Travel | Outerbanks, North Carolina

What’s up Tuesday? I’m currently sitting here in the wee early hours of the morning, secretly wishing I was still hanging out at the beach.  I’ve been back in D.C. just over 24 hours after a long, relaxing and gorgeous weekend in the Outerbanks of North Carolina (OBX). I’ve shared much of my love for the Jersey Shore with you all but it’s now time for my other beloved beach town to get the spotlight!

My in-laws (so cool I can finally say that!) retired in the OBX about 10 years ago, so lucky for Bryan and I, we sneak in a few visits a year to see them. Just like my family has gone to the same beach for the past 30 years, Bryan’s memories are the same with the OBX. It’s a total treat to have him walk me through his favorite memories and enjoy a beach town that is not as crowded as the shore tends to be. This trip the water temperature was unreal and it was so crystal clear, at times I thought I was swimming in the Gulf!

I put together a a little video montage of our weekend and some of my favorite places to eat and things to do on the island below. Have you been to any of these spots?


Black Pelican – get the fish bites, you won’t regret it!

Cravings – one of the best crab cake sandwiches I’ve ever had, perfect to stop for lunch before the beach.

Poor Richard’s – cutest little ole sandwich shop I ever did see and the best sweet tea.

La Fogata – a beer was $3.75, need I say more? Oh and the Al Pastor tacos were to die for too.

High Cotton – the fried chicken was succulent and perfectly seasoned, worth all the calories!


Brew Thru – take a trip through these drive through convenience stores that are scattered around the island. Picking up beer and chips from the comfort of your car is one of my favorite things about this place!

Manteo Day Trip – visit a real life replica of the Elizabeth II ship and explore an American Indian town exhibit!

Crabbing on the bay – all you gotta do is gather some twine and raw chicken (drumsticks do the trick), drop it in the bay and watch the crabbies come!


Wright Brothers Memorial – visiting the site of the very first flight ever is pretty surreal, this place is not to be missed!

Jockey’s Ridge – I believe these are the largest natural sand dunes on the east coast, I have memories of trying to snowboard down these sandy mountains. I looked like an idiot but it sounded like a cool idea at the time!


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  • Cindy Colucci Colbus

    Love it! Where were you all in costume?

    • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

      Haha this museum about the history and settlers that came to Manteo! it was fun!

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  • Our family loves OBX, we always stay in Kill Devil Hills. I agree with your “must” choices of Jockey’s Ridge, Wright Brothers Memorial, La Fogata, and Poor Richard’s! We also really enjoyed visiting Roanoke and learning more about the history there. We love hitting the Sonic and Tropical Smoothie Cafe – they’re chains of course but a treat for us since we don’t have any at home! Do you have a favorite town in OBX?

    • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 This was my first time going to Roanoke Island and I would definitely do it again, loved the charm of it all.

      I’d say Duck is my favorite town in OBX. Thankfully my in-laws live in Southern Shores so Duck is super close. However, I’ve stayed all over the island and enjoy it all, as long as I’m near the beach, I don’t have a care in the world 🙂 How many years have you been visiting OBX?

      • My husband and I visited ages ago when we were dating, and we’ve been three times with our kids in more recent years! We just love it. Wondering if we’ll eventually retire there!

        • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

          So cool, Nancy! You should definitely retire there, the pace is slow and the locals are super welcoming too 🙂

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