Finding Historic Beauty and Endless Charm at the Northampton Hotel

There’s something incredibly refreshing about arriving in Cape Charles—for a special visit, a vacation, or ‘just because’. With its colorful small-town charm, shady streets, friendly neighbors and beautiful Bay beaches, the town certainly has more than its fair share of ‘wow.’

For some visitors, their first official ‘welcome’ to Cape Charles is checking into the Northampton Hotel. Sitting gracefully among shady Crape Myrtle trees mere yards from the town’s lovely beach, the Northampton Hotel with its wide double porches is an elegant, historic accommodation that exudes Cape Charles charm and the Eastern Shore vibe. What makes the historic Northampton so special? We chatted with Tiffany Mohr, General Manager of the Northampton Hotel, to find out.

“The Northampton Hotel is unique. It was built in the 1910’s as a private residence and operated as a hotel in the 1930’s until the late ‘70’s. It has gorgeous historic architecture with charm to match. When guests step inside, they see an eclectic historic and modern blend— the renovated interior décor has a hip, mid-century vibe. Each guest room features new furnishings, drawing from that mid-century style,” says Tiffany. “It’s a really sophisticated and beautiful combination.”

Acquired by its current owners in 2014, The Northampton Hotel underwent an extensive two-and-a-half-year renovation, meticulously restoring its grandeur while infusing it with modern amenities. Since its grand opening in May 2018, the hotel has become a beloved destination for travelers seeking a tranquil retreat by the Bay.

The hotel offers five handsome guest rooms, each with its own private bath. Every room has sweeping balconies, offering vast views of the harbor and endless blue Bay. It’s a seamless blend of ideal location, historic charm, and modern sophistication. The result is an ambiance that is stylish, inspiring, and totally relaxed. It’s an ideal place to stay.

“We really are just steps from the beach,” says Tiffany. “We offer beach chairs and umbrellas, so our guests can just walk over to the beach and enjoy it anytime they like.”

Their address at One Mason Avenue says it all—the hotel is wonderfully close to the water. How close? You can walk over and dip your toes in the Bay and make it back to the hotel’s front porch before your feet dry!

The best views in town and the hotel’s ‘hip meets historic’ style attracts many loyal guests. “We frequently host couples for special occasions or a weekend getaway,” Tiffany explains. “We also enjoy hosting groups—young professionals, retirees, eventgoers…there’s a lot of variety.”

The Northampton also accommodates guests who are visiting because they’re considering a move to Bay Creek. “We recently had a couple staying with us because they’re in the process of building their home in Bay Creek,” Tiffany says. “It’s very convenient.”

Tasteful and Tasty
One of the hotel’s highlights is its culinary offerings. Led by Chef Shelly Cusmina, the hotel Café offers an impressive menu with a full bar. Guests can enjoy memorable culinary delights, with standout brunch dishes like Shrimp and Grits and delectable crepes. Then there are the cocktails. From their ‘Winter Margarita’ to an incredible artisanal espresso martini, the bar serves up libations that perfectly complement the experience.

“We enjoy offering things that are really special for our guests,” says Tiffany. “Our espresso martinis are a favorite. We use these incredible locally roasted coffee beans— and it really does make a difference.”

They’re also known for their refreshing Mimosas. During the Cape Charles Fourth of July parade, which begins just outside the hotel, they set up a Mimosa table offering these fruity, festive delights. It’s a sparkling summer tradition not to be missed!

But perhaps the true magic of The Northampton Hotel is its sense of hospitality. Tiffany and her dedicated staff go above and beyond to ensure that every guest feels welcomed and at ease. Whether it’s offering local expertise about the area or accommodating events and making them truly special, their passion for hospitality comes through.

“We want to make each stay memorable,” Tiffany says. “It’s our pleasure to meet new people and make sure that their memories of Cape Charles are great ones.”

The Northampton Hotel
One Mason Avenue
Cape Charles, VA 23310

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