Monday, July 11, 2011

NC cousins' trip

this past week i was (back) in north carolina.  this time with all my cousins (from my dad's side), their spouses and kids.  7 cousins + 5 spouses + 2 toddlers + 2 babies = 1 amazing week.  we had a blast!

we stayed in a huge house (8 beds, 8 baths) in corolla (pronounced cor-ah-lah...not like the toyota sedan), nc in the outerbanks.  the place was awesome.  2 blocks from the beach, private pool, outdoor bar, hot tub and volleyball court.

the first morning, we met for breakfast at this great little local place.  sauteed veggies with scrambled eggs and a homemade biscuit!  hello, deliciousness!

4th of july was also my cousin, andy's, birthday, and we celebrated with a seafood feast.  fresh shrimp, clams and king crab legs all cooked to perfection.  fresh corn & boiled potatoes rounded out the menu.

me on the deck watching the storm

on wednesday, we went to a nearby wine fest put on by the local whalehead club.  $20 all you can drink and eat.  not a bad deal if you ask me...

craig & han (my little sis) at the wine fest
thursday morning, craig and i visited duck donuts - a recommendation from one of my guest posters last week, alice.  she said they make some of the best donuts she's ever had.  and boy, was she right.  craig and i shared a cinnamon sugar & glazed with some coffees and then brought back a dozen to share with the rest of the house.  powdered, bare, cinnamon sugar, chocolate, vanilla, maple & glazed.  the cousins loved them just as much as we did.  (thanks, alice!)

thursday evening, we headed out for seafood (again).  cajun mahi mahi and fresh tuna over black bean rice topped with a sweet corn salsa.  glass of pinot grigio.  waterfront dining.  perfect beach dinner.

craig & me
 saturday found us back at the whalehead club for a tour of the 1920s residence.  the enormous (21,000 square foot), art nouveau "cottage" now serves as a museum, and we thoroughly enjoyed our self-guided tour.

it was a week to remember, and we're all already talking about where our next cousins' vaca will take place.  since the outerbanks are about an 8hr drive, we're thinking we should maybe think of someplace a little closer as more and more babies join the crowd : )

car ride home
any suggestions for the next cousins' trip location?


  1. St. Michaels, Maryland

    Looks like you had a blast; can't wait to hear more about it.

  2. wow! looks like a great time. i want those donuts! :) happy monday chickadee. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  3. Looks like a great time! And the food pics made my mouth water! I love seafood!

  4. I'm so glad you got to try Duck Donuts! My family always makes more than one trip while we're in Corolla :o)
    I loved looking at all of your pictures - I missed my family's annual OBX trip this year, and I can't wait to go next year! (I'm hoping we can go to a wine festival too, looks like it was a lot of fun).

  5. corolla is an amazing place for a vacation! such good food, and great friends and family make it even better :-)

  6. fun! I'm pretty sure I was meant to live in north carolina ;)

  7. what an amazing trip!! it looks like yall had the BEST time!! i currently live in NC, and have yet to make it to the outer banks, but this post makes me want to pack my bags and my beach umbrella pronto :) hope you're having the best weekend!

  8. p.s. i'm doing a giveaway over at my blog! come check it out!

  9. I grew up in Canada where maple glazed donuts are a staple item, and almost impossible to find here in PA. Those Duck donuts look incredible.


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