|Outer Banks Vacation Trip Reports: STEVEN'S VIEW -
Kitty Hawk 11/24/2011
Thanksgiving 2011 Getaway to Steven's View In Kitty Hawk
Posted By: Jill Dwyer - 12/2/2011
After celebrating a fantastic Thanksgiving meal with family in Richmond, we piled into our Tahoe and drove to
Kill Devil Hills. This was our first Thanksgiving trip to the Outer Banks
so we were looking forward to the adventure. With very little traffic on the roads, we made record
time. We arrived around 7:30 PM and picked up our check-in package from Joe Lamb Jr's office and went to find our
house. It was dark on the beach road and we couldn't see a thing. It was
pretty comical and I considered getting out of the car and scoping out the area on foot, but finally, we spotted it.
If you happened to see a VA plate driving up and down the beach road on
Thanksgiving night stopping and checking out each house, yes, that was us.
The house was awesome! We unloaded in just a few minutes with the elevator taking our luggage, cooler and
groceries up for us. I haven't had the luxury of staying in a home with an elevator, condos yes, but not a
house. I am officially spoiled! The house had great views, a fantastic layout and wonderful decor. With lots
of wood floors and a raised celing, I was afraid it might be loud but it was actually
very quiet. We unpacked and then picked at some holiday leftover, watched a
little tv and went to sleep
Friday morning, we got up crazy early and hit the black Friday sales - NOT!!! Will headed down to the beach
for sunrise photos, while the rest of us slept. We ate breakfast, lazed about, then went for a walk on the
beach. It was cool in the morning, but the sun was bright and it was very clear. The waves were up so I
packed a cooler with sandwiches and drinks and we drove down to Jennettes Pier. We found the OBXConnection
fish, but I am not telling you where! We saw at least 30 surfers in the water. All were in full wet suits
so they didn't seem to mind the cooler weather a bit. By this time it was low 60s and sunny, an absolutely
beautiful day! After walking the pier, we climbed up to the second floor balcony and ate our packed lunch in
the rocking chairs watching the action in the water. From the pier we took the bridge over to Manteo, walked
along the waterfront and let the kids play on the playground. We then went to check out
a few galleries, including the Mellow Dog. We
returned to the house, Will went to visit Joe Lamb Jr. and picked up a few items for dinner. We mad a big
pot of chili, went out for a little shopping ( I figured this late in the day it would be safe) and then
came back to the house and put the kids to bed.
Saturday was another beautiful day. Will took more sunrise photos, I went for a run on the beach, then the
entire family went for a very long walk on the beach. Afterwards, we finished off the holiday leftovers for lunch, took
lots of photos and then hit the hot tub! Later in the day, I took the kids to Jockey's Ridge and saw an amazing
sunset with pink and purple strands lining the sky across the sound. I stopped by Harris Teeter and got sausages to make chili dogs for
dinner and of course the kids grabbed some Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast the next day. We went home, ate
our leftover chili and sausages and watched Christmas movies.
Sunday - yet again more beautiful weather and a little warmer. Had we more time, I think the kids actually
could have taken a short dip in the ocean. We packed up the car, went for a short walk on the beach and then
headed back to Richmond. I was prepared for bad holiday traffic, but the only slow downs were the genius
traffic pattern on I-64 when it goes from 4 lanes to 2 and then a few accidents, not much slower than normal.
And the kids must have gotten worn out by all the time in the sun, walking on the sand. They were very mellow
on the ride home : ) Its the beach fix I was looking for.
I have never stayed on this section of beach. It was fantastic to not have to walk so far to get to the water and
the views were amazing from our decks. It was super
easy to just walk a few steps to check out the beach and the water conditions. I think it would be a great
area to stay in if you have an elderly person in your group or have kids who are just about old enough to be
on their own, but you want them close by to easily check on them.
All in all, it was a perfect Outer Banks Thanksgiving getaway and we enjoyed it tremendously. this might just became an annual thing!