Nationally Recognized Music Scene, Art Attractions and More
Brings Young Urbanites to Waterfront City

NORFOLK, Va. (July 16, 2013) Rolling Stone magazine readers recently voted The NorVa, located in Norfolk, VA, as the number one Venue That Rocks the hardest in a poll ranking top live music spots in the United States. The NorVA, known by music enthusiasts for offering an intimate venue with world-class performances, also ranked number 16 on a list of the 20 Best Big Rooms in another Rolling Stone magazine poll published this May. The city’s music scene has garnered impressive national recognition, adding to the reasons that make Norfolk a popular travel destination for young urbanites.

With a median age of 29, and more than a third of the population falling between the ages of 21 and 39, the waterfront destination has leveraged its cultural experience to become a youthful, urban oasis in Coastal Virginia. Expanding on its vibrant downtown location surrounded on three sides by water, the city features dining options ranging from Vegan fare to a rapidly expanding brewery scene, Virginia’s first urban winery, art programs that include an interactive glass blowing studio, and a forward-thinking transit system.

In addition to The NorVa and the city’s nationally acclaimed music scene, tourists find a cultural haven in Norfolk with its continually evolving selection of events and attractions to see, taste and experience, including:

· Film buffs and classic movie fanatics rejoice over the Naro Cinema, operating in its original form since 1936, with special theme nights and events attracting hundreds of young locals and visitors. Other cinematic happenings in town include the Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, and the ON Film Festival put on by Old Dominion University and the City of Norfolk

· A nod to poets and musicians of the past, the coffee house experience is more present than ever with places like Java Surf Café & Espresso Bar, Crema, Café Stella, Elliott’s Fair Grounds Coffee House, Chocollage, and aLatté Café lining the downtown district and Ghent neighborhoods. Many Norfolk coffeehouses feature regular musical performances and serve as a meeting point for local artists.

· The brewery and wine scene is rapidly growing with the recent openings of two breweries, O’Conner Brewery and Smartmouth Brewery, as well as Virginia’s first urban winery, the Mermaid Winery. Also popular in the area is the thriving artisanal European Birch Bar, which caters to the city by selling craft European beer and cheese. Additionally, one of Virginia’s most popular wine festivals takes place twice a year along the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk, as does a popular beer festival.

· With over 80 chef-owned restaurants, the city’s dining establishments are known to offer impressive meals ranging from traditional coastal dishes and modern sustainable cuisine, to delightful vegan gastronomy. Foodies often opt for Norfolk’s Granby Street Food Tour, satisfying their taste buds from favorite local restaurants, while simultaneously learning about the city.

· Those with an eclectic sense of style and a hunger for shopping adventures can explore vintage clothing boutiques, vibrant art galleries, and remarkable antique shops. Browse the Palace Station and the shops of Historic Ghent, or mosey along the antique, vintage and consignment stores along 21st Street.

· Downtown Norfolk launched the state’s first Light Rail system known as The Tide, taking commuters from Fort Norfolk Station, near the historic Ghent district, to the Newtown Road Park & Ride Station at the Norfolk / Virginia Beach city line, and making stops near the Chrysler Museum of Art, The MacArthur Memorial and The Tide Minor League Baseball Stadium.

Norfolk’s visitors can choose from thousands of deluxe hotel rooms, which are within walking distance from the modern downtown area.  Even better for young travelers, Norfolk is affordable and easily accessible by car, bus, plane and now train, with Amtrak service connecting Norfolk to major East Coast cities.