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Accommodations, restaurants and attractions in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Getting there

Virginia Beach is about 200 miles from the Beltway. Take Interstate 95 south to I-64 east. Near Norfolk, exit onto I-264 east toward Virginia Beach, which turns into 21st Street in the city. Turn right onto Pacific Avenue, which becomes General Booth Boulevard. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center will be on your right.

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Staying there

Beach Spa Bed & Breakfast, 2420 Arctic Ave., 888-422-2630, http://www.beachspabednbreakfast.com. Just three blocks from the ocean, this tastefully updated 1937 beach cottage is an oasis of calm in the resort area. Rooms from $109.

Hilton Virginia Beach, 3001 Atlantic Ave., 757-213-3000, http://www.hilton.com. A stylish high-rise with a prime oceanfront location. Rooms from $107.

Eating there

Fire & Vine, 1556 Laskin Rd., 757-333-4824, http://www.fireandvine.com. A classy but casual restaurant that focuses on wood-fired cuisine. Entrees from $13.

Ammos, 1401 Atlantic Ave., 757-313-6083, http://www.ammosvb.com. Homey Greek food, including gyros, moussaka and pastitsio. Entrees from $12.95.

Sugar Plum Bakery, 1353 Laskin Rd., 757-422-3913, http://www.sugarplumbakery.org. A dream come true for anyone with a sweet tooth, this storefront trains and benefits individuals with disabilities. Most pastries about $2.

Playing there

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, 717 General Booth Blvd., 757-385-3474, http://www.virginiaaquarium.com. $17, children $12. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on Christmas).

Holiday Lights at the Beach, On the boardwalk between Second and 34th streets (enter at Second Street), 757-425-3111, http://www.beachstreetusa.com. This annual drive-through display has four new blocks this year with a Jurassic Beach theme. $10 per car. Closes Jan. 3.

-- B.K.

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