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Norfolk

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Anchor Here for a Maritime Mood

The presence of an important naval base is sure to have a profound impact on the character of a city. This is certainly the case with Norfolk. A place full of shipyards and servicemen would not strike you as a destination for a romantic weekend. Yet because and in spite of these influences, Norfolk is a city of pleasant surprises. Equally surprising is its sister town, Portsmouth, just a short ferry ride across the Elizabeth River.

Oddly enough, one of the most difficult things to find here is a charming place to stay. There is no shortage of hotels, but the majority of them offer nothing remarkable in the way of either location or amenities. In fact, Norfolk is the only full-sized city we've explored in which a bed and breakfast is one of the best places to stay. Not surprisingly, this is in the historic district of Ghent.

Set on a tract of farmland originally known as Pleasant Point, this district was far removed from the downtown area at the time that its owner, James Morgan, renamed it Ghent. This was done in honor of the Treaty of Ghent, in Belgium, which ended the War of 1812. By the latter part of that century, the district's growth into an exclusive area had begun. Through the period that ended with the Second World War, this was the fashionable place to live. The post-war era, however, brought a sustained period of decline; before long, the area had degenerated into an undesirable neighborhood. But recent regentrification has returned the area to its former splendor. Today, stately homes on quiet, tree-lined streets exude a delightful Old World charm.

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The Northern Neck

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

Fishing for History & Gambling on Love

If there is one word that accurately describes this part of Virginia, it is enigmatic. Certainly there are numerous places of historical interest, attractive shorelines and charming small towns. In general, however, it is rural and old-fashioned. Quality accommodations are definitely few and far between.

Still, the Northern Neck is worth a visit. It is best, however, to approach this trip in a different manner than the others. Basically, the farther northwest you go (along Route 3 toward Fredericksburg), the fewer good hotels you'll find (with a couple of exceptions). The opposite end of the peninsula is a different story. Here, there are a variety of options offering both interesting activities and nice accommodation.

First, let's consider a particularly remote and isolated spot not even on the Northern Neck. How's that for enigmatic? You'll come across Deltaville when taking Route 17 to Saluda, where you pick up Routes 3 and 33. For the most part, this is an area of marinas filled with private vessels. While its other charms are many, the peninsula that is Deltaville has never exactly been awash with interesting places to stay. 

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Hillerød

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

Copenhagen & the Best of Denmark

2nd Edition

 

Norman P.T. Renouf

 

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

 Hunter Publishing, Inc.

2012

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim any responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any liability for loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.

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Århus

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

Copenhagen & the Best of Denmark

2nd Edition

 

Norman P.T. Renouf

 

Hunter Publishing, Inc.

 Hunter Publishing, Inc.

2012

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the written permission of the publisher.

This guide focuses on recreational activities. As all such activities contain elements of risk, the publisher, author, affiliated individuals and companies disclaim any responsibility for any injury, harm, or illness that may occur to anyone through, or by use of, the information in this book. Every effort was made to insure the accuracy of information in this book, but the publisher and author do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any liability for loss or damage caused by errors, omissions, misleading information or potential travel problems caused by this guide, even if such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause.

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The Homestead

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub

A First Resort When Romance Springs to Mind

Few places in the world develop such wonderful reputations that they become institutions. Virginia is home to one of them. Usually such places are both grand and traditional, exuding an atmosphere of extreme formality. Make no mistake, this one is certainly grand and tradition-laden. After all, the first hotel was built here in 1766! What makes it so different from other places of its type is the atmosphere. This is truly a family-oriented hotel, with no excesses of formality. Impeccable service, definitely; yet you are encouraged to relax in this wonderful place as if it were your own. No unnecessarily restrictive rules apply; just treat it - and the other guests - with respect and courtesy. In return, you'll share in an ambiance that is quintessentially Southern - a curiously easy-going combination of both manners and informality. It's no wonder that guests return here time and time again. In fact, they incorporate it into their own traditions. The location, too, is incredible: 15,000 privately owned acres in the Allegheny Mountains. The name derives from the resort's proximity to natural hot water springs, just a few miles from the border with West Virginia.

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