Virginia Beach, which sits at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is a popular vacation destination, especially among family travelers. Highlights include a three-mile boardwalk, bayside state park, the Virginia Aquarium, and much more. But, before you start planning your activities you will need somewhere to stay during your trip. There are many options when choosing accommodations near and around Virginia Beach. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite inns, B&Bs, and hotels for your vacation-planning inspiration. These properties all feature historical charm and relaxing, resort-like features that will help your vacation more than exceed your expectations. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast
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Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast is a chic, cottage-style bed and breakfast with spa only a five-minute walk from the Boardwalk at Virginia Beach. The accommodations take the form of modern, beach-inspired rooms with in-room bathrooms that have whirlpool tubs and/or spa-style showers in some rooms. Larger suites add additional living space and private porches in select suites. Amenities at the resort include complimentary homemade breakfast, a heated swimming pool, a full-service spa, and beach accessories for rent. With its unique luxury features such as a gorgeous waterfall, butterfly bushes, and more, staying at the resort is a fabulous alternative to booking a stay at a chain hotel.

2420 Arctic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-578-1008

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2.Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast

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Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast is a historic bed and breakfast housed in a breezy and classy Victorian-style beach cottage. The B&B has five individually decorated rooms with homey features like antique furniture and patchwork quilts on the beds. Those who are looking for a retreat from the everyday will appreciate that the hotel doesn’t have TVs in the room. However there is a cozy TV lounge with DVD library for those who’d rather relax with a flick. Other amenities at the property include home baked treats, beach chairs, and other beach accessories, bikes for loan, and a gorgeous wrap-around porch. Things to Do in Virginia Beach

400 16th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Phone: 757-422-1956

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3.Country Villa Inn

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Country Villa Inn is a luxurious bed and breakfast with two colorful rooms offering in-room bathrooms, mini fridges, fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs that are perfect for relaxing after a long day at the beach which is a short drive away. The bed and breakfast is tucked in four wooded acres, meaning that it has beautiful natural features. The Country Villa Inn is a popular wedding location and offers stunning backdrops for photos, a white wedding pavilion, and a wedding altar, which all work well with a variety of color schemes. The romantic rooms have plush bedding, complimentary bath salts, free ground coffee each morning and a gourmet breakfast.

2252 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, Phone: 757-515-9313

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4.The Founders Inn and Spa

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The Founders Inn and Spa occupies a convenient spot next-door to Regent University’s campus. The resort offers 240 rooms that seamlessly blend modern resort features and colonial style. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and include an enclosed dog park, a spa, and outdoor pool. There is also an indoor pool perfect for when the weather is a bit chilly. It is one of the nicest dog-friendly hotels in the state. The rooms are traditionally elegant, which can be a bit much for some guests, but others appreciate their unique brand of elegance and find it charming. The property is not on the beachfront, but the beach is about 20 minutes away and downtown Norfolk is only a short drive away as well.

5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, Phone: 757-424-5511

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More Ideas: Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum in Virginia Beach is an interesting stop, especially for visitors who either want to know more about wildfowl or are already involved in the sport of duck hunting. While the museum itself is not large, it makes up for its size by being packed with unique artifacts and carvings. Launched in early 1992 by a group of 16 wildfowl loving community members, the museum was born out of an interest to preserve and maintain the heritage of wildfowl and the sport of hunting them.


Run by an involved board of directors that are voted into the positions, the museum is a combination effort by the Virginia Beach historical society, the city itself and the museum.

Permanent Exhibits

The museum features a wide variety of exhibits that focus on different artwork of wildfowl, artifacts, and carvings.

The biggest draw is the volunteer carvers, who are located at the museum and do live carving for visitors when the museum is open. Each carver has their own unique carving style that displays the art of wildfowl carving. The history of decoy carving dates back to the original settling of the country and was a tactic that Native Americans were using long before American settlers arrived. The purpose of the decoy is to trick waterfowl into feeling safe so that they can be hunted with ease. The roots of decoy carving for profit can be traced back to the early 1800s.

There are also many historic and unique wildfowl related artifacts, like canvasback pairs (a canvasback is a species of diving ducks, the largest of its type found in the United States) and award-winning decoys (like the Ruddy duck specimen that won first place at the Decoy Festival in Core Sound). There are also bird and duck kites flying outside the museum and sculptures found throughout the premises in a variety of mediums. Make sure to check out the many decoys - Greater Scaup, Preening Pintail, and Shoveler Drake Low Head round out a unique and diverse collection.

On the walls of the museum are many paintings (using all different paint mediums) as well as maps, news articles and other related wildfowl information. Make sure to check each of them out as they all add to the visitor’s understanding of wildfowl and wildfowl hunting as both an art and a sport, with special concern to the environmental impact of hunting these birds.

The museum itself is also one of the great attractions, especially when it is decorated for the holiday season. The cottage that the museum is located in is historic, built over 100 years ago, and is currently listed on the Virginia historic registry. In fact, the cottage (also known as the de Witt cottage) is currently the oldest structure (circa 1895) in the area. Just outside the cottage and museum grounds is the first public library in Virginia Beach (which was established in 1930). It was relocated to museum grounds in the early 2000s and is maintained by the museum staff.

Special Events

The museum offers many special events throughout the year, all accessible and frequently updated on the museum website. There is a yearly barbeque for both the general public and the volunteer carvers to sit outside on museum premises, enjoy the food and the company. Come get to know the museum staff and the carvers on a personal level while getting to see the museum in a less official and more fun capacity. This event is normally hosted in the fall, usually in October.

There are also monthly meetings of the board of directors that the public can sit in on, which comes with a social hour for the board and guests to learn more about what it takes to run the museum. Be aware that, after that, the public is asked to leave so that the board can meet privately. Dine Outs are also offered a few times a month to support the museum, with a portion of the proceeds going back into the museum and its daily operations. These are updated on the museum website for interested parties.


The gift shop at the wildfowl museum offers a unique variety of souvenirs for purchase while visiting. Decoys, bird carvings, nightlights, leather purses, walking sticks, and bird kites make for a memorable end to any visit to the premises, with proceeds going back into supporting the museum and its operations.

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, 1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA, Phone: 757-437-8432

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