Visit Virginia oyster farms, restaurants and more, enjoying as much or as little as you want at each stop.
Virginia is the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters on the East Coast of the U.S. Here, the Chesapeake Bay (the largest estuary in the country) and its tributaries provide a mix of saltwater and fresh, creating different flavours among Virginia oysters. Virginia oysters thrive in eight regions, and visitors can experience a taste of each along the Virginia Oyster Trail.
Covering coastal and tidewater Virginia, the trail highlights restaurants, seafood companies, oyster farms and tours where visitors can experience Virginia oyster culture, sampling different varieties of oysters along the way. This itinerary provides an in-depth exploration of Virginia’s Oyster Trail. Most regions are located within an hour’s drive of each other, so the tour can be shortened to include highlights from each region for visitors with less time.
Day 1: Upper Bay Western Shore Region
Fly into Washington Dulles International Airport and then travel by car to Stratford, Virginia (2.5 hours). Spend the night at the Inn at Stratford Hall and tour the historic home of General Robert E. Lee. Travel to nearby Colonial Beach for a meal at Denson’s Grocery and R&B Oyster Bar. Learn more about the waterman culture at the Fishermen’s Museum in Reedville, which also hosts an annual oyster roast in November.
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