One of the East Coast’s more popular beach destinations offers many of the usual beach amenities, but also look for a wild side beyond the attractions, boardwalk bars and beach restaurants. Virginia Beach offers an array of tours, but many activities work best when self-guided.
While the weather can be unpredictable, this beach destination at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay goes beyond the ordinary selection of tours and attractions, primarily because of its unique geography. Most visitors arrive by private car, but two major regional airports — Norfolk International Airport and Newport News Williamsburg International Airport — also serve the area. Upon arrival, start by stretching your legs on the three-mile boardwalk. The water is usually calm and the setbacks to the water are wide.
There’s a lot to see along the Atlantic Avenue and Oceanside boardwalk corridors, including shops with beach gear and clothing and excellent restaurants serving local seafood. The wide boardwalk features separate lanes for bike riders. And walkers. And joggers. In summer, several stages offer live entertainment. Don’t miss the photo op at the sculpture of Neptune. At the south end of the boardwalk lies Rudee Inlet, where you can pick up a charter fishing boat, rent a bike or just enjoy the scenery and waterside dining (try Big Sam’s Inlet Café & Raw Bar).
Next, escape the beach crowds and explore the wilder, natural side of Virginia Beach. Many tours can be self-guided, such as a trip to Sandbridge Beach, where it will mostly be just you and the birds. Or visit First Landing State Park for a nature walk. Not far is the National Wildlife Refuge, a link to the Atlantic Flyway, or take a wetlands zip tour for a thrill under the canopy.
After all this nature, pause for a tasting at Tarnished Truth Distilling Co. in the newly renovated Cavalier Virginia Beach hotel and spa. Drop by the Cape Henry Lighthouse, and then wrap up your day with a sunset dolphin kayak tour. Before your departure, take a tour of the Military Aviation Museum and get back on the water for a whale tour aboard Atlantic Explorer.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
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