Coastal Virginia Magazine - November-December 2021

Sweet Bombs Away

Photos by David Uhrin Cocoa bombs exploded onto the scene a few years ago, their chocolaty goodness amplified by the “oooh…aaah” theatrics of watching their delicate chocolate shells melt away when steaming hot milk or cream is poured over them…

2021 Coastal Virginia Shop Local Guide

Bling When social engagements are rare occasions, you better make sure you look fabulous—and maybe even a little flashy—when putting together your extra special look. Help your fellow divas and fashionistas by gifting items like these attention-grabbing finds that will…

Famous Former Girl Scouts Honored

A little rain couldn’t dampen the girl power and good vibes at the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s Famous Formers Luncheon, held under a tent overlooking the water at Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club in Virginia Beach on September 23. The…

Nourish the Soul

A SPACE OF THEIR OWN: Get Well Soon represents owners Virginia Thornton and Zahra Ahmad's girl boss solution to a community in need of loving self-care, offering yoga, massage therapy, guided meditations and more. Self care. As if by clairvoyance,…

Eric Newman: From Pain to Purpose

 A NEW HOPE: With the publication of his first book, What Hope Looks Like: Use Your Pain to Fuel Your Purpose, Eric Newman of Roc Solid wants to help others find ways to channel their challenges to "get started loving…

A Hidden Gem in Wine Country

When the winding roads and rolling hills around Crozet, Virginia deposit you on the doorstep of the Inn at Stinson Vineyards, you might not be entirely certain you’ve found the right destination. With its front door painted a cheery turquoise,…

Moving Images: Sean Smith

Instagram: @tsean64 Sean Smith’s fascination with photography began when he was a staff member at the Williamsburg Inn in the 1990s. That’s when a coworker sold him a Pentax K1000, the classic, all-manual “tank” of a camera beloved by photography…

Historic Holiday Season

What’s better than a big party with all the treats and trimmings to get you in the festive holiday spirit? Three of them, of course. As pandemic restrictions have eased and special events and gatherings have gradually started to return,…

Beauty Beyond Borders

GLOBAL SMILE: Virginia Beach native Pritika Swarup is a global ambassador for Operation Smile whose new beauty line combines traditional Indian ingredients with modern textures to give women a confidence boost. Celebrities, influencers and other high-profile figures constantly curate collections…

Cauliflower Power: Creative, Healthy Recipes

Lowly cauliflower is not so lowly anymore. High in B-vitamins, a similar nutrient called choline, vitamin C and other antioxidants and phytonutrients, along with fiber and protein. Cauliflower offers anti-inflammatory and cancer protection properties, gut health and brain development, among other…

Service Dogs for Those Who Served

“A trained service dog is the best medicine for individuals with deep invisible wounds. It’s an opportunity not to survive, but to live. Without Mutts With A Mission, my obituary would have been written years ago.” – Cheryl Caves, U.S.…

East Coast Mid-Century Vibes

All Photos by Will Hawkins If ever a style were having a Renaissance moment, that style would be mid-century modern and that moment would be now.  Television shows, advertisements, home interiors magazines and mainstream home goods stores have all embraced…

The Gift of Going Green

After a year of pared down gatherings and simplified celebrations, it’s tempting to ramp up the holiday fun to 11 for 2021. Yet, among the lessons of COVID for many of us was a greater appreciation for life’s simple joys.…

Helping from the Heart: 2021 Giving Back Awards

Intro By Leona Baker Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual Giving Back Awards are designed to honor the region’s outstanding nonprofit organizations and businesses* that transform our communities and enrich the lives of others in a variety of ways with charitable or…

Wine News: Sip and Tell This Fall

Nosh News - Wine Edition Viva Virginia’s New AVA! It can take five years from planting to bottling for a vintner to make wine. But an even more illustrative show of saintly patience is the seven years weathered by Williamsburg…

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

Happy hour. A time to gather with co-workers and new friends or fly solo on an exceptionally long day. And, of course, an excuse to drink and eat more for less. We scoured the region for a few of the…

Colorful Plates in Poquoson

Photos by Jim Pile Executive Chef Barry Wildman, of the recently opened Blue Crab & Purple Pig Bistro in Poquoson, almost didn’t become a restaurant owner. In fact, he almost stopped cooking altogether. After serving in the Coast Guard for…