Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
We propose that attendees sample the local cuisine for lunch and dinner. There are more than 100 restaurants within walking distance of the Marriott. Within a block of the Marriott, Granby Station, a multi-ethnic food mall provides informal and inexpensive options for lunch. For dinner, it is also possible to use the local light rail system (the Tide) or take the ferry to Portsmouth for additional dining options. The tickets for the Tide and the ferry are $4.50 for an all-day pass, with the ferry landing located at Waterside.
After Hours and Diversions
Norfolk is a vibrant city and fun to explore. Self-guided walking tours and local museums and attractions offer something for everyone. Steps from the Marriott is Nauticus, a hands-on science and technology center that allows visitors to experience the power of the sea, including interactive exhibits featuring the Battleship Wisconsin. Also in the vicinity of the Marriott are two unique shopping experiences, the historic Selden Market Promenade and the MacArthur Center Mall. The thriving, local music scene in Norfolk features venues within an easy walk or Uber ride from the Marriott. Norfolk is also home to the Tides, an exciting professional AAA league baseball team that plays home games at nearby Harbor Park. In addition to the local attractions, the venue is a 30 minute drive from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Boardwalk. There are also several nature preserves nearby, including the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, First Landing State Park and Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. At False Cape State Park one can find pristine and uncrowded beaches.
On Wednesday afternoon, there will be free time during which several optional excursions will be arranged for an additional fee. Depending on demand, tours and excursions for companions can also be arranged.
Pre- and Post- Conference Opportunities
May is also a perfect time of year to visit the Mid-Atlantic region of the country. There are many interesting destinations within a few hours’ drive of Norfolk. An hour north is the Historic Triangle area of Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown as well as popular theme parks – Busch Gardens, Williamsburg and Water Country, USA. Across the famous 15 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel are the Eastern Shore, Chincoteague and Assateague Island beaches. An hour and a half drive south gets one to the Outer Banks of North Carolina including Kitty Hawk and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. About 3 hours west puts one in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. In the same area, Charlottesville is home to historic Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home) and a good base point to explore the area. Finally, Washington, DC is about a 3 hour drive north and is also the closest major international arrivals airport (Dulles).