Chesapeake, Virginia is located in eastern Virginia, nestled in the midst of several larger, bustling cities. Chesapeake is a beautiful city blending a mixture of city life and laid back country calm. Chesapeake is comprised of many settled neighborhoods with brick homes, grassy yards, and tree lined streets, blended with more modern high rise developments and numerous shopping areas. Chesapeake is a city surrounded by milatary bases, and is home to many military families. I became familiar with Chesapeake while working at the public library there about 5 years ago. I lived in nearby Norfolk, and made the 10-15 minute commute in each day.
While Chesapeake itself is not known for big ticket nightlife, there are numerous local night spots, fabulous shopping centers and great restaurants catering to every taste. Being in a military area has it's advantages when it comes to the variety of cuisine offered. In addition to the many Americian food establishments, there are numerous Thai, Japenese and Phillipine establishments serving authentic delicious dishes that you will come to love.
Chesapeake is just a short drive away from any activity or attraction you set your mind on. A mere 15 minute drive to the east will land you at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, where you will find sand, sun and lots of fun! There you can swim, sail, parasail and partake of all sorts of water sports. A 30 minute drive to the north and you will find Busch Gardens, a large family amusement park located in nearby Colonial Williamsburg. The surrounding cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk are home to many large naval shipyards and naval air bases, and air shows are a regular fascinating event.
If you want to be close to all of the hustle and bustle of military city life, and have the beach, rivers and waterways within easy reach, yet not be right in the midst of it all, you will love Chesapeake just as I do.
Chesapeake is a place where you will feel the charm of the quiet city neighborhoods while being within reach of the exciting city life.