VIRGINIA BEACH The hippopotamus is fine. The elephant, the rhino and the giraffes are unscathed. Same goes for the volcanoes, the faux-thatch hut, the parrot/great blue heron totem pole and the live koi sluggishly enduring winter in small ponds. A fire at Jungle Golf on Thursday spared the 18-hole miniature golf course but damaged the adjoining two-story snack bar, game room and office.
Green is quickly becoming the new black on the bottom line of the balance sheet for Virginia's hospitality industry. A growing number of hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations in Virginia Beach and across the state are counting on green tourism as a way to outshine competitors and beef up their bookings and revenues.
HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. Off-road vehicle permits for next year at Cape Hatteras National Seashore can be purchased online for the first time.
Karen Lyon of Washington was just a few steps away from the "Age of Exploration" gallery, and having a discovery of her own. She was in the bathroom of The Mariners' Museum in Newport News on Friday, scrutinizing something curious displayed by the paper towels and sinks.
When it comes to French tourism in the United States, Virginia’s capital gets equal billing with Chicago, New York and other major cities on this list.
Richmond is among more than a dozen cities that get specific mention in a cautionary tip-sheet that the French government has published for its citizens, reports the Washington Post.
KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. Pigman's Bar-B-Que has sold 30 tons of pork this year. Add to that thousands of pounds of barbecued beef, tuna, turkey and chicken, and you're talking a lot of sandwiches.
Hotel revenue is hitting record levels nationwide this year, but it has dropped across South Hampton Roads. Four of the region’s cities – Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach – registered declines in hotel revenue in the first three quarters of the year, compared with the same time in 2012, according to STR Global, a research firm.
VIRGINIA BEACH Grover, a rare crocodile popular among visitors to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, died Tuesday in his exhibit. He was 28. His death was unexpected, the cause unknown. Staff members were feeding the animals Tuesday morning when they noticed Grover was unresponsive. He had no known health problems, and a necropsy was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
NAGS HEAD, N.C. Red flags have been posted along the beaches today because of hazardous and the threat of rip currents. The public should avoid swimming as long as hazardous conditions continue, according to a town news release. The National Weather Service website warns that a moderate threat for rip currents will continue today and tonight.
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