Battle of the Burgers: 24 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers Champ Repeal Bourbon and Burgers. Photo by David Uhrin When you consider the standard components that make up a burger, individually, they’re not that riveting. A patty. Cheese. Lettuce. Tomato. Condiments. Two buns. But when you put it all together, that, my friend, is when the magic happens. What’s [...]

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2 New Spots to Delight in Macarons

Photo by Ilsy Serrano Dessert and wine pairing? Afternoon sugar rush? Bridal shower tea? Kisha Frazier has you covered under one roof (multi-tiered with upturned, tiled eaves) at Hummingbird Macarons at the Pagoda Garden and Teahouse in Norfolk. After a humdinger of a success nearby on Botetourt Street (now devoted to production and instruction), this [...]

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5 Popular Restaurants Expand with New Locations

Heeding “two is better than one,” several popular restaurants recently opened seconds … Siblings Stefanie Osfolk Brown and Kevin Osfolk, offspring of the founders of Portsmouth’s Bier Garden, perpetuate Oktoberfest at The Bier Garden Festhaus in Virginia Beach. While its progenitor’s warren of low-ceilinged rooms exudes old-world gemütlichkeit, this Bavarian house where Shore Drive meets [...]

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Virginia Arts Festival 2019 Features Powerhouse Performances

Olga Kern “I am just encouraging them not to be afraid of anything and just to enjoy performing and enjoy music,” says celebrated Russian-American pianist, educator and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern of her young female piano students. “They are so great and so strong. I think for women it’s a great time right [...]

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5 Favorite Fries in Coastal Virginia

We began this article intent on finding the five best fries in Coastal Virginia, only to realize that when it comes to fries, considering “best” is asking for an argument. There are places and occasions for slender shoestring fries and others for fat, stubby “chips.” We can talk waffle fries or steak fries, simply salted [...]

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The Burger Bar at Wegmans in Virginia Beach

The New York Times recently suggested a life hack of merging chores with meetups. Try it at Burger Bar, a casual eatery inside Wegmans, opening April 28 near Virginia Beach’s Town Center. Enjoy wine, beer, burgers, salads and Tuscan fries with your bestie, then cruise aisles for pristine produce, international cheeses, baked goods and more. [...]

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When is it Time to Move to a Retirement Community?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 50 million Americans who are currently age 65 or older. While there’s nothing that says turning 65 automatically requires one to retire or change their lifestyle, it does present an opportunity to look at some potential options for the future. “We tend to think that we [...]

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Meet the Mayor of Virginia Beach

Photo by David Uhrin Running on a platform based on reinstating trust in local government, Robert “Bobby” Dyer was inaugurated as Virginia Beach’s new mayor this past November following a special election held in succession to Will Sessoms’ resignation earlier in the year. An outspoken proponent for the public’s inclusion in the decision-making process, Dyer [...]

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The 400th Anniversary of 1619 Sparks a New Look at the New World

For James Horn, the facts are clear. "When it comes to English America, there is a point of origin, and it's Virginia," says Horn, the author of two books on the Jamestown settlement, including the recent 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy. The British-born historian is one of the many advisors behind a yearlong initiative [...]

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Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is Bustling with Activity

Big things are happening in the tiny, bay-fronting town of Cape Charles. Downtown, 14 new businesses have opened in the past two years alone. The historical district has undergone an astounding transformation. There are gourmet restaurants, a craft brewery, cidery and distillery, ice cream parlors, boutique shops, art galleries, an old-fashioned chocolatier and candy store, [...]

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2 Idea Houses Deliver Twice the Excitement

  Over the past four years, Coastal Virginia Magazine has presented three different Idea Houses and invited readers to ooh and ahh over the impeccable floorplans, gorgeous interior design, fantasy-worthy kitchens and closets and overall innovative concepts. It’s been a chance for visitors to get some truly great ideas (hence the name), but it’s also [...]

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A Scenic Stroll on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

Photo by Peretz Partensky After being stuck inside for several dreary days, the sunshine on a recent Sunday afternoon was the impetus to gather my family, put our weekend chores aside and take some time for hikes and bikes. For this trail trip, we headed to Chesapeake for a little stomp around the swamp. The Trail: [...]

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Expert Tips for Buyers and Sellers Entering the Real Estate Market

The U.S. economy has rebounded, and the Fed has increased interest rates to their highest point since 2008. For would-be home owners and sellers, the news brings mixed—and sometimes confusing—messages. Should they act now or wait? Seeking direction, the frenzy of online analysis can boost confusion. In Coastal Virginia, for instance, the Real Estate Information [...]

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Are Coastal Virginia Home Values Sinking from Sea Level Rise?

Flooded street in Ghent after Hurricane Florence, September 2018. Photos by Andrew Cooper Jeannie Monaghan doesn’t live in a flood zone. She and her husband Keith had been in their home, situated in the Kings Grant neighborhood of Virginia Beach, for five years with no signs of flooding. Then Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016, [...]

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Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

With an incredible variety of international cuisine, craft breweries and indoor and outdoor entertainment, Roanoke is a region worth visiting. The region’s new branding effort, dubbed Virginia’s Blue Ridge, promotes the area as “America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital,” but it also has a Roanoke Valley Greenway system with more than 30 miles of paved [...]

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A Harder Target Empowers Women Through Self-Defense Training

“Eyes, ears, groin, bite.” I repeat this phrase over and over again until finally it’s committed to memory. Following each reprise is a demonstration of eye jabs, ankle stomps, groin slaps and knee strikes, all of which I practice while yelling “Fire!” This is self-defense with Leta Krieger. Krieger is a retired law enforcement officer [...]

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Top 5 Benefits of Summer Camp

There are so many kinds of summer camps out there to choose from. Some follow the traditional sense of the word “camp” by promoting activities such as boating safety, proper technique and swimming. Some focus on the fine arts, such as painting, music or dance. And some are athletic skills-driven, such as football, soccer or [...]

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Camps that Enhance Academics During the Summer Months

The human brain is an amazing repository for storing information. However, to keep it sharp, it needs to be continually stimulated, challenged and even entertained. Here are a variety of camps that local organizations are providing to help shape young minds while school’s out for the summer. According to Breonna Riddick, administrative marketing assistant in [...]

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Watersports Camps in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginia is surrounded by water. Why not take full advantage of it? There are several great local camps that promote physical activity, instruction and safety when it comes to being in or around water. Here are just a couple that have been highly recommended by our readers:   Ebbing Tides in Virginia Beach offers [...]

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