Living in Portsmouth, VA., November 1, 2017 – May 9, 2018

20180121_154939Portsmouth Sigh at the beginning of the Causeway, with Tidewater Yacht Marina in the background

We love travel, history, culture, food and people, and we’ll share all of that in our blog.  So, before we get into our travels so far, we will turn the clock back a bit to share more about our time in Portsmouth and Norfolk, VA.  We loved the area and the people we met.  There is so much to do here. It’s truly worth the trip!

After a leisurely trip down the Chesapeake, due largely to bad weather in Cape May and Annapolis (not bad places to be stuck!), we arrived at Tidewater Yacht Marina in Portsmouth, VA. on November 1, 2017.  The goal was to be further south, but not too far, as we knew that we’d be moving north in early May.  While unusual for the area, this winter was brutal!  Not nearly as bad as our friends and family up north in NJ, PA and VT experienced, but it was certainly interesting experiencing it on a boat!  It was a huge learning experience.  Most importantly, we decided that we will winter in southern Florida next winter!

Visions of our experience on the boat during and after the “bomb cyclone”:

The good news?  We love the Portsmouth/Norfolk area.  There’s much to see and do, a lot of art and culture, wonderful restaurants, and it’s close to the beaches, Williamsburg, Richmond, Washington, DC and more.  Tidewater Yacht Marina is nestled in Old Towne Portsmouth, directly across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk.  Brick and cobbled streets, beautiful old homes, parks, tons of history, remarkable boat traffic on the Elizabeth River, and much to do.  More to come in future posts, but for now, a brief tour around Olde Towne, and a few views from the marina:

Beautiful Portsmouth, VA.

The Wisconsin is a navy battleship commissioned in 1944.  She served in both WWII and the Korean War, and was used extensively as a training vessel.  The Wisconsin was placed put of commission in 1958, but was upgraded and recommissioned by President Reagan in 1988.  The Wisconsin went on to serve in Operation Desert Storm from January 15 – February 27 1991, marking the last time that a U.S. Battleship ever actively participated in a foreign war.  She was again decommissioned in September 1991, and moved to Norfolk in 1996, and restored to the Naval Register in 1998. Wisconsin earned five battle stars for her service in WWII, and one for the Korean War.

Norfolk is just across the river from Portsmouth, and easily accessible by a ferry that crossed from town to Waterside in Norfolk.  It’s a small downtown, and is very walkable.  Right downtown is the MacArthur Center Mall, with good shopping and a movie theatre.  


We left Portsmouth, VA. on Wednesday, May 9th. Thanks to Kathy and Breandon for getting up early and documenting our departure!  We’re really excited to start our travels, but will miss all our our great friends at Tidewater.


The large red brick building in the background is the Naval Medical Center, located on 20 acres on Hospital Point in Portsmouth. It’s the oldest continuously running hospital in the Navy medical system. Living near it guarantees lots of sirens and helicopters, but the best part?  Tidewater Yacht Marina is on the same power grid as the hospital, so power failures are unheard of!

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