Virginia Beach – Food, Fun and Sand

We just completed a great road trip to Virginia Beach.  This was a great place to spend a few days of sun and sand.  The beach is very large and even though it was a holiday weekend, we didn’t feel that the area was too crowded.

Our criteria was to find a hotel on the beach at a reasonable price.  Given it was the Fourth of July, this seemed to be a daunting task, but we found a great deal at Ocean Beach Club.  I will tell you upfront, they will try to enlist you into a sales meeting to consider a time share unit at their property.  We opted not to sit in on the meeting, but were able to experience the property and never felt any pressure to meet with a salesperson.

Ocean Beach Club, Virginia Beach, VA
View from the balcony of our Ocean Beach Club Room

 

Ocean Beach Club, Virginia Beach, VA
View from the bedroom

The Ocean Beach Club sits right on the Boardwalk and is oceanfront.  The Tiki Bar sits beachside and is a wonderful place to sit back, enjoy a cocktail, a nice meal and relax.

Ocean Beach Club, Virginia Beach, VA
View of the ocean and boardwalk from Ocean Beach Club
Ocean Beach Club, Virginia Beach, VA
Tiki Bar

The Boardwalk is 3 miles long.  It is a wonderful place for your morning walk or run.  Of course, Kevin was up early to take sunrise photos!

Virginia Beach, VA
Sunrise over the ocean
Virginia Beach, VA
Peaceful Sunrise
Virginia Beach, VA
Check out the Art along your stroll of the Boardwalk
Neptune at Virginia Beach, VA
Neptune keeps watch over the beach!

There are a lot of restaurants to choose from in Virginia Beach and given our short visit we didn’t have time to visit many.  But here are a few we stopped by and found interesting.

Ben & Jerry’s is always a favorite stop.  Be sure to check out the coupon in the visitor’s guide (a buy one get one free)

Ben & Jerry's in Virginia Beach, VA
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream… Awesome!

Lager Heads was right next door to the hotel.  It has a very nice menu of craft beers and local wines as well as pretty good burgers.  The place is a little noisy, but if you want a low key place to enjoy a pint and a few fries … check it out.

Catch 31 is located right on the beach – so an outdoor table provides a great view of the ocean.  They offer fresh fish and salads.  Not a bad place to spend an evening enjoying the view.

Catch 31, Virginia Beach, VA
View from our table at Catch 31

My favorite stop was Cheeseburger in Paradise when we were heading out of town.  The food was really good and the service was exceptional.  We were there around lunch time and didn’t experience the dinner rush, but it provided a good meal at a great price.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, Virginia Beach, VA
A quick peek at the bar!!
Cheeseburger in Paradise, Virginia Beach, VA
Chicken Calypso Salad … yummy!
Cheeseburger in Paradise, Virginia Beach, VA
Cheeseburger … of course!
Cheeseburger in Paradise, Virginia Beach, VA
Cool Chair!

We are always looking for either wineries or breweries on our travels and this stop was no exception.  We found O’Connor Brewing and it was awesome.  Located in the industrial section of Norfolk it’s only a hop over from Virginia Beach to visit.  Well worth the drive.  Kevin loved the Irish Red Ale … who’s kidding, he loved them all and packed a cooler full to bring home!

O'Connor Brewing, Norfolk, VA
O’Connor Brewery – Norfolk, VA
O'Connor Brewing, Norfolk, VA
O’Connor Family Tree
O'Connor Brewing, Norfolk, VA
A great place to sit and enjoy a pint
O'Connor Brewing, Norfolk, VA
Our selections

Over all, we had a great time at Virginia Beach.  If you cannot make it down to the Keys, but are close to here … stop by and check it out.  A beach, sun and an ocean breeze can fix a lot of things!

 

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