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Welcome to Newport News Where Great Things are Happening! Concert at Styron Square

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elcome to Newport News, where you’ll find world-class attractions, unique shopping and dining experiences and a wide variety of entertainment options. Interested in the Civil War? Then you’ll love seeing the treasures discovered last summer inside the turret of the USS Monitor, found only at the world-renowned Mariners’ Museum & USS Monitor Center, of course! Curious about Virginia’s natural heritage? Then check out the Virginia Living Museum. One visit here will bring you in contact with more habitats, wildlife and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia! Need a little retail therapy? Shop till you drop at the national retailers in Patrick Henry Mall and Jefferson Commons or visit our unique locally owned stores in Port Warwick, City Center at Oyster Point and Historic Hilton Village. Hungry? Enjoy the best in Southern cuisine – including fresh seafood – at one of our many restaurants. Love the nightlife? Take in a show at the spectacular Ferguson Center for the Arts, the nostalgic Peninsula Community Theatre or the delightful Ella Fitzgerald Theater. You’ll find plenty of choices, from musicals to dance, drama to big band music, plus special productions just for kids.

Itching for more? Travel back in time at Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, the James A. Fields House and The Newsome House Museum. Spend some time with llamas, alpacas, goats and even a peacock at the SPCA Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo. Imagine the courage of those who fought for freedom at the Virginia War Museum. See a truck that walks at the US Army Transportation Museum. Explore the ever-changing world of art at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Spend a day in the great outdoors in Newport News Park. Still want more? Williamsburg is just minutes away and it’s only a short drive to Virginia Beach!

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2012 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome to Newport News – Where Great Things Are Happening! Make it Mobile! Scan this Code.

Use your smartphone to get there. Auto-dial for information or reservations.

IN THIS ISSUE

4 Attractions

A1 Coastal Virginia

22 Newport News Map

4 & 5 2011 Visitor Value Coupons

15 Commemorating the 150th Anniversary

24 A Kid’s Guide to Fun & Adventure

9 Performing Arts

16 Dining

25 Accommodations

10 2012 Calendar of Events

18 2012 Packages

26 Did You Know

14 Shopping

19 General Information

14 Save, Save, Save!

20 Sports & Recreation

26 ZOOM IN Annual Photo Contest

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WHAT TO SEE & DO

ATTRACTIONS Not To Miss While You’re In

2012 VISITOR VALUE COUPONS Endview Plantation

$1off

NEWPORT NEWS Endview Plantation

Regular Admission Expires 1/31/13 Good for up to 2 guests

362 Yorktown Road 757-887-1862 • www.endview.org

Completed in 1769 by William Harwood, Endview has been restored to its 1862 appearance. In the 1850s, the home was purchased by Dr. Humphrey Harwood Curtis, William Harwood’s great-grandson. Dr. Curtis had his medical practice at Endview from 1856 to 1861. The home was used briefly as a Confederate hospital in the spring of 1862 and was then occupied by Union forces until the end of the war.

Directions: I-64 East to Exit 247, left at stop sign. Travel ½ mile, then left at traffic light. Endview is on the right. I-64 West to Exit 247, right at stop sign. Continue through traffic light. Endview is on the right.

Lee Hall Mansion

$1off

Regular Admission Expires 1/31/13 Good for up to 2 guests

163 Yorktown Road 757-888-3371 • www.leehall.org Directions: I-64 East to Exit 247, left at stop sign. Travel ½ mile, then right at traffic light. Lee Hall is on the right. I-64 West to Exit 247, left at stop sign. Lee Hall is on the right.

The Mariners’ Museum/USS Monitor Center

$1off

Regular Admission Expires 1/31/13 Good for up to 4 guests

100 Museum Drive • 757-596-2222 www.marinersmuseum.org Directions: I-64 to Exit 258A. Travel approximately 3 miles, crossing intersection with Route 60 (Warwick Blvd.); road becomes Avenue of the Arts. Take first left onto Museum Dr. and follow into The Mariners’ Museum Park. Museum is straight ahead.

Newport News Visitor Center Gift Shop

25% off

Any purchase over $20 Expires 1/31/13

13560 Jefferson Avenue 757-886-7777 www.newport-news.org Directions: I-64 to Exit 250B, follow ? signs to Visitor Center (at the entrance to Newport News Park)

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362 Yorktown Road (Exit 247 from I-64) 757-887-1862 www.endview.org

$6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children (7–18), Under 7 FREE. Open Mon, Wed-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm

Closed major holidays and MonWed from Jan-Mar (note: Sunday hours are 1-5 pm Jan-Mar) (partially)

James A. Fields House James A. Fields (1844–1903) was a teacher, lawyer and member of the Virginia House of Delegates. The house was used by Mr. Fields as his law office and primary residence from 1897 to 1903. In 1908, it housed the first Newport News hospital for blacks. Today, this restored home gives visitors a glimpse into the life of the African-American community in Newport News during the 1900s.

617 27th Street (Exit 6 from I-664) 757-245-1991 $3 adults; $2 children (13–17), seniors, military. Under 13 FREE. Normally open Tue–Sat. Please call in advance for specific hours. Closed major holidays

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WHAT TO SEE & DO Guided Tours

Evening Programs

Wheelchair Accessible

Free Parking

Gift Shop

Discount tickets available for

Special Events

Café

Facebook

seniors, military & AAA members

2012 VISITOR VALUE COUPONS Peninsula Fine Arts Center

50% off

Regular Admission

Lee Hall Mansion

Expires 1/31/13

101 Museum Drive 757-596-8175 • www.pfac-va.org

Completed in 1859, Lee Hall was home to affluent planter Richard D. Lee. One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, Lee Hall offers visitors a step back to the mid-Victorian period with its authentically furnished rooms, including an elegant ladies parlor. During the spring of 1862, Lee Hall was used as a headquarters by Confederate generals Johnston and Magruder.

163 Yorktown Road (Exit 247 from I-64) 757-888-3371 www.leehall.org

$6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children (7–18), Under 7 FREE. Open Mon, Wed-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm

Closed major holidays and MonWed from Jan-Mar (note: Sunday hours are 1-5 pm Jan-Mar) (partially)

The Mariners’ Museum/ USS Monitor Center

Peninsula SPCA Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo

1 Child Free with paying adult

Not valid on Sundays Expires 1/31/13 • Good for up to 3 children and 3 adults

523 J.Clyde Morris Boulevard 757-595-1399 www.peninsulaspca.com/zoo.html

Directions: I-64 to Exit 258A. Travel approximately 2 miles, crossing Jefferson Ave. Petting Zoo is on the right, across from the Virginia Living Museum.

Virginia Living Museum

$2off

Regular Admission

Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum offers a captivating look at centuries of seafaring adventures. The dramatic USS Monitor Center brings to life the “Battle of the Ironclads,” and offers visitors the chance to walk the deck of a full-scale Monitor replica. Other treasures await at this maritime gem. The world-class collection includes 35,000 maritime paintings, artifacts, figureheads, ship models, decorative arts and small craft from around the world.

100 Museum Drive (Exit 258A from I-64) 757-596-2222 or 800-581-7245 www.marinersmuseum.org

Directions: I-64 to Exit 258A. Travel approximately 3 miles, crossing intersection with Route 60 (Warwick Blvd.); road becomes Avenue of the Arts. Take first left onto Museum Dr. and follow into The Mariners’ Museum Park. Turn right at stop sign and follow the road around. Pfac is on the left.

Not valid with other offers, group tours or during special events Expires 1/31/13 Good for up to 4 guests

524 J.Clyde Morris Boulevard 757-595-1900 • www.thevlm.org Directions: I-64 to Exit 258A. Travel approximately 2 miles, crossing Jefferson Ave. Museum is on the left.

Virginia War Museum

$1off

Regular Admission Expires 1/31/13 Good for up to 2 guests

$12 adults; $11 AAA members, military; seniors 65+; $10 students with ID; $7 children (6–12); Under 6 FREE. Open Wed-Sat, 10 am to 5 pm; Sun, noon to 5 pm

and on federal holidays. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

9285 Warwick Boulevard 757-247-8523 • www.warmuseum.org Directions: I-64 to Exit 258A. Travel approx. 3 miles; turn left onto Route 60 East (Warwick Blvd.) for approx. 3.5 miles, turn right onto Hornet Circle. Museum is on the right, past the Rose Garden. I-64 to Exit 263A. Travel approximately 3.5 miles; turn right onto Route 60 West (Warwick Blvd.), then first left onto Hornet Circle. Museum is on the right, past the Rose Garden.

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ATTRACTIONS

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For more information about any attraction, call the Newport News Visitor Center, 757-886-7777 or 888-493-7386, or go online to www.newport-news.org. All information was correct at time of printing, but is subject to change. Please check in advance of your visit to confirm current days, hours and fees.

The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is the restored 1899 residence of J.Thomas Newsome, a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader, who prospered as part of the post-Civil War south’s new urban African-American middle class. His Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia.

2803 Oak Avenue (Exit 3 from I-664) 757-247-2360 www.newsomehouse.org Suggested $2 donation. Open: Thu-Sat, 10 am to 5 pm; Closed Sun and major holidays. Open by appointment only, Mon-Wed. (partially)

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Discover the ever-changing world of art at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, where diverse artworks and dynamic exhibitions are just part of the fun. Children can create personal masterpieces in the interactive Hands On For Kids gallery, while adults can find original works by local artists in the Gallery Shop. Regular gallery talks and one-day workshops enhance the visitor’s experience. Free every third Thursday monthly, which includes “Art After 5” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

101 Museum Drive (Exit 258A from I-64) 757-596-8175 www.pfac-va.org $7.50 adults; $6 students, seniors, active duty military; $4 children (6-12); Under 6 FREE. Ticket valid for 7 days. Open Tue, 10 am to 8 pm; Wed-Sat, 10 am to 5 pm; Sun 1 pm to 5 pm. Free gallery admission Tue 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Closed major holidays and during exhibit changes.

Peninsula SPCA Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo Bring the kids and don’t forget your camera. Our Petting Zoo has chickens, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, goats, deer and even a peacock! What an irresistible opportunity for great pictures. The Exotic Sanctuary has otters, a black leopard, and bobcats.

523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258A from I-64) 757-595-1399 www.peninsulaspca.com/zoo.html $2 adults; $1 children (3–12); Under 3 FREE. Open Mon-Fri,

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WHAT TO SEE & DO Guided Tours

Evening Programs

Free Parking

Gift Shop

Special Events

Café

Facebook

Wheelchair Accessible Discount tickets available for seniors, military & AAA members

US Army Transportation Museum The story of the Army’s Transportation Corps, from horse-drawn wagons to allterrain, armored vehicles, is told through models, dioramas and full-size vehicles and equipment at this unique museum. Visitors

can explore the world of Army transportation with indoor and outdoor pavilions that feature wagons, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, locomotives, tugboats and experimental craft such as the “flying jeep.”

300 Washington Boulevard, Ft. Eustis (Exit 250A from I-64) 757-878-1115 www.transchool.lee.army.mil/ Museum/Transportation%20 Museum/museum.htm

FREE (donations welcome) Tue–Sun, 9 am to 4:30 pm Closed Mon, federal holidays and Easter Sunday.

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to Fort Eustis must show valid IDs (driver’s license and/ or photo ID), proof of insurance and vehicle registration.

Virginia Living Museum Connect to Virginia’s natural heritage. Experience red wolves, bald eagles, river otters, a loggerhead sea turtle, and a host of finned, furry and feathered animals native to Virginia. Step into a cool mountain cove or a steamy cypress

swamp or explore the depths of the Chesapeake Bay. Feel the wonder of hands-on exhibits, a rooftop observatory, planetarium theater and outdoor boardwalk. Learn to protect our planet in the green living house and conservation garden

524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258A from I-64) 757-595-1900 www.thevlm.org

$17 adults; $13 children (3–12); Under 3 FREE. Open Mon-Sat, 9 am to 5 pm; Sun, noon to 5 pm. (Extended hours Memorial Day to Labor Day) Closed major holidays.

Virginia War Museum

American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Collections of artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms and posters trace the development of the US military from 1775 to the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War, Marches Toward Freedom and Visions of War, the museum’s propaganda poster collection.

9285 Warwick Boulevard $6 adults; $5 seniors in Huntington Park (Exits 62+ and active duty 258A or 263A from I-64) military; $4 children 757-247-8523 www.warmuseum.org

(7–18); Under 7 FREE. Open Mon–Sat, 9 am to 5 pm; Sun, 12 pm to 5 pm. Closed major holidays.

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WHAT TO SEE & DO

ATTRACTIONS Newport News Attractions At A Glance Guided Tours

Special Events

Gift Shop

Free Parking

Evening Programs

Café

Attraction

Endview Plantation 362 Yorktown Road (Exit 247 from I-64)

James A. Fields House 617 27th Street (Exit 6 from I-664)

Lee Hall Mansion 163 Yorktown Road (Exit 247 from I-64)

The Mariners’ Museum/ USS Monitor Center 100 Museum Drive (Exit 258A from I-64)

The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center

Phone/Fax/Website

Admission

Facebook

Operating Hours and Amenities

757-887-1862 Fax: 757-888-3369 www.endview.org

$6 adults $5 seniors $4 children (7-18) Under 7 FREE

Open Mon, Wed-Fri, 10 am to 4 pm; Sat 10 am to 5 pm; Sun, 12 pm to 5 pm. Closed major holidays and Mon-Wed from Jan-Mar (note: Sun hours are 1-5 pm Jan-Mar).

757-245-1991 or 757-813-6014

$3 adults $2 children (13-17), seniors and military Under 13 FREE $6 adults $5 seniors $4 children (7-18) Under 7 FREE

Normally open Tue-Sat. Please call in advance for specific hours. Closed some major holidays.

757-596-2222 or 800-581-7245 Fax: 757-591-7320 www.marinersmuseum.org

$12 adults $11 AAA members, military and seniors $10 students with ID $7 children (6-12) Under 6 FREE

Open Wed-Sat, 10 am to 5 pm; Sun, noon to 5 pm and federal holidays. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

757-247-2360 Fax: 757-928-6754 www.newsomehouse.org

Suggested $2 donation

Open Thu-Sat, 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Sun and major holidays. Open by appointment only, Mon-Wed.

757-888-3371 Fax: 757-888-3373 www.leehall.org

757-596-8175 Fax: 757-596-0807 www.pfac-va.org

(partially)

Open Mon, Wed-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Closed Mon-Wed from Jan-Mar (note: Sunday hours are 1-5 pm Jan-Mar). Closed major holidays.

(partially)

See Ad on Page CV10

(partially)

2803 Oak Avenue (Exit 3 from I-664)

Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Wheelchair Accessible Discount tickets available for seniors, military & AAA members

$7.50 adults $6 students, seniors, and active duty military $4 children (6-12) Under 6 FREE

Open Tue, 10 am to 8 pm; Wed-Sat, 10 am to 5 pm; Sun, 1 pm to 5 pm. Free gallery admission Tue, 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Closed major holidays and during exhibit changes.

$2 adults $1 children (3-12) Under 3 FREE

Open Mon-Fri, 11 am to 5:30 pm; Sat, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Sun, noon to 3:30 pm. Closed some major holidays. Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am to 5 pm; Sat, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Closed Sun.

757-878-1115 Fax: 757-878-5656 www.transchool.lee.army.mil/ Museum/Transportation %20 Museum/museum.htm

FREE (donations welcome)

Open Tue-Sun, 9 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Mon, federal holidays and Easter Sunday.

Virginia Living Museum

757-595-1900 Fax: 757-599-4897 www.thevlm.org

$17 adults $13 children (3-12) Under 3 FREE

Virginia War Museum

757-247-8523 Fax: 757-247-8627 www.warmuseum.org

$6 adults $5 seniors and active duty military $4 children (7-18) Under 7 FREE

101 Museum Drive (Exit 258A from I-64)

Peninsula SPCA Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo

523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258A from I-64)

US Army Transportation Museum 300 Washington Boulevard Ft. Eustis (Exit 250A from I-64)

524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258A from I-64) 9285 Warwick Boulevard in Huntington Park (Exits 258A or 263A from I-64)

757-595-1399 Fax: 757-595-9945 www.peninsulaspca.com/ zoo.html

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to Fort Eustis must show valid IDs (driver’s license and/or photo ID), proof of insurance and vehicle registration. Open Mon-Sat, 9 am to 5 pm; Sun, noon to 5 pm. Extended hours Memorial Day to Labor Day. Closed major holidays. See Ad on Page CV15 Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Closed major holidays.

NOTE: For more information about any attraction, call the Newport News Visitor Center, 757-886-7777 or 888-493-7386, or go online to www.newport-news.org. All information was correct at time of printing, but is subject to change. Please check in advance of your visit to confirm current days, hours and fees.

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SPOTLIGHT ON…

ENTERTAINMENT&FUN MORE VACATION FUN!

DowningGross Cultural Arts Center The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is committed to providing cultural arts for the entire family. This 52,000 square foot facility houses the 276seat Ella Fitzgerald Theater, an entire floor dedicated to youth programming, the Anderson Johnson Gallery, the Newport News Community Gallery, a banquet room, a multi-purpose room, and several smaller meeting rooms. Originally built as the Walter Reed School, this historic building has been restored and was reopened to the public in 2008. 2410 Wickham Ave. (Exit 6 off I-664) Ticket Office: 757-247-8950 Charge by phone: 757-247-8969 Buy tickets online: www.downing-gross.org E-mail: downing-gross@nngov.com Ticket Office Hours: Tues - Fri, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Ferguson Center For The Arts

Peninsula Community Theatre

In just eight years, Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has become an international force, presenting the finest cultural attractions in the world. More than 1 million people from around the nation have experienced hundreds of performances in our acousticallysuperb theatres. The eclectic nature of our season is consistent with our mission: to offer a broad range of performances, reach the largest possible number of community members, all-thewhile maintaining our status as the finest performing arts center in Hampton Roads. 1 University Place (Exit 258- J. Clyde Morris Blvd.) Ticket Office: 757-594-8752 Charge by phone 877-840-0457 Buy tickets online: www.fergusoncenter.org E-mail: tickets@cnu.edu

In the early 1950s, the Newport News Little Theatre and the Hampton Little Theatre merged to form what is now the Peninsula Community Theatre (PCT). In 1994, PCT purchased the Village Theater, an art deco movie house located in historic Hilton Village (where author William Styron worked as a lad). In just 61 days, the movie theater was converted into a setting for live stage productions. Each year, PCT offers musicals, comedies and mysteries as main stage and children’s productions. The main goal of PCT is to provide a venue for local talent to perform in as professional a setting as possible.

Ticket Office Hours: In Season: Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call for summer hours Handicap and valet parking available Hearing and visually impaired assistance

10251 Warwick Blvd. (Exit 5 off I-664) Ticket Office: 757-595-5728 Charge by phone: 757-595-5728 Buy tickets online: www.pctlive.org E-mail: info@pctlive.org Ticket Office Hours: Mon – Thurs, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (two weeks prior to opening night until show closes) and 1 hour before each performance.

AFTER-HOURS & FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CLUBS Cozzy’s Comedy Club & Tavern 9700 Warwick Blvd., Newport News; 757-595-2800; www.cozzys.com Tribeca 1000 Omni Blvd., Newport News; 757-873-6664; www.tribecann.com

MOVIE THEATER Kiln Creek Stadium 20 100 Regal Way, Newport News; 757-989-5200; www.regmovies.com

SPORTS AND RECREATION Classic Lanes 630 79th St., Newport News; 757-245-2818; www.classiclanesinc.com The Hampton Roads IcePlex 401 Village Ave., Kiln Creek; 757-877-7539; www.hriceplex.com Peninsula Family Skating Center 307 Main St., Newport News, 757-599-4769 www.pfskate.com Play A Round Golf and Games 89 Nelson Dr., Newport News, 757-591-2800 www.playaroundgolfandgames.com

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WHAT’S GOING ON

CALENDAR OF

Events for 2012

NOTE: Events are subject to cancellation and date changes. Prior to your visit, please contact site directly. All events take place in Newport News, unless otherwise noted. More Newport News events can be found online at www.newport-news.org.

$ = Admission, Parking Fee or Items for Sale Ferguson Center for the Arts

as he performs hilarious stand-up and takes questions about his incredible career. $ January 21 & January 22 Damn Yankees Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 A musical comedy home run! $

JANUARY 2012 January 6, 13, 20 & 27 Mariners’ Classic Movie Café The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222 Four classic Titanic-related movies, along with pre-film commentary. $ January 13 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 London orchestra with consistently satisfying programming and superb performances. $ January 19 Larry King Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 Experience Larry King live and in person

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January 27 & January 29 The King and I (presented by Lyric Opera Virginia) Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-446-6666 (Lyric Opera Virginia) Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic The King and I as a musical play in two acts. $ January 28 Civil War 150th Lecture Series: Launching a Ship, Launching a Sanctuary The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222 This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. $

FEBRUARY 2012 February 3 8th Annual Bacchus Wine and Food Festival Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 An evening of fine wines, great food and live music. $

This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. $ February 18 First Lady of Song’s Red Dress Gala Concert Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 757-247-8950 A special celebration of song, starring a national recording artist. $ Virginia War Museum February 3 St. Olaf Choir Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 With 75 mixed voices, the pioneer a cappella choir in the United States. $ February 4 A Salute to the Tuskegee Airmen Virginia War Museum 757-247-8523 Learn about the men who fought the Axis Powers abroad and segregation at home. $ February 10 Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 2012 marks the St. Petersburg State Orchestra’s first transcontinental tour of the U.S. $ February 11 The Temptations and Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 For 40+ years, The Temptations have performed to sold-out shows throughout the world. $ February 17 The All New Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers™ Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 A night of the best music, moves, and comedy you’re likely to see this side of Chicago. $ February 18 Civil War 150th Lecture Series: African-American Sailors on the USS Monitor The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222

February 25 Bruce Hornsby Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 You know him for The Way It Is, which became the most-played song on American radio in 1987. $ February 27 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 Versatility is a hallmark of the Juilliard-trained Wynton Marsalis. $ Civil War Van Tours depart from Lee Hall Mansion

MARCH 2012 March 9-11 Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222 Observance of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads. $ March 10 Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella and Swan Lake Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 New productions of two timeless classics. $

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2012 HIGHLIGHTS Historic Garden Week

2012 ONGOING ACTIVITIES Birdwalks Newport News Park 757-886-7912 Discover some of the many birds in Newport News Park every 1st and 3rd Sunday.

March 16 Bob Newhart with special guest Deana Martin Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 Funny man Bob Newhart still performs to sell-out crowds all over the country. $ March 18 American Big Band Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 Singers, dancers and musicians bring the big band story to life. $ March 17 Civil War Van Tour: Defending the Southside Lee Hall Mansion 757-888-3371 Includes visits to Fort Boykins, Fort Huger, City Point, and Drewry’s Bluff. $ March 25 Red Star Red Army Chorus & Dance Ensemble Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 A journey of Russian music and traditional folk songs. $ March 31 Order in the Court: The June Clark Case The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center 757-247-2360 Joseph Thomas Newsome’s most infamous case in Newport News. March 31 Diana Krall Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-594 8752 Since her 1993 debut album, Diana Krall has been nothing short of spectacular. $

APRIL 2012 April 7 Civil War Van Tour: In the Steps of Robert Sneden Lee Hall Mansion 757-888-3371 Follow the path of the noted Union artist Robert Sneden up the Peninsula. $ April 14-15 (living history) and April 21-22 (re-enactment) 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Peninsula Campaign Endview Plantation 757-887-1862 A commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. $ April 21 – 22 and 28-29 Spring Native Wildflower/ Plant Sale Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 Choose from an array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites. $ April 21-28 Historic Garden Week in Virginia Newport News tour on April 25. Other city tours throughout the week. 804-644-7776 $ April 27-28 Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 757-247-8969 An annual music festival to celebrate the music and legacy of a jazz legend. $ April 29 Imani Winds – A Virginia Arts Festival Event Ferguson Center for the Arts Music & Theatre Hall 757-282-2822 (Va. Arts Fest) A shared musical adventure! $

January 4 – May 25 Winter/Spring Planetarium Shows Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 The Friendly Stars, Virginia Skies, RingWorld2, and Doomsday 2012. $ April 18 – November 28 (Wednesdays, except July 4) Port Warwick Mid-Week Farmers Market Port Warwick 757- 771-9343 Enjoy the festive atmosphere of an outdoor market set in beautiful Styron Square. $ May 11 – August 24 (Fridays) Fridays @ The Fountain City Center at Oyster Point 757-282-2822 Join us for free concerts by the region’s best bands. $ May 23 – August 29 (Wednesdays) Summer Sounds on Styron Square Concert Series Port Warwick 757-771-9343 Some of the region’s best bands deliver a wide variety of great music every Wednesday. $ May 26 – September 1 (Saturdays) Hayrides Newport News Park 757-886-7912 Enjoy park interpretation on this 40-minute ride through the campground and bikeway. May 26 – Sept. 3 Summer Planetarium Shows Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 Dinosaur Prophecy, Va. Skies, Night of the Titanic, Laser Vinyl, Laser Spirit, Laser TMBG. $

June 1 – August 31 (Fridays) Friday Night Nature Programs Newport News Park 757-886-7912 Meet a Newport News park naturalist for a fun and informative program. June 7 – August 30 (Thursdays) Thursdays by the Lake The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222 Free concert series on the banks of Lake Maury. $ July 1-31 Laser Spirit Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 A dazzling mix of music, of and inspired by America, combined with laser fireworks. $ Oct. 1 – Nov. 18 Fall Planetarium Programs Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 Friendly Stars, Mars and Doomsday 2012. $ November 21-December 31 Star of Wonder: The Mystery of the Christmas Star Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 Experience the journey of the Magi in an amazing state-of-the-art digital planetarium theatre. $ November 21-December 31 Laser Holidays Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and dazzling laser effects! $ November 22-January 1 Celebration in Lights Newport News Park 757-926-1400 Over 750,000 lights glitter and glow, sparkle and shine in Va.’s first drivethrough light event. $

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OpSail 2012 Virginia™ Join us June 1-12 for OpSail 2012 Virginia™ One of the largest tall ship and maritime events in history. This international, historic event will commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, as well as honor our nation’s naval and sea service heritage. In Newport News, you can view the Parade of Sail from the Monitor-Merrimack Overlook in Anderson Park at 16th Street & Oak Avenue, at the tip of Newport News where the world-famous “Battle of the Ironclads” took place. In addition, several attractions in Newport News are home to exhibits on the War of 1812, including The Mariners’ Museum, the Virginia Living Museum, and the Virginia War Museum. Visit www.opsail2012virginia.com or call 757-441-2345 for additional information. Authentic Greek food and pastries with lots of entertainment. $

23rd Annual Children’s Festival

Civil War Children’s Camp

MAY 2012 May 4 & 6 Carmen (presented by Lyric Opera Virginia) Ferguson Center for the Arts 757-446-6666 (Lyric Opera) A ˝Jewel Box˝ production of Bizet’s Carmen. May 5 23rd Annual Newport News Children’s Festival of Friends Newport News Park, Newport News 757-926-1400 Fun for the whole family with costumed characters, free hands-on activities and children’s rides. $ May 19 Civil War 150th Lecture Series - The Battle of Drewry’s Bluff The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222 This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. $ May 19 Armed Forces Day Toy Soldier Show Virginia War Museum 757-247-8523 Antique and contemporary toy soldiers and miniatures, plus historical miniature kits. $

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July 23-26 Civil War Children’s Camp Endview Plantation 757-887-1862 Children learn about America’s rich military heritage; teamwork, and leadership skills. $ Family Films by the Fountain

June 25-28 Civil War Children’s Camp Endview Plantation 757-887-1862 Children learn about America’s rich military heritage; teamwork, and leadership skills. $

June 1-3 Patriotic Festival Oceanfront, Virginia Beach 757-491-7866 $ June 1-12 OpSail 2012 Virginia™ Events held in various cities in Coastal Virginia 757-441-2345 $ June 9 Summer Celebration Wine Festival Lee Hall Mansion 757-888-3371 Enjoy live music, unique craft vendors, great food and the best in Virginia wines in a beautiful outdoor setting. $ June 14-17 57th Annual Boardwalk Art Show Virginia Beach 757-425-0000 $

May 19 Civil War Van Tour: Battle of Williamsburg Lee Hall Mansion 757-888-3371 Learn about Williamsburg’s rich Civil War history with historian J. Michael Moore. $

June 16 Civil War Van Tour: The Seven Days Battles Lee Hall Mansion 757-888-3371 View sites associated with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s counterattack that drove the Federals back from the gates of the Confederate capital. $

May 31 to June 3 46th Annual Newport News Greek Festival Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church 757-872-8119

June 22-24 Hampton Jazz Festival Hampton Coliseum, Hampton 757-838-5650 $

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4th of July Stars in the Sky

JULY 2012 July 4 4th of July Stars in the Sky Victory Landing Park 757-926-1400 Fireworks, food and fun! $ July 7-8 Free Admission Weekend Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Celebrate the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary in the year 2012! July 21 Civil War Van Tour: Stuart’s Ride Around McClellan Lee Hall Mansion 757-888-3371 Explore the route of J.E.B. Stuart’s famed ride around Maj. Gen. George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. $

August 4-5 Free Admission Weekend Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Celebrate the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary in the year 2012! August 4, 11, 18 & 25 Family Films by the Fountain City Center at Oyster Point 757-926-1400 Enjoy “film-theme fun” and watch a great family film under the stars. $ August 11 11th Annual Classics at Lee Hall Lee Hall Mansion 757-888-3371 Experience the sights & sounds of elegant autos from yesteryear to the present. $ August 11 Civil War 150th Lecture Series Heat, Mosquitoes, and a Gouty Captain: The Ironclad Life on the James The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222 This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. $

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2012 HIGHLIGHTS October 6-7 An Occasion for the Arts Merchants Square, Williamsburg 757-258-5587 $

Fall Native Plant Sale

SEPTEMBER 2012 September 7-9 Hampton Bay Days Downtown Hampton 757-727-1641 $ September 17-18 Annual Militaria & Military Vehicle Show Virginia War Museum 757-247-8523 A variety of vintage military vehicles on display. Books, uniforms and insignia for sale. $ September 22-23 and 29-30 Fall Native Plant Sale Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 Choose from an array of beautiful and unusual native plants for a variety of garden sites. $ September 29 Vineyards by the Fountain City Center at Oyster Point 757-282-2822 A fabulous fall event to enjoy fruits of the vineyards, delicious food, and great music. $ September 28-30 39th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Boardwalk, Virginia Beach 757-498-0215 $

39th Annual Fall Festival

OCTOBER 2012 October 6-7 39th Annual Fall Festival of Folklife Newport News Park 757-926-1400 Southeast Virginia’s biggest celebration of traditional crafts, trades & entertainment. $

October 13-14 Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival Port Warwick 757-875-9351 Artists’ booth line Styron Square for two full days of great art, great food and great music. $

sprakle and shine in Virginia’s first drivethrough light event. $ November 30 Hollydazzle City Center at Oyster Point 757-926-1400 Fireworks, music, food and fun for the whole family. $ Celebration in Llights Newport News Park

October 19-21 10th Annual Virginia Fall Classic Newport News Park 757-867-6336 Events include a cruise-in, dinner, music, car/truck/bike shows and much more. $ October 20 Civil War 150th Lecture Series The Monitor at the Washington Navy Yard The Mariners’ Museum 757-596-2222 This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. $

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October 22 Night at the Army Transportation Museum U.S. Army Transportation Museum 757-878-1115 Come trick-or-treat at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum and see the exhibits come “alive.”

December 2 Grand Illumination Colonial Williamsburg 800-HISTORY $

NOVEMBER 2012 November 3-4 Free Admission Weekend Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Celebrate the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary in the year 2012! November 11 Veterans Day Ceremony Victory Arch 757-247-8523 Annual ceremony held at the Victory Arch, 25th St. & West Ave., in downtown Newport News. November 17 Holiday Market & Tree Lighting Port Warwick, 757-771-9343 Locally-crafted gifts, seasonal foods, children’s activities and St. Nick. $ November 22 - January 1 Celebration in Lights Newport News Park 757-926-1400 Over 750,000 lights glitter and glow,

December 1-2 Free Admission Weekend Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Celebrate the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary in the year 2012!

December 8-31 Antebellum Holidays and Christmas at Endview Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation 757-886-7777 Tour two distinctly different period homes decorated for the holidays. $ December 8 – January 6 Artful Giving Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Features decorations, accessories and gift items from around the corner and around the world. $ December 8-31 Newsome House Holiday Splendor The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center 757-247-2360 Capture the spirit of the season while enjoying holiday decorations at this historic home. $ December 31 Noon Year’s Eve Day Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 The whole family can enjoy this daytime New Year’s celebration! $

EXHIBITIONS January 13 – February 29 Americans Who Tell the Truth Exhibit Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 757-247-8950 A collection of portraits symbolizing the dignity, courage and importance of America’s truth tellers. $ January 21 – March 25 Art and the Animal: Selections from the Society of Animal Artists Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Includes Art and the Animal: An Historical Survey and Art and the Animal: A Contemporary View. $ April 7 – July 8 Who We Are, Past & Present Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 In celebration of Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary. $ May 26 – Sept. 3 Dinosaurs & White Gator Virginia Living Museum 757-595-1900 Stomping, roaring, robotic dinosaurs in an all-new exciting exhibit. $ June 16 – September 1 Tidewater Landscapes Art Exhibit The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center 757-247-2360 Local artist Doris Roland’s art will be featured in her first solo exhibit. July 14 – October 7 Biennial 2012 Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Includes Biennial 2012 (all media) and 2nd Biennial Sculpture Installation. $ October 20 – January 13 50 Great Americans Peninsula Fine Arts Center 757-596-8175 Includes 50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition. $

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With its rich history as the birthplace of America and a strong nautical heritage, Coastal Virginia boasts an abundance of culturally diverse and nationally acclaimed museums and historical attractions. Within one hour’s drive is more history, excitement and family fun than can be found at any other destination. Add to this world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, and you will see why millions return each year. Our area’s major attractions are presented on the pages that follow in alphabetical order.

AMERICAN ROVER – Norfolk Harbor Sailing Cruises Set Sail with the friendly and experienced crew of this 150 passenger Sailing Schooner. Offering Daytime and Sunset harbor cruises under sail on the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and the Port of Virginia. Help hoist the sails, take a turn at the helm, or just relax as the captain points out the sights of the historic Norfolk Harbor. Sunset cruises feature live entertainment. This elegant ship with her distinctive red sails is Coast Guard inspected for safety. Comfortable seating is available on the shaded upper deck and in our air-conditioned below deck area with ship store, bar and rest rooms. Popular for families, weddings, field trips, group outings and company parties since 1986. Cruises depart April thru October from Waterside Marina in Downtown Norfolk. Call 757-627-7245 for reservations or visit www.americanrover.com.

1 ½ Hour Harbor Cruise (Adults $18, Children $10): 11:30 a.m. (Wed-Sat Summer Only) and 3 p.m. (Daily, except Mondays in Spring and Fall) 2 Hour Sunset Cruise ($25 Adults, $15 Children) Call for availability. 6:30pm Spring, 7pm Summer, 6pm Fall. 1 ½ Hour Moonlight Party Cruise ($12 Adults Only). Call for availability.

BUSCH GARDENS

Busch Gardens will take guests on a new journey in 2012 with the addition of a pulsepounding roller coaster, sensational family attractions and the return of exciting seasonal events. An autobahn touring experience through Germany’s scenic countryside takes a thrilling detour pushing guests to the edge

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of their seats aboard VerboltenSM. Families will twist and turn through the forbidden Black Forest in a harrowing, action-packed adventure on the park’s newest roller coaster that opens in late spring. And that is just the beginning of the excitement at the Williamsburg-area theme park. With the return of the IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration guests are in for a year full of fun. For more information on Busch Gardens’ exciting offerings, visit www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

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Research & Enlightenment Our global non-profit organization was founded eighty years ago to help people transform and improve their lives. Come explore the fascinating work of documented psychic Edgar Cayce, the “father of holistic medicine.” Free daily film, tour, and lecture on topics including dreams, intuition, holistic health, and more. Our campus includes a metaphysical Library, Bookstore and Gift Shop, meditation garden, labyrinth, and holistic Health Center & Spa. We also offer ESP testing, interactive, experiential Group Tour Packages, and conferences with world-renowned speakers. Visit EdgarCayce.org.

THIS IS HAMPTON

Hampton is an extraordinary city in the heart of Coastal Virginia. The 400-year old settlement is multi-faceted; rich in Civil War history, African American heritage, water recreation, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities. It is an appealing destination that prompts leisure visitors to return for major industry conventions. The cultural landscape of the nation’s oldest, continuous, English-speaking settlement in North America is dotted with historic attractions that interpret Hampton’s role in pivotal American decisions and milestones. On November 1, 2011 President Obama named Fort Monroe a National Historic Monument. Visitors are encouraged to come to the nation’s largest stone fort ever built, cross the moat and see the sites within firsthand. Climb Fort Monroe’s walls and be amazed at the awesome position Fort Monroe has held overlooking the Hampton Roads harbor throughout its history and learn about it personally at The Casemate Museum. Or perhaps you’d like to see Fort Monroe and Fort Wool from the water aboard the Miss Hampton II. The legacy doesn’t stop there: Hampton University’s historic campus leaves one amazed at the timeless significance of the institution founded in 1868. The Hampton History Museum located in Downtown Hampton provides a glimpse the major moments in Hampton history that helped shape our great nation. From the Native American gallery depicting the lifestyle of the Virginia Indians living at Kecoughtan prior to the first settlers’ arrival, to the colonial and Antebellum galleries, you will experience Hampton during a simpler time. The life-like charred ruins reflecting the burning of Hampton in 1861 in the Civil War gallery illuminate the reconstruction of Hampton and how greatly the seafood industry must have impacted Hampton’s post-war economy. The founding of NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1917 in Hampton was the precursor of NASA and the founding site of the American space program. Continue your explorations at the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside Digital 3D IMAX Theater, the result of Hampton’s relationship with NASA. More than 100 flight simulators and hands-on exhibits allow you Continued on page A6

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Make Room for the Memories. An adventure of historic proportion is waiting for you—at two livinghistory museums that explore America’s beginnings. Board replicas of colonial ships. Grind corn in a Powhatan Indian village. Try on English armor inside a palisaded fort. Then, join Continental Army soldiers at their encampment for a firsthand look at the Revolution’s end. Don’t forget your camera. Because the history here is life size. And your memories will be even bigger!

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to take the controls and experience air and space innovations of the past, present and future. The Riverside 3D IMAX Theater presents digital feature films and documentaries on a five-story screen. Next door, the Hampton Carousel spins visitors year-round on hand-carved horses and chariots. This Hampton treasure built in 1920 by European artisans is enclosed in a weatherprotective pavilion on the downtown waterfront. Nearby, you’ll find the Hampton Maritime Center where the Miss Hampton II departs daily April – October for tours of the Hampton Roads harbor, and the Ocean Eagle for fishing excursions on the Chesapeake Bay. There are many historic churches in downtown Hampton and the surrounding communities. The parish of St. John’s Church, the oldest Anglican parish in North America, was founded in 1610 and celebrated their 400th anniversary along with the city in 2010. You can visit the church sanctuary and hear a recorded introduction. The fascinating cemetery is an amazing adventure in itself, with headstones spanning more than three centuries. The charming streets surrounding St. John’s are lined with small shops, restaurants, art galleries, and parks. The streets come alive with special events from April through October, including the Hampton Street Fest offered on Queen’s Way on Saturday evenings. Citywide events, such as the annual Hampton Jazz Festival, and internationally acclaimed artists draw crowds to Hampton Coliseum and to The American Theatre year-round. You’ll adore the boutique and antique shopping in Downtown Hampton and Phoebus, and the locally-owned dining establishments that receive raves from Hampton residents. National favorites and still more restaurants unique to other parts of Virginia can be found at Peninsula Town Center in the Coliseum Central District. A menu of more than 70 national and regionallyowned shops is presented at Peninsula Town Center, and more than a dozen restaurants, like Bensi, Frank Beamer’s American Grill, and Abuelos, flavor your visit with pleasing variety while “dinner and a movie” has been redefined at Cinebistro to now include upscale dining, feature films, top shelf beverages, bowling, a game room—all complemented by an adult-only policy after 6 p.m. Theme restaurants like NASCAR Sports Grille, Saddle Ridge Rockin’ Country Saloon, and Luckie’s Dueling Pianos can be enjoyed at the Power Plant of Hampton Roads, also within close proximity of concert and meeting venues. Like it spicy? Then Chipotle, bd’s Mongolian, Kenji Fusion, Mary Helen’s and Soya are serving up the cuisine you crave. It’s no secret Virginia and our southern neighbors serve up mouth-watering barbecue. You can experience the best at Q Barbecue and County Grill. And a visit to Hampton is not complete until you savor our decadent Chesapeake Bay seafood. After all, this is where the seafood canning process was perfected. Long known as Crabtown, Hampton’s seafood has been caught, packaged and shipped throughout the world for generations. You can eat your fill at Marker 20, Surfrider, Harpoon Larry’s, Hampton Seafood Kitchen, and Joe’s Crab Shack. The helpful travel counselors at the Hampton Visitor Center are eager to assist

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you in planning an excursion through the city. You’ll find them at our main center located at 120 Old Hampton Lane, but they are also available to you at the Virginia Air & Space Center, in the Hampton Maritime Center where Miss Hampton Harbor Tour tickets are available for purchase. We bet you’d like to sample a little of everything, so we’ve made it easy for you to do it all. Purchase the Hampton Sea to Stars Ticket at the Hampton Visitor Center and at the Virginia Air & Space Center. The Ticket offers admission to the Miss Hampton II, Riverside 3D Digital IMAX Theater, Hampton Carousel, Hampton History Museum and the Virginia Air & Space Center. Tickets are priced at $39 adult and $25 for youth. While you’re there pick up a Hampton Visitor Guide, complete with the Hampton Day Pass Value Card, good for special values and discounts at Hampton shops, restaurants and recreation sites. There’s no shortage of fun and adventure. After all, This is Hampton! For visitor information call 800-800-2202, 757-727-1102 or come to visithampton.com.

JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT, YORKTOWN VICTORY CENTER Living-History Museums Chronicle Nation’s Beginnings A hands-on history experience awaits visitors at two Williamsburg area museums that explore the nation’s beginnings. At Jamestown Settlement, gallery exhibits chronicle 1600s Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and African cultures, complementing historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists in 1607, and the colonial fort. The story of the American Revolution, from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, unfolds at the Yorktown Victory Center through gallery exhibits and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. The museums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information call (888) 593-4682 or visit www.historyisfun.org.

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THE MARINERS’ MUSEUM

The Mariners’ Museum, America’s National Maritime Museum, is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world. For more than 75 years, The Mariners’ has illustrated the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and strikingly diverse collection of 35,000 maritime artifacts, including figureheads, ship models, decorative arts, historic paintings and small craft from around the world. The remains of one of the most famous ships in history, the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, have a permanent home in The Mariners’ Museum’s USS Monitor Center. The Wall Street Journal calls the $30 million, 63,500-square-foot facility “An Ironclad Must-See.” Be a part of the action in the high-definition battle theater, walk on the full-scale Monitor replica, see artifacts like the iconic revolving gun turret, experience interactive exhibits and hands-on conservation. The Museum sits on a 550-acre park, the nation’s largest privately maintained park that is free and open to the public. Rolling woodlands, a 167-acre Lake Maury, and five-mile Noland Trail make this a true urban oasis. The Mariners’ Museum is an official site on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, and visitors can take advantage of our interactive backpack program to learn about topics ranging from the history of the park, its plants, and animals, to environmental concerns. Continued on page A10

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MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM

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Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest collections of historic military aircraft. These vintage WWI and WWII aircraft, such as our P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, Curtiss P-40, and Spitfire, have been restored to their original flying condition. The aircraft are flown on local demonstration flights and at regional air shows. Visit us at 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach or call (757) 721-7767. www.MilitaryAviationMuseum.org

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This maritime-themed science museum, on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, offers a fun and exciting educational experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to its largest artifact—The Battleship Wisconsin— unique features of this 120,000-square-foot facility includes hands-on exhibits, touch tanks, digital hi-definition films, national-caliber traveling exhibits and more. Plus, experience a self-guided deck tour of the battleship Wisconsin—one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy— and see the newly-opened wardroom and officers’ quarters. Guided tours of additional ship areas are available for an additional fee. While on site at Nauticus, be sure to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Education Resource Center and check out some of NOAA’s engaging exhibits including “Science on a Sphere”—a dynamic six-foot globe that displays 3-D animated images of our oceans and atmosphere. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located on Nauticus’ second floor, examines more than two centuries of naval activity in and around the Hampton Roads harbor. The Naval Museum also presents a chronology of the ship’s history in “Wisky Walk: Fifty years of Service.” Complementing the maritime experience are the Banana Pier Gift Shop and Outtakes Café on site. Call 757-664-1000 or visit www.nauticus.org for hours and admission fees.

NEWPORT NEWS

What can you do when you visit Newport News? Walk the deck of an iconic Civil War ironclad. Experience world-class performances. Go eye-to-eye with a bald eagle. Stand before a section of the Berlin Wall. Try your hand at painting or pottery. Go hiking, biking and geocaching. Play a round of golf or spend the day fishing. Enjoy a wide variety of dining and shopping opportunities. Let our travel counselors help plan your stay. Don’t forget to ask about our money-saving Combo Ticket and super-affordable hotel packages. For details, call us toll-free at 888-493-7386 or at 757-886-7777 or visit www.newport-news.org.

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Norfolk, the Heart of the Virginia Waterfront, is a city known for its scenic waterways, lush landscape, thriving port, historic sites, moderate climate and diverse outdoor, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Norfolk’s universal allure is its central location in Virginia, making it easy to take day trips to nearby cities. Visitors can learn to sail, kayak, play a round of golf or hike only minutes from downtown Norfolk. Cruise our beautiful harbor on the tall ship American Rover or tour the city by foot by Segway! While you’re here, sign up for one of Norfolk’s new culinary tours. With many options to choose from, you can taste a sampling of Norfolk’s various culinary delights, plus a chance to see historic sites between stops. Norfolk has become well-known for its wide variety of cuisine and is home to more than 80 chef-owned restaurants in the downtown area, many featuring Virginia wine and Virginia-grown produce and meat. Downtown isn’t the only place to find eclectic entrees. A whole host of restaurants dot the streets of Ghent, the historic Freemason district, Ocean View and other areas of the city. Visitors will be surprised that there is much more here than just the typical Southern cuisine. Norfolk has a variety of international offerings, including Cuban, Irish, Indian, Italian, Moroccan, Japanese, Thai and Brazilian. What could be better than pairing food and wine with music? Norfolk has Continued on page A12

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emerged as the hub of music and performing arts not only for Virginia but the entire Coastal Virginia region and is home to several performing and visual arts companies, including the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Ballet Theater, Virginia Opera, Virginia Chorale and Virginia Arts Festival. Norfolk’s vibrant nightlife comes alive after hours with nightly shows at the NorVa and on stages at local bars & restaurants. Norfolk’s location makes for easy day trips to Virginia Beach’s beautiful oceanfront, Colonial Williamsburg & Busch Gardens or the Outer Banks of North Carolina, among others. For additional information, call 800-368-3097, or visit www.visitnorfolktoday.com. FUN FACTS • The world renowned Chrysler Museum of Art houses 62 galleries for 30,000 works of art from around the world. Recently opened is a studio devoted to the art of glass where you will be able to see daily glass blowing demonstrations in the new Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. • Get around Norfolk the easy way! Visitors can board “The Tide,” Norfolk’s new light rail system that runs through the city with several stops at the areas most popular attractions.

SPIRIT OF NORFOLK

Cruising Year-Round From Downtown Get ready for the time of your life. Step aboard the Spirit of Norfolk and come alive for an afternoon or evening of all-out fun. You’ll dine and dance to

live entertainment while being dazzled by skyline sights and a close-up look at the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Choose from fun-filled lunches, dinners and midnight cruises. Details and tickets, www.spiritofnorfolk.com or (866) 211-3803. Advance reservations strongly recommended.

NAVAL BASE CRUISES ABOARD THE VICTORY ROVER Your front row seat to the Naval Fleet. 2 Hour Narrated Naval Base Cruises depart daily from Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin. The Captain provides a fascinating and entertaining commentary aboard this Coast Guard inspected vessel. Cruising the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River you will see the sights of one of the world’s busiest sea ports including the world’s largest naval base, home of the Atlantic Fleet: Destroyers, Guided Missile Cruisers, Submarines, Aircraft Carriers and more. Up to 150 guests enjoy plenty of comfortable seating, air conditioned enclosed deck, open air shaded upper deck, snack bar and souvenir shop. Call 757-627-7406 for reservations or visit www.navalbasecruises.com $20 Adults, $12 Children. Summer Schedule (June – August): 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. Spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October): 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. 5:30 p.m. available on certain days – call for schedule. March, November and December: 2 p.m. every day but Monday – 9:30 a.m. Inland Waterway Tours on Select Days

SUFFOLK Small town charm and big city amenities converge in Suffolk, Virginia. Our historic downtown blends unique boutiques and shoppes with award-winning restaurants. Anchored by the Suffolk Visitor Center, Main Street is lined with historic homes and churches. Suffolk boasts year-round family friendly events.

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Discover the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge—112,000 acres of untouched wilderness. You’ll love our swamp safaris, canoe excursions, ghost walks and lantern tours. Kayak or fish in 8,000 acres of lakes and rivers. Golf one of our five championship golf courses. Take the plunge and skydive! Explore Riddick’s Folly House Museum where Union Army officers left behind penciled graffiti that is still legible today. Our 1885 passenger station is now Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. Visit the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, a professional performing arts theater. 866.SEE.SUFK. Suffolk-Fun.com

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Come spend your vacation in Virginia Beach, where you can “Live the Beach Life” all year. Enjoy summer’s lazy days lounging on soft beaches, strolling the famous boardwalk, kayaking with dolphins or riding the waves. Spring and fall bring sumptuous, fresh coastal cuisine along with exciting oceanfront festivals and a variety of opportunities for discovering our treasured state parks and wildlife refuge. Year-round, explore the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center or indulge at Town Center, Virginia Beach’s new downtown area, filled with shopping, luxurious dining, and exciting nightlife. For more information, visit www.visitvirginiabeach.com or call 1-800-VA-BEACH.

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VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM –

CONNECT TO NATURE! Enter a world where you can delight in the feel of a spider crab and other famous bay residents. Discover Virginia’s rich natural heritage, from the mountains to the sea. Unearth fossilized dinosaur tracks and enjoy hands-on activities. Experience a cool mountain cove and a steamy cypress swamp. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. See spectacular views of the sun from the observatory and marvel at the vastness of the universe in the planetarium theater. Delight in the antics of river otters, observe beavers hard at work or play and absorb the serenity of coastal birds. Discover an extensive collection of native plants and learn how to build, garden and live green in the Living Green House and Conservation Garden. Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News (Exit 258A from I-64). 757-595-1900 www.thevlm.org.

THE VIRGINIA ZOO

Journey to mysterious places inhabited by exotic animals from around the world—without leaving Hampton Roads. Just board the Norfolk Southern Express train at The Virginia Zoo for an expedition to Asia - Trail of the Tiger or Africa’s Okavango Delta! Discover lions, tigers, moon bears, elephants, orangutans, giraffes, colorful birds and more! Watch the red panda climb through the trees just above your

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head. Go nose-to-nose with a prairie dog in an underground viewing bubble. Enjoy a stroll among our themed gardens and beautiful landscaping. The Virginia Zoo provides education and entertainment for people of all ages, and the Zoo is home to more than 400 animals on 53 beautifully landscaped acres. Our enriched exhibits encourage the animals’ natural behavior, and provide information about their habitats, what they eat and their worldwide conservation status. Visiting the Virginia Zoo is a fantastic thing to do with family and friends, and it’s a terrific value! Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for children (ages 2–11) and $10 for seniors (62+). Children under two get in FREE! The Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major winter holidays. For more information, visit www.virginiazoo.org.

a 1950s and 60s surf theme, new resort-style amenities and more than 30 state-of-the-art water rides and attractions including Vanish PointSM, the park’s newest drop slide. The park includes 43 acres of refreshing pools, children’s play areas and lazy rivers, offering hours of fun in the summer sun. Water Country USA now features resort-style amenities to help guests make the most of their day and swim lessons and classes to take their water experience to the next level. Check out www.watercountryusa.com for more details or call (800) 343-7946.

WATER COUNTRY USA

Travel back in time, then savor the present at this year-round destination for history, shopping, outdoor recreation, fine dining and special events. Relive the pivotal battle of the Revolutionary War. Visit historic homes, museums, and battlefields by foot or enjoy a guided Segway tour through town. Set sail on Yorktown’s schooners Alliance and Serenity. Shop in specialty stores, enjoy a wine tasting, play on the riverfront, and dine in one-of-a-kind restaurants. Come for a day, a weekend or longer. 757-890-3300 or www.visityorktown.org.

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Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War

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The weekend will feature living history encampments and demonstrations, 19th century music and games, amateur radio station W4M, plus more! www.marinersmuseum.org. • Civil War van tours departing from Lee Hall Mansion. Includes “Defending the Southside” on March 17; “In the Steps of Robert Sneden” on April 7; “Battle of Williamsburg” on May 19; “The Seven Days Battles” on June 16; and “Stuart’s Ride Around McClellan” on July 21. www.leehall.org. • The 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Peninsula Campaign at Endview Plantation, to be held April 14-15 and April 21-22. See the sights and hear the sounds of a Civil War battle as hundreds of re-enactors converge on Endview to recreate battles fought 150 years ago during the Peninsula Campaign. Enjoy talks, demonstrations, battles and camp life. www.endview.org. • Children’s Civil War Camps at Endview Plantation, to be held June 25-28 and July 23-26. Kids 8 to 13 learn about America’s rich military heritage, teamwork and leadership skills. Experiences include camp life, drills, battles and basic soldier’s equipment. www.endview.org. Visit us in Newport News this year and experience first-hand the stories of the American Civil War.

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Dining

Enjoy Beautiful Sunsets over the James River

The Ultimate Guide to Food and Drink while visiting Newport News!

For additional choices, check our online restaurant listings at www.newport-news.org or for the many fast-food options in Newport News, visit www.fastfoodmaps.com. All information was provided by each restaurant. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, but information is subject to change. Responsibility for performance of services will be with the individual restaurants.

American Anderson’s Showplace Cafe 11250 Jefferson Ave., 757-599-3510, $, B, L Bailey’s Pub & Grille NNHA Member 12300 Jefferson Ave., Suite 110, 757-881-9180, $, L, D,  Sports, spirits and fun! Beef O’Brady’s 309B Oyster Point Rd., 757-249-9464, $, L, D,  Belgian Waffle & Steak House 14700 Warwick Blvd., 757-874-3562, $, B, L, D (Tu-Su),  Cheeseburger in Paradise NNHA Member 12361 Hornsby Lane, 757-269-4940, $$, L, D,  Family friendly, island-themed restaurant with NFL Package/high-def TVs. Cozzy’s Comedy Club & Tavern 9700 Warwick Blvd., 757-595-2800, $$, L (Su-Fr), D Gus’ Hot Dog King 10725 Jefferson Ave., 757-595-1630, $, L, D,  IHOP 11745 Jefferson Ave., 757-591-0388, $, B, L, D Jo’s Hot Dogs 12971 Jefferson Ave., Suite 101, 757-874-3647, $, L, D (Closed Su),  Mike’s Place 11008 Warwick Blvd., Suite 458, 757-599-5500, $$, B (Sa-Su), L, D Steve & John’s Steak & Seafood 12835 Jefferson Ave., 757-877-5230, $, L, D (Closed M),  TGI Friday’s NNHA Member 12122 Jefferson Ave., 757-881-9788, $$, B (Su), L, D, Br (Sa-Su),  Open until 2 a.m. every day. Serving brunch Saturday and Sunday. The Lunch Bell 694 Town Center Dr., 757-873-1839, $$, B, L (Closed Su)

Outdoor cafés offer beautiful settings during the warmer months

American Regional/American Nouveau Rockefeller’s NNHA Member 740 Town Center Dr., 757-873-9299, $$, B, L, D,  Casual dining, elegant atmosphere, contemporary American and seafood menu. The Great American Grill NNHA Member 180 Regal Way, 757-947-1080, $$, B, D (M-Th) Noted to be the best breakfast value in town.

American Southern Home-style Don’s BBQ & Good Eats 880 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-599-6615, $, L (M-F), D (M-F) Pearlie’s Restaurant 2108 Jefferson Avenue, 757-380-0650, $, B, L, D, (Closed M),  Rocky Mount BBQ 10113 Jefferson Avenue, 757-596-0243, $, L & D (Closed Su)

Continental/Traditional Fine Dining 99 Main Restaurant 99 Main Street, 757-599-9885, $$$, D (Tu-Sa),  Circa 1918 Kitchen & Bar 10367 Warwick Blvd., 757-599-1918, $$$, L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa) Pearl French Bistro 703 Thimble Shoals Blvd., 757-223-5370, $$$, L, D (M-Sa) Fin Seafood, Steak & Lobster The ultimate destination for Surf as well as Turf. Whether you are having a romantic evening for two or a business dinner, Fin is sure to surpass your highest expectations. 3150 William Styron Square, 757-599-5800, www.finseafood.com, $$, L (Su-F), D,  Schlesinger’s Chop House

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Delicatessen/Coffeehouse/Sweet Treats Aroma’s Coffeehouse & Café 706 Town Center Dr., 757-240-4650, $$, B, L, D (M-Sa), Br (Su), X Cheese Shoppe 53 Hidenwood Shopping Center, 757-599-3985, $, L (Tu-Sa) Danny’s Deli Restaurant 10838 Warwick Blvd., 757-595-0252, $, L (M-Sa), D (Th-F) Cold Stone Creamery We start with the highest quality, fresh made ice cream, thrown together with a variety of mix-in choices, topped off with a one-of-a-kind experience. 550 Suite E, Oyster Point Road, 757-269-0550, www.coldstonecreamery.com $, X Firehouse Subs 12515 Jefferson Ave., 757-968-5880, $, L, D, X First Ladies Tea Parlor NNHA Member 2170 William Styron Sq., 757-223-5800, $$, L (M-Sa), D (Th-F), Br (Su), X Serving lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner with live entertainment. Jason’s Deli Catering • Delivery • Big Bold Beautiful Portions! Salad Bar • Trans/Fat Free • Rated #1 in Parents Mag for Fast/ Casual. Always FREE ICE CREAM! Open Mon - Sun 10-10 12515 Jefferson Ave. (757) 898-3978 www.jasonsdeli.com, $, BLD, X Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream & Treatery 707 Mariners Row, Suite 106, 757-599-3996, $, X Subway Station 12288 Warwick Blvd., 757-599-0167, $, L, D Taste Unlimited 702 Mariners Row, Suite 104, 757-596-8651, $, L, X Tropical Smoothie Café - Port Warwick 4191 William Styron Sq., 757-595-0600, $, B, L, D, X Wild Side Café 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-534-7477, $, B (M-Sa), L, X (Inside the Virgina Living Museum)

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill NNHA Member 12363 Hornsby Lane, 757-269-4917, $$, L (Sa-Su), D, X Serves fresh, flavorful Italian dishes prepared from the finest ingredients. Fiorello’s NNHA Member 943 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., 757-952-1122, $$, B, L (M-F), D, X Authentic Italian cuisine served in a rustic, yet romantic, atmosphere. Gus’ New York Pizza 620 Stoney Creek Lane, 757- 874-0115, $, L, D, X Mitty’s Ristorante NNHA Member 1000 Omni Boulevard, 757-873-6664, $$, B, L (M-Sa), D, Br (Su), X Casual dining; specializing in Italian cuisine, seafood, brick-oven pizzas. Soprano Italian Restaurant II 12588 Warwick Boulevard, 757-930-2350, $$, L, D, X Sunrise Family Restaurant 10158 Jefferson Ave., 757-240-4356, $$, L, D Tuscany Ristorante Italiano 12638 Jefferson Avenue, 757-989-0731, $$, L, D, X JAPANESE Hayashi Sushi & Grill 11820 Merchants Walk, Suite 106, 757-223-5783, $$, L, D, X Nara of Japan Japanese Steak & Seafood 10608 Warwick Boulevard, 757-595-7399, $$, L (Su), D, X MExICAN El Tapatio Mexican Grill & Bar 615 Thimble Shoals Blvd., 757-310-6853, $, L, D, X Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant NNHA Member 12099 Jefferson Ave., 757-969-1621, $$, L, D, Br (Su), X Authentic Mexican food in a great atmosphere at affordable prices. Salsa’s Mexican Grill 704 Mariners Row, Suite 110, 757-596-6080, $, L, D, X

Seafood Crab Shack on the James 7601 River Road, 757-245-2722, $$, L, D, X Skrimp Shack 17303 Warwick Blvd., $, L, D (take-out only)

Ethnic CHINESE Red City Buffet 12551 Jefferson Avenue, 757-877-7888, $, L, D, X CHINESE & JAPANESE Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet 11883 Jefferson Ave., 757-930-0150, $, L (M-Sa), D, X GREEk & ITALIAN Vancostas Restaurant 14745 Warwick Blvd., 757-874-1060, $, B, L, D ITALIAN Al Fresco Italian Restaurant 11710 Jefferson Avenue, 757-873-0644, $$, L (M-F), D, X

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WHILE IN NEWPORT NEWS

2012 PACKAGES Holiday Fun W hether you’re looking for a fun-filled family vacation, a romantic escape with that special someone, or just a leisurely break to relax and unwind, Newport News is the place to begin. For complete details on all packages, go to www.newport-news.org

Fall Festival of Folklife FALL FESTIVAL PACKAGE

Hampton Inn & Suites The Festival of Folklife is one of Southeast Virginia’s largest traditional craft shows. Enjoy a celebration of the crafts, folk entertainment and trades that have been passed down from generation to generation. Package includes deluxe accommodations for two nights, complimentary breakfast each morning, complimentary use of Bally’s Total Fitness, Fall Festival parking pass for two days, two Fall Festival t-shirts, two Fall Festival tote bags. Valid October 6-7, 2012. Package rate is $199 plus 12.5% tax. Reservations: 800-426-7866 or 757-249-0001. Book online at www.newportnewssuites.hamptoninn.com.

CELEBRATION IN LIGHTS PACKAGE

Hampton Inn & Suites Light up your holidays! Your package includes admission to the award-winning Celebration in Lights drive-through light show in Newport News Park, plus deluxe accommodations for one night. November 22 to December 31, $99. Rate is per room per night and does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations: 800-426-7866 or 757-249-0001. Book online at www.newportnewssuites.hamptoninn.com

Getaway STAY & FLY PACKAGE

Comfort Inn Newport News You’ve planned your next great adventure, but you’re dreading the expensive cost of parking at the airport. At Comfort Inn at Patrick Henry Mall, not only will you get the best rate available, but with a Stay & Fly Package, you can park your car safely for free for the duration of your trip, get free airport transportation, and a free breakfast on the run! January-December, $94. Rate is per room per night and does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations: 757-249-0200. Book online at www.newportnewscomfortinn.com

STAY FOR BREAKFAST PACKAGE

Newport News Marriott at City Center Book your stay with us and enjoy this special package. Sleep late and rise to a sumptuous made-to-order breakfast. Your package includes accommodations for one night, breakfast for up to two adults and three children 12 and under. January-December, $129 to $229. All rates are per room per night, double or single occupancy, and do not include tax and gratuity. Rate not available for groups of ten or more. Reservations: 866-329-1758 or 757-873-9299. Book online at www.marriott.com/phfoy

Family Fun CIVIL WAR PACKAGE

Hampton Inn & Suites Experience the sites of the Civil War. Your package includes admission to Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, The Mariners’ Museum/USS Monitor Center and the Virginia War Museum. Enjoy deluxe accommodations for two nights and an On the House® hot breakfast each morning. Two-night minimum stay. Advanced reservations required. January-March and October-December, $125. AprilSeptember, $148. All rates are per room per night and include tax and gratuity. Reservations: 800-426-7866 or 757-249-0001. Book online at www.newportnewssuites.hamptoninn.com.

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Romance Packages ESCAPE TO ROMANCE PACKAGE

Newport News Marriott at City Center Make it an enchanting getaway with a romantic retreat that is elegant and relaxing. Your package includes accommodations for one night, chilled champagne, strawberries and truffles plus breakfast for two. January-December $174 to $239. All rates are per room per night, double or single occupancy, and do not include tax and gratuity. Rate not available for groups of 10 or more. Reservations: 866-329-1758 or 757-873-9299. Book online at www.marriott.com/phfoy

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ROMANCE PACKAGE

Hampton Inn & Suites Treat yourself to a romantic retreat in a two-room suite with fireplace and chilled champagne. Your package also includes deluxe accommodations and an On the House® hot breakfast. JanuaryDecember, $125 to $149. Valid Thursday to Sunday. All rates are per room per night and include tax and gratuity. Reservations: 800-426-7866 or 757-249-0001. Book online at www.newportnewssuites.hamptoninn.com

GETTING HERE Our location in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region means we’re less than 400 miles from many major U.S. cities, including Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

ROMANTIC GETAWAY PACKAGE

Comfort Inn Newport News Let us provide the perfect atmosphere for your romantic getaway. Includes one bottle of sparkling cider, chocolate-covered strawberries and rose petals. Breakfast also included. Requires 3-day advanced booking. Valid year-round. Rates from $129. Reservations: 757-249-0200. Book online at www.newportnewscomfortinn.com

All rates are based on double occupancy and are subject to availability, unless otherwise indicated. Please check our website at www.newport-news.org for package details and restrictions, specific dates, rates and additional packages. Advance reservations are required. All information has been provided by the participating properties. Every effort has been made to insure accuracy, but all information is subject to change. Inclusion of packages in this Visitor Guide should not be taken as an endorsement. The Newport News Tourism Development Office is not liable for any claim of whatsoever nature, arising out of or in connection with any services or features performed or occurring in connection with these packages. Responsibility for performance of services purchased is with the individual property. The NNTDO is in no way liable for delays, losses, or accidents to purchasers of packages for whatever reason.

GENERAL INFO EMERGENCY Ambulance/Fire/Police..............................................................911 American Red Cross.................................................757-838-7320 Ask-A-Nurse............................................................. 757-595-6363 Mary Immaculate Hospital ...................................... 757-886-6000 Newport News Police Department (Non-Emergency) .....................................................757-247-2500 Pet Emergency Care Hospital..................................757-874-8115 Riverside Regional Medical Center ........................ 757-594-2000 Virginia State Police (Emergency Only) ..................800-582-8350 or #77 (cell phones) MISCELLANEOUS Churches, Pharmacies and Relocation Assistance. Please see our local Yellow Pages or (or visit www.yellowpages. com) or call the Newport News Visitor Center at .................................................757-886-7777 or 888-493-7386 TRANSPORTATION Amtrak, 9304 Warwick Boulevard ......................................................757-245-3589 or 800-872-7245 Greyhound, 14407 Warwick Boulevard ......................................................757-872-4405 or 800-231-2222 *James River Transportation ...................................757-220-5466

Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Traffic Information... 757-727-4832 Hampton Roads Transit (bus service throughout the region)......................................... 757-222-6100 Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport ..............................................757-877-0221 Norfolk International Airport....................................757-857-3351 “On The Road Travel Assistance” (VA Dept. of Transportation) .......................... 511 (cell phones) *Yellow Cab of Newport News............................... 757-855-1111 Other Airport Shuttles/Limos/Taxis. Please see our local Yellow Pages (or visit www.yellowpages.com) or call the Newport News Visitor Center at ...757-886-7777 or 888-493-7386 *Newport News Hospitality Association Member

We’re literally next-door to Hampton, Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, plus Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield and Virginia Beach are all less than an hour away. Amtrak offers daily direct service from Washington, D.C., while the Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport currently includes regular flights on Allegiant, Delta, Frontier and US Airways. More flights are available at both Norfolk International and Richmond International Airports. Reaching Newport News truly is simple, and we promise that once you arrive it will make all the travel worthwhile. Whether you take the scenic route, use the interstate highway network, reach us by plane or train, you’ll find us “right in the middle of everything.”

VACATION PLANNING ASSISTANCE Accessible Virginia..............................www.accessiblevirginia.org AAA of Tidewater, 733 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard 757-246-4746 Newport News Visitor Center.....757-886-7777 or 888-493-7386 Virginia Tourism Corporation .....................................800-VISITVA VITAL STATISTICS Population............................. 180,719 (2010 U.S. Census Bureau) Land Area......................................................... 68.71 square miles

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PARKS, RIVERS AND BEACHES…

SPORTS & RECREATION Enjoy outdoor parks and lakes around the city ARCHERY RANGE Newport News Park $2/day, $20 annual permit BARRIER-FREE PLAYGROUND Deer Park BIRD WATCHING Deer Park The Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News Park Virginia Living Museum BIKING TRAILS Newport News Park $3/hour bike rentals $1/hour helmet rentals BOAT RENTALS The Mariners’ Museum Park $4–$7/hour; $15–$25/day Newport News Park $4–$6/day BRIDLE TRAIL Newport News Park CAMPING Newport News Park $28.50–$31/night DISC GOLF Newport News Park $2/day; $2/day disc rental $20 season pass

Newport News features more than 30 parks, including Newport News Park, where you can enjoy fishing, boating, camping, hiking, biking, two 18-hole golf courses, an 18-hole disc golf course, a 5-star NFAA rated archery range and an aeromodel flying field. Other Newport News parks also offer tennis, fishing, floral gardens and geocaching. Call 757-886-7912 or go online at www.nnparks.com for complete information on all our parks and recreational areas.

FLORAL GARDENS Deer Park Huntington Park The Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News Park FISHING (fresh & saltwater) *Denbigh Boat Ramp & Park Free *Hilton Pier - Free James River Bridge Fishing Pier $8.50/day, includes permit *King-Lincoln Park Pier fishing, Free *The Mariners’ Museum Park Free catch-and-release/designated area *Monitor Merrimac Overlook Free *Newport News Park Pier fishing, $1.50/day GEOCACHING

Note: can be found in almost every park

Deer Park Huntington Park Newport News Park Riverview Farm Park GOLF Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort $37–$52/day Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run $32–$36/day; $19–$23/day, walking only

HIKING & WALKING TRAILS Deer Park The Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News Park Riverview Farm Park MARINA Leeward Municipal Marina Daily and monthly slip rentals available MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS Harwood’s Mill area of Newport News Park ORIENTEERING Newport News Park $2 (map) PADDLEBOAT RENTALS Newport News Park $3/half hour; $5/hour PICNICKING **Anderson Park **Deer Park **Huntington Park **King-Lincoln Park **Newport News Park **Riverview Farm Park The Mariners’ Museum Park (call 757-591-5124 for shelter rental rate)

PLAYGROUNDS Anderson Park Deer Park Huntington Park King-Lincoln Park The Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News Park Riverview Farm Park SWIMMING Huntington Park Beach (Memorial Day to Labor Day) Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center, $3-$6/day Doris Miller Pool (oudoor); Free mid-June to Labor Day Magruder Pool (oudoor); Free mid-June to Labor Day TENNIS An Achievable Dream Tennis Center Court rental, $8/hour Huntington Park Tennis Center 20 lighted hard courts. Court rental, Day- $4/hour; Night- $5/hour

*State fishing license required **Shelter rental, $30–$75/day

Please Note: Prices are per adult. Children and senior rates may be lower. Not all activities have fees. Please check our website at www.newport-news.org for additional information on these and other parks in Newport News. All parks are open daily, sunrise to sunset. Prices were correct at time of printing, but are subject to change and may include tax.

SPORTS & RECREATION SITES AN ACHIEVABLE DREAM TENNIS CENTER

DENBIGH COMMUNITY CENTER

Includes four indoor tennis courts that convert to three basketball courts. Fees apply for court and ball machine rental. 1300 Ivy Ave. (Exit 6 from I-664), 757-247-2428; www.nnparks.com

Allows visitors and residents to sign up and pay for individual fitness/recreation classes through the Instructional Program. Costs vary. Visit www.nnparks.com and click on the tabloid link for a full list of classes. 14302 Old Courthouse Way (Exit 250A from I-64W or Exit 255B from I-64E); (757) 886-7929

BRITTINGHAM-MIDTOWN AQUATIC CENTER Includes a 50-meter heated indoor pool with 3-meter and 1-meter diving boards and a 14-foot diving well. Visitors and Newport News residents may purchase daily and multiple-visit passes. 570 McLawhorne Drive (Exit 258A from I-64). 757-591-4573; www.nnparks.com

BRITTINGHAM-MIDTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER Includes one indoor gymnasium with a full-size basketball court and a covered outdoor pavilion with two full-size basketball courts. 570 McLawhorne Drive (Exit 258A from I-64). 757-591-4573; www.nnparks.com

DEER PARK A 50-acre park with picnic shelters, floral gardens and hiking trails. Features Virginia’s first Boundless Playground, a barrier-free playground for children of all ability levels. Part of Virginia’s Birding and Wildlife Trail. 11523 Jefferson Ave. (Exit 258A from I-64). 757-888-3333 or 800-203-8322; www.nnparks.com

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DORIS MILLER COMMUNITY CENTER Offers meeting rooms, gymnasium, instructional classes, open recreation, sports programs and special events. A two-mile indoor walking track is also available for use. 2814 Wickham Ave. (Exit 6 from I-664). 757-247-8603; www.nnparks.com

HUNTINGTON PARK/HUNTINGTON PARK BEACH This 60-acre park features floral gardens, a public boat ramp, picnic shelters, ball fields and Fort Fun – a 15,000 sq. ft. modern play structure overlooking the James River. Beach open Memorial Day to Labor Day, with lifeguards and concession stand. 9285 Warwick Blvd. (Exits 258A or 263A from I-64). 757-888-3333 or 800-203-8322; www.nnparks.com

HUNTINGTON PARK TENNIS CENTER Twenty outdoor lighted hard courts are open year-round. Ball machines and backboards are also available. Fees apply for court, ball machine and backboard rentals. 361 Hornet Circle (Exits 258A or 263A from I-64). 757-247-8587; www.nnparks.com

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James RiveR BRidge Fishing PieR At 6/10 of a mile, one of the longest fishing piers on the East Coast. Catch croaker, spot striped bass, flounder, grey trout and red drum. Bait shop with some tackle and snacks. Fee includes fishing permit. Restaurant on-site. 7601 River Rd. (exits 258a or 263a from i-64). Tel: 757- 247-0364

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Kiln CReeK golF CluB & ResoRT This semi-private, 18-hole golf course has a full-service clubhouse, driving range and pro shop. The resort also includes a hotel with restaurant, pool and tennis courts. Public tee times are available seven days in advance. Yardage, rating and slope from back tees: 6,888; 73.4; 130. 1003 Brick Kiln Blvd. (exit 255B from i-64). 757-874-2600 or 757-988-3220 (tee times); www.kilncreekgolf.com

King-linColn PaRK An 18-acre park with a natural beach, situated along the shore of the Hampton Roads Harbor. Amenities include basketball courts, two fishing piers, playgrounds, a stage, three picnic shelters and tennis courts. The Interpretive Center, open weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day, showcases native wildlife and ecosystems along the harbor. 600 Jefferson ave. (exit 6 from i-664). 757-888-3333 or 800-203-8322; www.nnparks.com

leewaRd muniCiPal maRina Marina offers 194 floating docks with full-length finger piers, water and electrical hook-ups and three concrete seawalls. Annual, monthly and overnight slips available for boats up to 43’. Facilities include pump-out station, fish cleaning station, fuel dock and restrooms with showers. 7499 River Rd. (exit 258a from i-64). 757-247-2359; www.leewardmarina.com

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The maRineRs’ museum PaRK The largest privately maintained park in the country. This 550-acre naturally wooded property offers a serene place to walk, run, or picnic. Within the park is the 167-acre Lake Maury, which includes the 5-mile Noland Trail. Amenities include freshwater fishing, boat rentals, picnic areas, benches, handicap access and children’s play ships. Part of Virginia’s Birding and Wildlife Trail. 100 museum dr. (exit 258a from i-64). 757-596-2222 or 757-591-7799 (boathouse); http://www.marinersmuseum.org/visitor-information/park-lake

newPoRT news golF CluB aT deeR Run This 36-hole full-service facility offers a country club experience without the expense. Amenities include a clubhouse with restaurant, driving range, putting greens and a pro shop. PGA pros on-site. The courses are currently rated 4 stars (Deer Run) and 3½ stars (Cardinal) by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. 901 Clubhouse way, in newport news Park (exit 250B from i-64). 757-886-7925; www.nngolfclub.com

newPoRT news PaRK With more than 8,000 acres, Newport News Park is nine times bigger than New York City’s Central Park. Activities include hiking, biking, picnicking, paddleboating, canoeing, geocaching, archery and freshwater fishing. Gardens include a Japanese Peace Garden with authentic tea house. Contains 188 campsites, most with grills, electrical and water hook-ups. Park also includes a disc golf course, an aeromodel flying field, Deer Run Golf Course, boat and bicycle rentals and a camp store. 13560 Jefferson ave. (exit 250B from i-64). Campsite office: 13564 Jefferson ave. (exit 250B from i-64); 757-888-3333 or 800-203-8322; www.nnparks.com

RiveRview FaRm PaRK This park features great views of the James River, a 30,000-square-foot Fantasy Farm playground, the Fido Field dog park, picnic shelters and two miles of paved walking trails. Food concession stand open seasonally. 105 City Farm Rd., at menchville Road and Riverview Parkway (exit 256a from i-64); 757-888-3333 or 800-203-8322; www.nnparks.com

RiveRview gymnasTiCs CenTeR Includes a 9,200 square foot gymnastics area with state-of-the-art equipment and a tumble trak. 125 City Farm Road (exit 256a from i-64); 757-886-2729; www.nnparks.com

sToney Run PaRK and aThleTiC ComPlex Offers five lighted baseball/softball fields, concession building with restrooms, a playground, batting cages and ample parking. Fields available for rent by the hour, half-day and full day with lights. 15194 warwick Blvd. (exit 250a from i-64); 757-886-7868; www.nnparks.com

waRwiCK ReCReaTion CenTeR Includes a regulation high school-sized basketball court, also used for volleyball, indoor soccer, indoor field hockey and other sporting activities. Visitors and Newport News residents may rent the gymnasium for $25 per hour. 29 Copeland lane, 23601 (exit 258a from i-64); 757-591-4892; www.nnparks.com

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xplore all the fun things there are to do in Newport News with your family and friends. You’ll find something to interest kids of all ages!

DAY ONE

AM Meet creatures from the sea at the Virginia Living Museum where you can touch a sea star or a horseshoe crab and watch ocean-going fish and turtles in their 30,000-gallon aquarium. Take a walk “through” a waterfall and an “underground” cave. Experience a cool Appalachian cove and a steamy Cypress swamp. Stroll the elevated boardwalk and see red wolves, river otters, bald eagles, deer, birds and more, all in a natural wooded setting. Take time to explore the gift shop with dozens of nature-themed gifts. Take a lunch break at the Wild Side Café before heading over to the Peninsula SPCA Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo. The kids will love the opportunity to pet the deer and Virginia War Museum goats and to meet some exotic animals. PM Take a hands-on approach to the arts at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. The interactive Hands On For Kids gallery has plenty of fun activities. Children can paint, draw and create till their hearts’ content, and parents don’t have to worry about the mess! Paints, brushes, paper and smocks are provided. Don’t leave until you’ve checked out the gift shop, where you’ll find plenty of child-friendly gifts. Finally, enjoy some afternoon recreation at Riverview Farm Park. The kids will enjoy all the climbing, sliding, swinging and hiding fun Virginia Living Museum at Fantasy Farm, our 30,000-square-foot wooden playground. Then it’s time to enjoy a fun family dinner and a movie before returning to your Newport News hotel. serenity of Lee Hall Reservoir. Take a walk around the DAY TWO AM Begin your day at the Virginia Air and Space Center in nearby Hampton. More Japanese Peace Garden and than 30 historic aircraft can be seen, in addition to interactive exhibits and a hands-on see the ceremonial teahouse, space gallery. Visitors can launch a rocket, pilot a space shuttle and climb aboard a a replica of a 16th-century World War II bomber. See the Apollo 12 command module that went to the moon and structure. Play a round or two a three-billion-year-old moon rock. Finish your visit with an IMAX movie or a spin on of disc golf and check out the many nature exhibits at the a 1920s carousel. PM After lunch at one of the many restaurants in downtown Hampton, head Discovery Center. There are back to Newport News and the Virginia War Museum. Their “World Turned Upside plenty of playgrounds and a Down” exhibit features artifacts from the fall of the Berlin Wall, including a 10’ x 10’ wide range of free nature programs are offered throughout the year. Pack a picnic section of the Wall. On display are uniforms from 1775 to the present, paintings, lunch and enjoy one of our many picnic areas, or have lunch at the Legends Grille, vehicles, swords and personal items such as photographs, playing cards, ration kits overlooking the beautiful Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run. and letters. Don’t miss the museum’s outstanding international poster collection or PM After a full day of fun in the sun, return to your hotel in Newport News and the toy soldiers in the gift shop. After the sun goes down, enjoy ice skating, miniature treat yourself to room service and some family games. golf, roller skating or bowling. You’ll find all these activities just minutes from your Newport News hotel.

DAY THREE

AM Today’s the day for some outdoor fun and Newport News Park is the place. Try your hand at geocaching and hunt for the more than 50 caches found throughout the park. Rent a bike and take a pleasant ride through our beautiful woodlands or hike one of our nature trails. Rent a rowboat, canoe or paddleboat and enjoy the

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Feel free to use your own imagination in creating your perfect itinerary! All museums in Newport News are great venues for the young and the young-at-heart. Call our friendly travel counselors at 888-493-7386 to learn more about all there is to see and do. Don’t forget to check out our great hotel packages on pages 18 and 19.

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BEST WESTERN PLUS • 500 Operations Drive (Exit 255A from I-64) Tel: 757-952-1182 or 866-833-2378 • Fax: 757-952-1183 • www.bestwestern.com  Wi-Fi

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COMFORT INN NEWPORT NEWS • 12330 Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255A from I-64) Tel: 757-249-0200 or 800-368-2477 • Fax: 757-249-4736 • www.newportnewscomfortinn.com   Wi-Fi

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COMFORT SUITES AIRPORT • 12570 Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255B from I-64) Tel: 757-947-1333 or 866-348-7755 • Fax: 757-947-1330 • www.newportnewscs.com  Wi-Fi

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COURTYARD NEWPORT NEWS AIRPORT • 530 St. Johns Road (Exit 255A from I-64) Tel: 757-842-6212 or 866-757-4887 • Fax: 757-842-6213 • www.marriott.com/phfcn  Wi-Fi HAMPTON INN – NEWPORT NEWS/YORKTOWN • 151 Ottis Street (Exit 256B from I-64) Tel: 757-989-8977 or 800-426-7866 • Fax: 757-989-5882 www.newportnews.hamptoninn.com  Wi-Fi

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HAMPTON INN & SUITES • 12251 Jefferson Avenue (Exit 255A from I-64) Tel: 757-249-0001 • Fax: 757-249-3911 • www.newportnewssuites.hamptoninn.com  Wi-Fi HILTON GARDEN INN • 180 Regal Way (Exit 256B from I-64) Tel: 757-947-1080 or 877-782-9444 • Fax: 757-947-1081 • www.newportnews.hgi.com  Wi-Fi HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS • 16890 Warwick Boulevard (Exit 250A from I-64) Tel: 757-887-3300 or 800-248-0408 • Fax: 757-887-0300 • www.hiexpress.com  Wi-Fi

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THE BOXWOOD INN BED & BREAKFAST • 10 Elmhurst Street (Exit 247 from I-64) Tel: 757-888-8854 • Fax: 757-887-3986 • www.boxwood-inn.com  Wi-Fi



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HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES • 943 J.Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258B from I-64) Tel: 757-596-6417 or 800-611-7782 • Fax: 757-596-6199 • www.holidayinn.com/newportnewsva  Wi-Fi MULBERRY INN • 16890 Warwick Boulevard (Exit 250A from I-64) Tel: 757-887-3000 or 800-223-0404 • Fax: 757-887-3665 • www.mulberryinnva.com  Wi-Fi NEWPORT NEWS MARRIOTT AT CITY CENTER • 740 Town Center Drive (Exit 258A from I-64) Tel: 757-873-9299 or 866-329-1758 • Fax: 757-310-5040 • www.marriott.com/phfoy  Wi-Fi

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OMNI NEWPORT NEWS HOTEL • 1000 Omni Boulevard (Exit 258A from I-64) Tel: 757-873-6664 or 800-843-6664 • Fax: 757-873-1732 • www.omninn.com  Wi-Fi

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POINT PLAZA SUITES AT CITY CENTER • 950 J.Clyde Morris Boulevard (Exit 258B from I-64) Tel: 757-599-4460 or 800-841-1112 • Fax: 757-599-4336 • www.pointplazasuites.com   Wi-Fi RESIDENCE INN NEWPORT NEWS • 531 St. Johns Road (Exit 255A from I-64) Tel: 757-842-6214 • Fax: 757-842-6215 • www.marriott.com/phfnn   Wi-Fi

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OTHER NEWPORT NEWS ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDE: • DAYS INN, 14747 Warwick Boulevard, 757-874-0201 • DAYS INN OYSTER POINT AT CITY CENTER, 11829 Fishing Point Drive, 757-873-6700 • COUNTRY INN & SUITES, 1069 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-327-0722 • ECONO LODGE FT. EUSTIS, 15237 Warwick Boulevard, 757-874-9244 See Ad on Page 26 • JAMESON INN & SUITES, 21 Old Oyster Point Road, 757-951-1177

• KILN CREEK GOLF CLUB & RESORT, 1003 Brick Kiln Boulevard, 757-874-2600 • MOTEL 6, 797 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-6336 • RODEWAY INN & SUITES, 15910 Warwick Boulevard, 757-888-6667 • SAVANNAH SUITES NEWPORT NEWS, 11715 Jefferson Avenue, 757-951-0180 • WYNNWOOD PLAZA HOTEL, 6128 Jefferson Avenue, 757-826-4500

All information was provided by the participating properties. Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of this information, but features, dates and rates are subject to change. Inclusion of properties in the 2012 Newport News Visitor Guide should not be taken as an endorsement by the Newport News Tourism Development Office or the Newport News Visitor Center. It is solely the responsibility of the participating properties to provide all advertised services.

Toll Free 888-493-7386 • www.newport-news.org

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2011 WINNERS E , S  S

The Tea Parlor is a unique gathering place with a refined atmosphere for lunch, afternoon teas,

Econo Lodge Ft. Eustis (VA187)

15237 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA, US, 23608

Phone: (757) 874-9244 Fax: (757) 872-6883 www.choicehotels.com 9 miles to Busch Gardens & Water Country 5 Miles from Newport News / Williamsburg Airport Free WI-FI • Efficiencies • Micro/Fridge Rooms Available Smoking & Non-Smoking Rooms • Pool

Tuesday - Saturday. Dinner and entertainment, Thursday Saturday evenings and brunch on Sundays.

Gift & Gourmet Tea Boutique! First Ladies Tea Parlor at Port Warwick 2170 William Styron Square • Newport News, VA 23606

www.FirstLadiesTeaParlor.com 757.223.5800

DID You Know

• At more than 8,000 acres, Newport News Park is the second largest municipal park in the country.

• Newport News was probably named for Captain Christopher Newport, commander of the three-ship English fleet that landed at Jamestown Island in 1607. • All of the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers have been built in Newport News. • Hampton Roads is one of the world’s largest natural harbors.

100% Non-Smoking

COMFORT SUITES AIRPORT

• Newport News was a Port of Embarkation during both World War I and World War II. • Newport News has eight sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

• Full Hot Breakfast • Free Airport Shuttle • Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access www.NewportNewsCS.com • All Suite Accommodations with Microwave/Refrigerator. 12570 Jefferson Ave. • Nearest hotel to Newport News/ Newport News, VA 23602 Williamsburg Airport. Tel. 757.947.1333 • Close to all area bases, Toll Free 866.348.7755 attractions and businesses.

• Singers Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey were born here and author William Styron grew up here. • Historic Hilton Village was named one of the 10 Great Neighborhood for 2009 by the American Planning Association. • Newport News has been named an American Rose City by the American Rose Society.

ANNUAL

ZOOM IN Photo Contest Winners NON-PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY GRAND PRIZE City park Snow John Young

GRAND PRIZE Arches James Hardison

HONORABLE MENTION Abbey Road Dock Amy Kuty

HONORABLE MENTION There! John Umphrey

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n its fourth year, the 2011 “ZOOM IN on Newport News” Photo Contest attracted more photographers and submissions than any other year since its inception in 2008! Seventy-two photographers in four states entered a total of 245 photos. With the theme “Outdoor Fun in Newport News,” entries ranged from families sledding in Riverview Farm Park to children playing at the Fall Festival in Newport News Park.

Toll Free 888-493-7386 • www.newport-news.org

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We are convenient to everything in Newport News, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. Come and see for yourself!

BY C H O I C E H OT E LS

Hotel Amenities • Award Winning Hotel & Great Location

• Offer In-Room Coffee Maker, Hair Dryer, Iron & Board

• Free High-Speed • Complimentary Hot Deluxe Wireless Internet Continental Breakfast featuring Homemade Belgian Waffles • Complimentary Airport Shuttle • All Rooms have Microwave • Airport-Newport News/ & Refrigerator Williamsburg 1 mile • Seasonal Outdoor Pool

We have something for everyone! Call 800-368-2477 or 757-249-0200 • 12330 Jefferson Avenue • Newport News, VA 23602 • I-64, Exit 255A • www.newportnewscomfortinn.com

IT’S THE MARRIOTT WAY We Know the BIG Picture is Made of the Tiniest Details

• Indoor Pool & Whirlpool Newport News Marriott at City Center 740 Town Center Drive Newport News, VA 23606

For more information, call 757-873-9299 or visit www.marriott.com/PHFOY Toll Free 888-493-7386 • www.newport-news.org

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Relaxed Luxury In Historic Virginia. We are located just minutes from I-64, Christopher Newport University, the Ferguson Center, City Center, Major Corporations, Military Installations, Cultural Attractions, Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown and Yorktown. Shopping, Theaters and Dining Establishments are minutes away. A MEN I TI ES 181 Spacious Guest Rooms and Suites  Complimentary High Speed Internet  Refrigerators in All Guest Rooms  Heated Indoor Pool and Whirlpool  Fitness Center  Omni Kid’s Programs  Select Guest Loyalty Rewards Program  Mitty's Italian Ristorante  Tribeca Night Club  Live Entertainment  10,000 Square Feet of Flexible Meeting and Event Space

1000 Omni Boulevard • Newport News, VIRGINIA 23606 • 757/873-OMNI(6664) For Reservations Call 1-800-THE-OMNI • www.omnihotels.com For Meetings and Events Call the Sales Office At (757)591-3511

Omni Newport News Hotel is owned by EECO Partnership and operated under a license issued by Omni Hotel Franchise Corp. L.L.C.

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