In this edition of Free Yourself Friday, we take you to the east coast where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach, VA, where Vaco has provided expert consulting, permanent placement, executive search, and strategic staffing since 2011.
Yes, we specialize in premier talent & solutions, but most importantly, we help people find freedom. We believe in the power of an entrepreneurial spirit, staying team focused, and a true work-life balance.
So, if you find yourself anywhere from Norfolk to Newport News on business or vacation, our local VA Vaconians have the top five places to Free Yourself in Virginia Beach.
- Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Whether you’re looking for sand and sun, a stroll on the boardwalk, and/or a wide array of restaurants it’s hard not to make this your first stop when you visit the area. A few “must do’s” include Catch31 for a wonderful seafood selection and inside and outside seating right on the beach, Waterman’s Surfside Grill for their renowned Orange Crushes, and Repeal Bourbon & Burgers if you’re looking for a dive bar with great food and a strong spirits collection. If you’ve got some time, head to the south-end of the Oceanfront and check out Rudee’s Inlet for a seemingly endless selection of fishing charters, jet ski rentals and parasailing explorations. Overall, there aren’t many bad choices as it’s really the place to be in the summertime with countless festivals, concerts, and activities galore. Don’t forget the sunscreen! – Barbara Field, Senior Associate, Accounting & Finance
- Downtown Norfolk
Downtown Norfolk combines a strong bustling business district with an eclectic bar and food scene that one surely needs to experience. Recent additions like The Main which sports a wine bar and rooftop beer garden, and the newly renovated Waterside District where you can find Blue Moon Taphouse and Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, are two places to check out during your visit. If you desire something more off the beaten path, then we recommend Todd Jurich’s Bistro for high class cocktails and The Grilled Cheese Bistro for a variety of fun plays on (you guessed it) the grilled cheese sandwich. Finally, head to the Norfolk Festevents website to help plan your trip as it will outline a variety of events ranging from Norfolk HarborFest to First Friday’s. – Conrad Eiban – Senior Associate, Accounting & Finance
Whether you’re a historian, avid shopper, or a theme park fanatic, the journey to Williamsburg will be an exciting one for you! The history in his area is endless and something to behold: Jamestown, Yorktown Battlefield, and the Historic Downtown Colonial Williamsburg are all sites to see. As you walk around downtown, visit some of the great eateries such as DoG Street Pub, Fat Canary and the Blue Talon Bistro. For those looking to spend a little money, the area boasts one of the best outlet malls in the state and it’s certainly a shopper’s paradise with a variety of stores to suit your fancy. If it’s excitement you seek, then head to Busch Gardens or Water Country USA to beat the summer heat. – Christopher Deane – Managing Director
- Virginia Beach Aquarium & Marine Science Center
The Aquarium & Marine Science Center sits at the southern end of Virginia Beach. It holds a total of 800,000 gallons of water, has a nature path through the marshlands, and has an Adventure Park. Its inhabitants include Hector the Harbor Seal, Clip the Sandbar Shark, Big Momma the Loggerhead Turtle, and Homer the River Otter, just to name a few. If it’s dolphins you seek, they also have a boat tour in addition to other educational seminars that discuss marine conservation. All ages are welcome! – Christopher Deane – Managing Director
- Town Center
On your way from Downtown Norfolk to the Virginia Beach oceanfront, you will find the swanky area known as Town Center which has a variety of food, shopping and relaxation options. For food, pick a classic chain like the Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, or Yardhouse. The shopping lends itself to high-end customers with new additions like Pottery Barn and Williams & Sonoma to an area that was already home to Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, and West Elm. In need of a massage? Check out BlueMercury! Park for free and walk around hitting everything in the time of a single afternoon. Lastly, it’s the location of our local Vaco office, so please feel free to stop by. – Rachel Downs – Associate, Staffing & Talent Engagement