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1309 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
Smartmouth brewery is the newest addition to Virginia's craft beer scene, and is quickly drawing a local following. Offerings include their 3 flagship varieties: Murphy's Law Amber Ale, Alter Ego Saison, Rule G IPA, as well as a rotation of season...
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1907 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517, USA
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Cafe Stella is the coffeehouse everyone wants in their neighborhood. Owners Mariusz and Stella serve a variety of European style coffee drinks made from beans roasted freshly in house. In addition to pastries and light breakfast/lunch fare,...
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1905 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517, USA
Located in the historic Ghent section of nearby Norfolk, Local Heroes carries a wide variety of classic comic books, graphic novels, and memorabilia. The shop will draw in anyone who likes to read—regardless of how you feel about comics. Hanging...
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308 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, as well as countless inlets and waterways, Virginia Beach was made for rejuvenating in the outdoors. Rudee Inlet SUP offers dolphin tours, surfing, and sunset SUP...
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2252 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA
Set in the bucolic farmland of Virginia Beach minutes from several beaches the Country Villa Bed and Breakfast is a great respite away from the crowds on the boardwalk. On your way to the inn you'll pass horse farms and rows of strawberries and...
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227 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
When you're ready to tear yourself away from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, head a couple blocks inland to Mojito Cafe. This tiny jewelbox of a restaurant takes you to the Caribbean the moment you walk through the door. They serve authentic Puerto...
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1624 Laskin Road Suite 727, Hilltop North Shopping Center, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Go for the hummus and you'll surely leave with some baklava. Azar's is a local restaurant specializing in Lebanese/Mediterranean cuisine and their fresh hummus is fantastic. There are several locations in the Virginia Beach area and two have an...
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113 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
Harborfest takes place the second weekend of June and is a must see if you're in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area. The weekend kicks off on Friday with a parade of tall ships coming down the Elizabeth River and runs through Sunday with musical...
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3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504, USA
A great family activity in Norfolk is the Virginia Zoo. In addition to lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), the zoo has a large exhibit featuring animals from Asia. The red pandas will scamper and frolic in the trees above you—they always bring a...
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Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Climb to the top of the old Cape Henry Lighthouse, the first lighthouse built by the US government, for a rejuvenating walk and great view of the Chesapeake Bay. (The new black and white lighthouse is currently in operation, while the old...
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6700 Azalea Garden Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518, USA
Looking for a little peace and quiet within the city? The Norfolk Botanical Garden is a great plance to meander for a few hours and lose yourself. With over 155 acres and changing seasonal gardens, there is always something new to see. The gardens...
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200 Winston Salem Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Wildlife isn't the first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking of Virginia Beach, but get in a boat and head out to sea, and all of that changes. The Virginia Aquarium offers wildlife boat tours that leave from Rudee Inlet year round,...
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1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
Located alongside the Nauticus Museum in downtown Norfolk, a tour of this ship gives you a taste of what life at sea was like. Fun anytime of year, it's a rare opportunity to hop aboard one of these vessels. The Norfolk/Virginia Beach area has a...
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745 Duke St, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
I've always been fascinated by the delicate beauty of glass art sculpture. The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio offers free demos from Wednesdays to Sundays, allowing visitors a front row seat as master artists create beautiful glass pieces using...
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626 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
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Press 626 is a great spot to unwind with a glass of wine and something to nibble on. A concise menu consisting of panini (giving the eatery its name), salads, and creative entrees, this is one of my favorite places to stop after work. Press 626 is...
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198 Bank St, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA
General MacArthur's final resting place is an unexpectedly vibrant location. The MacArthur Memorial Museum is a great tribute to his life, as well as a fascinating collection of artifacts from our nation's mid-20th century. It's a must for any...
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2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
First Landing State Park is a great alternative to the crowds along the boardwalk. Located in northeastern Virginia Beach, where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the park is close to the the heavily touristed oceanfront but feels...
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1556 Laskin Rd #134, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
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Fire & Vine offers wood-fired cuisine and new-world wine in a cozy atmosphere. Sampling one of their wine flights is a great way to try several wines at a great value. Located in the Hilltop area, this restaurant is convenient to both the Town...
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164 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
While this chocolatier makes all kinds of goodies, a mug of Aztec hot chocolate spiced with cinnamon and chipotle pepper is a unique treat. Hard to find anywhere else, their creation is the perfect amount of sweet with some added spice. No matter...
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3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
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The siren's song lures many visitors to Virginia Beach and King Neptune welcomes everyone to the Oceanfront. The three-mile-long boardwalk is popular with runners and those out for a leisurely stroll, while a separate bike path allows cyclists to...
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201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
If you want to lose yourself in a show, The Sandler Center is the place for you. Talented local arts organizations have needed a performance and rehearsal space for years—the answer came in the form of this dreamy, state-of-the-art cultural and...
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261 Town Center Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
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This famous cupcake shop offers a variety of delectable flavors that change seasonally. Their cupcakes are baked fresh daily, with top notch ingredients, and a bit of love. Treat yourself (and kids) to a small, sweet treat that you won't regret....
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1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457, USA
With over 60 aircraft from WWI and WWII on site, the tours give great insight into how these planes were built & restored, and what it takes to fly them. Many of the aircraft are in flying condition and can also be seen in air shows across the...
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189 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
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Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro is a wine lover's wine bar. This restaurant features over 350 varieties of wine, with 70 available by the glass in a comfortably modern setting. The food is always top notch, as they offer a seasonally changing menu, as...
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184 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
Jones Art Gallery features masterful paintings and prints created by three generations of internationally acclaimed artists. Based in the Town Center of Virginia Beach, this family business has been creating artistic treasures for over 50 years.
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4540 Main St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462, USA
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As you enter Zushi Bistro, the waterfall and sleek, modern decor prepare you for a zen sushi experience. Have a seat at the bar, order a sake and let the sushi chefs work their magic with some of the freshest seafood in Virginia Beach.
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1624 Laskin Rd #740, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Fruitive is a vegetarian/vegan cafe specializing in juices, smoothies, salads and wraps that will keep you energized throughout your day. I couldn't resist the fuschia-hued dragon berry smoothie—a delicious blend of almond milk, peaches, berries...
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960 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
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Featuring locally sourced ingredients Eurasia Cafe marries classic French technique with an Asian twist. Seared sesame tuna with a miso glaze was perfectly prepared while the tempura green beans were a surprising take on a familiar side. Complete...
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316 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
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If you want to satisfy a sweet tooth after a walk on the boardwalk, La Dolce Vita Bakery is the perfect spot. When I was there, the salted-caramel napoleon looked too good to pass up. The light, salty-sweet pastry cream complemented the layers of...
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1860 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, USA
After being drawn into this cute shop by the fun items in their window display, I was greeted by the welcoming staff like an old friend. Simply Selma's has a charming atmosphere where you can easily find yourself leisurely browsing away an...
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2224, 123 W 21st St, Norfolk, VA 23517, USA
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Head to the 80/20 Burger Bar in the historic Ghent section of Norfolk for a local microbrew or one of their many craft beer offerings. Pair your beer with a delicious burger; made from regionally sourced grass-fed beef and bison, these burgers are...
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3333 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, USA
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El Taco Loco is my favorite place for tex-mex in Virginia Beach. An extensive menu and friendly staff make this place popular with families and groups of friends but I come here for the tacos. The 24 hour smoked brisket tacos are tender and...
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801 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium is a unique addition to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with 13 trails that will satisfy everyone from young kids and newbies to adrenaline junkies. Located a short drive from the popular Oceanfront resort...
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3211 Lynnhaven Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay were historically a haven for oysters until pollution and a series of viruses decimated the population in the 1980s. Thanks to conservation efforts and the hard work of a handful of dedicated watermen, oysters...
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501 Virginia Beach Blvd Suite b, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
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Commune is the place in Virginia Beach for creative farm-to-table fare. The modern rustic space anchored by a long community style table and flanked by an inviting espresso bar. Seasonal eating with a conscious isn’t just a concept here, it’s a...