One morning, we drove all the way up the Outer Banks to the Elizabethan Gardens. It was only supposed to take an hour and a half to get there, but the rain from the previous day had caused NC 12 (the only highway down the Outer Banks) to partially flood. The road was still passable, but there were anywhere from 1-8 inches of water covering the road in spots. It certainly made for interesting driving conditions, but the trip was well worth the effort.
The Elizabethan Gardens are gorgeous.
We wandered around, looking at all the different flowers, plants, trees, and fountains.
Finally, we had seen it all. We’d even come across a gnome.
Feeling rather hungry by this point, we headed into downtown Manteo. We settled on the Full Moon Cafe as a late lunch spot, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. They brew their own beer (I particularly liked the Baltimore Blonde and Stone of Desiny) and make tasty food as well.
The calamari, hummus, and crab dip appetizers were gone in a flash. The crab dip was especially delicious. They got the seasoning just perfect. The meals were very good as well. I ended up with a vegetarian hot sandwich, as by this point in the vacation I was suffering from a severe lack of veggies.
We took a bike ride down by the waterfront after our meal and finished the day by listening to a bit of a bluegrass concert. By the time we drove home, the road had dried up a lot, so we were back in the beach house before too long.