Hoppy Easter Hampton Roads

Hoppy Easter Hampton Roads

It’s Easter Weekend here in Hampton Roads! If you haven’t started preparing or looking for things to do in Hampton Roads, check out the full blog post. We hope it makes your life a little easier… and eggstra festive!


Hampton Roads is a very family-centric region, where many small businesses and venues host events that are totally kid-friendly. If you are looking to take the family out for some festivities, here is a list of events from myactivechild.com. Enjoy, be safe, and enjoy Easter with the little ones!



We also pulled some additional events around Hampton Roads that are not just for the kids, but you adults too! Here is a list of brunches and other events local to you. From Blue Pete’s Restaurant to Varia – the options are endless! CLICK HERE to search all local events.



“To help you plan this year’s Easter menu, we’ve found the best Easter dinner ideas that celebrate all things spring. From apricot glazed ham and lemon-herb chicken to roasted asparagus and lemon bundt cake, these family-ready dishes will impress everyone at your table. Not to mention, most of them are so simple and easy that even a bunny could make them (so hop to it!).”

Source: Good Housekeeping



We hope you enjoy this beautiful Easter weekend. Spring is here and so are the warm temperatures we have missed very much. “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – Proverb

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Gearing Up For Halloween Weekend

Gearing Up For Halloween Weekend

So this coming weekend is Halloween. Whether you started decorating on September 1st or haven’t started quite yet, we want to help you make Spooky Season spectacular this year. From costumes to snacks, to overall Halloween ideas – here is all you need for a successful weekend of haunts.


The Best DIY Halloween Decorations for a Fun-Filled Celebration

Transform your indoor and outdoor spaces with these homemade design tricks. goodhousekeeping.com


15 Last-Minute Halloween Snacks That Will Save The Spooky Day

Party plans at the eleventh hour? We’ve got you covered with 17 last-minute Halloween snacks that take less than an hour to throw together. Spooky Halloween cookies call for tons of creativity, while make-ahead recipes require actually knowing that you’re going to a party in the first place; what if the party plans come up at the eleventh hour? While finding a last-minute costume that doesn’t make your plan to stay in and watch Halloween movies alone in your jam-jams too obvious, cooking or baking a mysterious masterpiece seems out of the question… but it’s not! Brit + Co


62 Last Minute Halloween Costumes You Still Have Time to Make

After last year, we’re all looking forward to a fun Halloween celebration—and that means an especially epic Halloween costume. But if time has slipped through your fingers and you’ve found yourself on the eve of October 31 with not a clue about what kind of outfit to wear, fear not. We’ve come through with a killer list of the best last-minute costumes… countryliving.com


Fall in Hampton Roads: 2021 Trick or Treating & Halloween Events Guide

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — As the weather continues to cool off, many cities and localities in the area are hosting a variety of events and festivals to celebrate fall and Halloween. Living Local


Halloween is now less than a week away, how frightful! We cannot wait for the fun that will ensue, in fact here is a quote to jumpstart the vibes.


The world turned upside down — in a good way — for one black velvet night.
– Karen Fortunati

What Does It Mean To Go Behind The Scenes?

What Does It Mean To Go Behind The Scenes?

When we say BTS, we don’t mean the K-Pop group. BTS, in the world of film and real estate, actually stands for “Behind The Scenes“. It’s an in-depth look at the video process, specifically all that goes into creating the cinematic home feature videos we call Lifestyles.



Recently we spent some time in the OBX filming for an upcoming lifestyle video. We can’t give away too many details on the property yet but wanted to shed some light on the process. To start, typically our crew is composed of the talent (on-screen actors/actresses), the film crew, our Marketing Director, our Social Media Director, and often times the agent listing the property is there in attendance.



Once we have everyone ready to rock and roll on location – we begin filming! Not only do we shoot from ground level, but we also film the bird’s eye view of each applicable scene. With multiple cameras, we are able to capture several POVs (point of view) throughout filming. Talent act out different scenarios that are outlined by our Marketing Director, who has a specific vision in mind for each property we shoot. When our Social Media Director is not in the scene, she typically follows the film crew like a shadow – showcasing the process.



Now, where the BTS comes into play is on our Instagram specifically. If you want to check out the day’s filming process for this lifestyle, you can check it out in our Instagram Story Highlight called “On Set”. Not only does our Social Media Director cover BTS herself but she also adds in any shared videos/photos from the rest of the crew.



But wait, there’s more! By piecing together some BTS taken that day, our Marketing Director actually cut together a little video to show you all just a little taste of what’s yet to come. Follow us on all Social Media Channels to catch when the Lifestyle drops and the property is officially featured!



Labor Day Weekend in Hampton Roads, 2021

Labor Day Weekend in Hampton Roads, 2021

Labor Day is almost here, which means it is time to figure out what’s in store this extended weekend. You know the drill… from local events in Hampton Roads to online deals, we’ve got you covered. But first, we have a little history in store.

According to History.com, “Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, street parades, and athletic events.”



Fri, Sep 3 – Mon, Sep 6 | Virginia Beach KOA Holiday
1240 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
Start planning to spend your Labor Day Weekend at KOA! With live music and local food vendors, we’ve got you covered for entertainment on Saturday night.


Thu, Sep 2 – Mon, Sep 6 | Williamsburg / Busch Gardens Area KOA Holiday
4000 Newman Rd, Williamsburg, VA
Labor Day weekend is coming our way, complete with plenty of fun. It’s one of our very favorite holidays! 


Fri, Sep 3, 12 PM – Tue, Sep 7, 12 AM | Commonwealth Brewing Co
2444 Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA
We can’t believe it’s time for our 6TH REVOLUTION CELEBRATION this Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd through 6th!


Sep 5, 3 PM – Oct 3, 5 PM | Reaver Beach Brewing Co. NFK
3800 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA
Live Music with Brett Williams is on Facebook. To connect with Live Music with Brett Williams, join Facebook today.


Sat, Sep 4, 6 AM – Mon, Sep 6, 12 PM | Burnham Guides Paddle & Bike
2 King St, Onancock, VA
Paddle all sides of Virginia’s Eastern Shore: Bayside, Seaside, and with the Ponies! Lodging and dining in the 1680 Colonial port of Onancock.


Sun, Sep 5 – Mon, Sep 6 | Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA
Race info for the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon & 5K, with a course map, elevation profile, runner reviews, registration and more.




Enjoy major deals on furniture, mattresses, bedding, kitchen appliances, and more. – VIEW NOW



End your three-day-weekend on a delicious note with these easy ideas. – VIEW NOW


Now go and enjoy Labor Day Weekend, no matter which way you decide to spend it.

Father’s Day in Hampton Roads

Father’s Day in Hampton Roads

Did you know Father’s Day is coming up this weekend? Don’t panic. We’ve got you for all things Father’s Day! From local events and deals to online sales – take a look at what’s going on this weekend.



“Most dads agree: The ideal Father’s Day calls for quality time with loved ones, time to kick back and relax, and a hearty meal made with love. Start his day off right with these Father’s Day brunch recipes, which include breakfast favorites like eggs, quiche and piles of bacon.” – Good Housekeeping



Enjoy one complimentary guest for all members for June 20th! The VLM says, “THANKS DAD!” *Must show membership at the front desk. – Virginia Is For Lovers



Honor your dad by bringing him to the farm! Admission is FREE for all dads and granddads on this special day! We are also offering 10% off all market items at our incredible Farm Market!
Check out our jams and jellies, dips and spreads, and incredible sauces and spice mixes for grilling!  We know he’ll want to try these farm-made finds, like Red Pepper Jelly, Moonshine BBQ Sauce, and Hot Dilly Beans! – Hunt Club Farm



Relax with dad as you sail the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor while enjoying music from our ship’s musician. Enjoy a complimentary Three Sheets to the Wind Ale while under sail! It’s an unforgettable way to celebrate Father’s Day. – American Rover



There are so many different ways to celebrate your dad on Father’s Day. Picking out the perfect Father’s Day gift and writing a sweet message in his card may be a given, but it’s also important to make sure that your dad’s special day is full of activities that’ll bring him even closer to the people he loves most: his kids. Really, if you were to ask him, quality time is the best gift you can give your dad, which is exactly why we’ve rounded up tons of fun things to do for Father’s Day this year. – Good Housekeeping



Father’s Day is right around the corner—Sunday, June 20, to be specific, which leaves you less than a week to find the perfect gift. No idea where to start? Thankfully, a wide array of retailers are holding Father’s Day sales this weekend, so you can pick up something for Dad at a discount.” – Forbes


Find Dad his dream home today, start your search at atlanticsothebysrealty.com.

A Successful Thanksgiving | Pin With Us

A Successful Thanksgiving | Pin With Us

When searching for ideas, recipes, and more – where do you go first? Pinterest was your answer right… well we are pretty active on Pinterest and would love to share our Thanksgiving “Inspo” with you all! Here are just a few of our fav pins… pin with us + get inspired. 


Thanksgiving just might be the best day of the year. Sitting around with friends and family with delectable dishes and desserts as far as the eye can see — it doesn’t get better than that! HGTV on Pinterest


5 hours · Serves 12 · This is seriously the Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe ever! It packs tons of flavor and makes a juicy Thanksgiving turkey slathered with garlic herb butter and browned to perfection. No brining needed in this easy, no-fuss turkey recipe! Joyful Healthy Eats on Pinterest


Margaritas are not just for taco Tuesday and vacation. This fall margarita recipe, for example, is perfect for chilly nights by the fire pit. Aspiring Winos on Pinterest


15 minutes · Vegetarian · Serves 1 · This Thanksgiving Snack Board gives you savory and sweet all in one. Variety of cheeses, fruit, dip and more. Serve this food platter for your Thanksgiving entertaining. Passion For Savings on Pinterest


Family Gratitude Pumpkin! A fun family tradition for Fall and Thanksgiving! Celebrate the things you’re thankful for by writing them down where you can see them! After the season is over, take a picture of your pumpkin so you have it forever! Family memories for Thanksgiving and a new Holiday tradition! Passion For Savings on Pinterest


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” Germany Kent

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Labor Day Dos + Deals

Labor Day Dos + Deals

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.


Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season. History Channel

This Labor Day is a tad different, so we wanted to share with you all a few ways to still celebrate, safely.


Have A Movie Marathon

“Freshly popped buttered popcorn in your lap and a glass full of crisp Coca-Cola is at your side. All the lights are turned off and you are tucked into a cozy blanket. You have the whole day off and no responsibilities besides refilling your popcorn bucket. Now all you have to do is decide on what movie to watch, but you know one movie will not fulfill your need of relaxing all day. A movie marathon is the only answer to your problem. In case you did not know what movie series to start with, try a few of these.”

Take a Look At Your Options. CLICK HERE


Have a Family Barbecue

The end of summer is near, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying some summer classics. Take a look at the PLETHORA of recipes Good Housekeeping has… and if you scroll down you may find some spooky surprises.

“Your go-to recipes for grilling and barbecues, salads and sides, easy desserts, and refreshing cocktails.” CLICK HERE


Go Outside: Fish, Camp, Golf, Hike

“Explore Hampton Roads – view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.”

Explore the Hampton Roads “Hiking Scene”. CLICK HERE


Take Advantage Of Online Sales

“Labor Day is now much more than a celebration of the labor movement and its contributions to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Like most federal holidays, it’s has been transformed into shopping bonanza — a chance to take home must-have hardware on the cheap. We’re talking about clothing, laptops, mattresses, smartphones, and televisions, and everything in between. You’ll need to act fast, though: Unlike during Cyber Week, the best Labor Day sales only last for one day. When they’re over, they’re over. Finito.”

Check out Labor Day Sales online. CLICK HERE


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Vino With A View | An Evening In East Beach

Vino With A View | An Evening In East Beach


What is better than a sunset? Our answer : a sunset with wine and a decadent spread of summertime refreshments.

Some time ago, Karen Howard hosted Vino With A View, an Open House Event unique to East Beach and unlike any other. Oh, to drink wine in East Beach and enjoy the scenic views of the sailboat regatta in the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. It was one of those evenings where we asked, “why can’t all Open Houses be this way?



The Location | 9649 28th Bay St, Norfolk, VA 23518

The Oasis found in the award winning community of East Beach is just 1 block from the bay with an unobstructed water view. This gem, on a corner lot and on one of the most desired streets in the community has details galore.



The Exterior

The double front, back and side decks offer outdoor living spaces like no other.  The oversized two car garage has a true 1 bedroom apartment perfect for use as an Au Pair Suite or income property. The Oasis‘s proximity to the beach and views are spectacular. The community offers the best in modern New Urbanism living to include, clubhouse, gym, tennis courts, pool, beach access, parks, playgrounds and gardens. Enjoy the sunrise and your morning coffee daily on the deck off the master suite.


– The wine was picked out by Crystal Cameron Schaad at Crystal Palate.-



The Interior

Inside the home you will find detailed moldings, coffered ceilings, up-lighting, custom built ins, hardwood and tile flooring and beautiful tiled backsplash and fireplace. With 3,607 sqft of finished living space she has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in the main house.



Thank you, all who attended – and to all who missed this opportunity to soak in the remaining rays of the day with a glass of chardonnay . . . we might have some more East Beach evenings in store for you.


View The “Oasis” : Listing | Matterport3D Tour | Home Features


Live Inspired | Independence Day

Live Inspired | Independence Day

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. This year might be slightly different from years past, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate.

Food Ideas

“Fire up the grill and make some of the best all-American entrees, keeping it classic with fried chicken, smoky meats, and burgers of all kinds — or even trying some zesty seafood recipes that taste like you’re eating beachside.”

Click Here | Good Housekeeping


Activity Inspiration

“The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to honor our country, but it’s also a prime opportunity to bond with your extended family and friends outdoors. Take advantage of this spirited day and the warm summer sun by incorporating one of our fun ideas for homemade 4th of July party games, foot races, contests, and wholesome family activities.”

Click Here | Better Homes & Gardens

The Perfect Playlist

“If you’re planning to celebrate with friends and family, put together a thematic playlist that will definitely hype the crowd. Our list of Fourth of July songs includes overtly patriotic tracks, poignant tunes that celebrate nostalgia and Americana — and just the fun and freedom of American life. Plus, this list is all about dancing, letting loose, and celebrating summer. So cue up these tracks, fire up the grill, and let’s get this Independence Day party started!”

Click Here | Good Housekeeping


For specific news on the 4th of July in the Hampton Roads, check out Living Local’s “Your guide to 4th of July events in Hampton Roads.”

Feasting Alfresco: Six Stylish Outdoor Dining Areas

Feasting Alfresco: Six Stylish Outdoor Dining Areas

These six homes feature exceptional outdoor dining spaces, where every meal comes with a side of fresh air—not to mention views of vineyards, majestic mountains, and sparkling night skies.


Croydon House

Santa Barbara, California | Barry Fields & Joe McCorkellSotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage

This uncommon early-20th-century home in Montecito recalls a refined European country estate, with nearly every space of the 6,661-square-foot interiors filled with eye-catching details. The picturesque park-like 1.8-acre grounds are a wonderland, with ivy-covered walls, fanciful gates, manicured hedges and gardens, an alluring pool and spa, a lush lawn, a fire pit with built-in seating, and palm, lemon, and olive trees. Numerous covered and open-air spaces are ideal for alfresco dining that is both relaxed and stylish.


Unparalleled Contemporary Retreat in Bridgehampton

Bridgehampton, New York | Beate V. MooreSotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

In this unique oceanfront Hamptons home, walls of glass turn seaside scenery into art. Constructed to the highest standards, the approximately 8,200-square-foot masterwork offers four restful bedroom suites, a separate studio, and magnificent living spaces with clean lines, glorious light, and serene water views—notably from a cool, shady dining deck. The 1.7-acre property includes a private boardwalk to the beach and an oversized pool and spa accompanied by spectacular outdoor dining and entertaining spaces.


Magnificent Modern Compound in Malibu

Malibu, California | Barry Kinyon & Marcus BeckSotheby’s International Realty – Malibu Brokerage

This distinctive modern seven-bedroom home in one of California’s most coveted coastal enclaves was designed for entertaining visitors from around the world. It offers an array of sophisticated living spaces and a secure underground garage. The home is enveloped by gated six-acre grounds that feature lush landscaping; manicured gardens; Roman pine and redwood trees; a swimming pool and spa; tennis, bocce, and badminton courts; and alluring outdoor areas, including a dining pavilion.


Grand Greenwich Georgian

Greenwich, Connecticut | Steve ArchinoSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Sited on four gated acres in Greenwich, this impressively renovated Georgian estate combines classical symmetry with sleek contemporary style. It features sophisticated living and dining rooms, a ground-floor master suite, three spacious guest suites, a chef’s kitchen, a recreation room, a wine room, a bar, and a gym and sauna. The glorious grounds include a refreshing swimming pool, a tennis court, a pool and tennis house, and an inviting dining pergola.


Southwestern Sophistication

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Paul McDonaldRoberta Lowe, & Matt SargentSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – Main Downtown Brokerage

Located in the highly sought-after community of Monte Sereno, this three-bedroom contemporary home boasts plentiful windows and spaces designed for appreciating Santa Fe’s singular views of mountains and badlands. Among the highlights are open-plan living spaces, a serene master suite, a rooftop deck with a hot tub—perfect for stargazing—a beautifully landscaped interior courtyard with a water feature, and a spacious portal with an outdoor kitchen area and generous space for living and dining.


Serene Wine Country Compound

Sonoma, California | Daniel Casabonne & Gina ClydeSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – First Street Brokerage

Amid the world-renowned views and vineyards of California wine country, this enviable compound consists of a contemporary main residence, a delightful guesthouse, and a sleek swimming pool and spa. The interior palette is subtle and modern, and the structures blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Multiple indoor-outdoor spaces—including the guesthouse’s outstanding alfresco kitchen and dining area—provide ample room for open-air gatherings large or small.


Whether it’s dining al fresco or in a formal dining room, discover homes that fit your style from around the world on sothebysrealty.com

Posted on June 11, 2020