Originally Posted by sailortjk1
What about Newport News-Williamsburg International?
We relocated to Newport News from Northern Virginia about 6 years ago - mostly for the better sailing conditions. Our initial approach to "winterizing" consisted of moving the boat further south, to Wrightsville Beach NC, where we have a place on the beach, then on down the ICW to the Keys. For the last 2 years, we've been forced (by unrelated circumstancess) to stay in Hampton Roads. I've done minimal winterizing (drained water tanks, water heater, etc.), and left our inboard Westerbeke 27 ready to run - with an electric cabin heater and light bulb to keep things above freezing. That way we can take advantage of the not-too-rare 60 or even 70 degree days that happen just about every month. For those really cold nights, I have a heat pump that I can kick in.
My wife's consulting work initially had her traveling quite a bit - both domestic and international. Since we have stuck with Continental for the FF miles, we still have to fly via Newark or Houston to get most places from Norfolk. The local airport in Newport News is served by Air Tran, which has direct flights to many destinations. Delta and USAir also serve Newport News (Patrick Henry Field). One caveat about Norfolk - at least with Continental, is that they insist on using small planes, while Air Tran uses full-size equipment from Newport News. Probably only a concern if you have long legs like we do
With all the military and ship-building here, we're somewhat insulated from the economic stresses elsewhere. We found the housing prices to be much better here than in the DC area as well.
Oh, the sailing and cruising opportunities are nearly unlimited here. In addition to the Bay, we can head straight out into the Atlantic, or take a right and head down to the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Just be prepared to give way to the occasional sub or aircraft carrier!