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George & Amy's Guidebook to Norfolk and Virginia Beach

George

George & Amy's Guidebook to Norfolk and Virginia Beach

My Brunch Spots
Here are some of the places that Amy and I love to go for brunch. We hope you love them, too!
Close to the house, great for brunch, and perfect for that "mom & pop" feel of your favorite local diner! Unfortunately, liquor is not served here, but its still great food!
Sandfiddler Cafe
9561 Shore Drive
Close to the house, great for brunch, and perfect for that "mom & pop" feel of your favorite local diner! Unfortunately, liquor is not served here, but its still great food!
Exclusively serves locally sourced and organically grown food with fun cocktails and a great vibe. Great for any meal.
Simple Eats Restaurant
3152 Shore Dr
Exclusively serves locally sourced and organically grown food with fun cocktails and a great vibe. Great for any meal.
If you're looking for a unique menu, this is the spot. Organically grown food served with a twist.
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Leaping Lizard Cafe
4408 Shore Drive
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If you're looking for a unique menu, this is the spot. Organically grown food served with a twist.
Classic 1940's diner and Navy feel. Great Bloody Mary's!
Anchor Allie's
357 Independence Blvd
Classic 1940's diner and Navy feel. Great Bloody Mary's!
Typical brunch menu served in a fun atmosphere.
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Citrus
2265 West Great Neck Road
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Typical brunch menu served in a fun atmosphere.
My Favorite Bars
These are some of the places we love to hang out with friends and drink!
Rooftop bar with a gorgeous view of the water and downtown Norfolk. Fantastic atmosphere. Go near sunset to get a good picture!
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Grain
100 Granby St
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Rooftop bar with a gorgeous view of the water and downtown Norfolk. Fantastic atmosphere. Go near sunset to get a good picture!
An old firehouse converted into a brewery gives Commonwealth a chill vibe. With indoor and outdoor seating and rotating food trucks, this is a classic bar to start your night at. They have so many kinds of IPAs
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Commonwealth Brewing
2444 Pleasure House Rd
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An old firehouse converted into a brewery gives Commonwealth a chill vibe. With indoor and outdoor seating and rotating food trucks, this is a classic bar to start your night at. They have so many kinds of IPAs
This bar is right on the water and awesome views. With great seafood and three bars in one building, you can't go wrong choosing this restaurant and bar.
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Chick's Oyster Bar
2143 Vista Circle
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This bar is right on the water and awesome views. With great seafood and three bars in one building, you can't go wrong choosing this restaurant and bar.
This bar has great brews and a fun atmosphere.
The Bold Mariner Brewing Company
2409 Bowdens Ferry Rd
This bar has great brews and a fun atmosphere.
Great spot for dinner and drinks. After hours is always a blast! I recommend trying their fresh Tuna Poke.
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Hot Tuna
2817 Shore Drive
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Great spot for dinner and drinks. After hours is always a blast! I recommend trying their fresh Tuna Poke.
Overlooking a gorgeous marina, this classic local bar and restaurant will make you feel right at home.
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Longboards East Beach
4521 Pretty Lake Ave
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Overlooking a gorgeous marina, this classic local bar and restaurant will make you feel right at home.
My Favorite Restaurants
Places we love for good food, fun atmosphere, and great drinks
Upscale Oceanfront Italian. Great place to spend an anniversary!
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Il Giardino Ristorante
910 Atlantic Avenue
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Upscale Oceanfront Italian. Great place to spend an anniversary!
This steakhouse has incredible food and is super close!
Aberdeen Barn
5805 Northampton Boulevard
This steakhouse has incredible food and is super close!
Best sushi in town!
Nara Sushi
1115 Independence Boulevard
Best sushi in town!
Jessy's is right around the corner from our house and is the best Mexican food in town. They also have fantastic margaritas!
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Jessy's Taqueria
3201 East Ocean View Avenue
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Jessy's is right around the corner from our house and is the best Mexican food in town. They also have fantastic margaritas!
Hidden gem in the heart of Chic's Beach neighborhood. We love going here for weekday dates because of their great weekly specials.
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HK on the Bay
4600 Lookout Road
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Hidden gem in the heart of Chic's Beach neighborhood. We love going here for weekday dates because of their great weekly specials.
Buoy 44 has a fantastic view of the Chesapeake Bay with both indoor and outdoor seating. This restaurant has multiple bars and great food.
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Buoy 44 Seafood Grill
4536 Ocean View Avenue
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Buoy 44 has a fantastic view of the Chesapeake Bay with both indoor and outdoor seating. This restaurant has multiple bars and great food.
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains. They craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. This is a great spot for any time of day.
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Tupelo Honey
4501 Main St
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Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains. They craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. This is a great spot for any time of day.
Fun for All Ages
These are just a few of the places in the area that Amy and I frequent in our spare time. And don't forget....there's always the beach too!
The Aquarium has fabulous displays that take you from the bottom of the sea floor to the most beautiful coral reefs. They even has Sea Lions! Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Buy tickets here: https://www.virginiaaquarium.com
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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
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The Aquarium has fabulous displays that take you from the bottom of the sea floor to the most beautiful coral reefs. They even has Sea Lions! Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Buy tickets here: https://www.virginiaaquarium.com
The Zoo is great for a sunny day. About 20 minutes from our house. The zoo has some incredible exhibits: http://virginiazoo.org/
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Virginia Zoo
3500 Granby Street
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The Zoo is great for a sunny day. About 20 minutes from our house. The zoo has some incredible exhibits: http://virginiazoo.org/
We love going for long quiet hikes in the woods at First Landing State Park. About 20 minutes from the house, you can walk in Cypress Swamps and choose any number of trails to walk, bike, or run on!
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First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Dr
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We love going for long quiet hikes in the woods at First Landing State Park. About 20 minutes from the house, you can walk in Cypress Swamps and choose any number of trails to walk, bike, or run on!
From the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden to the Renaissance Walk and breathtaking views overlooking lakes and rivers, Virginia's largest Botanical Garden is perhaps the most beautiful place in Norfolk. Don't forget to check out the Butterfly House! https://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/ 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518-5337 757-441-5830
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Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
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From the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden to the Renaissance Walk and breathtaking views overlooking lakes and rivers, Virginia's largest Botanical Garden is perhaps the most beautiful place in Norfolk. Don't forget to check out the Butterfly House! https://norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/ 6700 Azalea Garden Road Norfolk, Virginia 23518-5337 757-441-5830
For some indoor fun when the weather won't cooperate, AMF Lanes has over 40 lanes for bowling, great kids' themes, pool tables, food and drinks. 2441 E. Little Creek Rd Norfolk, VA 23518 757-583-1571
AMF Norfolk Lanes
2441 E Little Creek Rd
For some indoor fun when the weather won't cooperate, AMF Lanes has over 40 lanes for bowling, great kids' themes, pool tables, food and drinks. 2441 E. Little Creek Rd Norfolk, VA 23518 757-583-1571
Norfolk has a rich Naval history sitting at the base of the Chesapeake Bay and hosting the world's largest Naval Base. Nauticus Museum takes you sailing through the ages with unique displays and live animal exhibits as well. From ship to shore and everything in between, this is a must stop! Don't forget to visit the USS Wisconsin, the last Battleship of the US Navy! https://nauticus.org 1 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510
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Nauticus
1 Waterside Drive
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Norfolk has a rich Naval history sitting at the base of the Chesapeake Bay and hosting the world's largest Naval Base. Nauticus Museum takes you sailing through the ages with unique displays and live animal exhibits as well. From ship to shore and everything in between, this is a must stop! Don't forget to visit the USS Wisconsin, the last Battleship of the US Navy! https://nauticus.org 1 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510
Paralleling Virginia's Eastern Coast, this Boardwalk takes you past some amazing monuments, fun boutiques, and gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Restaurants line Atlantic Avenue so you can easily spend your whole day there!
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Boardwalk
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Paralleling Virginia's Eastern Coast, this Boardwalk takes you past some amazing monuments, fun boutiques, and gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Restaurants line Atlantic Avenue so you can easily spend your whole day there!
If you love to shop, then this is a must stop for you! The Premium Outlets have the best deals in town and tons of stores. Aldo, Nike, Calvin Klein, Coach, Columbia, Forever 21, Gap Factory, H&M, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors are just some of the stores this mega-mall offers. Visit their website to see what deals they have: https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/norfolk/stores 1600 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23502
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Norfolk Premium Outlets
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If you love to shop, then this is a must stop for you! The Premium Outlets have the best deals in town and tons of stores. Aldo, Nike, Calvin Klein, Coach, Columbia, Forever 21, Gap Factory, H&M, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors are just some of the stores this mega-mall offers. Visit their website to see what deals they have: https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/norfolk/stores 1600 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23502
Don't let the rain ruin your stay! There are several great movie theaters in our area.
Regal Columbus
104 Constitution Dr
Don't let the rain ruin your stay! There are several great movie theaters in our area.
Want to watch movies, fully recline, and enjoy dinner and drinks? Cinema Cafe at Pembroke Meadows is just the spot you're looking for. Perfect for a date night, the small theaters and excellent server hospitality makes you feel right at home as you watch your favorite new releases.
Cinema Cafe Pembroke Meadows
758 Independence Blvd
Want to watch movies, fully recline, and enjoy dinner and drinks? Cinema Cafe at Pembroke Meadows is just the spot you're looking for. Perfect for a date night, the small theaters and excellent server hospitality makes you feel right at home as you watch your favorite new releases.