Our original plan was getting away to the mountains of Virginia for our first wedding anniversary.
However, with a mid-November wedding, we didn’t realize how expensive the accommodations were at this time of year!
So, we switched to Plan B: The beach!
The Outer Banks of North Carolina are basically a 90-minute drive from our house. We’ve been through Corolla, Nags Head, and Bodie Island on previous trips.
Al hadn’t been farther south than that.
We decided on Hatteras.
It was a three-hour car ride, but it was well worth it.
We found a really nice place, the Cape Hatteras Motel, in Buxton. It’s right on the beach. It was literally half the cost of any place in the mountains, mainly because it was the off-season.
One of our first stops was the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse! It was just a few miles from the motel.
The next day, we drove down to Hatteras Island and explored the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. It explores the rich history of the area – Fishing, diving, shipwrecks, the USS Monitor, and its role in the Civil War and other events.
Ocracoke is a charming island. We ate lunch at the Ocracoke Oyster Company, and had delicious seafood. The next time we travel down, we’d like to check out some more of the islands and lighthouses.
We tried several local restaurants during our trip, and everything was delicious!
- Diamond Shoals
- Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe
- Bros Sandwich Shack
- Angelo’s Pizza
- Dirty Dick’s Crab House
- La Fogata Mexican Restaurant
- Uncle Eddy’s Frozen Custard
Al is also creating a video about our trip! I’ll post it as soon as it’s finished.
We had a great time on our first vacation since our honeymoon.
Next year: We’re thinking about the Grand Canyon!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂