Category Archives: Virginia Beach

The Virginia Beach Oceanfront is a great place to visit any time of the year. There are many events and festivals that take place throughout the year. Additionally, there are great restaurants, museums, concerts, clubs and more, both on the Boardwalk or within a short drive.

Virginia Beach Neptune Festival 2016

For over 30 years, I have attended the annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival.  It is one of my two favorite annual event weekends.  Except for two years, when hurricanes roared through the area, we have stayed at the oceanfront for the three-day Boardwalk weekend.

This year the Neptune Festival was held September 30 through October 2.  While the weather was iffy leading up to the events, we managed to enjoy our time over the weekend. 

I had arranged a week’s stay, through a timeshare exchange, into one of my favorite resorts in Virginia Beach, Four Sails Resort.  It’s the hidden gem at the north end of the Boardwalk.  All units are oceanfront.  The staff is wonderful.  There are complimentary bikes and WIFI, and it’s budget friendly.

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At the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, one can enjoy strolling 12 blocks of art, crafts and food along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. There are a multitude of other happenings to be enjoyed by all.  Scheduled annual events include the Neptune Festival Grand Parade down Atlantic Avenue, a fireworks extravaganza, Neptune’s Atlantic Regatta and Volleyball Tournament,  the 8K and 5K Neptune’s Run, and music at the various oceanfront stages. 

 

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While I immensely enjoy all these events, my absolute favorite is the International Sandsculpting Championship.  I take many pictures of the incredible works of art created out of sand.  Each year, I marvel at the displayed talent of these artists, who come from around the world to create their sculptures of sand.

This year was no different.  All were incredible.  Of course, there were favorites, but I found each one quite intriguing and awe-inspiring.   I arrived on Friday afternoon and took the opportunity to snap many pictures prior to the crowds arriving.

Below are some of my personal favorites from the championship.

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In closing, I’m already looking forward to next year.  Consider Virginia Beach’s Neptune Festival when making your vacation plans for a visit to Virginia Beach. Take it from me, you won’t regret it.  It’s fun, fun, fun and usually really great weather!

Festivals and Events in Virginia Beach

Festivals and events in Virginia Beach can make planning your beach vacation all that more exciting.  Combining a stay at the beach with a scheduled festival or event can really round things out.

Virginia Beach offers tourists and locals, alike, a diverse array of opportunities to enjoy the oceanfront beyond the beach.  Not to diminish the beautiful wide Virginia Beach coastline, because that’s the main draw and it’s awesome; but sprinkle in some fun and entertainment  on top of that and……wow!

Things have already started popping at the oceanfront.  Spring has arrived, with the promises of Summer sun and sand on the horizon.

Today and tomorrow, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm is the 12th annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.  ” American Kite Association members from throughout the East Coast will present kite demonstrations, perform kite routines to music, and fly giant kites (up to 80 feet long) that include an octopus kite!  Kite vendors will be on site to sell various kinds of kites. ”

Next weekend is shaping up with several events at the oceanfront, which are sure to attract many to the beach.  Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 8.    An annual favorite, at the south end of the oceanfront, is Monsters on the Beach.  This is a family-targeted event held at 6th Street on the beach.  This is a ticketed event that will be held Saturday and Sunday.  It’s loud, fast and exciting fun for everyone.

Midway on the Boardwalk at the 24th Street Stage, the Virginia International Pan Fest will be held on Friday and Saturday.  “Fusing together the rhythm of steel bands, ocean breezes, and great international food, the breathtaking Virginia Beach oceanfront becomes an “island paradise” for the weekend.”

May 13-15 offers three big events scheduled along the oceanfront. Talk about something for everyone….Beach Music Weekend, Neptune Festival International Spring Wine Tasting and Pirate Party on the Beach.  Whether you’re swinging and foot-tapping to the sounds of the oldies right on the beach at 30th Street, or making your way through the tasting stations for wines from around the world at 31st Street Park, or getting your “aaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhh” on at the Pirate Party at 17th Street; you’re sure to find a good time.

May 20-22 offers three great events at the oceanfront and nearby.   At the 31st Street Stage, The Sonrise Music Festival features Top Christian artists offering a variety of musical genres including cutting edge Top 40, Hip Hop, Indie, and Inspirational music.

At the Virginia Beach Convention Center at 19th Street, Tidewater Comicon takes place  on Saturday and Sunday.  Tidewater Comicon is Virginia’s Largest Comic Book and Pop Culture Event featuring Special Media Guests that you know and love!

Head out to Pungo for Warbirds over the Beach, an annual WWII Air Show.  Experience hundreds of re-enactors, actual warplanes of these times and entertainment reminiscent of the 1940s.  See fighters and bombers of our armed forces patrol the countryside to protect our homeland from the Axis forces.

The Memorial Day Holiday arrives and officially welcomes in “The Season” with the Salute to Summer festivities at the oceanfront. Salute to Summer is an unabashed “Star-Spangled” salute to great music, fun in the sun, and the military men and women who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history.  Live, free entertainment on three outdoor stages features music presented by local and regional bands.

The 33rd annual Pungo Strawberry Festival can’t be missed if you are a fan of this delicious fruit.  Attendance is expected to reach 120,000 over the course of this two-day festival.  Not only does the Festival have all the strawberries you can eat, offered in over 50 different ways, you can participate in activities like a pie eating contest and strawberry bake-off.  Continuous entertainment will be showcased on three stages, along with a parade, and one of the largest carnivals on the East Coast.  The fun also includes  a multi-million dollar military display, pig races, youth art show, and arts and craft booths.

America loves the Military and Virginia Beach has a strong Military presence and loves to show its support.  Each year, Virginia Beach celebrates and honors them with a special festival; The Patriotic Festival.  It’s a great time for all!  Several national touring artists will be performing over this three-day event, June 3-5.

Sports Championships on the Beach!  Enjoy great athletic competition and the beach all-in-one!  June 10-12, Virginia Beach again hosts the North American Sand Soccer Championships at the oceanfront.  “Known internationally as the “Gran Prix” of beach/sand soccer, the NASSC is the premier amateur and pro/am beach/sand soccer event worldwide.  The festival offers many other sand sport competitions including a COED Flag Football Beach Bash, Beach All-Volley Tennis USA, Beach Wrestling, the North American SANDLAX Championships, Beach Field Hockey and Volley Futbol.

Since I just can’t make time every weekend to be at the oceanfront for all these great events and festivals, I do have to pick and choose. I try to mix things up, but there’s two annual festivals that I never miss.  The annual Boardwalk Art Show is one of my two “never miss” festivals.  In its 61st year, this festival is a four-day event held over Father’s Day weekend each year (June 16-19).  Over 300 artists display their works of art for viewing and purchase.  Food and entertainment are also offered throughout the four days.

June 24-25 brings Hardee’s Latin Fest to the Beach.  It is a celebration of the sights and sounds of the Latin experience.  “National performers electrify the diverse audience with high-energy tunes that move the crowd to dance under the stars.  All performances will take place on a giant stage on the beach at 24th Street. Vendors and cultural activities in the park will round out the festival.”  Go and get your groove on!!!

High Summer is upon us as July rolls in.  For all you rock ‘n rollers out there, Sandstock is a great annual festival that is a beach-inspired variation of Woodstock.  National and local tribute bands pay homage to some of the great rock bands of our time; Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago and more!  All shows are free to the public July 1-3.  Rock on!

Are you ready to get funky?  The FunkFest Beach Party lands on the beach August 26-28.  This annual festival features music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players.  Funk brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground.  The FunkFest Beach Party will take place on a stage on the beach at 24th Street.

The American Music Festival combines many genres of music for all to enjoy for three days over the Labor Day weekend (September 2-4) .  It is one of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast. “The sounds of rock, jazz, country, R&B, and more flood the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  The American Music Festival brings together national, regional, and local acts to play on a gigantic stage erected on the beach at 5th Street, as well as stages in all the parks along the boardwalk. ”   In its 23rd year, past acts have included Tanya Tucker, Kansas, Doobie Brothers, Little Richard, Kool & the Gang, The Beach Boys, KC & The Sunshine Band, Foreigner, Isaac Hayes, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, Journey, Zac Brown Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Sister Hazel, Boyz II Men, Stone Temple Pilots, ZZ Top, Train, and Sheryl Crow.

“Celebrating one of the most cherished musical genres of all time, Blues at the Beach features two days (September 9-11) of concerts on an outdoor stage.  Local, regional, and nationally-recognized Blues acts share the stage for a riveting and heartfelt tribute to the sights, sounds, and soul of the American experience.  Blues stars James Harman, Terry Garland, Billy Boy Arnold, and many like them, have presented standout performances at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.”

Earlier in my post, I shared that I had two personal favorites regarding festivals and events in Virginia Beach.  The first was the annual Boardwalk Art Show.  The second……drum roll, please…..the annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend and International Sandsculpting Championship.  If I had to pick only one favorite, then it would definitely be this end-of-Summer festival held at the end of September.  The weather is normally in the mid to upper 70’s and ocean temperatures are still warm.  Similar to the Boardwalk Art Show in June, over 240 artisans display handmade work from paintings and sculptures, to photography and glass work.  However, the added bonus for me, is the International Sandsculpting Championship.  I am absolutely amazed by this artistry.  It’s simply mesmerizing to watch the artists transform crystals of sand into magnificent sculptures.  The Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend runs September 30 through October 2.

Note:  We have weekly accommodations for many of these festivals and events.  Please see our Rental Inventory.

OBX Taste of the Beach 2016

This will be our fourth year staying on the Outer Banks and attending the OBX Taste of the Beach.  I’m so happy that I discovered this great four-day event back in 2013.  This event is in its 7th year.  Take a look at the posted events.  Never will you get such a wide and varied opportunity to experience the culinary and libation offerings of the Northern Outer Banks like you will during this four-day event.  No grocery shopping or cooking is involved during this getaway.  There are so many unique events and experiences specifically created by local restaurants, breweries, and wineries to showcase their best and most popular offerings.

We have our accommodations nailed down for that week.  We’ll be staying at the new Beachwoods Resort with upgraded, state-of-the-art amenities geared to the four-season vacationer.  We are looking forward to our first stay at this premier resort since the completion of the Indoor Water Park, Lakeside Lodge and Fitness Center.

Now for the really hard part; narrowing down the events to attend.   It’s really tough.  But it must be done…..and it should be done rather quickly now that all the events have been posted.  Some events have limited tickets and many well sell out very quickly.

I just finished going through the offerings.  I’m thrilled with the change to the Grand Tasting, which is held on the last day of the event.  This will be our first year being able to attend this event, which has been moved up in the day to start at 1:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm, allowing time for travel back home.

If you love visiting the Outer Banks and enjoy unique and fun culinary experiences, consider placing this fun event on your list of potential getaways.  Rates on lodging are at a discount during March, which provides the opportunity to put your vacation dollars towards some of these exciting events…..and avoid grocery shopping and cooking.  Now that’s a vacation!

Check our rental inventory for the Outer Banks and other vacation destinations.  If your desired dates or area of interest is not listed, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

 

Diamond Resorts International acquires Gold Key Resorts timeshares

Diamond Resorts International acquires Gold Key Resorts timeshares.  It was announced in August that the timeshare holdings of Gold Key Resorts has been purchased by Diamond Resorts International (DRI).   This acquisition will be completed by October 17, 2015.  Gold Key Resorts, headquartered in Virginia Beach, has timeshare properties at the Virginia Beach oceanfront and in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

“Diamond Resorts International® (NYSE: DRII), with its network of more than 330 vacation destinations located in 34 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™ Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 330 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries. To learn more about the company, visit diamondresorts.com”

Owners at the former Gold Key Resorts timeshares have been assured that their ownership and usage will not change.  However, the “Stay Vacationed” DRI Points  Program will be an opportunity for Owners to consider.

Personally, as an owner of fixed Summer weeks in both Virginia Beach and Kitty Hawk, I do not plan to buy into the DRI Points Program.  This program does not fit into my ownership choices, but may offer value to other owners that wish to travel to the over 330 resort destinations in the DRI vacation network.

Virginia Beach Oceanfront Festivals and Events

The season has begun at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront!  I’m heading down tomorrow for the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival being held between 16th and 18th Streets.

The Virginia Beach Oceanfront Festivals and Events are scheduled and I’m ready to enjoy many of these.    Fun, sun, sand and ocean!  We have weekly accommodations that coincide with many of these Virginia Beach Oceanfront Festivals and Events.

If you’re coming to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront be sure to check out what’s going on during your stay.  If we can assist with your accommodations, please contact us.  We have many seven-night rentals available at several of the timeshare resorts.  Why stay in a cramped hotel room for the week?  We have pricing on fully-equipped timeshare condos that is less than the best prices you will find at any of the hotels.  Resort amenities abound at these resorts.

Check out our rental inventory in Virginia Beach and in many other great areas.  All pricing includes lodging fees and taxes.

If you have any questions about the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Festivals and Events or our resort accommodations, please call or email and we would be happy to hear from you and assist with your vacation planning.

 

Ocean Sands Balconies Update

Today, on Facebook, VSA Resorts posted the newest pictures of the Ocean Sands Balconies update.  This project has been taking place during the Winter months.  The balcony furniture has arrived and Phase II of the project is expected to be completed by May 8.

As an Ocean Sands timeshare owner, this endeavor has vastly improved this oceanfront resort.  For many years, walking along the Boardwalk, I always wondered about this resort.  Not only was the resort unattractive to look at on the ocean facing side, but there were no balconies!  I don’t know the history of this resort and why a resort hotel would be built on the oceanfront with no balconies.  One of the great things about having an oceanfront accommodation is the ability to sit out on the balcony and take in the beauty of the ocean and watch all the activity taking place on the beach and Boardwalk.

Last year, owners were notified that it had been decided to add balconies to this oceanfront property.  The owners were levied a special assessment of over $1200 for each week of ownership.  This was in addition to the annual maintenance fee.   There was little prior notice and I’m sure that it most likely placed a financial hardship on many owners.  As an owner of four weeks at the resort, it was a good chunk of cash that had to be pulled together fairly quickly. However, I have supported the decision by VSA Resorts to take this step in improving this prime oceanfront property.

I have watched the changes taking place at Ocean Sands over the Winter and this Spring as construction moves forward.  I last visited the oceanfront in January and plan to visit this weekend for the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival being held between 16th and 18th Streets.

I appreciate the various updates on the progress being made that have been posted on Facebook.  Initially, the work was supposed to be completed by April.  My first week of usage is the Memorial Day Holiday Week and I have been anxious as to whether or not things would be completed.  It looks like things will be done by then and that it is very exciting.

If looking for a great oceanfront location on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, you can’t go wrong with Ocean Sands Resort.  It’s located midway on the Boardwalk near great entertainment, shopping and restaurants.  And now, it has great new balconies to sit on and enjoy all that the Virginia Beach oceanfront has to offer visually!

VIRGINIA Beach Rentals for this Summer

 

Below are our current Virginia Beach Rentals for this Summer.  Most of these rentals coincide with Events or Festivals taking place at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  Although we’re still in the throes of Winter, it’s never to early to start thinking about and planning Summer vacations.  Beach vacations are the most popular vacation destinations during the Summer.

There are so many fantastic activities, things to see and do, and enjoyable dining opportunities that you can park your car for the week.  I have been a life long resident of the area.  If you need ideas for your stay at the beach, contact us.  We would be happy to share ideas and give suggestions.

Check out our available Virginia Beach Rentals for this Summer and follow the provided links for the event or festival that takes place during that period.  If you always choose to go during one particular time of the year, try a different time and enjoy a new event or festival.

Our rentals include all taxes and lodging fees.  There will be no additional charges.

**Note: These are 7-Night Rentals. I do not have any nightly rates for  weekends only.
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NO ADDITIONAL LODGING FEES OR TAXES!!!!

OCEAN SANDS RESORT (1BR, sleeps 4, Oceanfront)
May 22-29, 2015 (Includes Memorial Day Holiday)
http://vsaresorts.com/resorts/ocean-sands/
$850

* (Includes Virginia Beach Salute to Summer)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/salute-summer


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BARCLAY TOWERS
May 30-June 6, 2015
http://www.barclaytowersvb.com/
$850

* (Includes Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival)
http://www.patrioticfestival.com/


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FOUR SAILS (1BR, sleeps 4 Oceanfront)
May 31-June 7, 2015
www.foursails.com
$850

* (Includes North American Sand Soccer Championships)
http://www.sandsoccer.com/


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OCEAN SANDS RESORT (1BR, sleeps 4, Oceanfront)
June 5-12, 2015
http://vsaresorts.com/resorts/ocean-sands/
$850

* (Includes North American Sand Soccer Championships)
http://www.sandsoccer.com/


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OCEAN BEACH CLUB (2BR Oceanfront Lock-Out)
June 7-14, 2015
http://www.goldkeyresorts.com/our-resort-collection/ocean-beach-club-resort/
2BR ~ $1795
1BR ~ $1195
Studio~ $895

*(Includes Sandstock~A Tribute to Rock-n-Roll)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/sandstock-tribute-rock-roll


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OCEAN SANDS RESORT (1BR, sleeps 4, Oceanfront)
June 13-20, 2015
http://vsaresorts.com/resorts/ocean-sands/
$1100

*(Includes Sandstock~A Tribute to Rock-n-Roll)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/sandstock-tribute-rock-roll

*(Includes Sonrise Music Festival)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/sonrise-music-festival


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OCEAN KEY (1BR, Sleeps 4 Across Street from Beach)
June 13-20, 2015
www.vsaresorts.com/resorts/oceankey
$1100

*(Includes Sandstock~A Tribute to Rock-n-Roll)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/sandstock-tribute-rock-roll

*(Includes Sonrise Music Festival)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/sonrise-music-festival


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FOUR SAILS (1BR, sleeps 4 Oceanfront)
June 19-26, 2015
www.foursails.com
$1195

* (Includes Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show)
http://www.virginiamoca.org/art-shows/boardwalk-art-show


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BEACH QUARTERS (1BR, sleeps 6, Oceanfront)
June 20-27, 2015
http://www.goldkeyresorts.com/our-resort-collection/beach-quarters-resort/
$1295

* (Includes Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show)
http://www.virginiamoca.org/art-shows/boardwalk-art-show

* (Includes Hardee’s Latin Music Fest)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/hardees-latin-fest


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FOUR SAILS (1BR, sleeps 4 Oceanfront)
June 28-July 5, 2015
www.foursails.com
$1195

* (Includes Virginia Beach Stars & Strips Explosion)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/stars-stripes-explosion


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BARCLAY TOWERS
July 4-11, 2015
http://www.barclaytowersvb.com/
$1195

* (Includes Virginia Beach Stars & Strips Explosion)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/stars-stripes-explosion


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OCEAN KEY (1BR, Sleeps 4 Across Street from Beach)
July 17-24, 2015
www.vsaresorts.com/resorts/oceankey
$1195

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OCEAN BEACH CLUB (2BR Oceanfront Lock-Out)
August 22-29, 2015
http://www.goldkeyresorts.com/our-resort-collection/ocean-beach-club-resort/
2BR ~ $1795
1BR ~ $1195
Studio~ $895

*(Includes State Farm Funkfest Beach Party)
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/state-farm-funkfest-beach-party-featuring-africana-virginia-beach


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BOARDWALK RESORT & VILLAS (1BR, sleeps 6, Oceanfront)
September 13-20, 2015
http://www.goldkeyvacations.com/Virginia-Beach-Hotels/Boardwalk-Resort-and-villas/
$995

*(Includes Mediterranean Weekend at 17th Street)
http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/Listings/Mediterranean_Weekend.aspx


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OCEAN BEACH CLUB (1 OR 2BR, sleeps 2-6, Oceanfront)
September 20-27, 2015
2BR $1495
1BR $995
Studio $795
http://www.goldkeyvacations.com/Virginia-Beach-Hotels/Ocean-Beach-Club/

*(Includes 42nd Annual Neptune Festival/International Sandsculpting Championship)
https://www.neptunefestival.com/
https://www.neptunefestival.com/events/international-sandsculpting-championship/

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If you need assistance or would like to review a Rental Agreement for any
particular resort/dates, please call or email.

Alisia Soffos
TIMESHARE VACATIONS
www.timesharerentalsandsales.com
Chesapeake, VA

*Other Rentals also available****
http://www.timesharerentalsandsales.com/rental-availability.html

Taphouse Bar and Grille, Virginia Beach

http://www.dineinvb.com/restaurants/11th-street-taphouse-bar-grille/

One of my favorite places to get out and go to, during most any season of the year, is the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  There are many great dining choices from cheap eats to fine dining.  I always try to take advantage of Restaurant Week in the surrounding cities where I live.  It affords a great opportunity to try out new dining experiences and great food or return to a favorite and catch a break on pricing for a three-course meal.  Many of the restaurants offer both lunch and dinner options during Restaurant Week.

I’m trying to narrow down my options for the upcoming Restaurant Week at the oceanfront.  I was just checking out the Virginia Beach Restaurant Week menu for Taphouse Bar and Grille at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  This is only the first menu that I have looked at.  I would like to try some new options…..just to broaden my experiences.  I will keep looking, but the Taphouse Bar and Grille has a very tempting menu.  This is a favorite of mine at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Get out and try something or somewhere new.  Virginia Beach Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to do just that.

 

VIRGINIA Beach Restaurant Week

http://www.dineinvb.com/

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week begins this weekend.  Over 80 participating restaurants.  Make reservations now so you don’t miss out.  This is a great opportunity to dine at great pricing!

JANUARY 10-19, 2015

This year’s Restaurant Week promises to be the most exciting ever with over 80 participating restaurants.

General Booth

Boneshakers Sports Bar & Grill* FIREBREW Bar & Grill* L DLucky Oyster Seafood Co.* Whiskey Kitchen* L DYanni’s Casual Greek D

Great Neck

Ammos Authentic Greek Cuisine* Atlas Grill and BarCentral 111 Tapas D Coastal Grill*Havana at Great Neck* D Tubby’s TavernYNot Pizza and Italian Cuisine – Great Neck*

Hilltop

Aldo’s Ristorante* D Bakers Crust*Baladi Mediterranean Cafe* Burtons Grill*Cobalt Grille* Cotton Southern Bistro*Fire and Vine* Mizuno Japanese RestaurantNo Frill Bar and Grill* L D Outback Steakhouse – Hilltop*The Melting Pot*

Kempsville

Mannino’s Italian Bistro – Princess Anne Rd* Outback Steakhouse – Kempsville*Swan Terrace Grill* Woody McGees Barstro* DYNot Pizza & Italian Cuisine – Kempsville*

Lynnhaven

Braise* FreshCrust Trattoria* L DRoute 58 Delicatessen* L

Northampton

Mannino’s Italian Bistro – Pleasure House Rd* Salt L D

Red Mill

Boardwok Restaurant* L D FIREBREW Bar & Grill* L DLa Bella Italia – Redmill Masala BitesOutback Steakhouse – Red Mill Commons* The LandingWhiskey Kitchen* L D Yanni’s Casual Greek D

Resort

11th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille* D Abbey Road Pub and Restaurant*Big Italy L D Black Angus Restaurant*Catch 31 Fish House & Raw Bar Chops L DCROC’S 19th Street Bistro* Doc Taylors* LEAT – An American Bistro Eurasia Cafe* L DFive 01 City Grill Fusion Restaurant and Lounge* L DIce House Restaurant* D Il Giardino Ristorante* DIsle of Capri* D La Bella Italia – Laskin RoadLager Heads Restaurant Mahi Mah’s Seafood Restaurant L DMannino’s Italian Bistro – Atlantic Ave.* Mayflower Cafe* DMurphy’s Irish Pub* L D Rockafeller’s Restaurant* L DRudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant & Cabana Bar* L D Salacia Prime Seafood & SteaksSunnyside Cafe and Restaurant Surf Club Ocean Grille* L DTautog’s Restaurant* Terrapin Restuarant* DThai Arroy* Waterman’s Surfside Grille* L DZoes Steak and Seafood Restaurant*

Shore Drive

Bubba’s Seafood Restaurant Croakers Neighborhood GrillFroggies Cantina by the Bay Hot Tuna Seafood Grill*Lynnhaven Fish House* One Fish-Two Fish*Salt L D Shorebreak Pizza & Taphouse*Thirty 7 North Tradewinds Restaurant*

Town Center

Chef’s Table* Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant*McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Restaurant* Saffron Indian Bistro*Sonoma Wine Bar and Bistro Steinhilber’s Restaurant*Sweetwater Cuisine Tines Restaurant (Inside the Crowne Plaza)*

*Accepts VBRA Gift Certificates

Ocean Sands Resort

I visited the Virginia Beach oceanfront this afternoon. Temperatures were in the mid-70’s.  My convertible top was down, and I was loving life and enjoying the opportunity to be at the beach!

Ocean Sands Resort (VSA Resorts) had a special assessment in 2014 for all timeshare owners.  The assessment was to cover costs for adding balconies to all units, which are oceanfront.  This is an oceanfront resort and all units overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, a new pool enclosure and upgrades to the building’s elevators and other amenities will be included as part of the project.

Construction is underway.  All balconies are expected to be completed by April 2015.  Ocean Sands Resort was the only oceanfront resort with no balconies.  There was no way to sit outside and enjoy the salt air and watch the surrounding activity on the Boardwalk and beach.  While the added assessment was most likely difficult for many of the owners at the resort, it was an opportunity to add value to the ownership.  It was something long overdue and I am excited about the upcoming stays that I will enjoy outside on the new balconies!

Ocean Sands Resort is centrally located on the Boardwalk near the 24th Street Stage.  It’s a great resort for being close to entertainment, shopping and dining.