Tesla Owners Discover Gwynn's Island
Who: Multiple Tesla Owners Clubs on the East Coast are invited to participate
What: Weekend road trip to Virginia to explore Gwynn's Island by day; enjoy a delicious, gourmet plant-based seafood dinner by night with other Tesla owners
When: Friday July 30th to Sunday August 1st, 2021. See itinerary below for details and alternate shorter options for each day. Watch this video preview.
Why: We drive an EV because we care about the environment. But how we eat has a major impact on the environment too. Some of us have eliminated factory farmed animals from our diet and turned to seafood, however in the documentary film "Seaspiracy" we learn that even seafood consumption may be adding to the problem and creating new ones. Fortunately there are good plant-based alternatives. On this road trip we will travel to Gwynn's Island VA for a unique gourmet dinner at The White Dog Bistro where we'll get to taste plant-based seafood and do a taste test comparison. We will also hear from the founder of Mind Blown Plant-Based Seafood which is based on Gwynn's Island.
Important Event Information:
- Reserve your accommodations on your own ASAP (see below for options) before registering for this event. There are few hotels so act quickly as rooms are limited. Although you can always sleep in your Tesla in Camp Mode!
- Register for the event using link above. Cost of registration covers multi-course dinner on Saturday night and non-alcoholic beverages. Everything else is paid on your own. NOTE: early registration deadline July 10th!
- When you register you will be asked questions about dietary preferences, allergies, and travel plans for each guest. For those who do not eat seafood (even the plant-based variety) other options off the menu will be availabe.
- Please watch the movie Seaspiracy before the event
- Maps and more details will be provided to registrants in advance
- If you would like to attend, but do not want to drive alone, we have some vehicles going who have offered to take passengers, contact us if interested
Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)
Friday July 30th (optional) Meet at Claymont DE Supercharger; then head to the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel Bridge for a photo opportunity with lunch along the way, then on our way to Virginia Beach Supercharger and check in at overnight accommodations. Alternatively, make your way to Gwynn's Island on your own schedule and meet us for the Saturday activities or even just dinner.
11:00 am - Leave from the Claymont DE - Philadelphia Pike Supercharger (Wawa, 2621 Philadelphia Pike Claymont, DE 19703) Arrive earlier if you want to charge (highly recommended).
1:00 - 1:30 pm - (optional as needed) charge at the MD Supercharger (2300 N Salisbury Blvd, Salisbury, MD 21801) 111 miles from Claymont
4:30 pm - Photo opp on South Thimble Island (36.966398437225656, -76.11293859296664) on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia)
5:30 pm - Meet/Charge at the Norfolk, VA Supercharger (5900 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502)
6:30 pm - Check in to your hotel or campground (see below for options)
7:30 pm - Meetup for dinner at Little Italy Ristorante (near Quality Inn and Hampton Inn in Gloucester VA)
Saturday July 31st Sightseeing and island history followed by happy hour at "Hole in the Wall" on the Chesapeake and then a plant-based seafood dinner at "The White Dog Bistro" where the owner and chef is planning a special unique multi-course meal for us to explore and compare plant-based seafood. Of course other food items will be available for those who do not eat seafood. We will also hear from the founder of Mind Blown Seafood and club leaders. Awards for fun road trip competitions will be given out. Overnight accommodations in area.
9:00 - 10:00 am - Meet for breakfast at Damon & Company (nice outdoor patio across the street from both hotels) and drive to Gwynn's island for a day of fun and exploration.
1:00 pm - Visit Gwynns Island Museum (1775 Old Ferry Road, Hudgins, VA 23076)
Other activities will be updated in advance and may include:
US Coast Guard Station Milford Haven (63, Mill Point Rd, Hudgins, VA 23076)
Morningstar Marina rent a boat (249 Mill Point Rd, Hudgins, VA 23076)
Visitor information center Things to do
4:00 pm - (optional) Happy hour drinks and chill at "Hole in the Wall" on the Chesapeake (384 Old Ferry Rd, Grimstead, VA 23064)
6:00 - 9:00 pm Drive 5 miles from Gwynn's Island to the Main Event! Dinner at The White Dog Bistro (68 Church St, Mathews, VA 23109) where we will start with cocktails (alcoholic beverages not included in price) followed by a chef-designed plant-based food odyssey. Learn about Mind Blown from its co-founders and socialize with other Tesla owners.
9:00 pm - Head to your accomodations or hang out till late catching up with old Tesla friends and make new ones. Location TBD.
Sunday August 1st (optional) Head home directly or drive to Baltimore National Aquarium for a close-up review of sea life on the planet and why we are eating less or no seafood. Eat dinner and head home or stay the night in the area.
3:00 pm - (4-5 hours from Gwynn's Island to Aquarium) - Meet at National Aquarium (501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202)
6:00 pm - Dinner at location TBD
Accomodations near Gwynn's Island
Includes Saturday night dinner, non-alcoholic beverage, and dessert. All other expenses, meals, and alcoholic beverages are self-pay and extra.
DVTOC Plaid and Ludicrous Members: $55 (subsidized) until 7/17
DVTOC Members Early Registration: $65 (subsidized) until 7/10
Other TOC Member Early Registration (with special code): $65 (subsidized) until 7/10
Non Members or Late Registration: $85 (at cost)
Children only need to register as a guest if they will be eating the same meal as the adults. If not, they can order a la carte at the restaurant and pay directly for food eaten. Just note how many children will be attending and their ages for the sake of seating and space on the registration questions.
CANCELATION with refund permitted until 7 days before the event.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER July 24th, 2021 (if hotels are still available)
Watch Seaspiracy the documentary!
DVTOC will try to arrange a viewing in July so stay tuned for details