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Mermaid Winery Opening on Shore Drive

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Mermaid Winery is opening on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, just down the road from Point Chesapeake.  A first of it’s kind in the city, this winery is not located on farmland. Owner Jennifer Eichert opened her first location in Norfolk’s Ghent area five years ago. After harvesting grapes from Virginia and California, she then presses and blends them on site. The Virginia Beach location will include a restaurant, a wine bar and a tasting room for private parties. Read the Full Article Here

Spring Festivals and Events in Hampton Roads

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Spring in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area brings many annual events to enjoy. Below are just a few you won’t want to miss!


Chic’s Beach Festival
May 6th, 2017 marks HK On The Bay’s 4th Annual Festival with live outdoor music, great food, craft beers. Shop or browse Under The Oaks Market with a highly curated showcase of over 50 artisans featuring the very best in modern handcrafted art and design.


Waterside District
Just a short drive from Point Chesapeake On the Bay is downtown Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District. Opening May 4, 2017, this revitalized waterfront experience in Norfolk offers unique dining and entertainment for the whole family. Dine and relax at Rappahannock Oyster Co, The Harbor Club, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Stripers Seafood Restaurant, Blue Moon Taphouse, Norfolk Coffee & Tea, Rocky Mountain Grill, PBR Country Bar and more.


Wine Festivals
Annual wine festivals offer wine lovers a chance to sample new and different flavors including many from Virginia’s own wineries. Adjacent to the Waterside District is the Annual Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival  – May 6th and 7th, 2017 at Town Point Park in Norfolk. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the park overlooking the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront and sample over 30 Virginia Wineries at one of the fastest growing events in Hampton Roads.

Neptune’s Spring International Wine Tasting at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 is held at 31st Street Park. Enjoy wines from 9 countries plus delicious food, entertainment and a chance to purchase your favorite wines.


Performing Arts

The Annual Virginia Arts Festival brings performers from around the world to Hampton Roads with some of today’s most influential composers, choreographers and playwrights. Enjoy music, dance and theatre performances at venues including Chrysler Hall, Attucks Theatre, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Sandler Center for The Performing Arts, Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts. 

Virginia International PAN Fest is held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this year on May 12th and 13th, 2017. Enjoy the unique sounds and style of steel drum music fused with steel bands and international food along the ocean.

Salute to Summer is a “Star Spangled” salute to honor the many military men and women who have sacrificed their lives throughout America’s history. Live performances along the Virginia Beach boardwalk include music from local and regional band across three stages.


Air Show
The Annual Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show is held May 19-21, 2017 in Virginia Beach. Weekend events include Warbird practice flights, rides, live music, a WWII reenactment in the sky and an evening dance. Get a closer look at history and check out WWII aircraft fully restored.


Strawberries
The Pungo Strawberry Festival takes place every year in Virginia Beach during Memorial Day Weekend in the lush farmland area of Pungo. For the past 33 years, this event highlights the beginning of summer with strawberry pies, bake-offs, pony rides, a parade and entertainment on 3 stages.

Put Virginia Beach’s Lighthouses on your Bucket List

old and new cape henry lighthouses in virginia beach

Old and New Cape Henry Lighthouses stand side-by-side in Virginia Beach.

Locals are proud of southeastern Virginia’s rich history including the New and Old Cape Henry Lighthouses located just a few miles from Point Chesapeake on The Bay. In 1792, the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be commissioned by the U.S. government and stands near the site where the Jamestown Settlers first landed in 1607.  Built to guide maritime commerce at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the original stone lighthouse was authorized by George Washington and construction was overseen by Alexander Hamilton.  After concerns about the old lighthouse’s stability, a second, steel-structured lighthouse was built in 1881. Maintained and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, the light in the newer, black and white lighthouse still shines today. It sits at the site of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

While the new lighthouse is not open to the public, you can visit and climb the steps to the top of the original stone tower for spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

For more details on these lighthouses and their history, visit these websites:
PreservationVirginia.org   |  Ten Lighthouses in Virginia  |  About Hampton Roads  | National Park Service

 

 

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