Welcome to North Carolina!

z was at my door at 5:55 Saturday morning. Since I was all packed, I grabbed my bags (yes plural), our coffee mugs, and we hit the road at exactly 6am! Off to a good start!

We really didn’t hit any traffic and had a really nice ride.

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To the beach!

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We got to the hotel around 10:30am – not bad! When we were heading towards the door to check in, I noticed this license plate:

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Get it!? The Pittsburgh Steelers have won 6 Super Bowls! I know someone who gets it…

We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Outer Banks/Corolla!  It was right on the beach!

They allowed us an early check-in and gave us a goodie bag since we’re awesome (or we’re Hilton Honors members)!

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As soon as we got to our room, we put our bathing suits on and headed to the beach of course!

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There were a few clouds, but it was still beautiful out!

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I love the dunes!

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A beach self-portrait (this is for you, mom!!).

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We didn’t bring phones or watches to the beach so we let our tummies determine when it was time for lunch. z went to the diner next to the hotel and brought me back this amazing Greek salad with greens, cucumbers, roasted peppers, olives, feta, tomatoes, and balsamic dressing!

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z got a grouper sandwich with coleslaw and potato salad. I had a nibble of the sandwich and it was really good!

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We headed back to the room after a day of napping, reading, swimming, walking, and eating! I think it was 6pm! What a long, hard day ;)

z went downstairs and picked up a little snack before we got cleaned up.

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Cold and refreshing!

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I loved that our room had a nice little private balcony! Score!

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We got all cleaned up and saw this as we headed to the car:

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We went to Bad Bean Taqueria for dinner!

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The sign said they closed at 8pm and it was exactly 8 when we got there! I was so bummed, but decided to ask if they were still open…they were pretty laid back and said “sure, come on in!”

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Chips and medium salsa.

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Two veggie (rice and beans) tacos. One with mild pico de gallo and one with SUPER HOT salsa!

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z got one shrimp taco for free because they didn’t have enough shrimp to make the burrito he initially ordered. Yay for free food!

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Huge fish burrito! z thinks it was mahi mahi and I had to taste a little bite ;) SO good!

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We were so stuffed! We headed to a grocery store to pick up some stuff for Sunday’s lunch, then we headed back to the room and went right to sleep!

It was seriously the perfect day :)

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