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  • Great casual Breakfast at Janets Cafe Onancock VA
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Onancock Things to Do

  • Town Wharf

    1) if by land... Whether sitting on the liars bench swapping fish tales or at the picnic table enjoying the view, the town wharf is the place to be. 2) if by seaWe originally sailed into this harbor to weather a storm. The marina offered all the basic amenities and the town has charm to spare. Many years later my sailing buddy moved here. On one of...

  • Historic Cokesbury Church

    Cokesbury Methodist Church, named for Bishops Coke and Asbury, was built on its present site in 1854. Surrounding the church on two sides—to the north and west—is the church cemetery that contains a selection of marble tombstones. A modern black metal fence encloses the cemetery. The last interment in the cemetery was before 1900. Most of the...

  • Diggin' Mud

    Clamming in the mud. Just at the edge of the water you can purchase a lease to farm clams. For more info on thie you can check out my Aquaculture in Virginia tip

  • Powerful fun at the beach

    The best beach's are worth the effort to get to. You need to take a boat and go to one of the many tiny islands dotting the Chesapeake bay or one of the barrier Islands on the Sea Side (Atlantic Ocean).Because it takes extra time and effort to get to the islands the are frequently sparsely populated. Although the photos here were one of the busiest...

  • A wildlife menagerie

    Onancock is on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This is a pennisula in Cheasapeak Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. To the east the Atlantic ocean is dotted with barrier islands.This is virtually unspoiled land compared to most of the east coast of the U.S.A marine biologists or wildlife lovers dream.

  • Mud Divin'

    If you don't have the prerequiset ATV you can take your cue from this bunch.Just dive in and have fun! A good way to bond with your children or students as well as a great time for you and your spouse.


Onancock Restaurants

  • Fun At The Wharf

    There are a few things that make this a special restaurant.1) Location, Location, Location2) Johnny-Mo, Chef extraordinaire3) Menu4) Indoor or outdoor seating by the water5) Staff - wonderfuland if we are all very lucky Johnny-Mo; Chef, owner & musician will please us with a set or two after dinners are done. He is a very gifted young man. His...

  • Janets - best breakfast & fresh roast...

    The very best casual breakfast in the area. Good coffee and a nice selection of breakfast items. A bright and cheery atmosphere, reasonable prices and the quality of food make this a must on your next trip to Onancock.Lunches are also delicious. They fresh roast their own turkey for your sandwich and you can taste the difference. Very good! Greek...

  • Sorry but Armandos is no longer in...

    Armandos Restaurant has been a staple in Onancock for a number of years. They now are giving a whole new meaning to movable feast. They are taking their show across the street. A new Irish pub will be opening in the old location.Armandos prepares unique and delicious dishes. Even the pizza he makes has something special about it. My favorite ( I...

  • beautiful food

    I love this restaurant.Every single meal here has been delectable. The setting is lovely and the owners refreshing. It's hard to pick a favorite but here goes, Sunday brunch. Truffle Egg Martini: Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Chives, Crème Fraiche and Caviar. This is served with magnificent hot out of the oven mini-muffins. (photo to follow...

  • Hopkins & Bros.

    This is one of three Mallard's restaurants, and we ate at this one (photo 2), which is on the waterfront in the old Hopkins & Bro. store, twice. On Friday evening (Labor Day weekend), the folks at Mallards were loading all kinds of food on the Capt. Eulice which is the Tangier ferry - it was a wedding reception, and they also had two private...

  • Casual Gourmet

    I have not eaten here so I don't know whether this is a place to buy food or a place to eat it or both.

  • Art Gallery

    It was almost 11:00, so we stopped for lunch at Bizzottos, which was a combination art gallery (jewelry, pots etc.). While we were eating a man and woman with a dog parked out front, leaving the dog in the car, and were rearranging the jewelry display. They provided us with our amusement while we ate Bob had a tuna salad plate which included a big...

  • Also for non-guests

    We were only in town during lunch so I have not eaten here.Dinner Hours:Wednesday - Sunday:5:30pm - 9:00pmBreakfast Hours:Wednesday - Friday8:00am - 10:00amSaturday & Sunday8:00am - 11:00am The Charlotte Hotel website says the restaurant features the cuisine of Chef Ted Cathey which is prepared using many Eastern Shore products..., the menu...

  • A Red Neck Bar (?)

    We talked to some folks in Crisfield who told us about this place, and that the van would come and pick us up. They are too new to be in the phone book yet, but I called. The Shuckers van came driven by the manager because the guy that drives it wasn't there yet. As we pulled up to the restaurant, it started to rain. It rained buckets, and we had...


Onancock Nightlife

  • Where the Fun has Just Begun

    Apparently Stella's is a restaurant downstairs and a night spot upstairs. I haven't had the chance to sample either place. Apparently there is another Stella's in another location on the Eastern Shore also.Owned and operated by Lance Kaufmann and Bob Anders since 2001.. Lance is a retired art teacher. Bob is a 3rd generation restaurateurStella's...

  • Live Entertainment at the Pub

    Friday nights our local Maestro plays for the crowds. A wee bit o celtic sound to round out your meal and ease your aching pint liftin' arm.If you are in on another night you will still enjoy the performance of their talented mixologist (bartender). He tends to his patrons with that rare gift of hospitality. If you are in the area at the right time...

  • Some local fun

    Located in the center of town, Stellas offers a pizza parlor downstairs. Dinners, lounge, bar and pool room are located on the 2nd story.Built in 1914 as a hardware store this building has undergone a dramatic renovation. The original tin ceilings have been brought back life, the old frieght elevator is now used for handicapped patrons and a unique...


Onancock Shopping

  • Next Door to the Charlotte Hotel

    Gallery Hours:Wednesday - Saturday10:00am - 6:00pmThe gallery exhibits the artwork of the Charlotte Hotel(which is next door)'s owner Charlotte Heath. Charlotte’s botanical watercolors have been exhibited in many galleries across the country, from New York to Oregon. All of the art is available for purchase, including the pieces throughout the...

  • Hardware

    In Onancock, there is at least one old time general store (House of Deals - Trust Worthy Hardware) which sold a little bit of everything. Bob said they had steamer clams (manoes) in there and there were vegetables, fruit and flowers displayed out front.Mon-Sat 8:30-5:30, Sun 12-5There's a game of Crazy Eights that’s been going on 15 years....

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Onancock Local Customs

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    by jelw Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    Gleaning is a Biblical standard still practiced in the south.
    Once you have harvested your crop, anything on the vine, in the field or on the ground is to left for the "gleaning." For man and animal to take and use. Nothing should go to waste.
    Pictured here is a bit of our orchard. Grapes, a sadly overgrown and overladen pear tree and pomegranet. As long as there is fruit on the vine we will share it.

    grape,pear & pomegranet
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Onancock Off The Beaten Path

  • Francis Makemie - Presbyterian...

    Of Scottish descent, Francis Makemie was born in Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland in 1658. Because he as a Presbyterian, he was not allowed to enter the University of Ireland, he got a degree in Glasgow instead. He was ordained as a missionary to the colonies in 1682. He preached in the middle Atlantic area (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North...

  • Vanishing Farms

    As you drive this beautiful farming community you will see the mega-corporate farms as well as the dying family farms.

  • Take a drive to see Americana

    A simple drive around the countryside gives you a glimpse of America through the ages.Plantations, old slave quarters, flourishing farms and vanishing farms. Sometimes something as simple as washday can be a cultural interest point all its own.


Onancock Sports & Outdoors

  • By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful...

    Sailing, boating just being on or in the water is the name of the game for me.On the Cheasepeake bay, the creeks or the Atlantic. Every kind of water sport imaginable. Bring or rent your sailboat, fishing trawler, kayak or swim fins.

  • Much Ado 'bout something

    Wonderful seaside or bay fishing. Use your own boat, rent, charter a boat or go on one of the many fishing fleet boats. Deep sea for tuna etc. Bayside for rock, spot or whatever the season offers. Bring a love and respect for the water.

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  • Parks and Memorials

    There is a small bandstand, a memorial marker for the Onancock citizens that were killed in WWI and WWII, and a marker commemorating General Edmund R. Bagwell in the old Town Square and across the street from that is the Robert Lee Custis Memorial Garden. Robert L Custis was born in 1866 in Accomack County, Virginia, and died in 1890. I don't know...

  • 150 year old Church

    Cokesbury Church in Onancock is celebrating its 150th Anniv.The still have holiday services here as well as a Christian Coffee house with live music.

  • Visit the town Square

    You can sit and have lunch at the picnic table, enjoy a sunny day and people watch.If you happen to be in town on the right day you might get to hear a local band play at the gazebo.


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