Hey friends! I’m back for my final Outer Banks beach vacation recap.
If you missed my first two beach updates, they are here: Making Waves + 4th of July in Duck, OBX.
Vacation with a toddler wasn’t exactly relaxing like vacation used to be, but it was definitely a lot of fun. 🙂
We got back to DC on Sunday and are now dreaming of last week, when we were busy enjoying beach happy hours…
(Riese ate legit ALL of the grapes (cut in half) in the following photo…)
And taking in the sights by foot!
I got in a short run one morning (I think I made it about 3 miles, but walked about half of it… sooooo hot out!) while Riese was out taking a walk with her grandparents – my favorite place to run in Duck is the boardwalk. Such beautiful views!
We also had lots of beach time – great sunny weather all week so we made it there at least once a day.
We came back to the house for lunch and nap time every day; Matt and I would usually hang out at the pool (at our house) while Riese slept.
As for eats from the rest of the week, we had some good ones!
On Wednesday night, we had our annual “kid’s night” – the grandparents watch the grandkids and the “kids” – meaning us – all go out for dinner and drinks. 😉
This year’s dinner was at Red Sky Cafe in the town of Duck. I don’t think I’d been there before – maybe once for lunch many years ago?
We had a drink out at the tiki bar while waiting for our table – here’s our huge group!
Dinner was really good – I shared a couple appetizers with Matt and others, starting with the buffalo tuna bites – basically the flavors of hot wings but it was tuna! Yum.
Plus the burrata salad – also really good.
For my entree, I had the mixed grill with a grilled fish, crab cake, and shrimp combo. I had to get my fill of seafood while so close to the ocean!
We also ate lots of salmon last week – my father-in-law did a tasty cedar plank grilled salmon with a maple mustard glaze one night that was delicious.
Enjoyed with tomato pie (bought locally – a beach specialty), a farro and fruit salad, zucchini and squash with parmesan, and a pickled cucumber and onion salad. So fresh and satisfying.
Post-dinner sunset enjoying from our deck once Riese was in bed:
I made good use of the leftover salmon, farro fruit salad, and other odds and ends in the…