The city of Norfolk might see an influx of travelers in the new year. The travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, has put Norfolk in their top 50 list of top places to travel in 2017.
The following is the excerpt of why Norfolk was chosen:
Once characterized mainly by the defense industry and a massive naval base, Norfolk has become an off-the-radar, affordable hot spot thanks to a flourishing arts scene and increasing city- and university-supported entrepreneurship. Its craft beer continues to be a huge attraction: Benchtop Brewing was one of the newest breweries to open in 2016; the upcoming Bearded Bird Brewing will operate as a microbrewery co-op and have a large patio where visitors can sample beers. A taproom from Starr Hill Brewery will be part of a newly developed Waterside District—an area that will see several restaurant openings (like regional favorite Cogan’s Pizza) in 2017. Nearby, The Main aims to become another downtown hub in the spring, with a seafood restaurant, rooftop lounge, 300-room Hilton, and other entertainment additions. And don’t miss the NEON District—the mural-studded home of the Chrysler Museum of Art—which has recently introduced an extra element of urban cool.
The annual list is put together based off surveys from travel writers around the world, travel specialists, and they look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings in cities.