Outer Banks Adventures So Far

Hi friends – and hello from Duck, NC in the Outer Banks! You have already seen some of our adventures on Instagram, but Matt and I are here with our families and friends for our annual beach vacation. So far, so good! :)

beach obx toes

I <3 the beach. It’s so beautiful here!

duck nc beaches

On our first morning here (Sunday), Matt and I got in a great run with our friend Tom before the beach activities began. 3.5ish miles with 2 stops for mini boot camps (push ups, lunges, jumping squats, dips, side planks, etc!) – check!

running in duck nc

Tom is really fast and had us flying on the way back. Whew! Hello, tomato face.

outer banks morning run duck nc

Yesterday’s workout was a nice long walk on the beach with Matt. :) Plus some time playing in the waves!

duck nc outer bank

The food is always one of the big highlights on these trips – we have two houses of people and alternate who hosts. Our first night, we enjoyed swordfish with mango salsa, salad, and corn. Unpictured cookies for dessert!

beach trip to duck first night dinner

Sunday night, we had burgers! Plus some slaw, salad, potatoes, etc. Delicious! Watermelon for dessert. :)


We’ve also had two great meals out; the first was lunch at the Red Sky Café. Fish tacos FTW!


I also started with a delicious tomato mozzarella salad. I love reduced balsamic!


Last night, we went to dinner at the Lifesaving Station.


When at the beach, eat ALL the seafood. Appetizers: a tasty salad + a crab cake (shared with everyone).



For my entrée, the tuna! Seared rare.


Time to hit the beach – catch you guys later! :)


  1. 1

    What a fun start to your vacation! I hope the rest is just as tasty and fun!

  2. 2

    So much tasty seafood – definitely one of the best parts of a beach vacation! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  3. 3

    I will take the crab cake! Love fresh seafood!

  4. 4

    Food looks beautiful, especially the tuna!!! Love the dress you wore last night!!!

  5. 5

    I loooooooove Duck! My family used to stay there every summer, but lately we have been staying in Nags Head. One summer I loved in corolla and worked at the surf shop there. It’s such a neat little town! Enjoy your vacation :)

  6. 7

    Looks like so much fun! Last year I went to the Outer Banks and that’s where my BF proposed! It will always be special now and everytime I see someone post about it, it makes me really happy! Hope you have a fantastic trip :)

  7. 9

    Looks like such a fun trip! I love the beach, especially OBX. We always went there growing up. Have a great week.

  8. 10

    You have to try Coastal Provisions (Southern Shores) and/or their other restaurant Cravings (Duck)! They also have half price raw oysters on Wednesdays! It is so so yummy!

  9. 12
    Roadrunner says

    Looks like you’re making the most of the week. Hope the weather has not been as problematic as the weather forecasts seem to have made it out to be! Enjoy!

  10. 13

    Yum! The food you’ve been eating on vacation looks amazing. It’s a great idea to alternate dinner.

  11. 14

    We are having a stay vacation this year and hitting up some local places in Ohio. I am missing the beach so I am living through your vacation! :) It looks like your having a great time!

  12. 15
    Mary Beth says

    Hi Fannetastic Anne. I am enjoying outer banks also with my family. I enjoy you blog and love your recipes! Keep it up! We are in Ngas Head. If you come this way for a run, let me know. :) I had a fun run, part on the road and part on Jockeys Rudge sand dune after it had rained. It was not too soft which made it easier to run. :)

  13. 17
    Kim in MD says

    I love your dress, where did you get it?

  14. 19
    Marisa Tomasella says

    I love your dress! Enjoy your vacation!

  15. 20

    WOW would love to be at the beach right now! Looks like you’re having a blast!

  16. 21

    your maxidress is adorable! :)


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