Just about an hour and a half drive from Richmond, across the Potomac River, is a little town called Popes Creek, MD that’s been hosting crab lovers from RVA for years. A few miles from the Virginia/Maryland line you’ll find a narrow winding road with Captain Billy’s Crab House near the end of it. For a lot of Virginia families it’s a summertime tradition to make the drive to Popes Creek, and they flock here mainly for Captain Billy’s.
During crab season, people from all over travel to Popes Creek and Captain Billy’s to dine by the water and eat as many Maryland Blue Crabs as they can. Of course, Captain Billy’s is known for other delicious eats as well. Their menu is massive and offers a slew of appetizer options, soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner platters, baskets, and steamed seafood. Our favorites, if you don’t have the time for whole crabs, are the Crab Bomb appetizer, Crab Cake Dinner, or the Popes Creek Crab Melt. However, the real draw to Captain Billy’s is sitting on their back deck with the gorgeous view of the Potomac and picking crabs all day with a cold beer and some of your closest friends. Not much could be better in the summertime.
If you’re planning a trip to Captain Billy’s be sure to check their website before heading out. They’re open only seasonally and are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
And on your way back to RVA, be sure to stop by Glory Days Antiques. You can’t miss it with its array of vintage finds and signage. If you’re a collector of antiques, or you just love to peruse, give yourself at least an hour or more to look around. The two story shop is jam packed with beautiful artifacts of the past just waiting to go home with you. It’s definitely worth a stop.
Popes Creek is a fantastic summertime day trip from RVA to get away from work and responsibilities for a while and enjoy the beauty and delicious eats the Potomac has to offer.