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Best Friend Beach Weekend Part 2

July 16, 2013

After a relaxing first day in the Outer Banks with my girls, I woke up on Sunday ready to do it all over again.  I even managed to get up a bit earlier to take a morning beach walk with my friend Brooke.  

Morning Beach Walk

 

It was already almost 9 a.m., so we’d missed the truly beautiful morning light, but the beach was still mostly empty and it was a peaceful and gorgeous way to start the day nonetheless.

Beach Walk Pic Stitch

After fueling up with free breakfast at the hotel (the best part of staying at a budget-friendly hotel, in my opinion), we decided to head south to a different beach that day.  Being 4th of July Weekend, the beach in Nags Head was quite crowded, and we knew the beaches farther south would be less touristed, so we packed up the car and the cooler and drove about 45 minutes to Rodanthe, where we were greeted by a deserted stretch of beach.

Rodanthe Beach

Rodanthe Beach

We spent the day much like the previous one – lounging on the beach, reading, chatting and cooling off on the surf.

View from my beach chair

Rodanthe Beach

It was even hotter than the day before, and down in Rodanthe we didn’t have the option of escaping to our air-conditioned hotel room for a brief respite from the heat.  So when one of my friends suggested stopping for frozen yogurt on the way home, I don’t know if anything had ever sounded better.

Surfin Spoon

Photo credit on all of the Surfin’ Spoon pictures goes to my beautiful friend Melissa… I was being an irresponsible blogger and left my camera in the car.

Surfin’ Spoon was located right down the street from our hotel.  I don’t know if it was really that good or if it was the effect of a long beach day, but it was some of the best froyo I’ve ever had.

Full disclosure: This was not my yogurt. Mine was a delicious but unpretty combo of four flavors of yogurt and almost every topping.

Full disclosure: This was not my yogurt. Mine was a delicious but un-pretty combo of four flavors of yogurt and almost every topping.

I also liked the surf-inspired decor of Surfin’ Spoon.  Its laid-back atmosphere was definitely different from the ultramodern scene at every other frozen yogurt shop I’ve ever visited. (Seriously, why are they all decorated in the exact same fashion?)

Surfin Spoon

After froyo, it was time for another cocktail hour (and photo session) on the beach.

Me and Mel

Dana and Brooke

We sat around sipping our wine and chatting until almost 10 p.m. and then had trouble finding a restaurant that was still serving dinner.  Luckily we were able to snag a table at the Red Drum right before their kitchen closed, and I enjoyed my favorite meal of the trip.

Red Drum Mahi

That was blackened Mahi Mahi topped with seared balsamic strawberries, basil, goat cheese and candied pecans.  My boyfriend and I have made a salad with similar flavors before, so I knew I’d love this dish, and I wasn’t wrong.  The spicy blackened fish and sweet strawberries complimented each other perfectly, and the creamy goat cheese cooled things off just a bit.  After a delicious dinner, we made our way back to the beach to enjoy a little more wine under the stars.  There must have been a meteor shower or something going on that night because I saw quite a few shooting stars.

The next morning, I had a few hours to enjoy the beach before packing up and heading to the airport for the long journey home.  It was a truly fantastic trip and my only complaint is that it was too short.  When you have friends as wonderful as mine, it’s tough to spend time with them, only to board a plane at the end of the weekend to go across the country.  At least my loved ones are only a plane ticket away, and I truly love where I live.  After all, Vail is never a bad place to come home to.

New York Mountain from Stag Gulch

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