Happy Wednesday lovelies! Although I miss the smell of salty ocean water and the feel of sand beneath my toes, we had an absolutely wonderful time on our vacation and I can’t complain in the least.
If you’ve never been to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, you’re seriously missing out. There are so many beautiful beach spots, with super friendly island communities and less hustle and bustle from your mainstream beach spots you might find in other nearby states. We typically go in the early fall when there are less crowds, but even right now which is one of their busier months, the crowds were still minimal (which was awesome!)
Hatteras Island, with Avon and Salvo are our personal favorite spots on the Outer Banks. These communities offer the perfect vacation getaway for couples and families who are looking for a great time at the beach. We also always try to work in a visit to Ocracoke Island, which is considered “The Treasure of the Outer Banks”. It’s an adorable, historical town that is only accessible by ferry, and it really is such a neat little town. A visit to the lighthouse and Howards Pub & Restaurant is a must, if you ever head that way!
During this trip I was able to spend so much quality time with both the kiddos, my husband, and all my husband’s side of the family, whom we don’t get to see very often. We all stayed in a beach house together, and it was really nice to catch up with everyone. One of the highlights of our trip was getting to meet our nephew for the first time, and it melted my heart that both our boys really grew attached to him over the week. Both my husband and I definitely enjoyed spoiling him!
The other highlight of my trip? Getting to eat yummy, freshly-caught fish tacos courtesy of my awesome Father-in-law! I mean, is there anything better? Sorry, no photos on this one, they got devoured too quick! 😉
Most of my time was spent out on the beach lounging under an umbrella, building sandcastles with the kiddos, playing in the water, and watching the men fish for fresh seafood!-ha
For the past year, my oldest son has begged his Papaw to help him catch a shark and ironically enough we ended up catching a total of 5 baby sharks. (No worries, we threw them all back in unharmed!) It was the coolest thing ever to see both our boys’ faces light up when they caught one. If I’m being honest, I think my husband was pretty psyched too! 🙂
We also ventured out for lunch one afternoon and visited a local restaurant favorite, The Mad Crabber. It was such a nice restaurant for both adults and families alike, and offered a delicious assortment of seafood items on the menu.
The kiddos really enjoyed coloring on the table until our order arrived, and I think any parent can appreciate this!
I ordered the crab cake basket, and it was so yummy! I especially loved the homemade hush puppies! 🙂
All in all, it was a wonderful trip and we definitely didn’t want to leave. On a happier note, my husband’s parents and aunt are the new owners of a Beach home in Salvo, so I foresee many family trips to the OBX over the next several years and I’m excited for all the memories that will be made there.
My husband and I sat and watched this beautiful sunrise one morning, and it was so nice to just sit and take in all the beauty of the world around us. I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful, fun-filled Summer and are able to take some time off to relax with your loved ones. Spending time with those you love is what it’s all about.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!- Cara
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