Hotel at a Glance: Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach
Country Inn & Suites Virginia Beach is just steps from the city’s pristine beachfront and boardwalk, which Travel + Leisure praised as one of America’s best. The hotel is well situated for exploring waterfront shops, bars, and seafood restaurants that line the boardwalk. It’s also within a 15-minute drive of Virginia Beach’s family-friendly attractions, including the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, a 45-acre campus with a submarine exhibit, giant aquariums, and a 3D IMAX theater.
- A suite with a view: Each of the hotel’s roomy studio suites opens onto a private balcony that looks out on the Atlantic Ocean.
- In-room amenities: a sitting area, a sleeper sofa, a 32-inch flat-screen HDTV, and high-speed internet access.
- Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, and eggs grace the complimentary breakfast buffet. Other onsite dining options include 18th Street Seafood Bar & Grill, Also Thai, and Sweet Frog frozen yogurt shop.
- Go for a swim in the heated indoor pool; it’s open year-round.
- Seasonal tip: If you’re visiting between late December and mid-March, be sure to book a whale-watching trip to see the humpback and fin whales that migrate through here each winter.
Virginia Beach, Virginia: Award-Winning Boardwalk and Seaside Museums
English settlers from the Virginia Company of London first stepped foot onto American soil in what is now Virginia Beach, Virginia. They would go on to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement, along the James River. But before they left the shoreline, they erected a cross on the spot where they had disembarked. Today, the First Landing Cross commemorates this momentous event.
Needless to say, a lot has changed in Virginia Beach since the 1600s. The seaside town has become a family-friendly destination known for supersize beaches and a 3-mile-long boardwalk dubbed one of America’s best by Travel + Leisure. Though you could spend a whole vacation soaking up rays and sampling fresh seafood from the many restaurants along the esplanade, Virginia Beach boasts a number of cultural attractions that might draw your attention away from the beach for a while. There’s the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, as well as the Military Aviation Museum, which features a B-17 Flying Fortress and a Spitfire fighter plane from World War II. In the cooler winter months, you can schedule a whale-watching trip to scout humpback and fin whales traveling through nearby waters from late December through mid-March.