05 April 2022

Norfolk Military Reunion Itineraries 

Home to multiple military sites and attractions

Tour One: Ships and Generals Tour

Morning – Take part in a guided bus tour of the world’s largest naval installation, Naval Station Norfolk. A knowledgeable, active duty Navy guide will give a narrated tour of the base highlighting the U.S. Naval Fleet, Admirals Row, and how the base is an extravagant working city.

Afternoon – After exploring the Navy base, shop till you drop at MacArthur Center with over 140 retailers anchored by Dillard’s. Make sure you grab a Passport to Shopping booklet for your group, a book of coupons that helps you save at checkout!

Evening – Discover the compelling story of General Douglas MacArthur and the millions of Americans who served our nation through five wars at the MacArthur Memorial. The memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of General MacArthur’s life as an Army general. The memorial also pays tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.

Tour Two: Anchors Away

Morning – Head to Nauticus, a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk’s harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world’s largest Navy. Parallel to Nauticus is the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided tour or with an additional charge, their guided Topside Tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during WWII. Afterward, stroll through the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located inside Nauticus and experience over 200 years of Naval history in coastal Virginia.

Afternoon – Enjoy lunch overlooking the Elizabeth River at Waterside District. This revitalized waterfront has turned into a central place to dine and features the best of national, local, and regional restaurants – it’s sure to please everyone in your group. Slurp down some oysters from local seafood restaurant Stripers or devour a juicy burger from Blue Moon Taphouse. Waterside also offers live music, festivals, and more. 

Evening – Board the popular Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise for a two-hour narrated cruise which offers the fastest way to see destroyers, frigates, nuclear submarines, and aircraft carriers at Norfolk Naval Station.

Tour Three: Norfolk Spousal Tour

Morning – Make your cup of coffee to go and head to the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia’s largest botanical garden- 175 acres to be more exact!  Enjoy foliage in the fall, roses blooming during the summer, Million Bulb walk during the Holidays and flourishing azaleas all spring long! Take a fun-filled boat ride to explore the waterways or hop aboard the tram to discover a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild. The NBG’s professional horticultural staff will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience.

Afternoon – Explore over 80 retailers at the Norfolk Premium Outlets, the world’s finest outlet mall that offers major discounts on designer brands.

Evening – Stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.’s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. The museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection, Art Nouveau furniture and ancient artifacts from African, Egyptian, Pre-Columbian, Islamic, and Asian cultures. The museum also holds an extensive European and American collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.

Tour Four: Seas the Day

Afternoon-  Hop on board the Spirit of Norfolk (a narrated boat tour) and enjoy a scrumptious lunch while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Norfolk skyline and arguably the best place to witness Naval Station Norfolk’s fleet of ships. 

Mid- Afternoon – Enjoy some brews at veteran-owned craft brewery Bold Mariner. Frogman Lager is their fan-favorite and rightfully so, the lager has won numerous Virginia Craft Beer awards. Another veteran-owned brewery is Rip Rap which is owned and operated by Liam, a former Coast Guardsman. Home-brewing was a hobby of Liam’s while in the Coast Guard, and since turning it into his career, he hopes to spread his passion of beer to each person that walks in.

Evening – Time for dinner! Head to Doumar’s for some finger-licking barbecue. Don’t skip out on dessert here, Doumar’s is famous for their made-on-the-spot ice cream cones. Abe Doumar invented the first waffle cone in Norfolk in 1904. A billion tons of ice cream later, you can still have the World’s Original Waffle Cone here. Rolled right in front of your eyes on the original four-iron waffle machine.

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26 March 2022

Spring Break In Norfolk, VA

In need of inspiration for a spring break? Look no further. Norfolk is the perfect place for you and your spouse to kick back and relax, while the kids stay entertained with minimal effort on your end. 

Photo Credit: @jessicahubbardphotography, Instagram

Explore and Inspire

Virginia Zoo

Giraffes, red pandas and tigers oh my! Educate the whole family on animals from all over the world. Walk amongst Australian Wallabies and their joeys, spot Africa’s majestic rhinos, lions, and cheetahs, admire the new World of Reptiles exhibit and play with goats at the Zoo Farm. The Virginia Zoo is home to over 700 critters which gives something for everyone in the family to see!

Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus

Spend the day exploring Nauticus, a maritime museum showcasing global trade and the world’s largest Navy. On the Nauticus Campus resides, the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the United States. Explore the decks and depths of the ship and don’t forget to take a family photo!

“As part of the museum experience, you can hop aboard the 888 foot long Battleship Wisconsin…one of the largest battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Our kids LOVED exploring it!” – @funfitnessfam

For more family-friendly attractions click here.

Beach Day

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Spend a day making sand castles, soaking up the sun and spotting dolphins in the distance. Enjoy local seafood while overlooking the Chesapeake Bay at the Ocean View Pier Restaurant. Don’t want to leave the beach? Pack a picnic with food from Taste, they have several locations throughout the city.

On the Water

Looking for a way to get out on the bay? Sunset cruises on the American Rover, themed dinner and lunch cruises on board a City Cruises by Hornblower vessel sailing lessons through Sail Nauticus, and kayaking are all great ways to experience the Chesapeake Bay. For the more educational cruises, check out the Norfolk Naval Base Cruises aboard Victory Rover where they showcase aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided missile cruisers and more!

Eat and Drink

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With an abundance of different cuisine in Norfolk, it is easy to please everyone’s palates and our family-friendly breweries are eager to entertain you. Doumar’s is a great spot to show the kids the world’s first waffle cone machine and if you’re lucky they will be making fresh cones while you’re there! For an afternoon snack or treats to take home, head to Bonbonnier for old-fashioned homemade candies! Want more candies and sweets? Check out the sweetest of treats in Norfolk here.

Sports

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Norfolk is home to the ECHL Norfolk Admirals and the MiLB Norfolk Tides, making a memorable evening no matter what time of year you visit. Foam fingers for the kids and local beer for the adults with buttered popcorn at the Scope Arena and baseball franks at Harbor Park will make these games the perfect family outing!  

Hotels

We all love a family vacation, but sometimes we wish we could put the kiddos in another room and have some peace. Lucky for you, our hotels offer deals on connecting rooms, free breakfast and more. Check out the deals here.

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07 February 2022

Top 8 Things to Do On Your Norfolk, VA Cruise Layover

You’ve just made a port stop in Norfolk – welcome! With a short amount of time while in port, we wanted to pull together a quick list of suggestions for things you can do. Below are some of our most iconic places within the city so when you step off the cruise you will be confident in knowing what you want to prioritize to see. 

Looking for maps or just want to talk to a local about the best things to do? Head to our newly renovated Visitor Center on 232 E. Main Street, about a five-minute walk from the cruise terminal. Inside you will also find our shop, the Mermaid Market, for Norfolk-themed gifts for everyone you’re vacationing with.

Spend an Hour Exploring the Elizabeth River Trail

Give your sea legs a break and start your day in Norfolk by exploring our 10.5 mile-long riverfront trail, the Elizabeth River Trail, also known as the ERT. You can experience the ERT by bike, scooter or on your own two feet. With Lime scooters scattered throughout the city, you can easily hop on and off the trail from just about any location. Renting bicycles at Pedego, located in Downtown Norfolk is also an option to explore. 

The ERT takes you through multiple neighborhoods with different waterfront views. Starting out in our thriving downtown, the trail winds you through a few historic neighborhoods and campuses and ends in the prestigious neighborhood of Lochhaven. The ERT is trickled with breweries and delicious restaurants along the way and if you are not familiar with our city, it’s a great lookbook to a day in the life of a Norfolkian. 

Shop Locally at Selden Market

Selden Market is an eclectic, historic shopping hall that features local artisans, chefs and new pop-up shops weekly. Because it is ever-changing, every time you visit Norfolk there will be different vendors. Visitors may find an assortment of offerings like handmade leather goods, unique jewelry, DIY candles, international cuisine and more. For a full list of their current shops click here.

Stroll the Cobblestone Streets of Freemason

Just a short walk away from the cruise terminal is Norfolk’s most charming and oldest standing neighborhood, Freemason. Located along the Elizabeth River, Freemason features beautiful tree-lined cobblestone streets, manicured gardens and historic homes. While here, explore the Hunter House Victorian Museum and stop in for lunch at Freemason Abbey, a local favorite that is known for its She Crab soup and is housed in a historic church. Are you a coffee connoisseur or just someone who needs a caffeine pick-me-up? Then head to Cure Coffeehouse, one of the best coffeehouses in town! 

Explore Our Downtown Museums and Attractions

The beauty of seeing our museums and attractions is that you can spend as little or as long as you would like at each of them. Let’s start with a quick rundown of our downtown attractions: Nauticus, a maritime discovery center, which is next to the Battleship Wisconsin is one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided or guided tour! Next, check out downtown’s newest addition, the free Glass Light Art Gallery. This two-story gallery is made up of 65 small and life-sized pieces of glass art that come from a local family’s private collection. For a more outdoorsy experience, check out our rich history through the self-guided Cannonball Trail – a walk-it-yourself tour, through 400 years of Norfolk and American history. The Trail winds along the shoreline of the Elizabeth River and through the districts of Downtown Norfolk. Another free attraction, MacArthur Memorial, a museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of the General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

Dine Along Granby Street 

Granby Street is an iconic street in Norfolk and you can find just about any type of cuisine along its mile-long marquee-lighted street. Enjoy an espresso with fresh-made crêpes for breakfast at Lamia’s Parisian-style cafe. Slurp down some local oysters or try our local’s favorite seafood soup, She Crab soup at Saltine. Spend an evening dining by candlelight at Luce, a finer-diner Italian restaurant, or try the Monastery Restaurant, Granby Street’s oldest restaurant whose owners and chefs serve up their homemade favorite dishes from Czechoslovakia. Looking for a more classic all-American menu? Then check out Brick Anchor Brew House, where they have 60 craft beers on tap! 

Drinks with a View at Waterside District

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Grab a refreshing drink by the water! At Waterside District you can enjoy drinks at their massive outdoor dining area that overlooks the Elizabeth River, waterside Marina and more! This makes for a great spot to catch the sunset or simply watch the ships go by, if you’re lucky you might spot some Navy ships boating around. 

Experience Norfolk’s Largest Collection of Street Art in the NEON District

NEON (New Energy Of Norfolk) Arts District, our most vibrant district, is about a 20-minute walk from where your cruise ship pulls into port or a five-minute Uber ride. Wander around the district and you will notice an abundance of vibrant murals, public art pieces and some of our favorite bakeries and restaurants, like Commune and LaBrioche, Norfolk’s most authentic French Bakery. Looking for a more personalized tour of the district? Then head to Norfolk Tour Company’s website to book a guided tour.

Spend the Day on the Beach in Ocean View 

If the weather allows, we suggest heading straight to Norfolk’s 7.5 mile-long beach! The beach is a quick 25-minute Uber or taxi ride from the cruise terminal and will meet all your needs for a perfect beach day. Once you arrive to Ocean View, head to Pedego Bikes, Ocean View’s bike rental store – this will be the best and easiest way for you to travel around the neighborhood. Spend the day swimming with dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay, crabbing or sunbathing. Once you have worked up an appetite head to one of Ocean View’s many beloved restaurants like Bar-Q, which is one of Norfolk’s best BBQ joints, COVA, a coffeehouse by day and brewery by night, or Ocean View Pier Restaurant for a spectacular water view.

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16 December 2021

Your Complete Norfolk, VA Winter Bucket List

Brighten up a gray and cold winter with these top nine things to do in Norfolk that will make your days less gloomy and a lot warmer. 

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Escape to the Tropics for the Day

The cold temperatures are here and we can’t help but dream of a tropical island getaway. While you may not be able to hop on a plane this instant, you can check out Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Tropical House Display for a breath of warm air, towering palms and banana trees! 

Attend a Hockey Game

Bundle up and cheer on our professional ECHL hockey team, the Norfolk Admirals, this winter. You can catch a game at the Norfolk Scope Arena located downtown – freshly popped popcorn awaits you! 

Devour She-Crab Soup

Winter months in Norfolk are not complete without copious amounts of She-Crab Soup. Those that serve this Southern classic each have their own unique twist to its flavoring, but generally, the soup consists of milk or heavy cream, crab or fish stock, crab meat and crab roe, with a small amount of dry sherry, making for a rich, warm meal during the coldest of days. We highly recommend indulging at Todd Jurich’s BistroFreemason Abbey and Captain Groovy’s.

Play at an Arcade

Suitable for families or just a group of fun-loving adults, Circuit Social, located in downtown Norfolk, offers arcade games for all. Test your skills at the classics like Mario Kart and Pac-Man, or enjoy a round of Duckpin bowling, Skeeball and so much more! Pair your gaming with a local brew from one of their 48 self-serve taps, or snag a bite to eat from their all-American menu. 

Take a Hot Yoga Class

Escape the cold for an hour with Torch’s Scorch and Burn hot yoga class. You will channel your inner zen and leave the class nice and toasty warm, maybe even appreciating the refreshing cold air outside. 

See a Show

Norfolk has a great appreciation for the performing arts and what better way to get out of the house this winter and into a warm cozy theater than by attending a show. Norfolk is home to the Virginia OperaVirginia Arts FestivalVirginia Symphony and make sure you check out Norfolk broadway shows at Chrysler Hall.

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Cozy Up with a Cup of Tea

Sip on a cup of hot tea, because sometimes you just need a hot tasty beverage without a jolt of caffeine. Most of Norfolk’s coffee shops offer up delicious teas, like Coalescence’s Rainer Tea –  an organic tisane blend with peppermint flavors. Be sure to check out Vessel Craft Coffee’s selection, as their teas are sourced directly from family farms that use sustainable farming practices.

Visit a Free Museum

Norfolk is filled with museums, most of which are free to visit! Discover Norfolk’s maritime history at the Hampton Roads Naval History Museum located inside of Nauticus on the second floor, peruse paintings, dolls and glass art at the Barry Art Museum, or explore over 30,000 original works of art that span more than 5,000 years at Chrysler Museum of Art – all venues offer free admission every day.

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Attend a Wine Tasting

A chilly day can quickly become warm after a few sips of delicious wine. Step into Mermaid Winery, Virginia’s only urban winery, or Vino Culture, a boutique wine shop located downtown, for tastings of wines from around the world and around our state. Mermaid Winery has free tastings Fridays from 5-8 pm and Vino Culture offers tastings Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 pm.

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15 December 2021

Best Instagram Photos of the Year

And just like that, the year is coming to an end. As we reflect on the past year, we wanted to showcase the photos you all loved the most of our beautiful city. We appreciate the love you showed us this year, and as always be sure to tag us in your photos with the hashtag #VisitNorfolkVA so we can continue to see Norfolk through your lens. 

These are numbered in no particular order. Photo above, Instagram @throughshayslens.

1. Historic Restaurant Row, Granby Street

Photo by @alyxdiavolo

2. Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Washed Ashore Exhibit

Photo by @shiningstarr13

3. Battleship Wisconsin at Sunset

Photo by @brandonj_tps

4. Snowy Pagoda Gardens and Elizabeth River Trail

Photo by @ana.matopoeia

5. Pets-eye view of Waterside District

Photo by: @abcraw4d

6. The Quaintness of West Freemason Street 

Photo by @stephanie_rudolph

7. Strolls through Historic Ghent

Photo by @gofastpro⁠ – Tommy Turner, Williamsburg⁠

8. Cherry Blossom Season in Freemason

Photo by @hopelandry

9. Snow-covered  Norfolk

Photo by @fredwrose

10. Sandy, Sunny Oceanview

Photo by @alexsummy1984

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06 December 2021

2021 Holiday Gift Guide: For the City With Bite Lover

We hope you’ve seen at least one episode of our award-winning series, City With Bite, but if not, click here to see what we are referring to. Now, for the City With Bite fans (or those who love our culinary scene), we have put together a gift guide for those who tried, tested and approved all the tasty concoctions our restaurants and breweries created in the series. From hot sauces to flannels, we hope this guide will help you check some things off your shopping list.

Cowboy Syd’s Not-Hot Sauce

Season 2 Episode 1 — Watch now.

Gift this sauce to the chef in your family who likes to add some flavor to any dish. The ‘Not-Hot Sauce’ is made using spicy, but not too hot peppers, that are balanced in flavor so that it compliments your dish instead of masking the flavors. This delicious sauce is made from Syd’s own homegrown tabascos that are fermented then aged in whiskey barrels.

The Bold Mariner Brewing Company Apparel

Season 1 Episode 6 – Watch now.

From tanks to long sleeve shirts and even flannels, Bold Mariner has apparel for everyone on your shopping list. Be sure to check out their travel mugs, beer glasses and their modern stemless glass for the wine or seltzer lover in your life.

Strawberry Fields Pints of Ice Cream

Season 2 Episode 6 – Watch now.

Need some dessert for a holiday party, or want to leave Santa a special treat instead of cookies? Pick up a tasty pint of winter flavored gelato, like eggnog and brown sugar walnut. What if Santa wants the tried and true cookie? Stock up on their famous gingerbread cookies.

Handsome Biscuit’s Lupo Sauce

Season 2 Episode 2 – Watch now.

We aren’t sure what Handsome Biscuit does to make their Lupo Sauce so addicting and tasty, but any hot sauce lover in your life will greatly appreciate this bottled-up deliciousness as a gift. Check out their Comeback Sauce too for a Southern classic!

Elation Brewing and Benchtop Brewing Co. Six Packs

Elation Season 1 Episode 4 – Watch now.  Benchtop Season 2 Episode 7 – Watch now.

Who said stocking stuffers have to be small? Fill your loved ones stocking with a six-pack of Elation’s and Benchtop’s brews this holiday season.

Brothers Jazz Tickets

Season 2 Episode 3 – Watch now.

Do you know someone who loves finer dining and has an appreciation for Jazz? They will love tickets to one of Brother’s Jazz concert series where they can enjoy internationally acclaimed artists with a side of surf and turf. 

Sam’s Texas Tee Shirt

Season 1 Episode 3 – Watch now.

If you’ve seen the City With Bite episode, then you’ve seen the wall of fame of world travelers rocking a Sam’s Texas Sub Shop tee shirt. Gift the traveler in your life a tee-shirt so they can snap a photo on their next adventure and hopefully make the wall of fame. 

Mermaid Market

Hop on the bandwagon and rep the City With Bite merch. Head to our Mermaid Market where we have tee shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more, all printed with our City With Bite logo!

Gift Cards

Not all City With Bite participants have merchandise to sell, but they all have gift cards for purchase. Support local this holiday season with a gift card to your favorite restaurant.

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03 December 2021

Your Guide to Norfolk’s Glass Art

Norfolk has the largest collection of free public glass art in the world! Find everything from museums to galleries and even glass-themed hotels that have glass art within our city. After your glass art exploration, we hope you appreciate the art medium that captures the dance of light and color seamlessly just as much as we do. 

Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection

Located downtown, the Glass Light Hotel is arguably the most unique, historic hotel in our city. This hotel boasts a European-style atmosphere whose whole concept was built around the art of glass blowing. There are about 60 pieces of glass art on display in the hotel, glass touches throughout and many design features that pay tribute to the glass-making process. For example, tall wooden elongated slats are the backdrop to the welcome desk which represent the wooden tools used during the sculpting process. Next, notice the hotel attendee name tag when they check you in, it’s also made of glass. In each of the hotel rooms itself, you will see that the designs were inspired by a glass artists’ studio where you will notice the different wood planking and art behind the mirrors that are meant to signify an artist’s sketch. 

Something else to note is that you will find glass carrots in each hotel room which go hand in hand with the massive pink bunnies found inside the lobby and on-site restaurant. Why bunnies and carrots you must ask? Well, the Misses of the family, who co-created this hotel, is nicknamed “Bunny.” These bunnies were created in the Czech Republic and were transferred to Norfolk in pieces to then be assembled in the hotel.

Glass Light Gallery

Attached to the Glass Light Hotel is the Glass Light Gallery or the Perry Glass Art Collection. Meander the two-story gallery which is made up of 65 small and life-sized pieces of glass art which has free admission and is open to the public. While this art is the private collection of the Perry family, they will be rotating out the artwork so they can showcase the brilliant work of other artists. 

Chrysler Museum of Art

The Chrysler Museum of Art is a museum of 30,000 objects spanning over 5,000 years! One of the most notable collections is of their glass art exhibit which kick-started Norfolk’s glass culture. This exhibit consists of 10,000 pieces that are undoubtedly extraordinary and range from small single-colored vases to intricate wine goblets dating back to the 1800s, to flasks, ribbed bowls and mosaic cups circa the 1st century B.C! It’s fascinating to see how different cultures, continents and religions incorporated glass into their daily lives from the 1st century BC to the present day. The Chrysler Museum showcases these artifacts beautifully and we hope you get lost in the beauty of this art.

Perry Glass Studio

Norfolk’s very own glass blowing studio, Perry Glass Studio, is where you can witness professional glassblowers creating masterpieces through free demonstrations or take a class for amateurs by creating a simplistic decoration, like coasters or ornaments. For those who are new to glass art, we highly recommend attending one of their free demonstrations, it’s offered every Tuesday through Sunday at noon. During the demo, you will watch glassblowers gather, sculpt, design and blow molten glass (lava-hot glass). This experience will shed light on the difficult nature of glass art and hopefully give you a newfound appreciation for all those handmade glass pieces you see on display in museums or in your grandparent’s home. 

Barry Art Museum

Located adjacent to Old Dominion University, Barry Art Museum is free and open to the public. This state-of-the-art museum is home to paintings, dolls and of course glass art. While wandering through their glass art collection you will come across pieces composed by world-renowned glassblowers, like Karen La Monte and Lino Tagliapietra but you will also find pieces of glass on display from local artists like Emily Bartelt-Juel, who attended a local Norfolk college and is now a Staff Instructor at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The Barry Art Museum takes great pride in showcasing multiple pieces of glass art designed by women because this industry has a heavy male presence. The museum has free guided tours every Saturday at 1 p.m. and parking is also free.

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29 November 2021

Norfolk's Holiday Gift Guide

Norfolk is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping this season. From the Norfolk Premium Outlets and the downtown MacArthur Center Mall to small boutiques like Kitsch and Selden Market; Norfolk has it all. We’ve rounded up the most unique Norfolk gifts to shop for this holiday season!

Prince Ink 

Prince Ink is by no means your typical touristy t-shirt store, in fact, it’s quite the opposite; a craft men’s workshop heaven. All of their apparel is one of a kind with distinct designs and immense attention to detail. Whether it be a Norfolk t-shirt or hat you will set your holiday gift apart from the rest. Shop on their online store or swing by our Visitor Center to pick up one of their custom-made items.

Glass ornament

The best and most meaningful ornaments are the ones that we’ve made ourselves. It is this reason that mom and dad still proudly hang the ones you made in grade school on the tree. This year craft your own glass blown ornament to give as a gift. The Perry Glass Studio offers glass blowing classes year-round, but during the holiday season, they conduct a special (our favorite) class to make ornaments. Norfolk’s love for glass art is very apparent, with over 10,000 pieces of glass on display at the Chrysler Museum of Art and even more glass pieces showcased at the Barry Art Museum. Pour a bit more love into your gift-giving and add to your mom and dad’s ornament collection by signing up for a glass-making course today!

Hamilton Perkins

Gift your loved ones with a bag that is not only stylish, but that is also making an impact on our world. From travel bags, totes, backpacks, cross body bags and more, Hamilton Perkins is making bags that are using recycled materials. These timeless editions are all made from plastic water bottles, pineapple leaf fiber, and billboard vinyl. This being said, no two bags are ever going to be the same. Hamilton Perkins is a local to Norfolk and his store can be found in the second floor of the MacArthur Center Mall.

NFK Brew Hop Pass

Know someone who loves exploring new beer gardens, or a diehard brewery-goer who patiently awaits for new beer releases? Gift them the NFK Brew Hop Pass – the perfect gift for any hops enthusiast. A three-day pass will allow recipients to experience multiple breweries throughout our city at their own speed. Passes are delivered through text and email, and are instantly redeemable!

Lorak

Lorak has jewelry that is handcrafted in the heart of Norfolk and is owned by talented artist and designer genius, Anna Lorich Akers. Each piece of jewelry is visibly recognizable and inspired by Anna’s passion for textiles, ancient Greco Roman and Egyptian artifacts, and the clean lines found in Scandinavian design. Anna is a true artisan and will help you find the perfect ring, necklace, bracelet or earrings to give extra sparkle for your special someone.

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Cure

For the entertainer in your life, give the gift that keeps on giving — Cureo Coffee Liquor! Every time they make an espresso martini, white Russian or spiked coffee they will be sure to think of you. Cureo is a special coffee liquor made with Counter Culture Coffee, natural cane sugar and refined crystal-clear rum from local Chesapeake Bay Distillery. You can find Cureo at Cure Coffeehouse or in local Norfolk liquor stores.

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