Things to Do: Family Fun

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

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

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.

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

Don’t Let the Cold Stop You: Ways to Get Outside this Winter

Great Chocolate Race
It’s easy to get cooped up inside during the winter, but there is plenty to do outside in Coastal Virginia if you want to break your cabin fever. Check out these fun activities to hold yourself over until it gets warmer. Here are 4 ways to get outside this winter COVA: Norfolk Get out and bike, walk or run this year! The Elizabeth River Trail is a 10.5 mile long biking and pedestrian urban

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

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!