You can spend several days in and around Onancock without exhausting the cultural and entertainment offerings.

The town wharf is a hub of marine activities including kayaking and boat tours--or ride back in time aboard the Tangier Island Ferry to an isolated Chesapeake Bay island where natives speak a restoration-era dialect.

Head east on Market Street and you'll find a few blocks crammed with historic 19th century homes and churches. Pick up a walking tour brochure and map or download a printable pdf to make the most of it. Restaurants, shops and art galleries along the way will tempt you with regional tastes and treasures.

Be sure to visit Ker Place, a Federal period house museum and home to the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society. Take a tour, wander through the fragrant herb garden or pick up local literature in the gift shop.

From there, head a block south on College Avenue to the Eastern Shore Watermen's Museum & Research Center and learn more about the history and culture of those who wrest their living from our encircling waters.

Onancock offers a surprisingly sophisticated selection of evening entertainment. Enjoy first-run films at the Roseland Theater which also hosts monthly international films. The North Street Theater stages live plays and other productions throughout the year. Several eateries offer live music--from soft jazz to Celtic ballads.

Traveling with a canine companion? You'll be happy to discover that Onancock is pet-friendly.