As the annual host of the Eastern Amateur Golf Championship since 1957, Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club's championship course has attracted some of the country's greatest players on their journey to the PGA Tour. As golfers traverse each hole from tee to green, they can imagine themselves tracing the footsteps of Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange, both of whom played in the Eastern Amateur before illustrious PGA careers, during which they won a combined four major victories without ever corking a driver. Today, the 6,642-yard, par-70 course still hugs the Elizabeth River, utilizing the natural landscape with a challenging layout originally envisioned by course designer Dick Wilson in 1948. The course also benefits from more recent refurbishments that made the greens and bermuda-grass fairways more resilient.
A private establishment, Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club complements its golf course with a six-court tennis complex and an Olympic-size, outdoor swimming pool. The club also boasts two restaurants with two patios, where guests can enjoy views of the Elizabeth River and attempt to count the leaves on every tree in the vicinity.
At each Show Bride event, local vendors showcase their wedding wares and nuptial know-how so that brides and grooms may glean inspiration and connections in preparation for the big day. Couples can trade creative thought bubbles while walking arm-in-arm through a roomful of exhibitors that cover 50 categories of wedding execution, from bands and bartenders to dental work and help scrapbooking a lock of every wedding attendee's hair. Each event-goer has ample one-on-one time with vendors for brainstorming, accepting free samples, and hoisting vendors atop chairs to get a feel for their structural integrity. Enter for free prizes that differ at each event but include such largess as travel, gift cards, and goody bags.
• For $18, you get two tickets to a 90-minute cruise departing at 11:30 a.m. (a $32 value) or a two-hour cruise departing at 3:00 p.m. (up to a $36 value). • For $24, you get two tickets to a two-hour sunset cruise departing at 7 p.m. (up to a $48 value). Sunset cruises run daily through August.
Whether they're living legends or heroes of ages past, Virginia's many athletic icons get their due in this monument to greatness. Visitors can get the skinny on all of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame's inductees from their multimedia displays, while the rest of museum pays testament to the commonwealth's athletic history, hometown teams, and the joy of playing sports.
Size: The 35,000-square-foot museum's centerpiece in the Hall of Honor, which houses tributes to inductees like athletes, members of the media, and other sports figures.
Eye Catcher: It's hard to miss the vibrant colors of the real stock car and racing suit that carried a Virginia driver to the winner's circle in one of NASCAR's centerpiece races. That display anchors the Paul Sawyer Racing Exhibit, which educates visitors about the commonwealth's auto-racing history and gives them a chance to go behind the wheel in a simulator.
Permanent Mainstay: In the media center, you can just watch highlights of Virginia's great sports moments, or you can try your hand at becoming the next great color commentator, exclaiming over an extraordinary buzzer-beater or a sprint down the field.
Don't Miss: The Chuck Boone Sports Complex, where visitors of all ages can test their own skills during physical baseball, soccer, and football activities.
G-Force Karts boasts a massive, all-indoor facility that provides entertainment in any weather. The twists and curves of the indoor karting track challenge drivers of any age. Adults can tear through turns in custom-built GT 5 karts, while kids can get a taste of speed in the safety-conscious junior karts. Not far from the track lies the inflatables area, where kids can bounce and slide in single- and dual-lane obstacle courses while parents watch from central tables. The newest indoor entertainment, though, is G-Force's paintball arena. The staff provide every player with all the tools they need, including guns that fire softer, less-messy z-balls.
Duckpin bowling is a little like ten-pin bowling, in that there are ten pins. But as patrons at Victory Lanes have been discovering since 1984, that's about where the similarities end. Between the shorter pins and the smaller, finger hole-free ball, it's a bit tougher to roll a strike in this game. But that's why players at this classic alley roll three times per turn, unlike the two shots you see in ten-pin bowling or the zero shots you see in magician-only bowling.