Watch the waves and the Holiday Lights at the Beach displays from your oceanfront balcony, or hit the boardwalk for fresh local seafood
Hotel at a Glance: The Barclay Towers Resort Hotel
The Barclay Towers Resort Hotel puts you within steps of Virginia Beach’s namesake attraction: the beach. Though it may be too cold to play in the waves, you’ll still have a picturesque view from your oceanfront suite’s balcony. Between November 22 and December 30, you’ll be treated to another beautiful sight: during Holiday Lights at the Beach, the boardwalk lights up with ornate light displays, ranging from surfing Santa to jumping dolphins and sailboats rocking in the wind.
- Take a dip in the heated indoor pool, or take in ocean views while relaxing in the hot tub.
- Whip up a meal in your spacious suite’s kitchen, which is outfitted with an oven, a refrigerator, cookware, and place settings for four.
- Fresh local fare: Grab shrimp, surf-and-turf tacos, and Atlantic cod at Chix Seaside Grille & Bar, or head to Waterman’s Surfside Grille for lump crab cakes and key-lime pie; both are just a short walk away.
- Hit the boardwalk for shopping. Don’t miss the 24-foot-tall bronze King Neptune statue, which stands guard at Neptune Park’s gateway.
- Cultural activities: Climb to the top of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse for a bird’s-eye view of the cape, bay, and ocean. At the nearby Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, you can spot sea turtles, watch a 3D IMAX film, or explore the Owl Creek salt marsh.
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.