Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday Reviews: Outer Banks and Proposal

Hi everyone! Today's review is a bit different, because it's more of a travel guide (my first one!). This one is very special to me because it's where I got engaged! Today is Dan's birthday, so I thought it would be a perfect post for today.

outerbanks north carolina

I'll be telling you about where we stayed, where we ate, and what we did, as well as our engagement story.  Since this was a beach trip, we spent a lot of our time relaxing.  Future travel guides will have much more information!

It’s helpful to know when choosing a location that locals commonly divide the area into three main sections: the Northern Beaches, consisting of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head; Hatteras Island, consisting of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras; and Roanoke Island, consisting of Manteo and Wanchese.  For our trip, we stayed on the Northern Beaches.


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4701 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
Toll Free: 800-327-8881
252-441-0454
The hotel was in a great location, and we had no problems with the room, and the staff was very friendly.  We got a beach-front room which was absolutely beautiful- you can see our view above.  I would recommend the hotel if you're looking for a simple, no frills place to stay.

Amenities:
  • True Oceanfront Hotel on 4 acres
  • Pristine Beach & Lush Gardens
  • Oceanfront Heated Indoor Pool
  • Large Jacuzzi & Sun Deck
  • Free Onsite Covered Parking
  • Free Wireless Internet Access
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Y-Tel (Gym)Membership Benefits


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600 South Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252)449-BREW
outer banks beer
This place was awesome!  The whole atmosphere was really relaxed and fun, and it's actually the first wind-powered brewery in the United States. I tried a flight of their beer, and everything was fantastic. We got to sit on the second floor, and view was great!  They also host weddings here, which would be a really cool venue!

Kill Devils Frozen Custard + Beach Fries
1002 Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 27948
252-441-5900
photo credit - http://www.ncbeaches.com/OuterBanks/Restaurants/LetterK/NoHeader/
We tried out a lot of different custard and ice cream shops, and this one was the winner.  The custard was really rich and creamy. Delicious!  I also got a Coney Island hot dog, which was fantastic.  There was a long wait to order food, so you know it's popular.

1029 Colington Road
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 480-1123
colington cafe outer banks
photo credit- colingtoncafe.com
If you're looking for a fancier place to eat, definitely check out Colington Cafe.  The restaurant is in an old Victorian house, far away from the touristy areas.  They have some beautiful rooms and gardens around the property.  Their wine list was great, and the food was delicious!  If you're planning on eating here, reservations are suggested.


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Bodie Island Lighthouse
8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-5711
outerbanks lighthouse
This whole area was so beautiful.  There were lots of places to walk around and lots of swamps.  The lighthouse itself was beautiful!  To go to the top, you have to join a tour, which was excellent.  We learned so much about the history of the island (it was  originally known as Bodies Island or Body's Island since the area was originally settled by the Body family. There are tales that it actually refers to the bodies that were left because the area was so hard to navigate on boat.)

Jennette's Pier
7223 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 255-1501
outer banks pierOBX pier
Every beach has to have a great boardwalk, and this one is excellent.  It does cost a few dollars to enter, but the view is great!  There were a bunch of people fishing when we were there, and we just relaxed for a while on the pier.  There's a small museum inside the building as well.

Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary
300 Audubon Dr
Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-0603
outer banks standup paddleboard
We spent one day at the Audubon going on a stand up paddleboarding tour!  It was so much fun and really easy to learn.  We were the only two on the tour, so we got to go all over the place with our guide!  It was really easy to learn how to paddleboard, and in no time we were paddling like pros.  The area is protected and was full of all kinds of animals.  It was really beautiful, a lot of fun, and a great workout.  If you've never tried SUP, I would highly recommend it this coming summer!

Jockey's Ridge State Park
300 W Carolista Dr
Nags Head, NC 27959
jockys ridge outer banks

This place was so cool!  It was a gigantic sand pit.  The views were incredible, and we even got to watch a few sunsets.  It was insane walking over huge sand dunes, and I bet it would be a ton of fun with a dune buggy!  I would highly recommend making the trek to check out the tallest natural sand dune in the Eastern United States!  I've never seen anything like it.


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Now on to a more personal part of the trip...the proposal!

Every morning, Dan would wake me up to go to the beach to see the sunrise.  On the final day we were staying, he woke me up again and said he would meet me down there.  To be honest, I was so tired and didn't feel like going down to see the sunrise - again - and almost stayed in bed.  Thank goodness I changed my mind and went down!

When I walked out and headed towards Dan, I saw something red in the sand near him.  I thought it might be garbage on the beach or a towel that was left by someone.  I got really confused why Dan would want to sit by the only garbage on the beach, until I got closer and saw what was on the sand:

beach proposal

At that point, I was wide awake!  I could feel my heart racing and couldn't stop smiling.  Dan handed me the bottle that was in the middle of the heart,which had a message inside.  Once I was done reading it (to be honest my adrenaline was pumping so much that I didn't actually read it..I couldn't focus or think straight, so I had to pretend to read it), Dan was on one knee and asked me to marry him.  I said yes and grabbed the ring and put it on (I blame being delirious from lack of sleep).

sunrise engagement

 I'm someone who is very into signs, so I was so happy when three things happened almost immediately.  1. We saw a few dolphins jumping out of the water right after I said yes, which was the first dolphin sighting we had the entire trip.  2. Once we got in the car to head home, the Wedding March came on Sirius radio.  3.  We stopped at Starbucks, and they had this sign in the store:


I hope you enjoyed this review/guide of the Outer Banks!  It was such a fun trip, and one that will be impossible to forget.  I'd also like to wish Dan the happiest birthday!

Have you ever gone to the Outer Banks?  
Does anyone have a fun engagement story?  I'd love to hear!


8 comments:

  1. This place looks beautiful! I've always wanted to spend some time in North Carolina, but haven't made it there yet. Happy Birthday to Dan! What a sweet guy! Love the sand "I love you." I would melt. :)

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    1. It was really beautiful! I hope you get to visit sometime..it's so peaceful down there. I'll pass on the birthday wishes, thanks! :)

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  2. I loved your proposal story! Very creative! And I loved the three signs that came right after. Happy birthday to Dan!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it Jennifer! And thank you :)

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  3. I've always wanted to go visit there, we have great friends who go every year and last year they bought me this cool glass star made by some awesome glass blower guy there...I just adore it! Speaking of adoring things, your ring is gorg!!!! Nice to blog meet you - xoxo from London

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    1. That sounds really neat! You should definitely visit if you're ever in the states..it's a beautiful place. And thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you too :)

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  4. How romantic! He is such a sweet guy. We are so happy to have you as part of our family!

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  5. This is such a sweet story! Congratulations to you two! I barely remember what Mike said to me as well when he proposed because I was so giddy at the time. He had planned this whole bicycle route that took us to all of our sentimental stops and I was too busy being a brat because I had a potluck with girlfriends planned and I couldn't figure out why he wasn't answering my questions about when they should come over and what they should bring. It all made sense after he proposed... ;)

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