Cherrystone Camping Resort – Cheriton, VA
Our family was cautiously optimistic as we arrived for our first stay at Cherrystone in late August. One never knows what to expect when heading out to a place they’ve never been to before. “Will we have a great time or rue the day we made these reservations?”
We chose express entry and that couldn’t have gone smoother. Upon arrival to our site we were slightly disappointed. It was located on a corner and our camping neighbor had somewhat crowded our site but it was adequate.
We had a water view and the sunsets were fantastic. Crabbing was great, fishing productive. The staff in the Cafe were friendly, it was clean, and the food VERY good. The restrooms and bathhouses were immaculate and handicap friendly. The general store held a large variety of necessary camping items as well as souvenir’s. I felt the grocery portion was quite small, however, there is a large grocery store close by, so no worries. The laundry facilites were large and clean but I would suggest making sure you can avoid them… somewhat expensive and one large fan does nothing for the heat in August! The vegetable/fruit stand had a very large assortment of each and carries seafood as well, yum!
Our only major disappointment was with the bait/tackle shop. We have a son who is a parapalegic therefore relying on a wheelchair. This building is NOT handicap accessible. The staff were all supportive of building a ramp and mentioned it has been discussed several times. We were advised to bring it to a specific persons attention while “bumping” his wheelchair up the flight of stairs. (Not an easy task with an adult child). The response given to us was “We’re lucky, it’s grandfathered, so we don’t have to build one” This response as I suggested to him is not something the parent of a disabled child is pleased to hear, in fact I thought it was rude.
We purchased a few small items and then took our future business over to Chris’s… not only accessible for ALL of us but very friendly and helpful.
Overall the staff at Cherrystone were very friendly, curteous and helpful. We had no problems with loud campers and overall had a wonderful experience. So much so that we are planning on a 2 week stay next August! We definately give them a ****star rating!
Note: In a prior blog I read a concern that there is no beach. Cape Charles is just a hop-skip & a jump away and has a beautiful, small, very clean beach!