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Peninsula vs Southside Illustration for Best Of Awards

2023 Best Of Awards: Peninsula vs Southside

As someone who grew up in southeastern VB, was a “Ghent girl” in my 20s, and then a Newport News resident through my 30s, I’ve come to truly appreciate all of Coastal Virginia. Sure, traffic on the HRBT is so vexing it could make a Zen monk curse like Ralphie’s Old Man in A Christmas [...]

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Surf Rider

More 2023 Overall Gold Restaurant Winners

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Food & Drinks, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

From seafood spots to breakfast bites, healthy eats to burger joints, these are some of our readers' favorite local restaurants A SEA OF CHOICES While there is no shortage of seafood spots in Coastal Virginia, readers handed the Overall Gold in that category to family-friendly favorite Surf Rider where tuna bites (see photo above by [...]

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Megan Jenifer-Harris. Photo Courtesy of String Presence Academy

String Presence Makes Music in Hampton

  • By Beth Blachman
  • Culture & Community, People, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

Megan Jenifer-Harris has made a life’s work of the violin. The Hampton-based musician started her music business String Presence in 2002, and for two decades has worked as a teacher and performer throughout Hampton Roads. “String Presence is all the violin work that I do—all the performance, all the collaborations, all the teaching, anything related [...]

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Photos Courtesy of New Ravenna/Adam Ewing

New Ravenna’s Exquisite Tile Mosaics

  • By Betsy DiJulio
  • Activities & Events, Culture & Community, Home & Garden, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

On the Southernmost tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, bounded on the west by the Chesapeake Bay and the east by the Atlantic Ocean, lies the Eastern Shore of Virginia, known for its bucolic farmland, plump oysters, tranquil tidal waterways, wild ponies and…Greco-Roman mosaics? Yes, in fact. Over the last 30 years, New Ravenna, which began [...]

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garden of tomorrow

Norfolk Botanical Garden Is Growing

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Activities & Events, Culture & Community, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

Former Norfolk Botanical Garden President and CEO Michael Desplaines is at the wheel of a golf cart, deftly navigating some of the Norfolk landmark’s 16 miles of paths for a whirlwind tour that showcases its rich history as much as the spectacular beauty of its flora. Yet a passion for plants is evidenced by his [...]

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pups and pints

Stay! At Pups and Pints

Heard the one about the dog that walks into a bar and asks, “Is this fire hydrant taken?” That’s not so far-fetched at recently uncrated Pups and Pints. A splash pad sporting a cherry-red hydrant—along with a giant tennis ball, spraying hoops and more—is just one of many allures at Hampton Roads’ first dog park-taproom. [...]

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Wagsters Theater

Making Magic with the Wagsters

Right around the corner from the Williamsburg Premium Outlets stands an unassuming building that formerly housed the congregation of Calvary Chapel Williamsburg. These days, there is a different kind of show happening inside the walls of 5535 Olde Towne Road. It’s Williamsburg’s only professional magic show, created and performed by husband-and-wife magicians Brandon and Hannah [...]

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Harbors Edge

Firing Up the Flavor at Harbor’s Edge

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Culture & Community, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

If your idea of the food served at a senior living community is canned peas and applesauce, you might be in for a flavorful awakening. With millions of Boomers and other retirees seeking an active lifestyle and first-class amenities as they age, many upscale senior communities like Harbor’s Edge, situated on the Norfolk waterfront, are [...]

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Author Patti McCracken's "The Angel Makers"

Patti McCracken’s “The Angel Makers”

  • By Janine Latus
  • Culture & Community, Editor's Picks, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

Patti McCracken wandered around in the village of Nagyrev, Hungary, with her friend and neighbor Harald Leban, whom she’d invited on an adventure to take photos. Simple farmhouses lined the village streets. A church spire pierced the sky. Bikes leaned helter skelter in front of the village inn. Heads swiveled as she and Leban entered, [...]

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FOUR MODELS Platted in 1955 by Frank Whitehurst and completed in 1960, Woodhurst’s roughly 33 acres features 81 single-family midcentury modern homes on half to three-quarter acre lots in four different models.

Woodhurst Neighborhood Added to Historic Register

If a National Register of Historic Places designation makes you think of Colonial era homes with red brick and plaster, columns, porticos and all the rest, you may be pleased and a little surprised to learn that homes from your lifetime—or not so many decades prior—are cropping up on this coveted list. Woodhurst, a solidly [...]

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2023 cova idea house town house

2023 CoVa Idea House: A Taste for Space

  • By Betsy DiJulio
  • Coastal Virginia Idea House, Home & Garden, Idea House Articles, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

When is an Idea House not a house? When it is a townhouse. But “Urbanna,” the 2023 CoVa Idea (Town) House, is steeped in so much single-family home luxury that buyers can downsize and upgrade simultaneously. Located in the City of Chesapeake’s Legacy 168 development, Urbanna may be the first CoVa Idea House ever located [...]

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Aberdeen Barn. Photos by Jacqui Renager

Old Fashioned Steakhouses Our Readers Love

  • By CoVa Mag
  • Editor's Picks, Editor's Picks - Homepage, Restaurants, Archive
  • July 1, 2023

Sometimes you want to go wherever everybody knows your name. Or maybe where a friendly smile and a familiar crock of pub cheese delivered to your table with a basket of sesame crackers set the stage for a juicy prime rib—one cooked just the way you’ve loved it since you went there for the first [...]

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Elizabeth City

Rediscover Elizabeth City’s Historic Charm

An exploration around the resurging, yet relaxed waterfront town in northeastern North Carolina reveals colorful public art and music-filled pedestrian alleyways. A new batch of progressive boutiques, bars, and restaurants includes three craft breweries and a speakeasy. Maritime visitors clink glasses with farmers, retirees, college students, Outer Banks-bound tourists and workers from the U.S. Coast Guard Base, one of the military branch’s largest air stations.   “I think when people come here, they understand what a community it is,” says Adam Swain, owner of River City Hospitality [...]

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WAY FINDING (Right) Charles Mixer, Murray Kirk, Rhonda Mixer and Chris McKee of Team TFJG. (Below) Mark Montague.

Adventure Racing: A Way of Life

At 2 a.m. on July 18, 2021, four adventure racers from Coastal Virginia agreed: The tree in front of them—deep in the woods of Maine—was indeed the tree they had spotted 45 minutes earlier. And they were indeed walking in circles. “We said ‘holy crap,’” Chris McKee, president of Virginia Beach’s The Franklin Johnston Group [...]

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Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth River Project

Paradise Creek’s New Education Center

  • By Beth Hester
  • Culture & Community, Archive
  • June 26, 2023

On May 13, friends, community members, donors and partners gathered to celebrate the official opening of the river-friendly, newly expanded Fred W. Beasley River Academy at Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth. On this warm, bluebird spring day, award-winning Black birder, avian ecologist and PhD student Lauren Pharr led a sold out, pre-ceremony birding tour [...]

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