I lived in that area about 10 years ago so I'm not sure about where to cheap eats, etc. (although Norfolk is a college town so there should be tons of places and I do recommend the local seafood) but I used to love to go to the Virginia aquarium and Marine Science Museum - they have a tank there where you can stick your hand in and pet the baby rays (they feel like wet velvet), Also the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is actually VERY nice I once went to an opening for a traveling Warhol exhibit and they had a velvet underground cover band for the opening and an entire room of the silver cloud inflatables that was wall papered with the "Red Cow" silkscreen. Oh, and if you're a thrifter like me there is a "rich" neighborhood area of Norfolk called ghent where they have a fantastic second hand store called "the white rabbit" my mom used to drove down from DC just to go there. Also, there is a mall right on the river I think it's called the Riverwalk and on the Norfolk
side it just regular mall stuff, but you can take the ferry which is really cheap (locals use it for commuting to the peninsula) but you can take the ferry to Portsmouth across the river and there are alot of charming places and galleries including a refurbished movie theatre where you can eat a sit down dinner at a table with a phone on it for calling your server and have a beer or wine while you watch a current movie. In Norfolk there is a place called the Bier Garden - german food of course and there used to be a cafe with only two or three tables that was also a used book store that was fun to eat at.
I googled the restaurants and a few that I would recommend are Fellini's - a pizza place with excellent calimari, & O' Sullivan's Wharf for good seafood and there used to be a local chain of sandwich shops called Your Jewish Mother's or something like that that had FANTASTIC sandwiches.
I suddenly miss Virginia.
chris in Central Arkansas
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Sent: Friday, July 6, 2007 9:28:16 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Vacation ideas
About a month ago I asked for suggestions on where to visit for our
vacation. After MUCH deliberation & surfing, I have booked our flight to
Newport News VA. I want to spend a couple days in Wiliamsburg, then explore
the Newport News/Virginia Beach areas for the next few days. In this area,
what are the must-sees? So far I'm only committed to Busch Gardens &
Jamestown, plus I want to drive the Cheasapeake Bay Bridge. You can only
find out so much on the internet before every place starts looking the same,
so if you have any advice, unique places to go, see, eat, museums - I would
love to hear about them. It seems the only places on the internet are those
that charge admission - any cheap places to go to balance it out? Is
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum worth visiting? Hubby wants to go there.
What is a 4-D production? There are a lot of them out there. Has anyone done
a mystery theater dinner? Is it worth it? I'm a big dork, and love playing
"tourist", so cheesy is ok! *L* Can you all tell I'm getting REALLY excited!
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