Coastal Virginia Magazine - September 2012

Alexandria Getaway

The city of Alexandria boasts a mix of historical authenticity and urban sophistication. The city has more than 10 historic museums for the history buff, including the Lyceum and Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Hop on a boat for a sightseeing cruise…

Gabby Douglas Promotes Campaign Against Texting While Driving

Crowds received an opportunity of a lifetime with two-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas at the AT&T store in Virginia Beach on Tuesday. Gabby signed autographs and took photos with eager fans to promote a campaign against texting while driving.…

Charlottesville Getaway

Charlottesville is one of those cities that welcome autumn like a long lost relative. September is settling in, and the leaves are almost in full-fledged brilliant orange and red hues. For the outdoor lovers, remarkable hikes are strewn along the…

Fashion’s Night Out at Peninsula Town Center

Women from all over Hampton Roads were able to unleash their “inner diva” on September 6 during Fashion's Night Out at Peninsula Town Center. These lovely locals were not the only ones basking in the extravagance of a night full…

Against the Odds

Riding the tail end of the Olympics were the Paralympics events, which kicked off at the end of August. Oftentimes the Paralympics are confused with the Special Olympics, but there is a vast difference between the organizations. Paralympic participants do…

Natural Bridge Getaway

There's no better place to take in your natural surroundings during a getaway than Natural Bridge. This historic landmark shaped by Mother Nature herself attracts visitors year-round. Explore nature by hiking Cedar Creek Nature Trail, wandering the Natural Bridge Caverns,…

Step Up To The Table

If it’s your turn to host the holidays this year, then it’s probably time to convert your formal dining room from a junk room to its intended purpose—a place to host elegant meals with family and friends. A table comes…

A Woman With A Heart

It seems that everyone who knows Ann Vernon has always considered her a marvel. Now, however, she’s the self-described “Bionic Woman,” courtesy of her LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device), a miniature centrifugal heart pump that is cored into the left…

Bone Up

You may be in it for the abs. Or to relieve stress. Or because there’s an outfit you’re planning to look great in. Whatever your motivations are for working out, you know that exercise is good for your body. But…

This Sucks...

While most of us hate to see summer slip away, we wouldn’t mind watching one ever-present summer remnant disappear—that little tummy bulge we witnessed every time we braved a swimsuit. How, please tell, could your belly be like that when…

Birth Plans

The Scene: A modern operating room. Various medical personnel mill about fiddling with pinging monitors and stainless steel machines. A mother-to-be is wheeled in on a gurney. She is stressed and overwhelmed. Once the doctor finishes admiring the machinery and…

The Fine Print

If you have to ask your children or grandchildren to read this story for you because you keep losing your many pairs of reading glasses, you may be ready to focus on a permanent vision fix via surgery. Fortunately, you…

Oh, Baby

The numbers are astounding— more than four million people worldwide, about 250,000 in the United States and almost 4,000 right here in Hampton Roads. Indeed, there’s a good shot a handful of you reading this column count yourselves among them.…

Hampton Roads In The House

Politicians can seem larger than life. We see their ads on television; we see them deliver carefully prepared speeches to friendly crowds. But what makes them tick? What are the principles and beliefs that guide them as they make very…

Certified Kiss-able

You're never fully dressed without a perfect smile. Treat your teeth with these tips.

Tried and True, Bold and New

Tried and true, or bold and new? That’s a basic choice facing theaters when picking scripts to produce or shows to present. Lately the economy has pushed theaters toward well-known shows and material, works that can generally guarantee good sales,…

Shout it Out!

College football season is upon us! Hallelujah! For fans like me, there’s no better time of the year than the first week of September, when our teams begin to play for collegiate pride against bitter rivals. Last season, Old Dominion…

Survivors in Saddles

My work blesses me with the chance to learn about amazing people—people who aren’t satisfied to just do their job. They must do more, because of who they are. In their minds, I’m pretty sure it’s not even “more.” It’s…

Back in Action

Maybe it started with a car wreck. Perhaps a hard basketball game (hope your team won). Maybe you fell. Perhaps it’s come on gradually, thanks to spinal arthritis or a degenerating disc. Your back pain has you beat. What to…

Eating Fresh, Eating Local

Eating fresh and eating local is more than a trend— it is a way most people dined before the proliferation of canned, frozen and preserved foods that hit in the early- to mid-last century, which still bombards us today. It’s…

Diet Dynamos

Superfoods are Mother Nature’s multitasking powerhouses. This month, we’ve enlisted two subject matter experts to help us understand the buzz surrounding these diet dynamos and to share perspectives on vitamins and dietary supplements. Dr. Candice Cook is a Hampton Roads-based,…

A Shore Thing

More visitors are putting in a day’s drive to enjoy a vacation treasure that to most Hampton Roads residents is a mere hour—or less—away. Our neighbors to the north, Virginia’s Eastern Shore or, as locals simply say, “The Shore,” is…