! Now it sits in the corner of our living room, anxiously awaiting a matching chair (which I’m now on the hunt for!).
Colonial Beach was well worth the short drive and we loved the town, so this will definitely be on our list of places to visit on a sunny weekend. For more information about Colonial Beach, VA, check our their visitor website.
Have you ever been to Colonial Beach? If so, what are your favorite places to visit in the town?
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