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Turning Heads Linkup – Our Outer Banks Trip Part II

Morning friends!

Back from our trip to the Outer Banks. We had a wonderful time! If you want to read about the first part of our trip, please read the post Our Outer Banks Trip Part I, that I published yesterday. Don’t we all need a change in scenery? It was a relaxing trip with great food, the beach, exploring the area and seeing the Wild Horses!

I talked about where we stayed in Wanchese, on my last post, remembering the when we visited years ago. It was a dog friendly bnb and we took the pups. This is the second part of our trip and we do like to explore!

I wouldn’t say we are foodies, but we love good food! I’m in heaven when I get to eat seafood every day. Crab cakes, crab cakes, shrimp and Tile Fish tacos. I never heard of Tilefish, a flaky white fish with substance and melt in your mouth quality. So good!

Coquina Beach

Coquina Beach was north of Nags Head, about a 30 min drive from our BNB.

I just love natural beaches and because we are without kids, we don’t need much of the neon lights and stores you might find at other beaches. I love the natural, pureness of the sand and surroundings and the beauty of it all. There is plenty to do around Nags Head as well, great restaurants etc.

There were changing stations and places to wash the sand off between your toes. Otherwise, not crowded at all. We walked a bit along the beach and found a spot near the ocean where we could place our dome- Protected by the sun, we sat with our chairs under the space and I finished my book, Then She Was Gone. A bit of a twist and mystery, very good story. We would walk along the beach and my hubby would pick up shiny, smooth shells that were cleansed by the saltwater. He thought one might make a good necklace, only needing a small hole.

We would sit by the water as the waves crashed in and got us and our chairs wet. It was a way to “ease into” the temperature of the water.

I could just sit and watch the waves, boat, people, and water glisten all day.

I’m with my boogie board.. ridin the waves.

Kitty Hawk

A brief outing at Kitty Hawk as we walked one of the dunes. It was just Much Too Hot to continue and hard for me to climb such a hill. Although a neat idea, a cooler day would have been much better.


Aqua- we ate at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant in Duck, as my hubby drove to escape the torrential downpour in Nags Head and where we were staying. It was fate! We had a beautiful view of the sunset, sitting outside and enjoying this amazing restaurant on our Anniversary. We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and stayed dry at the same time, loving the view and company 🙂 I had crab cakes for the second night in a row, ah seafood heaven for me!

Our view for dinner.

The Wild Horse Tour

Before the tour, we wanted to catch a quick bite and we visited Bacchus, a wine bar that made homemade salads and sandwiches. I had a delicious hot sandwich of chicken, pesto, tomato and mozzarella on some tasty bread. It was accompanied by a glass of white Granache.

I was excited to go on this tour, as I wanted to see the Wild Horses out in a natural habitat, and on their own. We went in the evening 6-8 as it was cooler. A woman, Bonnie, going on 70, came out of retirement to get back to doing the tours.

We rode in an open-air modified flatbed truck with 4 rows of padded seats. Let’s just say I didn’t know just How bumpy the ride would be.

People who vacation or live on Corolla beach must air down the tires to drive on the beach and have 4 wheel drive as to not get stuck in the sand. We met groups of people and all bucked in for the ride of the evening.

I imagined we might see a few horses, but we certainly know where to look ourselves. The tour was a must if we were to see the wild horses.

It was well worth the tour, even though, I jumped out of my seat in midair, like the Jackrabbit on Steriods! 

( Pittsburghers know- The Jackrabbit was a wooden rollercoaster ride that would lift you out of your seat at the first hill) **

Let’s just say I have a few bum bruises and knots from the trip, but seeing the gorgeous creatures was worth t it. There were white Egrets paired with the horses, that I learned became their cleaning buddies, ridding the horses of flies.

There are appx 100 or so Wild Horses on Corolla and the fact that you could see them in people’s yards, near their beach homes was “wild” to me! Imagine watching the sunrise, with your cup of coffee only to see a horse in your front yard!

The shadow is the modified truck we used to tour the area and see the horses in Corolla.

Confident Tuesday, , My Red Carpet, ,Spread the Kindness,  Style With a Smile,

You know what song came to mind… thank you Mick Jagger! 🙂


If you haven’t read PART 1 of our trip, you can do so HERE.

The ride home wasn’t bad either. We stop in Raliegh at our favorite place called Gulglhuff- a German cafe and bakery. Hubby turned on an 80’s Music station and I sang nearly all the way home…. Until next time!

 Ill be sharing my pics for Pinterest and the Most Clicked next week as I am now back from vacation and back in the Blogosphere . Please comment on several posts and make someone's day! 


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  • Chrissy Rowden
    Posted at 11:34h, 26 July Reply

    I’ve not been to the outer banks, but it looks lovely!! The horse pics are fabulous.

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 04:39h, 26 July Reply

    This seems like a dreamy holiday, Jess. It seems that you have had a wonderful time.


  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 01:40h, 25 July Reply

    You seem to have such and enjoyable and relaxing holiday, Jess, save for the bumpy ride to see the wild horses which I believe, was quite an amazing thing to see. Every time we come from holidays, we promise to ourselves that the next one will be just relaxing and doing nothing but we never do. Have a good time

  • Lisa D.l
    Posted at 16:19h, 24 July Reply

    Love the horses! He looks cool in that little beach tent. Sadly we can’t have those at Myrtle beach anymore. Only the single pole beach umbrellas. No pop ups or domes.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:42h, 27 July Reply

      Hi Lisa
      Thats too bad about not being able to bring a dome or canopy, we do love ours as we don’t get the extreme heat! The horses were amazing! xx

  • Gail
    Posted at 11:52h, 24 July Reply

    This looks superb Jess, so relaxing and exhilarating. I like natural, unspoilt beaches too. And fabulous to see the wild horses, though I wouldn’t get too close (I got bitten by a wild pony once!). Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:43h, 27 July Reply

      It was a great trip! We weren’t allowed out of the truck and I wouldn’t touch them as they are not used to being touched. Beautiful to look at though! xx

  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 00:47h, 24 July Reply

    Hi, Jess. I’m writing this from the Irish Sea en route to Dublin with very spotting internet! I loved reading about your trip to the Outer Banks. It’s so great to get away, isn’t it?

    Happy Tuesday,
    xx Darlene

    • aquamarinastyle
      Posted at 00:48h, 24 July Reply

      Oops–make that “spotty” internet! And typing, too! Lol!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:44h, 27 July Reply

      HI Darlene! Wow, Dublin is a place I would love to see! Hope you are having a wonderful time! I’m impressed you could write at all there. It is important to take a break and see new scenery!

  • Sandra Sallin - Apart From My art
    Posted at 16:32h, 23 July Reply

    What a beautiful beach. Such white sands.The food sounds just perfect. i too love fish like crab cakes and fish tacos. We heard about all the heat back east. Sorry about that. But it truly looks beautiful. Enjoy!

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 16:30h, 23 July Reply

    What a wonderful vacation and those horses! So beautiful!

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 15:06h, 23 July Reply

    This looks like such an amazing place to visit! Those wild horses would have been so much fun to see!

  • heidisuydam
    Posted at 14:55h, 23 July Reply

    That looks so beautiful and relaxing! We want to vacation in the Outer Banks too – currently we are planning our daughter’s wedding so all spending is on hold until after April 2020 ! This is on the list though, for after that!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:45h, 27 July Reply

      Hi Heidi
      I understand about weddings! It was a great trip, very relaxing! The Outer Banks is one of our favorite places.xx

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 14:20h, 23 July Reply

    I just love that beach tent you set up! I am sure that helped a lot with the sun! And, a wild horse tour? I am sure it was worth all of the bumps and bruises! I remember riding in the back of a truck when I was a kid and I got smacked in the face by a branch on a tree! Lol! Def. always an experience! Lol! You got some great photos!


  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 13:40h, 23 July Reply

    I just love the Outer Banks and it looks like you all had a great trip (as always when you go there, right?!) I’m jealous of all the fresh seafood you must have gotten!


  • Becky Sanchez
    Posted at 12:31h, 23 July Reply

    Hi Jess!
    I love your posts! You’re an excellent writer, love your fashion sense and passion for vacations, get always and over all beauty! Cumberland island in Georgia has wild horses and ruins from Carnegie mansions that burned down. We saw baby horses playing in mud puddles as the adults grazed. Memories to cherish forever! Thank you for writing terrific blogs!
    Becky Sanchez

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:53h, 29 July Reply

      Hello Becky!
      Thanks so much. I always loved writing and its been great to be able to combine my interest with fashion and midlife topics. Oh, I have never been to Cumberland Island, that sounds beautiful as well. There was one baby horse, but we didn’t see it on our excursion. I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. xx

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 10:56h, 23 July Reply

    Picture perfect vacation. I went to the Outer Banks as a kid, but haven’t been in about 20 years. I’m sure it’s really changed.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 09:51h, 23 July Reply

    I loved the gorgeous photos and reading more about your trip, Jess! So very cool you were able to see the wild horses and the ride out to them sounds like an adventure in and of itself – lol. I would love to visit the Outer Banks, especially after seeing those beautiful beaches. I know Brian would enjoy visiting Kitty Hawk since he designs airplane parts and the company he works for was founded by the Wright brothers. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  • Grace Liang
    Posted at 09:37h, 23 July Reply

    Sounds like an amazing trip!

    Please stop by at http://www.colorandgrace.com every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for linkup parties! 
    Hope to see you there!
    Grace Liang

  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 09:12h, 23 July Reply

    Hi Jess! Looks like you had a wonderful time on your vacation…your pictures are amazing! I would especially love to see the wild horses and hopefully will get to go soon!

  • ee0926
    Posted at 09:06h, 23 July Reply

    I have been hearing so much about the outer banks lately and just watched a show about the wold horses. these photos are s beautiful and capture what an awesome vacation you had!

    xx, Elise

  • suzannecarillo
    Posted at 08:52h, 23 July Reply

    Sounds like a great vacation! Very cool about the wild horses.

    I’m very interested in your beach dome set-up. I need to get one. We avoid beaches because we can’t handle direct sun. This looks light-weight and doeable. Where did you get this?


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:57h, 23 July Reply

      HI Suzanne
      It is very lightweight and so easy to set up- 30 seconds! I sent you an email to the link. Amazon, of course. Thank you, we had a great time! We love to do a bit of exploring, the beach, nice dinners.. I love sitting outside. xx

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:19h, 23 July Reply

    What a relaxing vacation!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:14h, 23 July Reply

    How exciting to see those horses, Jess! And that beach looks so relaxing…just what you needed!!

  • Mica
    Posted at 07:47h, 23 July Reply

    What a lovely trip! The beach looks so good and so fun to get to see the horses! Happy anniversary! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start 🙂

    Away From Blue

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 07:23h, 23 July Reply

    I’ve always wanted to plan a trip to Outter Banks. The wild horse tour sounds amazing! Your photos are beautiful!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 06:47h, 23 July Reply

    Oh wow, Jess, this looks like an amazing getaway! The views are just breathtaking. I haven’t been to the beach in so, so long. In fact, my children have never seen the ocean! We only go to Lake Ontario…which looks kind of like an ocean from the beach but still not the same. I may have to plan a beach visit soon. I could use a little ocean air myself! Thanks for sharing all about your trip!


  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:45h, 23 July Reply

    What a wonderful vacation spot Jess. Those horses are beautiful!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:45h, 23 July Reply

    When we went to the Outer Banks we did the Wild Horse tour – it was so much fun! I also really liked the Dunes – I’d never seen anything like it! You had such a great vacation!

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 06:26h, 23 July Reply

    Sounds like a great trip. I really like quiet beaches too. When we went to Folly Beach for spring break there were very fiew people and it was great.

  • grownupglamour1
    Posted at 05:16h, 23 July Reply

    That certainly is a beautiful spot for a vacation. It must have been such a thrill to see the wild horses . Wonderful photos. Happy Anniversary.

  • Katie
    Posted at 02:26h, 23 July Reply

    Looks like a you had a wonderful vacation! Love all of your photos, especially the horses! Thanks for hosting the link up!


  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:17h, 23 July Reply

    That’s just a vacation that we love! Sea, sea food, relaxing and wild horses! We visit the New Forrest in the UK often where they have wild horses. I always get emotional when I see them.

  • Laurie
    Posted at 02:00h, 23 July Reply

    What a stunning beach Jess. Sounds like a fabulous time xx

  • Ruth
    Posted at 01:39h, 23 July Reply

    Wow it looks like such an amazing time! I love the beach and those wild horses have just got to be so neat to see in real life! The pictures are just gorgeous!


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