In our last post and video we left you with us having so much fun in Oregon Inlet we had chosen to stay an additional 2 nights there. Why? Well, we loved the Oregon Inlet National Park campground so much we decided to make it our base camp for exploring everything from Oregon Inlet all the way up to Corolla on the northern tip of NC’s Outer Banks. That turned out to be a great, great decision. From the OI campground you can get to Corolla in a little over an hour and everything is so close it was easy to schedule the two days of site seeing so we felt like we got to see almost everything we wanted to see.
So what was there to see? The sweetest stop was Duck Donuts in Duck, NC. There you can watch them cook and create your just made donuts right in front of you and then take that box of goodness out to the boardwalk and eat them with fresh coffee and the view of a male and female osprey tending to their nest of eggs out in the bay. Sweet donuts with a sweet view!!!! Just our kind of activity.
That boardwalk turned out to be the Duck boardwalk that was already on Lynn’s list of things to do so we took a leisurely stroll to the end of the boardwalk and back, stopping in great little shops for us and Maggie and visiting the beautiful Duck Boardwalk Chapel.
Then it was just a short drive to the end of the island and Corolla where we climbed to the top of our favorite lighthouse at the Outer Banks, the Currituck Lighthouse. Old and so well kept with a 360-degree view of the ocean and the sound. Wow! We love lighthouses. You will probably find things like lighthouses that you love when you travel but for us, lighthouses seem to draw us in like we’re a lost vessel coming in from sea.
After all those steps to the top of the lighthouse we found ourselves hungry and almost “hangry”. So lots of discussion about what kind of food and how much we wanted to spend we landed on trying out what we thought would be the “fancy-smancy” restaurant, The Black Pelican. It was not fancy-smancy at all but man was it good. Lots of great food and conversation and tons of laughs at each other made for a perfect meal for a crazy old married couple exploring NC’s OBX.
Then with our bellies and tanks full we stopped at the dump station that serves the Oregon Inlet campground at the Oregon Inlet marina for what has got to the the best dump station sunset view of all time for us.
So what did we think of Oregon Inlet so far? Well, it’s windy but when you’re staying right on the beach on an island you expect it to be windy. The staff was the nicest we’ve ever encountered and our site was impeccably clean and perfect. Everyone around us was quiet and courteous and the hikes to the beach and around the campground were perfect for us and Maggie, making us super glad we’d decided to make this our home base for this part of our trip to the Outer Banks. It’s the perfect place to stay and head south or north on the OBX to explore. It’s close to food, gas, fun activities, museums and shows and lots and lots of restaurants. It was the best choice we had made… so far.
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