Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

In the few months we’ve being in Raleigh, the single thing I have missed more than anything else is the water. After living by Lake Michigan for years, I have a hard time being away from water. So when our friends decided to take a winter trip to Carolina Beach we were all in. To make it even better all the beach houses are at off-season prices so you could rent the mansion we got for a tenth of the price it would be in the summer. Which makes it an easy and cheap weekend at the beach. It was the perfect thing for our cabin fever from the week of winter/ice storms that hit the southeast.

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Not only was it fairly inexpensive to stay out there, but it also is only a 2 hour drive southeast from Raleigh. Part of the reason I am loving living in Raleigh is that we are so close to every type of landscape while still getting all the comforts of a city. Nothing will ever replace Lake Michigan in my heart, but North Carolina is very quickly winning my me!

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

We arrived at the beach on Saturday and we couldn’t wait to get to the water and wander the shore. We walked down the boardwalk from our cottage to beach and just took some time to really enjoy the world around us.

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

As we were walking the beach when we got there, I kept thinking about how this body of water in front of us was the same one that lulled us to sleep every night in Cape Town. I thought about how many sunsets had kissed the horizon of this water over the years. I always find these kinds of thoughts not only overwhelming, but also humbling. I had not felt so connected to Cape Town since we left, than in that moment. It left me longing to get back.

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

The sound of waves is a sound I could take in forever. There is nothing that will calm your soul more than the sound water in motion. The sound of waves will always remain one of my favorite sounds.

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Most of our time at the beach was spent simply hanging with friends, wandering the beach for hours, watching the surfers, listening to records, and searching for treasures only the ocean could turn up. I collected far too many things on our walks, but only a few came home. Some of the shells were too amazing to not bring back and find a small place for in our house.

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Honestly, even though this weekend was short, a little chilly, exactly opposite of wild, and full of lazy walks, it was exactly what we needed. It is so important to get away once a month, it resets you and makes you appreciate the everyday beauties that become routine. Which is why we started a series about planning a little trip like this once a month. Walking away we spent very little and probably less than we would have if we had stayed in the city for the weekend. Just 36 hours was all we needed to change our perspective and push the restart button.

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

I think the thing to remember is that we all have 36 hours. We all have a few days off a month we can pull away and find time to explore the world around us. Even if it is simply renting a small place in the woods or taking some time for yourself or with family. Create your own Wild Weekend and your own adventure that will be sure to lift your spirits each month. It will help you to remember how important it is to explore and make time for the things that really matter.

Wild Weekend: Carolina Beach | The Fresh Exchange

What do y’all have planned this weekend? Have you been dreaming of a little trip like this? What is holding you back from just going for a night because I think you should just go for it.

Happy Thursday friends!

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  1. there’s really something special about the beach during the off-season. it’s almost feels like your own space… your own world. looks like you guys had a great, refreshing time!

  2. I love the Wild Weekend series. It’s so inspiring! I’m definitely planning some mini-getaways. So many of my close friends have moved to awesome places.. New Orleans, LA, Oregon. It’s time for me to take advantage of that and reconnect with them while exploring the unknown.

    Also – so nice to meet your sweet pups. 🙂

  3. i wanted to say exactly what amanda said, the beach off-season is the most amazing place to go for a trip! i always enjoyed taking my horse out for a ride on a cold winter day and just gallop really fast through the waves. it’s amazing!

    also, lovely photos! 😀

  4. Aren’t NC beaches the best? So relaxing, especially this slow time of year. I think we are headed to Asheville for a quick getaway this weekend- only 2.5 hours away from us. And to San Francisco next Thursday for a first time visit- eek!

  5. There is magic in water. We spent last weekend in a beautiful area in Slovenia but heading back to town and seeing the sea was special. I love your idea of going on a relaxing weekend every month and this weekend we are heading back to Slovenia for a bit of a luxury one. Not something we could regularly afford but it’s my Mr’s birthday this weekend. Looks like Mike had a good one.

  6. Looks like you guys had a wonderful weekend! I love Carolina beaches. We went there every summer growing up. So many memories! Hope you get to go back soon!

  7. I just stumbled upon your blog thanks to huffpost and had to giggle. I live in Wilmington, 🙂 Carolina Beach is my beach. The picture right below the crab, that spot is right by my friend’s beach house. I practically live there come summer time. Also you will have to make a return trip during the summer when Britt’s Donuts is open. Will change your life.

  8. yes this is our thing this time of year our son does social media marketing we love to go to beach in off season where we can have coffee relax and walk the beach for sea shells

  9. I just stumbled across your blog somehow and I LOVE this post. It just soothed me a bit. I’m a Carolina girl, myself. Originally from a small eastern NC town, later lived in Raleigh where I met my husband and now we have moved to Amarillo, Tx! I’m so homesick for the beach. It’s so incredibily hard to go from having the ocean at your fingertips to being totally landlocked! I’m so glad you love it and that you also love Raleigh! That post was on point, too 🙂 We miss it so much! xo-Meg