For some reason, it’s taken me awhile to recover from my Virginia Beach vacation. Maybe it was the late night catching up withmy best friends or one too many orange crush drinks. Either way, I have finally put together all the details of my trip to Virginia Beach.
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I was traveling to Virginia Beach for one of my best friend’s wedding. There’s something so sweet about witnessing your childhood friend say “I do” to the man of her dreams. (insert heart eye emoji here!) The wedding was planned for Friday, so we booked a long weekend trip of Thursday to Sunday.
Hyatt House is located on Atlantic Avenue on the famous Virginia Beach boardwalk. Every room has a beautiful oceanfront view. I booked a suite because we had 4 girls staying together. This equals lots of clothes, make up and “stuff”. The suite included 2 queen beds, full kitchen (stove top, dishwasher, fridge, sink) and separate living area with pull out couch. The room was clean, spacious and everything that we needed for a weekend trip. Hyatt House offers complimentary breakfast which consisted of eggs, sausage, hash browns, yogurt and granola, toast, donuts, cereal and fruit. They also offered juice, water and fresh hot coffee. I HIGHLY recommend staying at the Hyatt House if you’re planning a trip to Virginia Beach in the future. The only downfall, they only have an indoor pool and it would have been nice to hang out by the pool after spending the day at the beach. I was able to get a better deal by booking the room directly through Hyatt rather than using Expedia.
Each Pinterest search of “places to eat in Virginia Beach”, brought me to Pocahontas Pancakes. An early flight and a late hotel check-in, left us hanging out at our friend’s hotel for most of Thursday. To our pleasant surprise, right across the street was Pocahontas Pancakes. Their website proudly notes that it has been voted, “Best Pancake House in Virginia Beach” by “The Food Network”. I felt I was cheating on Pocahontas by ordering the Belgian Waffle Combo (waffle, 2 eggs any style, 2 strips of bacon, 2 sausage links) but it did not disappoint. Best part – it was under $10! Make sure to add Pocahontas Pancakes to your list if you’re heading to Virginia Beach!
Let me remind everyone real quick – I had just finished a 3 day cleanse before this trip and I was ready to EAT. We decided to indulge in Lager Heads because of their beautiful outdoor oceanfront patio. I enjoyed a delicious red wine sangria and mouth watering buffalo wings. Anyone else obsessed with anything and everything buffalo flavored? The wings had the most perfect breading. Let’s just say, I looked like a mess eating them and loved every second of it. I had more than enough to take back to the hotel as a late night snack for later.
Between yelp reviews and recommendations from a few friends – Waterman’s was always at the top of the list. So remember how I mentioned one too many orange crushes? Supposedly, Waterman’s first introduced the orange crush to Virginia Beach and each year their bartenders serve nearly a half-million of these delicious beverages! The original orange crush is made up of fresh squeezed, orange vodka, triple sec and a splash of Sprite. I decided to be a little daring and try the orange creamsicle crush. Yup. It tasted just like a creamsicle – delicious and dangerous. They also have a bunch of other crush options like ruby red, caribbean, blueberry and coconut lime just to name a few. On top of all that, even the food was amazing! The fish tacos were out of this world. I’m going to pass on the same recommendation, Waterman’s is a must-see when you’re in Virginia Beach!
Coincidence? Fate? Call it what you want but National Donut Day just so happened to be when I was in Virginia Beach. Most of you know that I love donuts. Really, love them. It’s safe to say, I didn’t know what love was until I experienced Duck Donuts. All the donuts are fresh and made-to-order. If you were wondering, yes that means the donuts are still hot when you get them. Hold on while I go wipe the drool. We decided on 6 donuts to share and sample – maple icing with chopped bacon, s’mores, blueberry icing with lemon drizzle, peanut butter, boardwalk and key lime pie. First place went to blueberry icing with lemon drizzle. I couldn’t get enough of this donut, especially still warm and falling apart in my hands. Until next time, Duck Donuts! Don’t worry – I will be seeing you again.
Rudee’s is the perfect spot to enjoy drinks and dinner while sitting at their unique gliding tables right on the inlet. Unfortunately, a massive rain storm decided to ruin our parade. We enjoyed our dinner and drinks inside the restaurant while staying dry from the downpours. Even though we didn’t get to enjoy the outside area, everything was still perfect and we had great views of the inlet and boats in the marina. I enjoyed theRudee’s Carolina Jumbo Shrimp – scampi style with a cherry limeade cocktail.
It was a beautiful day to watch an even more beautiful couple promise the rest of their lives together. Kelly and JP met in the Navy and are still serving today. How special is it to share their love, work and passion for our country? They have an understanding between each other that goes beyond the next level of most marriages. Congratulations Kelly and JP – as always, thank you for serving our country!
I’ll Be Back Virginia Beach!
I’m already missing Duck Donuts and orange crushes. Oh and my best friend and her new hubby!! Looks like Kyle and I need to start planning a beach vacation to Virginia Beach.
Check out what I packed in my beach bag.