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Unlock the Mysteries of The Ivy Hotel

Photos courtesy of The Ivy Hotel I ascend to The Conservatory of The Ivy Hotel and am instantly struck by its grandeur. A roaring fire radiates through the space, illuminating both the panoramic view of the downstairs courtyard and a…

Oyster Academy Is Delicious Fun

If the phrase “lunch and learn” conjures up images of boxed sandwiches and boring slide presentations, that’s probably because you’ve not had the privilege of washing down sublimely fresh, just-out-of-the-Rappanhanock bivalves with your choice of Virginia wine at the Virginia…

A Taste of Suffolk History at the Truitt House

Violet-eyed film icon Elizabeth Taylor knew how to make an entrance—on screen and off. In the grand foyer of the Truitt House in downtown Suffolk, I can’t help but imagine an impossibly bejeweled Taylor elegantly descending the shallow steps of the home's exquisite floating staircase. She may have done just…

Ham It Up in Smithfield This Season

“For a little country store in the middle of nowhere, you have to have a niche. Ours is inside that building,” says DeeDee Darden, motioning to a rectangular pine and cinder block structure with a bright red coat of paint.…

Experience the Estate at Kingsmill

Commanding what is surely one of the most breathtaking views of the storied James River is the Estate at Kingsmill. Stretched atop a gentle rise at the end of a winding wooded lane, the Estate is a luxe lifestyle destination…

Taste by the Bay at The Tides Inn

Before closing for the season on Dec. 1, The Tides Inn hosted its seventh annual sell-out event Taste by the Bay. The celebration of Virginia libations, regional art and Northern Neck food draws hundreds of visitors to the idyllic resort every November. The…

Chincoteague is Changing for the Better

On Friday, June 21 Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Director Evelyn Shotwell was bustling around downtown’s Robert N. Reed Waterfront Park preparing to launch the town’s new 50 Years of Love summer concert series. It was late afternoon and Main Street…

Outer Banks Fall Has it All with These Events

Ask almost anyone who lives on the Outer Banks what their favorite time of the year is, and there’s a good chance the answer will be fall. The heat of the summer has backed off a bit, the ocean water…

Be a Local on Atlantic Avenue

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Favorite Finds on Atlantic Avenue includes entertainment, excitement and culinary delights. Whether you’re with family, significant others or flying solo, Virginia Beach’s Atlantic Avenue area has it all. From local hotspots to hidden gems, the following recommendations…

Farmville: Big Town Energy, Small Town Charm

People come from all over the country, and even from across the globe, to buy furniture at Green Front. The locally owned furniture store boasts 1 million square feet of display space and the lowest prices in the U.S. Longwood…

Tour the Eastern Shore with Ugly Oyster Co.

In a small parking lot adjacent to Chincoteague’s main drag, six Shore locals and myself pile into a van for a day of drinking, sightseeing and Eastern Shore enlightenment. Guiding us on our tour are co-founders of The Ugly Oyster…

Lynchburg Offers Culinary and Cultural Delights

Weekends in Downtown Lynchburg are hopping. People of all ages fill bars and restaurants or enjoy a stroll on the Bluffwalk after an evening of art or music. Such vibrancy didn’t exist just a few years ago, but the City…

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

With an incredible variety of international cuisine, craft breweries and indoor and outdoor entertainment, Roanoke is a region worth visiting. The region’s new branding effort, dubbed Virginia’s Blue Ridge, promotes the area as “America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital,” but…

Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is Bustling with Activity

Big things are happening in the tiny, bay-fronting town of Cape Charles. Downtown, 14 new businesses have opened in the past two years alone. The historical district has undergone an astounding transformation. There are gourmet restaurants, a craft brewery, cidery…

Food Drink Fun: Outer Banks Taste of the Beach

For more than 30 years now, Outer Banks restaurants have joined forces in the spring to showcase the area’s diverse culinary talent as part of the Dare County Restaurant Association’s annual Taste of the Beach celebration. Held this year from…

A Fantastic Fauquier Getaway

Winter blues? How about winter reds and whites instead? Make plans to attend the 5th Annual Fauquier County People’s Choice Wine Competition at Airlie—a hotel, conference center and event venue located in Warrenton—on March 2. More than 15 Fauquier County…

Thru-hiking from Assateague Island to Chincoteague

The determination to spend a weekend thru-hiking from Maryland’s Assateague Island State Park to Chincoteague took root during my first humiliating attempt to camp in the island’s national park. The catastrophe came as the demoralizing climax of a romantic scheme…

Explore Onancock on the Eastern Shore

Drive the diminutive main street of Onancock, and you can’t help but feel you have landed on a movie set, near perfect as the look of a script calling for the quintessential American small town. Gingerbread trimmed and porch-embellished homes…

Outer Banks Fall Events

There is nothing quite like fall on the Outer Banks. The days are still warm but not as hot as summer; the ocean temperature is pleasant; the peak season crowds are largely gone, but there are still enough visitors to…

Adventure Awaits in Virginia's Shenandoah County

It all started with a couple of curious boys. Two Neff brothers slipped into Shenandoah Caverns in 1884 after playing in a sinkhole. Decades later, the caverns opened for public tours in 1922. Today, you can start your visit easily…

A Summer Day Trip to Knotts Island

Growing up in Virginia Beach, Pungo was a mainstay during the summer months. Its spattering of farmer’s markets and sprawling Sandbridge Beach served as tranquil getaways from the tourist-ridden beaches at the Oceanfront. In early August, however, a spontaneous day…

Captain Barry's Chincoteague Aquatic Adventures

Captain Barry Frishman makes a landing on a marsh isle—a sliver of sand off the bulk-headed banks of Chincoteague Island. Looking around, he says, “I don’t want to lose the boat. That would be so embarrassing to lose the boat.”…