After having spent most of the summer traveling with the family, I am itching for a weekend away with my husband only! I love my kids but we all know it’s nice to get a little one-on-one time. Living in Philadelphia, there’s a ton of fabulous weekend getaway options but the one I wanted to talk about today is Virginia Beach, VA. It’s a 5-hour road trip from my house which is totally doable for a long weekend.
We’ve done the Outer Banks with friends before but I’ve only been to Virginia Beach a couple of times — and it wasn’t for a couples’ getaway. I have some friends who live down there and I’ve been wanting to check it out for a long weekend. And I’ve recently learned that there isso much more beyond just the fabulous beaches.
Here’s a list of some awesome things you can do on your couples’ retreat away in Virginia Beach:
1) The Beach. That’s the obvious one – there’s plenty of sand & surf to be had and the nice thing is that you have three types of beach options in Virginia Beach.
- Chesapeake Bay Beach provides a quiet atmosphere with mild waves and plenty of outdoor family fun.
- The Resort Area is situated along a 3-mile boardwalk and it’s hopping and teaming with nightlife, restaurants and things to keep you busy.
- Sandbridge Beach is located 15 miles south of the Resort area & there’s lots of rentals to be had and open quiet beach to hang out on.
So pick your beach, stay wherever and then drive or travel to a variety of options:
2) Dinner Out: There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Virginia Beach. Use their nifty restaurant tool here to narrow down your option based on what you like and where you are staying. A sunset on the bay is always a nice romantic option.
3) See a concert at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
4) Go golfing – Golf enthusiast couples will be in heaven with the selection of top-rated courses. I know my friends Jennifer & Jason, who golf together as a couple all the time, would love this! (My husband hopes someday I’ll learn so we can golf together too. And I do love to mini-golf…)
6) Have An Adventure – you can kayak,take a boat tour with the dolphins, go paddle boarding and more on one of many adventure tours in Virginia Beach
7) Spend a little time with history. Virginia Beach has a lot of history and you can visit and learn more in several of their local museums. Colonists landed on Cape Henry in 1607. You can visit the Cape Henry Memorial too while you are on your weekend getaway. A nice little morning activity would be to climb the Cape Henry Lighthouse. It’s the 1st lighthouseauthorized by the U.S. government, dating from 1792. Climbing to the top requires going up 196 steps – it’s worth it as there’s apparentlya gorgeous view from the top! I’d love to climb it and then have a nice lunch date after with my husband at one of the great restaurants in town.
8) Go Shopping. Because dang, that’s what I would do and I’d drag hubby with it. (I think he secretly likes to shop and just won’t admit it!) My girlfriend who lives down there tells me that there are some really quaint boutiques that make for a fun afternoon and that if all else fails, there’s a mall full of everything you could possibly need too!
Check out the latest to see and do on the Virginia Beach Daily Blog!
Have you been to Virginia Beach? What’s your favorite thing to do there? I’m totally jazzed up about finding a weekend to book now for Jon and I to check it out. Nothing beats some time away at the beach and I love the idea of taking the weekend to somewhere so rich in history and so full of fun new things to explore.
Disclaimer: This has been a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.