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Virginia Beach Review

by Kay~Kacey on 9/22/2009

I glossed over the fact that we stopped at Virginia Beach on the way to The Outer Banks. Neither SuperGuy or I had ever gone to an east coast boardwalk beach, so we thought that would make a good stop over on our vacation. We got caught in Friday night traffic…sat for two hours in a traffic jam by the tunnel, so it was almost dark when we got there. Not fun. We stayed right on the ocean at the Courtyard by Marriot south. It was nice and we had a wonderful view.

We ate dinner at Catch 31, the restaurant in the Hilton. It was noisy. Very. It looked like it was THE place to be. We waited a bit for a table and luckily got a table in front, outside. We were seated at a wicker love seat, nestled in between some palm trees and it was cute, nice, and not as noisy out there. The food was just okay, our waiter was horrible…like ignored us, mostly. Sometimes I think waiters size you up and decide if they think they’re going to get a big tip and give you great service if they think you are a tipper. Too bad for him…he guessed wrong…all of our boys have been waiters. We tip well. We know it’s a hard job. We tip well when our waiter is decent that is. But, we still had a great time watching the people go by on the boardwalk. Fun.

I thought there would be more little cafes along the boardwalk, but it was mainly a long, long run of high rise hotels. Not really what I expected.


We woke up early and this was the view out of our hotel. I swear, the east coast does the. best. sunrises. ever.


There were a lot of early morning joggers and beach walkers. We went in search of coffee.


We are much nicer people when we’ve had our coffee :love:

We went to a cute place that was recommended to us by SuperGuy’s new best friend…the bar waitress at Catch 31. :roll:


It’s in this cute little house on a side street. Best. Breakfast. Ever. Friendly waitress. Inexpensive menu. Had a great time. We were there really early, but evidently there is quite a line to get in a bit later in the morning.


Isn’t this wall cool? I’d love to have it for portrait shots! Can’t you just see a cool high school senior lounged against this wall? Wonder if we could move it to St. Louis…??


We walked around the town, seeing the sights in the daylight. SuperGuy kept urging me to buy a new swimsuit. I kept saying I brought two with me. I finally asked him WHY I needed a new swimsuit… He wanted me to get one of THESE swimsuits…and wanted to know if the 50% that was missing was the swimsuit top or bottom… :mad2:


We walked around on the boardwalk….which, to my surprise was not a BOARDwalk…it was a CEMENTwalk. Who knew? We took pictures (of course) and watched the dolphins swimming along the shore. Moms with baby stollers. Bike riders. Roller bladers. People 30 years older than us and in excellent shape. A lot of “beautiful” people. Quite a few older men with young blondes on their arm. They had a separate pathway for the bikers. Very nice setup.

I doubt if we’d go back again, but we did have a great time and were glad that we stopped there for the night to see what it was like. I could see if I lived near there, that it might be a great place to get away for a night or two.

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annbb September 22, 2009 at 9:03 am

That first photo is just gorgeous! Sounds like the trip was a resounding success! Nice! :clap:

Mental P Mama September 22, 2009 at 11:57 am

LOL. I like Super Guy’s new BFF’s recommendation. And the sunrises here are the best! Beautiful shots;)

Kate September 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Oh, so SG has a new BF? I just like typing in initials!

Looks like an ok place, especially for the sunrises. Don’t like the highrises, though! Never been there.

Steve LaFond September 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Next time you visit, try staying at our bed and breakfast. Barclay Cottage has been welcoming guests since 1917, and we will treat you well! We are only 2 1/2 blocks from the beach in an historic neighborhood. Doc Taylor’s where you had breakfast closes for dinner and the place next door, Tautog’s, is a great place for dinner. The folks at Tautog’s opened Doc Taylor’s a couple of years ago and we hear nothing but good things. ‘Course we don’t go to breakfast as we are serviing our own multi-course gourmet fare which is included in your room rate!. Check us out at


Sue September 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Hmmm..yes indeed I would imagine the East coast has much better sunrises that the West coast… LOL
Sorry…couldn’t resist… :lol:
then again west coasts wins the sunset war hands down! :rofl:
great trip…looks like a lot of fun.

Sarah July 23, 2012 at 8:07 am

My name is Sarah and I’m with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about Virginia Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you :)

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