7/15/2017

North Carolina Outer Banks Weekend

This past weekend we went on a little holiday to the Outer banks of North Carolina. It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday weekend! Jon planned the entire weekend and it was a complete surprise to me. Even when we were in the car driving out to the outer banks I had no idea where we were going. My NC geography isn't amazing at present. It’s getting better though!


We left Raleigh late Friday morning and it was about a 4 hr drive to the Outer banks. We arrived at The Inn On Pamlico Sound and my jaw completely dropped. It looked like some gorgeous mix of California and Nantucket. The first thing you see is the vegetable garden that the inns restaurant uses to make some seriously delicious food. We went to check in and the staff were so friendly, the lady took us around the property and showed us to our room. The Inn is located in Buxton on Hatteras Island.

I think this is a baby watermelon! Seeing the garden was so amazing!
Our room was complete perfection! We stayed in the Jasmine room which had this amazing large porch with the best view of the sound. There was champagne and strawberries waiting for us. We sat on the porch amazed by the endless view and toasted to the start of a great weekend!


   


There was a wedding happening in the inn that night so watched from our balcony and then had dinner at the inn's restaurant. We had the caprese salad, a mushroom and pasta appetizer and the seafood platter. Everything was so good!

The view from our room! 

Saturday morning we made it down to breakfast, we ate outside on the deck. Did I mention that the view is great? We then drove to Conner's supermarket, their motto is "everything from PBR to caviar", to buy some sunscreen and bottled. On the way back we found the sweetest little bookstore and I got something to read at the beach. We went back to the inn and packed for a day on Okracoke Island!


  
The cutest bookshop! Buxton Village Books

We caught the NCDOT ferry over to Okracoke Island, the ferry departs every 30 minutes (this changes seasonally I believe) and the ride over is about an hour. We had no cell phone reception the entire day so I was really happy that we had picked up a couple of maps of the island at the ferry terminal.


A passing ferry


When we arrived at Okracoke Island we drove into the main village area to find some lunch and have a look around. We ate at Native Seafood, they will steam fresh shrimp or blue crab while you wait! We then headed to the Okracoke Lifeguard Beach for a swim. The beach was ranked the 3rd best beach in the US for 2017. Behind a beach in Florida (1) and one in Maui (2)! The beach and the water are so clean and it wasn't too crowded. After the beach we went back into town, got a coffee then headed back to the ferry terminal.



Perfect lunch for two before heading to the beach!

The view from my beach chair! Okracoke beach was so clean and natural, so impressed with the National Park Service!
That night we ate dinner at the inn's restaurant again, why change a good thing? I think the food on Saturday night was actually better. I ordered the seafood platter again and it was presented completely differently and I think it was better value. The things on the platter change daily depending on what's fresh and available. We went back up to our balcony to watch the sun set and have a glass of wine. The perfect end to the perfect day!


Seafood Platter!

Jon got the scallops, they were so good - cooked perfectly!

Sunset from our balcony!

On Sunday we went down to breakfast and then packed up and checked out. On the way home we stopped at the Hatteras Lighthouse which was so cool to see. It was far more ornate then I would have expected. I love that all of the lighthouses have a different design so that they are easily distinguished when out at sea! Practical and pretty! Love it!

Hatteras Lighthouse

It was such an amazing weekend and I have to say that Saturday was literally a perfect day. Think about that, perfect, for a whole day. That doesn't happened too often. It makes me happy just thinking about it again. So far we are loving NC and all that it has to offer! We will definitely be back to the Inn and Okracoke Island.

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