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I am all about finding what I call, “hidden little gems.” Quite simply, this is just discovering something unexpected in an unexpected time or place. Today, I found a place that was a, “hidden little gem” and had a lunch that kind of restored my faith in humanity. Allow me to further elaborate. Read the rest of this entry »


I believe this entry will round out my series on the Outer Banks. So I saved the best for last.

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As we continue with our tour of the Outer Banks, I take you out of Manteo and into a much, much different world. Prepare yourself.

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OK, I promise this will be the last time I write about Manteo. But like I said, I just really enjoyed this town. This one will be quick. Read the rest of this entry »

In continuation of our tour of the Outer Banks, today I take you to the pleasant town of Manteo. I think Manteo might have been my favorite town in the long stretch along the Outer Banks because it was slightly quieter, less commercial, and right on the water. It was less tourist attraction (notice I said LESS) and more quaint. Also, it was absolutely beautiful.

Pretty nice, huh?

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Close your eyes. It’s time to embark on another journey. This time, we are travelling to the Outer Banks, N.C. Imagine it is your first time visiting this amazing spread (it was my first time). The Outer Banks stretches across several towns, from Duck to Manteo-meaning you might decide to go to dinner and drive half an hour to your restaurant of choice! As you drive down the main stretch connecting this series of towns, you will find a dizzying number of restaurants, shops, and at least two dozen Wings stores (for those unfamiliar, these are huge, cheap beach shops offering everything from sunscreen, batteries, sunglasses, swimsuits, hoodies, coffee mugs, beach chairs, oversized sun hats, boogie boards, and everything in between). Along this trek you may also come across people flying kites on the enormous sand dunes in Kitty Hawk. Keep driving (take a right turn) and you will discover the charming (less corporate overwhelming) town of Manteo, boasting the most impressive Christmas shop I have ever encountered (this shop also offers candy, jewelry, candles, house wares, a whole floor of Halloween items, and if you can’t find an ornament for the most hard-to-shop for person in your life, you just aren’t looking hard enough). Turn left, and you may come across Jennette’s Pier or some smaller, more private beaches. Across this stretched out smattering, you will encounter many tourists and a moderate amount of traffic, but not an unmanageable number of people like what one might find at other beaches in peak season. I fell in love. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome! Embark with me now on a journey to one of the United States’ most romantic places: Niagara Falls. Close your eyes and feel the cool spray of the water send shivers down your spine, despite this day being in early June. Listen to the powerful, yet calming, roar of the water. Open your eyes and take in the sites of couples strolling in the park, surrounded by trees and the sounds of the falls.

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