The Outer Banks are stretches of peninsulas and barrier islands that run 200 miles along the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. The Outer Banks strand actually begins in Virginia with the 4.5-mile long Sandbridge Beach. Because Sandbridge Beach is backed by Currituck Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, its geography is similar to that of the North Carolina Outer Banks. That similarity (and also cultural similarities) have earned Sandbridge Beach the nickname “The Outer Banks of Virginia.” Sandbridge Beach is a must-see for those who love the remote, untamed, and relaxed atmosphere of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
It may be secluded and uncrowded (a huge part of its charm!). But make no mistake, Sandbridge Beach, VA, offers tons of opportunities for family-friendly fun. So, if you’re vacationing with children – tots to teens – you’ll never run out of kid-pleasing things to do.
We don’t know about you, but it seems there is always someone who didn’t wear the correct colored shirt, or someone’s pants doesn’t fit right, or someone is in a bad mood and doesn’t want to be there. And that is before you get everyone in the property position and get them all to smile – sometimes an impossible task (take our company Christmas picture for this year for instance….awful).
Well congratulations goes out to Kimberly Ferguson who did this….
So, not only did Kimberly get everyone in coordinated outfits. Not only did Kimberly get everyone to hold hands at the just right moment. Not only did she get everyone to look away from the camera when told to do so to provide a classic pose of them all seemingly thinking about the vastness of the ocean. Not only did she coordinate this picture for (count em) 9 children! Not only did she not have anyone fussing and seemingly everyone was in a good mood, BUT…check out the lighting over the ocean. She had the sun setting and the water glistening with a reflective glow just as she was taking the picture. Awesome picture Kimberly.
For those of us that have tried to get our families coordinated for a shot like this and failed miserably, we say hats off to you Kimberly. You got a money shot! We have a feeling this may be your family Christmas picture this year.
Now can we get you to come back to Sandbridge to take our company photo?!
All the best from the beach!
that they have a standard list of questions they ask before beginning. Once they have the answers, they use
the information to come up with a fabulous adventure for you and your family. You can easily do the same.
Who’s Going on Vacation?
Just you and your honey? Mom, Dad and a couple
of small children? Older folks? From a solo trip to a grand family reunion, knowing how many people and who
they are will alter every other part of the planning process.
If your getaway
includes anyone other than your immediate family, start a list that includes the person’s name and any
special needs he or she may have. For instance, if Grandma is coming along and she uses a wheelchair, you’ll
need to make arrangements with the airline and be sure to book a rental home that is handicap-accessible.
What’s Your Budget?
As much as we’d love to say, “Money is no object,”
when it comes to our vacations, most people can’t. Getting a firm grasp on how much you can comfortably
spend is a vital first step. Without understanding what’s within your budget, you won’t be able to get too
far into the planning process.
When Are You Traveling?
want to be in Sandbridge Beach during popular dates, book ahead and plan to pay more. Festivals, July 4th,
Memorial Day and Labor Day all draw big crowds and can cause rental car, food and other prices to increase.
If you have a special occasion that requires you to travel on specific dates (birthday, anniversary,
wedding), you’ll also want to start your search for accommodations early to ensure you get what you want.
If you can, be flexible with your dates. Whether it’s rental cars or lodging, being in a
position to take what’s available can oftentimes save you a good deal of money.
Don’t forget to plan things to do during the drive. Parents.com
has wonderful tips for moms and dads who are traveling with kids that list several creative ideas to occupy
Keep a bag at the ready that contains wipes, napkins, medicine and any
other vitals you might need. Also pack a cooler with drinks and snacks. If you’re traveling a long distance,
schedule a stop at a rest area so everyone can stretch their legs and enjoy a picnic lunch. You can search
online for a list of rest stops by entering the state you’ll be traveling through, plus the interstate and
the phrase “rest areas.”
Where Will You Stay?
browsing the listings at Sandbridge Blue,
you’ll find plenty of exceptional rental homes and condos. How many bedrooms do you need? Will the kids
share or do they each need a room? Are other guests coming that require space? Are sleeper sofas an option?
Are there accessibility issues with bunk beds or bedrooms on upper floors?
should the rental house/condo be? A family of four could be quite comfortable in a three-bedroom rental.
Then, add a bedroom for each additional one to two people (depending on whether they will share bedrooms).
Make sure to indicate whether you require vacation rentals that are pet-friendly, are
oceanfront, have elevators, have pools or other specifics.
are one of the most overlooked expenses for vacations. Most people don’t realize that the cost of breakfast,
lunch, dinner and snacks (including tips) can reach $100 per adult, per day, if you’re eating out the entire
Thankfully, vacation rental homes come with fully equipped kitchens. With a
quick trip to the local store, you can stock up on cereal and milk, bacon and eggs, fruit and yogurt, or
whatever else your family likes for breakfast.
Planning to spend your days on the
beach? Toss some sandwiches or cold fried chicken into a cooler and have an ocean-side picnic for way less
than the cost of a restaurant meal. And it’s much more fun, too!
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