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I Want To Show You Something... Kayaking from Surf & Adventure!
Posted by Jasmine Ambrosio | Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Photo: Jasmine Ambrosio
Photo: Jasmine Ambrosio

Photo: Haley Forcier

When vacationing in Sandbridge, one of the main questions from guests is “what kind of activities can I do while on my trip?” Kayaking in Back Bay is almost always my first answer because it is part of what makes Sandbridge so unique! You can access Back Bay on kayaks via one of Sandbridge Realty’s amazing Bay homes, or you can launch from right behind Surf & Adventure!

Sandbridge Realty Bay Homes: https://www.sandbridge.com/bay-canal-rentals

Photo: Haley Forcier / Pictured: Jasmine Ambrosio

The Surf & Adventure staff is so accommodating and will make sure that you have everything you will need on your adventure through the Back Bay waters. I had been kayaking previously, but not in Back Bay, so it was very reassuring that the S&A staff gave us a map of the waterways & tips on when to turn back if it gets too windy.

*Tip* - the map is your to keep, so be sure to use it when launching from any of our vacation rentals as well!

Photo: Haley Forcier

Even with a bit of wind, it was a beautiful day out on the bay. My friend and I opted for a 2-person kayak since she hadn’t been before, and we figured it would be easier to maneuver since it was a tad windy out that day. This definitely made things easier & there was ample space for all of our belongings that we wanted to bring (camera, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, etc). We didn’t even need the bug spray that day! However, I would still recommend bringing it since most of the waterway leading to the open bay is surrounded by beautiful trees.

*Tip* - Launch your kayak from behind your vacation rental on the bay, kayak down to the S&A dock, grab a taco from Bandido's truck a few doors down, then cruise back home!

Photo: Haley Forcier

It will be hard not to be taken aback by all of the beauty that surrounds you on your kayak cruise through the tree tunnels!Don’t be surprised if you happen to see some critters on your trip as well – but don’t worry they are all harmless and much more scared of you than you are of them. My friend & I were out on the water for about an hour & we saw several different species of fish and a handful of turtles!

I would highly recommend making a day out of kayaking so that you can explore as much of Back Bay as possible! Surf & Adventure allows you to rent kayaks for daily or weekly rates so that you can adventure from your Sandbridge Realty vacation home during any down time you may have during your trip. They also schedule different guided tours, including a tour through Back Bay to Blue Pete’s for an amazing dinner! The next time you are in the Sandbridge area, be sure to visit Surf & Adventure & get your kayak on!

Photo: Jasmine Ambrosio

Blog Post Written By: Jasmine Ambrosio

Sandbridge Realty:

https://www.sandbridge.com/

1.800.933.4800 | 757.426.6262

Surf & Adventure:

https://www.surfandadventure.com/

757.721.6210

Photos:Haley Forcier (www.sandbridgestudios.com | Instagram: @hales4ca) & Jasmine Ambrosio (Instagram: @jasmineambrosio)



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Halloween Events in Hampton Roads
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Friday, October 5, 2018


Halloween is just a few weeks away and there are plenty of ways to celebrate here in Hampton Roads.

Haunted Hunt Club Farm

This is the 30th year for Haunted Hunt Club Farm, which runs now until October 31st. This annual festival features three main attractions- the Haunted Hayride, Village of the Dead, and Field of Screams. The most popular is the Haunted Hayride. Riders will be pulled by a tractor through a winding path in the woods and eventually past a decrepit old barn. If that wasn't scary enough, riders will have to deal with dozens of freakish inhabitants that lurk in the woods. The Field of Screams is a corn field maze filled with witches and creatures. The Village of the Dead takes place in a medieval village where you never know what's lurking behind the next corner.

Haunted Hunt Club farm is only open Fri-Sun but please check the website for more dates. As Halloween approaches, there will be more opportunities to experience Haunted Hunt Club Farm as they will have extended hours.

Glow in the Park

The Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium will be holding Glow in the Park on October 19. This is no ordinary climb as the park will be adorned with Halloween decorations. Ticket sales begin at 6PM end end at 8:20PM.

Zoo Boo at the Virginia Zoo

Zoo Boo offers families a safe environment to trick-or-treat. Festivities include costume contests, crafts, and ZooLive! presentations. The Zoo Boo Choo Choo, Bounce Houses, food and beverage will be available for an additional cost. This event takes place on October 27th and 28th from 10AM to 5PM. Admission is $6 for membes and $15 for non members. Children under 2 are free.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

If you have time for a day trip to Williamsburg, I would defintely recommend Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens. Howl-O-Scream is without a doubt the most popular Haloween-themed event in Virginia. This is the 20th year for Howl-O-Scream and is guaranteed to be the scariest yet. Visitors will have a chance to experience haunted houses, scare zones, escape rooms and live shows. Please note that all kids attractions close at 5PM and Howl-O-Scream will begin promplty at 5:45PM.



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Reasons to Visit Sandbridge in the fall
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Summer has officially come to a close and fall is here. Don't fret because that doesn't mean beach season is over. There are many advantages of taking a beach vacation in the fall.

Less Crowds

As Labor Day passes, the kids find themselves back in school and the crowd in Sandbridge dwindles. You will feel as though you have the beach all to yourself.

Free Parking

Another perk of visiting Sandbridge in the fall is free parking. After Labor Day, municipal lots in Sandbridge are free and open to the public.

Cooler Weather

Virginia Beach is known to have sweltering heat in the summer. Take advantage of the cool fall temps.

Off Season Rates

The rates are lower and there is more selection after summer. A fall beach vacation will defintely give you more bang for your buck.

Local Farmers

Pungo is located just adjacent to Sandbridge. Pungo has 15 "you-pick-it" farms. Fall season brings harvests of apples, figs, squash, and sweet potatoes. New Earth Farm is just one of the farmers markets in the area. They offer a Food Lab where you can learn to do things such as make your own kombucha and cheese, or take a cooking class.



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Enter to win up to seven free nights at Sea Beauty!
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Thursday, September 20, 2018


Sandbridge Realty is giving one lucky winner up to seven FREE nights at a beautiful four bedroom, Waterview home*! All you have to do is fill out an entry form by clicking here, from now through September 30, 2018. You could enjoy an amazing getaway at Sandbridge Beach...good luck! *Stay dates apply from October 2018 through May 31st, 2019-excluding holidays.




This Week's Events
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Monday, September 17, 2018


Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker: Summer Plays On Tour

Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker first collaborated back in 2013. That collaboration was a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel", which was featured on Rucker's True Believers LP and subsequently became his biggest country hit to date. They have teamed back up for their Summer Plays On Tour, which will be hitting Virginia Beach on Thursday. Russell Dickerson will be opening up. His current hits include "Yours" and "Blue Tacoma."

When: Thursday, September 20 at 7PM

Where: Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Wasserhund Oktoberfest

Wasserhund Brewing will be holding their 3rd Annual Wasserhund Oktoberfest at Hunt Club Farm on Saturday, September 22nd. This is the largest German beer festival in Coastal Virginia and will feature over 30 local and regional breweries and traditional German food. Local band, The Deloreans will be providing some great 80s music. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Noblemen to support local charities.

When: Saturday, September 22 from 12PM to 6PM

Where: Hunt Club Farm

2018 NAS Oceana Air Show

This year the NAS Oceana Air Show is excited to present the United States' Navy famous Blue Angels with a flight demonstration along with the Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds! Tactical Demonstrations will be performed by the F-22 Raptor and the F/A-18F Super Hornet. On the ground will be AFTERSHOCK, a jet powered fire truck.

When: September 22 & 23 from 10AM-4PM

Where: NAS Oceana Naval Station



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Preparing for Hurricane Florence
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Tuesday, September 11, 2018


The Governor of Virginia issued mandatory evacuations of the Sandbridge Area, which started at 8AM this morning. There is a very high danger of storm surges which may cause catastrophic issues for Sandbridge. Please pack up your belongings and lock all windows and doors and evacuate as soon as possible today. Bring keys back to the office to drop off so we know that you have packed up and left the property. When mandatory evacuations are announced, there are no Police, Fire, or ambulance calls. Sandbridge Realty will not be responding to any issues at the property because all workers will be preparing the houses for the hurricane. Please drive home safely.




Virginia Beach's Craft Beer Scene
Posted by Sandbridge Realty | Friday, September 7, 2018


There is so much to do in Virginia Beach including visiting local breweries. There are many so many local breweries that put out fantastic craft beers but this blog will focus on four- Wasserhund, Reaver Beach Brewing Co., Young Veteran's Brewing Co., and New Realm Brewing Co.

Wasserhund

Wasserhund was started by Virginia Beach locals, Aaron and Chrstine Holley. They decided they wanted to bring German culture to the United States after a trip to Germany in 2012 where they got to experience Oktoberfest. The Holleys took time to perfect their German beer recipes and adhered to the 500 year old German Purity Law, which states that only hops, barley, water, and yeast is allowed in beer. Wasserhund, which means water dog in German opened in 2015.

Aside from the fantastic beers, Wasserhund is also known for their pizzas which are named after dogs. The signature pizza is Wasserhund, which contains sauerkraut and bratwurst.

Make sure to follow them on social media to find out what concoctions they're coming up with. They will frequently have a small batch "Puppy Litter", which has included a kombeercha (kombucha & beer), butter biscuit table beer, and golden oreo lager.

Reaver Beach Brewing Co.

Reaver Beach was founded in 2010 by Justin and Kristin MacDonald. Reaver means "plundering forager" which makes sense when you look at Reaver Beach's logo. Reaver Beach specializes in sour beers. In keeping with the theme, all their beers have oceanic names. Year-round selections include Hammerhead, Hoptopus, The Reaver (their flagship beer), and Riptide. Seasonal beers include Diablo Rojo, Wendigo, Oceanus Aurum, Sandshark Summer, Beachfest, Jolly Roger, and Polaris.

Young Veteran's Brewing Co.

Virginia Beach is home to two military bases so it only makes sense that a brewery pays homage to that. Young Veteran's Brewing Co. was founded in 2012 by Thomas Wilder and Neil McCanon, who are Army Veterans that both served in Iraq. The brewery's decor is dedicated to military history. They have seven year-round brews as well as seasonal beers. Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen is a favorite and contains tropical notes such as banana. Other beers include Jet Noise, Night Vision, Commander in Peach, and Shore Leave.

New Realm Brewing Co.

New Realm Brewing Co. opened just a few weeks ago and took over the spot once occupied by Green Flash Brewery. The company itself is fairly new. New Realm Brewing starting in 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

You can get a full pour, half pour, or taster portion. Taps are located inside and outside of the brewery, which makes it convenient so that you won't have to spend too much time in line. The brewery's spacious lawn has many games such as cornhole. Also outside, you can listen to local bands as you sip your beer. New Realm plans on building a restaurant in the near future but in the meantime, food trucks are on site every night. On the night I went, Pittsburgh's Best and A Bite of Maine were there. Bringing outside food is allowed as well but that will stop once the restaurant is built. New Realm is still brand new but it looks to be a success.



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