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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

Celebrate Our Presidential/American Heritage in COVA

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.

Celebrating Black History Month

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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

Healthy Resolutions for 2017

Go a little overboard with the food during the holidays? Who doesn’t? If you enjoyed your family time as much as we did, you’re probably also looking for some ways to get back on track this new year. Instead of just hitting the gym, we’ve gathered some fun ways to get your healthy resolutions in gear around Coastal Virginia. Here are seven ways to get healthy this year in COVA: Virginia Beach At First

Smithfield Evening Christmas Market – tomorrow!

           Our Smithfield Evening Christmas Market has become one of our most popular holiday events. Join us TOMORROW from 3- 9 p.m. in downtown Smithfield! The market will feature more than 130 vendors with handmade crafts and homemade food, live alpacas to pet, SANTA, live music at four locations, Christmas lights, hot food and drink, tours of the 1750 Courthouse, mulled wine, and more! Our fabulous Main Street stores and

Smithfield’s Autumn Vintage Market is back!

Hurricane Matthew may have caused us to cancel our Autumn Vintage Market a few weeks ago, but we have GOOD NEWS! The Market is back and will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. along three blocks of Smithfield’s Main Street. All 100+ of our fabulous vendors will be there with vintage, antique and repurposed items. The Market will also offer live music and delicious local foods. Free parking and shuttle service will

Enjoy Ham-O-Ween in downtown Smithfield

        Genuine Smithfield is the HAM-O-WEEN Destinations in Coastal Virginia! Remember when You used to look forward all year to Trick or Treating on Halloween night?…Strolling the charming streets of a friendly small town with candy galore and enough tasty treats and terrifying tricks to thrill both the young – and the young at heart! Genuine Smithfield still hosts that quintessential Halloween experience! So come for the candy, the contests, the creepy characters

Christmas in Smithfield 2016 tickets go on sale Saturday!

In some ways it seems as if time has stood still in Smithfield, Virginia. Known as the Ham Capital of the World and nestled along the Pagan River, Smithfield is just a half hour’s drive from both Norfolk and the Virginia Peninsula. The Town’s remarkable National Historic District and the adjacent Windsor Castle Park encompass more than 500 acres and feature almost 300 contributing buildings from 1730 through the early 20th century. The downtown