Whether it's hiking, trail riding, enjoying some great eats and drinks, or immersing yourself in history, Chesapeake is the perfect place to beat the winter blues.

See Winter's Beauty along Chesapeake Trails

In the heart of Chesapeake lies an outdoor treasure, the Chesapeake Arboretum. Noted one of "The 10 Best Winter Hikes in Hampton Roads," you will find 45 acres of indigenous trees and vibrant gardens, along 3.5 miles of trails to explore. You won't want to miss the spectacular winter blooms in Camellia Cove, one of only three Virginia sites on the American Camellia Trail.  You will find over 200 different varieties of Camellias at a site off of the Greenway trail which features a mature hardwood forest. Click for a map of Camellia Cove.

Also found on "The 10 Best Winter Hikes in Hampton Roads" list is Northwest River Park. Hiking along Northwest River Park's many trails brings nature up close. Venture down Otter Point, encounter a deer on the Deer Island Trail, or stroll along any of the park's more than seven miles of winding trails. A portion of the Molly Mitchell Trail has connecting sidewalks for accessibility.

Take in a Little History

Spend an afternoon at the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Museum. Visitors will experience life in 18th century Virginia, learn about the historic waterway that is a part of the Intracoastal Waterway, visit a Three Tun Tavern, and find yourself in the middle of the Battle of Great Bridge which led Virginia on the course for independence. Or enjoy the driving experience of the African American Heritage Trail and listen to local historians talk about the significance of these sites on the companion podcast.


Time to Wind Down

Whether you honor January Dry or enjoy a great mocktail, Chesapeake has got you covered. Most restaurants and even breweries are onto the mocktail trend.  Head to Cork & Bull at Summit Pointe for two non-alcoholic beer offerings and three non-alcohol spirits - gin, bourbon, and tequila.   

If you want lots of flavor, try Jamaican cuisine at Cutlass Grille. This privately owned family restaurant serves delicious Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, and more. They serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic mocktails and beer.

If you want a casual sports bar atmosphere, try Bubba's 33. Enjoy homemade food in a lively and welcoming atmosphere. It's relaxing and chill. They offer a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including Heineken 0.0. Or explore Studly Brewing Company which carries a line of non-alcoholic beers and fresh-baked pizzas daily.

For a list of Chesapeake Restaurants visit VisitChesapeake.com.

Events and Activities

No prior riding experience is needed to enjoy a guided horseback trail ride at the Triple R Ranch. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy a seat on one of their comfy western saddles. The horses are gentle and love people; however, reservations and proper attire are required. At Northwest River Park you can participate in an Owl Prowl, or take in a showing at Chesapeake Planetarium. A list of winter events and activities can be found here.