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Virginia Beach, A Great Meeting & Vacation Destination

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Visually stunning and naturally appealing, Virginia Beach is a friendly beach vacation destination that is rich with possibilities for so much more. Explore the East Coast beach shores or the Chesapeake Bay waterways to discover the true spirit of coastal living. Whether relaxing in the sun, seeking out the freshest in local seafood or venturing into Town Center for a mixture of shopping, dining and entertainment, the 17 city blocks along the lovely stretch of shore offer an array of fun-time opportunities for all.

Be forewarned…there are so many things to do in Virginia Beach and so many ways to fill a day that you may have trouble deciding where to start. The area is a natural playground, perfect for families with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center at hand; planning a girlfriend’s getaway, honeymoon or romantic escapade; a kayak adventure or a rejuvenating boardwalk stroll. Interested in Health & Wellness packages, the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) can help you put together an experience that will rejuvenate and nourish the soul as you and a friend or loved one experience your choice of spa treatments coupled with the service of exquisite chocolate fondue.

Virginia Beach is also a vibrant and diverse resort and meeting destination. With the beauty of its coastal environment combined with unique meeting venues, exceptional service, special programs and new development, the city offers group and business travelers an experience unlike any other. The Virginia Beach CVB prides itself on a staff that is well-trained and always prepared to provide exceptional service to meeting planners. Virginia Beach offers a plethora of first-class meeting locations, including the award-winning, LEED Gold certified Virginia Beach Convention Center. This world-class facility captures the true essence of this coastal destination with its innovative design and features more than 500,000 gross sq. ft. of space, including a 150,000-sq. ft., column-free exhibit hall, 29,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 31,000-sq. ft. ballroom, 2,230 free parking spaces and competitive rates.

Centrally located on the East Coast, Virginia Beach is a mere 20-minute drive from Norfolk International Airport or a 45-minute drive from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.   In addition to its world-class convention center, the resort city offers the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotel; refresh, work and relax as you explore the boardwalk and experience great live music at Neptune’s Park. The property offers superior views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding areas from its beautiful Sky Bar, located on the 21st floor next to Virginia’s first rooftop infinity pool. You’ll want to be sure to indulge in the gourmet cuisine at Salacia, a AAA-4 diamond steakhouse, as well as sample the freshest oysters and specialty seafood at Catch 31. Whether your stay at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is meeting/group related or a well-deserved getaway, be sure and allow time to enjoy the hotel’s fitness center, take a dip in the heated indoor pool and treat yourself to a massage at the spa. Business travelers love the special attention given in the exclusive Empyrean Club - three floors dedicated to executive living with great views and upgraded amenities, including a free continental breakfast every morning and nightly hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Whether enjoying Virginia Beach during times of work or pleasure, you’ll surely want to make time to peruse the Waterfront Dining, Outdoor Cafes, Water sports and more along the Rudee Inlet. Stroll around the docks and watch the fishing boats and sport boats coming and going. Build up an enormous appetite as each block offers its own irresistible aromas of fresh seafood being prepared at any of the inlet’s famous waterfront restaurants. You can end your day riding along with the dolphins on one of the many water sports adventures available at the Inlet and then, begin planning what fun and breathtaking Virginia Beach adventures you’ll discover tomorrow.

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