Sidewalk and a sign over entrance to Cape Charles Distillery

Cape Charles Distillery

Hello there! I am so excited to welcome you to the brand new category – Dining Destinations.

I’ve had this idea for quite some time, but I always thought it would be a post. Then, on our most recent trip to Cape Charles, I realized, it would be a very long post.

Some posts in this category might be shorter, some – longer. I tend to forget about my phone and enjoy the moment. But I do want to highlight local restaurants that have made an impression on me.

Brick wall, metal frame with plants growing over it
Outside the Cape Charles Distillery

If you’re new here (welcome!), I’d like to make sure you know that Babushka Cooking does not receive, ask for, or expect compensation in any form and I intend to keep it that way. All the places, products, and/or services recommended are paid for in a personal capacity and are recommended based only on my personal opinion.

Cape Charles

And to kick off these series, I’d like to start by sharing about a gem of a place my husband and I found. We went to Cape Charles for the day just couple of weeks ago. Somehow, it never rains on the days we go there. To paraphrase Sabrina from 1954 classic – Cape Charles wouldn’t have stood for it.

Cape Charles is one of my favorite places. There is a part of me that dreams of growing old there, running a bed and breakfast with my husband.

Every time we go, we make a point to stop for tea, of course, at Dacha Tea House. My Russian heart sings at the sight of Dacha’s ornate window shutters. We stop and look at aviation photography at “At Altitude Gallery”. It’s a one of a kind aerial photography gallery that takes your breath away. We are happy owners of three of their prints.

We used to round out our day with a meal at the local restaurant. Based on the last few visits, I don’t think we’ll be back. I really don’t want to bash anyone or anything here, so let’s focus on the positive – a place we can’t wait to come back to!

Sidewalk and a sign over entrance to Cape Charles Distillery

Cape Charles Distillery

Before leaving Cape Charles, we decided to pop into the Cape Charles Distillery and it looked so inviting, we decided to stay for a drink. And I am so glad we did.

First off, I would really like to point out the amazing service and warm, sincere hospitality. Do you remember that song from Beauty and the Beast “Be our guest”? That is what it felt like to walk in Cape Charles Distillery. Even though they were full, they found two big, cozy chairs for us. I felt I could stay for hours.

We had a dozen local oysters (shucked in our view), Manchego with crackers, and we each had a cocktail. Now, I am not really a cocktail drinker, but that was the smoothest drink I’ve ever had. My husband does like cocktails from time to time, and he said the same thing. That pretty much covers the absolute quality level of their drinks and their spirits.

Two cocktails on a wooden table
I had the Porch Night (on the right) and my husband had the Seaside White Russian (on the left).

I’d also really like to point out a few seemingly small, but valuable aspects in which this place, well, rocks – it smells good and it looks good. So many places (and, ahem, people) try to out-do one another that “classic” is passed off as “novelty”. There is something so wonderful, fresh, and yet familiar in Cape Charles Distillery – it’s a high-quality place with an undeniable spirit (pun intended) of true hospitality. I can’t wait to go back and to have more cocktails, more oysters, and more cheese. And then go again.

Oysters on half shell over ice, some eaten

To the folks of Cape Charles Distillery – Spasibo! 🙂

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