Coastal Virginia Magazine - November-December 2015

Primland Resort

Perched high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Primland Resort sprawls across 12,000 acres. Seriously, it’s huge—with lots of room to hike, bike, hunt, fish and golf. It’s also big on making guests feel rested and relaxed. Rooms are…

How To Host a Cookie Swap

A timeless gathering during the season is an old-fashioned cookie swap, an opportunity to gather with other folks and share a batch—or two—of your cookies, and in return leaving with an assortment from the event. It’s made even more fun…

What to do with Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Sometimes the best part of the meal isn’t the meal itself, but rather the leftovers. Beyond being frugal and making food stretch to two offerings instead of one, there is something about having leftovers that stimulates the creative side in…

Real Life Heroes: CoVa Giving Back Awards 2015

Coastal Virginia Magazine is proud to reveal the fourth annual Giving Back Awards winners. The awards aim to highlight the real superheroes of our region that tirelessly work to address the many needs of our community and the people in…

Prayers For Pets

Feline friends relaxed in their hammocks beneath desks, slept on shelves and steps built along the walls or cozily wedged themselves underneath a filing cabinet. “Here at Hope for Life Rescue, animals can be animals, cats can be cats and…

Overflowing with Love

“I’m out here homeless with nowhere to go. It’s me and my 8-year-old son, and we need somewhere to go. I was told ya’ll help people in need, and I’m in a great need. Please help me.” I’m sitting on…

Literacy for Life

Wanda Turpin stands at the front of large, airy room on a recent Tuesday morning and captures the attention of a group of 13 volunteers-in-training wanting to inspire and teach at-risk school children. “Be an encourager,” instructs the director of…

How to Make Blessing Bags for the Homeless

While driving around Hampton Roads, we pass by homeless people holding signs, asking for help each day. While we don't always carry cash—or perhaps aren't comfortable with handing money to strangers—there's still an easy way that we can help. Mariah…

Mark Rodriguez: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Kid

Heaven 4-5-14 I’ve been meditating on heaven a lot lately, and I must say, it wells my eyes with tears of joy every now and then. What a beautiful thought that one day, I will be completely in the presence…

Virginia Beach Chocolate Festival

Go crazy over cocoa? Get gaga about ganache? Think truffles are terrific? Then this may be the event for you. The Virginia Beach Chocolate Festival is a two-day event dedicated to the love of chocolate. In addition to a number…

Fall Suffolk Restaurant Week

Why wait for the holidays to indulge? The Fall Suffolk Restaurant Week offers opportunities to enjoy some of the city’s signature flavors at scores of eateries from Nov. 7–15. Participating restaurants will offer multi-course, prix fixe menus at a deluxe…

Mid-Century Modern Makeover

Ask Bryce Curran if the mid-century modern furnishings in his Portsmouth home are a collection and he will likely respond, “More like an addiction.” Admitting to “constantly looking for stuff,” he wasn’t always this way. In fact, when some of…

Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast

All-you-can-eat fresh, local Rappahannock oysters take center stage at the Virginia Living Museum Oyster Roast, held at the Newport News facility on Nov. 14. Also on the menu: fried seafood, chowder, sausages, a dessert buffet, craft beers, wine, gin and…

Billy Ennis, The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation

Billy Ennis moved to Norfolk in 2002 to take a position with Operation Smile. As International Mission Coordinator, and later as Local Missions Manager, Billy organized and executed 10 medical missions to countries including China, Kenya, Russia, Ecuador, Peru and…

Down Under at Rudee’s

It’s not uncommon to see folks you know at Rudee’s on the Inlet, but it’s not an everyday occurrence when you run into someone you know there  ... from the Food Network. Earlier this year you may have seen Australian…

Lemongrass Grille

Sometimes the best dish is one that you design yourself. That’s one of the things we love about Lemongrass Grille—the ability to easily customize your own dinner to suit your needs. The other things we love about Lemongrass Grille: fresh…

Eco-Dog Unleashed

Eco-Dog is one long, tall drink of water. It is long on innovation in answer to a tall order: design and build an ecological, sustainable, solar-powered, rainwater-catchment, bio-filtered water fountain for dogs. Created by the dynamic Norfolk-based teaching-artist duo of…