The HARO query for Outer Banks NC Family Traditions received an unbelievable response. So much so, that we had to add this second page.
Steve from Pack Late.com, a website that offers last minute vacation stay opportunities at discount prices, actually offered his "Top Ten List" for the Outer Banks:
Thanks Steve! Ok, great start to page two, and here are some more ...
Patricia D. shared this Outer Banks NC tradition:
My family has been going down to the Outer Banks NC every year since the early 70's up until two years ago when we lost both our parents to illness. Our biggest traditions and fondest memories from our summers in Kitty Hawk were walking to Wink's convenient store to take a break from the sun and ice cream at John's.
Patrica, thanks for sharing, and hope you return to Kitty Hawk soon.
Melissa G. also provided some of her family’s favorite traditions:
Things we usually do when making our yearly pilgramage:
- Having Meals at: The Rundown, Mama Kwan's, Black Pelican, and/or The Good Life
- Collecting shells
- Much beach walking/playing
- Going to the cheap souvenir stands in Nag's Head
- Shopping in Duck
Sounds great, Melissa. Lord knows I’ve been on the "Shopping in Duck" excursion.
For Cassie B, the Outer Banks vacation has been a tradition as far as she can remember.
The OBX have been a family tradition for us for as long as I can remember. It's one of the few times my family gets together in full with no friends, distractions or work interference. We turn off the TV, hang out and catch up on each others' lives together as a unit. It's always a special time for us - we cook dinners together, visit various sites and always have a fully dedicated beach day where we just hang out and go nowhere but on the sand and into the ocean.
My favorite two traditions though is probably the "crab walks or turtle walks" we take at night with the kids in the hopes of spotting these critters (with no lights) and of course we always have at least one "seafood fest" dinner that we whip up ourselves, usually as one of our last dinners during our vacation. The grandpa in the group rounds up whoever is interested, takes a field trip to pick up fresh seafood and then we spend the afternoon cooking, shelling shrimp and having fun.
These vacations are probably some of my favorites, as we've done them since we were kids and now we get to go with the next generation to do the same thing!
Kathlyn W's traditions actually start with the beginning of the car ride to the Outer Banks NC. Another long time OBX vacationer ...
My family has been vacationing in North Carolina’s Outer Banks for over 25 years, and my children have grown up going there as well. My parents purchased a vacation/rental home in Corolla almost 12 years ago and we travel there three or four times a year.
Our traditions start on the drive in from Raleigh on Hwy 64. We know we are getting close when we cross the first of the "Three Bridges" - the Alligator River Bridge. Next is the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and finally the Washington Baum Bridge. Once we have crossed all three we are at The Beach! From there is is 30 minutes to the beach house. Initially our bridge countdown was a way to distract the girls when they were little and being squirmy in the car. Now they often announce "First Bridge" first.
Once we have made it onto the Outer Banks NC we check on all of our favorite winged horses as we head north along 158/12. And when we walk to the beach for the first time, we stop and say hello to the ocean from the boardwalk before our feet ever touch the sand. (And when we leave for the last time we stop to say goodbye as well.)
Every trip to the beach includes three or four hours a day playing in the sand and ocean waves as well as time in the pool and the hot tub. It also includes one trip to Dairy Queen in Corolla and one trip to the Bad Bean in Timbuck II (Corolla).
NC OBX is one of my very favorite vacation spots because nothing beats clearing your head than sitting on the sand in Corolla and listening to the surf and the sounds of my girls laughing.
Teresa D. (see if you see a family connection resemblance a little down the page)is fairly new to the Outer Banks NC, but already traditions are forming.
Four years ago, my husband and I turned to the Outer Banks for a romantic escape in June, for our wedding anniversary. Well, we found what we were looking for! We were entranced by the natural beauty of the beaches and fell in love with the southern-coastal way of life. The area had everything we were looking for: warm coastal breezes, lazy sun-drenched days, adventurous fishing expeditions, girly shopping excursions, and everywhere we went, southern hospitably greeted us. Even our "girls" (two dogs), are warmly greeted just the same.
Since our first summer visit, we've since incorporated in a fall visit on Swan Beach with the whole family – siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, and all of the family dogs. We love that we can escape our busy everyday lifestyles and come here to just be. There's so much to do here, but so little that needs to be done. Some days, we'll tour the historic sites or visit the lighthouses, and other days we're completely beach bums.
Last year, my sister-in-law was so inspired by her second trip to the area that she wrote her first quirky novel, "How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket", which will be published this October, with a book signing tour in the winter.
Time and time again, we return to the Outer Banks, because we love what we find in ourselves when we are here.
The rest of the folks had quite a few Outer Banks NC vacation traditions and some pictures. So many, in fact, that I decided to provide a page for each of them.
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