Everyone’s favorite – The Exmore Diner has been a frequent stop for both locals and visitors since 1954. Its customers return again and again for the fresh, Eastern Shore seafood, prime cut steaks, milkshakes, friendly atmosphere, prompt service , home-style cooking and old fashioned prices. Experience the informal, relaxed atmosphere at the Exmore Diner and be taken back to a time when life was simpler and courtesy and idealism were the rule rather than the exception. (Cross Rt. 13 at Rt. 183 and go a short distance to the dead end turn right and continue through town. Bear left when the road forks and keep your eyes out for an authentic old aluminum diner car on the right.)
Yellow Duck Cafe and Micro-Bakery
When you come in to the Yellow Duck Bakery Cafe, you will be welcomed with a relaxed, joyful atmosphere. Make yourself comfortable and treat yourself to any one of our delicious products. Have a cup of coffee or tea while you read the paper or take home an order of incredible muffins, sweet potato biscuits, yeast rolls or pastries made from scratch on premises. (Cross Rt. 13 and turn right at the dead end in the Town of Exmore. Yellow duck is just a short distance on the right.)
The Island House Restaurant overlooks the picturesque Wachapreague harbor. It specializes in Fresh Local Clams & Oysters & Certified Angus Beef Burgers & Steaks. You will enjoy some of the finest Crab Cakes, while overlooking the Barrier Islands of Virginia's Eastern Shore! The Island House Restaurant is designed after the old Parramore Island Life Saving Station, which was built in the 1800s. In addition to the view from the dining room, you may also climb the spiral staircase to reach the lookout tower. There you will find a panoramic view of the barrier islands, which is quite spectacular.
Mason Beach Fruit Farm U-Pick Orchard
The Mason Beach Fruit U-Pick Farm is a fabulous source of in season fruits - boysenberries, blackberries and red rasberries (late season), peaches, apricots, plums, asian pears, and apples in season. The orchard is well laid out and the prices for all fruit are very reasonable (for the 2010 season it is 0.75/lb).
(On the Eastern Shore, take Route 13 to Keller, turn west onto Route 180 to Pungoteague. Turn right at Pungoteague Post Office continuing on 180 west to Harborton General Store (3.1 miles). Continue straight onto Route 631 following it to 633/631 Y (1.3 miles) staying right on 631 to Hacks Neck proper (0.7 mile). Turn onto Mason Beach Road (0.5 mile) with farm driveway on right.
Jibbey Point, Inc. Crawfish Farm
You're in for a treat with fresh live farm raised crawfish from Jibbey Point. This small commercial operation is fascinating to see and the crawfish are quite tasty. They scoop them while you wait. Call ahead for availability (usually from Spring into early-mid July). They're just before Mason Beach U-Pick Orchard. Heidi Hodgson 12475 Hacksneck Road Hacks Neck, VA 23358 757.442.5420
Blarney Stone Pub
Located on North Street, the Blarney Stone Pub is in the historic town of Onancock, just 3 blocks from the Onancock Wharf. Enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere "where friends and neighbors gather" to share delightful meals and good drink. The goal of the Pub is to insure you experience the authentic warmth of a traditional Irish Pub, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Executive Chef Alisa James creates special menu items daily and will gladly recommend a complimentary beverage for you to enjoy.
In addition, Chef Alisa has prepared a full menu for regular dining pleasure. Daily specials include gourmet selections to rival the finest restaurants. Inside the Pub or outside on the Patio you will find a relaxed and casual atmosphere to enjoy times with friends, family or neighbors. (About 30 miles from Runaway, but well worth the trip. Turn left on Rt. 13 and travel to Onancock. Turn left on go into the town of Onancock. Turn right on North Street.)
The Great Machipongo Clam Shack
The Great Machipongo Clam Shack - Located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, it is a well known hot spot for great quality and very affordable seafood. They serve nice lunch-type food and also very good seafood to take out and cook at home.(Turn right on Rt. 13 and travel to Hare Valley Rd., which is on the right. The Clam Shack is on the highway on the right.)
Historic Eastville Inn
Historic Eastville Inn – A bit more elegant than other selections, serving local soft crabs and more. Eastville is the County seat. You may want to combine a trip to the Inn with a stop at the court house (located just behind the Inn) to view the oldest continuous land records in the country. There is a brochure about the history of the land records in the brochure rack at Runaway.
Bay Creek Resort & Club
Ride & Dine by Rail at the Bay Creek Resort &; Club on a restored a 1913 Interurban railcar that operates round trip dining excursions on the rails of the Eastern Shore of Virginia! Trips are about an hour long and depart from Mason Avenue, in Historic Cape Charles, Virginia. We are proud to offer the U.S.'s ONLY restored Interurban Dining Service in operation today. Explore our Schedule, and book your Dinner Excursion, Pizza Run, or Charter today! Passengers are served their gourmet meal in courses by uniformed waitstaff at individually illuminated tables in order to capture the experience of personal service and elegance that made dining on the rails so special back in the early 1900's. They accept credit cards onboard for incidentals, and welcome special requests such as champagne, wine, or special dietary needs (about 50 minutes South of Runaway on Rt. 13).
El Maguey Mexican Restaraunt
2638 Charles M Lankford Junior Memorial Highway Exmore, VA 23350-2604 (757) 442-2900
This small restaurant doesn't draw you in by a glitzy look. It is basic roadside architecture that looks like it's been a food-stop for decades. What it lacks in glamor it more than makes up with really good Mexican dishes, efficient service and very reasonable prices. It has limited seating (perhaps 10-12 tables) and a take-out window. If you get there after 6pm you'll likely have a wait for a table (seating available) but it will be worth it. On Rt. 13 (aka Lankford Highway; one light North of Rt. 183)
Quail Cove Farms
Quail Cove Farms specializes in natural and organic foods. Quail Cove Farms, Inc is a family owned and operated organic farm and natural foods warehouse located just off the highway in Machipongo (about 12 minutes South on Rt. 13). We especially like their Sweet Potato chips, cheeses, butter, raw sugar…and you will also find the Mrs. Meyers cleaning products used at Runaway there.
Blue Crab Bay Company
Several of Blue Crab Bay Company’s products have won top honors in prestigious award competitions at the International Fancy Food Show. They have been featured in many national publications including Coastal Living, La Vie Claire and Nation's Business. Blue Crab Bay has a unique retail store located on Atlantic Drive in Melfa, VA (about 20 minutes north on Rt. 13). Their products really are worth the trip. They have great seafood seasonings, dip and drink mixes and much more. A great place to pick up some unique Eastern Shore cuisine to take home as a remembrance.
Saltworks Oyster Company
Virginia Wine Events Calendar
For an up-to-date calendar of wine events in Virginia, visit the Virginia Wine Web site.
The oldest Winery on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Robert and Francesca started Bloxom Vineyard in the year 2000, when they planted 6 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, from which they produce fine estate bottled wines, keeping up with their respective generations of wine making traditions from Spain, France and Italy. The winery, which opened its doors in 2004, clearly conveys their Mediterranean influence. Their wines range from the classic dry Bordeaux style to semi dry and lightly sweet, and they can be enjoyed in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Chatham Vineyards is owned and operated by the Wehner family at historic Chatham Farm which has been a working farm for four centuries. The high-density, European- style vineyards contain 32,000 Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot vines. We like to pack a sandwich and sit outside and enjoy a bottle of chardonnay and a picnic.
Holly Grove Vineyards
Holly Grove Vineyards is a family owned and operated Virginia winery located on Holly Grove Cove on the Bayside of Virginia's Eastern Shore in Franktown. Inspired by the natural beauty and resources of the area, thay are committed to producing quality handcrafted wines using locally grown grapes. Capitalizing on the temperate climate moderated by the Atlantic Ocean breezes on this "land between two waters" they produce fine Virginia wine which express the natural flavor. They continue a tradition dating back centuries to the days when Native Americans worked the land to produce a host of fruitful agricultural products.
Broadwater Bay Eco Tours
Boradwater Bay Eco Tours Wine and Cheese Tours offers sunset wine and cheese tours.