We recently took a weekend getaway to Va Beach. I had not been in years and heard they had made some really great updates.
We stayed at the Hilton. It was a gorgeous hotel. The beds, as always, were super comfortable. It was a convenient hotel located right on the beach and the center of all the festivities. Neptune Park is located right next to it, where we got to enjoy a fun jazz band after dinner.
I must say one of the best parts of staying at this Hilton was the infinity pool. The view was amazing from the 21st floor. Ava was able to enjoy both pools they have, one indoor and the outdoor infinity pool. It was a great way to relax and spend quality time with her.
The hotel offers great complimentary appetizers and breakfast in the lounge on the 20th floor that we unfortunately missed, due to miscommunication from the front desk. Other than that the staff was very helpful and friendly.
After exploring the pools we had dinner at Catch31, the hotels ocean front seafood restaurant. This place definitely exceeded my expectations. The seafood was fresh and the atmosphere was so fun. You can dine in or right out on the patio overlooking the ocean. They have beautiful fire pits that add a great ambiance. Our server had great recommendations for the menu – which I always love when a server will give suggestions it’s helpful and a great guide to go by. Next time you’re travelling ask your server to tell you what is popular and what they like best on the menu. It not only helps you get out of your comfort zone of ordering the same thing but you usually get the best dish on the menu.
At the suggestion of our server we ordered the fried calamari to start. Ava and I had never had it before. It was perfectly dipped and fried in batter, not greasy and just the right amount of batter. I really liked it – Ava, not so much. She said she would not order that again and about died when the table next to us got the chicken pot stickers – her favorite.
I ordered the Strawberry Mojito to start. It had a true strawberry flavor and was not overly sweet like many mojitos.
For dinner I ordered the bronzed salmon. It was cooked perfectly and subtly sweetened with brown sugar. It was seriously amazing. The salmon was served on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and lightly sautéed veggies. It was a memorable entrée and I can’t wait to try the butter and brown sugar combination at home.
Ava ordered the grilled tuna seasoned with butter and lemon. Honestly, it was gone before I could get a bite or photo. She devoured every bite and is still talking about it.
Jonathan ordered the Alaskan crab legs which were excellent. Ava tried some for the first time and loved it. I think she ate half his plate as well.
It was a great meal and we can’t wait to go back. We also ate at this restaurant for breakfast. They had a great buffet full of variety. So if you have picky-eaters definitely consider Catch31.
After we were fueled we rented some bikes and rode up and down the board walk a few times. We got a bike buggy so all three of us could ride together. It was a great workout and fun way to spend time together.
There was so much to do on the beach. I was really impressed. Ava spent hours on the beach playing. They have several beach volleyball nets set up. We saw a ton of people paddle boarding – even kids! We also brought a soccer ball with us to kick around on the beach. I loved how easy it was to switch from relaxing to doing activities with the kids here.
Va Beach also has many great restaurants that are within walking distance of most of the hotels. This was great to not worry about loading up in the car every time you wanted to eat.
We are planning a trip back later this summer to check out the Aquarium and Adventure Park. We have heard many great things about this.
If you are looking for a place where you can relax while stilling having fun activities for the kids I suggest looking into VA Beach.
Catch31 hosted my family for dinner. Opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting Catch31 and Petit Foodie.