Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Beach Fairy - A Book and a Tradition......

WARNING:   This is a shameless plug..... 
My good friends K and Mary Lee have joined their considerable talents together to produce this adorable book..... It tells the tale of a tooth fairy who retires to the Outer Banks and transforms herself into the Beach Fairy.... As such. she leaves little treats for well behaved girls and boys who visit the Outer Banks..... The story is completely TRUE based on KK's experience with her granddaughter, Georgia..... It is the story she told to help Georgia feel more comfortable on her first night with her grandparents at this glorious beach sanctuary.....  It includes scenery from the Outer Banks that will be recognizable to those who have vacationed there..... This past summer it was available only through Kellogg's Cottage Shop, but by next season there will be many outlets carrying the charming tale....Kitty Hawk Kites and the Christmas Shop, just to name a few....


Mary Lee and KK at one of the MANY Book Signings Held at the Cottage Shop this season..... 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Children's Museum - an Outer Banks activity center for kids.....

This spot near Frank's Hot Dogs on the Outer Banks has been a GREAT place for my grandchildren over the years.... you can "join" if you are going to be there frequently..... or just get a daily pass.... it is most popular with my grandkids who are aged 6 or less, but even my 9 year old had a good time last week!  We visit the OBX monthly so we have used it during all seasons of the year..... for tourists, it would allow your little ones some indoor play out of the sun.... the boat and the fishing area are particularly well done.  It is small and very low key, but has always provided a lot of fun. 






The hospital area has plenty of bears to get treatment and a few lab coats to make it realistic!





Catching the "Big One" 


Adventures in Tie Dye - Nagshead Activity for Kids

 What a fun adventure for the kids..... You can bring your item or buy a white item there.... we arrived with beach towels from Walmart.... it saved a little bit on the fee by doing that..... the instructor was very patient with the little ones.... all the ages enjoyed it.....Plan ahead so that it is convenient to go back the NEXT day to pick up your finished product.





Saturday, November 2, 2013

Autumn on the Outer Banks......

Without the humidity of warmer weather, the beach and ocean look REALLY beautiful.... There are LOTS fewer people but plenty of wildlife (geese, in particular) ..... Most of the restaurants and shops still have some hours that they are open...... if you happen to arrive for "Restaurant Week" even better.... some very good deals..... 













Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Beaches........

From the northernmost beaches of the 4 wheel drive area to as far south as Hatteras and beyond... there is great variety to the beaches.... Some are narrow, some wide.... the surf can be calm or rough..... light blue or steely grey.... Compared to other areas I have seen there are MANY miles of unspoiled beaches you can explore on the Outer Banks.... Some areas do have homes right up to the edge of the beach.... but other areas just have the dunes....




















There is also great variety to the sea birds.... gulls, plovers, pelicans...... and of course, even sand fiddler crabs can be entertaining to watch....


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ocracoke












A ferry ride away (free too!) is Ocracoke Island.....Check your maps or your apps because it is a long drive just to get to the ferry location if you are staying at one of the northern beaches.  But if you are staying anywhere from Nagshead south, it is certainly a wonderful day trip.  The ferry ride takes at least 1/2 hour depending on weather conditions and the "shoaling" in the sound.  The sand has been shifting and making the ferry go out of its normal route lately.  From the ferry landing on Ocracoke it is only a short ride into the little village.  We enjoyed bringing our bicycles with us and biking around the town.  There you'll find an information center and a few small museums.  The shops are plentiful and eating right on the waterfront is delightful.  If you plan your trip as an overnight, there are several choices.  We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast one trip and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. While biking we found some walking paths to deserted beaches.  In fact, the beaches there are stunningly beautiful.  We sometimes head back toward the ferry area and then enjoy the beach right there until close to departure time.