A beach wedding is a great excuse to venture south to the Outer Banks over a perfectly-weathered spring weekend. Ben and I attended a friend’s wedding on Saturday, but made the weekend of traveling up and down the coast.
A few highlights:
Field Guide: As a fast-casual dining connoisseur, Field Guide in Norfolk, VA caught my eye via Yelp. And it did not disappoint. A bowl of fresh, uniquely spiced and expertly paired ingredients is the best, especially since I don’t see myself mixing kimchi with curry on my own in the near future.
Morris Farm Market: The ultimate farm stand/compound! Now that I’ve done some internet searching, I can confirm that this is a certified stomping ground on the way to the Outer Banks. The farmers market sells dozens of products, ranging from fresh fruits, juices, jams, pickles, nuts, baked goods, etc. And samples are out for everything! Another find worth a re-visit.
Trio Wine, Beer, Cheese: Vending machines for wine: such a fun concept! This wine bar and restaurant has several different kiosks with serve-your-own samples from various wine bottles, in 1 oz, 2.5 oz, and 5 oz portions. Bottle samples rang from reasonably priced, all the way to out-of-my-range. Fun way to try new varieties!
Wright Brothers National Memorial: The memorial commemorates the sight of the world’s first heavier than air, powdered controlled flight by the Wright Brothers. A few fun facts:
- Wilbur and Orville Wright were originally from Dayton , OH but chose the Outer Banks because it had steady winds, non-vegetated spaces and soft sand dunes for landing.
- They arrived in the Outer Banks in 1900 and conducted a series of experiments that three years later resulted in the world’s first flight.
- The First successful flight of an airplane was made by Orville Wright on December 17, 1903, spanned 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds. The Wright Brothers had three more attempts that day, the last being the longest with 852 feet in 59 seconds.
(Ben, with an authentic, full-scale reproduction of the original 1903 Wright Flyer, exact in every detail and capable of flight under its own power)
Then the celebration! The ambiance was like a vision you only see in a wedding exposé. Priceless!