13 Feb Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
There are pros and cons to visiting a popular summer destination like the Outerbanks of North Carolina during off-season. Several weeks ago my family and I piled into the car and headed to the beach to visit my aunt. The great part — we got to stay at an oceanfront hotel for just over $100/night. The not-so-great part was the FREEZING temperatures! Another plus — no crowds! You definitely have the beach to yourselves!
We also took the ferry to Ocracoke Island, a famous haunt of Black Beard, who was reportedly killed here in 1718. We saw the lighthouse, the Ocracoke ponies, and enjoyed a lunch of shrimp and fish tacos!