Coastal Virginia Magazine - July-August 2018

New Book Shines a Light on the Mysterious Colonial Parkway Murders

America's narrowest national park, the Colonial Parkway, connects the southern edge of Jamestown to Yorktown via a winding 23-mile route that cuts through Williamsburg. Taking a daytime cruise along this scenic thoroughfare—which was originally constructed to simulate the kind of…

Left Side: Qualifications for Presidency

The Constitution of the United States spells out only two requirements for anyone wishing to become president: the person must be a “natural-born citizen” and must be at least 35 years old. It is to the credit of the document’s…

Right Side: Qualifications for Presidency

Here’s a thought experiment: try to come up with a job where a lack of experience is a plus. Electric fence tester comes to mind. In most jobs and ventures, we value experience as a qualification above most others. It’s…

Diver Down: A Scuba Lesson at Lynnhaven Dive Center

I’ve braved waves on a surfboard and have set sail on the bay by boat, but I’ve yet to take my aquatic undertakings underwater with scuba diving—that is until my visit to Lynnhaven Dive Center and its thatched roof off…

The Dry House Set to Open Blowout Salon in Virginia Beach

As a military spouse, Georgia Huber has spent years traveling the U.S. with her husband, making temporary homes in Virginia and South Carolina, among other states. One constant in the Hubers’ lives, however, is their blissful getaways to Nashville, Tenn.…

Restaurants with Stylish Restrooms

Today’s restaurant owners spend thousands of dollars creating unique, enticing establishments that reflect their food philosophies. Everyone knows that we “eat with our eyes,” so that means that the food needs to look appetizing, if not artful, on the plate.…

Adventure Awaits in Virginia's Shenandoah County

It all started with a couple of curious boys. Two Neff brothers slipped into Shenandoah Caverns in 1884 after playing in a sinkhole. Decades later, the caverns opened for public tours in 1922. Today, you can start your visit easily…

6 Must-Haves for Backyard Barbecues

Labor Day is just around the corner, which means barbecue planning is in full swing. Leaving the meal prep and guest list to you, we’ve offered six simple decorating tips that are sure to make your next backyard bash one…

A Summer Day Trip to Knotts Island

Growing up in Virginia Beach, Pungo was a mainstay during the summer months. Its spattering of farmer’s markets and sprawling Sandbridge Beach served as tranquil getaways from the tourist-ridden beaches at the Oceanfront. In early August, however, a spontaneous day…

5 Juice Cleanses to Try for an End-of-Summer Detox

For most of us, overindulging in good food and good times is simply a part of summer. The warm weather entices us with backyard barbecues and beachy cocktails, often placing our bathing suit-ready diet on hold. While August marks the…

Non-Surgical Ways to Achieve Skin-Tightening Results

To fully understand your options when it comes to skin-tightening procedures, it’s important to know a couple of definitions. “Non-surgical” procedures are those that do not involve actually cutting into the skin, as one might experience when having a facelift…

My Best Friend's Cupcakes Bakes Gourmet Cupcakes for Dogs

Their gourmet cupcakes are decoratively drizzled with swirled toppings and parade flavors of homemade apple cinnamon, sweet potato pie and carob cranberry. They’re all-natural, wholesome, gluten-free—and not even made for humans. Tails will wag as these treats curated for canines…

CoVa Best Of Party 2018

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual Best Of Party was held on Thursday, July 26 at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Downtown Norfolk. Guests donned hula skirts, island-inspired floral shirts and leis for a Hawaiian-themed luau celebrating the magazine’s Best…

What It's Like to Adopt a Baby

It’s a typical Tuesday evening in the Waldens’ home in Norfolk. Husband and wife Zach and Kearsten prepare dinner together while their 8-month-old son, Maverick, delivers some enthusiastic coos and cackles to his favorite TV show, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Through…

The Vanguard: Virginia's First Brewpub and Distillery

Serendipity. That’s how The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery Owner Randy Thomas describes a series of events that almost begged him to create and operate the first brewpub in Virginia that also houses a distillery owned by the same group. In…

Locals Create MEGACAKE Art Installation for Burning Man

The artistic vibrancy of Coastal Virginia will be celebrated in the form of MEGACAKE, a 50-foot-tall wooden birthday cake, at Burning Man 2019 from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2, 2019. This long-running festival, which transforms Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into Black…

Daily Disposables are the Latest Trend in Contact Lenses

With the increased affordability and availability of LASIK eye surgery, it’s interesting that contact lenses are still the most popular option when it comes to eye wear because of convenience and cost. This is especially important for young people who…

A Final Farewell to Stove

Meers with his dish featured on the cover of Coastal Virginia Dish Magazine in 2013. Photo by Jim Pile Sydney Meers, talented chef-owner of Stove Restaurant in Port Norfolk, hung up his apron on May 11. “I’ve done this for 45 years,” says Meers.…

Bakeries with Great Gluten-Free Options

People are making the gluten-free choice for many reasons: Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and intolerance, IBS and a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions with presumed or known associations with the consumption of gluten. Others believe eliminating gluten, a family…

Flour Power: Coastal Virginia’s Best Bakeries Part II

We've whipped up a list of some of our favorite Coastal Virginia bakeries in Flour Power Part I and Part II as well as beloved bakeries with great gluten-free options.   Confectionery + Café ‚Äč Café Stella Stella and Mariusz Pomianek…

Flour Power: Coastal Virginia’s Best Bakeries Part I

There’s a certain fondness of baked goods that extends far beyond the palate or penchant for gluten. It’s the special occasion cake your family has been buying from the same beloved bakery year after year. It’s the first bite of…

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