Coastal Virginia Magazine - October 2015

Four Haunted Houses in Coastal Virginia

As you’d expect from an area with as long and rich a history as Coastal Virginia, there are plenty of haunted tales to go around. Discerning fact from fiction can be a challenge with stories like these, so take each…

ContraVan Mobile Boutique

Goldie is her name. And a boutique on wheels is her game. Mobile boutique ContraVan all started with a daydream. After more than 10 years in retail, ContraVan co-owner Tommi Long began dreaming up how she’d run her own boutique.…

Autumn in Loudoun County

It’s easy to fall in love with the Virginia piedmont. Though the region has four-season appeal, nothing says autumn quite so much as a trip through Loudoun County. Located in the heart of northern Virginia hunt country, Loudoun’s character is…

Damsel in Defense

We’ve all heard the disturbing news about violent attacks on women close to home, most recently in Norfolk and Charlottesville. But can you sell safety at a cocktail party? The company Damsel in Defense believes so. Ladies are getting their…

Hiking at Windsor Castle Park, Smithfield

Though there is no castle in Windsor Castle Park, there is an eponymous historic manor house, c. 1725, and plenty of other reasons to put this beautiful riverside park on your day-hiking agenda, even if getting there requires an hour…

School of Rock in Virginia Beach

No one can roll through Virginia Beach’s new School of Rock without noticing a vivid red wall emblazoned with the words “Be Amazing.” This backdrop to the school’s student lounge area embodies what this place is all about. Because, according…

TJ Sewer Skirts

Stepping into Tabitha Sewer’s workspace is like entering a fashionista’s real-life Pinterest board. Spools of vibrant thread neighbor sketches of future ensembles. Stacks of fashion magazines share space with extraordinary fabrics. On one wall hangs a collection of gorgeous handmade…

Corkage Free Tuesdays at Terrapin

Terrapin Restaurant in Virginia Beach has started Corkage Free Tuesdays. A change in Virginia law two years ago allowed patrons to bring their own wine into a restaurant, rather than having to purchase directly off the restaurant list. The law…

Creepy Crawford

The road was dark and quiet. The only sound was the whir of my car engine, the glow of my headlamps the only light. It was my junior year of high school, and I was venturing out to Crawford Road…

Virginia Autumn Harvest Sangria

Here is a drink to enjoy lingering warm days this autumn, but still with the flavors of a Virginia fall.   Ingredients 1 750ml bottle Virginia red wine (Here are 5 of our favorites!) 1/2 cup sugar 2 ounces blackberry…

14 Tips for Visiting Wineries

Wine tasting is such an enjoyable experience, and we've got plenty options (more than 200, actually) for wineries to visit in Virginia. Just as with any activity, there are ways to enhance your experience to ensure that you have the…

2015 Hampton Roads Fall Arts Preview

Theater/Stage Vertigo Dance: Reshimo Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News Modern dance isn’t famous for explanation. Most of the time, you get an evening of graceful movement, dramatic lighting and incredible abs. Viewers are left…

Granny's Kitchen Food Truck in Smithfield

Many times we eat with our eyes first, but sometimes the nose gets the initial indication of what’s to come. That’s often the case when folks approach Granny’s Kitchen, a food truck in Smithfield. Riding the winds from chef/owner Scott…

When You Might Need the Guidance of a Life Coach

When Melissa Page Deutsch of Norfolk started Inner Voice Coaching about three years ago, she knew life coaches were needed:   “I stayed home for 12 years,” Deutsch explains. “Re-entering the work world was harder than I thought. I didn’t…

Success: Rudy Russo of Rudy & Kelly Academy

Originally from Pensauken, N.J., Rudolph “Rudy” Russo made his way to Hampton Roads by way of the Navy in 1952. His older brother, who was also a hairdresser, had an established salon in Norfolk. So when Rudy finished his four…

5 Red Wines to Try During Virginia Wine Month

V is for Virginia, and V is for Viognier, the state’s official white wine grape. But what about R? What red wine grapes are out there for Virginia wine lovers, especially now that the season is shifting from summer to…

10 Leading Ladies of 2015

Cassandra Ayala and Nichole Malbon Occupation: Cassandra Ayala, Founder/Creator/Visionary, Eat The Streets 757 Nichole Malbon, Co-Director/Implementer, Eat The Streets 757 What makes them inspirational? Cassandra Ayala worked in investment real estate for 25 years before burning out and looking for…

Suffolk Peanut Festival

Peanuts have been around for some 2,000 years, but it wasn’t until the early 1840s that the first commercial peanut crop was planted in Waverly, just northwest of Norfolk. Originally consumed by the poor and used as feed for livestock,…

6 Places to View Fall Foliage in Hampton Roads

October is the month when the last wisps of summer finally succumb to gaudy lawn ornaments, nippy north winds, and pumpkin-spiced anything. And yes, a favorite for one and all, the trees begin their long-anticipated change. Serious leaf peepers sometimes…

October is Virginia Seafood Month

The abundance of seafood has been a culinary hallmark of Virginia since people began cooking here. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, folks have long noted the variety and quality of local marine life. Captain…