Bill Wade and his wife, Susan, might live in Washington, D.C., but they spend their spare time on the Chesapeake Bay with their sons. It’s a family tradition passed along from Bill’s father, firefighter turned waterman after his wife won a boat in a contest.
The couple recently turned their fascination for the bay into the Virginia edition of “Crab Decks and Tiki Bars of the Chesapeake Bay.” From the Rappahannock to the York to the James to the southside, the book offers all kinds of opportunities to experience life on the water and sample the best of the seafood from the bay.
It features two of my favorite places. The first is the Crab Shack, which is right down the street from our Daily Press office. The book provides information for landlubbers, like address and phone number. But it also includes information for boaters – such longitude and latitude. It also includes information about the body of water it’s located on – the James River – and nearby amenities such as the fishing pier next door.
Another favorite, Water’s Edge Bar & Grill at Salt Ponds in Hampton, is also featured. The authors mention its crab dip and hush puppies, which I can personally vouch for. The book also includes a notation that there is a dock, which is handy if you want to sail in from the bay.
The book is self published and can be purchased online for $20. You can also purchase a Maryland edition, featuring restaurants from that state. You also can buy the book at a number of the places featured in the book. For more information and a map of locations that sell it, please see www.crabdecksandtikibars.com.
VP of Content Marisa Porto took some time away from her job of running the news operations for the Daily Press Media Group to offer her thoughts on this book.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times