Happy Friday my loves!
I am so sad that this is the last installment of Edition 2 for Backyard Travels with JT. I have had so much fun writing and sharing with you about one of my favorite places to travel, while also being able to look back at all the photos and reminisce. That being said, I’ll just have to start planning more trips to take 🙂 Any suggestions on where I should go?
Now without further ado, my favorite part about going to the OBX…Ocracoke Island!
:: How to get there ::
No matter which direction you’re coming from, the only way to get to Ocracoke is by a ferry. Which personally in my opinion is half the fun. I love being on boats and depending on where you ship out from the ride takes anywhere from 30 min – 1 hour. The ferry is extremely convenient because you can drive right on and off. No worries about transportation once you get to Ocracoke.
There are 3 ports you can go out of to get there.
From the South = Cedar Island
From the West = Swan Quarter
From the North = Hatteras
Here is a link that gives you all the times and and updates on how to get there.
For live feed on delays or change of departure times you can follow them via twitter @NCDOT_FERRY
:: Where to Stay ::
1. Silver Lake Motel Inn (One word…Hammocks!)
4. Blackbeards Lodge (Not on the water, but its safe to say it’s named after a famous Pirate, so it must be awesome, right?)
:: Where to Eat ::
1. Jolly Roger – Fish and Chips all the way! (On Silver Lake)
2. SmacNally’s – Love LOVE Love this place, great burgers, cocktails, and open air! (On Silver Lake)
4. The Slushy Stand (Amazing Icecream)
5. Gypsy Juice Stand – It was a hot day and we were in heaven when we found this gem! There is also a ship right next to it called TJ Outfitters hot dog and walking taco boat stand. AMAZING and so cute!
Bag: Sseko (If you don’t know this company yet, click on the link, I promise you’ll be glad you did)
:: What to Do ::
1. Teach’s Hole
Blackbeard Exhibit – If you’re a pirate lover and have little kids, this was fun. It’s a very small exhibit, but the kids will really get a kick out of it and there is also some good true facts for the adults to indulge in. Arghhh Matey!
2. Rent a SUP Board, Kayak, or Learn how to surf from Ride the Wind Surf Shop.
3.Horse Back Riding. There are stories about beautiful wild horses that love to run through the islands wildlife. But if you’re not into taming a wild horse, you can get lessons at Charlie Horse Stables and ride along the beach and in the water. Definitely romantic, and definitely on my list!
4. Rent a Golf cart or bicycle and ride around the island. Ocracoke is very small and everything is condensed. Much easier to get around that way then driving and you can see more.
:: Where to Shop ::
1.Down Creek Gallery (My absolute FAVORITE)
2. Island Ragpicker – I got the most amazing woven rug from there!
3. Ride the Wind Surf Shop – Aside from rentals, this place is awesome for bathing suits, sunglasses, and cute island wear.
4. Village Craftsmen (Tons of handmade goodness)
That is it my loves! I hope that you loved spending time reading and looking at pictures of a vacation destination that is very special to me! Please leave comments if you have any questions about any of the areas or if there are any hidden gems you know about that I didn’t mention. I also need to give a huge shout out to Lori, and my mother, both of whom introduced me to these amazing places and especially to Lori for always welcoming me in her beautiful home.
Till the next adventure!