Garden and Homes Tour

Day 1  Explore three downtown Norfolk historical homes with the Victorian Hunter House, the Moses Myers, and The Norfolk History Museum. Each homes takes you into a different era in Norfolk showing you Norfolk's rich diverse history. Enjoy dinner at the Freemason Abbey Restaurant and Tavern, a restaurant located in over 135 year-old renovated church in the Freemason Harbor area of Norfolk. The menu offers a wide variety of foods, featuring fresh lobster, pasta, fish, seafood and choice prime rib.

Day 2 Relax along a tree-lined riverbank at the Hermitage Foundation Museum. This early 20th century historic home appears frozen in time, offering visitors an extraordinary trip through antiquity. The museum and gardens consist of a world-wide art collection and contemporary exhibition galleries, all surrounded by twelve acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands.  Enjoy a guided tour through Rowena's Cake Factory. Visit a delightful world of jams, jellies and cakes. Everything is made in small qualities to keep that "homemade" flavor for which Rowena's is famous. Spend the afternoon antique shopping in the East Coast's largest antique market located in the historic Ghent section of Norfolk. From Country French to 18th and 19th century pieces, Ghent is filled with antique shops that offer something for everyone. While there, make a stop at the Five Points Community Farm Market where fresh local and regional produce, organic meats and Yoder dairy milk are sold fresh everyday.  Delight in dinner at the Norfolk Seafood Company located on Granby Street, and delight in a taste of New Orleans. Enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere with a menu to satisfy any pallet!

Day 3 Take a fun-filled boat ride at Norfolk Botanical Garden and explore the waterways or stroll the gardens and discover a variety of plants from the cultivated to the wild. While you are visiting, be sure to take part in the one of Garden's popular programs such as Active Gardeners, Creative Gardeners or Garden Design and How-To.  Shop till you drop at MacArthur Experience the elegance and romance of the Victorian Era inside the Hunter House Victorian Museum.