This was the first time I had ever been to the Outer Banks! One of our friends organized a group trip and 14 of us rented a big house in Avon, NC for a week!
felt kind of like Real World, without all the craziness…well a little craziness
We drove. From Massachusetts to the Outer Banks (OBX), and that should be roughly a 13-14 hour drive. Of course I have no luck when it comes to traffic, and even though we split the drives over 2 days (staying in a hotel in Delaware), it was rough!! I hate that my last memory of the trip is being stuck in a car going 8mph through NY and CT, so hopefully this post we make me remember the fun stuff!!
(I will say I am going to think hard before doing another road trip that long again…I’m a flying kind of girl ;)
Our first “taste” of N.C. came in the form of this baby:
We all stopped at Morris Farm to stock up on fresh produce rather than dealing with what may or may not be available once everyone and their mother hits up the grocery stores down there.
That pecan roll was heavenly…not greasy or anything just soft dough with cinnamon, sugar, and pecans!
We at at the house for nearly every meal, and most of my mornings started off like usual…
Greek Yogurt + Fruit + Granola.
I brought plenty of TJ’s Greek Yogurt to last me the week :)
And those PEACHES!!! OMG!!! I wish I brought back bags and bags of the peaches we got down there….best I’ve ever had!!
Most everyday was spent basking on the sandy beaches and playing in the water which was a perfect temp.
Speaking of peach, this guy was deliciously refreshing:
Each night one of the couples or groups of people would be in charge of dinner. I wanted to go first to get it out of the way so we cooked that first Sunday night!
I really wanted to do something “different”, not crazy different but not your standard “group dinner”. I did want to grill and wanted to make sure there were lots of veggies involved :)
(check out these ginormous zucchini’s from our garden we brought!)
To set our meal apart we went with lamb! I know that’s not very “different” but turned out that almost half the group had never tried it before! I LOVE getting people to try things!
I knew they’d love it because it had been marinating for about 2 days and this marinade was AWESOME. Recipe to come!
To accompany the grilled lamb, Brian and I did grilled veggies plus an orzo salad with more veggies and Feta! I’ll have to save the actual breakdowns for another post, this one is too long already!
The verdict? Everyone LOVED it! Score.
I also whipped up a homemade key lime pie that came out sooooo good.
Other adventures of the week included:
A trip to one of those fabulous beach stores to get the boy new sunglasses as he sacrificed his to the waves.
You know, the place where you can get anything airbrushed on a t-shirt??
A mini crab-fest by the pool…mmmm I love crab meat!!
A Ferry over to Ocracoke for the day.
A little thunderstorm
I got a GIANT crab cake, it was divine.
Such a fun trip with great friends!!