Sure, you’ve seen online travel reviews and talked to people who went to Virginia Beach “last year.” Maybe you’ve even been to Virginia’s coast in recent years. Great, but… you’re still having trouble finding a good source to tell you what’s going on now. If you’re interested in today’s hotspots and what is currently happening in Virginia Beach in 2016, look no further.
The ViBe Creative District is a unique cultural area complete with shops, restaurants, antiques, art galleries and even a distillery. Located near the Virginia Beach Convention Center (and the future site of a new sports arena), ViBe is spread over approximately 20 city blocks beginning on Virginia Beach Boulevard (17th Street) and extending north to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) near 22nd Street. At the beginning of each month, local businesses in the district host “First Friday ViBe” with themed social events, discounts and more. It is definitely worth a visit to this area.
Visit the Escape Room Virginia Beach for a perplexing and fun new activity. Work with your team members to solve the riddle of the room and escape in under an hour. Ingenuity and keen observation will be your tools as clues become apparent and the solution is within grasp. Different themes are available for multiple experiences and individual players can be paired with other participants, or groups can rent an entire room for a private team-building exercise. The Escape Room Virginia Beach provides intellectually stimulating fun. Can you escape in time?
For elegant dining with superb service and masterfully prepared Italian cuisine, visit Il Giardino on the corner of 10th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Locals agree that this intimate restaurant is one of the most popular and long-standing culinary hot spots in Virginia Beach.
Recently, in November of 2015, Il Giardino celebrated its 30th Anniversary! The traditional symbol of this milestone anniversary is the pearl—appropriate since the restaurant is located one block from the oceanfront and features an array of fresh seafood including clams, calamari and salmon along with traditional Italian dishes and pizza from their wood-burning oven. Stop in to try this iconic restaurant as the anniversary celebration continues.
JT’s Camp Grom
One of the most anticipated new additions to Virginia Beach is JT’s Camp Grom. In 2007, JT’s Grommet Island, a fully accessible beach park where people of all ages and abilities can play and socialize, opened at 2nd Street on the oceanfront. Developed by the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation, the park offers specialized beach wheelchairs and facilitates access to the ocean for people with disabilities including children and wounded warriors.
In 2016, JT’s Camp Grom is scheduled to open to the public, providing access to even more activities including rope courses, fishing, archery, wakeboarding, and more. Located just south of the resort area off General Booth Boulevard, JT’s Camp Grom will be situated in a natural park setting complete with a lake, indoor aquatic center and other accessible facilities. The camp will be operated by the local YMCA, and a small entry fee will assist in covering costs.
Virginia Beach will soon be a second home to a popular California brewery. Green Flash brewery, made famous by its West Coast IPA, is planning to open a new facility within a few minutes’ drive of the oceanfront in the summer of 2016.
Modeled after their brewery in San Diego, this location will have a tasting room, beer garden, event rental space and the ability to brew 100,000 barrels of beer. Those wanting to learn more about the brewing process can take brewery tours and maybe even buy a book (or a growler) in the retail shop.
Outlet shopping is finally coming to the south side of Hampton Roads! In early June, ground broke in Norfolk on the Virginia Beach line for the new complex that will be named Norfolk Premium Outlets. This $75 million project is slated to open in the summer of 2017 and will consist of 80 trendy and famous brands, offering discounted prices of 25%-65% off merchandise. This will be the place to visit for great deals on a large selection of products.