OBX Love List
WHAT WE’RE LOVING RIGHT NOW
Three craft breweries (and a fourth being planned for Ocracoke). Two beer festivals. Our first jug shop. The Outer Banks is catching up to the craft-beer craze.
OBX Craft Beer Week and OBX BrewFest
May 30-June 5, 2016
A whole week of tasty, liver-taxing events — beer lunches, a craft-brewer retreat, tap takeovers, film screenings, a men’s wet T-shirt contest, beach parties, a bike crawl, an adventure race (SUP, kayak, run, horseshoes, cornhole interspersed with drinking games) and more, culminating with OBX Brewfest on June 5 at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head.
October 22, 2016
Kitty Hawk Kites’ beer-centric festival pulls in an element of ingenuity: a competition to see which team can keep a keg barrel aloft for the longest duration.
-Growlers to Go
Buffalo City Jug Shop – buffalocitybeer.com
Weeping Radish Farm Brewery – weepingradish.com
Lost Colony Brewery – thefullmooncafe.com
Outer Banks Brewing Station – obbrewing.com
Here’s how we’d do a day in this far-flung pocket of hip. Start with vinyasa at Outer Banks Yoga, immediately followed by an organic WIld Horse juice and Energizer pitaya bowl at The Juice Jar, enjoyed on the lawn in the sun. Next stop: deep-tissue massage and a facial at Lovie’s Spa and Salon, housed in a restored old-school Outer Banks home. We’d spend an hour in Island Bookstore, pop in and out of a few shops, stroll through the Village Garden and pet the free-ranging chickens, grab a sandwich at Corolla Village BBQ if we were hungry again and take an SUP tour in Currituck Sound with the local guides at Coastal Explorations. By then the Corolla Beer Garden would be calling our names. We’d hide out under the live oaks in a funky wooden chair and wait for the live music to start. All this, no car necessary.
DOLCE PASTRIES & DESSERTS
Victoria Schlegel’s fresh-baked sweets and breads are impeccable. Her macarons and meringues are airy pastel clouds (how she does it in this humidity we’ll never know), and her baklava is so sweet and crispy you might cry. Her profiteroles, cream puffs, tiramisu, almond croissants, Napoleons … there are no words. You can find her in Kitty Hawk. obxdolcepastry.com.
WAVERIDERS COFFEE, DELI & PUB
With live local bands and events like Coloring Book nights, Girl Scout cookie and wine pairings, and Beer Float tastings, this Nags Head establishment is the new hangout in the lower reaches of town. waveriderscoffeeanddeli.com
Longtime Corolla establishment Steamers moved to Southern Shores this year, reviving a languishing restaurant space in Southern Shores Crossing. Urban Cottage of Duck designed the new space, and all we can say is STUNNING! The interior is sophisticated coastal, a perfect match to the food. steamersobx.com
SUP yoga, beach yoga, heated yoga, private yoga, kids yoga, yoga teacher trainings, yoga workshops, new studios … the stretchy set has more opportunities than ever on the Outer Banks. There are five dedicated yoga studios on the Outer Banks, not to mention yoga classes in just about every gym and in all sorts of outdoor locations and on the beach and on the water. Plus, a to-die-for yoga store — Zen and Zip, on the waterfront in Duck.
Outer Banks Yoga & Pilates, Corolla and Kitty Hawk, outerbanksyoga.com
Duck Village Yoga, Duck, duckvillageyoga.com
Ashtanga Yoga Center OBX, Nags Head, ashtangayogaobx.com
The Studio Outer Banks, Nags Head, theobxstudio.com
Hatteras Yoga, Frisco, hatterasyoga.com
Finally, good bridge news for Hatteras Island. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was held on March 8 and work has begun. The$246 million bridge is expected to open to traffic in the fall of 2018 and last 100 years. Most of the 53-year-old existing bridge will be removed (a portion will become an offshore reef) by September of 2019. About 1,000 feet of the old bridge will remain in place for sightseers and anglers. To see a video rendering of the new bridge go to ncdot.gov/projects/bonnerbridgereplace/
We already know the southern stretch of N.C. 12 is breathtakingly beautiful, but now it’s official. It’s been designated as a National Scenic Byway, one of four national scenic byways in the state, since 2009, and this year 130 new signs mark the route as the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. The Byway connects 21 coastal communities, spans 138 land miles and 25 water/ferry miles and leads travelers into the maritime culture and history of three coastal counties. outerbanksbyway.com
Coastal residents and visitors are waking up to the fact that plastic in the ocean sucks. Plastic is one major sources of ocean pollution and is responsible for the deaths of millions of seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine animals every year. There are many movements afoot to reduce the amount of plastic in in the ocean (see plasticoceanproject.org), and we can all do our part by recycling, picking up trash and learning how reduce the amount of plastic we use; lifewithouthplastic.com is a good place to start.