~ Coastal Virginia City Boasts Dining Options, Culinary Tours and Events for Summer 2012 ~

NORFOLK, VA – There’s still time to book one of the most accessible mid-Atlantic travel destinations this summer, with last-minute offerings and unique activities in the charming waterfront city of Norfolk, Virginia. As one of the more affordable destinations on the East Coast, featuring a plethora of low-cost and free activities, Norfolk has long attracted value-savvy travelers from across the country to enjoy its coastal climate. Just a short drive from most major East Coast cities, foodies, music lovers, culture buffs, and beach-goers are invited to experience all that Norfolk has to offer. From outdoor activities and museums to affordable hotels and top-notch cuisine, the summer 2012 season is sure to satisfy every traveler’s appetite for excitement.

Boasting a fine selection of eateries with brilliant chefs and restaurateurs, ranging from sophisticated to casual, Norfolk has become a culinary destination for diners from all over. Every Saturday between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., experience a large portion of Norfolk’s culinary scene and rich history in one day for just $65 with a culinary tour of Granby Street. The Granby Street Food Tour allows participants of all ages and fitness levels to walk the city and learn about the intricate historic architecture and 21st century skyscrapers, while enjoying traditional coastal dishes as well as modern, sustainable cuisine served at renowned local restaurants. Tours feature specialty local seafood, chef’s signature dishes, locally-brewed beers and more.

Vegan and vegetarian visitors can experience the city’s many animal-product free culinary options. Few destinations have embraced the worldwide veganism food trend with the panache of Norfolk. Examples of vegan-friendly restaurants to feast at include Quenna’s Raw & Vegan, Taphouse and Bella Pizza. With so many restaurants to choose from, diners will certainly be impressed by the delicious and innovative vegan and vegetarian offerings found throughout Norfolk.

In addition to a thriving and diverse culinary scene, the Norfolk waterfront and lively beaches provide an excellent opportunity for travelers to soak up some sun and enjoy the warm weather. Ocean View Beach Park is an ideal spot for both locals and visitors who want to embrace the heat and have some outdoor fun. The beach boasts picnic tables, a bathhouse and a gazebo for free concerts including Big Bands on the Bay, where everyone can enjoy sunset celebrations and dancing to live band music every Sunday evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For exciting water-based activities, beach-goers can rent jet skis, kayaks, sailboats or paddleboats. Additionally, commercial piers, bait shops and tackle rentals make Ocean View Beach Park a great place for fishing or crabbing. 

See the downtown Norfolk skyline and Ghent neighborhood from the water with an exciting kayaking excursion or boat ride. Launch from the Hague waterway and kayak past the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Battleship Wisconsin or cruise along the historic Elizabeth River. Take in the scenic views while floating through the Elizabeth River harbor on a majestic tall ship, the American Rover, or have an educational on-the-water experience with narrated cruises on the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise. Those looking to put their skills to the test can take sailing lessons with Sail Time, located at Willoughby Harbor Marina in Norfolk.

Travelers who prefer to stay dry can explore the city’s beautiful scenery by walking or biking along the Elizabeth River Trail, which provides ideal off-road paths for adventurous visitors. Golf enthusiasts can get into the swing of things on one of the several golf courses including Lambert’s Point, Sewell’s Point and Lake Wright golf courses. Not in the mood for exercise? No problem! Take a leisurely ride on The Tide, Virginia’s first light rail system. Eleven Tide stations provide access to dining, shopping and entertainment throughout downtown Norfolk, and even drops Tide riders at Harbor Park to watch Norfolk’s beloved minor-league baseball team.

Book a trip to Norfolk and stay at one of the thousands of deluxe hotel rooms within walking distance from the modern downtown area and beach, complete with a plethora of entertainment options. This coastal city is sure to satisfy.


~ Norfolk, Virginia ~
One of the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting destinations, Norfolk, Virginia attracts thousands of travelers each year to enjoy its lively waterfront downtown which is easily walkable and alive with eclectic dining options, a rich arts scene, high-end shopping and fun, year-round special events. For four hundred years this dynamic heart of Virginia’s storied sea front region has offered a vibrant blend of history and heritage, contemporary attractions, outdoor adventure and the Commonwealth’s most revered cultural institutions.  For more information about Norfolk, visit the city on the Web at or call 757-664-6620 or toll free at 800-368-3097.

Contact:         Danielle Perrone/Abbie Strichman                  Erin Filarecki
                      Lou Hammond & Associates                           VisitNorfolk
                      Ph: 212-891-0227/0210                                   Ph: 757-664-6620 ext. 616
                      Fax: 212-891-0200                                          Fax: 757-622-3663