Are you attending the VRMA 2015 Eastern Regional Seminar in Norfolk, VA at the end of April (April 27-28)? This educational networking event is sure to be a great opportunity for vacation rental professionals in the region. Concurrently, Norfolk has a nice collection of unique restaurants, cultural happenings, and an interesting history that can make for an exciting experience! Make the most out of your trip to the VRMA East Seminar by checking out some of these places during your down time for an authentic Norfolk experience. Paveya will be there and we’d love to meet you, so be sure to stop by and say “Hi!” We’ll be at booth #22.
Chrysler Museum of Art
Free to the public (although they accept donations upon entrance), the Chrysler Museum of Art is a beautiful melding of history and art, nestled in the center of downtown Norfolk. One great quality of this delightful museum that would prove useful while in town for the seminar is its accessibility and convenience: centrally located, you can either make a whole day out of your visit or stop by for only an hour or two for an enriching experience while on the go.
Doumar’s Cones and Barbecue
As a downtown Norfolk staple, you’d be remiss if you did not stop by Doumar’s drive-in for a barbecue sandwich, a fresh-squeezed limeade, or one of their world famous ice cream cones! Opened in 1904, this exact location is the home of the world’s very first waffle cone machine, which sits just outside the front door. Dine in or enjoy curb-side service the old fashioned way at this family-owned and operated Norfolk classic!
O’Connor Brewing Co.
A popular hangout and local favorite, O’Connor Brewing Co. is a growing sensation in the Norfolk community. Originating in the founder’s backyard in 2009, this local brewery produces outstanding beer in a wide range of selections. Their new location, which opened last year, provides a laid-back yet impressive atmosphere that is ideal for an evening visit.
80/20 Burger Bar
If you’re looking for a good old fashioned burger with an intensely unique spin, make sure to stop by 80/20 Burger Bar while in downtown Norfolk. With an extensive local beer selection and a chalkboard menu of intricately designed burgers, this popular restaurant is a sure bet for a good meal and a good time.
The Ghent District, a historical, eclectic and creative area in downtown Norfolk, is teeming with locally-owned restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops that will make for a fantastic spring afternoon walk. Pop into Russell’s Music World to check out an impressive array of guitars and drum sets or pick up a little something for that musician in your life. It’s a tucked-away happening place, as you can usually find local musicians gathered to jam or talk music.
Right around the corner at The Wild Hare you will find a unique assortment of adult consignment clothing and handcrafted gifts, furniture, and jewelry, among other findings. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, this little shop has much to see.
As you make your way down one of the most interesting streets in town, Colley Avenue, be sure to pop into Elliot’s Fair Grounds – just down the street from the famous Naro Cinema – for a delicious brew in a hip, downtown-neighborhood atmosphere.
Take a walk through Nauticus, a science center and museum located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, which showcases and celebrates local maritime history. With ongoing exhibits and daily activities, Nauticus is an excellent place to spend a few hours, especially for those with an interest in the military and nautical endeavors.
Make sure to stop by one of these Native Norfolk establishments for a good meal, a tasty beverage or simply a good time while in town for the VRMA Eastern Regional Seminar!
Walkable Restaurants & Coffee Shops near the Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Starbucks – Coffee
79 ft | 210 East Main Street #1, Norfolk, Va. 23510
D’egg Diner – 204 E Main St, Norfolk, Va. 23510
170.6 ft | Storefront café serving American diner fare plus several daily specials for breakfast & lunch
Hell’s Kitchen – An eclectic bar & grill menu is served in a warehouse-chic setting
0.1 miles | 124 Granby Street, Norfolk, Va. 23510
Shula’s 347 Norfolk – Don Shula’s upscale yet casual steakhouse & bar
0.2 miles | 235 East Main Street, Norfolk, Va. 23510
Freemason Abbey Restaurant – Traditional American fare in a circa 1873 church, now with a tavern ambiance amid the stained glass
0.5 miles | 209 W Freemason St, Norfolk, Va. 23510