Cottage Living – Cozy Up On The Coast

Ideal Living.com, Spring 2015

The term “cottage” fits neatly into the box of vernacular architecture, with roots in the late Anglo-Saxon, early Norman era when it was used to describe a modest, one-room house built for a cotter and his family who would, in turn, offer their labor. But, as is common with vernacular architecture, the modern use of the term runs the gamut and can’t be held to the corners and straight lines of tradition.

While most contemporary cottages meet the standards of the cozy, economical, quaint design that historically defines them, some higher-end cottage-style homes tend to burst at the seams with modern nuances and floor plans that, when strategically implemented, manage to blend enough to at least compliment the quaint, comfortable, practical appeal of the cottage tradition.

On the East Coast, where million dollar beach houses and inland estate homes in high-end, gated communities are rampant, coastal cottages are slowly beginning to pop up around them, often just yards away from the more grandiose homes in upper-end neighborhoods.

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Bay Creek

An in-depth look at Bay Creek Resort & Club

Bay Creek is an extraordinary combination of neighborhoods, marina and golf resort situated adjacent to the historic town of Cape Charles on the Chesapeake Bay. Encompassing 1,729 acres near the southwestern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Bay Creek is a peaceful oasis, yet just minutes from Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

It is the first resort in the world with both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus golf courses set along a spectacular bay front vista. The world-class marina offers convenient access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. And countless walking trails, as well as shopping and dining, both onsite and in Cape Charles. Future development plans include expanded parks, a beach club, an authentic carousel and even more retail and dining opportunities. Read More…

Press Releases

September 2013
Bay Creek Introduces the Cottages at Cassatt Green
Bayside Village, one of ten neighborhoods in Bay Creek, is the location of the new Cottages at Cassatt Green. The jewel box homes are designed by award-winning Allison Ramsey Architects of Beaufort, South Carolina. Read More…

September 2013
The Finishing Touches are Added to Bay Creek’s New Beach Club and Fitness Center at Bayside Village
The developers at Bay Creek are completing construction on the new Beach Club and Fitness Center located at Bayside Village. The facility is expected to open later this year for members. Read More…

October 22, 2012
Developers Break Ground on New Beach Club and Fitness Center at Bayside Village
Bay Creek has broken ground on a Beach Club and Fitness Center to complement the other adjacent amenities at the Chesapeake Bay community and golf resort on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Read More…

November 17, 2011
Bayside Village Premiers Edgewater to Invigorate Neighborhood
The Edgewater is a beautiful coastal style home that is perfectly situated on the Bay front lot,” says Richard Foster, Bay Creek’s developer. “We consider this home to be the cornerstone for the neighborhood and anticipate this will stimulate sales activity in Bayside Village. Read More…

May 11, 2011
Bay Creek celebrates 10th Anniversary with Bay Creek In Bloom
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Bay Creek Resort & Club will expand its offerings during the Bay Creek In Bloom celebration. The weekend event will be held May 28 and 29, and the general public is invited to attend. All activities are free, unless otherwise noted. Read More…

May 11, 2011
Bay Creek Resort & Club Ranked 12th in Top 50 Resorts
Bay Creek Resort & Club in Cape Charles, Virginia, with signature golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, was honored as one of the Top 50 Resorts in the country by readers ofGolfWorld magazine. Bay Creek debuted at No. 12 in the ranking, which was published in the September 28, 2009 issue. Read More…

Press Articles

See what people are saying about Bay Creek.

“A Shore Thing”, July 2014
Here’s what most people seem to know about the Eastern Shore: There is a big toll to pay, and it’s a little hard to get to (being still rather remote); watermen ply their trade in the always awe-inspiring waters of the Chesapeake Bay; and of course, wild ponies make a swim there once a year. Read More…

“Quiet Va. town turns into rocket city,” CBSnews.com, January 10, 2014
Business is booming in Chincoteague, Va., as NASA prepares to launch a supply rocket from the quiet vacation town. Chip Reid reports. Read More…

“The Shore Option,” The Virginian-Pilot, October 12, 2013
By Toni Guagenti
Newcomers, wannabe residents feel pull to come home to the slower way of life across the Bay-Bridge Tunnel. Read More…

“Bay Creek Introduces Allison Ramsey Designed Cottages to the Community,”Southeast Discovery Blog, September 29, 2013
Bayside Village, one of ten neighborhoods in the community, has introduced the Cottages of Cassatt Green. Designed by award-winning Allison Ramsey Architects of Beaufort, South Carolina – the cottage homes were designed to incorporate what today’s buyer is looking for; smaller sized homes, great use of space and designed to offer outdoor living. Read More…

“Cape Charles: Officials hope new road to town port, Bayshore, spurs development,”DelmarvaNow.com, September 24, 2013
By Connie Morrison
Local officials hope a new access road to the port in Cape Charles will spur business development. At just over a mile and a half, the total project will cost $6.5 million for engineering, right of way, and construction, according to a document from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Read More…

“Projects create ‘exciting dynamic,”DelmarvaNow.com, September 24, 2013
By Connie Morrison
The Cape Charles Yacht Center, the Bay Creek Beach Club and Fitness Center, and the new Cassatt Green housing development are creating “an exciting dynamic,” said Bay Creek Resort Chief Operating Officer Oral Lambert. Read More…

“Bay Creek provides awesome golf in just a short drive,”The Virginian-Pilot, August 16, 2013
By John Q. Golfer
If you’re looking for a challenging golf course nestled in a wonderful setting, I’ve got a place for you. Bay Creek Resort and Club in Cape Charles is an absolutely awesome place to get in a round. It’s about 45 minutes from Virginia Beach and you can get in a round and head back to town or do a package, which will include a condo stay and your golf. Read More…

“Eastern Shore offers the great outdoors with some indulgences on the side,”Richmond Times Dispatch, July 1, 2013
By Katherine Calos
Two things are immediately apparent about Virginia’s Eastern Shore: It’s really flat, and there’s a lot of water. That makes it an ideal place for bicycling and kayaking, especially if you think a little indulgence is a fine companion to the great outdoors. Read More…

“Bay Creek course one of Palmer’s best,”DelmarvaNow.com, April 4, 2013
By Malissa Watterson
The Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Bay Creek Resort was recently included on ‘Arnold Palmer’s 10 Best Golf Courses’ list by Golf magazine. Read More…

“Bay Creek Announces Beach Club Amenity at Chesapeake Bay,”Southeast Discovery Blog, November 8, 2012
The announcement of NASA’s growth plans at Wallops Island and some major improvements for the harbor at Cape Charles appears to bode well for real estate growth on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. And, these plans have given developers of Bay Creek the opportune time to commence construction on their planned and promised beach club facility.Read More…

“For a vacation getaway, they never really left town,” DelmarvaNow.com, July 11, 2012
By Gloria Bradley
Frank and Emily Cullen of Cape Charles recently took a special vacation to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary — and traveled about a mile away to do it. “One of our best vacations,” said Frank Cullen about the couple’s decision to spend their anniversary in Cape Charles. Read More…

“The Perfect Beach Town: Cape Charles, VA,” Southern Living, June 2012
By David Hanson
On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the Bay Creek Marina is a classic harbor on the … At Bay Creek Resort, you can explore two Signature golf courses and a marina. Read More…

“It Takes More Than Great Golf to Make a Successful Community,” Exceptional Properties, May/June 2012
By Bob Morris
Real estate opportunities at Bay Creek include Plantation Pointe, with estate prices starting in the mid-$300,00s, and Heron Pointe, where home sites range up to a full acre with sweeping water views and prices top out at about $800,000. Read More…

“Bay Creek Resort in Cape Charles VA Looks Optimistically To The Future,” Southeast Discovery Blog, Dec. 5, 2011
Southeast Discovery wanted to point out to our readers what we see going on at Bay Creek Resort and Club in Cape Charles, located at the Eastern VA Shore. Read More…

“Bay Creek showcases new home, The Edgewater,” DelmarvaNow.com, Nov. 23, 2011
Bayside Village, one of 10 neighborhoods in Bay Creek, is showcasing its newest home, The Edgewater. The 3,000- square-foot home is located on the Chesapeake Bay and is considered a significant building block to the development in Cape Charles. Read More…

Bay Creek is a blast.
Hoping to launch your next vacation? Visit’s the nation’s first space coast, where a brand new launch pad is being built at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The space center is projected to launch its first trip to the International Space Station next year—and Bay Creek Resort and Club is located only 61 miles from the launch site. Come stay and enjoy a wide range of activities that will make the launch an event to remember! Watch the videos here:

Virginia’s Space Coast Takes Off
Virginia’s Space Coast Is Hoping For An Economic Boost

“Shore tourism basks in media spotlight,” DelmarvaNow.com, Sept. 14, 2011
The award-winning kit known as the Eastern Shore Suitcase was a team effort between the commission and businesses Blue Crab Bay Company, Bay Creek Resort & Club, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel who partnered on this VTC grant project. Read More…

“Bay Creek Resort, You Could Stay A Lifetime,” Destinations Travel Magazine, Sept. 2, 2011
Situated adjacent to the historic town of Cape Charles on the Chesapeake Bay, lies the extraordinary community consisting of neighborhoods, marina and golf resort – Bay Creek. Beautifully situated near the southwestern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Bay Creek is a peaceful oasis, yet it is only minutes from Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

It is the first resort in the world with both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus golf courses set along a spectacular bay front vista. The world-class marina offers convenient access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Countless walking trails provide access to shopping and dining Read More…

“Cape Charles A Beachfront Treasure on the Eastern Shore of Virginia,” The Shore Life, Vol.1 No. 4
By Bonna L. Nelson. Photography by Bonna Nelson and Angie Myers
Have you ever wondered what’s cookin’ at the end of the roads off of Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia–that narrow peninsula surrounded by the great Chesapeake Bay on one side and the mighty Atlantic Ocean on the other? Read More…

“Neighborhood Closeup: Bay Creek Resort & Club,” The Virginian-Pilot, August 8, 2011
By Sandra J. Pennecke
The community consists of 10 villages: Bayside (cottages and beachside homes); The Fairways (condominiums); Marina Village East (private gated community); New Quarter (duplex carriage homes); Heron Pointe (luxurious estate homes); Plantation Pointe (secluded estate village); and The Hollies, Kings Bay Village, The Colony and The Signature (all singlefamily homes). Read More…

“Restaurants & Culinary Adventures of Virginia’s Eastern Shore,” PeterGreenberg.com, July 26, 2011
By David Latt
Part two concludes his look with some equally off-the-beaten path Eastern Shore restaurants and culinary adventures. Read More…

“In gratitude to developer Dickie Foster,” Eastern Shore News, July 20, 2011
By Tommy Rayfield, Cape Charles Business Owner
For several years I have intended to write a letter to express my appreciation to Dickie Foster for all he has done for Cape Charles. Read More…

“Golfing at Bay Creek Resort,” Chesapeake Life Magazine, Spring 2011
By Mary Ann Treger
Despite some gusty Bay breezes, Virginia’s Bay Creek Resort impresses our writer with its signature golf courses, creative restaurant, and unique accommodations. Read More…

“Spa ‘grew out of few friends coming by the house’,” DelmarvaNow.com, February 2, 2011
By Bill Sterling
Ronald and Marian van Geijn bought a home at Bay Creek in 2006 because they loved the open spaces of the Eastern Shore and the beauty of the land. […] Breezes Day Spa offers European facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, Asian threading, airbrush tanning, eyelash tinting and treatments, body wraps and waxing and makeup. Read More…

“Bay Creek Golf Resort: Golfing Beside The Chesapeake Bay,” GolfWiz Blog, January 11, 2011
By James Weaver
When two of the greatest golfers of the 20th century design courses side by side, its certain to offer players one the very best golfing experience to be had. That is exactly what Bay Creek Golf Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia, has — an Arnold Palmer course and a Jack Nicholas course and they are spectacular. Read More…

“A Tie Up And Tee Off…,” Inland Boater Magazine, Spring 2008
By Jeff Hardy
Among the waterfront golf facilities on the southern end of the bay that Sheppard mentioned were Bay Creek Resort & Club, in Cape Charles, VA, near the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, and The Tides Inn, located in Irvington, VA, on the Rappahannock River about 70 miles east of Richmond. Golfing greats Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were commissioned to design two 18-hole courses at Bay Creek that take advantage of the tract’s extraordinary views and natural features, along with historical landmarks from Cape Charles’ art golf facility. Read More…