March in the Outer Banks, NC (better bring groceries!)

Cabins & Camping, Car, Dispatches from the Road, Food & Wine, Group Travel, Hotels & Resorts, Lost Girl of the Week, Planning, Tours & Attractions, United States — By on April 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Outerbanks North CarolinaLast week, Lost Girl Kristen J. Putch sent us dispatches from her recent Spring Break in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here she shares what happens when you book a “summer rental” in March…

Kristen: After two days of traveling and a stressful first half of the semester, we finally made it to our destination beach house in Corolla, NC.

The average temperature for mid-March in the outer banks is about 60 degrees, but our hopes for a nice spring break must have touched mother nature, because the first two days, the temperature hung around 80 degrees and the sun was out in full force, which probably explains my eventual sun poisoning! Note: Don’t forget to wear high SPF sunscreen and reapply every half hour!

Beach Outerbanks

Following several hours relaxing and reading on our beach front Sunday afternoon, us three girls decided to head to dinner. We figured since we were in a beach town, fresh seafood was the only way to go. This, however, became an issue when we realized almost every restaurant we tried to go to was “Closed for the Season.” Eventually, we did stumble across the North Banks Restaurant and Raw Bar. It was a little bit more pricey than we had hoped, but since we realized that going out to restaurants to eat a lot during our trip wasn’t exactly feasible, we splurged.

Fresh Seafood Raw bar

SonicI had ordered the steamer combo – 1/2 dozen little neck clams, 1/2 pound crab legs (my favorite) and a truck-load of spicy shrimp (but it was the peel and eat kind, which was disappointing). Alexa and Jen each order appetizers for their meal – Alexa even ordered seafood hush puppies! For those unaware, hush puppies are a traditional southern side dish. They are little balls dipped in cornbread mixture and then fried. These, of course, had a seafood filling of lobster and crab.

That was our only venture out to dinner for the week. The rest of the time, we cooked at home – burgers, pasta, etc. which was much more budget friendly. We did, however, venture out to a Sonic Drive-In one afternoon. All of us living north of the Mason-Dixon line had never visited a Sonic before and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. It was good, but still fast-food, so take that for what it’s worth.

Our week went by faster than we could have imagined, but it was everything we wanted our spring break to be. We ate a lot, read, had a few drinks and laughed until our stomachs hurt – it was perfect.


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  • Blair says:

    Sonic! The magic is in the fountain drinks. It may sound weird, but they have the BEST Coke ever. In fact, most of the time when my friends and I go there it’s for the massive Route 44 drinks, not the food. Oh, how I wish there was a Sonic in New York.