Rest & Relaxation

I picked up these paint chips at Lowe's some time ago. They were called Seaside Retreat by Valspar. Don't you just love them? They have names like: cool aqua, saltwater taffy, smooth sailing, mermaid, shaded cove, beachnut, wading pool and my favorite, Bird's Nest. Seeing those colors and names reminded me of how much I needed to get away from all the busyness and have some "do nothing" time, so Bobby G. and I finally took a few days off.
We went to my fave beach in the whole world....the Outer Banks. I have been going there since I was a little girl and many nights would pull an all nighter sitting on the beach surf fishing with my Dad. Truth be told I had my first kiss on the sand dunes at Nags Head. :) This was our home away from home for a few days.

It wasn't perfect weather but hey!....any day at the beach is a good day. A bunch of college kids parked their selves and their keg in the sand right down from us. It was fun watching their antics (like I never acted like that when I was in college ) and when Bobby G. walked Ben down the beach, being the happy, good looking self that he is ( the dog...not Bobbie G......well yeah Bobbie G. is good lookin' too) was a great chick magnet. The kids eventually asked us to take photos of them which Bobby G. happily obliged. :) There were lots of people fishing on the pier but we never saw anything being pulled up. We fished in the surf but caught nothing but seaweed.

The Outer Banks has changed so much over the years. In the summer the only road leading to Currituck Sound and the bridge going over to the beach is backed up for miles so for the most part we have always gone in the early Fall or late Spring. We have also spent Thanksgivings and New Years there. I adore the huge old cottages built in Nags Head years and years ago and loved the sun worn colors of the old wood. Reminding me of those paint chips up above, now the new cottages have tropical colors although this old one with the hurricane shutters is painted a deep turquoise. And take a look at the light blue of this new ocean liner mansion that has just been completed. Some of the new "cottages" at the Northern End of the Outer Banks sleep 30 people, have huge media rooms, huge pools on the ocean, 10 huge televisions and have three or more kitchens and cost $25,000 a week to rent. Whoa! I'll take one of the little tiny cottages across the street from the beach any old day. Hurricanes have washed cottages, located in Kitty Hawk, right into the ocean in recent years and have made houses that were two rows back now ocean front cottages. So a lot of the new cottages are built way back off the ocean and have long, long wooden walkways leading to a little perch on the sand dunes built up for storm protection.

One of our all time favorite places to have dinner is Owens Restaurant. It opened in 1946. It's not much to look at on the outside.....in fact it looks a lot like the old cottages that I love, but the inside is lovely and very large, with lots of different rooms. And the service is first rate. All you antique lovers would love it because the owners have filled the restaurant with tons of antiques over the years. There was a huge collection of beautiful old oyster plates on the wall in the room that we dined in. Of course, being at the beach I had to order seafood and all the fresh shrimp is caught right there at Nags Head. This night I had coconut shrimp with a pineapple and orange dipping sauce. Yummy! Another night we ate on the sound side, alfresco, and had just fresh caught tuna salad and crab dip. Another fun place to eat was Bob's Grill. Go there for breakfast. .....terrific pancakes.

The Outer Banks, or more specifically the beach at Nags Head, has the highest sand dunes on the East Coast. Hang gliding is a favorite thing to do there.....something I have never done and probably won't try. :) I love this shot of the dunes with the heavy clouds hanging over it.

As many times as I have been to this beach I am ashamed to say I have never been to the Wright Memorial as a tourist but now I have. The Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, learned to fly on a stretch of beach near the Kill Devil Hills. It provided isolation, high dunes, strong winds and soft landings. On this remote sandy beach, in December of 1903, Orville broke the human bond with earth and flew. It only lasted 12 seconds and the distance was less then the length of an airliner. "They have done it! Damned if they ain't flew!" said a witness to the first human flight. The grounds of the Wright Memorial are a fantastic place to fly kites. Looking at the photo you can see kites in the air.

Now you know I couldn't leave the beach without finding some neat little shops, antique stores and what else that looked like fun. This shop is for all my pinkie friends out there. The HotLine was hopping too, for that place was filled with people. For my e-boutique I found some fun stuff for the Beachy Chic page....hanging seashell tassels, vintage pink pottery, a vintage sea shell doll and this adorable old porpoise pennant.

I hope you had fun at the beach. I sure did! xo Lynn


Cottage Contessa said...

Looks wonderful Lynn! I'm happy you had such a fun, yet relaxing time. I really love the beach too, in fact our house is very close to the beach and I pop down there every chance I get! Happy weekend to you!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Linda said...

Love the beach and what a wonderful get-away you had. Oh, the food looks so delish....love the coconut shrimp. As soon as I read you had a shell doll in your beach things I popped right over, sold :(. Each year when we went to the coast I always got a shell doll...I love them( lots of wonderful memories).

Art in the Park looked great and I love all the plants for your garden...they will be so pretty in bloom.

Have a happy weekend. Hugs, Linda

Cape Cod Washashore said...

What a fabulous trip to the beach! (Did you get another kiss while there???) I've heard of Nag's Head before, and now I see that it is gorgeous!!!

You should join Sky Watch Friday next week (people start posting their pics on Thursday afternoons due to all the people in the other hemisphere that reach Friday before the rest of us)! You just post your photo, then go on over to the Wigger's World blog mentioned in my post, and just add your name! =)

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like utter bliss - and just what I need. We are planning to go back again in the fall. I'm glad you had such a great time.

How was that hotel? I'm not familiar with it, but we are always open to trying new places.

Sandi McBride said...

The beach with your furbaby...what could be better? You know, I've come to the conclusion that nothing spoils paradise like money.

The Vintage Vagablonde said...

I love this post Lynn! I felt like I was at the beach with you.....You look so relaxed and those teeny boppers were having a good time.
I am ready for some fun this weekend and in 2 weeks I will be at the beach too.
Have a great weekend Mother~Hen.

Unknown said...

Well now, after looking at your photos, I feel like a had a vacation too. What a beach, sigh...gorgeous ocean. Those houses are really great looking, a bit different from beach homes in New England and on Long Island. Uh oh, you made me hungry again, that meal looks yummy. All in all, this looks like a wonderful time. Karen

Unknown said...

I love your descriptions and thoughts on your favorite beach! I love Ogunquit Beach in ME in the same way!

Tara said...

Hi Lynn! I have been to the Outerbanks and the beaches are just gorgeous, as nice as we have at the Hamptons here...so peaceful. I am so glad you njoyed your trip...and introduced me to a few restaurants I may want to try if we get down there again!


Tara said...

PS--My fave place...Corolla and Duck!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!! I felt as though I just had a tiny little vacation through your fantastic post! What a terrific getaway in every sense---relaxing beach, yummy food and antiquing.

Autumn Haven said...

wow, what a nice trip! Outer Banks looks so much nicer than Ocean City, which is where my sister and I go. We went twice last year, and are planning to go again this year. I like the beach, but I do miss the mountains of home after a while!

Sugar Bear said...

Reminds me a lot of Cape Cod. Just beautiful - looks so relaxing.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Lynn,
Oh you brought back memories for me! When I was a teenager, my family camped on Cape Hatteras, climbed the lighthouse there, walked the boardwalk at the top of the dunes, fly kites in that strong ocean wind, went to Kitty Hawk and so much more. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane for me! Ohh that shrimp looked so good too!

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! Here I am for the weekly visit… ;)
What a lovely post! The pictures are stunning, the colours awesome and the whole story a treat! Of course, having «sea watching» as favourite sport would make me a fan of this post... ;)) And additionally, you treat us with those great shrimps and (was it) crab cakes... ;))
One day I'll get to Nags Head Beach!
Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter, which has now landed in the imperial town of Marrakesh, the Red City!
Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Alison Gibbs said...

Lynn what a fabulous time you have had at the beach!!

Little Blue Violet said...

O Lynn,
I am so happy you shared this story and photos. I havent been to the outer banks in years and it is such a wonderful place. We run the coast from Cape Hatteras down. I love the photo of "Bliss" you and your beautiful dog. I am so happy for you and envious too ; ). The photo of the shrimp and slaw. O the memories. I must get my family back down there. My parents are growing older and it would be so wonderful for us to all be able to go again. Thanks so much for sharing. Was the thrift store as wonderful inside as it appears outside?
smiles n hugs,

Lolly Jane said...

what a successful trip! i love how patient you two were with crazy college kids! ;) all your pics are so great...makes me feel cooped up now! glad you had such a nice time and thx for sharing it with us! xo~ {kelli} lolly jane

BittersweetPunkin said...

Lynn...that looks like it was very restful...good for you...and thanks for taking me along! Reminds me of my hometown in New England....

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn,
Thanks for stopping by with the birthday wishes. I love your post of your beach trip. Hope to get one trip to the beach myself this fall. I live in Roanoke so going to Maymont was a 3 hour trip. I am coming back on the 7th of June with two friends to Maymont for the Victorian wedding event. I just love that place. I liked it when I was just an hour away instead of three. I very much enjoyed seeing all of your spring flowers. Just beautiful.

Ruth Welter said...

What a lovely trip to the beach Lynn...you lucky girl you.

I don't get there often anymore but when I did go to the beach as a teenager, I loved walking on the sand, close to the water, at sunset. That was the best.

Back Through Time said...

Your trip to the beach looks wonderful! And all the great places to visit and nothing better than fresh seafood! You really too some great photos.
Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

kari and kijsa said...

loved going to the Outer Banks when we lived in North Carolina for a year! Duck was a favorite! Great photos!! Another beautiful day here! hope yours is wonderful!!

kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

Wow what a great time in such a lovely place! The beach is my fave no matter what the weather too Lynn!
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Unknown said...

Oh Lynn, That food looks so yummy! And you on the beach.....nice!
~Hugs~ Ann-Denise

Bristol said...

lynn- thanks for taking me back. WhenI was in highschool, my mom dad and I went to Nags Head, Washington DC and Baltimore. it was so fun. My Mom had an allergic reaction to her shell fish in Nags Head, she blew up like a balloon. we still laugh about it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn,
It sounds like you have enjoyed Maymont alot doing the years. The grounds are so beautiful. Next time I come to Richmond to go antiquing I would love to meet up with you & maybe we could do lunch.

The Other Side of Me said...

What a wonderful time at the beach! I had my first visit to Nags Head this past October. I went on a Girls Get Away weekend with fellow crafters and had blast. I can't wait to go back and check out these restaurants and cute shops you shared.


Anonymous said...

Hi there Lynn,
Now that is my idea of a fun time.... the beach.... listen to the waves.... your precious dog next to you... along with hubby.... I have always wanted to live at the beach...

Alexa Lett said...

Wonderful trip and photos!

Dana and Daisy said...

I'm going to have to make a trip there some day!

Suzanne said...

Thanks so much for taking us all on this road trip. I love those long walkways. They were a real surprise the first time I visited the Carolinas. That shrimp looks awesome. Unfortunately, we're landlocked here in northern Illinois, thousands and thousands of miles from the ocean. I appreciate the cyber-vacation. Thanks.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

sita said...

Thanks for sharing the beach with us I enjoyed myself! I wish I could smell that air though!

PAT said...

I loved this post, Lynn. It brought back happy memories of our one and only visit to the Outer Banks. We were there three years ago on a road trip. We left Colonial Willimasburg, at about 5 AM, that April morning and arrived at Bodie Island, in time for sun up. I have a photo on my photo blog of the lighthouse, there. We were on our way to Charleston. Not wanting to take the big highway, we mapped our way down the Outer Banks. It was fabulous!!


Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,

Thank you so much for sharing this post. I have been to the Outter Banks and just loved it. Wish we could get there more often. We rented one of the cottages on the beach side but it was a long walk to the beach but well worth it. And I agree with you...a bad day at the beach isn't a bad day at all.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Elzie said...

You really tempted us this time!! I could have taken those shrimps and also the place in the sun chair. Wouldn't mind sit there and have a rest.
Hope you have a great week.
Love Elzie

Unknown said...

As usual Lynn, you take us along with you, and leave us hoping for more. You are a great journaler (is that a word?lol). I am glad you had some time away. And there is nothing to compare to being with one's sweetie pie.
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Anonymous said...

What a fun post, and awesome photos. Your blog is super. xoxo

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures Lynn, I'd like to be there too. Nothing more relaxing than this :)

happy week my friend

gail said...

Hi Lynne, thanks for taking us along. I felt like I was on your trip.LOL What great photos! I have never been to the east coast, and really hope to get there someday. I am glad you had a great time... thanks for sharing...gail

Centsible Mommy said...


Wanted to take a moment and say thanks for stopping by blog and leaving a great comment today. I enjoyed looking at your blog-especially your getaway pics. You've inspired me to take a much needed mini getaway. :)

I'll be stopping back soon!

Thanks again,
Centsible Mommy

Diana Lyn said...

Good morning Lynn, I was taking a walk around Blog land, (I am new here, to the blogging world) and I ran into your blog, hope you dont mind me coming in .I fell in love with your last blog, see....... I am a beacher..... i love being at the beach and I felt right at home. I am from Port Orchard Wa. but have lived all over, Born in New York, Grew up in Alaska, lived in Hawaii, and many other places, but the ocean is so home to me no matter what coast i happen to be living on! Thanks for sharing and stop on by sometime for a visit! Diana Lyn

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I AGREE! Any beach day is a good day. My dear hubby and I have been talking about going to the Outer Banks for some time now. I'll have to show him your blog...makes me want to go right now!

Anonymous said...

OOhh..I love that beach!!
Looks like you had a wonderful time!!
I remember living in Savannah and taking the children to the beach everyday after school...
Hope you have a great week.

Christine said...

Your get away looks and sounds divine. What I wouldn't give for a couple of days away to do nothing but sit and listen to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore. I miss living on the panhandle of Florida.

Thanks for those wonderful photos and sharing your trip with us.


CIELO said...

Loved the "bliss" pic.... that says it all! :)



Unknown said...

GORGEOUS Lynn!!!!! It looks like a wonderful time with yummy food and great shopping! I like small cottages much better than big ones too! I am so glad you were able to get away!


Michelle said...

Lynn, you said it.. any day at the beach is a good day. Thanks for the tour ~ I'd love a beach house...maybe someday!


Susie Q said...

Oh Lynn! I so enjoyed each of these photos and your descriptions. We used to go down to the Outer Banks so often during the 8 years we lived in Va. Beach. I have not been back since and I miss it.
This brought back many happy memories.

What a sweet time you had!

It was *bliss*!


Firefly Nights said...

Thanks for the great beach tour and update on the area. I haven't been there for a number of years. Enjoyed your photos and the information.

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