I love vacation! But, I guess, who doesn’t? Forgetting you’re normal day to day and just letting go. In April, we took a week-long vacation to North Carolina. Oddly enough, I can’t say I’ve really seen a lot of North Carolina. But this trip took us through Winston Salem and then to the Outer Banks at Kitty Hawk. Our North Carolina vacation showed us that the state has a lot to offer.
Day one: I worked half a day then went to pick up the rental car (I’ll explain why a rental car in another post). We then drove to Winston Salem and checked into our Airbnb. This was actually my first time using Airbnb and I must say that it was great. Plus our two nights here cost about the same as one night at a hotel.
Day two: We started the day by going to breakfast downtown at Krankies that was recommended by our Airbnb host. We then walked around Bailey park for a few minutes. We spent about half the day at Old Salem. Salem is a town that was settled in 1753 by Moravian Christians. They were Protestant missionaries from the modern day country of the Czech Republic. They were talented craftspeople who made many types of pottery, carpentry, and textile work and. We went because my husband had built a replica of a piece that was on display at MESDA (the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts).
Afterward, we went back to watch some Netflix. We’re one of only six people in America who doesn’t have Netflix so there were some shows we wanted to see.
Day 3: Woke up and started our drive to Kitty Hawk. We detoured through Pittsboro, NC. Travis had heard of the town and just wanted to check it out. Downtown was cute and we stopped to get some coffee. Best of all it got us off the interstate for a bit.
We were almost to the coast when we stopped for BBQ. Being from the South, I love Barbeque. I’m not sure where we stopped was indicative of true NC BBQ but it was not good. We should have tried another place in NC to compare but we didn’t so, for now, I’m wary of NC BBQ.
After driving for quite a while, we made it to our Airbnb in Kitty Hawk. It was a great little cabin. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan properly and it wasn’t on the beach. If it were on the beach I think Travis would have an easier time relaxing. It was only about ¼ mile from the beach though. We went for a walk around the neighborhood and saw many turtles sunning themselves.
Day 4: Had breakfast locally at Arts, It was really good! We then drove up the coast, where we saw the Currituck Beach Light. It is right next to the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. This little center was fascinating with a great amount of information about the local area and the fishing industry throughout the centuries. In the left photo, you can just barely see the top of the education building.
We then came back down toward Kitty Hawk and stopped at some shops in Duck. There is an awesome boardwalk that’s about 1 mile long that connect different sections of shops along the coast.
We had local pizza at Southern Shores Pizza which was surprisingly good considering it’s located in a strip mall.
Day 5: This was our biggest do nothing day. We went to the Wright Brothers Memorial which was much more fascinating than I expected.
Later in the afternoon we drove down the coast and had fancy seafood dinner at Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe. It was awesome to watch an osprey in its nest while eating. Also, those seated next to us were having a rather interesting conversation about family. Afterward, we drove south to Bodie Island lighthouse. I love the stripes!
Day 6: Next morning we got up and drove to Asheville. We took a long roundabout way off the outer banks that allowed us to go along the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp. The best part of our whole trip occurred while on this totally unplanned segment!
While driving through the Great Dismal Swamp we saw a BALD EAGLE!!
I never thought vacationing in North Carolina would lead to a bald eagle sighting. I’ve never seen one in real life so to just randomly see one was amazing! Travis saw it and turned us around to try and catch it before it flew away. We were able to get a few poor photos but there was traffic and there isn’t a shoulder. This one highlight gave us plenty to talk about for many miles.
When we finally got to Asheville we ate some very authentic Mexican food at Taqueria Munoz! We were able to save some cash by staying with a friend.
Day 7: Started the drive home around eleven. Stopped in Pigeon Forge at a knife outlet. When they boast that it’s the largest knife store, they mean it! I didn’t know there were so many knives and we both got confused and lost multiple times while in the store. We only wanted a tiny pocket knife but they surprisingly did not have exactly what he wanted. After this disappointment, we made it home mid-afternoon.
We drove 1700 miles total! That’s a lot of together time in one week!