Exploring Newport News

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Newport News, Virginia, you are in for a world of fun! The city sits on the banks of the beautiful James River, and offers lots of outdoor and nature related adventures, along with all the urban charm you could want from a small city. If you’ll be staying in Newport News with us, here are some sights and attractions we recommend checking out.

  1. The Mariner’s Museum
    Civil War buffs will want to visit the Mariner’s Museum for their exhibit on the USS Monitor, an ironclad ship used in battle during the War. The Museum houses many artifacts from the ship, along with replicas of the sailor’s living quarters and more. After visiting the USS Monitor Center, tour the rest of the museum including the important Defending the Seas exhibit.
  2. Newport News Park
    Spend a warm and sunny day exploring the large Newport News Park. No matter what type of outdoor activity you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it here. Challenge yourself with vigorous biking and hiking trails, or slow it down and enjoy a lakeside picnic. Get out on the water and try your luck at fishing (licensed required) or rent a boat for a few hours of pleasure crafting. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, the park is home to many species of birds.
  3. Busch Gardens
    In nearby Williamsburg (only minutes away) you can have a day of thrilling adventures at the Busch Gardens amusement park. The theme park is divided into various European themed lands, in Scotland you’ll find the Loch Ness Monster roller-coaster and in New France, there is the Le Scoot flume ride!
  4. Endview Plantation
    Get a taste of the old, Old South with a visit to the Endview Plantation. This plantation was built in 1769 and throughout the eras, it has taken on a number of different roles, from private home, to hospital, to the museum it is today. If you are lucky, there may be a Civil War Reenactment during your visit!
  5. Hilton Village
    Explore the charming streets of Newport New’s Hilton Village. This is the place to come if you’re looking to dine at a local restaurant (we recommend seafood from the nearby waterways) or to do some souvenir shopping.  The people watching is excellent as well!

Have you already been to Newport News? What other attractions do you think are worth visiting?

Breakfast (of Champions) in a Hurry

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be challenging to try and get in a nutritious breakfast when you’re busy in the morning. Making healthy breakfast choices can be especially tough then you’re on the road, and travelling all the time. It’s all too easy to pull up to a drive-thru and order a cinnamon bun or breakfast sandwich. When you stay at InTown Suites, making healthier choices is easy, because your guestroom is equipped with a kitchen. We’ve come up with our top 6 breakfast ideas that you can make in your room in a flash!

1.    Overnight Oats
The best part about this breakfast is that you prepare it the night before, so it’s ready in the fridge when you need it! Mix together a ½ cup of rolled oats (not instant) and ½ cup of milk. Add in a dash of sweetener like sugar or honey, or for a more decadent breakfast, swap regular milk for chocolate milk. Stick it in the fridge and you’re good to go, the oats will soften overnight, so they don’t need to be cooked! In the morning, if you’d like to fancy it up a bit, throw in a handful of blueberries or other fruit.

2.    Breakfast Banana Popsicles
This is a fun and whimsical breakfast. Take a peeled, chilled banana (put it in the fridge overnight), insert a popsicle stick, roll it in some peanut butter, or other favorite nut butter and then dip it into some granola. It’s a fun way to get in some healthy carbs and protein, and will keep you going until lunch.

3.    Breakfast Burritos
This is the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Scramble up 2 eggs (if you’re really pressed for time, you can do it in the microwave) and spread it on a whole-wheat tortilla. Add a couple of dollops of premade salsa and a sprinkle of pre-shredded low-fat cheese. Then just wrap it up like a burrito. It’s easy to eat with one hand as you’re heading out the door!

4.    Yogurt Bowls
In a bowl, add ¾ cup of plain or vanilla yogurt, and add a ½ cup of your favorite berries. (if you can’t find any in season, frozen berries will do just fine) You can stop right there and have a perfectly fine breakfast but consider taking it to the next level by mixing in a tablespoon of chia seeds. The yogurt will plump up the chia seeds giving your breakfast a unique texture and you’ll sneak in some omega-3 fatty acids.

5.    Apple Pancakes
Who doesn’t love pancakes? This version is much healthier and won’t sit heavy in your stomach if you’re off to morning meetings. Mix up a small batch of pancake batter, adding in a few dashes of cinnamon. Then take an apple, slice it horizontally into rings and dip the rings into the pancake batter. Grill the apple rings over medium heat until golden brown, and enjoy a unique take on cinnamon apple pancakes.

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