2014 Anniversary: Ocean Isle Beach Day 2

Our first morning at The Winds – clear skies and sunshine!

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Breakfast is complete by typical hotel standards.  If you are a food snob like us you’ll get by just fine, but you’ll notice the eggs from powder.  However there is a great selection and if you’re trying to watch calories you can still make it work here.  Otherwise get yourself some biscuits, gravy, and sausage and fill up!  (I usually opted for oatmeal, fruit and a couple meats).

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The dining room is nice and there is seating outside too.  It does get very busy on the weekend – so don’t be surprised if you’re having to take breakfast back to your room.

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After breakfast had settled, we hopped on the road bikes for a loop out to Silver Coast Winery.  With all the climbing training that I do, this ride was flat flat flat!  A nice change to get out and ride together.

Main road on the island:

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After crossing US 17 the traffic really died down.  There are shoulders on most of the roads in the area, which was very nice.

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The road into the winery isn’t paved, but just fine on a road bike:

 

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Lots of shopping opportunities inside…

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funny…

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One of the ladies at the shop offered us Gatorade to refresh us.  It was a bit hot outside, so having the chance to cool down was very nice.

Back out on the road, I made a note of our speed – nice to have flat roads and able to rock 20mph without too much work!

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Most of the ride was in the big ring.  No hills!

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Our loop took us past Sunset Beach as well.  Nice to see these signs here and there on the route:

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Very nice scenery along the way of the Sunset Beach bridge and surrounding wetlands / marsh:

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Our lunch stop – Causeway Gourmet.  Actually this was our lunch stop two days in a row!  A great spot – no-nonsense dining area but great service and fantastic food.  We were looking for a not-too-heavy lunch and this was the ticket.  (One day we did walk out with dessert to go …)

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For dinner, they’ll even deliver right to your place – which is super convenient.  The dinner items read like those from a high $ restaurant but instead more reasonable prices and you can have it delivered!

Back out on the road for the one hill … the bridge over the intracoastal:

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Great views:

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But this bridge seems like it could have used a bit more accommodation for pedestrians and cyclists.  At least there is a shoulder, but that low wall makes you wonder how much is really between you and going off the edge…

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Back at The Winds, we took in the rays at the pool, the beach, and the hot tub.  Very, very nice.

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Dinner out – all I can say is WOW.  The Sugar Shack was the dining highlight of our trip, bar none.  With The Winds reminding us of the landscape and rooms from Couples San Souci, the Sugar Shack reminded us of the culture and the fantastic jerk seasoning!

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Red Stripe references everywhere…

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The story behind the restaurant:

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Probably one of the last Red Stripe Light bottles to be found in the US.  Apparently the light isn’t available anymore here…

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And la piece de resistance … Ribs and Shrimp.  They should call this the “OMG I can’t stop eating this massive plate of tender deliciousness!”

You cannot pick up these ribs without the bones falling out.  You cannot put them down because the taste is amazing.  You’ll use your other hand to tackle the shrimp (don’t forget the dipping sauce) and if you take a break you’ll find that even the slaw and fries are excellent!

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A view of the dining room.  One big surprise was how efficient the restaurant is run.  They know how to turn over tables.  I expected some of the “no problem mon” Jamaica-wait but here they were totally on top of the service.  5 stars from me!

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Completely full from a wonderful dinner together, we returned and enjoyed our rockers under the moonlight…

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