Cover photo by Bill McK

As the year (and the second decade of the century) come to a close, we recall some of the most noteworthy and exciting things to happen in Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia (CBVA) in 2019.


50 Years of Love and a New Tourism Video

A #50YearsofLove grant from Virginia Tourism Corporation allowed the Town to create its first official travel and tourism video.

New Businesses

Several new businesses set up shop in CBVA, including:

Colonial Buzz Espresso Bar
Colonial Mini Golf
Ferry Landing Pier (watersports)
Hancho’s Hibachi Box
Ice Cream Hut
Island Marine & Charter
Julie’s Coffeehouse
The Lighthouse (new management)
Monroe Bay Winery Strawbale Barn
Native-Spirit Yoga
Sunkitty Enterprise (watersports)

tennis courts

Photo: Bobby Hooker, Hooker Studio

Torrey Smith Recreation Park

A community-wide effort, including a financial pledge from hometown hero and NFL player Torrey Smith; land donation from the Town; and contributions from residents; made the new recreation park a reality.

In the News

CBVA photos and articles were featured in more than two dozen print, broadcast and online media, including NBC DC, Southern Living, Richmond Magazine, Tripadvisor Family Vacation Critic, Travelzoo, Backroads, Prince William Living, WRVA, Capital Region USA, Boat U.S., Passagemaker, Capital One Learn and Grown blog, and more; and invited to co-host the #SmallTownTourismChat on Twitter!

WWI & WWII Commemoration Day

World War II veterans Junior Morris and Oliver Strawn, U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman, Senator Richard H. Stuart, Virginia Senator Ryan T. McDougle, Captain Michael O’Leary, and other VIPs joined us in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

silent drill platoon

Photo by Kendall K. Ghir-Jämmeur


osprey festival

Photo by Mary Carter

First Annual Colonial Beach Osprey Festival

Downtown Colonial Beach sponsored Colonial Beach’s, first annual Osprey Festival, celebrating the Town’s signature bird and other wildlife, abundant natural resources, and its heritage as a bird sanctuary.

edna lockwood

Photo by Susan Pietras-Smith, Whee Photography

Edna Lockwood visit

National Historic Landmark Edna E. Lockwood, the last historic sailing bugeye in the world, docked in CBVA during the 68th Annual Potomac River Festival for tours and talks with crew members about traditional Chesapeake Bay boatbuilding techniques and the oystering industry.


puddle of mudd

Photo by Chris Upperman

Colonial Beach Bike Fest

Internationally-known rock bands Fuel and Puddle of Mudd were featured performers at this year’s Colonial Beach Bike Fest, which included a visit from Michael Ballard, owner of Full Throttle Saloon.


for sale

Reader’s Digest named Colonial Beach “The Nicest Place in Virginia“.

Beloved Doc’s Motor Court, a CBVA landmark, was listed for sale.

Colonial Beach Community Radio station WWER made its broadcast debut on FM 88.1.

Named Best Beach runner-up in Chesapeake Bay Magazine’s 2019 picks for Best of the Bay.

Free trolley rides!

trolley Getting around Colonial Beach Virginia

Grand Opening of the President James Monroe Memorial Home and inclusion of the birthplace gardens on the Garden Club of the Northern Neck Historic Garden Tour.

beach wheelchair access

Photo: Colonial Beach Recreation Association


Photo by Caryn Self-Sullivan


Capital improvements including expansion of the Boardwalk and addition of beach wheelchair access mats.




What’s your favorite memory of 2019? Share it in the comments below!