Here it is Mother’s Day Weekend, and why aren’t you on the Outer Banks? The weather is finally becoming springlike, businesses have shaken off the winter doldrums and there’s lots to do. Not summertime lots to do, but still things are going along pretty well.
The 30th running of the Nags Head Woods 5K is this Saturday. It is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable races around. On hard packed dirt road, the course goes through the heart of Nags Head Woods, an achingly beautiful example of a maritime forest. A little more challenging than many first time runner think, it does have some hills and a little elevation gain. Worth every ounce of effort, though.
For a more artistic bent, the Dare County Arts Council Mollie Fearing Show kicks off this weekend. Held at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, it is an amazing example of how talented local artists are. 
Of course, one of the best things about Mother’s Day is the chance to treat Mom the way she should have been all year long  . . . which may mean she gets to do absolutely nothing. And let’s face it–doing nothing for a long weekend or week on the Outer Banks is pretty easy.
Nothing, though, means something different for everyone. For some people it means sitting on a couch or the deck all day long an reading a book (that would be my mother); for others there’s the shopping experience–and right now Outer Banks stores from Corolla to Duck have gotten their summer merchandise in but don’t have the customers yet, so they’re pretty anxious to sell. 
Doing nothing might mean, doing a little bit here and a little bit there. Maybe sleeping in (good luck on that if you have little kids!), a little shopping and dinner and a drink later. Live music might be nice, as well.
Dinner, drink and live music is definitely something the Outer Banks has going on right now. The nice thing about this time of year is there are not a lot of lines waiting for dinner. There are certainly enough people here to make it worth while for restaurants to have a full staff and full menu, but not so many people that it takes 30 minutes just to get in the door.
There are so many places to get a wonderful meal on the Outer Banks, that it’s hard to know what to recommend. Aqua in Duck, may have the most spectacular sunsets around, live music, excellent wine list and amazing food. And Aqua has a full service spa with it–which Mom may really enjoy.
Blue Point (also in Duck) can certainly give Aqua a run for it’s money with their sunset–in fact they have everything Aqua has except for live music.
Then there’s Roadside Bar and Grille–nice casual place in Duck.
And we don’t want to leave Corolla out of the mix–so for the far north visitors, there’s Mike Dianna’s Grill Room behind Timbuck II. Amazing food, covered deck, casual atmosphere. Don’t forget, Mike Dianna’s 2nd Annual Spring Mustang Music Festival is next Sunday, May 19.
A quick mention: the restaurants mentioned here are just a small sampling and although they’re all good, there are plenty more that are just as good. 
Get out and explore and have some fun. Happy Mother’s Day.