Adventure Couples Getaway to Virginia Beach
Planning a getaway with my husband is always complicated. We like to find a balance between total seclusion and action packed adventure. While we love relaxing on the beach, we want half of our days filled with heart pumping excursions. Luckily, Virginia Beach was our answer for an East Coast, US destination that offer gorgeous white sandy beaches plus dozens of activities to keep us entertained.
After checking into our hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, we slipped on our bathing suits and headed to the boardwalk. Since this was our first trip to Virginia Beach, we wanted to walk the popular boardwalk to orientate ourselves to the beachfront area. Within minutes, bikes and roller skates zoomed by us and walkers of all ages filled the boardwalk. It was a happening place, and one I was sure we’d spend many days walking up and down.
Grabbing a quick photo with King Titan himself, we decided to jump in the car and head to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge for a kayak tour. Much to our surprise, this would be a kayak tour like no other when we saw two bald eagles half way through. Having never seen a bald eagle in the wild before, my husband and I were super excited. Adventure plus nature and bucket list item: we already loved Virginia Beach!
After our incredible kayak tour, we stopped by Big Sam’s restaurant for crab burgers and buffalo shrimp. Located on the Rudee Inlet, our waitress told us we had to get the She Crab soup, because it was the local residents favorite dish. The creamy soup was both spicy and sweet with huge lumps of crabmeat. The sandwich and the buffalo shrimp were also delicious, tasting very fresh and with a spin on the traditional seafood dishes.
Once back at the hotel, we walked out to the beach to look for seashells. The calm ocean was perfect as the sun was starting to go down behind us. We brought a few towels with us and just watched the surfers near the pier. With our big adventure behind us, it was really nice to enjoy a quiet night by the water.
The night didn’t stop there; of course we had to try Waterman’s Beachwood Grill, which came highly recommended. Besides being a family owned and operated restaurant, they offer sustainable seafood dishes and work to help protect the Virginia Beach environment as much as they can. And having won the calm chowder cook off several years in a row, they were just as proud of their food too.
The next morning, we started off with a drive inland to visit the Military Aviation Museum, home to one of the largest collections of WWI and WWII military aircraft in the world. A huge history buff, my husband loved chatting with the local docents, some of which were retired military. The docents offered a very unique and passionate perspective to the planes and stories that you might never hear about in any book.
Lunch was at Margie and Ray’s Seafood Restaurant, a small family run restaurant offering traditional seafood dishes. Little did we know this spot was ranked very high on Yelp for places you must eat in Virginia Beach. Thankfully, Yelp was right and the food was absolutely delicious.
Heading back towards the beach, we picked up some more sunscreen and got ready to enjoy the afternoon on the beach. My husband rented a jet ski while I lounged on the shore. Even though there were dozens of people enjoying the beach, I never felt like it was crowded.
An hour before sunset, we packed up the beach bags and headed to Bubba’s Seafood Restaurant and Crab house for the perfect sunset view over the Chesapeake Bay. Again, we ordered the She Crab soup, to do our own little taste test and the crabmeat sandwich. I think each meal got better and better as our trip went on. I can’t say which one was the best because they all tasted so good and fresh.
With equal parts adventure and relaxation, Virginia Beach offered my husband and I the perfect weekend getaway. We feasted on local seafood, worked our muscles in the Atlantic Ocean and broadened our minds with an informative and fun history lesson. While it may have been our first trip to Virginia Beach, it definitely won’t be the last.