Things to Do: Dining & Shopping

Smithfield’s Country Vintage Market & Sidewalk Sale – this weekend

Grab your flip flops and get outside this weekend as Smithfield celebrates Spring with some several very special events. Join us for Smithfield Farmers Market’s Country Vintage Market at the Isle of Wight County Fairgrounds this Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23. The market will be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. & on Sunday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. The Spring Vintage Market will be held this year at a NEW LOCATION – the Joel

Smithfield Farmers Market Season begins this Saturday

Smithfield Farmers Market season opens THIS SATURDAY, April 1st and runs weekly through October. The market is open from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday, with specialty markets throughout the year open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The market is held in the The Bank of Southside Virginia parking lot on Main Street in downtown Smithfield. Named one of the “101 Best Farmers Markets in America” by TheDailyMeal.com, Smithfield’s popular market offers tasty foods, baked

“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

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

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

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

Table for Two: Date Night in COVA

Smithfield Station food shot
Looking for the perfect place to dine with that special someone on February 14th? Check out this list for some date night inspiration. Call now and reserve a table for two! Here are 6 ways to make sure Valentine’s day is delicious: Smithfield What could be more romantic than dining waterside along the Pagan River at the charming Smithfield Station? The Station’s award-winning menu offers fresh seafood, Smithfield ham and their popular Sunday Breakfast

Pig out & feel good about it – beginning Friday!

Our 4th Annual Restaurant Week in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County begins THIS FRIDAY, January 27th and runs through Saturday, February 4th. Participating restaurants will offer a reduced price lunch ($10) and dinner ($20) menu. This amazing price includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. (Beverage, tax and tip are not included.) Join us throughout the eight days of Restaurant at one of your favorite Smithfield restaurants, or try a new one. With these