USA Today, on Oyster Trail, Discovers (Hotel) Cape Charles

USA Today story is all about oysters — until it comes to (Hotel) Cape Charles.

Cape Charles Wave

September 20, 2012

USA Today is the third major publication in almost as many months to highlight little Cape Charles.

First came Southern Living magazine, which rated Cape Charles among the five “Best Little Beach Towns” in the southeast. (Read the Wave’s report here.)

Then the Washington Post chimed in with a travelogue about the Eastern Shore. (Read the Wave’s report here.)

And now it’s USA Today’s turn. Although the story is mostly about oysters and their comeback on the Chesapeake, the writer also recommends a stay in Cape Charles.

Reading all three publications, it would appear that the USA Today writer read the Washington Post story about Cape Charles, but missed the Southern Living story.

The Southern Living story appeared in the June issue, which hit the stands in May and was probably written much earlier. Under “Where to Stay,” Southern Living wrote: “Rent a house or villa at Bay Creek Resort (from $250). Or, opt for Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast or Fig Street Inn (both from $140). These updated, turn-of-the-century homes have easy access to downtown.”

But when the Washington Post’s Becky Krystal wrote her story in late July, the tony Hotel Cape Charles had recently opened. And Krystal’s story turned out not to be so much about Cape Charles as about Hotel Cape Charles. She loved it — especially the air conditioning and the hotel mascot, Roxie — Ned Brinkley’s beagle-cockapoo.

Now it’s USA Today’s turn to make the Eastern Shore rounds. Writer Jayne Clark gives Cape Charles only a mention in passing — but guess where she passes: Hotel Cape Charles. [Read more…]

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