Since I most likely won’t have a Wanderlust Wednesday post up for next month, I decided I would take today as a kind of swan song (except not really, because I will be be back at some point!) and share one of my favorite places on earth: The Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX).
Maybe I’m a bit biased since I’ve gone there almost every year since I was born, but I truly think it is one of the most magical beaches in the world. If you’re looking for a vacation that will surround you with people and activities, this is not it. If you want to lounge by the pool or beach and have fruity drinks delivered to you, this is not it. But if you’re looking to get away from it all and enjoy some gorgeous beaches, then you need to visit the OBX.
Although it has become a little more developed over the past few decades, it still remains a calm, peaceful setting–and that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do! You can go kayaking around Pea Island; charter a boat at Oregon Inlet and set out to catch some fishies; you can seek out the wild horses in Corolla; you can visit some historic lighthouses; and finally, my personal favorite, you can just hang out at the beach all the livelong day.
|Millie’s first walk on the beach! She met a crab and intentionally smashed some kid’s sandcastle (don’t worry, the child was not present for the destruction).|
There’s also lots of delicious, local cuisine to be had! Our favorites include Pop’s Oyster Bar in Hatteras; the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills; and of course, Duck Donuts. There’s usually quite a long line for Duck Donuts, but if you’ve got time to kill, I promise you it is worth it. The donuts are made fresh, so you can really go there at any point during the day and get the same experience.
|Pop’s Raw Bar–I miss you, oysters!|
I recently wrote a post about how sad I felt when we sold my grandma’s beach house. It doesn’t mean that we’ll never go back to OBX, but it did mean saying goodbye to a lot of memories. I’m excited to bring my own kids back there to have just as much fun as I did.
|This is what happens when you’re photoshoot takes place on the windiest day of the week.|
The OBX isn’t as hoppin’ as some beaches, like Myrtle Beach, and it’s definitely not one of those fancy, tropical, all inclusive experiences. However, if you REALLY want a vacation of relaxing, eating, and enjoying some beautiful scenery, this is the place to go.
|If you look closely, you can see the sunburn on my face and chest. #NordicProbs|
p.s. There’s also that Nicholas Sparks “Nights in Rodanthe” house, if you’re into that sort of thing.