Our Getaway to Virginia

Back in July, Hobson and I took a roadtrip down the east coast to Virginia. We landed in Norfolk, about halfway between the city center and the buzz of Virginia Beach. The trip was a birthday present to me from Hobson. He knows how much I love exploring new places, and this area was one I had never been to before.

We stayed at the Founders Inn. On this vacation, it was just the two of us, no dogs, so it was nice to slow down and relax, and the Founders Inn was the perfect spot to do so. If we wanted to, we could have spent the entire trip on the grounds of the hotel. With a spa, pools, sprawling gardens, and delicious restaurants, it felt more like a grand southern plantation. And of course, the fact that they had lawn games made Hobson very happy. Most nights, we'd spend an early happy hour out there with a cocktail in hand before heading out for dinner.

We spent a full day exploring the city of Norfolk. We had a delicious breakfast at a place called D'Egg, then decided to give the Hampton Roads Naval Museum a go, and were very glad we did. We spent a couple hours in there, playing like children and learning more about our country's naval history.

The tour of the USS Wisconsin, a battleship that fought in World War II, the Korean War and Desert Storm, was one of my favorite parts. I live for stuff like this -- nerdy, I know. But the feeling I get when I step on board a piece of history like this one is pretty powerful.

Norfolk is a sweet little city, and an easy place to find local gems. Around mid-afternoon, we picked up some iced coffees from a local shop and walked down to the waterfront. It was a hot day, so it was nice to sit in the shade of an umbrella and enjoy. Oh, and of course practice our corn hole. ;)

We spent a great night in downtown Norfolk, beginning with a delicious dinner at Bodega and ending with drinks outdoors at Torch. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend both!

Throughout the rest of the trip, we logged a fun day at Virginia Beach, trying our best to stay cool in the ocean, a lot of really delicious meals that I wish I could recreate right about now, a couple of rounds of mini golf, some hours by the pool, a thunderstorm during dinner on the beach, followed by a gorgeous rainbow, and good down time that we both really needed. It was so nice, and the best birthday gift I could have asked for. Thank you, my love!

Also below -- don't miss a short video we shot while away!