NORFOLK, VA, May, 2011 – There’s still time to book one of the most accessible travel destinations for groups this summer, with last-minute offerings and unique activities in Norfolk, VA. As one of the more affordable seaside destinations on the East Coast, featuring value-driven hotel rates and free public events, Nor. The summer 2011 season is making waves with new and unique opportunities for groups of all sizes with the launch of two new culinary tours, summer festivals and much more.

Below is a listing of the top reasons Norfolk offers great post-boardroom options for groups this season:

  • Culinary Tour of Granby Street (From $50 / person): Beginning on May 16, 2011, Norfolk’s ‘Restaurant Row’ will open its doors to small groups with a unique opportunity to explore the seaport city through pre-bookable culinary walking tours with Coastal Food Tours of Virginia. While historic architecture coalesces with modern skyscrapers on Granby Street, restaurants serve everything from traditional coastal dishes to modern, ethnic and sustainable cuisine. During this three-hour tour, groups will explore the revitalized downtown, all along one very popular street.
  • Culinary Tour of Ghent (From $50 / person): Also pre-bookable for small groups beginning on May 16, 2011, a culinary tour of the historic Ghent district will take participants on a three-hour walking tour of the bohemian borough, throughout Colley Avenue and 21st Street. Visitors will explore a variety of fine cuisine in the neighborhood heavily influenced by early British Colonial architecture.
  • TGIF at TowneBank Fountain Park (Free): Every Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. during the summer months, visitors can head to the TowneBank Fountain Park following their meetings to experience Norfolk’s largest outdoor waterfront party. Live bands play as patrons watch the sun set over the Elizabeth River. On August 12th, guests will get a special treat with the Crab Pickin’ at the Point event during TGIF.
  • 22nd Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival (From $10 / person): From June 24 – June 26th, this popular 3-day festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style. Cajun cuisine, three stages with performances by national recording artists, and a special pop-up art gallery will liven up downtown Norfolk.
  • 6th Annual AT & T Acoustic Music Festival (Free): On September 17th from noon to 10 p.m., this grassroots music event is a great way to spend a late summer afternoon and evening. In its 6th year, the Acoustic Music Festival sponsored by AT & T is one of Hampton Roads' “must attend” music events. Transforming the newly refurbished Town Point Park into an intimate coffee house, the annual event has quickly become one of the most popular festivals in the region.  From sunrise to sundown, this festival hosts some of the region's best-known acoustic musicians.  Guests are also treated to readings, book signings and interactive workshops hosted by local, regional and national authors.  Gourmet beverages, wine and food will be available throughout the day. 

In addition to summer’s hottest events, Norfolk offers more than 1,000 deluxe hotel rooms within walking distance of the city’s modern, downtown convention facilities, entertainment options ranging from the Virginia Symphony and the renowned Chrysler Museum of Art, to tours of the Norfolk Naval Base, the USS Wisconsin battleship and the MacArthur Memorial, plus great antiquing and shopping. Norfolk is a diverse destination for meetings and conventions, with easy access via plane or train from most major East Coast cities. True to its reputation for Southern hospitality, the city will roll out the red carpet for any event.  With its port-city sophistication and Southern ambiance, the city combines an international flavor with the charm of the old South.

~ Norfolk, Virginia ~
One of the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting destinations, Norfolk, Virginia attracts thousands of travelers each year to enjoy its lively waterfront downtown which is easily walkable and alive with eclectic dining options, a rich arts scene, high-end shopping and fun, year-round special events. For four hundred years this dynamic heart of Virginia’s storied sea front region has offered a vibrant blend of history and heritage, contemporary attractions, outdoor adventure and the Commonwealth’s most revered cultural institutions.  For more information about Norfolk, visit the city on the Web at www.visitnorfolktoday.com or call 757-664-6620 or toll free at 800-368-3097.