Missing the OBX

Beach, Beaches, obx, Ocean, Travel

Well, it’s a new year and it’s starting to feel a lot like winter. The temperatures have been below freezing this wBeach NCeek. And I can’t help but yearn for warmer months and a trip to the OBX. So I’m sharing with you this picture which was taken during our September trip to the OBX. Fond memories come to mind and I can almost picture the sand between my toes.  Anyone else missing barefoot beach weather or is it just me?

 

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Hatteras Sands

Beach, Budget Travel, Travel

We’ve never stayed at Hatteras Sands, but appreciate the roadside beauty. These cottages are reminiscent of dollhouses and show a great level of detail down to the matching picnic tables and flower boxes. They offer an affordable, fun and unique experience!

The cottages provide enough room for 4 people to sleep (one queen downstairs and two beds on the upper level). They also come with a charcoal grill, small refrigerator, microwave and TV. It’s like upscale camping, with a renovated bath house located within walking distance.

There are also tent sites, a single-wide trailer, cabins and rv sites, if you prefer that over a cottage. And good news for guests looking to bring a pet on vacation, this is available for an additional low fee.

Hatteras Sands is about 5 minutes from the beach. Plus, there is a park canal for fishing, crabbing and kayaking. And, there is a pool, laundry facility, large clubhouse and basketball court. They seem to have something for everyone!

The Beach Life in Avalon, NJ

Beach, Ocean, Photography, Travel

This past weekend was spent in Avalon, NJ. We had some pretty breathtaking views and beautiful weather.

One of our regular places to visit is the Avalon Marine Center, many of the photos in the gallery are from that location. My husband also enjoys dabbling in occasional astrophotography. He was hoping to get a few star photos this past weekend, but the light pollution and clouds didn’t allow that to happen. Although, he did get a few night shots, one of which is included in the gallery below.

The area is absolutely beautiful. Avalon is located near Cape May, Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor. We actually visited the Cape May Zoo on this trip, which will be featured in next week’s blog. It’s a free zoo, based on donation. And, definitely worth the visit! Come back next Monday to learn more about that.

Do you have any favorite vacation spots or beaches that you visit regularly? Please share in the comments section below.

Avalon, NJ (Take 2)

Beach, Ocean, Seashore, Travel

Last weekend we visited Avalon, NJ. It’s one of our more frequently traveled locations.

Every mother’s day weekend, the community hosts a yard sale event. Although, I made some time to check out the sales, it wasn’t the only thing on the agenda. Among other things, we also made arrangements to visit the Hank Sauce Restaurant in Sea Isle City. I recently wrote an article about their hot sauce, which will be featured in the Best Recipes summer magazine. We stopped in to meet one of the owners and catch a bite for lunch. The food was delicious. I order the Gouda burger and my husband enjoyed the roadhouse burger. Both were amazing, in fact I’d like to make special note that their pulled pork was phenomenal (a top the roadhouse burger).

Because the weekend was spent busy doing other things, we barely had time to visit the beach. But what is a trip to the Jersey shore, without seeing the ocean? The last day we were there, we finally took a walk on the beach (by the jetty). There were plenty of fisherman out and even a few swimmers. Summer was definitely in the air.

Although we stayed busy over the weekend, this short visit to the ocean provided just what we needed. It was a brief escape from the buzz of technology and every day life. Something we all need from time to time…

Bermuda

Beach, Ocean, Photography, Vacation

Bermuda was our first trip as husband and wife (our honeymoon). It was also the first trip we took with our Cannon camera.

I can not do this place justice with mere photos or words. For us, Bermuda was paradise, in fact I often say that I left a piece of my heart there. The magic of this island hasn’t worn off in 2.5 years, I hope to return as soon as financially possible. But, I will commence with my feelings, and explain why this place is a must see.

Bermuda is known for its pink beaches. If you’d like to know why the sand is pink, I suggest reading “Our unique pink sand” from the Royal Gazette. The beaches are magnificent, and this is coming from someone who rarely get’s in the water. I surprised my husband on this trip, by actually enjoying the warmth of Bermuda’s waters (unlike the cold waters of Jersey, a more local commute for me). But, although the beaches are amazing, that’s not all Bermuda has to offer. There’s deep and interesting history, I recommend St. George’s and the Royal Navy Dockyard. There are also underground caves to tour, shops, museums and an aquarium/ zoo. It’s really incredible what you can accomplish in only 22 miles (the length of the island).

Since we knew we might not be able to have this experience again, anytime soon, we busied our week trying to see “everything.” Quite honestly, I could do a write up on every location. However, I won’t make this into a novel, instead I will offer you my advice. If you’re interested in visiting Bermuda and you’re looking for a few recommendations comment below. We’re happy to tell you are favorites including restaurants, hot spots, and beaches. You can also find out more by visiting Bermuda’s Tourism site.

Avalon, NJ

Beach, Nightscape, Ocean, Photography, Travel

Welcome to “midnight” in Avalon, NJ. The beach in Avalon is beautiful at all times of the day, and throughout the seasons. This is one of our most traveled locations.

Avalon is an upscale area; located near Cape May, Stone Harbor and Sea Isle City. This area is perfect for those looking to get a way from the bustling boardwalk. You’ll find this locale only has about two businesses on the actual boardwalk. However, you can always do a night in Ocean City or Wildwood, if you’re looking for carnival rides or boardwalk shops.

Our favorite points in Avalon include the jetty, Avalon Marina, and the library. Not too far from Avalon (in Cape May) is one of our favorite food places to visit, The Lobster House. But, a trip to Avalon isn’t complete without picking up one of our household staples, “Hank’s hot sauce,” which has quickly grown to number 1 in our minds. The best price can be found in Sea Isle City at Hank’s eatery.

Avalon is a beautiful area, surrounded by several lovely towns. You’ll find quaint shops, great food and a breathtaking beach.

Planning a trip to the area? Leave a comment and we’ll be glad to recommend more of our favorites.