Coastal Virginia Magazine - October 2018

Left Side: Should College be Free?

Two years ago, when Bernie Sanders made “free college” a centerpiece of his campaign platform, critics on the right—as well as many self-proclaimed moderates—scoffed at his proposal. But the fact is, none of the criticisms hold up to scrutiny. The…

Right Side: Should College be Free?

I’ve changed. I once believed … actually, let me rephrase that; I often spoke publicly with the aid of a microphone about the sanctity of the free market. I railed against the federal government meddling financially in services that weren’t a blip…

Thru-hiking from Assateague Island to Chincoteague

The determination to spend a weekend thru-hiking from Maryland’s Assateague Island State Park to Chincoteague took root during my first humiliating attempt to camp in the island’s national park. The catastrophe came as the demoralizing climax of a romantic scheme…

Tipsy Terrariums at Hinterland Trading

As someone who has never kept a plant alive for more than a few days, the idea of spending an evening carefully crafting a decorative plant terrarium and taking it home to be responsible for it was a bit daunting.…

Steinhilber’s Serves Delicious Sips and Seafood

Tucked away in Thalia’s sprawling suburbia is a timeless, waterfront eatery whose wood paneled walls and simple décor exude an understated elegance reminiscent of the inn’s humble beginnings. Steinhilber’s Restaurant, formerly known as Robert Steinhilber’s Thalia Acres Inn, was founded…

SUP Guide: Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginians have access to dozens of incredible waterways. From the Chickahominy River to the Chesapeake Bay, there are so many beautiful creeks, inlets and marshes to explore. What better way to experience them than on a paddleboard? Paddleboarding has…

Explore Onancock on the Eastern Shore

Drive the diminutive main street of Onancock, and you can’t help but feel you have landed on a movie set, near perfect as the look of a script calling for the quintessential American small town. Gingerbread trimmed and porch-embellished homes…

New Technology Provides Better Options for Cancer Treatment

The war against cancer continues to wage daily. As a result, doctors and researchers are tirelessly looking for new and improved ways to treat patients affected by this terrible disease, hoping to eventually put an end to it altogether. Some…

Seniors Use Technology to Keep in Touch with the World

You might not think that words like “technology” and “seniors” would pair well together. But several local independent living communities are coming to realize that as baby boomers are reaching retirement age and looking for better living options, technology needs…

CoVa Cocktail Party 2018

The CoVa Cocktail Party was held on Sept. 24 at Beachside Social in Virginia Beach. Guests tasted cocktails using Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal as the main ingredient prepared by 10 of the best mixologists from local restaurants. Attendees imbibed while…

Hoyt’s Luncheonette Expands Menu with After Dark Dishes

Shiptown fans were sad when Stephen Marsh closed the cherished, sea-centric restaurant. But they’re happy that the virtuoso-chef (also owner of nearby “farm-to-finer diner” LeGrand Kitchen) opened Hoyt’s Luncheonette in its stead with reimagined classics including a reuben with kimchi…

2 New Eateries Offer Enticing International Cuisine

Pabellón Arepa filled with shredded beef, plantains, black beans and cheese from Pal Carajo Arepa Lounge. Two new eateries expand Coastal Virginia’s international palate. Pa’l Carajo Arepa Lounge introduces the area to arepas, the round, unleavened maize-based bread which forms the crux of Venezuela’s…

The Naro's Tench Phillips Leads a Life of Film

Photos by Jim Pile The name “Tench Phillips” is synonymous with the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk. But there’s more to the man than the cinema. Or perhaps the world of cinema—at least as Phillips and his partner, Thom Vourlas,…

The Advantages of Private School Education

Public school or private school? It’s a question that many parents have pondered, weighing the benefits of each to provide the best possible education for their children. If you’re on the fence about which way to go, here are some…

Outer Banks Fall Events

There is nothing quite like fall on the Outer Banks. The days are still warm but not as hot as summer; the ocean temperature is pleasant; the peak season crowds are largely gone, but there are still enough visitors to…

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

Frankenstein, Nov. 16 at The American Theatre Catharsis is a Greek word meaning “cleansing” or “purification.” It was used by Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle to describe how theater patrons were purged of their own negative emotions by watching tragic plays…

The Naked Truth About Crudo Nudo

Spanish octopus with marinated white beans and shiso. Those who know that crudo means raw in Italian may think Eric Nelson’s new Ghent restaurant Crudo Nudo sounds redundant albeit poetic, but nudo refers to noodles (not “in the altogether”). So…

Lolly’s Creamery & Soup Co. Delivers Frozen Treats by Bike

Inspired by his favorite Harrisonburg ice cream shop, former James Madison Duke, Joey Launi, longed to bring his own creamy creations to the beach. His passion for ice cream combined with his father’s 40-plus years in the food industry led…

Bro’s Fish Tacos Expands to Full-Service Restaurant

Serving up seriously delicious tacos to Virginia Beach residents since 2013, Bro’s Fish Tacos recently expanded its culinary operations beyond its famed mobile food trucks to a full-service restaurant. The brick and mortar taco shop on North Lynnhaven Road will…