Things to Do: COVA

Getting Patriotic in COVA

Memorial Day is almost here, and COVA has plenty of ways to celebrate. Parades, festivals, and special Military discounts! Here are 4 ways to get patriotic in COVA: Portsmouth   A Portsmouth tradition since 1884, the annual Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and Portsmouth’s proud military heritage.  Enjoy floats, marching bands and lots of excitement.  The parade begins at 10:00

Celebrating Arts & Music in COVA

Calling all art and music lovers! Check out all these fun events going on throughout May in COVA, and don’t forget the Virginia Arts Festival! Here are 5 ways to celebrate music and arts in COVA: Virginia Beach  The family-friendly Sonrise Music Festival, at Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront Resort Beach, will come alive with the sounds of Alternative music May 28-30. Held at the 31st Street Neptune Park, the event will feature Christian artists offering a

Handmade for Mom: Gifts for Mother’s Day

Smithfield Handmade article Victorias Rose Chalk Painting Class
Mother’s day is just around the corner! Celebrate by giving your mom something one-of-a-kind. Here are 5 ways to create a unique Mother’s Day gift in COVA: Smithfield Create a chalk paint masterpiece for Mom! The charming shop Victoria’s Rose, located in the heart of downtown Smithfield will offer a Dixie Belle Chalk Paint Class on Saturday, May 13 from 9 until 11 a.m. This will be an introductory class where attendees will learn

“Finding the Potential Future of the Past”

Owner Jessica Casper’s vision for her shop Vintage Potential March 2017           You can’t walk into Vintage Potential without seeing something special that captures your attention – and your heart. A spool holder just like the one your grandmother used. A cracker tin like the one that was kept on the kitchen counter when you were a kid. There’s a reason these objects resonate so much. Vintage Potential’s owner Jessica Casper has

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in COVA

FREDS
Coastal Virginia knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day right, with opportunities to eat authentic Irish food and drink. And don’t forget the bag pipes! Here are 5 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in COVA: Franklin Southampton Cheers to Green Beers in Franklin! Belly up to the bar of Fred’s Restaurant in Historic Downtown Franklin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Looking for dinner and drinks to celebrate? Be sure to try some of

Places to Bring your Pup in COVA

Puppy day
No one likes to leave their best friend at home – especially when it’s your pup! Check out these fun activities to do with your dog in Coastal Virginia. Here are 5 pet-friendly attractions in COVA: Hampton To many, taking the family on the road means grabbing a leash and making room for the dog! While in Hampton, don’t forget to pamper your pooch at one of our two bark parks! Sandy Bottom Nature

Carrollton’s newest restaurant – The Virginia Company

       Opened on November 14, 2016, Kevin and Jessica Blair, owners of The Virginia Company were looking to provide an alternate dining experience to help “fill a void” they felt was present in the wine and food market in Isle of Wight County. They were looking to provide fine food with great service at a price that was reasonable, a nice wine selection in a relaxed atmosphere, and the option to experience it

Raising Your Spirits this Winter in COVA

Chesapeake Bay Distillery
Not all of us like the cold, but most of us enjoy quality beer, wine, & spirits. Coastal Virginia offers a great selection as breweries, distilleries, and brewpubs that continue to grow in the area. Here are 7 ways to raise your *spirits* this winter in COVA: Virginia Beach Housed within a building that many Virginia Beach locals remember as an iconic surf shop, Chesapeake Bay Distillery, the first vodka tasting room in Virginia

Celebrate Our Presidential/American Heritage in COVA

Museum
Craving a blast from the past? Get a dose of history and celebrate President’s day at these exciting attractions in Coastal Virginia. Here are 4 places to visit this President’s day in COVA: Williamsburg If you’re a history lover, Colonial and Revolutionary War sites are a must-see! Stroll through Colonial Williamsburg and explore the historic shops! You can also take a historic journey through the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

COVA’s Guilty Pleasures

Glazed Doughnuts
Whether you are a romantic or not, this Valentine’s day we can all agree that these desserts are delicious. Coastal Virginia has an array of dessert shops that won’t let you down, even if your romantic interests don’t pan out. Here are 7 ways to indulge this Valentine’s Day in COVA: Newport News There are few better places to indulge those guilty pleasures than Indulge Bakery itself in Newport News, where you will find