Colonial Beach is an old town on the Potomac River in northeastern Virginia. It is near the birthplaces of Presidents Washington and Monroe. During the 19th Century it was a very famous beach resort. Alexander Graham Bell maintained a summer home in Colonial Beach. When the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built it opened up the ocean beaches of eastern Maryland, which helped lead to Colonial Beach's decline. The town is still recovering to some extent. Population is just under 4,000 but growing. People who have visited here either really like the low-key atmosphere or feel that it just a bit too slow and tattered around the edges. Your editor thought it quite charming on a recent visit, although probably not a place where he would like to live (too quiet).
One of the more interesting things about Colonial Beach is the network of small lanes that run through town - too small for cars but perfect for bikes and golf carts. In fact most people rely on their golf carts as a primary means of transportation!
Colonial Beach is probably a lot more attractive as an up and coming retirement community than as a home for younger families - reflected in the average age of about 46. The commute to DC and suburban Washington is tough from here - but if you don't have to commute.... The area is filled with history and the scenery in this area with the second largest beach in Virginia and beautiful farmland, is quite pretty.