Norfolk: The Heart of the Virginia Waterfront

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Norfolk, resting on the Eastern seaboard, accommodates groups in a wide variety of hotels, from bed-and-breakfast establishments to full-service properties.
Norfolk, resting on the Eastern seaboard, accommodates groups in a wide variety of hotels, from bed-and-breakfast establishments to full-service properties.

Norfolk’s central location, on the Eastern seaboard and mere hours from two-thirds of the U.S. population, makes it not only a snap to reach, but easy on the budget as well. Groups are accommodated in a wide variety of hotels, most of which are located within walking distance of the city’s downtown meeting venues, shops, restaurants, attractions, and nightlife options.

Lodging & Meetings

Collectively, hotels in Norfolk provide more than 5,000 rooms for visitors, and plenty of meeting space, complete with the latest in modern audio and visual equipment. The Mid-Atlantic city’s famed cultural centers, historic theaters, museums, zoo, and river cruises double as alternative meeting venues.

Dining

The streets of Norfolk read like a culinary map of the world, with stops in India, Greece, France and Spain, among others, but certainly not without overlooking Virginia’s beloved, hometown fare. Norfolk offers food tours where visitors will enjoy behind-the-scenes access to restaurants, culinary events, pub crawls and more.

Activities

It’s hard to find another city that offers both the excitement of a downtown and the enjoyment of water and outdoor activities – you can learn to sail, kayak or golf only minutes from downtown! Tours of the Elizabeth River harbor & Naval Base are available and nearly 100 festivals take place annually along the waterfront at the beautiful Town Point Park! No visit to Norfolk would be complete without a visit to the famed Chrysler Museum of Art & Glass Studio! This world-class museum contains an envied collection of contemporary art, photography, Tiffany glass and historic works of art. The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio offers demonstrations and performances on the amazing art of blowing glass.

History enthusiasts can tour the Douglas MacArthur Memorial, the final resting place for General Douglas MacArthur and his wife and Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base. Norfolk is also home to Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships in the world, which is docked in the city’s picturesque harbor and has served in both WWII and the Gulf War. Guests can explore the deep blue sea at neighboring NAUTICUS, a museum complete with touch tanks, an IMAX theater and interactive exhibits. To take advantage of Norfolk’s beautiful weather, meeting planners can also plan excursions to the popular Norfolk Botanical Garden. Multiple outdoor activities are offered throughout the garden such as hiking their 155-acres, or taking a tram ride or boat tour on Lake Whitehurst.

For more information, go to www.visitnorfolktoday.com.

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