Matt Brock

The Outer Banks is a
Multi-Generation Family Tradition

Matt Brock has been vacationing in the Outer Banks since his earliest days. Little did he know that his future wife, Natalie, vacationed just blocks from where his family vacationed in Kitty Hawk. Given the two family’s love for the Outer Banks, Natalie and Matt were married on the Outer Banks. Natalie has a blog called Where North Meets South, Natalie being from Connecticut and Matt from Virginia. Here is an entry on one of her Outer Banks experiences: http://wherenorthmetsouth.blogspot.com/2009/09/last-hurrahsummer-2009.html





Outer Banks Revealed: When did you first visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina and what makes you keep coming back?

Matt: I first visited the Outer Banks in 1979 and my wife, Natalie, made her first visit in 1980. We were both 1 year old and have not missed a year since. We met 23 years later in Maryland and soon learned we vacationed less than 5 miles from each other during some of the same weeks for many years. Unbeknownst to us, our paths probably crossed at the popular "Johns" ice cream place on the beach road in Kitty Hawk. Natalie grew up in Connecticut and made the annual drive down with her family. They stayed in the same cottage in Kitty Hawk all those years. It was named the "Seahorse" and is one of the few cottages still on the beach in Kitty Hawk. I grew up in South East Virginia and my family chose the beautiful Outer Banks over Virginia Beach every year.

Natalie and I were married in the Outer Banks in 2008 at Grace Lutheran by the Sea and held our reception at Duck Woods Country Club. We decided to get married in the OBX because we each had so many great family memories there and we wanted to start our own together and share it with our friends and family. The thing that keeps us going back every year is the memories. The Outer Banks is a perfect place to create memories that last.

Outer Banks Revealed: What make the Outer Banks different from other beach vacation spots you've visited?

Matt: The Outer Banks separates itself from other vacation spots because of its ability to make you feel away from the world while still providing plenty to do. From its phenomenal food and restaurants to the friendliness of everyone around, the Outer Banks is the perfect getaway.

Outer Banks Revealed: What is your favorite Outer Banks town? Why?

Matt: Kill Devil Hills is our favorite because it's where most of our memories together were made. We also consider ourselves "half locals" because of the amount of time we spend down there so we prefer the "older" Outer Banks as opposed to Duck NC and Corolla NC.

Outer Banks Revealed: What is your favorite thing to do on the Outer Banks? Why?

Matt: I can’t say we have one favorite thing but I can describe a typical "favorite" day. We get up and get coffee from Front Porch Café and are on the beach by 10 am enjoying a book and a drink by noon, back to the cottage by 4 or 5 and out at one of the many favorite restaurants we have by 6 or 7. We wake up the next day and do it again.

Outer Banks Revealed: If you met someone who never visited the Outer Banks, what are the top five things you would tell them they had to do? Why?

Matt:

  • Take a surfing lesson
  • Visit Jockey's Ridge
  • Rent Waverunners
  • Go to the outlet stores in Nags Head
  • Watch the sun rise over the Atlantic

Outer Banks Revealed: What is the one thing that is at the top of your list of things you still want to do?

Matt: Like I mentioned we love restaurants so we want to try Left Bank in Corolla.






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