|4 Wheel drive beach, Outer Banks|
During my college years, trips to the OBX weren't complete with out dining at several local establishments. It wasn't until I went gluten free, nine years ago, that the dynamics of my trip drastically changed. I still enjoy going to the Outer Banks but my focus is more of the beautiful landscape and relaxation...two amazing things!
|Swan Beach, NC|
Over the last several years, I've found myself settling in area known as the Northern Beaches. I love to nestle into Swan Beach and Corolla, which can only be accessed by 4 wheel drive.
|Wild horses, Outer Banks, NC|
Most days you can see beautiful wild horses for the decks of your rental home as well as the beach. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a wild fox or two.
|One of the 5 wild foxes playing near the house|
I often pick up groceries from several of the local fish markets and head up the beach. Yes...I drive on the beach. I really have no need to ever leave this beautiful area. This trip I decided to take advantage of lots of local, fresh seafood including, soft shell crab, clams, tuna, sheep's head and shrimp.
|Soft shell crab with gluten free flour|
During my travels over the last year or two, the knowledge of gluten free dining across the nation has increased tremendously. So, on my recent trip to the OBX, I thought I would see how many places are now offering gluten free options. Several restaurants had signs up saying "gluten free" and even a few places mention gluten free options in the tourist promotional guides. As always, I recommend calling ahead of time to double check if they gluten free options and make reservations if you can.
With all the beach trips and lounging by the pool, I couldn't try all the restaurants I've listed below. Well...I haven't tried them yet! If you've eaten at any of the restaurants, feel free to let me know.
|Doing a drive-by...Bearfoot Bearnie's|
|Quaint shops, live music and dining in Duck, NC|
Places to find gluten free grocery items:
Quite a collection of gluten free items...things I'd never seen in my local market!
The Outer Banks is a fabulous place to unwind and be with nature. The relaxed atmosphere, quaint shops and water sports makes this destination perfect for the entire family. There's always a place you can kick back, listen to music and watch a beautiful Outer Banks sunset.