Sean and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this year in March. Usually, we would go on a beautiful day trip with a fancy dinner included or even take a weekend trip for that special occasion.
Enjoying a Day Away in March 2020
This year, in March, COVID 19 was just hitting the United States. There were no lockdowns or stay at home orders in Virginia yet, but reading and watching in the news what was going on, we decided not to go inside a restaurant for dinner this year. Sad face.
Instead, we decided to go on a day trip to Virginia Beach (approximately two hours from our house) and pack a picnic to enjoy on our terms to take along. I had wanted to visit Virginia Beach for a while to finally see the ocean again and enjoy the beach and waves.
I am not the summer lying on the beach type of person. I enjoy the ambiance of the ocean and the salty air that comes with a beach visit. So, I appreciate visiting during the off-season, walking along the beach, and, if possible, enjoying a good sunset.
March 14th, we headed out early and made it up there around eleven in the morning.
Picnic on the Beach
After our arrival, we walked along the beach, took some pictures, and dipped our feet in the water.
It was ice-cold! I was wearing my winter jacket and a thick scarf that day.
But it was sunny, so that made our time outside quite enjoyable.
We then picked a spot on the beach (it was quite empty that day), and enjoyed two hours just relaxing, watching the waves and seagulls. We also devoured the picnic we brought, which included home-made sandwiches, olives, different cheeses and crackers, some fruit to round it all off, and some freshly brewed tea for the cold day.
The seagulls were quite persistent in demanding some food from our picnic. There was like a whole gang of them, inching closer and closer to our spot. Of course, we did not feed them, knowing there would be just more of them demanding more food from us.
Boardwalk and Downtown in Virginia Beach
After enjoying the waterfront, we walked around the Virginia Beach boardwalk and the downtown area with all its little shops and bars.
We did not stay that long around town and only went inside a coffee shop to grab some fuel for the drive back home.
It was still an enjoyable break, and it felt so good to see the ocean again.
I just love the combination of the sound of seagulls, smell of saltwater, and the waves rolling up on the shore.
I am sure Virginia Beach is mega crowded in the summer months, but if you are like me and you enjoy the ambiance of a seaside town, and you do not need to go swim in the water, make your way down there in the colder months of the year.
Especially now in Corona times, I would recommend visiting Virginia Beach during the offseason. You can still enjoy the ambiance of the ocean while keeping safe from the crowds.