It’s a cold Valentines Day on the the Outer Banks. Perfect for snuggling by a fire or an evening at a special restaurant sipping wine over a perfect meal and talking long into the night.

The day has not seemed like a very good day for a walk on the beach. Maybe with six layers of insulation and a ski mask to protect against the north wind, but somehow that doesn’t seem consistent with the image of Valentine’s Day we all have.

Couples lucky enough to have scheduled the week here are in for a treat; this looks like the last cold day for a while, so there should be plenty of opportunities to get out and stroll by the sea the rest of the week.

We’re almost halfway through February today—would be halfway if it wasn’t a leap year. and some of the late winter and early spring events are starting to appear on the horizon. 

There are two great culinary happenings that anyone who enjoys great food might want to know about. The last Sunday of the month, February 28 look for "An evening of culinary excellence-Signature Chefs Outer Banks.” A March of Dimes fundraiser, the event is being held at the Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores and features some of the finest Outer Banks chefs preparing signature dishes for a black tie evening.

The big Outer Banks culinary affair is the Taste of the Beach, March 17-20. Put this one on the calendar and if there is anyway to spend a springtime week on the Outer Banks this may be the best one to choose.