Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is one of the top resort cities on the East Coast. With miles of beaches, hotels and restaurants along its oceanfront, there is plenty for visitors to do, eat and see when they vacation in the area known as “America’s First Region.”
What to do
The three-mile Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a concrete boardwalk that extends for 59 blocks and features plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels. But walkers will also get to enjoy public artworks, such as the famous King Neptune statue at 31st Street, and street performers who can be found on the boardwalk most every day. And, of course, you can always sunbathe or swim on the shore.
Just off the boardwalk on Atlantic Avenue is the Old Coast Guard Station, a 1903 building that is now a museum documenting the city’s history and maritime heritage. Admission to the museum is just $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 15. For hours and other information, visit http://oldcoastguardstation.com/Information-News-Hours.aspx.
Virginia Beach is also home to Virginia’s most visited park, First Landing State Park, located where the Jamestown colonists first landed in 1607. The 3,000 acres of scenic land features 20 miles of trails and campsites and cabins that are available for rent. The park is also near other attractions like the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse and the Chesapeake Bay Center, where you can learn more about the early Jamestown settlers.
Where to stay
You can tell just from its name that the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront has some of the most prime real estate in the city. But in addition to the stunning views of the Atlantic, this top-rated hotel features other excellent amenities, including a rooftop infinity pool and bar. Both family-friendly and fun for adult couples, the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a favorite with visitors. To learn more, go to http://hiltonvb.com/.
For a more classically elegant experience, the Founders Inn and Spa features lovely Georgian architecture, a serene lake and a peaceful Colonial garden. Guests can experience extra relaxation at the Flowering Almond Spa, or enjoy delectable dishes at the hotel’s in-house restaurants. To book your reservation, visit http://foundersinn.com/dining/virginia-beach-dining.
Where to eat
As you might expect, Virginia Beach is a seafood lover’s paradise, but there are also plenty of offerings for those who are not crazy about fishy foods. For example, Doc Taylor’s Restaurant serves up classic breakfast fare in an oceanfront cottage (that was once a real doctor’s office). Chef Ray Labuen’s signature Ray Ray breakfast sandwich is ideal for Sunday brunches.
Visitors who do crave seafood will want to check out Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, which specializes in the coastal cuisine, occasionally with a Lebanese twist. And on weekends, a farmer’s market takes place in the parking lot, allowing tourists to bring home some of the area’s best local produce and seafood.
And those who have a taste for oysters will not go hungry in Virginia Beach. From the laid-back clam shack known as Chick’s Oyster Bar to the upscale but comfortable Metropolitan Oyster Exchange, this is a city that knows its clams.
With so much sun, shoreline and seafood, Virginia Beach is ideal for a summer vacation or weekend getaway.
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