In all of my twenty-nine years, I had never been to a beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Until this past Wednesday.
We drove into Virginia Beach and were greeted by the balmy, intoxicating seaside air. The white shores stretched out for miles, beckoning us.
After checking into Holiday Inn & Suites North Beach, we suited up and walked a few steps to the beach. Our girls ran toward the waves in obvious rapture. Tim & I took turns holding their hands tight...and holding the camera.
We took a dip in the pool on our way back to our room. Our little ones opted out of the two water slides, but we had a grand time in the lazy river. The hotel clearly knows how to please families - there was also an on-site movie theatre that had showings four times each day and a Splash Kamp kids room with crafts & activities.
In the morning, we ate breakfast on-site at the Greenery Restaurant. The Breakfast Buffet was bountiful and included plenty of fresh fruit, made-to-order waffles and omelets, pastries, and bacon & sausage. Plus, kids eat free!
On our way out of town, we sat in on a taping of the 700 Club. We actually don't personally watch the show, but it was interesting to be sitting so close to the on-film action. The Christian Broadcast Network campus is gorgeous - with timeless brick buildings and pristine walkways.
Final Conclusion? Virginia Beach's beaches are beautiful. They're clean, well cared for, and adjacent to a giant boardwalk. The mid-size city (approximately 450,000 people call it home) seems to be a happening place - for living or vacationing.
Have you every been to Virginia Beach? What did you like/not like about it?
Do you prefer beaches along the Atlantic or Pacific oceans?
* Special thanks to the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing our 1-night hotel stay and passes for area attractions.