Virginia Travel Guides Mary & Bill Burnham

Paddling Virginia's Eastern Shore

Onancock Wharf
Onancock Wharf

Spring through Fall finds us in our Paddling Shop at Onancock Wharf, a 1680 Colonial port just off the Chesapeake Bay. From the quaint 1906 former Steamboat Ticket Office, we launch kayaks and SUPs for tours and rentals on Onancock Creek. We also have bike rentals, full day Seaside Island trips, and multi-day camping and lodge-based trips. From Beginners to Advanced, and family-friendly. Learn to paddle with the Authors of "Kayaking for Everyone." Call 757-710-5137 or Email us to make a reservation!

Florida Kayak Expeditions


Winter takes us to the warm waters of Florida and Costa Rica on fully outfitted kayak trips of 3-12 days. Burnham Guides is the only outfitter offering full expeditions on these three water trails:
Calusa Blueway (Sanibel area)
Wilderness Waterway (Everglades)
Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail
Please visit our TRIP CALENDAR or call 305-240-0650 for dates.

Here are some of our favorite Virginia articles:

Five Fall Hikes

A great hike can be more than a walk in the woods. These five Virginia hikes provide opportunities for clarity or contemplation as you sit by a waterfall, watch the moon rise over the ocean, or bask in the rush of reaching a summit. Read More

Keswick Hall Pet Getaway

This elegant Virginia golf resort not only takes pets no matter their breeding, but welcomes them with a Pampered Pooch Package. Read More

Williamsburg Paddle

Rent a canoe or kayak at Waller Mill Park, head across the small lake in search of scallop shell fossils, evidence of an ancient inland sea. Read More

James Madison's Montpelier

Meet the new Montpelier, home of our fourth president and his wife, Dolley. The last of the founding fathers' homes to be restored to the public has undergone a renovation of historic proportions. New Excursion packages allow you to dig alongside archeologists. Read More

Seaside to Mountaintop

This blog post features paddling video from Tangier Island, hiking in the Blue Ridge, Richmond Segway tour, paddling to a winery and an overnight cabin trip on the Eastern Shore. Read More

Birding on Assateague

Launch from Chincoteague Island to paddle around the edge of Assateague, where wild ponies roam and you're eye-level with myriad wading and shorebirds. Read More

Timeless Tangier

Read about the tiny watermen's community in the Chesapeake Bay, connected by ferry service to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Read More

Biking Virginia Wine Country

The Foster Harris House is the elegant base-camp for the Tour d'Epicure, a cycling adventure geared to all abilities. Four-course gourmet breakfasts fuel biking to lunch at a winery or along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read More

Great Wolf Lodge

Even when it's snowing in Virginia, it's always a tropical 84 degrees inside the gigantic waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. The trees talk, there's a kids' ice cream spa and storytime every night. Read More

Presidential Paddle

Paddling the Potomac

Celebrate Washington's birthday by visiting his home at Mount Vernon, where the new 'George Washington and His Generals' exhibit just opened, or paddling on his famous river, the Potomac. Read More

Bill & Mary Burnham

After nearly 20 years exploring and writing about Virginia, we invite you down the trails and backroads, the blueways and byways of the Old Dominion.

Virginia truly is for Lovers...of mountains and waterways...of local wine and fresh food...of small towns and scenic drives...and of history spanning more than 400 years.

In penning nine books and hundreds of magazine articles, we've done the research for you! Click on a hiking trail or paddling trip, then on the nearest town to find a spa resort or a cozy inn, a winery or eatery to rest and refuel.

Paddle with the Authors

On the Eastern Shore of Virginia in summer, or the Florida Keys in winter.

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