Exploring the Outer Banks

June, 2020

Wild Ponies, Island Sailing, and Kitty Hawk

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Hotel: DoubleTree Atlantic Beach
Budget: $2,000
Miles Travelled: 1,500

It has been three long years since we had an actual vacation, one that wasn’t connected to family business or work conferences.  We were desperately in need of recreation.

We moved to North Carolina in May of 2018 and have explored a little bit, but not overnight.  On this trip, we plan to spend time exploring the coast and possibly finding a place to rent for a family vacation next year. 

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland

Day 1

Travel day – Friday, June 19

It took a while to get from home to Atlantic Beach, but the day was beautiful and we were happy to get away from work for a few days. 

We arrived before the hotel was ready and had to wait until our room was prepared. Due to some staff shortages, we didn’t get the traditional warm cookie.  We were told there would be no maid service also.


Day 2

 Sailing Trip – Saturday, June 20

 Luxury awaits as we sail to an island off the coast and enjoy a lunch on board a beautiful yacht.  

Captains Tony and Matt made our trip a wonderful experience. They treated us like millionaires and served us a delicious lunch.

After a relaxing rest on the beach and a swim in fresh cool Atlantic water, we raced a storm back to the harbor. 

We definitely recommend this delightful adventure.




Day 3

Tour of the Coast – Sunday,  June 21

We headed north to see some wild ponies and the Wright Brothers Memorial.

Wild ponies have lived on the coast for hundreds of years.  They have made themselves at home, even as houses are built all around them. 

The Wright Brothers Memorial is deeply meaningful to Jim as a pilot and to us both as an example of the American dream.


Day 4

Travel day – Monday June 22

We took a slow route home, visiting Wilmington for a tour of the beautiful old town and our first lunch at a restaurant since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Our visit to the coast was refreshing and relaxing, and we will definitely be returning for more.


Wild Ponies

The Highlight of the Trip!
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