Beach Trip Summary

Beach Trips

Virginia Beach 2008
Virginia Beach 2008

We love the beach!  Here are some of our favorite trips from most recent to as far back as we can remember.

When Jeanne and Mark were young, both the Phillips and the Davis family used to enjoy beach trips, particularly camping at an inland campsite and spending the day at the beach.  We discovered that both families spent many summers at Pine Haven Campground in Sea Isle City, NJ when Jeanne and Mark were in our mid to late teenage years.  Chances are that we were camping the same week of the summer and maybe even ran into each other at the Pavilion listening to the jukebox and hanging out with the other kids.  Wouldn’t that have been interesting if we knew each other in those days.

We continue our tradition, but have moved on to less rustic accommodations.

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Virginia Beach Menu – 2018

The menu plan is still evolving – and probably will evolve even while we are getting crispy in the sun – but here is where we are as of 6/5/18.

New for 2018 is getting volunteers to handle the planning and cooking for each dinner.  Each volunteer can take care of just the entree, or a veggie, or a side dish, or a dessert or multiple categories.  If you want to experiment with making something for a meal just let me know and I’ll add it to the menu.  During the week we can adjust and we’ll do the final planning.  Please note that we need to make sure leftovers are used at every opportunity so that we have enough fridge space.

There are 25 adults and 9 children under 12.

Saturday Pizza, Calzone
Salad (just bagged salad for the first night)
Sunday Montreal Chicken
Roasted carrots with Morrocan spice
Roasted brocolli
Green beans
Buttered noodles
Salad bar
Mark & Jeanne
Monday Grilled Pork Loins with maple-mustard sauce
Rotini and meatballs
Salad bar
Mark and Di
Tuesday Mexican Night The Young Family
Wednesday Hamburgers, Turkey Burgers, Hot dogs, Fries John & Jeri Phillips
Thursday Smoked pork Matt
Smoker John
Friday Leftovers Everyone

We’d like to try to do more vegetables (perhaps in foil packs in the oven) and try to reduce the snacks and sweets, if possible.


2018 Virginia Beach Planning

2018 Majestic
2018 “Majestic” by Seibert Realty

We’ve reserved a beautiful house for the 2018 Virginia Beach trip.

See Majestic

This gorgeous semi-oceanfront beach home offers over 4000 square feet of space with room for the entire family.  Beach access is just across the street. The huge 3rd floor Great Room offers plenty of leather seating as well as a 52″ Flat Panel TV and open access to the dining area with multiple tables to seat our whole family. The Kitchen is a chef’s dream with Granite Countertops, 2 Ovens, 2 Dishwashers and plenty of space to create those gourmet delights! There’s a total of 13 Bedrooms and 13 full baths (2 with Jetted Tubs) and two half baths including 10 King Master Suites and One Queen Suite.

The first floor Recreation Room features a Theater area with a 72″ Flat Panel TV, Blu-ray Disc player and Surround Sound – plus a Pool Table, Air Hockey Table and Foosball Table. There’s also a Wetbar with a full size refrigerator that’s conveniently located by the pool for easy access to snacks and beverages. Multi – level decking on both East and West sides of the house offer you many options for soaking up the sun or just relaxing in the shade plus views of both the beach and the bay. After a day on the beach or sight-seeing, you can even enjoy the luxury of riding the elevator to your room – great for carrying in groceries and luggage too! Best of all, you even have your own Private Outdoor Swimming Pool to cool off after a day of fun in the summer sun.

Final Payments are Due by May 1st

The following table shows the amount you have paid to date and the remaining amount due.

Payment Options

These computer/smartphone applications work great when connected to your debit or credit card.  This is the easiest way to send money, and it is actually safer since you don’t have to worry about checks getting lost.

  • Click here to pay via PayPal ->
  • Pay via the Cash App to $mdavis17d or
  • Pay via Google Wallet to
  • Pay via Apple Pay to my cellphone
  • Pay via Facebook private message. There is a dollar sign in the message window that can be connected to your debit card and the payment is applied to my debit card.

We had some confusion last year on alcohol purchases.  The rule was that people are responsible for their own alcohol and occasionally the cost got mixed in with family food expense.  We will keep these expenses completely separated for 2018.

Virginia Beach Menu – 2016

The menu plan is still evolving – and probably will evolve even while we are getting crispy in the sun – but here is where we are as of 6/15/16.

  • SeafoodNightSaturday…………Pizza & Calzone
  • Sunday……………Seafood night.  Need to work on alternative for those not having seafood.
  • Monday………….Montreal Chicken
  • Tuesday…………Mexican Night
  • Wednesday……Smoked pork, ribs, corn on the cob
  • Thursday……….Lasagna
  • Friday…………….Leftovers



Virginia Beach 2016

Check out the great pool at Shore Perfection! Awesome!
Check out the great pool at Shore Perfection! Awesome!

Time is quickly approaching for VB2016 – our bi-annual beach trip to Sandbridge Beach, VA.  This year we have two homes on the road side providing for a less expensive trip since beach side houses have seen a lot of inflation.

We’re thinking of providing more ice water at the main house this year to reduce soda cost and consumption.  We’ve had success in doing this for MDC, so we’ll try it at the beach.  Please bring a personal water bottle.   Continue reading Virginia Beach 2016

2016 Beach Trip Planning

Contingent Sea will be our "Main" house.
Contingent Sea will be our “Main” house.

For a variety of reasons our plan for North Carolina didn’t work out. Maybe some other time.

Our plan is to go to Sandbridge once again.  The two houses are Contingent Sea and Shore Perfection.  Neither of them is on the beach side and they are separated by two houses, but plenty close enough to both the beach and each other that we expect the normal fun family time together. Continue reading 2016 Beach Trip Planning