Since I was a little girl, Virginia Beach has held a special place in my heart. This was the annual vacation destination for my parents and me. We would fill a cooler with cold cuts and sodas, load up on snacks, and take the 6-hour drive to reach Virginia. Anticipating the trip, I could count on three things: crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, visiting Captain George’s Seafood Buffet Restaurant, and enjoying long, lazy days on that lovely stretch of beach. My father loved that beach, having grown up in Norfolk, 20 minutes away.
Several years later, I’m happy that my husband and I are continuing that tradition. Partly, to honor my Dad, who is buried in Norfolk. I get to visit his resting place during our annual vacation, which gives me a sense of closure. Also, I loved this beach so much as a little girl that I wanted to pass that on to our son, and in a way, I get to share a bit of my Dad with him. I’m so grateful that my husband is so supportive of anything I need to feel connected to my father. I’m a lucky woman. I think our son caught the bug; he keeps asking to cross the long bridge and go through the tunnel, and he’s BEGGING us to go back to the hotel. He even takes his little suitcase to the front door every day, ready for another adventure 🙂
In any event, I think we’ve found our favorite resort on the strip this year. The Holiday Inn and Suites Virginia Beach, North Beach, was perfect for a family getaway. The service was excellent, and the amenities available were ideal for a family with small children.
Right off, I was delighted to see that the valet service was complimentary. The valet workers and the front desk staff were so friendly and welcoming, and the decor was very inviting: splashes of deep blue, bright green, and cheerful shades of yellow and red greeted us in the lobby. Several large white rocking chairs were available for your comfort (and/or amusement). Check-in took less than 5 minutes from the time I arrived, and within seconds after that, we were on our way to the room.
We enjoyed a nice 1-bedroom suite, which included two Queen Beds, and a sleeper sofa. There was a handy kitchenette, complete with mini-fridge, microwave, paper plates and towels, plastic utensils, and the most important thing: a corkscrew, hehe.
The bathroom was split; the sink was on one side of the hallway leading to the bedroom, and the shower and toilet were on the other side. The only thing I didn’t like was that there was no bathtub. Our little guy is 3 years old, and not a huge fan of showers. He got the hang of it after a while, though.
We had a great view of the ocean and boardwalk from our 2nd floor balcony. Our little guy was ecstatic to enjoy his own little viewing area. We loved seeing the sunrises, sunsets, and the weekly fireworks (every Sunday night) from our balcony.
We didn’t get a chance to try the food at the hotel, as we already had a few stops in mind ahead of time, and we did not see the indoor pool. The outdoor pool was great. and the children’s play area was awesome. They even had two turtles who were each about 20 years old. Isaac was not a fan, but we thought they were adorable.
Walking down the strip, we noticed that our hotel had the nicest grounds leading to their back doors. White fencing, flowers, and lots of tall greenery seemed to welcome you back ‘home’ after a long day on the beach. Many of the other resorts had minimal landscaping. Just another touch that made our hotel extra special.
We loved it here so much that we have already booked next year’s trip. I can’t wait to return. Below, view some of my favorite photos from our trip.