Coastal Virginia Magazine - January 2016

Shrimp and Grits, With a Flair

A sold-out crowd wandered from table to table, nibbling on creative dishes from some of the region’s top chefs. It seemed that each “yum” was more pronounced than the next. This scene plays out each year at the March of…

Stroll for Your Supper

The seventh annual WHRO Strolling Supper Party, showcasing Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Platinum Plate Award winners takes place Feb. 28 at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. The event includes a food-themed silent auction, live entertainment and samples from some of Coastal…

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…

Restaurant Week Roundup

Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week has just ended, but not to fret. Here are some more Restaurant Weeks that will bring delicious dining deals to Coastal Virginia in the coming months. During these weeks, area restaurants will offer specially priced lunch…

A Cozy Cabin at the Beach

“We try to be very gentle with what’s here,” Becky Bump speaks of the c. 1932–37 cypress log cabin she has owned since 1997 and has shared with partner, Reese Lusk, since 2009. Blown away by the quaintness of a…

Brushstrokes of the Bay

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, with deep familial ties dating back several generations to both art and to the Chesapeake Bay, Wesley Carter’s memories of family get-togethers are permeated by the salty air and water of the mighty Chesapeake in the…

Stout Braised Pork Shoulder Sandwich from 1608 Crafthouse

If these walls could talk, they’d tell stories of some really great meals. This building was originally Lucky Star, one of the region’s most celebrated eateries. Then it was a location of Mannino’s, another lauded restaurant. And now it is…

Fit and Fun

Story and Photos by Angela Blue Somewhere between childhood—where we absolutely couldn't wait until recess—and adulthood—where physical activity feels like a chore—we've ruined the concept of exercise. And the reason is simple: we've taken the fun out of it. Ben…

Norfolk's Generic Theater Celebrates 35 Seasons

These days, the most challenging thing about Norfolk’s Generic Theater is finding the place. To get to the long-running playhouse, one has to go underground—literally—by entering the Norfolk Scope parking deck downtown, staying to the right following signs to the…

North End Bag Company

From a love of two North Ends—of Boston and the North End of Virginia Beach—Aaron McLellan and his wife, Sarah, started North End Bag Company with just one sewing machine. A North Boston native, Aaron moved to Virginia to attend…

No Butts About It

If you had to guess the most frequently littered item in the United States, what would it be? Plastic bottles? Food wrappers? The answer is small but carries a big impact: cigarette butts. These butts and plastic cigar filters can…

Supervising Surveillance

The headline from Wired.com sent local journalists scrambling: “Virginia Police Have Been Secretly Stockpiling Private Phone Records.” The story drew national attention and garnered follow-up stories from USA Today, The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press. Penned by G.W. Schulz with…

Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

Welcome to the Outer Banks, a place that liberates the escapist in everyone. In addition to its natural beauty, these barrier islands have an abundance of privately-owned vacation beach houses that are a key part of the area’s appeal. Visitors…

13th Annual Platinum Plate Awards

For 13 of my 20 years as a food journalist, I’ve coordinated the Platinum Plate Awards, the annual recognition from Coastal Virginia Magazine of notable restaurants in our region. Keep in mind that these are the opinions of myself and…

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