Honeymoon in My Hometown – Hampton Roads

You may have taken summer vacation to Williamsburg and been forced to appreciate colonial history, but the area has a ton to offer in the way of romance and activity for a honeymoon close to home. Here are my personal suggestions if you’re headed to the area for your honeymoon (or anniversary trip, or even babymoon trip?).

Where to stay:

Norfolk Waterside Marriott


Stay downtown and enjoy the water views! Hop on the water taxi to explore downtown Portsmouth, or hop on the highway to enjoy any of the 7 cities in the area. We stayed there on our wedding night and received excellent service.

Sheraton Ocean Front at Virginia Beach


Stay at the Virginia Beach ocean front and enjoy waking up to the sound waves and ‘gulls. The boardwalk is just steps away, and plenty of restaurants are within walking distance.

Founders Inn & Spa


The Founders Inn & Spa is lovely and very hospitable. The surrounding campus of Regent University is also beautiful and stately. When we ate at the Founders Inn after my graduation, the food was delicious. Sunday brunches are the talk of the town. Head to the spa for a little extra luxury.

What to do:

Nauticus Museum and USS Wisconsin Tour


Interesting bits of military history.

Chrysler Art Museum


Well curated museum and interesting collection.

Chrysler Hall


Musicals, speakers, the symphony, comedians, and military tattoos.

Virginia Aquarium


Animals and an IMAX theater – satisfies your inner kid!

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse


Great views of the beach and surrounding area.

First Landing State Park


Extensive trails, camping, etc.

Naro Cinema


Great old theater, reasonably priced concessions, interesting films.

Busch Gardens


If you’re a coaster lover, like me, this is a must!

Colonial Williamsburg


You just may appreciate it more this go around!

Where to Eat:

Chick’s Oyster Bar


Hang out on the deck, pick shrimp, enjoy life.

The Bier Garden

No picture, just trust Lamby. Order the spatzle.



Start with the she crab soup, you won’t be sorry.

The Williamsburg Winery


Eat at the tavern and enjoy some Virginia ham with a lovely table red.

Have you been to Hampton Roads? Would you consider a local honeymoon?

*All photographs sourced from the accompanying links to each location.


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Mrs. Lamb

Wedding Date:
January 2010
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    maureen, Guest @ 3:45 pm

    So weird seeing photos of where I live :) Another wonderful thing to do between the months of July-October is kayaking with the dolphins!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:55 pm

    That picture of Williamsburg brings back memories! I went there for a 3 day field trip back in 5th grade.

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:04 pm

    Ah, so much love for Williamsburg and Virginia Beach! I don’t know that I’d recommend a honeymoon there… 😉 But you’ve highlighted some great spots.

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    Violachap 677 posts, Busy bee @ 5:51 pm

    thank thank thank you for the recommendation of the Bier Garden in Portsmouth when I was looking for rehearsal dinner spots!! We stop there every time we go down to visit family :-) And the Schnitzel sandwich is also an amazing choice!

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    lamb 953 posts, Busy bee @ 5:53 pm

    @maureen: Yes! I never did this, but people were always amazed that we could see dolphins from the beach!
    @Violachap: Love that place! I miss it a lot – good thing I can vicariously live through you!

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