Labor Day Staycation

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, and it’s a three dayer! What are you going to do? If you’re wishing you’d made vacation plans, but think it’s too late… think again. From Virginia Beach up through Newport News and Williamsburg, Hampton Roads has so much to offer tourists (whether they live here or not). Hatchett Design Remodel has a few suggestions on how to make your Labor Day weekend the best staycation ever!

Staycation Virginia Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Tour
Play on the Water

The forecast is perfect for spending time on or by the water, so try something new! You could spend a day in the sand at the oceanfront. A perfect day like that needs a perfect ending, like a guided Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Tour across Linkhorn Bay in Virginia Beach. You may even have a close encounter with an Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, blue herons, or kingfishers.

For more of an adrenaline rush on the water, check out Great White Watersports with locations on the Peninsula and Southside. You can take advantage of their jetski dolphin tours or just do your own thing. They also offer flyboard rentals for those daring (and coordinated) enough to try it!

Play Ball!

For those who’d rather spectate than participate, the Norfolk Tides are in all weekend at Harbor Park – with fireworks both Saturday and Sunday night. Come root for your home team as they take on the Charlotte Knights.

Staycation Norfolk Tides Baseball and Fireworks
Take a Tour

Looking for a fun and educational way to spend a beautiful day? Check to see if your city has a walking tour. Places like Colonial Williamsburg offer several guided walking tours as you might expect, but there are lots of self-guided walking tours as well. The Casemate Museum in Hampton mapped out this walking tour of Fort Monroe.  For insta-worthy photo-ops, The City of Norfolk has a self-guided downtown Mermaid Walking Tour as well as a guided Mural Tour through the NEON District.

A budding entrepreneur recently launched a new Pedal Brewery Tour just in time for Labor Day weekend. You may have seen these self-propelled tour buses in other cities, but now you can safely pedal your way through Norfolk’s most popular brew pubs.

Staycation Brewery Tour Virginia Beach to Newport News to Williamsburg

Or plan your own brewery tour! Hampton Roads as a whole offers about 30 local taprooms. Depending on how much ground you want to cover, your customized craft beer bonanza could stretch from the Farm House  in Virginia Beach up to Oozelfinch in Hampton and Alewerks in Williamsburg. Please be responsible and designate a sober driver to ensure that everyone safely has a good time.

Take a Hike

If you prefer a nature trail to an urban tour, take a hike! Noland Trail in Newport News is a local favorite. This five-mile loop makes being in the middle of a city feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. The whole family, whether 2-legged or 4, is sure to enjoy!

Staycation Newport News Noland Trail Hike

You’ve got three days, so choose a few of these options and plan a fun-filled staycation right here in Hampton Roads. Whatever you decide to do this Labor Day weekend, Hatchett Design Remodel hopes it’s with friends and family. Enjoy the day off… you’ve earned it!

Toys for Tots 2018 Kick-Off

The halls of Hatchett Design Remodel are decked for the holidays as we kick-off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Now thru December 14th, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys at our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach.
The Marine Toys for Tots mission is to send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy. Their mission resonates with our team here at Hatchett, and we hope that you’ll help us spread the joy of Christmas throughout Hampton Roads. Your gifts will be given to children in our community.
If you’d like to help but hate to shop, monetary donations can be made by clicking the “Donate” button on our website.
For those who enjoy shopping as much as giving, here’s what’s popular with the tots this year.
Encourage family bonding with a good, old-fashioned board game… or choose a game like Googly Eyes that puts a silly twist on a ol’ favorite. This hilarious game is basically Win Lose or Draw with vision-altering eyewear.
Inspire the creativity of a budding story teller with a LEGO Make Your Own Movie kit. This toy includes a free app (compatible with both tablets and phones) that helps kids direct their own stop-motion animated movies.
Play it safe with a present that’s sure to please, like anything Star Wars. With light and sound, this Bladebuilders toy is a good choice – because who doesn’t want their own lightsaber?!
Toys that get kids playing outside can usually be enjoyed by more than one kid at a time. You can’t go wrong with Giant Jenga, Ladder Ball, Bocce Ball, Bean Bag Toss, or a frisbee or frisbee game like Flimsee.

However you choose to donate, your contribution is tax-deductible. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity.

Thank you for helping make Christmas brighter for children in our community. You may drop off a new, unwrapped toy at our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. We are open 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday. And like Don Hatchett says, your donation is more than just a toy, it’s a gift of joy.

Free Remodeling Seminars

Hatchett Design Remodel has renovated thousands of homes in Hampton Roads. We have over 50 years of experience remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, additions and more. Every project is unique, but there is one thing all remodeling projects have in common… questions from homeowners! That’s why we’re hosting free remodeling seminars.

According to Don Hatchett, “one of the biggest hurdles for homeowners is knowing where to start on their remodeling project.” The unknown can be very daunting. How do I pick a contractor? How do I figure out what I want the space to look like? How long will it take? Can I live in my house during renovations? How much will it cost? Is financing available?

Hunting Kitchen Before & After
Remodeling Seminars in Newport News & Virginia Beach
These types of questions can bog you down and leave your project in a stalemate. To help you understand how to get from the “Before” to the “After”, our team is hosting two free remodeling seminars. One will be held in our Newport News showroom starting at 6pm on Thursday, October 11. The next will be the following week at our Virginia Beach showroom at 6pm on the 18th. Both seminars will be hosted by Meghan Hatchett and one of our top designers, Jessica.
Brooks Bathroom Before & After
What to Expect
While we have planned these events around our clients’ frequently asked questions, we want to make sure your specific concerns are addressed as well. Meghan will kick off the discussion by explaining Hatchett’s design process. This process is one we have fine tuned over the years to maximize efficiency while minimizing costs and stress. Jessica will then cover hot topics including the industrial style, colors of the year and other current trends in design.
Titcomb Bathroom Before & After
Jessica will also show you how Hatchett uses technology in the design phase of our process – something we’ve been doing since before Joanna Gaines made it popular!
Ngo Design Rendering & After
Open Q&A Session
After their informal presentation, they will open the floor to a Q&A session. Don Hatchett encourages all attendees to participate in this open discussion, because “it’s a great, pressure-free way to gain knowledge about the remodeling process.” Jessica added, “we hope people gain a better understanding of how the remodeling process works and what to expect whenever they’re ready to remodel.” While HGTV has brought remodeling into the spotlight, Hatchett’s seminars will provide more detailed, realistic information that will better prepare you for your future renovation endeavors.
Bourne Kitchen Before & After
Registration Information
Space is limited, so please register by October 8th for the Newport News seminar and by the 15th for Virginia Beach. To register, simply email Meghan Hatchett at Be sure to let her know which seminar you would like to attend and who will be in attendance.
Atkinson Outdoor Addition Before & After
Since many folks will likely be coming straight from work, we will have cheese and crackers for hors d’oeuvres… and wine, of course. Non-alcoholic alternatives will also be provided.
If you need more information before the seminar, feel free to call Hatchett Design Remodel or stop by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have… it costs nothing to ask!