I am SO excited to share part one of a three part series from our recent spring break in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with Seaside Vacations! While putting this post together I kept catching myself sighing with nostalgia over and over because it was SUCH a magical week. If you have a big family or a lot of friends who you'd love to take a vacation with I cannot recommend this place or this company enough. It was a DREAM. Really, I'm finding it difficult to not write this entire post in caps because of my enthusiasm for the experience. Let me tell you about it.
^^ Captain Redd outside our GORG house ^^
^^ Everyone exploring in our “backyard” ^^
^^The view from our deck. Heart. Eyes. ^^
If you aren't familiar with the East coast, the Outer Banks is a 200-mile (320-km) long string of narrow peninsulas and barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. The beaches are stunning, the people are wonderful, and there is so much to see and do on these gorgeous islands. For spring break we headed to Nags Head, one the lovely towns in OBX, with five other families for the week and teamed up with Seaside Vacations to find the perfect place to stay. For us it was Ocean Paradise, the most beautiful beach-front home that was full of comfy coastal style, insane views, and more than enough room for our group of 23. Take a look at this beauty:
Ocean Paradise is an 8 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom home that lived up to it's name. The rooms were beautifully decorated and furnished, the kitchen and gathering areas were gorgeous, comfortable and large, and THE VIEWS. Crazy good. Plus, did I mention the pool, hot tub, AND that it was just a handful of footsteps from the ocean? Yep, it was 100% an Ocean Paradise.
You can view more gorgeous images of Ocean Paradise here, as well as get prices and availability if you are thinking about booking a trip yourself! If you do, save me one of the ocean view rooms because I'm coming too.
Plus, if you are thinking of booking a trip you can get 5% off by using the code PRETTY16 at Seaside Vacations when you book a week long trip in 2016! You've gotta visit their website and take a look at all of their insane properties and get that vacation planned! I can honestly say that working with them was unlike working with any other vacation company. Every detail was thought out and taken care of, making it a truly carefree way to travel with all the people you love.
^^ Surfer husbands ^^
One of my favorite parts about staying in Ocean Paradise was its location. It was central to everything we needed, but most importantly the beach was perfect. You could find us outside in the sand from sun up until dark, playing, swimming, surfing and kayaking. It was magic, you guys! Plus, when traveling with so many littles it was so great to have the beach so close so they could play and explore all day.
^^ Lots of spike ball and relaxing ^^
^^ Babies digging and candy-colored houses ^^
^^ My girls! I want to live in a beach house with them 4ever. ^^
^^ Lots of seashell finding and exploring! ^^
^^ To celebrate Willa and her friend Charlie's birthdays we had a pirate treasure hunt on the beach! It was pretty magical even though the picture taking clearly was not! ^^
^^ Willa found her treasure in the form of this outrageously delicious cake made by the wonderful Becky at Simply Sweet OBX! You have to try to her treats when you are in town. We were all dying over the deliciousness! ^^
^^ How many times have a used the word “magical?” I mean, come on. ^^
^^ Hannah, Katie, Taylor & Laren, my soul sisters. ^^
^^ Ugh. I love these people. ^^
What a perfect week, and we are JUST getting started! I can't wait to tell you more about what we did (and most importantly, what we ate. Heaven.)
Stay tuned for more beachy goodness next week!