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By: MichiganJulia
11/26/2019 8:15 AM

Who spends Thanksgiving in the OBX? Do you fix a big turkey dinner? Lots of company? Or do you go out to eat?

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By: Tim-OBX
11/26/2019 8:21 AM

I have spent the last 26 or 27 years here for Thanksgiving. I can't recall ever going out for dinner though.

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By: Mstaszew
11/26/2019 8:33 AM

Who spends Thanksgiving in the OBX? Do you fix a big turkey dinner? Lots of company? Or do you go out to eat?

MichiganJulia


I've spent quite a few Thanksgivings at the beach and we've done various things. Once we had seafood themed meal including stone crab claws and other stuff that slips my mind. Once we went to Owens for their Thanksgiving spread. That was really nice. Most years it's just my wife and I so we'll make a dumbed down meal having chicken, stuffing, canned jelly cranberry sauce (we like it better than the real deal!), and a dessert. We've never cooked a full-on Thanksgiving there and only eaten out that one time.

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By: 2boysmom
11/26/2019 9:30 AM

We've spent Thanksgiving week in Nags Head twice in the last few years, and we love it! It is just the four of us, so we did put a turkey breast in the crock pot and had the sides we like to go with itmashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, broccoli casserole, sweet potatoes, rolls and apple pie.

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By: NCSU Dad
11/26/2019 10:18 AM

Our Thanksgiving dinner was here last Saturday. 20lb turkey with all the trimmings. 7 of us enjoyed the time together. Our first time not following the official date - ever. We chose Saturday so both of our children could be present due to work schedules.

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By: jefm
11/26/2019 5:04 PM

As many do, we have a tradition of going around the table and stating something we are thankful for. This year I am dreading that so much I almost wish I could skip the dinner.
This in all likelyhood will be my fathers last Thanksgiving and we have recently found out our oldest daughter is facing a life threatening illness & surgery in December followed by months of chemo. No one else in the family knows it yet but I have a feeling it will be announced at dinner.
Sorry to be a downer and I do hope everyone has a nice thanksgiving.
Be extra thankful for the family you have around the table.

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By: MichiganJulia
11/26/2019 6:42 PM

jefm…….I'm really sorry for your problems and that you have to express what you are thankful for when it comes to you around the table. Dig deep into your past and find something you are thankful for, like the fact that all of you are together again at the table. You don't have to mention the medical problems at that time. Make it short. I have that type of problem here and my husband always leads us in a prayer and mentions everyone (shortly)...then he says pray for the one who has the medical problem. That ends it. I hope for the best for you and your family. Things always seem worse at the holidays too.

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By: Banks68
11/26/2019 7:18 PM

My first Thanksgiving on the Banks was in 1978. My parents rented a house ocean front in SNH called the Sea Love for the week. A wonderful house!
My boyfriend (now husband of 40 years) and I drove down from South Jersey early Thanksgiving morning in his Chevy van and stayed the rest of the week.
We have spent a handful of TGs on the Banks since then. That first one there, though, will always be my all-time favorite Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone

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By: ultrahog99
11/27/2019 3:09 AM

Yep. Four generations around the table. We order and pickup our meal from Basnight's. My pocketbook takes a hit, but the ladies are truly thankful. Pray

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By: ultrahog99
11/27/2019 3:10 AM

Yep. Four generations around the table. We order and pickup our meal from Basnight's. My pocketbook takes a hit, but the ladies are truly thankful. Pray

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By: bobbyg
11/27/2019 7:06 AM

Evidently, judging by the traffic on the roads and grocery stores, scads of people flock to the Outer Banks for Thanksgiving. I only spotted two parking spots open at the ABC store. The weather this week has been wonderful. So, where ever you celebrate and give thanks, have a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving. smiley with shades

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By: Cryogirl
11/27/2019 9:43 AM

We spent Thanksgiving last year in Rodanthe. Stayed in Big Gus Retreat. Fabulous house. We had a full traditional Thanksgiving spread. Seven of us and the two pups. It was wonderful. The prior 3 years, we came down in late Oct early Nov. Loved Thanksgiving on the beach. What I didn't love? The traffic jam outside of Breezewood PA to the Ohio line. Literally bumper to bumper not moving more than 25mph the entire freakin way. I vowed never to go back Thanksgiving week. Next year we will go late October to Early November.

Jefm - many thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Red heart

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By: FirebirdNC
11/27/2019 11:08 AM

Since I am from Hatteras and currently live in Buxton it is certainly a big family affair for me. Last year we broke with tradition (cooking at home) and went to the Lone Cedar for their Thanksgiving buffet. It was expensive but so worth it, I got to relax and enjoy myself with no cooking or clean up and the food was amazing. Happy Turkey day to all!

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By: Alexy
11/27/2019 12:45 PM

We have done Thanksgiving at the house in Frisco but due to the Oldest generation getting less mobile we have not done the beach Thanksgiving for several years. We would always cook in,I consider the preparation of the meal and time spent doing that together and the conversations almost as important as the actual sit down part of the meal.

In years past one or more adult would get up early and take the kids out for a morning of fishing on the beach or just exploring and walking depending on the weather and the bite ( It was more of a way to clear the house of the kids) while others were busy on prepping the food for the meal.
Once back everyone cleaned up and sat down for a meal and good times were had. We divided up the clean up and things usually go pretty fast/ After than we would watch a game or walk off the meal.
I miss those moments but we still have a good time but we now go to the inlaws so they do not have to travel.

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By: Bill
11/27/2019 1:21 PM

We did Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks for about 8 or 10 years in a row. When my daughter got to High School the district calendar was changed and we could not longer pull her out of classes.

That said, we always had a Turkey cooked for us by Tommy's Market in Duck. I was tasked with the job of arriving around 1 PM Thanksgiving day to pick up the warm Turkey with all the fixings.

Enjoyed a wide array of weather in those years as well. One year it was 87 on the beach Thanksgiving day, the next year it was about 37.

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By: Banks68
11/27/2019 2:21 PM

Thanksgiving 1978.
My hubby and his very
cool Chevy outside the Sea Love in SNH.
That’s my mom and I up on the deck.I guess my dad took the picture. No other houses nearby.
And, yes, the van got stuck in the sand and had to be towed out lol.



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By: Kai Avalon
11/27/2019 10:58 PM

Thanksgiving 1978.
My hubby and his very
cool Chevy outside the Sea Love in SNH.
That’s my mom and I up on the deck.I guess my dad took the picture. No other houses nearby.
And, yes, the van got stuck in the sand and had to be towed out lol.

Banks68


That is more cool than you know. Congrats on the memories

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By: obx4family
11/28/2019 8:37 AM

We started coming to OBX for Thanksgiving several years ago some of the family comes at the beginning of the week others the end due to jobs and school schedules. We have gone out and made dinner in, going out this year as there is only three of us. Either way the memories are precious. Take plenty of pictures to pass on to future genertions.

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By: Banks68
11/28/2019 8:55 PM

Thanks, Kai.
Precious memories!
A lot has changed since then but my high school sweetie and I are still crazy about each other and the Outer Banks is still heaven on earth.

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By: jessicaboyd
11/29/2019 4:27 PM

This was my first Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks. It was a little sad in the morning, FaceTiming with my parents, but ended up being a really nice day.

Kim and Kevin invited me over for a turkey feast and everything was delicious! After dinner, we drove to the Point and looked for shells, saw a guy reel in a shark and watched Kev feed some grackles. We then went back to their house for Kevin’s homemade Bourbon pecan pie. Best I’ve ever had!

Thanksgiving on the beach is really a cool thing. I love being here! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!



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By: robluc
11/29/2019 4:47 PM

Thanksgiving 1978.
My hubby and his very
cool Chevy outside the Sea Love in SNH.
That’s my mom and I up on the deck.I guess my dad took the picture. No other houses nearby.
And, yes, the van got stuck in the sand and had to be towed out lol.

Banks68
My mom and me would be correct.

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By: Banks68
11/29/2019 5:58 PM

Thank you, Robluc
Right you are.
I chose poorly smiley

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By: MichiganJulia
11/29/2019 8:23 PM

Looks like Kim found a Scotch Bonnet!! Good for you....they are hard to find.

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By: kelly from ohio
12/3/2019 8:29 PM

I’ve always wanted to spend Thanksgiving! One year I will get there.

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By: CoolBreezeKDH
12/4/2019 8:25 PM

We have TG at home, while we still can, with all the parents, and kids who come back to the nest. Then we hit the road with left overs down to KDH for a nice long weekend of walks on the beach and pie for breakfast. Sigh. Won't be back until after Christmas morning, then it's NYE with college friends. So happy that the first day back at work is 1/6; too many years of going back on 1/2! Merry Christmas to everyone!

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