We stayed at Coinjock Marina on both trips mentioned above. Absolutely first class friendly professional people work there. Crab cakes are outstanding. The home made potato chips probably took 6 months off my life span (cholesterol), but they are worth it. When we head north again we will take the Virginia Cut route just so we can eat at the restaurant. Face docks are in excellent condition. Clean restrooms Washers and dryers a little on the high side of average ($2.00 each if we recall correctly). Deceptive current and not necessarily wind driven. Current is nothing like what you experience south of Beaufort but there is some.
We stayed at Coinjock [Marina] and were very happy. The restaurant is very good. We stayed 4 nights and ate there four times, dinner twice and lunch twice. Everything was above average, with great if not casual service. Both the soups they offer were good but the crab bisque was absolutely outstanding. It was garnished with a huge dollop of crab meat and I wanted to lick the bowl. The crab chowder was very good too and chock full of corn and potatoes. But the bisque was so good……I suppose on our way back Ill have a cup of chowder for a starter and the big bowl of bisque for an entre! The also serve up prime rib in portions that are almost embarassing. Ours got us thru dinner that night, then with eggs the next day and my version of a Philly cheese steak sandwich for lunch. So 5 meals in all…….well worth the price.
We enjoyed the outdoor patio on cooler evenings. The marina staff were polite, attentive and helpful. For such a small area, it is big on the things transients need. We have dogs aboard and they enjoyed long walks. All in all Coinjock is a friendly, family owned business in a rural setting run in a business-like way.
Sami and Barry Shreve
s/v Ever After
I guess we are a bit the “contrarians” because we stop at Midway Marina on the west side instead of Conjock Marina with the famous prime rib dinner. Our first time heading south down the ICW in December 2005 we stopped at Conjock Marina (really late in the season for heading south). Went into the restaurant next to the marina and the waitress said we should try the crab cakes – now Claiborne I know you are going to find this hard to believe but Lynn & I had never tasted crab nor had a crab cake before. The waitress brought us a small sample and the rest is history. We love the crab cakes at that restaurant and always compare other crab cakes to theirs. We have even called ahead to order crab cakes to go when we’re traveling through.
Bob & Lynn Williamson
On Legrace in the Erie Canal at Spencerport NY (enjoying this weekend’s canal festival)
We ate lunch at restuarant at Coinjock Marina. Plenty of room on long face dock, but watch the current when you land. Dockhands were helpful and understanding. Heard about restuarant from local the night before in Norfolk; he said he takes his family all the way down there once a week to eat. We were not disappointed, food, service and prices were excellent. I would not pass it up going south or north any time of the day. Did not spend the night as we had a lot of ground to cover that trip.
We were traveling South in a sailboat; stayed at Midway Marina which was fine; friendly, rest room / shower clean and reasonable. Had lunch at Crabbies and it was good; friends picked us up for dinner at Coinjock Marina famed for their prime rib. It was very good but not to make a special trip for. Enjoyed watching the mega – yachts docking there
I always stay at Coinjock Marina – it just seems to work out as a convenient spot whether running north or south. While I tend to not like marinas that are directly adjacent to the ICW (in this case, part of the channel), it seems everyone understands that this is a place to go very slow and respect the many boats that are docked along the sea wall. Coinjock Marina fuel prices have always been fair, the staff is always helpful, the head and showers are modern and clean (recently updated) and the marina store is well stocked with typical items you might need to care for or provision your boat. But the best part is the restaurant. Great food, well poured drinks and friendly service make this among my favorites. Last year, we arrived a little late into the marina, tired and dirty, so the idea of getting cleaned up to go inside was not what we really wanted to do. No problem, we were able to order from the same great menu and have our dinner delivered “room service” style to the boat. Nice touch!
We did stop at Coinjock, the service at the marina and the restaurant was friendly, and efficient, it was a ;pleasant stop we made in order to rendezvous with friends on another boat. the food is not fantastic, but very adequate, the large roast prime rib obviously came from an oversized steer, and had a hugh amount of waste, (fat), and the flavor was mediocre; but then we come from the land of great beef, (Iowa) and are a bit picky. If the stop fits your schedule, and you planned to make a marina stop anyway, then go for it. We have also stopped, (about six years ago) at the marina across the way, and found that equally as nice, plus they have a pool, a big bonus if he weather is hot.
BEV AND DAVE FEIGES
Regarding Coinjock – it appears that the Coinjock Marina is perfectly happy to take sailboaters’ money for fuel, but they hold their dock space for goldplate powerboats. After buying fuel there six weeks ago, I requested a transient spot, which was denied, despite the fact there was at least 100 feet of dock – my boat is 34 feet. The excuse was that a large powerboat was expected later in the day.
No powerboat ever did show up and the dockmanager at the Midway marina told me that sending sailboats to the Midway has been a common practice now for some time. Although it’s small potatoes, I’ll buy my 8 or 10 gallons of fuel from Midway from now on, or simply not stop in Coinjock at all.
The Midway, btw, has a lovely large grassy area for pets, a pool, good docks and a store with a variety of supplies.
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