Although there’s so much to love about living in Chesapeake year-round, there’s nothing quite like living here during the summer. Warm weather and school breaks bring endless opportunities for residents of all ages to experience the best that Chesapeake has to offer. Bishard Homes has a few suggestions for ways to spend your free time with family and friends in this upcoming summer season.
Enjoy Parks, Trails and Courses
With an abundance of outdoor recreation in the area, there’s no shortage of ways to stay active in Chesapeake during the summertime. Well-maintained city parks, walking trails and bike paths offer accessible ways for residents—from children and teens to grandparents and retirees—to appreciate their time outside.
Avid bird watchers can spot common and rare birds along the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. For a family-friendly look at native plants, trees and flowers, the Chesapeake Arboretum offers 48 acres of space to walk through. Golfers of all skill levels will appreciate spending their summer on the course, including the highly-rated Battlefield Golf Club and the Chesapeake Golf Club.
Spend Time on the Water
The biggest draws to living in Chesapeake are the beautiful, natural surroundings unique to the region. The historic Dismal Swamp Canal connects southeastern Virginia to North Carolina, and is recognized as the oldest continuously operating waterway in the United States. Explore the 22-mile canal via kayak, fishing boat or pontoon and observe the ecosystem that surrounds you—deer, birds, river otters and even black bears make their home near the water.
Chesapeake’s location makes it a quick drive to Virginia Beach, with access to the Atlantic Ocean and various bays and rivers throughout the area. Whether you want to fish, swim, kayak or just walk along the shore, summers in Chesapeake offer so many ways to enjoy the coastal waters.
Attend a Seasonal Event
With each new season comes new events and festivals to attend—and after the past year of socially-distanced restrictions, we’re sure you’re more than excited to fill your days with new activities. The Chesapeake visitor’s bureau offers an up-to-date calendar of events with happenings around town for the upcoming summer, which both residents and their visitors can participate in and enjoy. Some highlights include guided kayak tours, berry picking, live music and fishing competitions. But once you’re a local, you’ll hear all about smaller events and activities from neighbors in this large yet close-knit community.
Eat and Sip Your Way Through Town
The city of Chesapeake has become a destination for foodies throughout the region—from the fanciest, five-star restaurants to fresh fish fry shacks and everything in between, residents can try foods from various cuisines (and price points) throughout town this summer. The freshest seafood, various Asian cuisines, Italian fare, barbecue joints—no matter what you’re craving, we know you’ll find your next favorite dish.
With plenty of patio seating and carryout options, residents can spend their summer supporting local businesses and exploring new restaurants and cuisines. Local breweries and wineries also feature outdoor seating and often have live music, food truck events and other ways to get residents outside in the summer.
Find a Family-Friendly Townhome This Summer
If you’re looking to spend your summers—and every other season—in Chesapeake, you’re in luck. Bishard Homes has brought our expertise in building high-quality, functional townhomes to the highly desirable Grassfield neighborhood. The Reserve at Grassfield blends the high-end signature feel that Bishard Homes is known for with the affordability of a townhome. Located in the highly-rated Grassfield school district and including sought-after community amenities, the Reserve at Grassfield offers personalization options that can make your home fit the needs of your family.
To reserve your spot in this fast-selling community, fill out an online form or call us at (757) 703-3367. We can’t wait to show you what summers in Chesapeake are all about.