Our OBX Babymoon
A little r and r. That was all we needed. Traveling in the time of Covid can be challenging and in many cases, off limits, especially for a pregnant gal. But we needed an escape. Time off social media and off the grid. Time away from the day to day.
What we were looking for in a trip:
- Something that was road trip-able
- Somewhere that we could safely socially distance
- Somewhere following proper sanitation protocol
We love going to the Outer Banks, specifically the Duck/Corolla end. Once we settled on this destination, the real planning began. The Outer Banks is the perfect spot for a babymoon or any couple looking for a break. If adventure, activity, and eating are your thing, the possibilities are endless. Seafood, southern classics, and more to satisfy any pregnant gal’s ever changing cravings. Visiting during this time of year is great to avoid the massive tourist crowds and hot summer temps.
After a lot of research, Jason opted for us to stay at The Sanderling. A special place to celebrate our healthy pregnancy, not to mention an overdue break from the entire past 15 months of married life: 2 miscarriages, 4 moves, 1 new house, a pandemic, and the overall state of affairs of our country.
Before any vacation, we spend hours researching. Everything from activities to restaurants. Movement and meals are the key to a good trip for us. We love to eat so it’s a major part of any trip. Luckily when it comes to the OBX we already have a list of favorites. We’ve been going here a couple times a year since we started dating and now we have it pretty dialed in.
In our pre trip planning, we also read reviews on several local OBX hiking trails. We got the details on water activities and made a short list of must do’s. With 4 days to ourselves, we packed it in!
As we entered into town, we enjoyed a break at one of our favorites. Coastal Cravings in Duck. We sat outside under a tent for a yummy crabcake and lobster roll lunch. Then we went to our hotel and were able to rent boards for an afternoon paddle before checking into our room. We kicked off vacation with dinner at The Blue Point. Delicious food with better views. Although, if you are big eaters like we are, you might not get enough food. 3 courses and we were still hungry. *Masks were worn at all times other then photos from a safe distance.
A full day. A short morning hike to start things off at the Currituck Banks Reserve. A little cloud cover made the conditions nice and cool. We didn’t see any horses, but did see a moccasin swimming in the sound. My post workout breakfast bagel from Light House Bagels was amazing. They offer an amazing selection and the smell walking up to the joint is amazing! We made a stop by the hotel to grab some rain gear (which we never needed) and headed to Jockey’s Ridge. Jason had never been and I haven’t climbed it since middle school. Another midday hike in the dunes as we took advantage of cooler, cloudier weather. From there we took a quick drive through Manteo and The Lost Colony. Feeling pretty adventurous, we opted to keep driving south for lunch at Real Watersports in Waves. If you are a Waterman then you need to check this place out. A large surf shop in the middle of highway 12 complete with lodging, rentals, and an impressive training/competition center for Kite Boardings, Paddlers, Surfers alike. Many note worthy pro’s are familiar with the spot. You may even see some there. The restaurant attached offered up an amazing lunch over looking The Sound. The blackened tuna salad below was a favorite for both of us. We finished with dinner back in Corolla at Agave Roja. We try to hit this establishment each time we are in town. Everything is always so fresh and amazing!
With all the adventuring, we observed plenty of down time too.
Rest day. After getting some fun out of our system, we slept in a little and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at our hotel. I settled into a lounge chair by the pool with magazines and let the morning pass by until we ate again. Lunch at Bad Bean. We stumbled upon this spot a few trips ago. Local, fresh! Good margaritas too, but missed those this trip.
We added an extra night to enjoy a little more down time. We spent the day at our hotel. One final sunrise, one more dip in the salt water pool, one more slow afternoon with naps and of course one more local meal!
We hope to bring our little guy back here many times and share these special places with him. We want to tell him about all the adventures he has already been on and watch him create his own. I have a feeling he will be the best adventure yet. Thank you OBX for this special time.