This year's trip to Nags Head was different from every other beach vacation we've had. We finally stayed in a beach house. The experience was wonderful and ruined us for hotel stays at the beach. It was simple and yet so sophisticated at the same time. We had bedrooms for each of us. The kids could go to bed and the adults could stay up a bit longer. What an amazing concept! (My wife and I have traveled to Atlanta, Belgium, Orlando and countless other places, always putting the children down for bed only to isolate ourselves in the hotel bathroom until they fell asleep. You can't get much less sophisticated than that.)
In The Beach House we cooked our own meals, had great coffee every morning, laundered our clothes ourselves (imagine that) and washed dishes. Not only did we have all of these conveniences, we experienced what it would be like to live at the beach full time—a personal aspiration of mine.
In The Beach House, the kids entertained themselves making friendship bracelets, playing Angry Birds on an iPad and yes, they even watched a bit of television. Hey. It was their vacation, too! The youngest of our crew took her naps (see her sleepy, beautiful face below) while the older kids busied themselves with activities that bridged the gaps between visits to The Beach.
Some views of our modest—yet perfect in nearly every way—Beach House.