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Thursday, July 21, 2011

{Sandbridge Beach, Virginia}

We've been traveling lots throughout the month of July. Three little mini-trips. And the second of our mini-trips was joining my family at our traditional summer getaway: Sandbridge Beach in Virginia. Here are a few photos from our extended weekend at this quiet beach just south of the hustle and bustle of Virginia Beach.

{This was the view Mike I enjoyed from our bedroom window. Isn't that house and white fence just enchanting?}

{Mum & Pops the wonderful vacation organizers and hosts}

{My Aunt Maggie. She has had so many adventures in her life, including living on a house boat in the Caribbean and teaching President Jimmy Carter how to kayak.}

{This one is my favorite, and I don't just mean the photo, the fella too}

{Every morning M and I would set our alarms for an early morning beach walk.}

Do you ever go on vacations with your extended family? 

Monday, July 11, 2011

{Bald Head Island: Golf Cart Parade}

During our recent Bald Head Island vacation we got to experience Bald Head Island's 4th of July golf cart parade. I knew Bald Head Island vacationers took this tradition seriously, but I had no idea just how creative they would get...

The Beverly Hillbillies 

The whole gang is here!

Dog Island. And might I point out that that skate boarding "dog" in pink shorts was attached to the float by a leash. 

Paying homage to the troops that defend our free country. 

And yes, the helicopter rotors actually spun. 

Even the "Amish" turned out for the parade. 

Sea turtles are a big deal on BHI because it's a sea turtle conservatory. There were several turtle themed golf cart brigades but I thought this 1970s hippie theme was the most creative. 

Would you believe those were actually all golf carts underneath that impressive decor? If you could design your own golf cart float would your theme be? I think I would do a Vineyard Vines themed float since it's such perfect coastal style. Maybe I could even toss Vineyard Vines accessories off the float, maybe something like this Vineyard Vines Koozie that Coastal Urge tossed out to me from their golf cart float (lucky catch. Very lucky catch)...

What golf cart theme would I see you driving down the island?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

{Lunch at The Shoal's Club}

During our recent Bald Head Island vacation, we visited what is now my favorite place to eat on this relaxing North Carolina island. After a morning spent on the beach we headed in for a late lunch. I was content to simply cook at the beach house, but my sweet hubby was set on taking me out for a date. And after arriving at The Shoal's Club at Bald Head Island I'm so glad he encouraged the late lunch date idea. 

Is this place beautiful or what? And it's literally RIGHT off East Beach. The Shoal's Club Grille is a poolside dining area where you can enjoy a perfectly serene view of the ocean.

Whenever we go out to eat we always pick two things we'd both like and split our meals. It's the best of both worlds! Do you ever do the same with your fellow? This time we opted for a cheeseburger and fries as well as a grilled chicken sandwich with fresh fruit. This was no everyday cheeseburger or grilled chicken sandwich was the best burger and the best chicken sandwich we've ever tasted- not at all greasy, perfectly fresh served on possibly the most yummy brioche bun. Maybe the gorgeous view made our meal even tastier. It certainly made it more romantic. 

We took a few moments after lunch to enjoy the gracious southern porch. And I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of my hubby in his new BHI sunglasses. We've been looking for so long for good sunglasses for him, and we loved these and at $15 at the Bald Head Island Maritime Market...well it was too good to pass up. 

I'm still crushing on this guy. 

The Shoal's Club porch extends to this peaceful view of Bald Head Island's East Beach. 

I loved watching these American flags dance in the sea breeze. 

I could spend forever after here just the two of us. 

You can read more about our recent Bald Head Island vacation here

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

{Island Dreams}

Up until just a week before 4th of July weekend, my husband and I had no set plans for the long weekend off. We had thought we'd maybe fly to go see his brother's family, but a double in flight rates kept our plans home bound. That is until we were offered the chance to once again visit Bald Head Island, the place we honeymooned a year ago. You don't have to ask me twice to jump on that offer. I'd go there anytime without a second thought. And so my island dream for the 4th of July weekend began to take form...

...Bald Head Island is always a place where everyday life fades and a glass of chardonnay on the beach becomes a habit that takes the place of checking e-mails...'s a place where we always feel like we can stand tall. No skyscrapers, ringtones or traffic to bring us down to size. Well, except for the golf carts that always seem to pass us because we prefer to barely chug along the road so as to get a good sight of all the gorgeous houses...

...This North Carolina island is where good views are a plenty and the beaches are bare of people and noise... 

...but full of shimmering sand... 

...and steady rolling waves... 

...This east coast beach boasts unforgettable sunsets and beach walks. The sort of sunset beach walks that leave us longing for more every evening, whether we're on island time or back home amidst the hustle and bustle of life...'s a North Carolina beach that gives us time, space and inspiration to think... 

...or simply time to stare at this island's untouched, natural beauty... 

...There is a smile that creeps across my face and grows wider the longer we bask in the rest and fun of the island... 

...a smile that lingers just a little in the dimples of our cheeks, a reminder that leaves us wondering when we can come back for more.

What are your vacation dreams?