Coastal Virginia Magazine - July-August 2012

The Little Big House

Like Alice down the rabbit hole, expect to feel pleasantly disoriented when you step inside the “Little Big House.” Is that a salty ocean breeze I feel here in Chesapeake? Have I suddenly started dropping my “Rs” in classic Low…

Harrisonburg Getaway

Harrisonburg is a quaint city in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley that’s well known for James Madison University, but the ‘Burg is more than just a college town. From music and arts to bikes and bakeries, there’s always something going on and…

Richmond Getaway

History, fun and culture await, just a short drive down I-64! Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy, offers beautiful architecture and storied landmarks. Check out Capitol Square, where Virginia’s State Assembly meets, and peruse the statues and busts of…

The Tide Turns One

It’s not often that a one-year-old birthday celebration would entail a marching band, a speech by the mayor and not just one but many cakes.  Then again, it’s not every day that The Tide has its first birthday. Norfolk State…

Culpeper Getaway

Embark on a grand adventure in Culpeper where you can enjoy outdoor attractions, the most delectable dining and shopping to your heart's content. Pay a visit to Virginia's only legal moonshine distillery, take in a performance or classic film, or…

Bigger Than A Brand

You’ve seen it on vehicles traveling all around Outer Banks—and all up and down the East Coast for that matter—as well as on all kinds of merchandise imaginable, but did you know that the OBX logo has a story behind…

The Hatteras Heaven

A weekend getaway to Hatteras Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may be one of the most remarkable trips anyone can take. Northern OBX, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head all have a lot going for them, but…

Sweet, Fresh Delights at Strawberry Fields

In their song “Strawberry Fields,” The Beatles sing, “Let me take you down ‘cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real.” Fortunately, everything is deliciously real at Strawberry Fields, the new gelato and smoothie shop in Ghent. All of…

Middleton Getaway

Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the event, Belle Grove Historic Plantation and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation are highlighting the seminal battle of this campaign—the Second Battle of Bull Run. On…

From Hampton to London

At first, Francena McCorory wasn’t that interested in track. She started running in the sixth grade with some of her friends because it was a group activity, an experience that they could share together. Though a coach in her physical…

Lexington Getaway

Do you find yourself reading ’Twas the Night Before Christmas during the summer? Are your neighbors mad at you because your Christmas lights are still up? There’s no need to be ashamed! This Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28,…

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort Family Adventure Package

Kite? Check. Camera? Check. S‘mores? You bet. Intent on capturing the final months of summer, the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort has put together their Family Adventure package, offering items such as kites, a disposable camera and a s‘mores kit…

The (Arm)Strong Survive

Though reality TV stars are not primarily known for their poise and eloquence, Taylor Armstrong, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, not only exhibits both of these qualities in real life, but she also possesses a powerful message…

Urban Trail

Are you interested in the environment? What about history? Do you find yourself drawn more to natural scenery or to cityscapes? The Elizabeth River Trail, an exercise in contrasts, offers it all. The trail winds from the neighborhood of Lochhaven…

Get Fit To Live

Fitness is a mindset. No matter your age or current level of conditioning, optimal levels of physical fitness can be achieved through a combination of healthy behaviors and routines. So we asked two local fitness training experts—Chris Ullom of Wareing’s…

Ladies Who Launch

If Hampton’s Mill Creek reverberates with a rhythmic roar it must be August and regatta time. Dozens of hydroplanes, rooster tails pluming behind them, speed around a buoy-marked course, and Jersey skiffs, less sleek but nonethe- less exciting, bounce over…

Blueberry Buzz

One of the most remarkable—and frustrating—things about fresh produce is its limited availability. Yes, you can get tomatoes in January, but they are the pale, tasteless kind that have nothing in common with their July counterparts that are richly red,…

A Woman Named Titanic

When the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic was remembered in April, it was an international event. “The Titanic is one of those stories that the public seems to latch onto. I think part of our fascination…

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