Top 5 Tuesday: Winter Time in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach was already a great destination. Add in the lower prices, smaller crowds, and more temperate temps that the offseason brings and you got yourself a real steal of a trip. Sure, you’re probably not taking a dip in the ocean, but this city doesn’t hibernate come winter time, oh no my friend. Read on, and find out some of the best things to do in Virginia Beach this winter.
Thanksgiving has come and gone. Your seasonal affective disorder is just starting to hit full swing, and you’re dusting off your Christmas music collection, bracing for some seriously deep Alvin & The Chipmunks cuts. You’re losing it. Winter happens to even the best of us. But say it with me; it’s not your fault. Again, it’s not your fault. Come on, one more time, it’s not your fault. Now wipe those tears away, this isn’t Goodwill Hunting for crying out loud. You just need a little break, that’s all. So go take one already.
Virginia Beach was already a great destination. Add in the lower prices, smaller crowds, and more temperate temps that the offseason brings and you got yourself a real steal of a trip. Sure, you’re probably not taking a dip in the ocean, but this city doesn’t hibernate come wintertime, oh no my friend. Read on, and find out some of the best things to do in Virginia Beach this winter.
Whale Watching (Prime Season)
Are you sick of having to choose between humpback and fin whales? I am, and it’s not pretty. Because if you think I’m indecisive about my whales, then you’ve never seen me place my Starbucks order. I can bring the entire coffee war machine to a grinding halt while waffling between a Grande and Venti. Well choose no more! Starting in December, and running through mid-March, both these beloved behemoths make their way to the warm coastal waters of Virginia. These humpbacked beauts can glide through the water at up to 23 miles per hour, which is very impressive if you’ve never driven a car. Nonetheless, it’s pretty good for something that weighs up to 70 tons and measures nearly 85 feet long. Beckoned by the ample food sources found here, whales have been completing this migratory journey for the last decade. Many local sightseeing charters are ready and willing to take you next to these mammoth mammals in little, tiny boats. I guess as long as they can go 24 mph, who cares, right? The Virginia Aquarium has one of the best whale watching tours going. This two and a half hour trip will take you past some of the best viewing spots and is for all ages (Adults: $28, Children 3-11: $24, Children under 3: Free).
Wouldn’t you rather just have someone else do the walking for you? Of course you would, I mean–you’re not a peasant after all. Then go rent a horse, and have a beast of burden do your bidding instead. Winter is also the prime season for equine adventure along the coast. From October through May, local stables offer horse excursions, creating a truly unique way to experience the sweeping sands of this beachfront paradise. Not a cowboy? Don’t worry, because the tours from Outer Banks Horseback are guided and offer instruction for any skill level. Capture that romantic, horseback kiss forever with the professional photography packages available. But make sure you display it prominently, so you can enrage your houseguests for all of eternity! During the holiday season, make sure to check out the famed Festival of Lights horseback rides and discover a completely new way to take the festive atmosphere.
The bounty of the Sea
During the winter months, Virginia Beach is the “Striper Capital of the World”. But please do me a favor and don’t’ look that up on Google. I feel like we’ve built a pretty good rapport, so just trust me on this one. Anglers world round flock here to get a piece of Striper fever. Which thankfully is much less contagious than Scarlet fever and requires virtually no wet towels placed on your forehead. The mass migration of Striped Bass to the coastal waters of Virginia provides some of the fastest and most plentiful fishing opportunities anywhere. In fact, these things pretty much catch themselves. Grab a seat on a fishing charter, and pack your Icy Hot, because your arms are going to give out before the fish do. Rundee Inlet and Lynnhaven Inlet are home to the fishing charter fleets and offer ample head boats and fishing charters. Oysters are also a prized catch around here. Take a two or four hour tour in the Lynnhaven River and pluck up some world famous Lynnhaven Oysters. Pleasure House Oyster Farm, a name with which I’m entirely comfortable, offers guests the chance to dine right in the river, literally. They set up a makeshift table in the river; you eat your crustacean catch right in your waders. Move over, Ocean Spray guys in the cranberry bog.
100 Miles of Lights
Get ready to question everything your simple mind knows about Christmas lights this year, because the “100 Miles of Lights” takes it to the next level. Millions of festive bulbs light the way, as you take this self-guided driving tour through Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. Enjoy the endless illuminated holiday displays as the power grid begins to buckle under the weight of festivity. Along this route there are literally hundreds of holiday shows, musical performances, living history re-enactments, and even lighted boat parades.
Many other great events take place in Virginia Beach during the winter as well. Don’t believe me? This list has bullet points, OK, so get over yourself.
* Holiday Lights at the Beach (now – Jan. 1)
* Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout (Jan. 8-10)
* Virginia Beach Restaurant Week (Jan. 10-19)
* Coastal Virginia Wine Fest & Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Festival (Jan. 17-18)
* Winter Wildlife Festival (Jan. 24-26)
* Polar Plunge (Feb. 6-7)
* Mid-Atlantic Sports & Boat Show (Feb. 6-8)
Stay in Williamsburg
Maybe the best way to see Virginia Beach is to stay in Williamsburg. OK, that doesn’t sound like it makes any sense, but stay with me for a minute. Really use the winter season to your vacation advantage by discovering the great deals located in Williamsburg, just an hour away from the heart of Virginia Beach. On top of the great prices and availability, you get all the rich history and charming atmosphere that can only be found in Williamsburg. From Colonial Williamsburg to a cutting edge culinary community, this enchanting city has it all. And there’s no better place than Tripbound to book your next wintertime Williamsburg stay. With a full array of condominium style accommodations and great prices, they simply can’t be beat.