Blogging From A to Z Challenge – R

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One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~ Virginia Wolf

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – R

“R” is for restaurant; in this case Owens’ Restaurant.

In keeping with the Travel theme, I immediately thought of all the great restaurants that I’ve visited through the years. But there’s one that stands out from the rest and that is Owens’. It’s located in Nags Head, North Carolina on the Outer Banks. If you love really good seafood and really good food in general, you need to try Owens’. 

I took the photo of the marquis in 2012 (my last trip there), so that means they are now in their 70th year. They have a wonderful history and you can read more about  Owens’ Restaurant here.

If I lived the lifestyle of the rich and famous and could charter a plane to fly somewhere for dinner, I’d head for Owens’. If you get to the Outer Banks, you should too!

Here are some photos from this quaint, seaside eatery. It features an adorable gift shop and interesting antiques, photos and memorabilia from the US Lifesaving Service (the forerunner to the US Coast Guard.)


Blogging From A to Z Challenge – Q


Sure, I’d take the responsibility of queen any day. ~ Charisma Carpenter

Blogging From A to Z Challenge – Q

“Q” is for queen; in this case, Queen Elizabeth I.

The attractive gal above is one of the talented actors from the cast of The Lost Colony. I mentioned this wonderful production, performed every summer at Manteo’s outdoor Waterside Theater, in a recent post about the Outer Banks.

The story of the Lost Colony goes like this:  Before Jamestown and Plymouth, a group of about 120 men, women and children established one of the first English settlements in the New World on Roanoke Island in 1587. Shortly after arriving in this New World, colonist Eleanor Dare, daughter of Governor John White, gave birth to Virginia Dare. The Governor’s granddaughter was the first English child born in North America.

Life on the island was difficult for the colonists. Low on supplies and facing retaliation from the Native Americans they had displaced, the colonists sent Governor White to England in the summer of 1587 for supplies. Because of the impending war with Spain, White was unable to return to Roanoke Island until 1590. When he arrived, the colony had vanished. People believe the word “CROATOAN” was carved on a post. The fate of those first colonists remains a mystery to this day. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Click on the link to read further about the history of this story and amazing production! If you’re planning a trip to the Outer Banks you must see this – a wonderful treat for kids of all ages!

The Lost Colony


Blogging From A to Z – O

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Countless as the sands of the sea are human passions. ~ Nikolai Gogol

Blogging From A to Z – O

“O” is for outer, as in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

These barrier islands separate the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland and consist of:  Hatteras, Bodie, Oracoke, Roanoke, and Ile d’Ocracoke. The beaches, state parks, ship wreck diving sites, and lighthouses make this a popular vacation destination. 

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Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 weary men, women and children waded ashore and made history on Roanoke Island in July 1587, establishing the first permanent settlement of its kind in the Americas.

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Three years later the colony and all its inhabitants had vanished. Their fate has been the subject of many theories and the story is reenacted every summer during performances of  The Lost Colony, the nation’s longest symphonic drama. If you visit the Outer Banks, be sure to see this wonderful production!

For more information on the Outer Banks click this link:  OBX