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Pick the Right Accommodation to Get Close to the Fun on Virginia's Eastern Shore

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In the third part of his series about Virginia's Eastern Shore, David Latt describes the accommodations he discovered on a summer road trip.

With cooling off-shore breezes, the Eastern Shore offers relief from the sticky heat of summer.


In close proximity to densely populated cities, the majority of the towns on the peninsula average fewer than seven hundred year-round residents. People are friendly and life is unhurried. Coming here is a good way to take a break from the demands of work and home. 
That's just what my wife and I wanted when we visited the Eastern Shore. We had suggestions for restaurants and reservations for winery tours, kayaking and clamming. All we needed was a pleasant place to stay each night and we were set. Cape Charles

Before the seventeen mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was completed in 1964, the ferry terminal in Cape Charles was the busy access point to the peninsula.
After the Bridge-Tunnel opened, the economy of the town declined rapidly. Only si…

What's New in Santa Monica? Copa d'Oro

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The big news in Santa Monica hasn't happened yet. Santa Monica Place, the southern most anchor to the Third Street Promenade, won't reopen until the end of the year.

Before it closed, the mall had been overshadowed by the success of the Promenade's mile long shopping and entertainment corridor. The mall's decline had impacted the businesses along Broadway. The sidewalks always seemed littered. The restaurants, bars, and stores had a run-down, abandoned feeling.

When Santa Monica Place reopens, the area will be reinvigorated as the mall celebrates its proximity to the beach. What was once a closed box monolith will have been transformed into an elegant, open air plaza.

Looking to that future, Jonathan Chu who already has Buddha's Belly on the block, opened an intimate bar, Copa d'Oro (217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310/576-3030) across the street from Macy's (soon to be replaced by Bloomingdale's).

The food at the bar is simplicity itself, …