Norfolk, VA In The News

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City by the Sea: Norfolk, Virginia

Long before there was a United States, British ships landed in what would one day be Norfolk, Virginia, and continued inland to form England’s first colony. With a history that parallels its nation’s, Norfolk wears its past like a fine coat of arms.  Visit>>

TRAVEL+LEISURE

America’s Favorite Cities for Affordable Getaways

“Norfolk once had a bad reputation as a Navy Town,” says one Travel + Leisure reader from the Virginia port city. “While we still are a Navy Town (and proud of it!), we’re so much more.”  Visit>>

The New York Times

Will the Spirit of Burning Man Art Survive in Museums?

It’s a leap — but the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, Va., hosted an exhibition of Burning Man art last summer, and on March 30, “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” invites the radical art of the desert into the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, steps from the White House, for its first major national showcase.  Visit>>

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Don't miss the return of LanternAsia at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

Think Chinese lanterns and you likely have the image of traditional paper globes hanging from the ceiling of your favorite Chinese restaurant come to mind. Odds are you are not thinking about a 200 foot long dragon or a field of dancing life size pandas, but they are actually just some of the magnificent lanterns now on display through mid-May at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, in Norfolk, Va.  Visit>>

The Culture Trip

The Most Haunted Sites to Visit in Norfolk, VA

Norfolk has experienced countless battles, fires, hurricanes and diseases over the last several centuries. Time has gone on, but restless souls still roam this Virginia city, and intriguing tales of hauntings are more popular than ever. Wait until the sun goes down before exploring these spooky spots!  Visit>>

Richmond Navigator

TasteBudz Plus -- March 15, 2018

Even though I was in Norfolk for most of the week, that doesn’t mean I didn’t continue to eat. I was so impressed with some of the restaurants there, that I want to pass along some of my finds. While I’ve been around and through Norfolk over the past few years, I really hadn’t spent any time in the city for probably more than a decade.  Visit>>

The Roanoke Times

By Myscha Theriault: Virginia's Norfolk features fun food, fab arts scene

Home to the largest naval base in the world, the starting point for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and a popular stopover point for Canadians heading back and forth to Florida for seasonal visits, Norfolk, Va., has been on the radar of snowbirds and sailors for quite some time.  Visit>>

USA Today

The Story Behind Doumar's, Home of the World's First Waffle Cone

Cruises from Norfolk, Va. are back on the schedule at Carnival.
The history of the waffle cone dates back over a century beginning with Abe Doumar. Doumar, a traveling salesman who spent his days selling paperweights to visitors at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, had an epiphany one day while strolling the fairgrounds.  Visit>>

USA Today

Carnival Cruise Line to resume trips out of Norfolk, Va.

Cruises from Norfolk, Va. are back on the schedule at Carnival.
The Miami-based line on Wednesday said the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph would make Norfolk its home during May of 2019 as well as later in the year.  Visit>>

Room for Joy

Ten Things To Do with Kids in Norfolk, VA

My family called Norfolk, VA, home for six years and we loved it! I’m so glad we lived there during our kids’ preschool and early elementary years. There are so many fun things to do with kids in and around Norfolk. Here are a few of my favorites:  Visit>>

The Manual

Best U.S. Destinations to Celebrate Black History Month

In addition to being the home of the world’s largest naval compound, Norfolk also boasts a substantial African-American history. Today, the city features numerous points of interest dedicated to honoring that history.  Visit>>

GoodDeedSeats

Norfolk Named One of the Best College Towns with the Best Music Scenes

There's a lot to do in Norfolk like visiting art museums, touring naval ships, and visiting the animals at their globally acknowledged zoo.  Visit>>

FodorsTravel

LanternAsia at Norfolk Botanical Garden

This biennial spring event is a stunner of imperial proportions. Bringing the Chinese art of lantern making into the 21st century, LanternAsia descends upon the Norfolk Botanical Garden with a mile-long walk of more than 40 modern day lantern sculptures, some towering several stories skyward.  Visit>>

USA Today

America's annual beer festivals

The 17th annual Virginia Beer Festival will take place in Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront on May 19.  Visit>>

Recreation News

Enjoy a variety of arts, take in a patriotic show

Back in 1998, when the Virginia Arts Festival was only in its second year, my husband and I had a call from our 27-year-old son in Manhattan who asked if the Norfolk-based festival was “a big deal or what?” He informed us that the New York Times had given it “a really great review.”  Visit>>

The Dining Traveler

Five Places to Discover Virginia by Train on Amtrak

For the lovers of the sea…I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about going to Norfolk or Virginia Beach but I see the traffic on Google Maps and my plans change.  Visit>>

MeetingSource.com

Our Picks for Best Large Convention Cities in the USA

Using a six point rating system, we ranked 163 convention cities across the United States by Affordability of Hotel Rooms, Ease of Access, Safety, Walkability. Promotional Appeal and Weather to uncover our top 25 picks. Visit>>

Wander with Wonder

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA: ONE OF 2018’S HOTTEST DESTINATIONS

Located just south of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, the city of Norfolk has a much-deserved reputation as a naval and shipbuilding city. After all, it is home to the largest US Navy base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk. Visit>>

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Livability

Magic Lives Here: 6 Cities With Mythical Residents

4. Mermaids in Norfolk, VA — Mermaids make for a perfect mascot in this artistic city that’s surrounded by water. “Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval station and rumor has it mermaids Visit>>

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Windy City Times

TRAVEL Norfolk, Virginia: Naval-gazing--and much more

Norfolk, Virginia has certainly changed a lot since I grew up in the Hampton Roads area ( which includes such cities as Norflk, Chesapeake, Williamsburg and Portsmouth, among others ).  Visit>>

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NFK Yo'’'self: The Best Selfie Spots in Downtown Norfolk

The selfie has been an art form well before cell phones. The tradition is thought to date back as far as 1839 thanks to an amateur chemist and photographer by the name of Robert Cornelius.  Visit>>

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12 Magical Christmas Destinations You Need To Add To Your Holiday Bucket List

Can’t make it all the way to the North Pole? You’ll feel as though you’ve teleported there when you take a trip to Norfolk’s Botanical Gardens. The gardens set up the “Dominion Energy Garden of Lights,” which, with more than 1 million lights twinkling, has nabbed awards for being among the best lights displays in the country and emulates the North Pole.  Visit>>

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Travel + Leisure

America’s Favorite Cities

"Norfolk is a great place to live and to visit," said one proud Virginian. "The climate is mild and the art and culture scene is alive with momentum!" Locals also loved the southern city's ample water views, central location, and friendly vibe. "[It's] an amazing, historic city with [a] vibrant downtown area," another noted.  Visit>>

New York Lifestyles Magazine

A MERMAID TALE

Mermaids are mythical creatures that exist in folklore, our imagination—and in Norfolk, Virginia. Site of the massive Naval Station Norfolk as well as NATO’s military united, the Allied Command Transformation unit, this place has long ties to the sea.  Visit>>

USA Today

Fresh pumpkin specials to taste this fall

In Norfolk, Va., Commune serves the Spiced Winter Pumpkin sandwich with roasted and spiced pumpkin, sun-dried tomato pesto, whipped goat cheese and salad greens on toasted sourdough bread. (36/75)  Visit>>

USA Today

Taste Norfolk, Va., by neighborhood

Norfolk, Va., is having a moment. Home to the world’s largest naval base, the historic port city is in the midst of a revival. The newly renovated Waterside District lures with good eats; Virginia’s first light rail network glides through the streets; and colorful murals are popping up on historic warehouses in the NEON arts district.  Visit>>

WhereverFamily

Family Fun in Norfolk, Va.

When it comes to traveling as a family, it’s always nice when you find a destination interesting to everyone — from parents to the youngest child. Norfolk, Va., is one destination that delivers on just that, in spades.  Visit>>

CNN Travel

15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked

There's more to America's Southern states than cities such as Nashville, Austin and New Orleans. In fact, in recent years, so-called "second-tier" cities in the South have witnessed a massive boom in hotels, restaurants and micro-everythings.  Visit>>

CBS New York

5 Cities To Visit Before Summer Ends

With just a handful of weeks left, time is running out to start planning for an end of summer vacation. While there are several great places to consider for that best trip ever, a handful of destinations seem to always have the best of everything, from great food and lodging to world-class attractions and lively festivals and events.  Visit>>

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AFAR

Eating in the South's Next Great Food Destination

While the world swoons over New Orleans and Charleston, the port cities of Virginia’s Tidewater region have created a one-of-a-kind cooking that’s ready for its close-up.  Visit>>

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Reader's Digest

9 Quirky Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Origin of Your Favorite Foods

In Norfolk, Virginia, the founder of Doumar's Cones & Barbecue is credited with inventing the first ever waffle ice cream cone in 1904—ahead of the World's Fair in St. Louis where it was first served to the masses.  Visit>>

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Travel + Leisure

The Best Cities in America for Singles

Anyone hoping to date men or women in uniform should head to Norfolk, Virginia, home to the world’s largest navy base and NATO’s Strategic Command headquarters.  Visit>>

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Boston Globe

Here, there, and everywhere

BURNING MAN EXHIBIT IN VIRGINIA - Fans of the annual Burning Man festival can experience Nevada’s magical desert atmosphere in Virginia this summer when the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk debuts The Art of Burning Man, the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the festival (June 3-Oct. 14).  Visit>>

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Fodors Travel

4 Photos From the Incredible Burning Man Art Exhibit

Before Burning Man was known for tech billionaires and bikini-clad models, it was famous for art. Each Labor Day weekend, artists from around the world make the trek to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to install large-scale art projects.  Visit>>

Honest Cooking

Norfolk, Virginia’s Favorite Toast Spot

There is nothing like biting into a warm and hearty slice of bread. The comforting feel of chewing, hearing the crunch of every bite with a bit of breadcrumbs falling on your lap. Having toast means it’s going to be a good day, a very good one, one to celebrate.  Visit>>

The Huffington Post

Norfolk, Virginia - A Travel Guide

At Global Yodel we love learning about new places from a locals perspective. We sent Yodeler Liza Herlands to Hilton Norfolk The Main to experience all this vibrant Virginia city has to offer and to take some beautiful photos.  Visit>>

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18 Family Vacations To Take Before Your Kids Turn 18 - 8. Visit a cool art district

Modern art districts are thrilling not just for their museums and exhibits, but the cool street art and murals around every corner to0. If you’re an art lover, consider putting Norfolk, Virginia, on your must-visit list. Visit>>

The Virginian Pilot

Spicy smell of smoky goodness lures diners to Dorothy’s BBQ Smokehouse

What do barbecue and Toulouse-Lautrec have in common? Absolutely nothing, except that I enjoyed both in Norfolk on a recent cold, drizzly and dreary Sunday. In need of a warm meal, I headed over to Colley Avenue to check out the newly opened Dorothy’s BBQ Smokehouse and picked up pal Jeff on the way. Visit>>

Glamour

8 U.S. Solo Travel Destinations You Probably Haven't Thought Of

This mid-Atlantic destination is often overlooked and ripe for entourage-free exploration. Art enthusiasts will love strolling through the NEON district, a mural-filled neighborhood where you can visit the Glass Wheel Studio, catch a comedy show, or attend an Opera performance. Visit>>

Men's Fitness

The 10 best fitness-friendly destinations for spring

Considering the largest naval base in the world is stationed in Norfolk, you can bet the city’s infrastructure caters to the fit and fearless. One fitness magnet is the Elizabeth River Trail, a 10.5-mile urban trail, which pumps with cardio life after winter gloom. Visit>>

SouthsideDaily

Travel magazine says Norfolk is a top 50 destination in 2017. Here's why.

Norfolk’s strong military ties make it a magnet for veterans and military families, but there is more to the city than its massive naval base. In a recent article, Travel + Leisure identifies Norfolk as one of the 50 best destinations worldwide, ranking among cities like Honolulu, Jerusalem, and Nashville. Visit>>

The Charlotte Observer

Norfolk, Virginia: A Navy town worth visiting

Since Norfolk is home to the largest Naval base in the world, it’s natural that “Navy Town” pops into your mind when you thinking of it. In addition to its many nautical attractions, Norfolk offers many things to see and do for visitors to this waterfront city. Visit>>

USA TODAY

Café Stella’s Matcha Tea Latte

In Norfolk, Va., Café Stella makes a hot Matcha Tea Latte with green matcha tea, steamed milk and a hint of vanilla. Visit>>

Travel + Leisure

50 Best Places to Travel in 2017

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings.  Visit>>

DC Refined

Norfolk -- The city proving that southern hospitality is alive and well

I don't know about you guys, but this time of year I get super antsy to travel. Of course, I'd love to pack up and jet off to some warm, sunny Caribbean island or spend a chic getaway in Paris. But timewise (and financially!) that's not always in the cards...  Visit>>

USA Today

100 places for pumpkin this month

October is here and with it, plenty of pumpkin specials at restaurants and bars across the country. Foodies who love fall can indulge in the season's star ingredient with everything from pizza to pasta and of course, pie.  Visit>>

Passport

LGBT NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

The port city of Norfolk offers more than meets the eye as a hotbed of local arts culture and a focal point for Virginia’s dynamic culinary scene. On the eve of Hampton Roads Pride, I set out to meet the city beyond the shore. Visit>>

Epoch Taste

Norfolk, Virginia: A City Rooted in Naval History and Delectable Seafood

NORFOLK, Va.—Back in the colonial days of America, English settlers realized that the Elizabeth River in Virginia could become the lifeblood of a city. Its natural harbor and connection to Chesapeake Bay made it an important hub for trade. Visit>>

Travel + Leisure 

America’s Most Attractive Cities - No. 14. Norfolk, VA

For those whose type is men or women in uniform, Norfolk, Virginia, is the place to be. The world’s largest navy base and NATO’s Strategic Command headquarters are there, and the Department of Defense is the city’s largest employer. But Norfolk’s officers and admirals have a soft side too, enjoying a booming arts scene a full calendar of festivals—including annual celebrations of Cajun food, jazz, and wine—and coastal Virginia’s best restaurants. Visit>>

Travel + Leisure 

America's Friendliest Cities - No. 16, Norfolk, VA

Is it downhome charm—or just talking about good food— that makes a city seem welcoming? T+L readers ranked the most affable cities across the land. Visit>>

Orbitz 

The essential guide to Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia is an eclectic mix of small town charms and cosmopolitan culture with a food scene that is at once homey and elegant (minus the stuffy atmosphere). Visit>>

The Boston Globe 

5 great US glass museums

Chrysler Museum of Art - Highlights include a large selection of Tiffany glass, French glass, and an English cameo glass collection. Visit>>

The Virginian-Pilot 

50 ways to fall in love with Norfolk this summer

It’s happy season in Hampton Roads – summer. Here are 50 ways to ensure you find joy in our sweet city on the water. Visit>>

Roanoke Times 

The artful new energy of Norfolk

When your city has water views in all directions, you’ve got to get creative to get noticed. Artists in Norfolk have won the challenge... Visit>>

Travel + Leisure

America’s Favorite Cities – No. 4, Norfolk, VA

Travelers clearly love a waterfront view, and this Virginia city—sitting on both the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay—is loaded with them. Visit>>

Boston International Travel Examiner

Norfolk Virginia: so much more than military

The art, food, wine and ambience in Norfolk Virginia works. Visit>>

Champagne Living

Where to find the BEST burgers – East Coast style

Norfolk, Virginia - The Public House, where diners can be sure that anything they order is made fresh in-house, is the first gastropub in the historic Ghent district of Norfolk, Virginia.Visit>>