Sunsets are a universal crowd pleaser. While it always surprises me when I find someone who doesn’t like pizza or beaches, there are plenty of dissenters out there. But I have yet to encounter someone who doesn’t enjoy the glorious colors as the sun goes down for the evening. Even my son, who just turned four, loves sunsets — a fairly recent development but one that I hope will lead to our family seeing more sunsets. Sunset viewing can be a challenge for any traveler, as you have to be facing west with an unobstructed view during an approximately 40-minute block of time. And prime viewing time typically falls when you want to be eating dinner or getting ready for dinner, especially for those of traveling with kids. If your party includes adults only, you might be taking a nap to rest up for a big night ahead when you really should be well situated with a drink in your hand watching nature paint the sky.
Out of our seven nights on the Outer Banks of North Carolina this August, we managed to see two sunsets which is pretty good odds when you’re traveling with a preschooler and a baby who fully observes the witching hour. We were staying at Corolla Light Resort, and our townhouse was facing east toward the ocean. Luckily, we were a short walk from Currituck Heritage Park, which is on faces west and is on Currituck Sound. This 39-acre park include The Whalehead Club, a mansion from the 1920s that’s right out of Newport lore (more on that later), the 162-foot Currituck Beach Lighthouse, a beautiful footbridge and a charming gazebo to watch the sunset. It wasn’t exactly a serene experience (and certainly no drink in hand) but we saw the sunset (twice!) and it was magical.
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