Weekends

Follow the North Star to the Banneker Hotel

Photos by Arielle Patterson/courtesy of The Banneker Crossing the Potomac River along I-395, a quintessential D.C. landscape fills the foreground. Drive by landmarks like the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial on the way to something new in a historic part…

Oktoberfest Celebrations in Virginia

Oktoberfest may be cancelled in Munich this year, but celebrations are already underway at breweries, cities and towns across Coastal Virginia and around the Commonwealth. Grab your lederhosen and get your fix of Bavarian-style beers, brats, music and more throughout…

The New Boar's Head Resort

For years Charlottesville’s iconic Boar’s Head Resort has been quietly updating its image. But last May it unveiled the equivalency of a facelift: a $15.5 million renovation of its central inn and restaurant aimed at redefining Southern hospitality for the…

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…

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…

A Weekend At Graduate Charlottesville Hotel

Some of our greatest lessons were learned in college. Certainly through classes and textbooks but also through the overall college experience: sharing a dorm room with a person you’ve never met before, making lifelong friends and memories, experiencing moments and…

Long Live Leesburg

Every time I traverse a new locale in Virginia, I’m in awe at the natural beauty, history and, frankly, good eats that our commonwealth has to offer. Welcomed by a winding road with weeping willows, this is the scene for…

Families Take Crab Fish Tour on the Outer Banks

Marc Mitchum chugs out of the Wanchese harbor with a minor wake, the engine loudly growling on his 42-foot-long workboat, dubbed Jodie Kae. But Mitchum’s passengers never get crabby. They simply soak up the salt-spray waters of the Roanoke Sound,…

Edenton, North Carolina

Allan Smith is checking weather radar patterns on his smartphone when the media group I’m in pulls up for a kayaking tour. He’s not a professional guide—in fact, he’s the retired superintendent of Edenton-Chowan schools—but he’s more than happy to…

Quirk Hotel, Richmond

Here we are—standing in the middle of Quirk, a snazzy boutique hotel in Virginia’s capital city. Marble steps line the staircase in the lobby, laced with limestone arches and eclectic light fixtures. This place is the bee’s knees. The charming…

Eastern Shore Artisan Trail

Four years ago, the seeds were planted, and with the help of a dedicated volunteer team and eager site participants, Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail has blossomed into the largest such trail in Virginia. Officially launched last October, it now…

Thrills on the Hills in High Country, North Carolina

Perched at elevations topping more than 3,000 feet, the High Country of North Carolina comes by its name honestly. Why, just brave Beech Mountain, the home of Beech Mountain Resort, and you'll be standing at an ear-popping mile above sea…

Autumn in Loudoun County

It’s easy to fall in love with the Virginia piedmont. Though the region has four-season appeal, nothing says autumn quite so much as a trip through Loudoun County. Located in the heart of northern Virginia hunt country, Loudoun’s character is…

Camping in Charlottesville

Since my husband and I had already taken most of our Charlottesville itinerary on a test drive, our friends looked to us to make the day’s plans for our autumn camping adventure: meet at the campsite around 11 a.m., set…

Honeymooning in Virginia Wine Country

After planning and executing my dream wedding, I imagined that whatever followed would pale in comparison, but I’m so glad to say I was wrong. My five-day honeymoon across Virginia wine country at the height of the fall season was…

Outer Banks Fall Activities

The second season on the Outer Banks keeps getting better and better. The summer is a great time to visit, but the fall has become the perfect time for a weekend getaway or long weekend. Music Events and Festivals Music…

A Weekend at Melrose at Georgetown

Back in our college days, my then-boyfriend (now husband) Patrick and I spent a weekend in D.C. We visited the free museums, tried some decent restaurants and enjoyed a bit of day drinking. (It’s OK—we were in our 20s.) It…