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“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

Darden’s award winning ham sandwich

The folks in Smithfield have always known how amazing Darden’s ham sandwich is. Now everyone knows! Darden’s Country Store was selected as #4 in the “Best Tasting Country Ham Sandwich in Virginia” competition in the USA TODAY’s Reader’s Choice Contest. The nominees were carefully selected by an expert panel and then voted into the winning spots by the public. The Darden family has been curing hams, and making pork sausage and whole hog North Carolina

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in COVA

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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

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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

Ways to Celebrate the Beginning of Spring

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Shake off winter and check out what spring has to offer in Coastal Virginia! It’s a great time to view the beautiful scenery of the region or spend the day strawberry picking. Here are 5 ways to celebrate spring in COVA: Virginia Beach The beginning of the spring season marks the start of one of our favorite times of year here in Virginia Beach, as it also marks the start of strawberry season! Grab

Spring Sporting Events in COVA

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Whether you are a runner, basketball player, or into kayaking, Coastal Virginia has something to satisfy your sporting needs. There are plenty of opportunities to participate or watch sports in the area, so don’t miss out! Here are 5 sporting events to check out in COVA: Smithfield Test your limits with the Smithfield Sprint Triathlon. Find out what you’re made of. Sign up for the Luter Family YMCA’s annual triathlon on Saturday, March 25th.

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

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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

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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