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Forty is definitely the new thirty. You’re more refined, more confident, you’re 100% smarter than you were when you rolled into your thirties (which we also call “wise”—hence the glorious glitter strands gently forming around your hairline) and you are completely in charge of your own life. That being said, your kids are old enough now to have sass mouth and that guy at the other end of your dining room table is likely still making you nuts, bless his little heart. So yeh, you need this vacation. You deserve this vacation!

Traveling to Hatteras Island in Your Forties

Shops: Fisherman’s Daughter in Avon and Farmer’s Daughter in Hatteras are both great stops for the polished woman. With a great mix of stylish fashion, you can find name brands such as Vera Bradley, Pandora, Brighton, Simply Southern and much, much more! Also be sure to stop at Rod & Gun in Frisco. This is the perfect couples shopping experience, because as the name says, they have lots of toys for those who love to fish and hunt, but bonus, they also have a great selection of apparel for those who don’t. Find brand names such as Sperry, Melissa & Doug, Woolrich, Aftco and more, more, more! Indian Town Gallery, also in Frisco, should be put on the “must visit” list as well. This funky stop on “Gallery Row” has an eclectic selection of items from locally crafted pottery to jewelry and mixed media art that you won’t find anywhere else.

Eats:  When you’re trying to settle on a restaurant for more than just two people, it can get a little tricky—like one person sits in the car throughout the meal, one person just has water and one person scowls the whole time kind of tricky. The answer to your hangry prayers is Diamond Shoals in Buxton. They have a very diverse menu that includes sushi and a wide variety of local seafood dishes, steaks, a full salad bar and more. Sometimes less is more, but sometimes (when hanger strikes) more is more.

Drinks:  Like we’ve already established, you deserve this vacation. Well, you also deserve a drink. Head over to the freshly launched Turner’s High Moon Bar in bumping downtown Avon. On the corner of Kinnakeet Village and one of the only stop-lights on Hatteras Island, Turner’s has a phenomenal selection of beer, wine and libations. Craft beer is the name of their game with a collection so wide that I quit counting at the “Witbiers, Saison, Pilsner, Hefeweizen” section. I don’t know most of those words, but you know if they’ve got them, it’s a well-researched and highly reputable assemblage by someone who clearly appreciates beer. As for the libations, they have a fun twist on the typical island drink with a cocktail list that might keep you there for a while—there are definitely worse ways to spend your vacation!

Reads:  There are a ton of things to do and see while you’re visiting Hatteras Island, but hopefully you’ll find some “you time” to relax while you’re here, and there is no better way to settle in the sand than in a beach chair with a book in tow! Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty has been all over the must-read and top-seller lists for 2016 and recently published on July 26th, we’re pretty sure it’ll be worth the lug over those beautiful sand dunes.

“Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.”

-Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Looking for other great beach reads? Be sure to check out our Top 10 Summer Beach Reads blog as well!