The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an short visit, be it an afternoon, a weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
Ocracoke Island is set apart from the rest in more ways than one.
Blackbeard claimed Ocracoke as his favorite spot, and he apparently lost his life here in a battle. Pirate lore abounds; more than 500 shipwrecks happened around the treacherous Diamond Shoals. Many residents have used the wood from these ships, which occasionally washes ashore, to use in their homes. The beach has been ranked as the #1 beach in the U.S. on several lists. It's uncluttered and without the hotels and other touristy spots that many beaches have. Most shops and lodging are within a one-mile area, on the northern tip of the island, including the charming Books to Be Red at 34 School Street. It's one of those independent bookstores which enjoy a steady fan base of loyal locals and a steady influx of vacationers looking for a great beach read.