The Outer Banks by way of Corolla (NC)

No shoes, no clock, and lots of sunblock combine to make a great vacation at the Outer Banks of North Carolina–our family’s favorite vacation spot for the past 25 years.

Hubby and I spent last week enjoying Corolla, a town rich in history and vacation homes. Although we’ve always enjoyed walking along the beach, digging our toes in the sand, and watching dolphins swim by, the sound caught our affection along with soundfront rental homes. And soundfront is within easy walking distance from the ocean.

Since pictures describe the beauty  of this area better than words, below are a few highlights of Corolla…

Currituck Lighthouse

Scenic views from the observation deck of the Currituck Lighthouse await those who can climb the open metal staircase…Hubby could but not me

Currituck Lighthouse

An inside view of the lighthouse from top to bottom

A view from the top

A view from the top. Looking toward the Whalehead Club and sound

Wind surfing on the sound.

We watched several folks wind surfing on the sound. Sometimes a strong gust of wind would take them into the air.

Originally a hunt club, The restored Whalehead Club mansion is open for tours.

Built in the 1920’s as a hunt club and second home, the Whalehead Club has been renovated to the original ornate details. We enjoyed a free tour of the mansion. No photography is allowed inside the home.

The restored boathouse for the Whalehead Club

The restored boathouse for the Whalehead Club

An osprey nest. Both mom and dad osprey take care of their young

An osprey nest. We watched both mom and dad osprey take care of their young

Turtles are everywhere. Here's one enjoying the sunshine

Turtles are everywhere. Here’s one enjoying the sunshine

  The low, twisitng branches of the live southern oaks make great climbing trees

The low, twisting branches of the live southern oaks make great climbing trees…almost made me want to be a kid again

Sunset over the sound, view from our deck

Sunset over the sound, view from our deck. Time to say good night and goodbye…

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About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
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4 Responses to The Outer Banks by way of Corolla (NC)

  1. roberta4949 says:

    awwww sometimes to be a kid again, seems like they have all the fun. nice pictures thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi, Kathie, I tried to leave a comment but couldn’t get into your site, so I’m not sure if the comment was posted. This is a really neat post. Loved the pictures, especially the stairs in the lighthouse. Marsha

    *Marsha Hubler* *Author of the Best-selling Keystone Stables Series* *Director of the Montrose Christian Writers Conference* *www.marshahubler.com* *www.horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com* *www.montrosebible.org*

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