Time to plan that Virginia Beach staycation with more warm weather on the horizon

No matter your budget, the type of tourist getaway or local "staycation" you seek, we have updated advice and suggestions on how you can stay in Virginia's Southside, what to do when you get there and where to eat.

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WHERE TO STAY On a budget: Set right on the boardwalk, the Barclays Tower Resort Hotel in an all-suite hotel as each room has a balcony and a view of the ocean. Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and kitchens are included along with a continental breakfast and complimentary parking. Located less than two miles from the […]


Wooden coaster InvadR roars into Busch Gardens

Four men working on the trestle of the Invadr rollercoaster. (Steve Roberts, Jr./WYDaily)

Every time a roller coaster is constructed there’s at least one unique moment, said Susy Cheely, director of design and engineering at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. During the excavation process for the park’s newest coaster, work crews discovered a long forgotten children’s play area called the “Eagle’s Nest” buried since its heyday in the 1980’s. “We […]


When it comes to New Orleans, Mardi Gras and food, always listen to the locals

Po’ Boy sandwiches, freshly-shucked oysters and those famous beignets … Tom Mahnken, who works in Virginia Beach, offers his advice on where to eat when visiting the Crescent City just in time for Mardi Gras.

The famous beignets from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy CafeDuMonde.com)

Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our Vice President of Creative Services. It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans as more and more […]


After performing around the world, Virginia Beach conductor sets sights on Southside symphony

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VIRGINIA BEACH – In a search for a new music director, Virginia Beach’s Symphonicity orchestra is almost halfway through a five-concert series in a “Quest for the Best.” On Sunday, U.S. Army Music Officer Silas Huff will take the podium and conduct a three-song symphony, called “Love, Strife and Fate,” in hopes of earning the esteemed […]


World travelers hope Hampton Roads can get behind their socially-conscious coffee venture

Cesar Murillo and David Nouveau start Do Good Trading Company so 700 million people in the world can gain access to clean drinking water.

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While traveling the world, Cesar Murillo and David Nouveau saw some devastating problems that affect many innocent people from around the globe. Now they are on a local mission to find a solution. And it all starts with a cup of coffee. The College of William & Mary business graduate students started a socially-conscious coffee […]


Escape to Poland: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

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Editor’s note: Our parent company, Local Voice Media, has employees who work in all different parts of the organization to make our content possible. Some take some pretty interesting trips as well. This story is from Tom Mahnken, our Vice President of Creative Services.   Yes, I was in glorious former communist Poland. The people […]


Places to visit on less than a tank of gas: U.S. Army Transportation Museum

Located less than 50 miles from Virginia Beach, museum director Claire Samuelson says there is a broad appeal for young and old alike as their primary goal is to “educate soldiers about their heritage and history”.

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Editor’s note: No need for a plane ticket. Put that passport away. This story is part of a series that features regional attractions outside of the Virginia Beach area that can be driven to with less than one tank of gas. Buckle up and hit the road.    A large sign on Interstate 64 in […]


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