Outer Banks Beach Vacation Finale

Hello, hello! We are back in DC and have hit the ground running with the workweek, but it’s fun reliving the end of our Outer Banks beach trip with family by looking through the photos! Take me baaaack!!!

outer banks duck beach

The last few days of our vacation were spent like the first half that I wrote about – lots of good food and playing in the water!

As we did earlier in the week, we stuck with our general routine of sleeping in, getting in some sort of fitness (either a yoga class at Duck Village Yoga with the ladies or a walk/jog with Matt), and spending the rest of the day at the beach followed by the pool. It was the best – I’m happiest when I’m near/in the water, and I spent a lot of time tossing the football with the guys in the waves, jumping over the waves by myself, or playing pool volleyball with the others. It was really hot out and the cold water felt so good!


On Friday morning, I took a break from the yoga and Matt and I had a nice long morning walk. It was hot by the time we went and I was tired from all our water adventures and the yoga, so no jogging this time. Walking felt good! We walked around the neighborhoods for awhile, then along the beach, then back into town.



In the town of Duck, our favorite coffee shop is Treehouse Coffee – we stopped in for lattes (half decaf for me) and breakfast before walking back home – they have insanely huge and amazing biscuits. I got a bacon, cheddar, and tomato omelette which came with a biscuit and some fruit. Massive – I didn’t make it through all of it – but so good! You guys know I love my biscuits – one of the things I really miss about living in NC!

treehouse coffee duck

Other food highlights from the week included a massive seafood feast with the whole gang on Thursday night!


Matt was the entertainment for the party – he brought his guitars, amp, and microphone from home for the occasion! He was excellent, even if I’m a little biased. :)


The next night we had a Mexican fiesta at our place – Matt’s dad got all sorts of fun decorations and created a huge taco bar with all the fixings for everyone! It was awesome.

mexican taco bar


No Margaritas for me, but the tacos were excellent. :)


My plate – I went back for one more pork taco – that was my fave protein!


Our last night of the trip was an “everything must go” use up the fridge night – Matt’s parents threw together a frittata since we had a lot of eggs and cheese on hand, and we had two different salads to go with it.


Dessert was Duck Donuts! My brother and sister-in-law Chris and Jess picked them up for everyone – soooo good.

duck donuts

Cinnamon sugar for me – delicious! I can take or leave cake, but I loveeeee donuts. My favorite is classic donuts, though – no crazy toppings or icing, please!

duck donuts cinnamon sugar

We were so sad to say goodbye to everyone and to the vacation life! Matt and I left super early on Sunday to beat the traffic and were home by noon, which was nice – good to have the whole day to get everything together and unpack.

Until next year, Outer Banks! We will miss you!


Have you been to the beach this year? Do you prefer relaxing in the sand or playing in the waves – or both? :) I like a mix, but I love lots of time in the water!


  1. 1

    Can you post a video of Matt playing? It’d be fun to hear him!

  2. 5

    Looks like so much fun! That place looks wonderful, I would love to visit one day.

  3. 6

    Looks like such a fun and relaxing trip, and those donuts look fabulous! I prefer a mix of relaxing on the sand soaking in the views and taking a dip in the water. :)

  4. 7

    All the food looks amazing, and that’s so cool that Matt provided the entertainment. I haven’t been to the beach in a few years, but hoping to get to one soon.

  5. 8

    Looks like you guys had a great time on vacation. And as always, your food looks delicious. The taco bar looks particularly tasty. That first day back to real life and work is always a bit tough.

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    Roadrunner says:

    Looks very nice. Glad you got it in before the upcoming life-changing event! You sure have some folks who love to cook there!

  7. 12

    What a wonderful vacation – and I am super jealous of your big family dinners! They always look amazing! I hope you aren’t too busy at work this week and you get to keep some of that vacation feeling :) Although I bet you are happy to be home to your furry tribe :)

  8. 13

    Do you ever get a biscuit at the silver diner?

  9. 15

    Looks like you had a fun time! Last time I was at the beach was over Memorial Day but I don’t really count that because it was Nor Cal beaches which are COLD! Looks like you had a great time basking in the sun though!

  10. 17

    What a fun trip! We haven’t been to the beach yet this year, but we’re renting a beach house in Maine next month, and may make it to the Gulf of Mexico in the next couple of weeks. I love playing in the waves and walking along the shore!

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    adrianna says:

    yes, TAKE ME BACK! we spent a week in Ocean Isle, NC and it was the most relaxing amazing week ever. morning run followed by beach/sun/reading all day, then chilled at night. so glad you guys had such a great time :) and heart-eye emoji to that mexican feast, seafood boil, and donuts!

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