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A Foodie Day Trip on Treasure Island

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On the last full weekend of every month, the Treasure Island flea market takes place. It is a great excuse to check out Treasure Island for foodies, because the flea market brings a lot of food trucks with it to what is otherwise a barren land for munchies.

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But it’s never a barren land for winos, with several tasting rooms located within a mile walk of each other.

Outside the Fat Grape winery.

Outside the Fat Grape winery.

So combine the flea market experience with some afternoon wine tasting, and you have the makings of a perfect day slightly out of the city. And if you haven’t been to Treasure Island, then you must stop off at this midway point on the Bay Bridge stretch for the views alone.

Click twice for the largest pic!

Click twice for the largest pic!

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It provides the best skyline of San Francisco I’ve seen in the five months since we relocated here. For an area awash in beauty, that’s saying something. Maybe it’s just saying that I haven’t explored enough of the Bay yet, but it’s something, regardless.

You can take the bus from the city to Treasure Island, or just hope off the bridge at the Yerba Buena Island exit. Take a right off the freeway, and follow the road around until you’re on Treasure Island and you see signs for the flea market and parking. Really, though, you can park wherever. Follow the Bliss Dance sculpture to the market — you can’t miss that 40-foot-tall beauty.

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If you’re into the market by 12, there are usually changing drink specials available at the bar. No picture, but I can assure you my cantaloupe mimosa was delicious. We settled on lunch next, choosing the Hiyaaa! food truck for a bulkogi fix.

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Tourist Musts for the Outer Banks

View of Kill Devil Hills from our hotel's beach. Click twice for the largest view.

View of Kill Devil Hills from our hotel’s beach. Click twice for the largest view.

Last July, I spent the weekend in the Outer Banks for only the second time in the eight years I lived in North Carolina. My first trip was camping on Ocracoke, the most remote of the islands, so I had never done the typical tourist activities in the more accessible areas, and I wanted to hit them up before we moved. Luckily, friends Laura and Ellen came to the rescue! In one whirlwind weekend, we covered each of these must-sees of the Outer Banks.

1. Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Climbing the dunes. Click twice for the largest view.

Climbing the dunes. Click twice for the largest view.

Jockey’s Ridge is the largest sand dune formation on the East Coast. Not to brag, or anything, but the West Coast has it beat easily for height. That doesn’t take away from the beauty of these dunes or of the multitudes of people who come to fly a kite in the open air. We visited at sunset and conquered the short, but calf-burning, hike from the parking lot to be rewarded with gorgeous views and kites of all shapes and sizes.

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Me with the sunset to my back.

Me with the sunset to my back.

 

360-view from the Ridge, featuring Laura. Click twice for the largest view.

360-view from the Ridge, featuring Laura. Click twice for the largest view.

Exiting through the same path many have walked before.

Exiting through the same path many have walked before.

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Amelia Island: Downtown Fernandina Beach and Walker’s Landing

It’s nearly six months later, but I’m finally finishing up my photo blogs for our Amelia Island trip last May. Because I’ve only had one short vacation since then, it doesn’t actually feel that long ago that Ben and I wandered the streets of downtown Fernandina Beach, though we live on the other coast now. I love it here, but there’s something to be said for warm beach towns where cold fog is an unknown quantity.

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Fernandina Beach is the city under seven flags, which means seven different countries have claimed it at one point or another. Those influences are present walking the few short blocks near their retail center along Centre Street. Just follow Highway A1A in and you can’t miss it.

Original US Post Office Lamps

Original US Post Office Lamps

Walking by the Island Art Gallery

Walking by the Island Art Gallery

The Palace Saloon, oldest operating bar in Florida.

The Palace Saloon, oldest operating bar in Florida.

There are several beautiful churches on the small stretch, and a few just down the low-numbered side streets.

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