The first half of our honeymoon was spent in Williamsburg, VA. I'll share Williamsburg next, but one of those days we headed off to Virginia Beach to get in a little beach time. Virginia Beach was about an hour away from Williamsburg, so it was perfect for a day trip.
We spent the first couple of hours hanging out on the beach and people watching.
The beach wasn't overly crowded, but there was enough people for some good people watching.
Rick gave me a hard time because I didn't want to get in the ocean. I have sort of a fear of the ocean, and although I love the beach, I don't really like getting in the ocean. I swear if I do I will get eaten by a shark or stung by a jellyfish. I'm weird I know. But I love walking on the beach, so we did a little of that also.
Rick got in the ocean a couple of times to cool off. I sat back and guarded our stuff.
After our beach time we decided to grab some lunch. The place we wanted to go to for dinner opened at 5:30, and this was about 2'ish, so we decided to grab something small, and found this fun Beatles themed bar/restaurant called Abbey Road Pub. There was a ton of Beatles memorabilia all over the place. I texted this pic to our friend Amy to share with her boyfriend Brian who is obsessed with the Beatles. We just ordered an appetizer sampler and some drinks and enjoyed the AC for a bit.
After lunch, we walked along the strip and checked out some fun beach shops.
For dinner we came across this restaurant called Tautog's. Tautog's is in an old beach cottage, and when we first came up on it earlier in the day before it opened, we had no idea it was a restaurant. We noticed the sign said it opened at 5:30, so we decided to walk around a bit and then stop by for an early dinner. We started heading over to the restaurant around 5:25 and when we turned the corner onto the street the restaurant was located on, we were shocked to see a huge line of people waiting to get in. I was like OMG, what is this place? There were probably about 50 or so people standing in line waiting for them to open...at 5:30 pm! I figured we would never get in, but they immediately sat every single one of us. We ended up at a table on the screened-in porch which was perfect.
We have no idea what was going on, but a marching band showed up right out front and blocked off the street. It was a little odd because for the longest time they just stood around. Finally they started playing further down the street. We might have spent part of our dinner conversation talking about them and making up stories about what they were doing.
The service at Tautog's was a little slow at first, but with the amount of people they had immediately seated and began serving, it actually was a lot faster than I figured. We ended up ordering the most amazing Crab Nachos. I am still thinking about these even today and wondering how we can recreate them. I seriously could have just eaten these for dinner. We made a pretty good dent before our entrees arrived.
I ordered the Potato Chip Encrusted Mahi with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Dill Sour Cream and Seasoned Red Skinned Potatoes. I really liked the potato chip coating on the mahi as it gave it a nice texture and the salty chips gave it some good flavor, but the dill sour cream was a little much for me. I like dill, but it was a little overpowering in this dish, at least for me.
Rick had the Scallops Barca with a Puff Pastry Boat and Rice Pilaf. He really liked the scallops and the puff pastry helped to soak up the extra sauce.
One of the interesting parts of the trip was the tunnel that took us under the ocean into the Virginia Beach area. I might have freaked out both times we drove through it. I despise tunnels, but luckily Rick was at least driving.
If you ever have to ride with me while driving through a tunnel...well let's just hope you never have to...ha!
And that's it for day 2 of our honeymoon. Day 1 was all driving, so there won't be a recap of that day. Up next, Williamsburg.