2013 events include the Chasing Pavement Vintage Automotive Festival and Concert on June 1st 2013, The Tour de Chesapeake Cycling event on May 17th, 18th & 19th and Mathews Market Days on September 6th and 7th.
Other Stuff: There’s too many to mention here but we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in Mathews County – so you’ll know, like we do – why Mathews is the best kept secret of Virginia’s river country. For more, be sure to visit: www.visitmathews.com or give us a call, we’d love to help.
1. Visit New Point Comfort Lighthouse
Mathews is the proud keeper of the New Point Comfort Lighthouse. Situated at the confluence of the great Chesapeake and Mobjack bays she’s been lighting the way since 1804. There’s many ways to visit: It’s a short trip by water or take a leisurely drive to one of two observation decks at the tip of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. Learn more about New Point Comfort Lighthouse at lighthousefriends.com.
2. Explore Our Local Waters
From the Piankatank River to the Mobjack Bay, visitors and locals enjoy kayaking, sailing, fishing or cruising the waters that surround Mathews County. There’s many ways to do it: Captain Chris Newsome offers fishing charters, and Mobjack Kayaking offers kayaking tours Or bring your own boat, kayak or canoe and explore areas throughout the county including Gwynn’s Island, Wolftrap Light and beyond.
3. Immerse Yourself in Art
Whether you’re an accomplished artist or just starting out, there’s a ton of inspiration at your fingertips. Local artists offer workshops and studio tours. The Bay School Community Arts Center offers art classes for kids and adults in almost all media, or just wander about and find your own inspiration at local galleries on Main Street or a host of beautiful vistas throughout the county.
4. Enjoy The Wildlife
Mathews pristine shoreline and wooded areas offer countless opportunities for birding, wildlife photography, or just relaxing with the local wildlife. As part of Virginia’s Coastal Birding and Wildlife Trail, wildlife lovers can’t go wrong in Mathews. Visit the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries – Mathews Loop of Virginia’s Coastal Birding and Wildlife Trail for more information.
5. Shop Main Street
Small town charm is what it’s all about in Mathews. From the Mathews Art Gallery to our own Vintage Gallery on Main St. and all the boutiques in between you’ll find original art from local artists as well as unique treasures from the past. For a complete list of shopping opportunities visit www.visitmathews.com.