Monday, July 11, 2011

Ten Reasons Why I Would Love to Take Our Family to Virginia Beach

As a little girl, our family loved to travel, and would take off for about two weeks each summer to visit various parts of the United States. Thanks to parents who loved to travel, I have been to such places as Mark Twain's home, Laura Ingalls Wilder's home, 2 of Abraham Lincoln's homes, Thomas Edison's home, Andrew Jackson's home, Juliette Gordon Low's home, the Okeefenokee Swamp, Disney World, the Cherokee Indian reservation in SC, the Sea Lion Caves of Oregon, Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, the Grand Canyon, the Redwood National Forest, Disneyland in CA, Tokyo and Tokyo Disneyland (my dad was stationed in Okinawa while in the Air Force), and MANY, MANY other places.

My husband grew up in California, and until he married me, had only been to Lake Tahoe, Reno, and Tijuana. Since we married, we have together been to Monterey and Carmel on the Central Coast of CA, Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Missouri. And my husband had the opportunity to visit Washington, DC last year, for a pastor's conference in Gaithersburg, MD.

As an adult, I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to many wonderful places as well, including Montana, Wyoming, Yellowstone, Colorado, Atlanta, Illinois, Ohio, Carmel and Monterey on the Central California Coast, Hawaii, and one of my favorite places, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri (which I actually grew up visiting). But one place I have NEVER been is Virginia Beach, VA.

Why would I want to visit Virginia Beach after some of the amazing places I've been? Well, truthfully, because I LOVE the beach, and I LOVE travel, and I LOVE visiting places where I have never before been.

Here are TEN reasons why I would visit Virginia Beach, VA (in no particular order of importance):

1. The beaches! One of my favorite places to be, is the beach. I love the roar of the ocean, because it somehow brings about such a peace inside. God created such an amazing and spectacular gift when He created the ocean and all the beauty within! I love digging my toes in the sand and letting the sun warm my skin. I love the smell of saltwater and the wind tossing my hair about. I love watching my children play in the sand and race away from the lapping waves of the ocean, crying in delight as they barely miss getting splashed.

2. The FOOD! I'm sure that the seafood in Virginia Beach is much different than the seafood on the West Coast, thanks to the cultural differences there. I enjoy food to the very fullest, and so does my family, so we would definitely try to get the most out of our culinary adventures there. From fine dining, to "you catch-it, we cook it", to sampling luscious chocolates at the Schakolad Chocolate Factory, we would be in heaven, on this yummy adventure.

3. The accommodations. We enjoy going camping, but let me tell ya! When it comes to vacation, I want to stay in a place that has it all...clean sheets every night, a nice hot shower, TV, a fitness center, a pool and sauna, and even a full kitchen! Whether you are the camping sort, the vacation home sort, or the luxury hotel sort, Virginia Beach has every type of accommodation that you could want! As long as someone else gets to make the bed, I'm happy!

4. Church! We belong to the Sovereign Grace family of churches, and when we go on vacation, we always like to try and go to a local church if we're there over the weekend. There are several Sovereign Grace churches in VA, but one is particularly close, in Chesapeake. We would be thrilled to worship with others who believe the way we do.

5. History! Papa Bear and I both LOVE American History! Virginia and most of the East Coast is chock FULL of historical places to visit, including where John Smith and his crew stepped off of their ship for the first time, in search for an area to settle. If we had the time, we would fit in as many historical sites as we could!

6. Entertainment! From the looks of the website, there are many ways to be entertained in Virginia Beach, including Family Great Adventures, where you can "camp out" on the beach and watch a movie on the big screen, with your family. That sounds so wonderful! If you're not into watching movies at night on the beach, but you're more into the club scene, go for Funk Fest, at the end of August, where you can shop, eat, and dance, all in the same spot!

7. The weather. While we pretty much have the best weather around, in the Bay Area of Northern CA, I like to go on vacation where the weather isn't too hot, and not too cold, not too rainy, not too snowy. You know, we ARE bears after all (think Goldilocks!). :-) Virginia Beach is said to have some gorgeous spring and summer weather, and I imagine their Falls are full of glorious splendor!

8. Busch Gardens! I LOVE going to GREAT amusement parks, and from what I hear, Busch Gardens is one of the best, and most beautiful parks too. It would be a lot of fun to take the kids to a "new" amusement park! And everyone knows how yummy amusement park food can be!

9. PIRATES, Matey! ARGGHHH! Papa Bear and I would love to take the kids on the Pieces of Eight Pirate Ship Tour! How fun would that be???!!! I mean, between the pirates on The Wiggles, and The Pirates of the Caribbean, we would HAVE to make that a priority should we ever get to visit Virginia Beach.

10. Just because it's somewhere we have never been before and would love to visit!

In conclusion, I'm thinking that I had better start planning my Virginia Beach trip. Hmmm, maybe I should have a "Donate to my Virginia Beach Trip" fund here on the blog. :-) Just kidding. But, seriously, I would LOVE to have a couple of weeks to go to Virginia, and spend a lovely time with my family in Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas. I mean, really! Washington, DC isn't too far away! So much history! So many beaches! So much food!
So little money...

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Virginia Beach Tourism blogging program, for a gift card worth $40.
For more information on how you can participate,

Mama Bear

1 comment:

  1. Great reasons! I mean, pirates, really!
    Check mine out too:
    Maybe you will want to follow me back while you're there?