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29 Jul

Little Free Libraries of Sandbridge

Little Free Libraries

It’s hard to beat reading a good book on the beach. If you forgot to pack your book in your beach bag, don’t worry! Whether you enjoy curling up with your favorite book during an afternoon thunderstorm or prefer reading with your toes in the sand, the residents of Sandbridge have a solution for your literary needs.

Sandbridge community members built incredible “Little Free Libraries” for the enjoyment of all. You can spot these colorful libraries along the main roads and side streets of Sandbridge; often the boxes are decorated with quotes or book characters. The books are free for everyone and available 24/7. If you’ve already finished the book you brought on vacation, trade it in for a new one!  Sandbridge is home to several Little Free Libraries—they can be found on both the north end and the south end.

Some of the libraries are registered with Little Free Library: a nonprofit organization based in Hudson, Wisconsin. Their mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Libraries.

A walk around the neighborhood to check out the little libraries of Sandbridge is one of the best ways to explore the community. Be sure to check out all of the libraries to see if you can find an eye-catching book book for yourself. With new visitors coming to Sandbridge every week, books are taken, and new books left quite frequently.

These libraries allow you to leave a little bit of yourself in Sandbridge while taking a little bit of Sandbridge back home with you. One little library curator received a letter from a young boy who borrowed a book series from her little library on the north end; “These books are filling my heart so much!”

Whether you are a local or a beach-vacationing visitor, please stop by to take a book or return a book! More information on the origin of the Little Free Library Program can be found at their website: https://littlefreelibrary.org

A map of Sandbridge’s little libraries can be found below!

BB’s Little Free Library is located in the north end of Sandbridge.
Sarah’s Take-It-Or-Leave-It is at the end of Sea Scape Rd.
The Sandpiper Little Library is hard to miss! It’s located right near the Sandbridge Community Chapel.
The Little Island Library is sure to have a book for you.
Tuna Lane is lucky enough to have two little libraries! This one is near the corner of Sandpiper and Tuna.
The second Tuna Lane Library is located at the end of the street on the right hand side.

 

 

21 Jul

Lotus Garden Park

Lotus Garden Park

A unique piece of Virginia Beach history lies off of Sandbridge Road.

Lotus Garden Park is located across the street from Tabernacle United Methodist Church, and its yellowish-white flowers and bright green lily pads are sure to catch the eye of anyone driving past. These flowers are the American Lotus: the official flower of the city of Virginia Beach and the only lotus species native to the United States. The distinguishable flower bloomed abundantly during the early and mid-20th century. The tubers (responsible for the spread of the lotus plant), leaves, and seeds served as an important food source for Native American populations in the area. However, the lotus is now protected and is illegal to tamper with or pick the flowers or plants. ​

     The park is located at 1289 Sandbridge Road, across from Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

The park has more to offer than just a scenic background for a photo-op; there are two popular kayak launches in the vicinity of Lotus Garden Park. From the launch, kayakers are able to access Ashville Bridge Creek, Muddy Creek, and North Bay. The Lotus Garden Loop offers beautiful scenery and the opportunity to see Virginia Beach wildlife.  Be sure to follow proper safety precautions while exploring.

Photo taken from AllTrails.com.

Rain levels, hot weather, and water quality are all factors which affect the American lotus bloom. Some years the bloom is so thick that it can seem impossible to canoe or kayak through the pond, while some years the bloom is incredibly sparse. Luckily, there are quite a few flowers bursting through the murky waters of the pond this year.

The memory of Lotus Festivals dating back to the middle of the twentieth century evoke a sense of communal pride amongst lifelong community members here in Virginia Beach. In the 1950s, the Lotus Festival was established by the members of Cape Henry Woman’s Club and Tabernacle United Methodist Church to celebrate the abundant blooms. The celebration featured the crowning of a Lotus Queen, a potluck with community members, and a parade. The Lotus Festival has been scaled back since its inauguration, but community members still gather for a luncheon at Tabernacle United Methodist Church during the month of July. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the American lotus while it is still in bloom!

For more information regarding the Lotus Garden Kayak Loop, visit the following sites:

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails/Pages/kayaking.aspx

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/virginia/lotus-pond-paddle?ref=header

16 Jul

Moore to See Photo Expeditions

Moore to See Photo Expeditions

Sandbridge is nestled in between the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay and is home to all sorts of wildlife. Moore to See Photo Expeditions wants to help you make the most of your vacation and learn more about the history of the Tidewater area with private boat tours through the amazing ecosystems of the region. Climb aboard to adventure into one of the largest undisturbed freshwater marshes along the eastern seaboard!

There is no better way to learn about the history of an area deeply rooted in fisheries and the maritime industry than on the water. Join the knowledgeable crew from Moore to See Photo Expeditions as they navigate the North Landing River, view thousands of nesting birds at the Monkey Island Rookery or pick some Back Bay blue crabs.

Moore to See Photo Expeditions are more than just photo tours—they are incredibly memorable experiences for the whole family. The “River Crab Feast” trip includes a three-hour EcoTour on the North Landing River followed by a crab feast on a totally secluded dock surrounded by nature, while the Birds & Brunch tour brings you right alongside some of Virginia’s incredible wildlife prior to enjoying brunch at Coinjock Marina Restaurant. Moore to See’s emphasis is on providing private eco- and photo- boat tours to explore the unique natural communities and abundant wildlife of the waters of southern Virginia Beach while placing the waters in historical and ecological context.

Enjoy a day on the water soaking up all of the beauty the area has to offer under the guidance of a USCG certified captain. All tours are private with 1-6 guests and normally range from 2-4 hours, but can last as long as you like! Not sure which tour best suits your family? Give Moore to See Photo Expeditions a call and they will be more than happy to answer any of your questions!

Moore to See Photo Expeditions
US Coast Guard Certified Captain
Back Bay, Monkey Island, North Landing River
tel: (757) 401-2583

https://www.mooretosee.com

All photos taken from Moore to See Photo Expeditions’ website.

3 Jul

False Cape State Park

False Cape State Park

Did you know Sandbridge is just a quick trip from False Cape State Park? Guests can park at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and catch a tram into one of the coolest state parks along the Atlantic. There is no public vehicle access to False Cape, which means the park is only accessible by foot, bicycle, the tram, or boat.

The area was mistaken for Cape Henry fairly often during the nineteenth century, and many ships met their demise in the shallow waters of the aptly named “False Cape”. The remnants of the Wash Woods community are one of the highlights of a tour through the park; the village was actually established by survivors of a shipwreck who used cypress wood from the wreckage to build a church and other structures.

Make sure to bring your camera and some binoculars! False Cape is home to all kinds of wildlife. Plan a stop by the Visitor Center near the Barbour Hill area to learn about the history of False Cape State Park and upcoming events, as well as grabbing a souvenir and a snack on your way in or out of the park.

False Cape State Park hosts events such as sunset paddles and wildlife tram tours throughout the entire summer, so head on down to False Cape to create some fantastic family memories!

Photos taken from False Cape State Park’s website:

https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/false-cape

 

24 Jun

Sandbridge in the Fall

Top 5 Reasons to Book a Sandbridge Vacation This Fall

Did you find yourself reading this blog because you have spent the past few months stalking the Siebert Realty website hoping that the house you’ve got your eye on or that week in July will suddenly have an opening? Maybe you already have a reservation, but now you’re just DYING to come back. Whatever the case may be, I have a piece of advice that is going to change your life: Book a fall vacation in Sandbridge. Why? Keep Reading…

 

The Weather is [STILL] Gorgeous

Summer vacations have earned their reputations for warm weather and sunshine. After all, there’s nothing quite like baking in the sun on a 90 degree day in July. However, Virginia weather doesn’t follow the calendar, suddenly cutting off all sunshine and heat abruptly after Labor Day. In fact, it’s not uncommon to have a few unseasonably warm (yes, sometimes even 80 or 90 degrees) days in September and well into October. The pools in many of our houses are still open even past October and the beach, of course, is here to stay! Enjoy the sunshine and a nice breeze while you proudly exclaim that ‘fall is the new summer!’ from the comfort of your pool float (little drink umbrella is recommended, but not required).

 

No More Crowds

Many years of conditioning have told us that summer is vacation season. Schools are out, the sun is hot, and the ocean is calling folks from all over to enjoy its refreshing waters. This means that summertime is a very busy time for Sandbridge and Virginia Beach alike. Those who come in the summer certainly enjoy the sights and sounds of tourist season and the excitement of seeing the area at its peak. But if you prefer a slower, quieter pace of life, fall is when the locals return to their favorite bars and restaurants (no lines and waiting!) and you can finally find that perfect spot on the beach without having to dodge a sandcastle or water gun fight.

 

Seasonal Produce, Meat & Seafood

When you think of the beach, you probably don’t think about farms and fresh produce, but Sandbridge is home to many local farmers markets and farm stands where you can find locally grown, in-season fruits, vegetables, meats, and flowers to cook at your vacation home or take back home with you. All of your favorite fall treats can be enjoyed after a day at the beach. You’re probably going to want to move here. Oh, and don’t forget local seafood! Specifically, oysters! If you’re a seafood lover, the oysters alone are enough incentive to book a fall vacation in Sandbridge right now!

 

The Colors are Photo-Worthy

Sandbridge Beach is in no shortage of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, filling the skies with colors reminiscent of watercolor paintings as the light dances across the water in a way that captivates us no matter how many times we’ve seen it before. As the days become shorter in the fall, these views grow increasingly more spellbinding, enticing us to inundate our social media followers with photo after photo, and probably provoking a bit of jealousy! For those traveling to Sandbridge in the later fall months, the leaves will begin to change, adding more opportunity for colorful backdrops to create social media envy!

 

So Many Great Local Events

There are always many fun things to see and do in Sandbridge and the surrounding areas, and as crowd regulations continue to decrease in Virginia, there are some really exciting events and concerts coming up! In September, the Rock N Roll Marathon and Neptune Festival will be happening at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, as well as concerts from 311, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton and more coming to nearby venues only a short drive from your beach house,

 

To view a complete list of events and local attractions, click on the Explore tab on the Siebert Realty website.

 

If you’re still reading this and haven’t booked your vacation for fall 2021 yet, what are you waiting for? Just like the summer, once the word gets out, these reservations won’t last long! Click here. You won’t be sorry you did.

 

 

 

18 Jun

Pungo Smash Fest

Blue Pete’s

Pungo Smash Fest 2021

Celebrate the return of live music and socializing with friends at the locals’ secret: Blue Pete’s. Located only a ten-minute drive from Sandbridge, Blue Pete’s offers a laid-back atmosphere where families can enjoy exceptionally fresh seafood while hanging out on the waterfront. Once you sit down for a bite to eat, you will quickly learn why locals return again and again to Blue Pete’s; the friendliness of the staff and patrons make you feel like you are spending the evening with some of your best friends.

Named for Blue Pete’s signature cocktail, this year’s Pungo Smash Fest will be held on July 3rd, 2021 from 12pm to 11pm. There’s no better way to kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend than with $10 Pungo Smash buckets and live music! Admission to Pungo Smash Fest is free, but for only $25 you can take part in the all-you-can-eat shrimp boil. The Bay River Band will be playing from 12pm to 4pm and The Deloreans will be playing from 7pm to 10:30pm. Hope to see you out there!

 

Blue Pete’s:

1400 North Muddy Creek Road, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456

https://www.bluepetes.com

 

Pungo Smash Fest – July 3rd, 2021

12pm-11pm

Free Admission

$25 AYCE Shrimp Boil

$10 Pungo Smash Buckets

 

 

 

10 Jun

Sip and Paint

Muse Paintbar

Muse Paintbar in Virginia Beach prides itself on creating a fun and relaxing environment for anyone to pick up a paintbrush and create something beautiful.

During this premier paint-and-sip experience, you can expect a perfectly curated playlist, gourmet bites, and over 20 different beer and wine options. Muse artists will lead you through the steps to create an amazing painting, but feel free to add any personal touches! Head over to Muse Paintbar’s website and select a public event from the events calendar to reserve your seat. Children are welcome to attend public events but those under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Reserving a seat in advance is recommended but not required.

Muse Paintbar also offers several private event options (both in-person and virtual) for parties. With the private party option, the group can complete a painting from Muse’s private event art library or commission a custom painting.

Muse is located in the Virginia Beach Town Center, directly across Main St. from Tupelo Honey Cafe and on the ground floor of the Art Institute of VA building. There is limited free street parking, or a parking garage behind West Elm. You can access the garage from Constitution Dr. or Town Center Dr.

Muse Paintbar

https://www.musepaintbar.com/

4500 Main Street #105, Virginia Beach, VA

hello@musepaintbar.com

888-607-6873

4 Jun

Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free

Pinboy’s At The Beach

We all hope for blue skies and sunshine on vacation, but sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate.

If you are in search of some family fun indoors, Pinboy’s At The Beach has your family covered. Pinboy’s is offering free bowling for kids throughout the summer—perfect for those rainy days or days you might have gotten a little too much sun! Each registered child under the age of 15 will receive two free games of bowling each and every day. Pinboy’s will also be offering special family offers throughout the year to ensure everyone can join in on the fun. Registering your child with the Kids Bowl Free program is quick and easy; the link can be found below.

Pinboy’s At The Beach also offers several different private party packages and a full bar and grill. Don’t let the weather delay any of your vacation fun; head over to Pinboy’s on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach for some quality family time!

More details can be found on the Pinboy’s website linked below.

https://pinboys.com/

Pinboy’s At The Beach

1577 Laskin Rd

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

(757) 428-5897

Photos taken from the Pinboy’s At The Beach website.

13 May

Strawberry Season

Strawberry Season

Strawberry pie,  fresh churned strawberry ice cream, strawberry poppyseed salad, strawberry trifle, strawberry shortcake with fluffy whipped cream, fresh strawberries off the vine, strawberries with balsamic glaze…At the risk of sounding like Bubba Gump, we can’t help but get excited about strawberries in Sandbridge. After all, our neighboring Pungo is home to the Strawberry festival and many local strawberry farms, which means if you’re in town from late-April til mid-June, you’ll want to stop by a local farm or farm stand and get  your hands on some fresh-picked strawberries!

A few of our favorite local spots include Cullipher Farm Market, Flanagan Farm, Vaughan Farms Produce, Salem Berry Farm, and Brookdale Farm, all conveniently located a short drive from Sandbridge Beach. Each location offers fresh berries as well as a variety of other local produce, fresh baked goods, and family-friendly activities at some locations. Guests can choose to pick their own berries or make a quick stop to pick up already harvested berries.

Unfortunately, the 2021 Pungo Strawberry Festival is cancelled, but that means the fields are full of ripe, delicious berries ready to be picked and enjoyed by locals and vacationers alike! A great opportunity for making memories (and delicious treats) on your trip to Sandbridge!

Cullipher Farm Market: 772 Princess Anne Road

Vaughan Farms Produce: 1258 Princess Anne Road

Flanagan Farm: Princess Anne Road and N Muddy Creek Road

Salem Berry Farm: 1763 Salem Road

Brookdale Farm: 2060 Vaugan Road

*all photos taken at Cullipher Farm Market

 

 

 

 

 

23 Apr

The Bumbling Bee

The Bumbling Bee

Welcome to the Ayala family’s vegan creation — The Bubling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar!  Cassandra Ayala was a real estate agent when the market crashed, but used it as an opportunity to go into business with her three daughters. Olivia and Alexandria were vegans while India was into the culinary arts.  They opened a vegan restaurant that specializes in serving a “junk food” style that even the most hesitant and picky eaters would enjoy.

The Bumbling Bee had humble beginnings as a food truck but has now expanded to a beautifully decorated brick and mortar store located only 7 miles from Sandbridge.  They’ve experienced such success that they’ll even be presenting on ABC’s hit show ‘Shark Tank’ tonight at 8 PM!

Menu for Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food

One thing that makes people hesitate to adopt a vegan lifestyle is the anxiety thinking about giving up the foods they love. The “Bee” menu has comfort food favorites that are 100% vegan and will satisfy any “junk food junkie.” A few of the offerings:

  • Montreal Chickun Gyro
    Greek marinated Gardein* chickun on grilled flatbread with creamy garlic tzatziki, juicy and crunchy tomato-cucumber-red onion mix and romaine.
  • Joey Meatballs Grinder
    A grilled roll stuffed with vegan meatballs, Italian red sauce, and vegan ricotta drizzled in edamame basil pesto.
  • Godfather Sizzlin’ Sausage
    Juicy, sweet Beyond* sausage loaded with caramelized peppers and onions, marinara, house cheese sauce, finished with spicy aioli and stuffed inside a grilled bun.
  • Irishman Corned Beaf
    Honest Pastures* corned beaf with caramelized onions, whole grain mustard, melted cheese on toasted pumpernickel swirl bread.
  • Boss Barbecue Burger
    A Beyond burger topped with seitan*-marinated bacon, onion rings and barbecue sauce.
  • Bella the Beast Poutine
    Hand-cut fries topped with house cheese sauce, French’s fried onions, and rich Poutine gravy- mushroom blend, sweet onion, fresh thyme, and red wine, all caramelized together.
  • Fried Mac Balls
    Creamy mac and cheese coated by crunchy French’s fried onions and jalapenos, served with your choice of sauce.
  • Beverages
    Sweet Nectar Milkshake made with soy- and oat-based soft serve.
    Vegan Benchtop beer

* Bumbling Bee Uses Only Quality Vegan Ingredients

  • Gardein is a vegan and kosher product line of meat-free foods that include proteins (soy, wheat and pea), organic flours (kamut, amaranth, millet, quinoa), potato starch, modified vegetable gum, organic beet fibers, and carrot fibers. Among their products are the “Ultimate Plant-Based Burger,” crispy chick’n, meatless meatballs and breakfast saus’ages.
  • Beyond Meat’s mission is to positively impact human health, climate change, natural resources and animal welfare by shifting from animal to plant-based meat. Their Beyond Burger is made from pea, mung bean, and rice to deliver a complete protein, meaty taste and texture that provides the juiciness and aroma of beef.
  • Honest Pastures in Virginia Beach manufactures and distributes quality plant-based alternative meats, including deli slices, sausages, beaf steaks and roasts.
  • Seitan is made from wheat gluten that looks and feels like meat when cooked. It comes ground, sliced and in strips for use in meatless hot dogs and bacon.

https://thebumblingbee.net/

Information collected from The Bumbling Bee and Shark Tank

 

 

 

 

23 Apr

The Bumbling Bee

The Bumbling Bee

Welcome to the Ayala family’s vegan creation — The Bubling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar!  Cassandra Ayala was a real estate agent when the market crashed, but used it as an opportunity to go into business with her three daughters. Olivia and Alexandria were vegans while India was into the culinary arts.  They opened a vegan restaurant that specializes in serving a “junk food” style that even the most hesitant and picky eaters would enjoy.

The Bumbling Bee had humble beginnings as a food truck but has now expanded to a beautifully decorated brick and mortar store located only 7 miles from Sandbridge.  They’ve experienced such success that they’ll even be presenting on ABC’s hit show ‘Shark Tank’ tonight at 8 PM!

Menu for Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food

One thing that makes people hesitate to adopt a vegan lifestyle is the anxiety thinking about giving up the foods they love. The “Bee” menu has comfort food favorites that are 100% vegan and will satisfy any “junk food junkie.” A few of the offerings:

  • Montreal Chickun Gyro
    Greek marinated Gardein* chickun on grilled flatbread with creamy garlic tzatziki, juicy and crunchy tomato-cucumber-red onion mix and romaine.
  • Joey Meatballs Grinder
    A grilled roll stuffed with vegan meatballs, Italian red sauce, and vegan ricotta drizzled in edamame basil pesto.
  • Godfather Sizzlin’ Sausage
    Juicy, sweet Beyond* sausage loaded with caramelized peppers and onions, marinara, house cheese sauce, finished with spicy aioli and stuffed inside a grilled bun.
  • Irishman Corned Beaf
    Honest Pastures* corned beaf with caramelized onions, whole grain mustard, melted cheese on toasted pumpernickel swirl bread.
  • Boss Barbecue Burger
    A Beyond burger topped with seitan*-marinated bacon, onion rings and barbecue sauce.
  • Bella the Beast Poutine
    Hand-cut fries topped with house cheese sauce, French’s fried onions, and rich Poutine gravy- mushroom blend, sweet onion, fresh thyme, and red wine, all caramelized together.
  • Fried Mac Balls
    Creamy mac and cheese coated by crunchy French’s fried onions and jalapenos, served with your choice of sauce.
  • Beverages
    Sweet Nectar Milkshake made with soy- and oat-based soft serve.
    Vegan Benchtop beer

* Bumbling Bee Uses Only Quality Vegan Ingredients

  • Gardein is a vegan and kosher product line of meat-free foods that include proteins (soy, wheat and pea), organic flours (kamut, amaranth, millet, quinoa), potato starch, modified vegetable gum, organic beet fibers, and carrot fibers. Among their products are the “Ultimate Plant-Based Burger,” crispy chick’n, meatless meatballs and breakfast saus’ages.
  • Beyond Meat’s mission is to positively impact human health, climate change, natural resources and animal welfare by shifting from animal to plant-based meat. Their Beyond Burger is made from pea, mung bean, and rice to deliver a complete protein, meaty taste and texture that provides the juiciness and aroma of beef.
  • Honest Pastures in Virginia Beach manufactures and distributes quality plant-based alternative meats, including deli slices, sausages, beaf steaks and roasts.
  • Seitan is made from wheat gluten that looks and feels like meat when cooked. It comes ground, sliced and in strips for use in meatless hot dogs and bacon.

https://thebumblingbee.net/

Information collected from The Bumbling Bee and Shark Tank