Surprisingly People Need This: 5 Reasons to Take a Vacation

The Health Benefits of Getting Away

VIRGINIA BEACH – It doesn’t matter if it is 10 minutes, 10 days or 10 weeks; we all need a break.   Unfortunately, most Americans who are given paid vacation don’t use all of it – or even half.  Two surveys completed by Forbes and Glassdoor showed only 25 percent of Americans take all of their paid leave time. Worse yet, the survey showed of the people who take vacation, more than 60 percent work while away. 

It’s time to buck the trend. Taking vacations is good for your mental health. Here’s why:

  1. Help your heart stay healthy. Taking time off reduces stress, which decreases heart disease. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association , men who took annual vacations were 32 percent less likely to die from heart disease. 
  2. Get the right perspective. Taking a break can give you new insight. Even if you just take a few minutes out of the day, anything from getting fresh air to exploring new destinations, helps clear the mind and inspire fresh outlooks.
  3. Better sleep. Restless nights and sporadic sleep are common complaints, often stemming from stress and too much work. Having too much on your mind that inhibits sleep, which hurts productivity as well as overall health. Getting away from it all helps ease your mind into restful sleep.
  4. Improve Relationships. A five-year study by the Wisconsin Medical Journal showed women who take time off at least twice a year are less likely to be depressed, tired or tense. They are also more satisfied with their marriages.
  5. Have fun. Getting out of the routine of daily life is fun. The surprise and amazement that comes from doing something new has lasting effects on mental health. You may see interesting places and meet interesting people.

Take a break from the humdrum of life and add new stories to your repertoire. These new experiences can ignite inspiration and give life more clarity. Take your health and happiness in hand instead of drudging along from year-to-year. Find your excitement in life. 

VSA is happy to help you plan your next get-a-way.   800-340-1158

Celebrate Fitness and Fun at the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon

Get into the Groove

VIRGINIA BEACH – It’s time to get into the groove – with the dance moves and fitness.

This year, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series will be celebrating 20 years of races across the nation. It all started in San Diego in 1998, and has grown to include races spanning the United States, including Virginia Beach. 

This is the 17th year for the Virginia Beach half-marathon event. The races are held each year on Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the American Music Festival. Runners and spectators are treated to a 3-day music festival in addition to miles of music on course and a grand finish along the oceanfront Boardwalk.

Race events include a 5K where runners start at 21st Street and Atlantic Avenue, and follow the course along the boardwalk before ending near 12th Street.

Check out this cool Virginia Beach Rock n’ Roll Marathon and Music Festival Video!

A second event is the “Mile on the Sand” where runners start on the beach near 19th Street and complete the course all on the sand.

The half-marathon is the largest event that starts at 14th Street and Pacific Avenue, runs down General Booth Boulevard, among other streets, and ends at the boardwalk near 13th Street.

The American Music Festival is one of the largest outdoor music events on the East Coast that brings together national, regional, and local acts to play on at the 5th Street Stage, as well as stages in all the parks along the boardwalk. This year, the sounds of rock, jazz, country, R&B, and more will flood the Virginia Beach oceanfront for three sun-filled days during the Labor Day weekend.

Performers this year include: Shadowjack; Joe Gosman Band; Lewis McGehee; Dustin Furlow; The Rhondels; The Noisemakers and many more.

But wait – there’s more.

You don’t have to run in any of the races to enjoy the weekend’s events. Rock Around the Block and win cash prizes in this friendly neighborhood competition. Locals can recruit fellow neighbors to take to the streets on race day with a unique and spirited block theme. The goal is to keep runners and walkers motivated and entertained as they make their way past various neighborhoods to the finish line.

For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon visit   For more information about the American Music Festival visit

And, of course, if you’re looking for the perfect place to stay for Labor Day weekend, VSA Resorts is the perfect choice!

Play at the Beach

6 Adventurous Ways to Enjoy a Virginia Beach Vacation

There are lots of ways to relax at the beach: relax under an umbrella, crack open a cool drink, play in the surf, or read a book and feel your cares washing away. However, if you’re feeling in the mood for something more adventurous, the beach has a wilder side you can try. Check out our top six recommendations for oceanic thrills that will give you memories to last a life time.

  1. Surfing Lessons that will Let You Hang 10: Surfing is a classic part of life at the oceanfront, and surfing lessons are a great way to dive in. In Virginia Beach there are a lot of different surf schools to choose from such as: VB Surf Session, Seth Broudy School of Surf, and Wave Riding Vehicles Surf Camp. Though it may vary depending on which school you choose, for the most part, you won’t need to bring your own board and lessons are available for both children and adults. Cowabunga, dude!


  1. Fly the Skies with Parasailing: Parasailing is an exciting activity for any thrill seeker. Parasailors wear colorful open parachutes, which catch the wind and lift them high in the air as they are towed behind a motorboat. Companies such as Pirate Parasail and Adventure Parasail offer their customers an amazing bird’s eye view of the oceanfront, but be aware that this view may be from as high as 1,000 feet!


  1. Beachside Horseback Riding: What could be better than a relaxing walk on the beach? Maybe, a relaxing horseback ride? You can saddle up and ride along the edge of the ocean with Virginia Beach Horseback. They also offer sunset rides, so you can enjoy the beauty of the beach at twilight from the back of a majestic horse. You can also choose to have your ride shot by a professional photographer to create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.


  1. Bike through the Sea Breeze: Bikes and sand don’t always mix, but the boardwalk has its own cycling lane to let you pedal through that brisk ocean air. And you don’t need to worry about traveling with your bike, there are lots of rental options right on the oceanfront. Conte’s Bike Shop and Cherie’s Bike Rentals are great options. You can even rent tandem bikes if you want to cruise with someone special.


  1. Fishing in the Atlantic: The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is nestled between 14th and 15th It is complete with a restaurant, and nearby tackle shop. From Memorial Day on, the Pier is open 24 hours a day for the summer season. Admission costs $10 per adult, $5 per child under 12 years, and $2 per non-fishing spectator. Each fisher can bring 2 fishing rods or crab nets each, but rod rentals are available for $8 each. You can also check out the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier website for updates about the current fishing season and what species you might expect to catch.


  1. Get in Touch with Nature on A Dolphin Kayak Tour: The water off the coast of Virginia Beach absolutely teems with all kinds of marine life. The bottlenose dolphins are particular favorites and can often be seen playing in the surf near the beach. You can take it a step further and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and animals such as dolphins or logger head sea turtles during a fun, guided kayak tour. Check out Kayak Nature Tours and Ocean Rentals for rates and details.

VSA is always happy to welcome you as our guest on your next beach vacation. Give us a call to reserve your stay:  800-340-1158.


Plan the Perfect Summer Vacation

Six Tips to Planning the Perfect Summer Vacation

Summer vacations are a great chance to enjoy beautiful weather, explore a new city, and spend time with loved ones. Check out these six tips to help you plan your summer excursion, and navigate any speed bumps the season might throw your way.


  1. Plan For Crowds. Summertime is the most popular season for travel and big crowds can be aggravating when they catch you unprepared. If you’re at a jam-packed festival or theme park, plan ways to keep in touch with your group in case you get separated. Wear brightly colored clothing or bandanas, use a tracking app like Find My Friends, or pick a spot to regroup to find each other in a crowd. If you’re traveling with children use the buddy system or hold hands to keep everyone together.


Beat crowds at the beach by getting there early to stake out a prime spot. Use umbrellas, coolers, blankets, or towels to make your claim. If you forget your beach supplies, the shops on and around the Virginia Beach Boardwalk can supply all your needs.


  1. Choose the Right Time to Travel. Timing is key when it comes to summer travel. Since so many people are embarking on their vacations, airports and highways can get congested quickly. Plan for extra travel time to accommodate all kinds of traffic and keep travel friendly activities handy to stave off boredom. Because many people choose to start their vacations on weekends and holidays, you can avoid a big chunk of the crowd just by scheduling your flight or drive for a different time. Websites such as Kayak and Orbitz can help you compare flights to find the best dates and ticket for you.


  1. Pack for the Sand and Sun. You can’t have summer adventures without summer gear. Of course breezy summer clothing like shorts and sandals are a must, but it’s also a good idea to bring a jacket in case the temperature drops in the evening. You’ll want to be protected from the elements, so don’t forget hats, bug spray, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated and safe. If you plan to do a lot of water activities water proof wallets and phone cases could end up saving the day.


  1. Plan Outdoor Fun that Won’t Leave You Feeling Fried. Is there anything more refreshing than a dip in some cool water? Virginia Beach offers so many different ways to enjoy a good splash; you might have trouble choosing. There are miles of oceanfront surf, more tranquil bay beaches, and the area’s only water park Ocean Breeze Water Park.


  1. Stay Cool in the Great Indoors. Summer is the perfect time for fun in the sun, but there’s nothing quite like a cold blast of air conditioning on a hot day. You can stay cool by planning some back up activities indoors, just in case it gets too hot outside. Virginia Beach has a huge number of fun options such as: the Virginia Aquarium IMAX Theater, iFLY Indoor Skydiving, the Virginia Beach Rock Gym, Lynnhaven and Pembroke malls, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and more.


  1. Don’t’ Forget Downtime. A vacation is supposed to be fun and relaxing, so try not to push yourself too hard. The heat can be exhausting and dehydration is a very real concern. Scheduling down time is a good way to prevent this. And, it doesn’t have to be boring- catch a movie, find a cool place to read, take a nap, or sit with refreshing beverage and enjoy the sea breeze.

Reserve your summer vacation at VSA!

6 Surprising Facts About Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a great place to live and visit. But, did you know it has some secrets?

  1. The Virginia Beach is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Virginia Beach is listed in the famed record book as home to the world’s largest pleasure beach. There are 28 miles of premium oceanfront surf and sand along with an additional 10 miles of beaches along the Chesapeake Bay. This includes areas such as Sandbridge, Chicks Beach, Croatan Beach, and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront area, which all have plenty of room for fun in the sun.

  1. Virginia Beach once recycled a whole landfill.

Today Mount Trashmore Park is a treasured destination for tourists and locals alike, but it was born under unusual circumstances. The park has everything you could want from playgrounds to lakes, and walking trails to large, green hills. The hills are the park’s defining feature and were built by compressing layers of trash with fresh soil, letting the city turn and abandoned dump in to good clean fun.

  1. America was born in Virginia Beach.

    Men and women dressed in Native American Indian costumes dance at the Celebration of Life Pow Wow Festival at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

First Landing State Park gives the city a chance to show off its deep history. The park gets its name from an area marked with a large granite cross, which marks the place where the Virginia Company colonists first set foot on American soil in 1607. These settlers eventually settled in Jamestown, but left their mark on Virginia Beach forever.

  1.   The Chesepian tribe lived in Virginia Beach long before European settlers ever arrived.

Before the 1608 landing, the Chesepian people lived, hunted, and farmed throughout Virginia Beach. They were not members of the better-known Powhatan tribe – the one  Pocahontas was a member of – or their Confederation. Both groups occupied areas of what is now southeastern Virginia, but the Chesepians lived along and closer to the coast in modern day Virginia Beach

      5.  Virginia Beach is the largest city in the state.

Virginia Beach is like a multifaceted gem. With so many industries ranging from tourism, to agriculture, to military services, it attracts tourists and permanent residents alike. This city has an astounding population of more than 450,000 people. As a teeming metropolis, there is always something to do or see.

      6.  Virginia Beach has produced a lot of notable people.

It seems Virginia Beach is a breeding ground for talent. Stars such as: singer and songwriter, Felicia Barton; Olympic gold medalist, Gabby Douglas; music sensation, Pharrell Williams; NFL wide receiver, Percy Harvin; five-time gammy nominee, Juice Newton, Rapper Pusha T; NBA player, J.R. Reid; Actor and “Avenger,” Mark Ruffalo; and musical phenomenon, Timbaland, are just a few who once had ties to the city.

      7.  Virginia Beach has a special bond with the city of Moss in Norway.

There is a statue near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront called “The Norwegian Lady” with an interesting past. In 1891 members of the Virginia Beach community made efforts to rescue the victims of the shipwreck of the Dictator, a ship from Moss, Norway that ran aground near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. As a memorial to those who were lost, the figurehead of the doomed ship was erected on the boardwalk, where it remained until 1953, when it was damaged and then disappeared. In 1963 the city of Moss gifted a bronze replica of the statue to Virginia Beach and erected and exact replica on their own shores, and the two officially became sister cities.

We invite you to explore Virginia Beach – – and of course, stay with us in one of our vacation suites while you’re in town! 

Virginia Beach erects the city’s first Before I Die Wall

The space is to examine common anxieties, contemplate mortality, and better understand what it means to be human.

VIRGINIA BEACH – Art meets the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach – with a twist.

 A weekend of fun, art and coastal preservation kicks off Friday, May 12 at the ViBe Creative District on 18th Street between Cypress and Mediterranean.

The inaugural ViBe Creative District Art Festival will start Friday and run through Sunday. Vendors and art exhibits will be on display and various artists will hold concerts throughout the weekend.

In addition, VSA Resorts will unveil its Before I Die Wall at the event. The Wall is a national phenomenon that has made a mark in more than 2,000 locations, in 76 countries and in 35 languages. The global participatory public art project was originally created on an abandoned house in New Orleans by artist Candy Chang after the death of someone she loved. 

“We are honored and thrilled to bring this trending art work to Virginia Beach,” said Nadine Paniccia, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VSA Resorts of Virginia Beach. “We are hoping this makes a mark on our community and spurs people to live better lives.”

Each wall is created by local residents who want to make a space in their community to restore perspective and share more with one another. Each wall is a tribute to living an examined life.

NBS News says the wall is “the stuff of everyday life from people of all walks of life… Young or old, rich or poor, the Before I Die wall does make you think as you walk by.”

Participants will have the opportunity to write on the wall and share their thoughts and feelings with others. The wall is located by VSA’s lot on 17th Street between Atlantic and Pacific, directly behind Dough Boys.

In addition to the festival fan fare, Lynnhaven River Now will also be on hand celebrating 15 years of conservation efforts.

For more information:
Shannon Kane
EWR Marketing
P: (757)389-8818

ViBe Creative District Art Festival

When: Friday, May 12- Sun. May 14

Where: 18th Street between Cypress and Mediterranean

Cost: Free and open to the public, concerts charge a fee

Take Your Dog to the Beach Day

Dog is man’s best friend.  . .

So, it stands to reason family pets and family vacations go hand-in-hand. Thanks to the rules and regulations of the City of Virginia Beach, these four-legged friends can enjoy all the area has to offer in its parks, trails, shopping, and dining options that will accommodate a canine companion.

1. Let’s start with the best part: Beaches!
No matter the time of year, a trip to Virginia Beach just isn’t complete without an actual trip to the sandy beach. Dogs are welcome on most public beaches, but some caveats do apply. From Labor Day to Memorial Day dogs are allowed on all public beaches, including the boardwalk, at any time. However, during the peak summer months, pets are restricted from the boardwalk and the beaches below 42nd street. They are allowed on all other public beaches, before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.   Sandbridge is another great option, located south of the boardwalk area. Keep in mind leash laws do apply and you will need a bag for anything Fido leaves behind.

2. Parks
Virginia Beach has some spectacular parks, and of course dogs are welcome. In particular both Red Wing Park and Woodstock Park feature off leash dog parks, where you can let your puppy run to his or her heart’s delight. There are also walking trails you can traverse with your dog, just be sure to keep them on their lead.

3. Town Center Shopping
If you’re looking for something a little more indoorsy to do with your pooch, Town Center has a number of stores that allow friendly dogs and their human companions to browse. Some stores even have resident dogs of their own. A complete list can be found on the Town Center Website, but includes stores such as: Anthropologie, Bevello, Free People, Jones Art Gallery, Mrs. Bones Bowtique, and more. You can enjoy quality shopping and quality time with your puppy.

4. Dog-Friendly Dining
When you and your dog get peckish, choose Virginia Beach restaurants with dog friendly seating options. You can chow down seated on outdoor patios and enjoy the beautiful weather at the same time. Both the Town Center Website and have published great lists of dog accommodating dining options in the city. Casual and higher-brow restaurants alike allow dogs on their patios including: The Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant, Froggies Cantina By The Bay, The Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro, and so many more.

5. Breweries
Warm summer nights, cold brews, and best canine friends just seem to go together. Virginia Beach has a booming brewery scene and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome! The Back Bay Brewing Co., Wasserhund Brewing Co., and Commonwealth Brewing Co. are just a few of the great options that will let you enjoy great atmosphere and great beers with your best buddy.


On your next day trip to Virginia Beach, bring Fido and enjoy our beautiful City!

Stress-busting Travel Checklist

Planning Vacation the Stress-Free Way

Travel of any kind is stressful enough without the hiccups that inevitably come along. The best way to combat this is to plan and prep everything ahead of time. It’s like you’ve started your vacation early. A solid checklist such as the one we provided below can help you prepare and rest easy knowing you’ve covered all your bases.

Paper work and passports
Get all of your paper work in order ahead of time. Keep in mind a passport can take a few weeks to process, so if you need it, get the ball rolling early. You can look online for specific information about your country’s requirements. Information about passport application or renewals can be found on government websites such as the one for US citizens offered by the Federal government.

Prepare your transportation
If you are flying or taking a train you will need to choose an airline/railroad company and book your ticket. If you plan to drive once your reach your destination you’ll need to book a rental car. If you are driving yourself; make sure your car is in working order: check the oil, tire pressure, and fill up the gas take before you leave.

Book your accommodations
It’s a good idea to make your bookings ahead of time, this way you’ll never be left frantically searching for a room in an unfamiliar city. Making reservations early can help ensure a destination and price of choice.

Scout your destination
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, scouting out attractions, restaurants, and activities can help make your trip memorable without letting it get stressful. Many cities have official travel websites like the one offered by Virginia Beach. If you are traveling internationally, it can also be helpful to brush up on local lingo and customs to head off any confusion or misunderstandings.

Check the forecast
While researching your destination, check the local weather forecast. You won’t be able to rely on it completely, but it can give you a good idea of what to expect and can help you pack more effectively. Websites such as the The Weather Channel are a good place to start.

You can divide your luggage into two main sections: luggage you will check, and your carryon. Pack clothes and shoes in your larger check luggage, but keep essentials such as chargers, money, and medications in your carry on for easy access. Keep in mind all prescriptions will need to be in a labeled prescription bottle.

Snacks and entertainment
Choose your travel snacks and entertainment ahead of time and pack them in your carryon bag.

Money and banking
If you are traveling internationally, be sure to alert your bank ahead of time. Check exchange rates before you leave and get some local currency to keep close by in case of an emergency. You can check up to date exchange rates on a number of different websites like

Know what to expect with security
Security guidelines and restrictions can change quickly. Be sure you have information that is as current as possible. This makes it easier to pack correctly and keep you from any unpleasant surprises.

Prep your home
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning a trip, but don’t forget about the home front. If you have pets or even houseplants that will need care, ask a friend or loved one to help you out. Websites such as can also help you find reliable house/pet sitters. Clean up a little bit before you leave, nothing kills vacation-induced relaxation like coming home to a disaster.

VSA Resorts is always ready to welcome you to one of our beautiful properties.  Please give us a call for the latest promotions: 1-800-340-1158.

Traveling with a Senior Citizen

6 Tips for Traveling with a Senior

Travel, whether for pleasure, business, or any other reason, can be fun and rewarding for people of all ages and abilities. If you are traveling with a globe-trotter who is basking in the glow of their golden years, there are particular needs that may not seem obvious to a younger companion. These six tips offer sure-fire solutions to common travel needs for mature travelers.

1. Call Ahead: To make travel as easy and as stress-free as possible, planning ahead for any special needs is a must. Travel companies are able to make arrangements ahead of time to help with the passengers with special needs. Services such as seating sections for those with disabilities, advanced boarding passes, or wheelchairs can all be prearranged. Some airlines require you call them directly to set up special arrangements or notify them of disabilities, while others offer the option of alerting them when you book. Be sure to work with your travel company’s system to ensure smooth travel. The AARP Travel Website has resources to help senior travelers plan trips and book their transportation.

2. Balance Your Pack: Packing under any circumstance is a fine art that requires balance; pack too little and disaster can strike, but pack too much and you’ll be bogged down. Traveling with an elderly loved one is no different, the lighter you can pack, without skipping on essentials, the sleeker and less stressful your trip will be. Be sure to pack absolute necessities like medications in a carryon bag, so even if you baggage is lost or delayed you’ll be covered. Be sure all medications are in properly marked containers.

3. Remember Security: Make special note of any implants like pacemakers or joint replacements that your companion might have. These could set off a metal detector so be sure to inform their security agent ahead of time. Many airports offer advanced screenings or security lines specifically for passengers with disabilities or special needs; you can take advantage of these to keep things running on time.

4. Keep Things Simple: Non-stop flights or direct train rides are a good way to minimize travel time and reduce the stress of switching planes or trains. Cutting out connections also makes it less likely that a flight will be missed or delayed, which can make a huge difference if you, or your companion, are traveling with a disability or tire out easily.

5. Maintain Regular Schedules: It’s a good idea to plan for short rests and downtime to keep everyone as energized and comfortable as possible. It’s also helpful to stay on as regular a schedule as possible, especially for meals and medications. Maintaining a normal schedule can also help reduce stress for those with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive issues.

6. Talk to an Expert: It’s always a good idea to consult your loved one’s doctor before travel. The physician should be able to offer tips for managing any particular ailments or special needs that may be affected by travel. A doctor will also be able to let you know if they will need any particular vaccinations or prescriptions depending on the length of your trip and your destination. The CDC has additional information about particular travel needs and considerations for senior travelers.


To reserve a Virginia Beach getaway for the Seniors in your life, give us a call at VSA Resorts today – 800-340-1158.

How to Plan the Best Vacation

You deserve it – so plan the best vacation ever!

Map for Vacation Options

Live your dream – plan the best vacation ever. Perfect vacations can be elusive. Every person has their own idea of perfect with different balances of exciting and relaxing, luxurious and practical. No matter what your own dream come true looks like, there are five crucial steps that can help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

  1. Know Yourself

To plan the best vacation you have to decide what YOU want to do! Do you want to go on an exotic adventure? Do you want to sleep by a pool? Do you want to be warm or cold? Do you want to be in a bustling city or a quiet cabin? The best vacation will always be a vacation that fits your preferences.

  1. Budget

The best vacation will also always be one that you can afford, so break out that calculator and start crunching numbers. If you want to splurge you can always upgrade your airline seats or fly to a distant location. If you are looking to save some cash you could always bundle your expenses on things like flights or car rentals. It’s a good idea to consider every possible expense while you plan your finances. This can include dining, entertainment, shopping, and emergencies.

  1. Research different destinations

Once you know what kind of vacation you want and how much you want to spend, it’s time to hit the books (or search engines). Research is your best friend. Most cities have official websites and many also have tourism sites that can help you quickly and easily see what each location has to offer. You can also check out reviews specifically designed for vacation.

  1. Book!

Once you pick the perfect destination, it is time to book! You’ll have to decide the best way to travel and book your flight, train ticket, or rental car. If there are any special events or activities you know you want to participate in, book those too. You can often save money by booking as early as possible, so it’s a good idea to do this step as soon as you can. You can also buy tickets to shows and concerts early, often for special discounts.

  1. Plan All the Fun!

After you choose your destination, it is time to plan the details. The key to creating a good itinerary is to balance variety with practicality. Make sure to give yourself plenty of options for restaurants and activities, but stay flexible and don’t overbook yourself. The last thing you want is to come home from a vacation more exhausted than when you left.


VSA Resorts is part of an international family of resorts offering travel options around the globe.  Give us a call to see how we can help you see the world!  800-340-1158.