Boating Destination: Colonial Beach, Virginia
Colonial Beach is a small community on the banks of the Potomac River about midway between the Cheapeake Bay and Washington, DC. It's located about 50 miles south of the Washingotn, DC on the Viginia side of the Potomac.
Colonial Beach is a good stop if you're boating the Mid-Atlantic region and venturing up the Potomac River. There are a couple of marinas that welcome transients, but the first one you'll pass is the Colonial Beach Yacht Center. This marina features a mix of floating and fixed docks. Reservations are recommended for overnight stays and the marina monitors channel 16 on the VHF.
CBYC has a fuel dock, small shop that sells boating supplies and is home to The Dockside Restaurant. The restaurant normally has live entertainment in the evenings and a beach bar overlooking the Potomac. The marina is in relatively good shape, but the bathhouse for transient boaters is not the best. It's very small and could definitely use an update. As of my stay in August 2014, the bathhouse has not been updated.
As you walk north from the marina, if you stay on the shore of the Potomac you'll follow the beach up the coast to the center of the town. There's a small boardwalk and some of the typical shops and restaurants you would expect to find in a beach community.
There are a couple of restaurants worth checking out:
The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge located at 11 Monroe Bay Avenue.
Seaside Thai and French located at 201 Wilder Avenue.
Tides Inn Market 200 N. Irving Avenue.