I Want to Show You Something...Local Produce & Seafood in the Area!
Posted by Jasmine Ambrosio | Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Half the fun of a vacation is getting to "do as the locals do", and what better way to do that than to shop for locally harvested produce and freshly caught seafood? While there aren't any produce stands or shops right in Sandbridge, there are several on the way into Sandbridge and in Pungo (which is Sandbridge's very close next door neighbor).
Pungo is the "countryside" of Virginia Beach that stretches for miles and is home to multiple farms and other local businesses. Many of the restaurants in the city of Virginia Beach (not just in the Sandbridge area) use the produce from these farms to create their seasonal dishes.
Let's start with Cullipher Farm! This awesome spot is located about 5.3 miles from our office in Sandbridge.
Their fruits & veggies are to-die-for, and they are surrounded by so much Pungo beauty! Summertime is the best time around here when the flowers are in full bloom and the trees are at their greenest.
I couldn't let myself leave without a jar of their strawberry preserves, which is something you can take home to enjoy as well!
https://cullipherfarm.com/ | 757.721.7456
Next stop: The Flip Flop Farmer!
This business has two locations close to Sandbridge! Their stand is off of New Bridge Road (2.9 miles from our office on Sandbridge Rd) & has a great selection of fruits and vegetables.
Their store location is at 1166 Culver Lane (6.4 miles from our office), and also has tons of produce as well as sandwich spreads, plants for sale, and more!
https://www.facebook.com/Flip-Flop-Farmer-203045989735075 | 757.355.0422
Next on our list is Cromwell's!
Cromwell's Produce is located at 3116 New Bridge Road (3.1 miles from our office), and they are surrounded by so much farmland, it is absolutely beautiful.
The family and staff at Cromwell's are all so friendly and helpful! Not only do they sell their produce at their New Bridge Road location, but they supply some of Virginia Beach's awesome restaurants such as Red Head Bay Cafe, Commune, Esoteric, and more.
https://www.facebook.com/cromwellsproduce/ | 757.721.6226
Now off to Baybreeze Farms!
If you have ever been to Sandbridge Beach, you have driven by Baybreeze Farms. They are located at 1136 Sandbridge Road (1.3 miles from our office). This farm stand has all of the fruits and veggies you will need while you're staying with us, plus more! They sell produce, Virginia peanuts, spreads, plants, home decor, & knick-knacks. I definitely snagged a bag of the VA peanuts...
They also have a great photo-op during the spring and summer months while their flower field is in full bloom! You know the kids will want to get all of those shots for Instagram!
We're at the beach, so we obviously have to talk about the local seafood next!
Our first seafood stop is Bonney & Son's! Their store is located on Indian River Road about 4.7 miles from our office. They have a killer selection of crabs to choose from for the perfect seafood dinner with your family.
https://www.facebook.com/PungoCrabBoss/ | 757.721.5999
The last stop on our list (but certainly not the least) is Belanga's!
They are located at 897 Sandbridge Road, which is conveniently just down the street from our office (0.8 miles)! I was able to meet one of the gentlemen that owns the family-operated seafood business, and he was so friendly and informative!
They have a large variety of seafood to choose from and their products vary depending on the season. Even if you do not end up purchasing anything, the gentlemen that run the business are such a joy to talk to that it is definitely worth a trip!
http://belangas.com/ | 757.426.2908
To sum it all up: the mom and pop produce shops are where it's at when vacationing with us here in Sandbridge!
https://www.sandbridge.com | 757.426.6262 | 1.800.933.4800
Written By: Jasmine Ambrosio
Photos By: Jasmine Ambrosio (IG: @jasmineambrosio)
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I Want to Show You Something... Beach Gear from Ocean Rentals!
Posted by Jasmine Ambrosio | Wednesday, July 24, 2019
A beach vacation always sounds like the most relaxing type of vacation where you can be completely care free and just soak up the sun and float in the ocean... Until you realize you have to pack for a week-long trip to the beach!
It can be such a challenge to decide what to bring with you, especially for those traveling hundreds of miles with a large group. It would be nice just to pack a small bag with some bathing suits, clothes for when you aren't at the beach, and the necessary toiletries. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case for an out-of-town beach vacation...
Don't forget your beach chairs, umbrellas, body boards, surf boards, SUP boards, kayaks, bikes, and a wagon to lug all of those items down to the beach! These are obviously not small, easy-to-pack items that will fit effortlessly with the luggage along with the beach toys, groceries, and grandpa; all of which have already filled up the free space in the minivan.
Oh boy, do we have a solution for you! Ocean Rentals/Surf & Adventure has you covered with any sort of beach equipment you might need on your vacation.
Body boards, surf boards, paddle boards, & kayaks?
Check. Check. Check.
They even rent out large-wheeled wagons to transport everything down to the beach with ease!
And don't forget to rent bikes for some trips to the Sandbridge Market, Baja Restaurant, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and everywhere in between!
The best part? Ocean Rentals will deliver all of these items to any of our Sandbridge Realty rental homes & condos for you!
Make your next vacation with us as relaxing as possible by renting all of your beach equipment from Ocean Rentals!
https://www.sandbridge.com | 757.426.6262 / 1.800.933.4800
Home Pictured: "Quiet Time" at 2628 Sandfiddler Road
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I Want to Show You Something... Breakfast at Baja Coffee Co.!
Posted by Jasmine Ambrosio | Thursday, July 11, 2019
One of the biggest things I look forward to when going on vacation is where I am going to eat. I know I am not alone when I say that (all of you foodies can definitely back me up). I will do research on some of the best restaurants in the are and study the menu until I decide what I want to order when I get there (even though hald the time I change my mind once I arrive...).
If you are staying with us in Sandbridge, one of the restaurants you will come across when doing your food research is Baja. Most people know this as a Sandbridge staple for amazing seafood dinners, cocktails, and some of the best sunsets in the area, but it is also an awesome breakfast spot and coffee shop! This versatile restaurant is Baja Coffee Co. by day, and Baja Restaurant by night.
***Baja Coffee Co. is open Tuesday-Sunday 6:30am-11:30am, and Baja Restaurant is open Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-Close & Friday-Sunday Noon-Close***
The coffee that Baja Coffee Co. serves is fair trade organic and oh so delicious! Aside from a wonderful cup of coffee, I was also able to sample some of their most popular breakfast items; a spinach, cheddar & herb crustless quiche, a cinnamon roll with homemade buttercream frosting, and a berry acai bowl. (Share your Baja Coffee photos and hashtag #BrewWithAView).
***Tip: Grab an acai bowl to-go and take it across the street to Little Island Park for breakfast on the beach!***
As if the coffee & breakfast wasn't already awesome enough to make you want to keep going back to Baja Coffee Co., they also use paper straws and disposables that are almost completely biodegradable! I love supporting a company that wants to help keep our ocean life happy and healthy. With their coffee grounds & adorable mugs for sale, you can also take a little piece of Baja Coffee Co. home with you!
I was lucky enough to meet the amazing owners of Baja Coffee Co., Bill & Anne Gassett, and they truly are the heart and soul of this amazing coffee shop. It is no wonder that this place serves up such a positive atmosphere every day to accompany the tasty food!
If you are lucky enough to be staying with us across the street at The Sanctuary, or in any of our south end homes, you will most likely find yourself walking to Baja Coffee Co. for a wonderful breakfast and cup of coffee more than once during your trip to Sandbridge!
Baja Coffee Co.
757.426.6262 / 1.800.933.4800
757.457.0050 / 1.800.933.4801
Photos: Jasmine Ambrosio (Instagram: @jasmineambrosio)
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I Want To Show You Something... Kayaking from Surf & Adventure!
Posted by Jasmine Ambrosio | Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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
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!
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!
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!
Blog Post Written By: Jasmine Ambrosio
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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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