WOW! I'M SURE you never left the tacky part of VaBeach and went to Sandbridge ["Best of Two Beaches," June 5]. The sunsets there are magnificent and you don't have to pay to see them from a cruise. Hiking, camping, biking, kayaking? How about Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge? There is also a tram ride through the Refuge. One can see wild horses, deer, many kinds of birds. The Refuge should definitely be listed with "best of."
Springfield and Sandbridge, Va.
THE BEST SEAFOOD in Virginia Beach is at the Lynnhaven Fish House (2350 Starfish Rd., 757-481-0003). I have gone to Virginia Beach many times, and I go to this restaurant every time I'm there. It's on the bay side of the city with a beautiful view right on the beach. The signs on the wall tell it all. This place makes the "Best of the Beach" for VaBeach restaurants every year. You may have to wait to be seated; it is well worth the time. I always order softshell crabs. No one makes them better -- anywhere in the world!
I HAVE LIVED in the Chesapeake Bay area for more than 10 years. I lived in Wilmington, N.C., for four years, Falls Church/Fredericksburg for five years, and Virginia Beach for two years. Needless to say, I am familiar with area beaches. Restaurants may come and go over the years, but the ocean and beach are still there.
The best place for a week's vacation at the beach is Virginia Beach.
It is a metro area where there are other attractions than just sitting on the beach all week. An hour's drive away is Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Downtown Norfolk is 20 minutes away, and there is a shuttle bus that goes from the beach to downtown Norfolk. In Norfolk there are museums and boat tours of the naval base and other sites. Acoss the bridges in Hampton and Newport News are a few museums worth seeing, including the Mariners Museum and the Virginia Air and Space Museum.
If you are looking at a longer drive away, then another good spot is the area of Wilmington, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Actually, an interesting trip to take would be to drive to the Delaware beaches and then work your way down to Ocean City, Md.; Chincoteague, Va.; VaBeach; the Outer Banks of North Carolina, driving along the Outer Banks through Cape Hatteras and taking car ferries at points; and then working your way down the North Carolina coast to Myrtle Beach. It would be an adventurous vacation exploring the shore.
A NEW FAVORITE breakfast place for my family in Ocean City is Little Rock Lizzie's Bakery Cafe at 14203 Coastal Hwy., between 142nd and 143rd streets, on the bayside of the Coastal Highway in the Misty Cove Shopping Center.
Lizzie's has good coffee and pastry for breakfast on the run, but if you have time, sit down for the breakfast pizza, pancakes or (my personal favorite) oatmeal. Unlike oatmeal I've had at any other restaurant, this comes in a portion you can actually eat at one sitting and includes diced apples, walnuts, raisins and brown sugar. It's as delicious as it is beautiful! They also serve great egg, meat and potato dishes.
DEVITO'S ITALIAN DELI and Sub Shop in Ocean City (14302 Coastal Hwy., 410-250-1122) has been in business since 1934 when it started in Washington. My parents (I'm 52) ate there and my dad grew up with Mrs. Devito, whom you can still see daily in the shop in O.C. You will never find another Italian sub (the Devito Special) like theirs. I take every visitor we have at the beach over there and they agree. All of their rolls (hard) are homemade daily.
Vicki Longo Veilleux