1BRAND SPANKIN’ NE W Two big openings in Norfolk are set for
April: the Hilton Norfolk The Main, a 300-
room hotel o;ering more than 42,000
square feet of meeting and event space;
and the Waterside District, a newly revitalized waterfront dining and entertainment
destination with 10 food and drink outlets.
2RAKING IN AWARDS Travel + Lei- sure named Norfolk one of its “ 50
Best Places to Travel in 2017.” The city also
earned a spot on three other rankings of
the magazine: “America’s Most Attractive
Cities,” “America’s Friendliest Cities,” and
“America’s Favorite Cities.”
3HOPS TO IT With six great breweries, an eclectic lineup of gastropubs, and
one of the nation’s top ;ive beer bars (The
Birch, according to USA Today), Norfolk is
serving up some serious fermented fun.
4WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE Norfolk has 144 miles of shoreline to
explore. Do it aboard the tall sailing ship
American Rover, or stop by the Ocean View
5OFF;SITE AND OFFBEAT Hotels aren’t the only option for events —
gather in Mermaid Winery, Virginia’s ;irst
and only urban winery; O’Connor Brewing
Company; the renowned Chrysler Museum
of Art; or the new Waterside District.
6CHOW DOWN Surrounded by Chesa- peake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and
the Elizabeth River, Norfolk’s abundance of
fresh seafood can’t be beat.
7AN ARTISTIC VISION Norfolk’s new NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District is
a collection of local street art, galleries, and
studios. It’s also home to the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and Harrison Opera House.
8AN OUTDOOR PARADISE Groups can bike or walk the 10.5-mile Elizabeth River Trail, which runs through Norfolk; take a sailing class at Sail Nauticus; or
watch a baseball game at Harbor Park.
9FOR THE INDOORSY TYPES The 1-million-square-foot MacArthur
Center downtown is one of Norfolk’s best
places to shop. Across the street are the
eclectic shops of the Beaux Arts–style Monticello Arcade, and don’t miss the boutiques
and antique stores of the Ghent and Freemason historic districts.
10PATRIOTIC ROOTS Explore the Battleship Wisconsin; the Douglas
MacArthur Memorial, the ;inal resting place
of Gen. Douglas MacArthur; and Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base.
For more information: VisitNorfolk —
New openings and big accolades for 2017
Step back It’s easy to explore downtown
Norfolk’s waterfront on foot or via the city’s
Hot spot The heart of Norfolk’s new Waterside
District is the 30,000-square-foot Market, a
two-level space with food-and-beverage outlets
that can also host live entertainment, festivals,
and private events.