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?



Ocracoke Lighthouse


Ocracoke is one of the barrier islands in the OBX. In fact, in order to get to the island, my husband and I had to drive our car onto a ferry for transport. I’ve been there several times before; however, this was a first for my husband. We threw our bikes on the bike rack and boarded the ferry.

Once we reached the town, the lighthouse was one of our first visits. The original lighthouse was built in 1794; however the one you see in these pictures was built in 1823. It’s actually the second oldest lighthouse still in operation. You can find out more historical information by visiting The National Park Service website.

Ocracoke Inlet is a unique place. There are wonderfully electric and adorable shops, while the island is also marked with an interesting history. If you ever visit the OBX, and have a chance to see Ocracoke we highly recommend it.

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…