Coastal Virginia Magazine - April 2016

Middle Ground Lighthouse

Getting to Bob and Joan Gonsoulin’s summer home is no simple task. It requires driving out onto a pier, hopping on a boat and cruising on the James River. Once the boat is anchored, guests carefully step up onto a small…

Little England Plantation

Karen Barrs resisted a visit to Little England plantation when searching for the perfect home for her family. It had been on the market about nine years and unoccupied for 25—until she gave in and rolled down the cedar-lined lane…

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…

Italian Villa

  It is all based on biblical number symbology, Marsha Kreighauser explains as we gaze up into the soaring illusionistically-painted dome of the Italianate home she created over the course of a year alongside husband Donald, a contractor and owner…

Monkee's at Virginia Beach Town Center

Glimmering baubles, tassels and lush fabrics adorn Monkee's pearly-white shelves. Monkee’s of Virginia Beach is in town, and Coastal Virginia’s fashionistas are well pleased. On February 5, the North Carolina-based chain opened its doors in the Town Center of Virginia…

The Write Move

When Michael Khandelwal started The Muse Writers Center, he expected it to gain popularity because, as he says, "Writing is cool." Now 10 years later, the center is more popular than ever—they've more than quadrupled the number of classes offered,…

Frank Lloyd Wright Beach House

You may have heard about it. You may have seen it from the water. Or you may have even been fortunate enough to experience it on a house tour. But for many Hampton Roads residents, Virginia Beach’s famed Frank Lloyd…

The Hampton Carousel

In the golden age of carousels (1890s–1920s), riding was more than just a dandy spin on the horse of your choice (which would have most certainly been a jumper that galloped up and down rather than the mundane stander that…

Avoiding Injury During Fitness Training

Congratulations: you’ve decided to make spring training a part of your lifestyle to get healthy. You’re ready to hit the track, the trails or the open road on foot. But forget about ‘no pain, no gain.’ As you strive to…

The Gift Shop at Decorum

What do you get when you have an art museum shop but no museum? The Gift Shop at Decorum. With the sleek but fun and accessible boutique-y vibe of a museum store, this special place feels like the hip love…

First in Flight—For Sure

“Have you ever been on an airplane?” The park ranger at Wright Brothers National Memorial stared back at a room of raised hands, myself included. The ranger then held up a monumental photo of Orville and Wilbur’s first flight. “Now…

Living Little

Mona Cossitt was living small before tiny homes were trendy. Ten years ago, prior to HGTV television shows and documentaries chronicling the intrigue of downsizing (way down), she moved into a 225-square-foot cottage in Accomac on the Eastern Shore. A…

Alternatives to Plastic Surgery

If you’re hoping to find your youthful face and lose your double chin—without invasive surgery—you have options for expert care in Hampton Roads. In most cases, you can go back to work the same day. Keep in mind that results…

25 Hidden Gems in Coastal Virginia

Feel like you’ve seen everything Coastal Virginia has to offer? Chances are there’s a few places you’ve missed. Look a little closer, and you’ll find a whole world of hidden happenings, little-known activities, secret gardens, unexposed stores and under-the-radar eats…

7 Tips for Water-Wise Landscaping

1. Plan. -Map out areas of your yard based on characteristics such as sun exposure, moisture level and soil characteristics. -Group plants with similar water needs together in compatible zones. 2. Improve the soil. -Good soil absorbs and holds moisture…

Outdoor Spaces, Domestic Oases

Gaylord Nelson, an American politician and father of Earth Day, asserted that, “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity ...” As such, we citizens of Coastal…

Bye, Bye Burden

The idea of moving away from a home you’ve lived in for a number of years can be difficult, even a little bit scary, especially when so many wonderful memories were made there. But for seniors who are tired of…

LanternAsia at Norfolk Botanical Garden

There's an astonishing volume of color at the Norfolk Botanical Garden this spring. Some of it stems from the blossoms coming to life after a long winter's nap. But among those blooming daffodils and azaleas, visitors will set their gaze…