Things to Do: Tours

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 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

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

Christmas in Smithfield 2016!

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to tour exquisite historic homes all decked out in their Christmas finest? Join us for Christmas in Smithfield as the town presents six of its historic treasures – three historic homes on the Day Tour, and another three for the Candlelight Tour. Christmas in Smithfield also features an Antiques Show with 19 high end vendors from across the region. The Antiques Show runs from Friday

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

Fall’s Hidden Haunted Gems

In the mood for some tricks and treats? We’ve gathered all the hot spots together for your Tour de Boo this October. Grab your friends and get ready to discover these spooky hidden gems. There’s even some not-so-spooky fun for your little pumpkins! Here are six ways to get ghouled in COVA: Norfolk Haunted Ship: Alien Terror. Aliens have crash landed in the Elizabeth River and invaded the Battleship Wisconsin – will you be

Did you know that the World’s Oldest Ham resides in Smithfield, Virginia?

Meet Jennifer England, this famous ham’s caretaker You can find this unusual artifact at the Isle of Wight County Museum, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in downtown Smithfield. The museum is also home to the world’s oldest peanut, and it’s the responsibility of Jennifer England, director of the museum, to care for these important – though somewhat unusual – treasures. Edible artifacts were something new for Jennifer when she began

Spirit of Norfolk has a New Fresh Look for 2016

The Spirit of Norfolk offers a cruise of the Elizabeth River complete with a mix of dining, entertainment and spectacluar sweeping views. Cruising throughout the year from Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk, Spirit offers lunch, dinner, moonlight, holiday and many themed cruises. For 2016, the Spirit of Norfolk is fresh from a $1.2 million renovation. The vessel now features more lounging, dining and entertainment options than ever before. That includes more seating options

Virginia Beach Brewery Tours Will Cure What Ales You

In Virginia Beach, the beer flows like the mighty Lynnhaven River, no matter the season. Like the transition of the leaves and the shifts in temperature, each new season provides ample opportunity to explore new varieties of beer at one of our many local breweries. From stouts and porters, to IPAs and Lagers, stop in to one of our many breweries for a sampler of them all! With so many wonderful breweries from which