Coastal Virginia Magazine - November-December 2012

Getaway at Home

All photos courtesy of Jonathan Edwards Media If you could have your (crab)cake and eat it too, wouldn't you? That is, if you could live yearround in the ultimate vacation home nestled into an award-winning neighborhood with the charm of yesteryear and the amenities of…

Clearing Things Up

Just like the rest of your body wears out as you age, so does your retina. As the population overall gets older, more people are being diagnosed with macular degeneration—a disease of the retina that causes central vision loss, says Dr. Sam Garrett of Virginia Beach Eye Center.…

Soldier of God

It isn’t every day that an ordained minister refers to himself as a national terrorist threat. But Reverend Donald Spitz isn’t your ordinary man of the cloth. “I used to get a lot of media attention when things were hot,”…

Bend A Bit

As you plan to eat your way through Thanksgiving and Christmas, you also probably have vague ideas about undoing the damage to your weight come January. Save this story. If you have arthritis or other joint problems, you’ll need to take care how you get in shape, and…

Choosing a Dentist

Choosing a dentist for you and your family can be a daunting task. We’re here to show you what to look for and help break it down into, ahem, bite-sized pieces. “From the first phone call all the way to the back office, the dentist and…

The Asheville Allure

A fire crackles softly in the center of the immaculately decorated room. People sit in antique, hand-carved chairs while sipping champagne. In another room, an oversized soaking tub beckons my attention, as does the thought of a soothing massage in…

Not Your Type

The prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S. population is reaching epidemic proportions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, if current trends continue, one out of every of three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050. Perhaps no other condition has the potential to influence so…

Appomattox Getaway

Step back in time to visit the timeless, charming appeal of small town America in Appomattox. Start with a historical trip to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, which serves as a monument to the Civil War as well…

Clark County Getaway

At the foot of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains you'll find Clark County, an area of Virginia overflowing with a wealth of culture, delightful eats and the great outdoors. Get acquainted with sheer beauty at Blandy Experimental Farm, Virginia's state…

Healthcare: At What Cost? Left Side

Conservative politicians and commentators are fond of proclaiming that the United States has the best healthcare system in the world. But study after study in recent years has demonstrated that this simply isn’t true. On the contrary, a 2010 report…

Comfort & Joy

The Fall months, September, October, November, December—and so on until March—have a delicious somethin’-somethin’ in common. Each month contains the letter “r.” Why is this delicious? Folklore allows us to eat oysters during these months, eschewing the warmer weather days…

North America's First Noel

’Twas the second winter since the English first settled. Resources were sparse, and Captain John Smith needed to nourish his men. In a negotiation through messengers, Smith made a deal with Chief Powhatan—he would build him an English-style house and…

Healthcare: At What Cost? Right Side

Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, this column will not be about the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He and four other expansionists (i.e. justices) have removed that debate from the table and put it on the…

Sit. Stay. Eat.

If Chef David Everett’s goal is to conquer Williamsburg, he is going about it the right way, by appealing to the tastebuds of the public. With three distinct and distinguished restaurants under his toque—Blue Talon Bistro, The Trellis and now,…

Unpacking Our Baggage

A few years back in West Palm Beach, Fla., my friend Aviva (not her real name) stared at me with her dark brown eyes and simply said, “There’s a lot you can do to change your life.” Her face was…

Research Round-Up

Our region is home to some of the biggest thinkers and brightest minds out there. With so many world-class research facilities in one spot, scientists are making discoveries across a range of disciplines, combating common challenges with all the 21st-century…

The Great American Mud Run

After deciding I needed some excitement in my life, I signed up for the Great American Mud Run on a sudden impulse. I didn’t know much about the race besides the distance (3.1 miles) and that the course was a…