On Virginia's eastern edge, the Potomac and James rivers, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean have shaped the state's nautical life. Explore that history in places such as Hampton (pictured) and Colonial Williamsburg, as well as Norfolk, where hotels and more are growing dockside.
AROUND THE STATE
• Following renovations, the 45-room Kimpton Morrison House reopened in Alexandria alongside the Ashlar Restaurant and Bar. The hotel has more than 2,800 square feet of meeting space.
• The 244-room, dual-branded Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton Richmond-Downtown has opened in the state capital with 7,000 square feet for meetings.
An $11.2 million, 109-room Hyatt Place
will be built on the spot of a former Motel 6, as the city seeks to add to its convention-quality hotels. Meeting Hotels:
Group properties in the city include the 295-suite Embassy Suites Hampton Beach, 173-room Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina and 149-room Hilton Garden Inn Coliseum Central.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.Convention Center: Hampton Roads Convention Center;
exhibit space, approximately 320,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 33; (800) 800-2202Airport Transit:
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, about 14 miles north of Hampton. Transfer cost by taxi, about $45
Norfolk International Airport, about 16 miles south of Hampton. Transfer cost by taxi, $50Taxes:
Room tax, 7.5%; sales tax, 7.35%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%Group Venue:
Old Point Comfort, at the defensively strategic mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, is the site of Fort Monroe, which opened in 1836 and was named for the fifth president of the United States. The Commanding General's Residence and Garden,
built in the early 1920s in classic revival style, is available for gracious events of up to 150 people. (757) 637-7778Contact: Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau,