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Wasting Away in Virginia Beach

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A September 2002 trip to Virginia Beach by moatway

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Wasting Away in Virginia Beach

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Overview

Virginia Beach Photo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach is actually the most populous community in the Hampton Roads area with almost half a million people. The beach that draws thousands of tourists every week during the warmer months is a three-mile long strip of sand that is lined with accommodations, many of the units being housekeeping studios and one-bedroom units. Between them and the beach are a wide concrete boardwalk and a two-lane bike path. Plan to either walk or bike it. We found it safe during the day and evening, clean and well maintained. Along it, you will find the Old Lifesaving Station, the Norwegian Lady, Neptune and a tribute to naval aviation. There are also restaurants, the 19th Street fishing pier and so much more. ...Read More

Four Sails Resort

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Hotel | "The Four Sails"

Four Sails Resort Photo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Best Things Nearby:The beach. . .every unit overlooks the beach and the boardwalk.Best Things About the Resort:Its location, unit layout. . .everything about Four Sails is a "best thing".Resort Experience:Four Sails is a thirteen story tower. The one-bedroom units like the one we occupied are on the end of each floor. Each has a balcony to the front, and a balcony to the rear overlooking the city of Virginia Beach. The other units on the floor are two bedroom units overlooking the beach. Our unit was well laid out and the bathroom featured a whirlpool that might pass as a water polo venue in a third world nation (i.e. big). We were struck by the low-key, f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Four Sails Resort
3301 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 491-8100

Barclay Towers

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Hotel

Barclay Towers Photo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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You’re between the Boardwalk and Atlantic Avenue at 9th Street. The 7th Avenue Stage is just two short blocks down for free entertainment. Across the street there is a ticket vending machine for the trolley which stops just outside. The 19th Street fishing pier is a ten minute walk, the 17th street stage, even less. You really aren’t far from anything… a short drive up Atlantic or Pacific takes you to 22nd Street and I-264 for easy access to the attractions of Norfolk and a little further to 31st Street (Laskin) gives you access to grocery shopping and considerably more.All the units, whether they are RCI or hotel, are one bedroom units overlooking the beach. Each has a narrow balcony with a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2006

Barclay Towers
809 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 491-2700

Il Giardino Ristorante

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Restaurant

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In a city with a myriad of restaurants, we chose this for its three AAA diamonds. On the corner of Atlantic and 10th, it appears attractive on the exterior and is even more so inside. In a beach environment where many things can best be described as "tacky" (and humanely at that), Il Giardino is a step above. Upon entry, you’ll find an extremely attractive piano bar to the left. Mirrored and dark, it features a grand piano and extensive dining space; it is the one room in the restaurant in which smoking is permitted.The main room has sky lights and trees with white Christmas lights (that doesn’t sound particularly posh, but the effect is pleasing). Further to the right is a more intimat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Il Giardino Ristorante
910 Atlantic Ave (at 10th Street)
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 422-6464

Black Angus Restaurant

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Restaurant

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The Black Angus has been in operation over 50 years, and has won its share of "Best of the Beach" awards. When I didn’t find it in the AAA guide, I had to wonder why. Throwing caution to the wind and in need of a bit of prime rib, I called only to find that they don’t take reservations (But if you call a half hour before you arrive, they will put you on the wait list.)In September, there is no wait, and as we sat down, I took stock of our surroundings. The tables are nicely covered with white cloths and are candlelit while the walls are faux barnboard painted a pleasant yellow above brown and hung with interesting historical photographs. Red leatherette chairs, however, and large panels...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Black Angus Restaurant
706 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 428-7700

Melting Pot

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Restaurant | "The Melting Pot"

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Entering the restaurant, you’ll be met by a receptionist and a wall of wine, and the restaurant is really about two things: fondue and wine. Walls, high-backed booths and low lighting create an atmosphere of intimacy—you’re really not aware of more than half a dozen other diners. That sense of intimacy is further enhanced by dark ceilings, dark walls and carpeting, soft seating in the booths, each of which comes with a granite table containing a single burner for the fondue.I admire high-volume American restaurants because they are extremely efficient and they are timed to give you a pleasant dining experience including drinks and wine in an hour. The Melting Pot is equally efficient, b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Melting Pot
1564 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 425-3463

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Virginia Beach Visitors Center

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Attraction | "Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel"

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Virginia Beach Visitors Center Photo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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This engineering marvel takes the visitor from Hampton Roads area in the south to Virginia's Eastern Shore and subsequently up through Delaware in the north. If you're driving to Virginia Beach, or through it, from the north, you owe it to yourself to drive it at least once. Where else can you take a bridge that crosses one of the world's busiest waterways and stop to watch the ocean-going traffic, or stop to bird watch, to fish, buy souvenirs or grab a snack? Now is there a down-side? Well, of course. Although this route cuts off a bunch of miles, the route south from Dover, Delaware down through the Eastern shore is pretty built up and there is a traffic light manufacturer who made a killing o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Virginia Beach Visitors Center
2100 Parks Ave
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 437-4888

Lee Hall Mansion

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Lee Hall Mansion Photo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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There are southern mansions and there are southern mansions. This Italianate brick house was built in 1858 and is an eight-roomer with basement. As such, it is typical, its claim to fame being its use in the Civil War during the Warwick river seige of 1862 by Confederate General John Bankhead Magruder. The tour here is guided and the house genuinely lacks anything of particular note other than the fact it is an antebellum house that survived the war. We were fortunate that the day we arrived there was a story-telling entertainment on the lawn and some Civil War re-creationists had set up an exhibit which we enjoyed immensely. The basement features a Civil War exhibit about the campa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Lee Hall Mansion
163 Yorktown Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23603
(757) 888-3371

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When your day is going right, you arrive at a site like this and there is a local fair taking place on the grounds with artists and food booths and the admission to the site was free for the day. Wow! I was drawn here because this was the location to which the recovered turret of the Monitor was taken. It is currently in a large vat, you can take a peek, being stabilized. It will, apparently, be in that condition for some time. The museum is designed to be educational, but enjoyable, as it chronicals the history of man and his adventures on the sea. The visitor will enjoy the Titanic exhibit, the Crabtree Collection of miniature ships, and the USS United States exhibit. I think what I enjoyed th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia
(757) 596-2222

Chrysler Museum of Art

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Attraction | "The Chrysler Museum of Art"

Chrysler Museum of Art Photo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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You know nothing about art but want to learn? You know a lot about art and want the chance to see a magnificent collection? Your top priority in the Hampton Roads area should be the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. It was never boring, and quite frankly, the collection is spectacular and housed in a beautiful setting.Your entry to the museum leads you into Huber Court, a large open space with classical design, Italianate windows looking down from the galleries above and exposed beams supporting a sky lit roof some 30 feet high. Your visit will probably begin in the glass galleries which, as with all the galleries in the museum, are arranged chronologically. From 2,500-year-old pieces ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Chrysler Museum of Art
245 West Olney Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 664-6200

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

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Attraction | "Virginia Marine Science Museum"

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Photo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
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There are a number of ticket combinations available here, but typical are the Aquarium alone, the Aquarium and IMAX movie, or the Aquarium and Creek Cruise. We chose to do the Aquarium and IMAX (2006 adult $16.95… coupons in Virginia Beach tourism booklets will reduce the price by $2 each.)The first 3D IMAX movie is shown at 10:15; we chose to see "Deep Sea" which lasts 45 minutes and alternates with a movie called "Sharks". You can see both 3D features… the second costs an extra $5. The movie was our favourite part of the whole experience; we found it both remarkable and entertaining.Following the film, we ventured into the aquarium. There seemed to be an inordinate ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 385-7777

MacArthur Memorial

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Attraction | "The MacArthur Memorial"

MacArthur Memorial Photo, Norfolk, Virginia
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General Douglas MacArthur. Wasn’t he fired by Truman during the Korean War? Well, yes, and so much more. The MacArthur Memorial is a history lesson, not just about the career of one of America’s greatest generals, but about America itself.The Memorial occupies the former city hall and courthouse (1850) in downtown Norfolk as well as three surrounding buildings: a theatre, a gift shop and the archives. Your visit should begin in the theatre where a short filmed biography of MacArthur begins every half hour. The film effectively places MacArthur in his spot in history. The theatre lobby contains an exhibit tracing the American presence in the Philippines and the internment of American civ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

MacArthur Memorial
MacArthur Square
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 441-2965

Moses Myers House

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Attraction | "The Moses Myers House"

Moses Myers House Photo, Norfolk, Virginia
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Moses Myers, one of America’s first millionaires, married in New York and promptly came to Norfolk in 1792. The city had been completely destroyed during the revolution; it had become a wasteland of standing chimneys and little else. Myers was able to purchase a large piece of waterfront property and constructed the fine home that you can see today. From the windows of his new home he could keep an eye on the shipping interests that were the foundation of his wealth. The house would stay in his family until the 1950s much as it was when he lived there although restoration (which is still in progress) was required to remove paint from the ornate cornice moldings and to determine the original colours. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2006

Moses Myers House
Bank and E. Freemason Streets
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
(757) 441-1526