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.
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
The Lighthouse (new management)
Monroe Bay Winery Strawbale Barn
Sunkitty Enterprise (watersports)
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!