While the wide, sandy beaches, and warm, gentle waves may have been what brought you to Virginia Beach, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the inland regions of our coastal city. From creatively-crafted food and eclectic shopping to unexpected spots for a little TLC, Virginia Beach's Inland is the perfect compliment to your beach vacation.
Farmhouse Brewing, from the folks at Back Bay Brewing, brings a truly unique beer drinking experience to Virginia Beach. Operating out of a restored 1912 inland farmhouse, the Farmhouse is bringing locally-sourced brews and ciders to our coastal city. With tasting rooms upstairs and downstairs, food trucks, a farmers market and an acre and a half of gardens growing figs, blueberries, hops and other ingredients that will be used in their beers, this place has it all. Outside, pets are welcome and you can enjoy bocce ball, ladder golf, and cornhole, with stunning views of the farmhouse yard and the gardens, operated by Farmer John, formally of Pungo’s New Earth Farm.
Swing into your day with brunch and a couple rounds of TopGolf. If you’ve never been to TopGolf, you definitely need to give this game a try. No matter how high your handicap is, TopGolf has a variety of games that are enjoyable for any skill level. We like going early - the rounds are cheaper before noon, the crowds are smaller, and their brunch is killer. The chicken and waffle sliders and a couple of classic mimosas are enough to power us through a round or two.
While lounging on the beach can seem like the peak of relaxation, take your R&R up a notch with some pampering at the Flowering Almond Spa, part of The Founders Inn hotel. Treat yourself right and opt for the Flowering Almond Manicure Indulgence, which comes with a relaxing hand massage with anti-aging lotion, nourishing Jojoba oil, and Vitamin E, in addition to the traditional manicure experience.
Refuel with drool-inducing pizza and house-brewed beer at Wasserhund Brewing Company, located within The Shops at Hilltop. We like the smooth, juicy punch of their staple Doggy Paddle IPA paired with The Wasserhund - a hand-tossed pizza topped with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and their seasonal beer mustard, made to order in their brick oven.
Spend an afternoon perusing the Hilltop area, just a few minutes drive from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. With hundreds specialty shops, including well-known stores like Talbots, Athleta, and Chico’s, Hilltop is a must-shop. With a selection of over 120 shops, boutiques, and restaurants, The Shops At Hilltop has no shortage of unique, local treasures to take home with you. Drop by The Creative Wedge, who focuses on American-made art, handcrafts, and artisanal foods, with as much coming from local or regional talent as possible, with more than 100 Virginia vendors. The original concept for the shop was an artisan cheese shop, which is where they get their name, and it has grown into the perfect place to find a unique keepsake. End your day with a pit stop at Forbes Candies, a local staple since 1930 known for their indulgent salt water taffy that the kids, and the kids at heart, will love.
Take to the skies with some kite-flying at Mount Trashmore Park, a renowned park that encompasses 165 acres and is comprised of two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, a skatepark and vert ramp, and multi-use paths. The main mountain, Mount Trashmore, now 60 feet in height and 800 feet long, was created by compacting layers of solid waste and clean soil. Recognized for its environmental feat, this former landfill features a water-wise garden that boasts xeriscaping, where you can enjoy a beautiful garden that requires minimal water. It is one of the highest points in the city, making it perfect for kite flying and a great spot to catch a sunset if you’re their at the right time.
While you may have opted to spend some time away from the beaches, that doesn’t mean you have to fully avoid our coastal vibes. Themed like the traditional tiki bars that were all the rage in the 50s and 60s, Auntie’s Tiki Bar & Restaurant is the perfect escape to end your inland day the island way. Start things off with one of their amazing house-crafted classic tiki drinks. If you’re with a small group, we like to start with one of the table cocktails, like a scorpion bowl, which serves 2-4 people and is lit on fire, or the Fog Cutter, which is served in a conch shell. We could come here for the drinks and tiki-vibes alone, but you definitely won’t want to miss the food. The Filipino and Hawaiian-inspired menu serves up dishes like lumpia, Spam musubi, and pancit that keep us coming back for more. We’d recommend the Uncle Bong sandwich, which comes with sliced Spam, Kalua pork, and marbled eggs on a Hawaiian sweet roll. It’s ridiculously tasty and pairs perfectly with a couple of Mai Tais.