Things to Do: Attractions

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

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

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

Great American Pie Month

Pastries
Made-from-scratch and fresh out of the oven, the Great American Pie Month is here! Whatever sweet it is that you’re craving, you’re sure to find it at one of these great locations in Coastal Virginia. Indulge in some freshly baked goodness right here in COVA: Norfolk Great American Pie Month is in February and Norfolk offers a variety of delicious pies to suit all tastes! Stop by Chocollage in the historic Freemason where you’ll

Celebrating Black History Month

Virginia Legends Walk Gate
Celebrate Black History Month through art, storytelling, performance and other special exhibitions featured throughout Coastal Virginia. Don’t miss these great opportunities to experience and learn about black history in the area. Here are 6 ways to celebrate Black History Month in COVA: Virginia Beach The Virginia Legends Walk (VLW) in Virginia Beach pays homage to the legends of the state of Virginia, both past and present. Located in the heart of Virginia Beach’s oceanfront

Liquid Cheers to the New Year

CHEERS and welcome to 2017! Celebrate the new year and all that lies ahead at one of Coastal Virginia’s amazing breweries and wineries. Here are five ways to say “CHEERS” to the new year in COVA: Smithfield Step inside Bon Vivant Wine & Brew and you’ll find great wine, world-class beer, gift baskets, cigars, glassware, accessories and more. There’s also an amazing selection of hard-to-find brews and unique wines – all managed by an

Winter Day Trips to COVA

Got a day with nothing planned? Why not head to Coastal Virginia? Whether you prefer to stroll through historic sites or learn how to blow glass, you can do it in Cova! Here are five winter day trips you need to take to COVA: Williamsburg If you’re only here for a day and trying to find the best way to spend your time in Williamsburg, the Colonial and Revolutionary War sites are a must-see!

COVA’s Cabin Fever Cures

Tired of being cooped up inside? Coastal Virginia may be known for it’s outdoor adventure, but we’ve got plenty to do indoors as well! Here are five cures to beat cabin fever in COVA: Hampton For indoor fun on a winter day, the Virginia Air & Space Center can’t be beat. The official visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center, the Virginia Air & Space Center houses more than 100 “hands-on” exhibits. Kid favorites

6 Ways to Light Up Your Holiday Season in COVA

There’s just something magical about Christmas lights. The holidays just are not complete without the lights especially in Coastal Virginia. We’ve put together six of the best, can’t-miss places to light up your holiday season in Coastal Virginia. Here are six ways to light up your holiday season in COVA: Franklin Southampton Y’all are invited out to the country for Ivor’s Christmas Parade on Wednesday, December 14 at 3:00pm. Be sure to stick around