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I hope you have enjoyed the last few week’s worth of Thoughtful Thursday posts which detailed C & my 10th anniversary vacation to Virginia Beach.  This post highlights the neat little restaurants we visited while on the road.  I had done quite a bit of research on local Virginia Beach restaurants because I wanted us to get a local taste of the place.  Thanks to sites like Tripadvisor, Urbanspoon, Google, and Yahoo travel, I found several local hot spots to try.

On Tuesday of our trip, which was our official anniversary, we ate at two local restaurants which had gotten really good reviews.  These eateries are in side-by-side houses and are owned by the same people.  One serves breakfast and lunch while the other serves dinner and late night eats.

We ate at Doc Taylor’s for lunch and it was so good!!  Here is the exterior…

This is the only advertising that you will see so you have to know where they are. 



I think the interior probably looks a lot like it did when someone lived there.  The ambience was great!


C ordered the Philly cheesesteak with fries and I got the OBX shredded BBQ sandwich with fries and the absolutely best Cole slaw I have ever had!  If you are ever in the Virginia Beach area, go to Doc Taylor’s!  It was awesome!



For our anniversary dinner that night, we went to Doc Taylor’s sister restaurant, Tautog’s.  This was a Tuesday evening and the place was packed.  We had to wait about 45 minutes to get a table.  We were seated in the screened-in porch back to back with many other diners.  The food here was good but a little too pricey for what you get.  I think they should at least throw in a salad or bread to go with the main entrée.  C had their Steak au Poivre with roasted potatoes and I had the Wesley’s World Famous crab cakes with roasted potatoes.  Good, but expensive.




The next day we headed into Norfolk for some sightseeing and to go to a little drive-in/diner called Doumar’s that I had heard about on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives from the Food Network.  This place was famous for their homemade ice cream cones, so we absolutely had to try them.  This was a neat little joint that was full of locals there for lunch.  I think that is always a good sign!




C had a cheeseburger with fries and I had their shredded BBQ sandwich with slaw and fries.  The food was great and the best was yet to come.  C & I both ordered a chocolate ice cream cone and it was soooo good!!!!


Here I am trying not to lose a bite.



After a full day of touring, we made it back to our hotel room to decide where to eat supper.  I wanted something quick and close because I wanted to head to the beach before sunset.  We found a little pizza place just a block or two from our hotel called The Pi-zzeria (as in Pi, or 3.14).  Kind of cute, isn’t it?  The brick oven gave this pizza a great thin crispy crust and the cheese and homemade sauce were good, too.




On our way home through Virginia, we stopped in Staunton to pick up some supplies and decided to eat there.  C has a neat app on his smartphone called Where.  You can pick what you are looking for, such as a restaurant, gas station, hotel or store and it will search from your current location.  One of the eateries listed was Five Guys Burgers and Fries.  I had read about this place but there aren’t any close to where we live so we decided to check it out.

You order at their front counter and then take a seat to wait for your number to be called.  They have peanuts in the shell you can snack on while you wait, but don’t eat too many because you get huge portions.  I ordered a regular burger and fries and I got a double patty hamburger with enough fries for 3 servings.  If I ever get to eat there again, I will definitely order the “little burger”.  The food was really good though!


This is ONE serving of fries!!  Oh my!


As we headed home through West Virginia on Friday morning, we had a late breakfast at Tudor’s Biscuit World.  I had gotten a tip about this restaurant from someone I had met through work and was eager to try it.  I think I was expecting something like Cracker Barrel so I was a little disappointed.  The Tudor’s we stopped at was in a truck stop/mini mart kind of store, but it was busy.  The prices were extremely reasonable and the biscuits were huge, but I have had better.  It was ok, but not great.



I hope everyone has enjoyed these glimpses into our first trip to the ocean and all of the sites and tastes along the way!

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Our virtual vacation is starting to wind down…”today” is the day we leave the beach and start toward home.  Sigh!  I knew I would like the ocean, but it was even better and more awe-inspiring that I could have imagined.  I would love to go back sometime!

We spend a couple of hours on the beach that morning just soaking it up a little longer.





We left Virginia Beach and headed toward Colonial Williamsburg.  Since we only planned on staying a couple of hours at Williamsburg, we didn’t buy tickets that would have given us access to the interiors of some of the buildings and the storytellers, but we still enjoyed it.  If you are a history buff and have a full day to spend there, then the tickets are probably worth the money, but it worked out perfectly for us to just walk the streets and sight-see instead.  A lot of the houses along the paths are private residences anyway and you won’t have access to them even with a ticket.  Here are a few photos of the sights at Colonial Williamsburg…










That afternoon we drove to West Virginia and spent the night.  Friday morning we headed toward Kentucky.

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Welcome back to your virtual tour of C & I’s 10th anniversary vacation.  We are up to day 4 of our trip and it was the busiest day yet.  That was Wednesday of the week we were gone and we decided to make that day sight-seeing day.  Once we started out that morning, there were so many things to see that we ended up staying out and about longer than I had planned and didn’t have quite as much beach time as I had hoped, but that was okay.  We saw some amazing things while we were touring!

We started the day going to see the first lighthouse built in the United States.  In fact, it was the first public works project in the newly founded country.  It is located at Fort Story military base  which was just a few miles up the street from our hotel.  Since it is on an active military base, we were required to show our driver’s licenses and our vehicle had to be inspected.  After that we were instructed on where to go and that we could not take any photos except at the old lighthouse. 


This is actually the “new” lighthouse that is still used today so we didn’t get to go in it.


This is the “old” lighthouse.

There were many, many steps to climb!



Upon leaving the lighthouse, we headed toward Norfolk to continue our touring.  Now, let me tell you a little “secret”, I usually DO NOT LIKE BRIDGES, especially shaky swaying bridges.  As C was driving along he looked out over the water and asked what something was.  That “something” was the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a 20 mile long bridge with, not one, but two underwater tunnels.  He asked if I wanted to go over it and, before I could chicken out, I said yes!!  I am so glad I did, too.  That drive was one of the most beautiful and interesting 20 miles I have ever been on.




Notice how it says “no stopping”.


Well, we had to stop.  Once you are in the tunnels, there is only 1 lane per direction.  We had to stop our way to let a wide-load hauling semi-truck come through the other way.


This was a helicopter that looked like it was chasing this boat.  It just kept getting closer and closer!

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We are officially standing in the Chesapeake Bay.



There is a restaurant and the fishing pier below on one of the man-made islands at the tunnel entrance.


After this wonderful little side trip, we headed into Norfolk.




Norfolk’s downtown has been revitalized and it was so pretty.  We were heading to the Hampton Bay Naval Museum, Nauticus Science Center and the USS Wisconsin Battleship.  When we got to the end of the street to find a parking garage, this was our first view of the ship…


Pretty awesome, isn’t it?  This was one of C’s favorite stops along the whole trip.  He loved the museum and science center, and especially the battleship.  You give yourself the tour and you have access to many parts of the ship.  Here are a few shots of the museum and ship.

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As we were leaving to head back to Virginia Beach, I spotted the MacArthur Memorial.  We didn’t take time to stop, but I snapped a couple of photos from the street.

We returned to Virginia Beach, hungry and tired.  We found a little pizza place just down the street from our hotel and went there.  I’ll have more info on that in a later “foodie” post.  We spent some time on the beach and enjoyed an beautiful sunset and full moon.



There are only a couple of days left of our vacation to share with you, so please check back next Thursday for the next installment!

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Let’s see…I think you are now up to Tuesday (our 10th anniversary) on your virtual vacation with C & I as we explore Virginia Beach a little more thoroughly.  Since we were on the East Coast and our hotel room faced the beach, we had an amazing view of the sunrise over the ocean.  There was also a little action on the beach before the sun came up.  The work crew use big John Deere tractors to smooth out the sand and vacuum up any debris that is on the beach.


No wonder I couldn’t find any good shells!  Anyway, here comes the sun!  Just sit back and enjoy the view.



The colors were just breathtaking!









All of the above photos were taken between 4:30 and 5:00am so needless to say we went back to sleep for awhile after that.  We spent some time on the beach that morning and decided to go the Virginia Aquarium that afternoon.  The aquarium and aviary were enjoyable, but we agreed that the one in Gatlinburg is just as good.  Don’t go to Virginia Beach just for the Aquarium.  Go for the beach!!!



This is a salt marsh which is where the ocean’s salt water meets the river’s fresh water.  I learned this fact from a handy-dandy info sign on the pier, but I also learned that salt marshes stink!!!  The smell was bad.






Since this was our anniversary, we ate at two really good restaurants that are next door to each other and owned by the same people.  I am going to tease you with that information for a little while, because I think the food and restaurants need their own post.  Come back next Thursday for our continuing adventure.  The trip just got better and better.

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