Start off the trip by pampering yourself at one of Norfolk's spa's. Dillard's Salon and Spa, located conveniently inside of MacArthur Center provides a rescue from the stresses of the outside world. Or Changes Hairstyling, City Spa located in the historic Ghent area. Once you are refreshed and rejuvenated, grab the girls and head to Granby Street, "Restaurant Row" as it is known as by many locals. Catch up over dinner at one of the many restaurants. Such as Bodega's Mediterranean small plate tapas bar, or 456 Fish's eclectic seafood restaurant, to name a few. Dance the night away at one of downtown Norfolk's many establishments including Baxter's upscale sports lounge or Scotty Quixx Euro-American style bar. Don't quite feel like dancing? Delight in a performance at Chrysler Hall. This venue has hosted many of Broadway's hot hits such as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Cats and a Chorus Line.
The next day head over to the Historic Ghent section of Norfolk for endless antique shopping. Delight and discover the story of Rowena’s and her famous pound cakes, jams and jellies. Learn the secret of the pound cake and how this company all started from three fruit trees. Rowena’s is a quaint store in Norfolk’s Freemason District filled with pound cakes, an assortment of curds, jams, and sauces all for the tasting! For a little exercise to work off all that cake, stroll through the gardens at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Explore over 12 miles of walking trails and tour the themed and signature gardens including the Butterfly Garden, where over a hundred types of butterflies live. Then spend the afternoon in retail therapy at MacArthur Center located in downtown Norfolk, anchored by Nordstrom and Dillard's. Head back to your hotel room for a quick rest before dinner and dancing aboard the Spirit of Norfolk. Enjoy freshly prepared food in a nautical setting with dynamic professional live entertainment, as you cruise along the Elizabeth River with the Norfolk skyline as your backdrop.
Experience Virginia’s First Urban Winery at the Mermaid Winery. The winery focuses on producing many small well-balanced wines using Virginia grapes. The wine-making process can be viewed from the tasting bar where you can enjoy their creations. There are also food pairings that range from classical charcuterie and artisan cheese platters to sandwiches.