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DuCard Vineyards

Nestled in the shadow of Old Rag Mountain, with the Shenandoah National Park boundary out the back door and a LOVE sculpture greeting visitors upon arrival, DuCard Vineyards is a drop-dead gorgeous boutique winery tucked away on the back roads of Madison County, just north of Charlottesville. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year of its [...]

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Getaway to Smithfield

Nothing has that “hey, y’all” small town charm more than an old-fashioned, family-owned country store. Yet, the legendary Darden’s Country Store in rural Smithfield, Virginia is something more. A working farm and locals’ landmark, Darden’s has been curing Virginia hams using time-honored techniques since the early 1950s, and foodies and aficionados from around the world [...]

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The Face of Timeless Design: Esprit Decor

These award winning designers have 50 years of combined experience in residential interiors. Susanne and Susan have the vision to forecast and execute interiors that clients desire. Working independently, they can provide custom draperies, custom bedding, wallpaper, and more. Our designers work exclusively with Esprit Decor’s quality furnishings to create timeless spaces that invoke a [...]

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The Face of the Right Injury Lawyer: Larry King

Larry King is dedicated to helping people whose health, safety, liberty, or well-being have been wrongly victimized. For years, Larry King has successfully helped thousands of personal injury victims. He knows that solid preparation is essential for success in any legal matter, and requires expert knowledge, proven experience, and hard work. With tenacious preparation and [...]

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The Face of Real Estate: L. Ellen Drames Ltd. , Rose & Womble Realty

It’s very likely you’ve seen L. Ellen Drames zipping around town in her trademark “cow-spotted” Hummer. Her signs and ads ask that one important question “Are You READY TO MOOOVE???” For over 36 years, Ellen has been putting her energy and expertise to work for the people of Hampton Roads helping families find their dream [...]

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The Face of Diamonds: Diamonds Direct

Diamonds Direct, founded in 1995, is a direct to consumer destination retailer headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their vertically integrated concept allows the retailer to cut out the middlemen and maintain involvement in the entire diamond process. Today, Diamonds Direct is one of America’s largest and most successful jewelry companies with 22 locations in the [...]

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Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Cyber Monday Deal

What better to way to ring in the holidays than with an awesome single day sale of your favorite magazine?! With a subscription to Coastal Virginia Magazine, the region's premier lifestyle publication, you'll have exclusive access to exciting local stories, profiles, events, food finds, recipes and more. Fill out the form below to purchase for [...]

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All Grown Up: Nostalgic Sweets

Being a grown up is hard. All the responsibilities, deadlines, dental visits and drudgery can sometimes make us want to pitch a first-class hissy fit in the middle of a crowded room. The next time you need a timeout, take a break with one of these sweet treats guaranteed to help you reconnect with your [...]

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2021 Giving Back Awards at Virginia MOCA

On November 10, 2021, Coastal Virginia Magazine had the privilege of honoring our 2021 Giving Back Awards recipients, as well as our 2021 Nonprofit of the Year, Mutts With a Mission at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. It was an evening of celebration with beverages provided by Virginia Beer Co. and food by Mermaid [...]

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“Inside Out Project” Installation Comes to Virginia Beach

Based on a press release from Inside Out Project Images courtesy Inside Out Project From Paris to London to New York City, global participatory "Inside Out Project" is coming to Virginia Beach to honor veterans, active military and military families. The event, titled Faces of Courage, will launch at 5324 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach [...]

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12 Ways to Give This Holiday Season

Your 2021 Holiday Gift Guide We could all use a little holiday magic this year, so make the 2021 holiday season a time for giving and sharing gifts with your loved ones. Need some inspiration? Don't worry—follow along as we announce one-by-one the 12 ways to give. 1. Diamonds Direct Join us November 19-21 for [...]

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Coastal Virginia Magazine WineFest: February 2022

  What: CoastalVirginiaWineFest.com When: February 5-6, 2022 Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center CoastalVirginiaWineFest.com   Join us and raise a glass as we navigate the Virginia Wine Trail, taking a pit stop at the best wineries in the state. Enjoy Virginia ’s finest vintage wines, a craft beer garden, a distillery den, live music and MORE. [...]

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Why You Should Consider Hiring an Interior Designer

By Johanna Calfee In the season of quarantines and temperamental weather, many of us find ourselves looking around and wondering how to freshen up, or even totally overhaul, the spaces where we are now spending so much time. It’s a desire I understand well. My husband and I have owned Penny Lane Properties for the [...]

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How to Choose a Rug You Will Love

By Johanna Calfee Rugs are the best of form and function. As grounding elements, rugs can often set the tone of a room while also serving an important role throughout the home. Whether looking for a soft place to land, protecting wood floors, or covering ugly ones (we’ve all been there), there’s no doubt that [...]

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CoVa Cocktail Party 2021 at Virginia MOCA

Ten of Coastal Virginia’s most talented mixologists pulled out all the stops at Coastal Virginia Magazine’s CoVa Cocktail Party, held at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach on Sept. 23, 2021. Guests enjoyed hand-crafted cocktails featuring Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey as the star ingredient and munched on delicious food provided by [...]

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2021 CoVa Top Docs & Dentists

Top Docs & Dentists 2021 Reception at Mercedes-Benz of Virginia Beach

On Sept. 15, 2021, Coastal Virginia Magazine held a reception honoring the Top Docs and Dentists in our region as voted by their peers. Doctors, dentists and their guests gathered at Mercedes-Benz of Virginia-Beach for refreshments from Sweetwater Cuisine and struck a pose for photos alongside the dealership inventory of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles and even a beautiful vintage Mercedes on [...]

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Bang for Your Buck: Home Renovations & 2021 Trends

Paint, paint and more paint. Dig out those old gym shorts and roll up your sleeves—because the number one way to add value to your home is to paint it. “I call it an emotional change,” says Daryl Calfee, owner of Penny Lane Properties, which specializes in renovating old houses. “It’s the hands down best [...]

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Altor

The Face of Credit Card Processing: Ed Hopper, ALTOR/50

Ed Hopper decided in 2017 that his company would donate half of its profits to charities on new merchants that they set up. Mr. Hopper is the President of Altor Process- ing Systems. He has been in the credit card processing industry since 1995 and started his own company in January of 1999. “I’ve always [...]

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Center For Womens Health

The Face of Women’s Health: Center for Women’s Health

The Center for Women’s Health in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia, provides comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology services to women of all ages. A woman goes through many changes during the course of her life and needs a board certi-fied OB/GYN she can trust and who takes the time to listen to her concerns. Dedicated to helping women maintain control of their [...]

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Bay Crawlspace

The Face of Trusted Experts: Bay Crawlspace and Foundation Repair

Bay Crawlspace and Foundation Repair is an award-winning contractor specializing in fixing homes with moisture, flooding, structural, and foundation issues. With a team of over 38+ full time professionals, “Bay” is proud to offer the best quality and value for professional crawl space and foundation repair services in Coastal Virginia. We recommend that you ‘Trust [...]

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CoVa Best Of Party 2021

[gtx_gallery] Photos by David Uhrin The 2021 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Of Party, held in conjunction with our annual Best Of issue, was a smash-hit at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach on July 22. Guests came ready party 1920s style in their flapper and dapper best, enjoyed delicious bites from some of our region’s [...]

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Alencar Family Foundation Strives to Give Back to the Community

For Dr. Jayme A. Oliveira Filho and his family, giving back is second nature. Dr. Oliveira, affectionately known as Dr. O, opened the Alencar Family Dentistry in Chesapeake in 2017. After receiving a multitude of love and support from the community and his patients, Dr. O decided to reciprocate that same support back into the [...]

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Cake Featured

Take the Cake with these Wedding Cake Trends

The cake—it’s something everyone at the wedding looks forward to, whether it’s watching the bride and groom playfully feed each other the first slice or diving into the decadent buttercream and perfect almond sponge. Thankfully, Coastal Virginia bakers are satisfying brides—and their guests—with the latest swoon-worthy confectionary creations. From intricate and artsy techniques to simple [...]

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Top Dentists 2022

Coastal Virginia Magazine would like to highlight the region's top dentists and provide our readers' with the best recommendations by the professionals in that field. We ask that licensed professionals nominate a peer in the dental industry that they trust to deliver top-notch care and high quality work. Honorees will receive editorial mention, which is [...]

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VB Picnic Co. is Spreading the Love

Just when you thought picnics couldn’t get any more romantic, imagine how in love you would be with casual outdoor dining if the setup, seasonal spread and clean up were all taken care of—by someone else. Twin sisters Abbey and Hayley Hester know the feeling and have capitalized on the trend—and their passion for decorating [...]

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Going Green on Your Big Day

Follow these five suggestions to make your wedding more ecofriendly, with small changes that can make a major impact. Send Green Invitations Start your environmentally friendly wedding off by sending out green invitations. Have your save the dates and invitations printed on recycled paper, or use upcycled materials like fabric, leather and wood for a [...]

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Yellow Color Scheme Says Here Comes the Sun and the Bride

After a decidedly dreary 2020, we could all use a little “Illuminating” in our lives. The aptly named 2021 Pantone Color of the Year is described as a “yellow sparkling with vivacity.” Take this hue cue as a sign to move forward in love and light. Use the shade to infuse your big day with [...]

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Lighting Featured

Wedding Trend: Lush Lighting

Among the many details of a wedding, lighting can be an underrated element. How you decide to illuminate your big day can make even the smallest touches shine and set the mood for your ceremony and reception. Get a touch of twinkle by hanging fairy lights overhead to create a warm glow and romantic starry [...]

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2021 Juneteenth Events in Coastal Virginia

Juneteenth, also recognized as Freedom Day, honors the date that the last group of enslaved African Americans were freed in Galveston, Texas in 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation Order, which took effect on Jan. 1, 1863. In 2020, Governor Ralph Northam made Juneteenth an official state holiday. This week, the Senate [...]

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2022 CoVa Best Of Party

Join us for A Night in New York to Celebrate the 2022 Best Of Readers' Choice Award Winners! When: Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 6 p.m. EDT Where: Founders Inn, 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Tickets - PURCHASE HERE - $50 online or $55 at the door A small ticket processing and [...]

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Stellar Wine Co. In Olde Towne Portsmouth

Olde Towne Portsmouth appeared to have all that a then-meets-now small city could want: historic architecture, arts and culture, popular music venues, an appealing riverfront and inviting shops and eateries. But there was nowhere for residents to buy wine by the bottle. So Mandy Tamplin returned to her native Coastal Virginia to change that by [...]

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Visit Suffolk, Virginia

To capture the full flavor that is Suffolk, Virginia, one must blend a rich agricultural foundation, the historic charm of repurposed landmarks, the delicious creations of local chefs, the thrum of live bands setting the mood for street festivals, and the bold vibe of an emerging arts and cultural district. Add in the excitement of [...]

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Top Docs 2022 Peer-to-Peer-Survey

For over 10 years, Coastal Virginia Magazine's Top Docs peer to peer survey has conducted polls in health care to identify the physicians other physicians trust most.  So we are asking Coastal Virginia Physicians to take part in the Top Docs Peer-to-Peer survey so we can keep our readers informed about who stands out in [...]

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Frank Lloyd Wright Beach House

Not visible from the street, the legendary house is only accessible via a curving, bamboo-bordered private drive at the end of 51st Street. As you pull up in front of this long, lean drink of water, you may find yourself blinking in disbelief at the appearance of this beach-home-like-no-other designed by the foremost architect of [...]

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Middle Ground Lighthouse

  Owning a lighthouse wasn’t something that Bob (a radiation safety officer for the Virginia Health Department) and Joan (a dental hygienist) had always dreamt of—especially not Joan. When Bob read that the 1891 Middle Ground Lighthouse  would be for sale at a government auction, he imagined an ideal location to bring their kids’ Sea Scout [...]

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5 Best Places to Look at Holiday Lights

Million Bulb Walk 2016 and Dominion Garden of Lights Norfolk Botanical Garden For the 21st year, Norfolk Botanical Garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland. From Nov. 24–Dec. 31 guests can drive through the light display and purchase hot chocolate, popcorn and other warm treats to enjoy while light-gazing. Prices vary. There are discounts [...]

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The Face of General Dentistry: Dr. Oliveira, Dentist

Alencar Family Dentistry. is a Chesapeake- based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. Under the leadership of Dr. Jayme A. Oliveira Filho (Dr. O), our practice is committed to delivering the highest quality dental care using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, [...]

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Restaurants at Norfolk’s Waterside District

Harbor Club will boast incredible waterfront views, a stylish interior, an outdoor veranda and a signature food and drink menu for an unparalleled experience. Look for made-from-scratch, tapas-style, seafood delicacies like ahi tuna poke, Norfolk backfin lump crabmeat rolls, lobster tempura and crab cakes. Luk Fu will offer Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai cuisine with authentic [...]

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Transformed

While the saying “there is no better time than the present” always rings true for those looking to change their health, the beginning of the year is typically a popular time to jump into (or back into, in some cases) a fitness and nutrition plan. The food-focused holidays have come and gone, and indulgent vacations [...]

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Quit “Managing” Your Migraines!

Given the statistics that 1 in 4 households in the US includes someone who suffers from these menacing headaches, it’s likely you do. Migraines are three times more likely to affect women than men, but they aren’t just the bane of adults—children can suffer from them as well. Migraines are more than just a bad [...]

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Face of General Dentistry: Dr. Oliveira, Dentist

Alencar Family Dentistry. is a Chesapeake- based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. Under the leadership of Dr. Jayme A. Oliveira Filho (Dr. O), our practice is committed to delivering the highest quality dental care using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, [...]

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10 Things to do with Seashells

Seashell Wreath Use a foam circle for building your own seashell wreath! Glue the shells all over the foam circle and hang it proudly on your wall or door to welcome guests to your own piece of paradise. (Source: Woman’s Day) Seashell Picture Frame Frame that treasured family picture from your trip and glue your shells [...]

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The Face of Home Decor & Creative Design: Esprit Decor

A good design starts with a team of great designers. We have built a team that continually offers you the best in planning, color consultation, and selection of beautiful home furnishings from the very best manufacturers. Our team is dedicated to staying on trend with styles, fabrics and materials to better educate you with options [...]

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The Face of Mortgage Loans: Sherry Reid, OVM Financial

Financing your home can be an overwhelming and sometimes confusing experience, with many details which must be attend- ed to throughout the loan process. Relying on her in-depth knowledge of the entire loan process, Sherry Reid is able to smoothly guide her clients from loan application to approval to closing. She is adept at problem-solving [...]

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Lucky Realty

The Face of Chesapeake Real Estate: Lucky Realty Company

Lucky Realty Co. is an Award-Winning Boutique Real Estate Brokerage specializing in hands on customer care during residential real estate transactions. Alan and Betsy Thompson have almost 40 years of combined real estate experience and are still excited every day to help their friends, family, and their referrals buy and sell the American Dream. Alan [...]

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Mancoll

The Face of Beautiful Change: Mancoll Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

As a skilled plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. John Mancoll has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people, helping them change not only their look, but their outlook on life.  As a patient of Dr. Mancoll, you’ll be met with caring, compassion and understanding. Start with a consultation, an easy and comfortable [...]

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Esprit Décor Home Furnishings

At Esprit Décor Home Furnishings, it’s our commitment to quality, customer service and professionalism that makes the difference. Our staff of expert designers and professionals are here to guide you as much, or as little, as you like. No one at Esprit Décor works on commission, so you won’t find us hounding you at the [...]

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The Face of Dental Wellness: Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha, Port Warwick Dental Arts

Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha, a nationally recognized cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, has created beautiful, healthy smiles for Hampton Roads since 1982. She is internationally published and esteemed as an educator and top clinician in cosmetic dentistry and the mind/body connection. She and her team have developed a gentle, non-surgical protocol for the diagnosis and treatment [...]

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Prodigy

The Rising Stars in Real Estate: Prodigy Realty

INTEGRITY OVER GREED…….  Prodigy Realty’s philosophy and they absolutely mean it. Founded by Broker/Owner Karen Tyler “Tyler” Prodigy is the fastest growing brokerage in Coastal Virginia rivaling the largest firms. How do they do it?  IT’S A FAMILY NOT A BROKERAGE. Agents who call Prodigy “Home” will attest to the leadership everyone is a part [...]

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The Face of Personalized Cancer Care: Virginia Oncology Associates

Cancer is a journey no one wants to take, and where you or your loved one gets treatment is crucial. Every cancer is unique and affects each person differently. At Virginia Oncology Associates, we recognize all of our patients as individuals with a need for caring, personalized treatment. We are dedicated to finding new and [...]

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Face of Foundation Repair: BAY Crawl Space & Foundation Repair

BAY Crawl Space & Foundation Repair is an Award-Winning Contractor specializing in fixing homes with moisture, flooding, structural, and foundation issues. With a team of over 48+ full time professionals, ‘BAY’ is proud to offer the best quality and value for professional crawl space and foundation repair services in Coastal Virginia. We recommend that you [...]

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Subscribe to Coastal Virginia Magazine

Thank you for your interest in Coastal Virginia Magazine, the premier regional lifestyle magazine for Coastal Virginia. We'd love to have you join our audience. For a free trial digital subscription to Coastal Virginia Magazine, CLICK HERE For a subscription to have Coastal Virginia Magazine delivered right to your door bi-monthly, CLICK HERE Click here to [...]

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2022 CoVa Battle of the Burgers at Military Aviation Museum

It was an epic day of craft burgers and beer at Coastal Virginia Magazine’s CoVa Battle of the Burgers, held at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach on June 11. Approximately 1,600 guests enjoyed picture-perfect weather and live entertainment by Buckshot while sampling delicious gourmet burgers from 16 participating local restaurants plus the Culinary [...]

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2022 CoVa Best Of Readers’ Choice Awards

Welcome to the Coastal Virginia Magazine Best Of Readers Choice Awards! Coastal Virginia Magazine relies on readers like you to decide who the BEST in the Coastal Virginia area is. Who has the best seafood? Who is the best local Instagram personality? Where is the best place to buy flowers? The list goes on forever. [...]

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2022 CoVa WineFest at the VB Convention Center

More than 2,000 guests sipped and savored at the Coastal Virginia Magazine WineFest held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Feb. 5-6. This year’s WineFest featured 16 Virginia wineries, six distilleries, a beer garden presented by Back Bay Brewing Co. and specialty vendors galore. Our very own editor-in-chief, Leona Baker, crushed it in the annual [...]

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Heat Exhaustion & Other Heat-Related Health Risks

The summer swelter is on its way as temperatures and humidity rise. This increases health risks as you work and play outside, especially for older people and young children. Excessive heat exposure can cause several health problems including heat cramps, which are painful spasms of your arm, leg and/or abdomen muscles. People experiencing these symptoms [...]

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Patient First: Summer Sun Safety Tips

It is summer and time for some fun in the sun. The sun’s warmth and brightness can relax us and boost our spirits. The benefits are wonderful, but overexposure can lead to some dangerous health issues. Each year more than three and a half million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States. [...]

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4th of July Fireworks and Events in Hampton Roads

As 4th of July weekend approaches, you may be trying to choose the best place in Hampton Roads to watch fireworks. We’ve got you covered with not only some fantastic firecracker spots but fun activities for the whole family as well. Check out these Independence Day events near you and make it a wonderful weekend. [...]

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20 Sensational Singles

Photography by Jim Pile and David Uhrin. With its vaulted ceilings, chandeliered lighting and plush interior, Norfolk's Granby Theater was the ideal scene for us to really get to know these standout personalities. Some relate their lives to a comedy and others are hopeful romantics, but the story lines are the same—they're all looking for [...]

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Super Lawyers: The Annual List of the Top Attorneys in Hampton Roads

Employment lawyer Ann K. Sullivan has a simple mantra, which she borrowed from Calvin Coolidge "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence." The Crenshaw, Ware & Martin employment lawyers can-do attitude is ever-present in the office: She once broke a bone in her right arm, so she taught herself to write left-handed. [...]

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Welcome Guide – Hampton Roads Cities

Chesapeake If you’re interested in scenery and love the outdoors, Chesapeake may be the place for you. Popular outdoor activities include kayaking, fishing, golfing, biking and camping. The Great Dismal Swamp is known for its unique and diverse wildlife and offers trails for visitors to explore while taking in the scenery. Chesapeake’s Greenbrier area offers [...]

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What to do with All Those Wedding Cards

Dear HR Bride, Do you have ideas for what to do with wedding cards? Initially I wanted to keep them all and have them organized by engagement, showers and ceremony and was going to punch holes in them and put them in neat little notebooks that I would decorate and pull out and read and [...]

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Patient First: Spring Allergies

The change in weather has brought along allergy season.  Do you suffer from spring time allergies? Don't worry, you're not the only one sneezing and sniffling! What are allergies? An allergic reaction occurs when your body comes into contact with an allergen. Your body identifies this substance as harmful, even when it isn’t. Then, when you come [...]

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Twelve Standout Schools

DEAN’S LIST 1. TABB HIGH 4431 Big Bethel Rd., Yorktown 757-867-7400 www.YorkCountySchools.org/THS District: York County Schools Principal: Angela Seiders Mascot: Tigers Awards: Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence (2011); Virginia Board of Education’s Competence to Excellence Award (2010); more than 20 state athletic championships Standout programs: The York County School of the Arts, a program in [...]

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Triple D Hits OBX

The Outer Banks can now be added to the list of locales visited by Guy Fieri and his team that produces one of the Food Network’s most popular shows, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. In addition to shooting at a half dozen OBX restaurants for the Triple D show, Guy came with 50 family members and [...]

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2022 Giving Back Awards

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual Giving Back Awards are designed to honor the region’s outstanding nonprofit organizations and businesses* that transform our communities and enrich the lives of others in a variety of ways with charitable or cultural missions or through partnerships and programs. Honorees will be determined based on nominations submitted by either representatives of the [...]

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Nine Best Halloween Attractions in Coastal Virginia

Nightmare Mansion One of the country’s top 10 rated haunted attractions, the Nightmare Mansion is a walk-through haunted house located on the resort strip of Virginia Beach. Complete with live actors, the five to 10 minute tour of terror may feel like a lifetime. Operational hours are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. [...]

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Why Soda is Making You Sick

Let’s start with weight gain. A 20-oz. soda contains 250 calories and about 17 teaspoons of sugar. Now, I know I’ve never advocated calorie obsession, but these are empty calories completely void of nutritional value. So an adult consuming one of these nutrition-deficient drinks per day is potentially putting on 26 extra pounds a year. [...]

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Dr. Carolyn Williams

The First Mom of Music

It’s Labor Day weekend, and Dr. Carolyn Williams, a retired teacher from Virginia Beach, is in Miami talking on the phone. “It’s just what I do now,” she says when asked why she’s in Florida. “I split my time between Virginia, Miami and LA.” She doesn’t mention right away why she would want to divide her [...]

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Game Day Gourmet: The Cheese and Charcuterie Board

We all love cheese, right? No, I’m not just talking cheese and crackers nonchalantly thrown onto a plate. What I love about cheese and charcuterie boards—when done correctly—is that there’s something for everyone to nibble on. From the nuts and fruit to the knobs of cheese and specialty meats, this bountiful platter will please any [...]

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Strange Brew

Climbing out onto a sixth-story window ledge at the Cavalier Hotel, Adolph Coors felt cheated. For the past two months, Coors, the founder of the Adolph Coors Company, had gazed out at the Atlantic Ocean, contemplating the 61 years that had passed since he’d first crossed it. His relationship with the water had always been [...]

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Brunch Breakdown

When you're sleeping in on the weekends, the last thing you want to do is make an elaborate brunch. At least, that’s what it’s like for me 99% of the time. Now, I am a serious dessert eater (see here, here and here), but second to my sweet tooth is my adoration for all things [...]

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9 Road Trips You Should Take This Summer

1. Charlottesville Home of the main campus of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville makes a great base camp for tasting great wine at Blenheim Vineyards or Trump Winery. Cruising up I-64, the mountain town is also only three hours from Virginia Beach. And they’re dog-friendly, too! On the outskirts of the town stands Monticello, the [...]

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Creepy Crawford

The road was dark and quiet. The only sound was the whir of my car engine, the glow of my headlamps the only light. It was my junior year of high school, and I was venturing out to Crawford Road for the first time, under the guidance of a friend. Crawford, the winding, secluded two-lane [...]

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12 Volunteer Mentorship Programs in Hampton Roads

  United for Children: Drive educational success for poor children as a way out of poverty. (Learn more here) Communities in Schools: Help support students’ educational development through one-on-one mentoring or group mentoring. Wesley Memorial Club Sandwich: Provide tutoring and enrichment opportunities for children ages 7–14 in Norfolk’s Wards Corner neighborhood. ForKids: Help tutor homeless [...]

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25 Hidden Gems in Coastal Virginia

We’re not guaranteeing that all items on this list will be completely mysterious to you, but we’ve certainly had a fun time discovering (and in some cases rediscovering) these 25 treasures. And if, by chance, you’re already in the know of some of these gems, advance apologies for blowing up your spot. 1. $3 Martini [...]

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