Normally, we wake up at 3:00 and leave my 3:30 am, but this year only 4 of the OG group was coming on the trip so instead of having a sleepover we woke up at 5:00 am and met at one house. We hit the road at 6 am, we went grocery shopping when we got to the island and were at the beach house by 6:30 pm. We go over the Tapan Zee Bridge instead of the George Washington Bridge in New York City to avoid traffic.
Where do we stay? Duckingham on Cook Drive. It is a gorgeous house with 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, & a full-size pullout couch. Full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, 3 showers (one outside shower), washer & dryer. There is also a charcoal grill outside. There is a porch on the front of the house & one on the back. They have a collection of DVDs, Books, and Magazines for your entertainment.
Where did we go this week?
–Sunset Bar & Grill was our favorite place of the week. They have some really good seafood and some great salads. They also have two full bars, most of the bartenders are really friendly (& if you’re cute you might get some free drinks). This bar is within walking distance of Cook Drive, which is where we stay, so it’s convenient that no one needs to drive.
–Duck’s Cottage is always a staple during our visits. Kate & Hannah adore coffee and they have some really great coffee drinks, baked goods, oatmeal, etc. This is also a bookstore, it’s always nice to be able to read a $16 book without paying for it. Duck’s Cottage saved the day, we didn’t have wifi Sunday-Wednesday and Hannah had to take an online test for a summer course she was taking so we hung around there for a bit.
–The Beach, we are a 5 minute walk from the beach. We didn’t go as many times this year because some of us got nasty sunburns on the first day & there were other things we wanted to do. But the beach is nice because there isn’t a public parking lot so it’s only the other people renting houses on the beach.
–Walmart, this is where we did a majority of our grocery shopping. One night we picked up salmon, 90-second rice, and some steamable vegetables and made dinner. It all came out really great and was healthier than the cheeseburger I was craving. The walmart down there, along with most of the convenience stores, sell beer & wine, too.
–Indian Masala, this is right over the bridge and the food was AMAZING. I personally love Indian food, and now I think all of my friends do too. This place has indoor and outdoor seating, a great selection on their menu, and plenty of parking. We didn’t sit outside because it was super humid but the are right on the water & have a beautiful view. 10/10 recommend. I got the Saag Paneer and it exceeded my expectations.
-In Kitty Hawk there is a “speakeasy”, Grandstaff & Stein, that looks like a bookstore from the front. We went on a Friday night but it was super dead but the desserts were good and so were the drinks. The service was a little too friendly but I think he was just really bored.
–The Black Pelican, we go here every single year and dress up a little bit just because it is a tradition. But this year we found out that they serve the full dinner menu and full bar list on the deck, which also has a gorgeous view of the ocean. Wasn’t air conditioned but there were fans and it was covered so the sun wasn’t beating on our backs. You must try their pizza.
–Norfolk, our friend Jessie’s sister lives in Norfolk, VA as a news anchor. She invited us to stay with her for a night and go out for some drinks. Norfolk is 1 ½ hours away which isn’t bad at all. Fun fact: mermaids are like Norfolks mascot or something, so if you love mermaids you’ll have no problem finding some cute mermaid accessories here. We went to 5 different bars. Jack Brown’s for chicken fingers, fries, and beer at the very end of our night, we went to a rooftop bar, Torch (but it was really crowded), as well as PBR which is a dance club….but not the dance club we were expecting. In Boston when we say dance club we think of some rachet ass dancing but in Norfolk they mean country line dancing with a mechanical bull.
-Right next to Duck’s Cottage is the Coastal Cantina, they have only Beer and Wine for drinks, but they make Margaritas that are wine based, sangria, and sangria slushies. They have smoothies as well as Mexican food as well. They give you a free thing of tortilla chips and salsa when you get there, we also got their chicken quesadilla with a side of guacamole, and it was AMAZING. We took the quac home so we could enjoy it later.
–Sunset Ice Cream is a little pricy, but about the same as the expensive ass ice cream we buy in Central, MA. This place is CASH ONLY, somehow we all just had enough pennies and quarters to pull it off.
The drive home was horrible. We left around 10 am which was our biggest mistake, we ended up hitting a revolting amount of traffic. There was traffic getting off the island, we were stuck on the Chesapeake bridge for at least 30 minutes, somehow we ended up going over the George Washington Bridge and hit terrible traffic there, as well. We got home around 10, so it took about the same time both ways (I think the Tapan Zee adds some time) but the traffic made it seem so much worse. Also, I’m an anxious asshole and drove for 9 of the hours because 1) I don’t love when other people drive my car and 2) I am such a backseat driver.