Tuesday, August 3, 2010

virginia or bust...

I really need to come up with a new phrase for these roadtrips. My hubs is getting a little worried he is going to back the car out of the garage before one of our trips and I will have painted it all over the car windows like we did for Spring Break back in the day.

Did anyone else do that?...or was it just our nerdy group? PLEASE tell me someone else had "Daytona Beach or Bust" painted on the windows of their 1988 Chevy Cavalier once upon a time.

I will never do that again. I promise.

But, I am heading off into the sunset for yet another fun-filled, and if I am lucky...junk-filled ROADTRIP!

Soon I will be traveling with my brother and sister-in-law...along with my 17 year old niece, 15 year old nephew and 9 year old nephew. Destination.....Virginia Beach!


I plan on chasing down cute little vintage trucks on the highway and stopping at every road-side attraction and antique shop I can find!

10 glorious days basking in the summer heat, swimming in hotel pools and hanging at the beach with my niece and nephews before they get so old I am no longer considered the "cool" Aunt.

But, in order to make the most of my trip...I need a little help from my girls!

This is the route I will be taking...

So what I need from you is this...


Places I should go the kids would like?

My head is spinning with questions...I need answers! Can anyone out there help a girl out?

What is the best oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach?
How long should I drag the kids through Monitcello...and Williamsburg...and Jamestown?
Is one day at each enough?
What is the best area of the beach to stay on in Virginia Beach? North or South?
Is there anything along the way that is a "must see"?
What little towns have the best boutique & junk shops???

I know there has to be some of you out there that have traveled to...or are lucky enough to live...in this beautiful area of the country!

So lets hear it...give me the scoop! The good, the bad and the ugly. I can take it.

I hope someone out there can help me out!

And I cannot thank you enough for all your kind comments on my last post! You have no idea how much it made my day to hear your encouragement and feedback to my painted furniture and my booth at the show! I received soooo many emails with questions, so I will try to get a post up to answer them all. but seriously, you made me smile...and I cannot thank you enough for that!


  1. You are going to my home!! I grew up in Virgina my family lives there, my husbands parents live in Williamsburg! The north end of virginia beach is better! Less..... hoodlums running around!

    In williamsburg you HAVE TO GET PIERCES BBQ!! I have young kids so I do all the fun things for them, I dont know about older kids. Clearly Busch Gardens and such!

    Have a good time!

  2. SOunds like a great trip... you should come to TN ;o
    You know, i follow a girl's blog (Andi)
    she is super nice and sweet and lives in Virginia Beach.... I am sure she can tell you all you need to know!

    have a great time!

  3. I live south of Indianapolis and there's a big outlet mall and an antique mall off of I-65 at exit 76. You could easily kill an entire day there -- or at least I know that I have killed an entire day there! There are hotels and stuff there, too. The antique mall info is at www.exit76antiques.com Happy Road tripping! (Very jealous, BTW!)

  4. Oh! AND, I forgot to mention this... if you're coming through this weekend, you HAVE to go here -- www.greenoakantiques.com -- it's their big garage sale weekend! I want to go so badly, but just won't be able to so if you go, I can live vicariously through you!

  5. Oh have a great trip lady! I have never been there or on that route so I am no help at all, but be sure to tell us how it is!

  6. Wow Mary I love your adventures, how fun!! I wish I had some great ideas if I come up with anything I will let you know.

    In the meantime be sure to enter the giveaway on my site!

    Art by Karena

  7. Perfect timing! This week is the World's Longest Yard Sale which stretches from Michigan to Alabama!

  8. Oh Kentucky! I love the Flea Markets.
    Murphy's Sparrow Antique Mall
    I-65 at exit 116 open everyday 10-5
    It's always a "must stop" for hubby and I.

    I hope you have a safe and wonderful adventure!

  9. I wish I could give you the scoop, but I haven't been on that path before. You will have fun...I have no doubt. Be safe!

  10. Sorry, Mary, I don't know anything about that area. Sounds like a great trip. Have fun with your family!

    Hugs ~ Jo

    P.S. Every time I visit your blog my 9 y/o daughter has me turn up the sound so she can hear "Hey, Soul Sister"... one of our fav's. ;o)

  11. I lived in Virginia Beach for three years and never really got to go junking with three babies. But I loved going into Norfolk, the Ghent area is beautiful and there is a great architectual wharehouse, can't think of the name though. Great finds there. Enjoy the beach I love the end towards Norfolk near Fort Story. Great Lighthouse there to to climb the stairs and see the views.

    Have fun. Hopefully it will cool down.

  12. I live in Indianapolis and there is an awesome antique mall downtown, it's called Midland Arts & Antiques. It's in an old factory building which is to die for in and of itself!


  13. If you are looking for a place to stay in Williamsburg, Great Wolf Lodge is a great place for kids -- they have an indoor waterpark. www.greatwolf.com/williamsburg/waterpark It's not too far from Pierce's BBQ and there's a Sonic too!

  14. I recently moved to Virginia Beach and here are a few tips that I have received from locals.
    The boardwalk is a fun area to stay. Very touristy, but has a lot of restaurants and shops. Parking is crazy, hopefully your hotel will have parking. If you want a more relaxed beach visit, Chick's Beach is more low key and a local favorite. 79th street is a good place to surf. Some recommended restaurants are Mojitos cuban food, La Bella Pizza, Chick's Oyster Bar, and Volcano Sushi Bar..
    Fort Story is an Army base at the North end of the beach with a lighthouse (there is a charge to climb up). The Norfolk Botanical Gardens and Aquarium could be worth a trip.
    Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown are surprisingly expensive. They each require a paid admission. Check the internet for discounts and multi-attraction passes. Many of the attractions are outside. Currently it is 100 degrees out, so dress appropriately. Each place could take a day, but if you don't sit for every reenactment and tour then you might be able to get in and out quicker.

    I hope this helps. Safe journeys!


  15. Well, I was going to suggest visiting Monticello but I see you are planning to already. Totally worth it. The University of Virginia's grounds are historic and picturesque also.

  16. You should definitely come to the Big FLea Market held at the Expo Center in Fredericksburg, Va. My husband, Mom, and I will be there all weekend!

    Check it out here:

    Have fun!

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  18. I live exactly half-way between Indianapolis and Louisville. One of the most popular kid activities in Indianapolis would be the Children's Museum. There are 3 or 4 floors of exhibits. Louisville has a few attractions too. They have a smaller museum called the Louisville Science Center. There is also the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum/Factory. They give tours and a little wooden souvenir bat. You will see it from the bridge as you cross the Ohio River from Indiana into Louisville. There is also an eccentric restaurant that has been featured in many magazines called Lynn's Paradise Cafe in Louisville www.lynnsparadisecafe.com Have a good trip. We are entering back to school land in my neck of the woods. Our road trip days are over for the summer.

  19. I actually live in Va Beach and North end is defintely better. Actually they just got done building a cool play area on 1st street for the kids, you HAVE to check it out! Williamsburg is awesome to visit as is Bush Gardens! I know someone mentioned Botantical Gardens, that's in Norfolk, about a 30 min drive from the ocean front. They have this AWESOME little water play area there called the WOW garden (a small water fountain park, must wear water shoes), the older kids may not care for it since it is mainly targeted for smaller kids BUT I must say the hubs and I love to walk thru all of the water spirts and what not! Yes, chics beach is a lot less touristy and the BEST place to eat at Chics beach is a place called 1 fish 2 fish, love, love, love their food!! Best Sushi EVER is a place called Yama, locally owned and not a chain and their sushi is truly the BEST!!! Hope you have fun when you come out here!! Night life is truly exciting at the beach during the summer, it seems as if there is a live band playing on every other block!:)

  20. Hi Mary, Hubby and I live in Richmond and we just got back from a trip to Lexington, Va. We found a great antique mall there called "Dukes". They had really unusual things. A must see in Staunton is Luray caverns. These caverns are beautiful and you and the kids will love it. We visited Monticello and few weeks ago and I was disappointed. The grounds were unkept and heat had done on number on the plants. The house tour was short but nice. If you are interested in things to do in Richmond please email me and I will send you a list.
    Hugs, Sherry

  21. Have a wonderful time. Don't write on the car windows with the teenagers on board, hah.

  22. Have fun!
    Wow, what an adventure. Come to Texas next time. :-)

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  23. spend lots of time in Williamsburg and on VA beach! My family has a running joke that I actually called it "vah beach" when I was little and learning to read. Have a great trip! We are on our way to New Mexico... leaving Indiana in a few hours!

  24. Ohhhh!!! I live in Williamsburg and LOVE everything about it. We have lived there for two years now and every day I discover something new. You HAVE to go to Colonial Williamsburg and the kids will love Busch Gardens! I am in NH right now, but just about every day when I am home I bring my little girl down to Colonial Williamsburg and we walk around (sometimes twice a day!). It is just so beautiful there!

  25. Have a great trip and dont forget to tell us how it was!!


  26. Man...do you get around or what...and I mean that in a good way ;o) I haven't had the pleasure of visiting any of those places...so I'll just have to live through you...k.

  27. I live in Richmond so you are coming right through my home town! You must stop in Williamsburg along your way! Such a great historical area. Me and my hubby are actually taking a day trip to the York River this weekend in the Williamsburg area! Once you get close to Va Beach, the traffic stinks! But it will be well worth it once you hit the beach! Have a great time on your trip!

  28. Kimberly S MoodyWed Aug 04, 09:01:00 PM

    I am close to Lexington, KY. If you love horses, you must stop at the Kentucky Horse Park (I-75, Exit 120). They are getting ready for the Equestrian Games. They have a museum, beautiful grounds, horseback riding and lots of activities for the kids. If you have time drive around the downtown area-Area artist have decorated full size horse statues and there are so many interesting designs to spot along the roads. You can also drive some of the scenic roads or visit the Lexington Visitor's Center website for a driving tour of the movie "Dreamer" sets and locations of scenes. They also have horse farm tours. Enjoy your trip--off the beaten path is the best road trip ever!!!

  29. Oh you are sooo lucky..what a fabulous road trip. Can't wait to hear what you get up too. Enjoy... Kym :)

  30. What a road trip!!! Have fun and enjoy...I haven't been that way before so I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions and your booth was amazing from your last post!!! i love when you show it:)

  31. Thinking of you as I paint...frames...

  32. Sounds like a really fun trip. But one place you really should see is the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA. It's a fabulous place for a history of sea-going ships. It's right at the intersection of Rt 17 Rt 60 and only 20 min from Williamsburg, 45 min from Virginia Beach. The August Crabtree collection of minature ships is fabulous and you'll really be amazed at the figureheads of old sailing ships. One of the neatest is the eagle with outspread wings that sits in the entrance area. My late father-in-law restore it and covered it with gold leaf - enough to lay a 1-inch wide ribbon of gold to the capital building in Richmond and the Mariner's museum twice!