Things to Do: Family Fun

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

Windsor Castle Parks’ Kayak & Paddleboard Outfitters now open for the season!

Windsor Castle Park’s Outfitter is now open every Saturday & Sunday through October 1st from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Last rentals out at 5 p.m.). Reservations are not required but are suggested. There are three ways to make reservations: Via email to windsorcastlekayaks@yahoo.com, Online at WindsorCastlePark.com/kayak-rentals.html, Or call 757.359.0846 (Phone reservations available on Saturdays and Sundays only). Single Kayaks and Paddleboards are $10 per hour. Tandem (2 person) kayaks are $20 per person. Rental fee includes paddles and

Spring Farmers Markets

Spring is in the air and that means fresh produce, local cheese, eggs, and meat. Bring the whole family along to these Farmers Markets in COVA! Here are 5 Farmers Markets you have to check out this Spring: Williamsburg  Enjoy the heart of Williamsburg in Merchants Square while shopping in the Farmer’s Markets for spring produce, prepared food, fish, artisan cheeses, meats, pasta, cut flowers, and handmade soaps! The market includes live music and

A Spa-Like Experience

          Meet Shaen and Rich Goetsch, owners of Perfectly Natural Soap® May 2017     Of course, the shop Perfectly Natural Soap® smells like heaven – a clean, fresh scent, like freshly laundered linens that have hung outside to dry in the sun. You would expect that. Of course, the gorgeous displays and products draw you in. But what you might not be expecting is that these products are like little

Darden’s Country Store & Smokehouse – a rich culinary tradition & a way of life

Meet Dee Dee & Tommy Darden  ​ April 2017 (Source: DardensCountryStore.com)  “Not too many people do what we do anymore,” says Dee Dee Darden. “Farming, running the little store, doing the hams, it’s a way of life here – independence, working with family and friends, getting involved in the community, preserving what we have for the future. If you ask Dee Dee’s husband of 32 years, Tommy what the best part of this life is, he’ll tell

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

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

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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