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I hope that you’ve enjoyed Part I of my guide to the Outer Banks, North Carolina! It was such an eventful trip that I had to split up my experience into two parts. There’s so much to do in the OBX – whether you prefer to spend your day exploring the different islands, museum hopping, or just soaking up the sun at their soft and expansive beaches – there is surely something for everyone. Hopefully my recap of our adventures will inspire you to book a trip or even give you ideas for your itinerary if you’re already planning on visiting.
Explore the Town of Duck.
Duck Donuts. Prior to our trip, I reached out to my Instagram friends for their top recommendations. An overwhelming number of people responded that Duck Donuts was their favorite place in the OBX, so I knew we had to check out this donut establishment. While we visited the main location in Nags Head, they also have stores in Duck and Kitty Hawk. When we arrived the line was nearly out the door, but you could tell they were used to this volume of business since they operate like a well-oiled machine. It was just a few minutes before we were at the counter and ordering our dozen donuts! There were so many options that I was intimidated at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a dream come true. It’s truly impressive how broad the array of combinations are given their different flavors and toppings. We settled on strawberry glaze with rainbow sprinkles, vanilla icing with Oreo toppings, lemon icing with coconut toppings and raspberry glaze, maple bacon and their special, beach bum (glazed donut with vanilla icing and cinnamon sugar topping). Take my word for it, you have to stop by the original Duck Donuts for delicious, made-to-order little pieces of heaven!
Waterfront Boardwalk. One of the prettiest sights in the OBX can be viewed by strolling along Duck’s waterfront boardwalk. The calm waters are a beautiful shade of dark blue. Here you can see kayakers, boaters and a glimpse of the wildlife found in Duck. Just at the end of the boardwalk there are numerous shops and parks that you can explore.
Learn about the History of Aviation.
Wright Brothers Memorial + Museum. As most of you know, my husband is a private pilot. He earned his license around three years ago, so we’re passionate about aviation. Even if you’re not a history buff, I believe it’s still fun to learn how everything started in Kill Devil Hills. The Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum has a very engaging demonstration that shows you how gliders operate (which very similar to modern day jets) and from there you can head out to climb the hill where the first glider took flight at the turn of the century. But beware, it’s windy up there! This year is also the National Park Service centennial celebration, so if you’re visiting the OBX, make sure to check out the broad array of events and activities they’ll be hosting.
Drink Wine and Become an Artist for the Day.
Trio Wine Bar + Lushes and Brushes. If you have a rainy afternoon or are looking for a break from the sun, then head over to the Trio Wine Bar in Kitty Hawk. It was such a treat to meet the owners and taste the scores of wines that they serve! They also have an incredible selection of artisan cheeses and beers! It’s frequented by locals, so you know it has to be good. Their unique setup includes wine stations — the idea is that you get a card, choose your wine, pick a serving size and slide your card. The wine will automatically fill the glass and charge your account. I shared this experience on snapchat because I was so fascinated by this innovative idea. I’m ready for them to open one on St. Simons Island! Also, every Wednesday they have a painting class with Lushes and Brushes. You’ll learn how to paint a coastal scene using paint brushes and canvas that they provide for you. I’d highly recommend class since it’s a fun activity that takes place in a wonderful setting! There are so many incredible things to do in the OBX. What are some of your family’s favorites?