Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles

403 Tazewell Ave , Cape Charles, VA 23310 USA (Show map)

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Relax, rejuvenate and restore while taking a step back in time. Experience the breathtaking backdrop where nature, beach, country and history meet in the historic town of Cape Charles along Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Calm bay breezes and the glow of glorious sunsets await you at this 1906 “haven” an escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. Located in the center of town, blocks from the beach, harbor, main street and more. Come and experience exceptional service and a restorative atmosphere, both of which are served up daily at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Wonderfu!!

5 on April 05, 2016

What a great bed and breakfast. Tammy and Jim are great. Beautiful home. Best breakfasts. Planning on going back every year.


Great place! Great owners!

4.8 on March 01, 2016

This was a great experience. Jim is such a great cook. The French toast was awesome. They were both gracious hosts.


Pleasant stay on MLK weekend

4.0 on January 22, 2016

Stay two nights the inn keeper's were very nice and the breakfast was very good excellent b&b


Birding on the Eastern Shore

5 on October 27, 2015

What a delight to stay at Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles during the Eastern Shore of Viriginia Birding Festival! Not only was it handy to all the activities, it is a few blocks from the beach, and backs up to a lovely park. A wrap around porch, one portion of which is screened, enables one to enjoy birds and flowers and lovely landscaping. Rooms are filled with natural light, furnished beautifully -- and I had a wonderfully comfortable bed in the Georgie Wilson Room, with a private bath. Breakfasts were magnificient! Had I not had to hurry off with my binoculars, I could have lingered and lingered at the breakfast table. The Hollaways, our hosts are gracious and hospitable and made everyone feel right at home!


Eastern Shore Excellence

5 on October 16, 2015

What a delightful visit on Virginia's Eastern Shore: Bay Haven Inn, Cape Charles' Lovely old house, beautifully restored and tastefully furnished, with the requisite wrap-around porch, set in lush landscaped grounds, backing up to the community park. And the best part: Hosts Tammy and Jim make you feel so welcome, the rooms are gracious and so comfortable - and the breakfasts are fabulous!


Escape to quaint Cape Charles

4.4 on September 12, 2015

Tammy and Jim were the perfect hosts. Our only minor concerns were that our room was a bit chilly (solved that by opening the windows) and breakfast was a little sweet for our tastes. Otherwise, I highly recommend this lovely B&B. It is easy walking distance to dinner at The Oyster Farm, the beach on the Bay, and the artsy gift shops. We loved meeting the other 3 friendly couples, and we will be back. The hosts are focused on providing excellent customer care.


Our stay was too short!

4.0 on August 28, 2015

We enjoyed our night at Bay Haven Inn. Unfortunately, it was too short! Next time we plan on staying a few more nights. The Inn is beautiful, our room was great, and the food delicious. My fiance is still talking about the breakfast. :-)


The perfect escape

4.0 on August 16, 2015

Bay Haven Inn is the best B&B in Cape Charles from what I saw, and there are lots to choose from in the intimate community. Cape Charles is such a restful, eclectic little town and the environment within the Inn is the same. The house is just gorgeous and the owners have outdone themselves making it feel cozy. My husband and I enjoyed coffee on the wraparound porch both mornings while we waited for breakfast. Jim and Tammy really know their history of the area, too! They are full of interesting tidbits. Tammy makes some of the best breakfast I've ever laid tastebuds on, implementing fresh fruits and vegetables straight from her garden. The only thing I would change is the time breakfast is served (advertised as 8:30 but served at 9:00 both mornings we were there). Don't get me wrong, it was well worth the wait! However for someone who might like to make use of their day kayaking or getting an early start to explore the area, it's a little late. I will say, however, the theme of the weekend seemed to be "Rest, relax and lose track of time" which we very much needed. All-in -all a wonderful experience which I would gladly relive in a heartbeat.


Great Stay

4.8 on August 13, 2015

Really enjoyed this B&B


Bay Haven inn

5 on August 02, 2015

We cannot say enough good things. Tammy and Jim are outstanding. Just a beautiful place to stay. Thank you Kathy and Rich Bellemare


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Rooms & Rates

Alyce Wilson Room

Dubbed "the happy room," the Alyce Wilson room was once occupied by the lady of the house herself. Guests who stay in this inviting room can't help but to wake up cheerful and appreciate why the "Mrs." chose to sleep here.
Boasting four windows, this sunny corner room is the largest of the three guest quarters. The room décor was inspired by the Bay Haven Inn owner's trip to Capri, Italy, and features a lemon tree and Almafi Coast inspired color scheme. With glorious morning and afternoon southwest sun exposure, the Alyce Wilson room is the perfect accommodation for reading and relaxing before heading off to Cape Charles Beach or exploring the local vineyards. This spacious room features exquisite antique period furniture including a marble top desk, inviting sitting area with mantle and an elegant pencil post queen size bed. The Alyce Wilson room also features a private en suite bathroom with shower.
Room Amenities: Hearty Gourmet Breakfast, en suite private bathroom, queen size bed, pillow top mattress, luxury linens and pillows, luxury bath toiletries, Inn's Signature spa robes, hairdryer, FREE Wi-Fi internet access, clock/iHOME dock station, remote controlled ceiling fan, central air-conditioning and heat, full size wardrobe, bedside reading lamps, and complimentary afternoon refreshments.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

James Wilson Room

This distinguished room is named after "the man of the house" and it is where Mr. Wilson himself returned to retreat after a long day of work. Described as regal, restful and relaxing, the James Wilson room is the perfect accommodation for those looking to completely unwind
Featuring western sun exposure, guests will enjoy taking an afternoon nap wearing the inn's signature spa robes and wake up to the glow of the evening sunset. Overlooking Cape Charles Central Park and the Bay Haven Inn's own private gardens, this room inspires guests to take a stroll through town and take in the natural beauty that is the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The James Wilson room features East Lake antique furniture, two sitting chairs, desk, queen size bed, Plasma TV and a private en suite bathroom with shower.
Room Amenities: Hearty Gourmet Breakfast, en suite private bathroom, queen size bed, pillow top mattress, luxury linens and pillows, plasma TV (Direct TV), DVD player, luxury bath toiletries, Inn's Signature spa robes, hairdryer, FREE Wi-Fi internet access, clock/iHOME dock station, remote controlled ceiling fan, central air-conditioning and heat, full size wardrobe, bedside reading lamps, and complimentary afternoon refreshments.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Georgie Wilson Room

Step back in time. This room provides a true Cape Charles feel and evokes charming memories of the historic town. Named after Alyce and James Wilson's youngest daughter, Georgie, this corner room boasts two windows where guests have a prime view of Cape Charles Central Park's beautiful landscape and gazebo. Guests also have a bird's eye view of the Bay Haven Inn's own organic gardens.
Featuring western sunlight exposure, enjoy a quiet nap or read while basking in the breathtaking light offered by one of Cape Charles' famous evening sunsets. Quaint and cozy, the Georgie Wilson Room is the perfect accommodation for anyone seeking relaxation, reflection or rejuvenation. Guests will be inspired to stroll about town and take in the town's quaint historic culture or perhaps walk over to the local spa and enjoy a massage. This room features an exquisite Heirloom antique desk, FULL (standard) size bed and rocking chair, as well as a private en suite bathroom with shower.
Room Amenities: Hearty Gourmet Breakfast, en suite private bathroom, FULL (standard) size bed, pillow top mattress, luxury linens and pillows, luxury bath toiletries, Inn's Signature spa robes, hairdryer, FREE Wi-Fi internet access, clock/iHOME dock station, remote controlled ceiling fan, central air-conditioning and heat, full size wardrobe, bedside reading lamps, queen size bed, and complimentary afternoon refreshments.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Virginia Wilson Room

Described as warm, chic and sophisticated, the Virginia Wilson room is located on the 2nd floor of the inn . This warm and inviting room offers a mix of both antique furniture and modern amenities. The Virginia Wilson Room has a Queen size luxury mattress, Plasma TV, a spacious sitting area, desk, and a private bathroom across the hall with an old-fashioned claw soaking tub and shower. The inn's signature robes are conveniently available to guests in this cozy and comfortable room.
Room Amenities: Hearty Gourmet Breakfast, private bathroom claw tub/shower, queen size bed, pillow top mattress, luxury linens and pillows, luxury bath toiletries, Inn's Signature spa robes, hairdryer, TV/DVD (Direct TV), FREE Wi-Fi internet access, clock/iHOME dock station, remote controlled ceiling fan, central air-conditioning and heat, full size wardrobe, bedside reading lamps, queen size bed, and complimentary afternoon refreshments.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

4 blocks from Chesapeake Bay/Beach, Small town

Airport

Norfolk, VA (ORF) 45 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Harbor/Marina, Signature Golf Courses, Outdoor Adventure, Aqua culture, Water activities, Spa, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Two Gas Fire places, Screened Porch, Spa Bathrobes, Guest Butler's Pantry, Luxury Amenities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Designated smoking area
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: On designated weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One nights stay deposit on credit card required.
  • Cancellations: If your travel plans change or you must cancel your reservation, please call us to discuss your cancellation. There are certain times of the year that we have turned away many reservation requests and a cancellation places our small business in hardship if we are not able to fill those rooms. Cancellation must be made14 days or more in advance (30 days for Peak Season/Holiday reservations). Cancellations made without sufficient notice are subject to a charge equal to 50% of the room rate (or 10% if we are able to re-book the room), or a gift certificate equal to the full room rate. The Bay Haven Inn does not issue refunds for no show guests those who depart early, cancel less than 72 hours upon arrival, or for special event/holiday reservations. Reservations with a minimum stay requirement that are reduced to fewer nights, will be charged the full amount of the required stay. If you have any questions regarding our cancellation policy, please ask.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Jim and Tammy Holloway

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

none

About the innkeepers

Jim is retired Air Force veteran, an eagle scout and avid baker, those things combined make him a jack of all trades. He can be found most weekends as the chef at the Bay Haven Inn. Tammy a creative cook, master gardener and professional volunteer! Both are very involved in the town of Cape Charles.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30
  • Serving Location: Screened in porch, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free, Heart Healthy


Signature Dish

Sweet Potato & Country Ham Biscuits
The Inn took an original Thomas Jefferson recipe and combined it with an eastern shore natives recipe, Susie Mapp and added a Bay Haven Inn tweak or two and Wahlah! The biscuits are a two-bite sized golden orange biscuit, finished with a brush of butter, filled with the finest Virginia Edwards ham and then the real choice begins...which of Tammy's homemade jams do you add? Ginger Fig, Peach Pepper or perhaps a combo of all three Pepper Peach and Fig! Of course you can be a purist and enjoy them just as they are, either way you will be wanting more before you leave the Bay Haven Inn! Featured as one of 10 Notable Breakfasts in Virginia, this is a delight you will be thinking of long after you leave the Inn!


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