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Our Outer Banks Trip Part I

Hello friends!

Back from the beach and we had a blast!

I’ll be sharing a Part 1 and Part 2 of our trip this week to the Outer Banks, in North Carolina.

Well, we got back midweek last week from our trip, my body felt a bit broken from all of the travel, but I had the rest of the week and PT to recuperate. I don’t like to perseverate on things, but traveling is tough with EDS. I do my best, though and look forward to the change of scenery,  spending time at the beach and at our Bed and Breakfast.

The day we left,   we got there earlier in the evening, as it takes us about 5.5 hours plus stops to our location, The Island House of Wanchese. It is pronounced ( Wan-Cheese) not Wan( chasay) like we first pronounced it and was corrected. I remember it now, as my mom told me to think ” I want cheese or “wine and cheese”. That”s easy!

Island House of Wanchese- Bed and Breakfast

We checked in with the puppies and to say The Island House is dog-friendly is an understatement. Jean, the very hospitable owner, is also a breeder of Bichons, Havaschons, ( Bichons and Havanese) and Westies. That’s the business that makes the Island House possible.

We had the suite, which included the jacuzzi tub, and privacy, as we brought our dogs, as we weren’t close to the other rooms. I am a happy camper when there is a tub involved!

I would recommend this lovely place to anyone visiting the Outer Banks. I love her outdoor garden, hospitality and the rooms are lovely as well.

Jean and Bernie, her assistant there at the house where very welcoming and we enjoyed both the conversation with our guests, many of whom were teachers and the alternating breakfasts of eggs and sweet fare.

Jean knew how much I love dogs and brought out the sweetest little Havaschon pups the day before we left. One little girl, already claimed was 2 pounds, white and black and just the sweetest little face. ,I was in my element.

Manteo- Dinner

We drove into Manteo, a quick drive into a town with history and charm.

” The area is home to one of the world’s greatest mysteries, the birthplace of English colonization in American, (literally), and a collection of Outer Banks attractions that have wowed vacationers for generations.” This is the area of The Lost Colony. We enjoyed just walking around the small shops and exploring the area.

We ate at the Avenue Waterfront Grill, and it was wonderful. A salt and pepper singer, more salt than pepper, was playing guitar and singing along with a keyboard player outside for our enjoyment. We chatted during the break about our musical background and that my boy, Gibson was named after my guitar. Great music and excellent seafood! Did I mention I could eat seafood every day of the week? I had Tile Fish blackened tacos which were a bit spicy, but oh so good, complete with my white wine of choice lately, a glass of Savignon Blanc. Hubby ate a dish of Tilefish, a flaky thick white fish, ( that has a delicate, sweet flavor) potatoes and roasted green beans completed his meal and beer. He’s the beer guy.. Ill stick to my wine!

My Amazing TileFish Tacos

Nags Head Beach

The next day, we were off to Nags Heads, about a 15 min drive from our BnB. The ocean was beautiful and not crowded, we took our dome-shaped canopy which would protect us from the hot sun. We fit our two beach chairs under the shelter and I enjoyed reading “Then She Was Gone, ” finishing the book this week on the beach. Great story! We alternated between walking on the beach, reading, and using my board in the ocean. Woowee, the water was cold! I have always been a fan of water. We also put our chairs as the tide came in and would get washed by the salty waves. We had a great time.

I love our set up!

The motorized parasail on the left would fly back and forth and change height. Looked like fun!

Elizabethan Gardens

According to their site- “We are dedicated to preserving the beauty and tranquility of The Elizabethan Gardens as a tribute to the first English colonists in the New World at the site of the original settlement. We seek to create inspirational garden displays and provide educational opportunities that encourage an appreciation of the art of gardening. We are committed to sharing our unique history, continually improving The Gardens, enhancing the quality of the visitors’ experience, and being good stewards of The Gardens.”

We wanted to see the acres of gardens and get inspired as I am working on building my mini garden at home. It was a casual walk through and funny, as we paid for the tickets, we were told it would be $3 a dog.

I have never been charged for my pups before, but I thought perhaps it was that if a doggy peed on a plant and they had to replace it, they were recouping their losses?  Well, that kinda made sense.

The Gardens were beautiful, I loved the style of the Elizabethan Gardens with squares of bushes and flowers, statues and a Butterfly garden at the end of the walk. It was a great way to spend part of the day.

Stop by tomorrow when I talk about PART II of our trip and TURNING HEADS TUESDAY!

Have a great day!

Jess xx

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  • Reply
    Claire Justine
    August 11, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous place Jess Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing at The Summer Holiday Link Up 🙂

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    July 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

    What a lovely escape! Your pictures are beautiful, Jess!

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    July 24, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Oh what a beautiful trip! I had no idea about those English Gardens! (And I have not heard of a dog having to pay either, hah!) Your pictures are just gorgeous!

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    July 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Wow, your vacation sounds amazing and the spots you visited are beautiful. I have never heard of a park charging for a dog but hey, there’s always a first, right?! I need one of those covered tents for the beach. I am not much of a sun loving person and this would be great to bring to any beach vacations! I hope you are settling back to the routine quite well and wishing you a happy Tuesday Jess!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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    July 23, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Jess, this all looks so amazing and so very relaxing. The gardens, the beach views, that bed and breakfast, the food! Oh how scrumptious the food looks! What a fabulous place to get away for a while.


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    Patty Gale - Fear.less Girl Financial
    July 22, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    What a beautiful trip! Thank you so much for sharing the beach photos and the delicious food. The inn looks lovely! My daughter recently spent time at Carolina Beach. I will absolutely have to check out Nags Head and the Outer Banks. It had been a long time since I’ve been through North Carolina. It’s such a beautiful state. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip and look forward to Part II.

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    Lisa D.
    July 22, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    I just love those boat photos and your vacation sounds so nice and relaxing. I love a big tub and/or a jacuzzi too!

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    Mother of 3
    July 22, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Looks like a wonderful start to a trip! I love that garden… the outer banks have been on my “list” for a few years now.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 29, 2019 at 11:51 am

      It was wonderful and the Elizabethan garden was so lovely. Inspired me to go home and work on mine, as modest as it is. We love the OB!

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    Karen at 50isthenew50.blog
    July 22, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    What an amazing trip! The beach does not look too crowded and really fun!

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    Sherri Preston
    July 22, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Your pictures are gorgeous, should be in a magazine!! Especially the one in the Butterfly chair!! Looks and sounds like a beautiful vacation, I will look into this area, love quaint towns!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 22, 2019 at 11:30 am

      Hi Sherri
      Thanks so much! I’ll let my hubby know, he takes the photos. It was a lovely vacation, and I am posting a bit more tomorrow on our trip. It was very relaxing, just what we needed! xx

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    July 22, 2019 at 8:35 am

    What a fabulous time Jess. Those gardens are gorgeous and I think you need a butterfly bench at home now!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 22, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Thank you Jodie, we had a great time! I hope you enjoy the rest of my trip tomorrow. The beach was amazing too, not crowded and so relaxing! The gardens were beautiful. xx

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    July 22, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Wow, the Bed and Breakfast looks so lovely I think I’d want to hang out there all day! The gardens look so beautiful too and that picture of you on the butterfly bench is marvelous! Glad you had a great time – look forward to part 2!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 22, 2019 at 10:50 am

      The BNB was lovely, and the room we had was just right. I used the jacuzzi tub each night! Thank you, glad you liked the pictures. The butterfly bench was too cool and the gardens, beautiful! It was funny they charged $3 a doggy! xx

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    Heather Lord
    July 22, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Jess, I loved reading about your trip, and your dog-friendly accommodation. My Mom’s furbaby has a small percentage of Havanese – a breed I hadn’t heard of previously – in him.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 22, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Hi Heather! Glad you enjoyed reading about the trip, we had a great time and were glad we went to the BNB. Our host was very accomadating and loved dogs. We had delicious breakfasts and it was great for the pups and us.l Oh, I’ve seen a few Havensese pups but mainly Haveschons around here. They are sweet Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow 🙂 xx

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