Tips from a local on better ways to reach the beach

April 17th, 2015 by Teresa Diaz

Proving that life really is about the journey, several driving routes offer scenic experiences on the way to your destination. You may even reach your Resort Beach hotel sooner if you travel like a local!

Culture Trip top 1017th Street: Approach the southern streets of Resort Beach via 17th Street, known as the “old gateway” into Virginia Beach, where longtime favorites line your path.

19th Street: Take 19th Street for towering views of the Virginia Beach Convention Center on your approach to the heart of Resort Beach.

Laskin Road: Follow Laskin Road through Virginia Beach’s newest gateway corridor to be greeted by sculptural installations on your way to Resort Beach and Neptune Park.

Shore Drive: Let Shore Drive lead you alongside the natural surroundings of First Landing Park on your way to Resort Beach’s north end.

Here’s a great map showing these better ways to the beach:

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A Day at the Beach on the Virginia Beach Home and Garden Tour

April 13th, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

birdhouseSix iconic “beach cottages” will highlight the Virginia Beach Home and Garden Tour on Wednesday, April 22. I previewed the houses on foot, and although a shuttle will be available on the day of the event, I highly recommend the walk. Not only are the houses on the tour of interest, the lawns and public spaces along the way are ablaze with spring color. I parked at 52nd Street and headed north on Atlantic Avenue to get a peek at the homes, which are located between there and 87th Street. Four of the homes are within a block of Atlantic, some oceanside (local lingo for the blocks east of Atlantic) and some landside (west of Atlantic). Two additional homes are just a few blocks down 52nd and 53rd Street. All told, it’s about a five-mile roundtrip walk filled with daffodils, tulips, Red Buds, camellias, dogwoods, pansies, and many other bloomers, in every color imaginable.

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The Arts Await You

April 7th, 2015 by Guest Blogger

by Rebecca Evans, Marketing Coordinator at Virginia Arts Festival

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Mickey, steel drums, chamber music, acrobatics, and more! The gorgeous Atlantic Ocean is only one of the vast number of reasons to visit Virginia Beach this spring.

Every year, Virginia Arts Festival brings world-class performing arts to the Hampton Roads area, and this year, we have a diverse line-up of exciting artists in every genre coming to Virginia Beach.
First on stage is Disney Fantasia Live in Concert! with Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Town Center, May 2-3. Experience clips from the original Fantasia (1940), and Fantasia 2000 as the symphony plays the glorious soundtrack of beloved classics, including Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, in the background. You haven’t seen Fantasia until you’ve seen it on the big screen.

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Goodbye Winter – Welcome Anglers!

April 2nd, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Color Me Gone Fishing at Sunrise!

Warmer spring temperatures mean renewal and promise for Virginia Beach fishing. Weeks of tackle-tinkering now turn to anticipation of sunny days and tangling anew with lunkers that got away last season.  Many anglers will renew acquaintances with favorite charter captains while seeking catches worthy of citation recognition.  As spring fishing begins in Virginia Beach a warning is warranted:

WARNING

VIRGINIA BEACH FISHING FEVER NOW RAMPANT

CAN EFFECT ENTIRE FAMILIES

SIGNS:

Constant complaints about needing fresh air and relaxation.

–Displaying a vacant fishy stare and becoming lazy around the house.

–Frequent tackle box rummaging and spending too much time in tackle shops.

–Failure to function unless loaded down with fishing tackle, sandwiches and a cooler.

TREATMENT: A cure is guaranteed if the individual or entire family can be in fresh air, on the water, with a fishing pole in hand.

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The Beach Report – March 27, 2015

March 27th, 2015 by Sherry Friel

Kite headerThis week in The Beach Report, Sherry Friel takes us to a happy place – Spring festivals in Virginia Beach!!!

I’m thinking it’s high time our family got out for some festival fun to celebrate these blissful spring temperatures. Specifically, I’ve got this image of Nathaniel, Skip and I strolling the upscale shops at Town Center, taking in some home-grown goodness at Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market, and enjoying some fun in the sun at the oceanfront. Fortunately, the city has us covered! Virginia Beach offers endless opportunities for family-friendly entertainment at a variety of destinations throughout the city. And the best part? The most interesting and engaging events are either free or nearly free.

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Seven Sites Where Virginia Beach History Comes to Life

March 26th, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

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When exploring a new city, I like to learn about its history – the people and events that shaped its present form. For example, when I visited Zermatt, Switzerland, I roamed through antique shops for clues about the past. In Virginia Beach, the city’s rich maritime history is brought to life in museums, historic houses and memorials. Here are seven not-to-be-missed places that tell the story of Virginia Beach.

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Flowers and The Signature of All Things

March 25th, 2015 by Sherry Friel

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Georgia O’Keefe painted them. Emily Dickinson curated species and wrote about them. Countless naturalists have studied and photographed flowers from every conceivable angle. Recently I learned about another kindred spirit through time: Anna Atkins. I cannot believe I didn’t know of her! Born in 1799, Atkins was a botanist and a photographer. She is believed to be the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, and is also celebrated by some as the first woman to create a photograph. Indeed, botanicals have held a spiritual and scientific significance for many, myself included.

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