OuterBanks Vacations:
OBX Traditions Old and New

OuterBanks vacations inspire rest and relaxation. It is the things we do on OBX that makes them unique to us. This family has come to OBX over the generations, and yet, continue to find new ways to keep it fresh and interesting, while forming new "traditions".

Wendy K, referred to as the "Empress of P.R." by Mark Victor Hansen (co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishing enterprise and one of the world's leading experts on publicity), Wendy has spent over 20 years mastering the insider's secrets to successfully promoting people, products, businesses and events. It is Outer Banks vacations that have been a centerpiece for over 20 years.

My husband's family has been vacationing in Nags Head every summer for over 20 years. They first started going with just the immediate family, when he and his sisters were still in school -- long before spouses, children and now, children's spouses were added to the mix. There are a myriad of traditions, but here are a few highlights:

Dare Devil's pizza takeout the first night we arrive.

The next morning, we hit Ben Franklin's to pick up cheap sunglasses for everyone (this became tradition several years ago after my husband lost his brand new Oakleys in the surf when a wave knocked him over). We also pick up beach chairs for those that fly in (those driving in bring their own chairs from home).

We launched a new tradition this year: free-choice dinner on the beach the last night of vacation. Everybody selects their favorite for takeout, then we sit on the beach and eat while recapping the week's highlights.

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The high school boys wanted burgers, so they picked up dinner from Five Guys Burgers,

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another group wanted Dare Devil's again. My choice was sushi from Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse.

Wendy, great idea on the "grab a dinner" for the last night! The only thing worse than the last night of packing is the actual leaving and end of the OuterBanks vacation.

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