Between summer vacations, spring breaks, fall festivities and the holidays, the first few pages on our calendars are often left blank as many of us look ahead to April and May. While we are all for taking some time away from our daily grinds for a sun-soaked seaside summer retreat, we also firmly believe that all seasons have something to offer in Virginia Beach. With mild temperatures and a laid-back local vibe, a winter in VB offers the perfect chance to take a couple of days to just unwind and reset. Bring your loved ones. Or don’t. There’s a weekend escape for everybody, and our picks are sure to keep those winter blues firmly at bay.

For the Nature-Lover

For those who prefer to get away by adventuring outside, the rustic cabins at First Landing State Park are a great way to get acquainted with the nature and wildlife of Virginia’s largest state park. By day, explore the trails of the park and take in the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, and by night, enjoy some fireside fun with friends.  When you get hungry, head a few miles down the road for some delicious peak-season seafood at Dockside Restaurant, or just throw a hot dog on a stick and put it on the fire. You can’t go wrong either way.

For the Hopeless Romantic

After spending the holidays surrounded by friends and family, sometimes you need to get away and spend quality time with your significant other. The charmingly restored Church Point Manor, a historic bed-and-breakfast, may be exactly what you need. The 1860’s farmhouse is tucked away in the bay area, just steps away from the Lynnhaven River, offering a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Stroll past the Chef’s garden and down into The Cellars, a fine-dining restaurant, to enjoy dinner for two. This weekend escape may soon become an annual tradition.

For the Bon Vivant

When you want to get away in style, live the pampered life for the weekend at the Oceanaire Resort Hotel. Spend your days floating in the adults-only indoor infinity pool, followed by a lavish meal at Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks, one of three AAA Four-Diamond restaurants in VB. Trust us, the surf and turf here will have all lovers of luxe rejoicing!

However you choose to unwind this season, winter in Virginia Beach is the perfect time to hit the pause button. You may have allotted your vacation days to the last nine months of the year, but there’s always time for a vacation in our books, even if it’s just for the weekend.