Colonial Beach has been a summer oasis for people living in the D.C. area since the late 1800s and it's a beautiful little town. This is the second longest beach in VA - and there is plenty of shade for those who don't want to sit in the sun, but plenty of sandy sunny beach for those who do. There are no lifeguards, but you can swim in the river, kayak, or fish. Check out the events on the Colonial Beach website. This is an old fashioned small town with lots of parades and other happenings. There is an active art community. Every second Friday of the month there is an art walk - year round. Start at Jarrett Thor Gallery at Taylor and Hawthorn Sts., at the Pottery By Hand on Hawthorn or at Visions By Shirl on Hawthorn. They will head you to other art locations. Drive around the water by going down Irving St. and then following the water around Monroe Bay. DO NOT come on July 4 and expect that this little town can handle crowds and provide you with every necessity. Come any other weekend - and plan to stay for awhile!
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