During our stay in Virginia Beach, we were plagued by the weather with LOTS of rain and wind. Though we were close to the beach, we didn’t have very many calm, warm days to enjoy it. We did get to catch up with some friends that live in the area, which is always a plus. We explored a few places and found some good restaurants (of course) as well.
We spent an afternoon at The Boardwalk, which runs parallel to the main beach in town. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and hotels in the area which is pretty typical of vacation destinations. The nice thing about the path that goes between the buildings and the beach is that it is split. There are actually two paths – one for pedestrians and one for cyclists (although, I have to say that most people didn’t really keep them separate). There is a playground for kids and a workout area (a la Venice Beach) for adults. The statue of Neptune presides over all of it.
At the end of the boardwalk, we discovered Eat, a bistro with an eclectic menu and a nice selection of wines. The featured white wine of the day was an Albariño (a crisp Spanish wine that we highly recommend), so Jim and I both had a glass. The food was quite good, from the salad to dessert. It’s a small place with a nice atmosphere.
Around Virginia Beach
The Sandbridge Pier was close to where we stayed and Enzo enjoyed zooming around in the sand. Jim took a day cruise that toured around the naval air station. He really enjoyed seeing all of the planes and ships in the area and will have a separate post about that. We didn’t have an opportunity to get to Colonial Williamsburg or Monticello, so we added them to our list of things to see next time we visit the area.
We traveled over the border to North Carolina and visited Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers National Memorial is located. It is part of the National Park Service, so we were able to use our handy-dandy park pass. There is a small museum there and a big monument, and there are a couple of other sites on the property that detail how the brothers experimented with flight.
During our travels, we have visited several national monuments and I always leave with the same thought – somehow these sites are very peaceful. Even if there are lots of people visiting at the same time, that feeling of reverence always comes through. It confirms once again that our country is an awe-inspiring place with great beauty and so much to be proud of!
Kitty Hawk is located in what is known as the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is a beach town with lots and lots of rental properties on and off the Atlantic Ocean. There are a few wineries in the area and we stopped at Sanctuary on our way back to Virginia Beach. They had a few of the standard varietals (Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon), some blends, and several sweet wines. We stuck to the dry wines and found that they were not too shabby for North Carolina!
As per usual, we were on the lookout for good places to dine and we found a few that were fairly close to where we were staying. The first place we tried was a place called Sage Kitchen which is inside a store called Andersons. The unique store has a variety of merchandise from clothing to garden supplies. Sage Kitchen is open all day and serves salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and bowls.
Whiskey Kitchen was another great find with good food and good drinks, including an extensive craft beer menu. Speaking of craft beers, we stopped by New Realm Brewing for a drink with our friends and it was hoppin’ (pun intended)! If it hadn’t been raining, the patio area would have been the place to be. The food menu looked good, but we had already made plans to go to Whiskey Kitchen.
We had a date night at Civil Libation and Jim enjoyed one of their craft cocktails while I sipped on Prosecco. The food menu had a variety of options, including some tasty vegetarian dishes. Great find!
Of course I had to drag Jim to eat Mexican food, so we checked out two spots – Señor Fox and José Tequila’s Mexican Grill and Cantina. Señor Fox had a nice patio that looked over a small neighborhood lake. The food was pretty good. We liked José Tequila’s food better, it was more flavorful.
The RV park we stayed at was formerly owned by Outdoor Resorts, but has since changed hands. It is now called Surfside at Sandbridge RV Resort. All sites are privately owned and we worked with Carder Realty when making the reservation. Although our site had some good views, the park didn’t have many ammenities and was pretty far away from town – closer to all of the vacation rental homes on Sandbridge Beach.