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Circa with you know who | image from Ferguson Center for the Arts
Some people think that a small, dark restaurant with candlelight means that it’s fancy and good. Those people are correct. Not only is Circa all of those things, but also the food is heavenly and the wine is superb. Located in the charmingly adorable Historic Hilton Village, Circa is basically a real foodie place. It’s the kind of restaurant that makes you feel cozy, inspired and accomplished. Even just using their bathroom makes me feel like I’m finally doing something with my life. Relative to your typical Newport News establishment, it does require a decent amount of coin. So, save up and dress up. You’ll be glad you did.
Opening every April for the season, Dean & Don’s is a local staple that has been family owned and operated since 1967. Their garden center happens to be one of the best in town but this place is most popular for its straight-from-the-farm produce. I’m always reminded that I’m in the South when I’m in there sweating, picking out peaches, listening to country music and pretending that I’m going to make a pie from scratch like the other patrons. Swing by before they close in October with some friends and make sure to tell this joke to your company:
Q: Where do cantaloupes go in the summer?
A: John Cougar Melon Camp.
When I retire (at about 120 years of age), I plan on posting up at the otter exhibit here and watching these local furry angels from heaven swim and frolic all the rest of my days. Seriously, its SO entertaining. The VLM Is a combination wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, and botanical preserve. It basically has it all… plus cool laser light shows, kids camps, fun regular events and fundraisers. The admission is really reasonable, which makes it a must.