Coastal Virginia Magazine - March-April 2019

Watersports Camps in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginia is surrounded by water. Why not take full advantage of it? There are several great local camps that promote physical activity, instruction and safety when it comes to being in or around water. Here are just a couple…

Camps that Enhance Academics During the Summer Months

The human brain is an amazing repository for storing information. However, to keep it sharp, it needs to be continually stimulated, challenged and even entertained. Here are a variety of camps that local organizations are providing to help shape young…

Top 5 Benefits of Summer Camp

There are so many kinds of summer camps out there to choose from. Some follow the traditional sense of the word “camp” by promoting activities such as boating safety, proper technique and swimming. Some focus on the fine arts, such…

A Harder Target Empowers Women Through Self-Defense Training

“Eyes, ears, groin, bite.” I repeat this phrase over and over again until finally it’s committed to memory. Following each reprise is a demonstration of eye jabs, ankle stomps, groin slaps and knee strikes, all of which I practice while…

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

With an incredible variety of international cuisine, craft breweries and indoor and outdoor entertainment, Roanoke is a region worth visiting. The region’s new branding effort, dubbed Virginia’s Blue Ridge, promotes the area as “America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital,” but…

Are Coastal Virginia Home Values Sinking from Sea Level Rise?

Flooded street in Ghent after Hurricane Florence, September 2018. Photos by Andrew Cooper Jeannie Monaghan doesn’t live in a flood zone. She and her husband Keith had been in their home, situated in the Kings Grant neighborhood of Virginia Beach,…

A Scenic Stroll on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

Photo by Peretz Partensky After being stuck inside for several dreary days, the sunshine on a recent Sunday afternoon was the impetus to gather my family, put our weekend chores aside and take some time for hikes and bikes. For this…

2 Idea Houses Deliver Twice the Excitement

Over the past four years, Coastal Virginia Magazine has presented three different Idea Houses and invited readers to ooh and ahh over the impeccable floorplans, gorgeous interior design, fantasy-worthy kitchens and closets and overall innovative concepts. It’s been a chance…

Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is Bustling with Activity

Big things are happening in the tiny, bay-fronting town of Cape Charles. Downtown, 14 new businesses have opened in the past two years alone. The historical district has undergone an astounding transformation. There are gourmet restaurants, a craft brewery, cidery…

Meet the Mayor of Virginia Beach

Photo by David Uhrin Running on a platform based on reinstating trust in local government, Robert “Bobby” Dyer was inaugurated as Virginia Beach’s new mayor this past November following a special election held in succession to Will Sessoms’ resignation earlier…

When is it Time to Move to a Retirement Community?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 50 million Americans who are currently age 65 or older. While there’s nothing that says turning 65 automatically requires one to retire or change their lifestyle, it does present an opportunity…

The Burger Bar at Wegmans in Virginia Beach

The New York Times recently suggested a life hack of merging chores with meetups. Try it at Burger Bar, a casual eatery inside Wegmans, opening April 28 near Virginia Beach’s Town Center. Enjoy wine, beer, burgers, salads and Tuscan fries…

5 Favorite Fries in Coastal Virginia

We began this article intent on finding the five best fries in Coastal Virginia, only to realize that when it comes to fries, considering “best” is asking for an argument. There are places and occasions for slender shoestring fries and…

Virginia Arts Festival 2019 Features Powerhouse Performances

Olga Kern “I am just encouraging them not to be afraid of anything and just to enjoy performing and enjoy music,” says celebrated Russian-American pianist, educator and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern of her young female piano students. “They…

5 Popular Restaurants Expand with New Locations

Heeding “two is better than one,” several popular restaurants recently opened seconds … Siblings Stefanie Osfolk Brown and Kevin Osfolk, offspring of the founders of Portsmouth’s Bier Garden, perpetuate Oktoberfest at The Bier Garden Festhaus in Virginia Beach. While its…

2 New Spots to Delight in Macarons

Photo by Ilsy Serrano Dessert and wine pairing? Afternoon sugar rush? Bridal shower tea? Kisha Frazier has you covered under one roof (multi-tiered with upturned, tiled eaves) at Hummingbird Macarons at the Pagoda Garden and Teahouse in Norfolk. After a…

Battle of the Burgers: 24 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers Champ Repeal Bourbon and Burgers. Photo by David Uhrin When you consider the standard components that make up a burger, individually, they’re not that riveting. A patty. Cheese. Lettuce. Tomato. Condiments. Two buns. But…

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