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Mathews is an unincorporated community that serves as the county seat for Mathews County along the east coast of Virginia. It's a rural area, known for its location on the Chesapeake Bay, its annual Tour De Chesapeake (due to its lack of hills except for the north section of the county near the Mathews-Gloucester border) and its local artists such as P. Buckley Moss. The County of Mathews is the second smallest county in Virginia. A visitor's center is located in the Historic Courthouse District on Main Street and is also home to the Made in Mathews Showcase and other Bay-related and historical exhibits. The third oldest lighthouse on the Bay, the New Point Comfort Lighthouse, is located at Mathews. Commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson, this 55-foot octagonal sandstone lighthouse sits on an island, separated from the mainland by a hurricane in 1933. It may be viewed by boat for from the New Point Comfort Preserve Observation Walkway. Mathews is also home to the Bay School Cultural Arts Center and the Gwynn's Island Museum. The Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve provides 83 acres of sandy beach, low sand dunes and salt marshes on the Chesapeake Bay. It's home to rare plants, nesting birds and the endangered Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle.

Surrounding areas: Hartfield, Virginia (10.5 mi), Yorktown, Virginia (17.2 mi), Urbanna, Virginia (19.7 mi), Cape Charles, Virginia (20.5 mi), Chesapeake, Virginia (22.1 mi), Arlington, Virginia (22.8 mi), Williamsburg, Virginia (24.1 mi)

Mathews Vacation Rentals

Mathews Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn6639 Frst Hill AveGloucester, VA11.4 mi.(804) 695-1900
Gloucester Inn Motel1408 George Washington HwyGloucester Point, VA12.0 mi.(804) 642-3337
Tidewater MotelGloucester Point, VA15.9 mi.(804) 642-2155
The Tides InnKings Charter DrIrvington, VA16.4 mi.(804) 438-5000
The Tides Lodge1 St Andrews LnIrvington, VA16.4 mi.(804) 438-6000
Belmont At York101 St Clair CirYorktown, VA17.2 mi.(757) 223-1000
Candlewood Suites Newport News329 Commonwealth DrYorktown, VA17.2 mi.(757) 952-1120
Yorktown Motor Lodge8829 George Washington LDGYorktown, VA17.2 mi.(757) 898-5451
Holiday Inn Express Kilmarnock599 N Main StKilmarnock, VA19.7 mi.(804) 436-1500
Days Inn E201 Water Country PkwyWilliamsburg, VA21.4 mi.(757) 253-6444
Days Inn4531 George Washington Memorial HwyYorktown, VA21.4 mi.(757) 238-1111
Best Western Colonial Williamsburg7411 Pocahontas TRLWilliamsburg, VA22.1 mi.(757) 229-3003
Country Inn & Suites - Williamsburg East7135 Pocahontas TrlWilliamsburg, VA22.1 mi.(757) 229-6900
Crowne Plaza Williamsburg At Fort Magruder6945 Pocahontas TrlWilliamsburg, VA22.1 mi.(757) 220-2250
Holiday Inn Express16890 Warwick BlvdNewport News, VA22.7 mi.(757) 887-3000
Mulberry Inn16890 Warwick Blvd Suite ANewport News, VA22.7 mi.(757) 887-3000
Country Hearth Inn & Suites Capitol Historic924 Capitol Landing RdWilliamsburg, VA22.7 mi.(800) 368-8383
George Washington Inn & Conference Center500 Merrimac TrlWilliamsburg, VA22.7 mi.(757) 220-1410
Tdy Inns15910 Warwick BlvdNewport News, VA22.8 mi.(757) 888-6667
Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Area911 Capitol Landing RdWilliamsburg, VA22.8 mi.(757) 941-1777
Kingsmill Resort And Spa1010 Kingsmill RdWilliamsburg, VA22.8 mi.(757) 253-1703
White Lion Motel912 Capitol Landing RdWilliamsburg, VA22.8 mi.(757) 229-3931
Best Western Virginia Inn900 Capitol Landing RdWilliamsburg, VA22.9 mi.(757) 229-1655
Courtyard By Marriott Williamsburg470 Mclaws CirWilliamsburg, VA22.9 mi.(757) 221-0700
Quality Inn Kingsmill480 Mclaws CirWilliamsburg, VA22.9 mi.(757) 220-1100
Quality Inn901 Capitol Landing RdWilliamsburg, VA22.9 mi.(757) 229-4444
Super 8304 2nd StWilliamsburg, VA22.9 mi.(757) 229-0500
Travelodge834 Capitol Landing RdWilliamsburg, VA22.9 mi.(757) 229-4933
Howard Johnson Express Inn12880 Jefferson AveNewport News, VA23.0 mi.(757) 877-7000
Comfort Inn Historic Area Hotel706 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 229-9230
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson400 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 259-7990
Hampton Inn Center201 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 220-0880
Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites-Gateway515 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 229-9990
Howard Johnson Inn505 York StWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 220-3100
Quality Inn Historic Area600 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 220-2800
Ramada Inn 1776725 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 220-1776
Sleep Inn Historic220 Bypass RdWilliamsburg, VA23.1 mi.(757) 259-1700
Quality Inn Colony309 Page StWilliamsburg, VA23.2 mi.(757) 229-1855
Courtyard By Marriott105 Cybernetics WayYorktown, VA23.4 mi.(757) 874-9000
Towneplace Suites By Marriott200 Cybernetics WayYorktown, VA23.5 mi.(757) 874-8884

Mathews Weather & Climate

The Eastern Islands of Virginia , off the Pacific Coast, have summers that are generally hot and humid. Mosquitoes and ticks are abundant from spring through autumn. Insect repellent and/or protective clothing is recommended. It rarely snows on the offshore islands in the winter but the weather is often damp and cold. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for long walks in the sand and hard sole water shoes for wading in bay waters. Hurricanes and tropical storms, including those immediately offshore, occur most frequently in early August and September and rarely appear before June or after November. During the month of September, anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of Virginias rainfall comes from tropical storms. Thunderstorms may occur in all months of the year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 26°F 4.16 in. 36°F
February 49°F 27°F 3.48 in. 39°F
March 57°F 34°F 4.76 in. 46°F
April 65°F 42°F 3.10 in. 53°F
May 73°F 53°F 3.92 in. 63°F
June 81°F 62°F 3.65 in. 70°F
July 86°F 67°F 4.12 in. 77°F
August 84°F 66°F 3.90 in. 78°F
September 79°F 59°F 4.00 in. 75°F
October 69°F 47°F 3.51 in. 63°F
November 60°F 37°F 3.19 in. 54°F
December 51°F 30°F 3.57 in. 44°F

Mathews Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Newport News Williamsburg International airport (PHF) located about 23 miles southwest of Mathews in Newport News, Virginia, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located approximately 38 miles south of Mathews in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located roughly 53 miles south of Mathews in Norfolk, Virginia, the Richmond International airport (RIC) located around 55 miles west of Mathews in Richmond, Virginia, and finally the Chesterfield County airport (FCI) located about 66 miles west of Mathews in Richmond, Virginia.

Mathews Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburgVA24.2 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA44.5 mi.
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD61.5 mi.
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA69.1 mi.
Water Parks
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA24.2 mi.
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA44.5 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD87.1 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE115.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Piankatank River Golf ClubHartfieldVA10.2 mi.
Gloucester Country ClubGloucesterVA11.1 mi.
Golf Club at Bay CreekCape CharlesVA20.5 mi.
Northampton Country ClubCape CharlesVA20.5 mi.
Cahoon PlantationChesapeakeVA22.4 mi.
Chesapeake Golf ClubChesapeakeVA22.4 mi.
Colonial Golf CourseWilliamsburgVA24.1 mi.
Kiskiack Golf ClubWilliamsburgVA24.1 mi.
Williamsburg National Golf ClubWilliamsburgVA24.1 mi.
Tradition Golf Club At StonehouseToanoVA26.7 mi.
Hamptons Golf CourseHamptonVA28.8 mi.
Woodlands Golf CourseHamptonVA28.8 mi.
State Parks
York River State ParkVA21.5 mi. 
Chippokes Plantation State ParkVA30.5 mi. 
Muscarelle Museum of ArtWilliamsburgVA24.2 mi.(Art)
Mariners' MuseumNewport NewsVA32.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Peninsula Fine Arts CenterNewport NewsVA32.2 mi.(Art)
National Maritime CenterNorfolkVA40.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Chrysler Museum of ArtNorfolkVA40.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hampton Roads Naval MuseumNorfolkVA40.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA40.8 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD75.0 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC108.0 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC111.5 mi.

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