Coastal Virginia Magazine - March-April 2013

Dirty Girl Mud Run

“Getting dirty for a good cause” is the name of the game at the Dirty Girl Mud Run. The Dirty Girl, coming to the East Coast Equestrian Training Center in Virginia Beach on April 27, is the original 5k women-only…

Maryland Eastern Shore wins 2013 MEAC Bowling Championship

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) defeated Hampton University, 4-0, en route to their sixth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowling Championship title on Sunday afternoon at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. The two-time defending NCAA champion Lady Hawks dominated…

Hampton Lady Pirates Beat Howard for MEAC Crown

The Hampton Lady Pirates beat the Howard Lady Bison 59-38 for their fourth straight Mid Athletic Conference title in front of a capacity crowd of 4,000 at the Scope in Norfolk, Va. The 28-5 Lady Pirates (17-0 in the MEAC)…

Greene County Getaway

If you're looking to get away for St. Patrick's Day, make sure it's at a place that fits the spirit of the holiday such as Greene County, Va. As one of the few gateways to the Blue Ridge, Greene County…

Buena Vista Getaway

It's easy to be overwhelmed with the stresses of everyday life, which is why every now and then you simply need to get away. There's no better place to relax than the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which is why…

Outer Banks Vacation Getaway

Looking for a way to celebrate a special anniversary, birthday or family gathering? How about that weekend getaway you've been talking about for months? Come celebrate with  Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates, one of the first and most well known…

Winchester Getaway

Step back in time for an unforgettable historic weekend in Winchester. Take a stroll through charming Old Town Winchester and stop at Total Basket Cases, where you can find unique gifts and boutique items. Make your way over to the…

Afton Getaway

Get ready for a beautiful and relaxing weekend getaway to Afton. Stop at Blue Mountain Brewery for a taste of their handcrafted beers and tour the fields where they grow their own Centennial hop plants, which give their beer its…

Marion Getaway

You'll have no shortage of excitement--or Mountain Dew--on your weekend getaway to Marion. This quaint town in the highlands, the birthplace of the bubbly green soft drink, is just the spot to enjoy a weekend of relaxation and recreation. Take…

Norfolk State Upset by Bethune-Cookman 70-68 in OT

March Madness is truly in the air as the top-seeded NSU Spartans were eliminated from tournament play at the Scope in Norfolk, VA. The defending MEAC champions fell to eight-seeded Bethune-Cookman, 70-68 in overtime in the quarter final round.  The…

Festival Express

Virginia Arts Festival brings a stunning array of performers and events to Hampton Roads from March to June. Here are just a few of this year’s highlights: The Chieftains at the Harrison Opera House, March 17 “It kind of fell…

Shoot For Your Sisters

I never know what’s going to motivate me. A few months ago, a military man reacting to women in combat positions took the honor. He told a reporter, “There are men who aren’t physically and emotionally strong enough.” Meaning: “If…

Hampton Road Cities with the longest and shortest commute

How long is your commute to work? Odds are, you probably know that figure to the minute. Below are the average commute times for residents of different localities in greater Hampton Roads. Surprisingly, folks on the Eastern Shore spend the…

The Rail Way - Left Side

Some years ago, when Norfolk’s elected officials were considering how best to provide enough parking in the downtown area, someone proposed consolidation of garages: the city should have a few large garages on downtown’s outskirts, this person suggested, and provide…

The Rail Way - Right Side

One of my favorite ads during the recent pester-fest, also known as the campaign season, was the radio spot in favor of the Virginia Beach light rail referendum. In summary it said, “If we listened to all the nattering nabobs…

Meals On Wheels

Food trucks, in one form or the other, have been around almost since the inventions of fire and the wheel. Even before the Industrial Revolution, and continuing through today, lunch carts are de rigueur outside many workplaces. And who can…

Sweet On Strawberries

Just a little more than 400 years ago, settlers came ashore at present-day Cape Henry at the north end of Virginia Beach, beginning a permanent English colony of the New World. On April 26, 1607, they began to explore the…

Gather at Gosport

Gosport Tavern is an HGTVed, 18th centurystyle eating house with simplistic but sublime décor, a warm atmosphere, and serious comfort food and cocktails. Starters, salads, soups and sandwiches begin the delicious, concise menu. Homey, satisfying entrees round things out, like…

East By Westin

From Claus Ihlemann and Robert Roman’s 35th-floor balcony at The Residences at The Westin in Virginia Beach’s Town Center, both the Norfolk skyline and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront are clearly in view. But, as stunning as this panoramic 180-degree sweep…

5 Best Bakeries

Sugar Plum Bakery 1353 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach www.SugarPlumBakery.org Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Why we like it: From the moment you enter this sweetly intoxicating place, prepare to be overwhelmed by an incomparable selection of cookies,…

Keep Them Flowing

Varicose veins may make you want to leave your shorts packed up no matter how enticing the weather. But you don’t have to live with these ropy looking veins. Treatment is much improved compared to 15 years ago. Varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic issue—they…

Dual Diseases

Treating cancer in people who are already managing diabetes poses challenges for doctors and their patients as they struggle to fight the cancer without making diabetes-related issues worse, medical oncologist Dr. Ranjit Goudar says. “Since eight to nine percent of American adults have diabetes, we’re talking…

The Price Is Right

Not so many years ago, houses were selling so quickly in Hampton Roads that buyers didn’t just pay the seller’s asking price, they paid more, sometimes finding themselves in bidding wars. No one seemed to be scared away. Prices climbing…