Coastal Virginia Magazine - January 2013

Meadows of Dan Getaway

Dreary weather got you down? We have just the solution; head for the hills! No really--the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, complete with fresh air, gorgeous overlooks and friendly faces is just what you need to revitalize the spirit.…

Georgetown Getaway

When was the last time you shook your fist in the air, set your foot down and hollered out, "By George, I need a vacation!"? Well, we're not certain who this George fellow is, but perhaps he can be found…

Massanutten Getaway

It doesn't look like snow is going to be hitting Hampton Roads any time soon, so spend a weekend at Virginia's Massanutten Resort to make the most of your winter season. Spend the day gliding down a hill on skis,…

Roanoke Getaway

Whether you're a lover of the arts, outdoors or food, the culture found within Roanoke is unparalleled. Hiking up to McAfee Knob await breathtaking views encompassing the colorful city. At nightfall, gaze up at the 88-foot Roanoke Star, the world's…

Madison County Getaway

Take a break from the holiday shopping, gift wrapping and decorating to spend an old fashioned weekend in Madison County. Your spirits will be immediately warmed by the rolling hills and valleys, the bountiful orchards and the pristine views of…

Hot Springs Getaway

Feeling a little chill in the air? How'd you like to go somewhere 'hot' without boarding a plane, train or ship? Spend a luxurious weekend in Hot Springs at The Homestead where you'll participate in all the holiday activities you…

Little Washington Getaway

Experience the ultimate wintry escape during a visit to Little Washington, a tiny village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where quality trumps quantity, especially when it comes to dining, lodging and shopping. Stroll the charming streets to…

Bedford Getaway

As the holiday festivities begin to appear in small towns throughout Virginia, we love flocking to these locations in a sense to "come home" to a familiar place even if it's a place we've never been. One such town is…

Strasburg Getaway

Propped amid the Shenandoah Valley, namely the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains, Strasburg offers a mesmerizing escape into an unfamiliar nook of Virginia. Take a bite out of Strasburg's piece of Italy at Castiglia's where their family-size portions will not…

Wytheville Getaway

Looking for a fun family getaway? Try a weekend in Wytheville. Steeped in history, rich with activities and loaded with family fun, this small town located in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is the perfect…

Platinum Plates Award Winners 2012

The dining experience goes way beyond the meal—it carries over into our conversations with others and into our memories. Dining is far more than just eating. We take food—and restaurants—seriously here at Hampton Roads Magazine because we know they are…

Laughter Trumps Tears

Laughter trumps tears in facing the challenges of aging, according to sisters Bernice Maloney, 89, and Dorothy Armistead, 92. Along with Maloney’s son, Ed “Pete” Maloney, they laugh a lot as they describe the life the trio shares in the spacious East Suffolk home…

More Energy Needed

There’s a fight on the horizon. Actually, just beyond the horizon—more than 50 miles east—way out in the Atlantic Ocean.¶ There, beneath the ocean floor, are untapped reserves of oil and natural gas. The question at hand is whether or…

Love is Grain

Dear Grits, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. No, I can’t do that, for there are as many reasons as there are grains of grits in a big, ceramic bowl, steaming hot on a cold winter…

Mind Your Business - Right Side

As a cheerleading squad, America roots for the underdog. As we look back at our rebellious, upstart beginnings, the DNA of that ethos is obvious, which brings us to this issue’s deliberation of the big, bad bully overlord known as…

Mind Your Business - Left Side

Let me get one thing out of the way upfront: I like some national chain stores. I’ve been to Target, for instance, more times than I can count, for everything from blue jeans to Blu-ray discs. I also like Barnes…

A Swashbuckling Scandal

Ruthless pirate Blackbeard terrorized the waters of the East Coast aboard the ransacked vessel Queen Anne’s Revenge, but in his late 30s his life of piracy came to a close when long-bearded fellow settled down in Bath, N.C. with his…

Aye Carumba!

Swan Terrace Executive Chef Scott Simpson wowed critics with his Hampton Roads Surf & Turf: Pulled Pork Jowciale VAmale & Tidewater Tostada, winning the Dish of Hampton Roads at the 2012 March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction. VAmale is a…

Grading Our Governor

As Gov. McDonnell’s term comes to a close in Virginia, we thought it was time to take a look at some of his campaign promises and evaluate how he’s done so far in his tenure. It’s important to keep in mind that when modern…

Searching for Shelter

Many hundreds of Hampton Roads residents are homeless. Some reside in a shelter or temporary housing while transitioning to something more permanent, and others live unsheltered on the streets. Each January, local officials conduct a survey of homeless people living…

Pump It Up

We conclude our Health Care Starts With You series by talking with fitness expert Chris Ullom of Wareing’s Gym about cardiovascular health. He offers insight and technical advice. Plus, we suggest three ways to make your workouts feel less like work. Why are cardiovascular workouts important? Ullom: We typically…

Remodeling Your Kitchen--Why & When

If you’re planning to sell your house now, why remodel the kitchen? Realtors tell me that in this tough real estate market, buyers are willing to pay more for homes that are up to date. For most people, that begins with the kitchen. Homebuyers want…