OBX VACATION GUIDE
The Outer Banks is a popular Summer vacation spot for most most families in the Richmond area. I’ve heard all about how amazing OBX is since moving here but never really felt the urge to go until I heard about Duck and The Sanderling Resort.I was intrigued by the small town Nicholas Sparks vibe meets luxury resort. If you’re looking for quiet getaway where beaches and towns aren’t over commercialized, a stay at The Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC is for you.
WHERE TO STAY
Upon check-in at the Resort were greeted with fresh fruit infused water, our bags were whisked away, and we felt at home within minutes. Small town southern charm at its finest. After the initial shock and excitement of our incredible room, we unpacked our bags and headed out to explore the property. A cozy date night with s’mores outside followed by fireside couch conversations in the loft made for a great first night. And yes, I ended the evening in the gorgeous and enormous bathtub.
SMALL TOWN DATE NIGHT
After getting acquainted with the resort on day 1, we spent time exploring Duck and all it had to offer on Day 2. A bike ride into town to grab warm, local, and famous, Duck Donuts was a must. We walked the beach, lounged by the pool, ate too much, and laughed A LOT. We rode back into town that evening (the resort offers complimentary bikes with your stay) for drinks, apps, and a little live music. Riding back at sunset was an incredible experience.
We also spent one of our nights getting dressed up for a little “fancy” date night. We enjoyed delicious cocktails at the bar inside of Kimball’s Kitchen while waiting for our table. Once seated with the perfect sunset view, we celebrated with champagne and steaks. If you’re wondering, YES, we also ordered dessert and didn’t feel bad about it.
WHAT TO DO
A day of lounging, chilled rose and book in hand was a dream– but I also crave adventure on vacation. I booked an ATV trip for the late morning/early afternoon on our third day. I highly recommend the experience, I also recommend following up with tacos on the way back to the resort. We didn’t get to see any wild horses while there, but we will be back for another try!
Adventure is exciting and lounging with a book is great but mama loves a good day at the spa. I don’t know about you but a massage is basically a slice of heaven on earth for me. We opted for a couples massage at the Spa at The Sanderling with was extremely relaxing but next time we will be adding facials and pedicures. Even though only booked one service it didn’t mean that we had to miss the complete experience. After slipping into robes and unwinding in the steam room, we sipped on fruit infused water and browsed magazines before heading into the treatment room. Our massages were followed up with sipping hot tea on the back deck with a breathtaking view. 10/10 recommend the experience.
WHAT TO WEAR
Packing for a beach vacation shouldn’t be stressful. My number tip: pack light. I know, easier said than done. I’ve included some digital lookbooks for you to shop and gain inspiration. And if you really don’t want to have to think about packing… I’ve created a summer beach vacay packing list for you. Grab yours HERE.
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