Outer Banks Mom: Exploring our state through soccer

By on November 15, 2018

After a day on the pitch, getting a chance to checkout the host city is always a treat. (Audra Krieg)

A little over a year ago, my oldest son, Joey, was invited to try out for the Outer Banks Storm Soccer team.

We were all excited when he made the team, but we knew that we would have several weekends a year dedicated to traveling for tournaments.

With three kids and a dog, lots of effort goes into planning for our soccer weekends but our soccer family has become such a fun part of our lives that we look forward to tournament traveling so much.

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This past weekend we headed to Greensboro for the Adidas Clash tournament.

This was their team’s first time competing in a higher bracket than they usually do, and we were all so proud of the boys for how hard they played and for how good they are to each other.

While soccer weekends are typically jam packed with games, we usually try to explore the area that we are in a little bit.

After a day full of activity, everyone is always hungry and tired so finding food is a top priority.

We were really excited to have a tried and true recommendation for Crafted, The Art of the Taco. Something magical happened at this particular dinner and the team grabbed a table with a few of the Dads and our fabulous group of soccer moms snagged a table by ourselves!

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While we usually all stretch out at a table together, I loved getting to have some rare time to chat with the other moms.

Crafted was absolutely amazing and we all enjoyed every morsel of delicious food that was brought our way. I think the top favorites were the Stuffed Avocado appetizer and the Fedora tacos!

These weren’t every day tacos, they were perfectly crafted with ingredients like kimchi and seared rare tuna.

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I also enjoyed a little shopping around downtown Greensboro and loved what Elm Street had to offer. My first stop was an eclectic artisan gift shop featuring artists from the Greensboro area.

Meraki Handmade was the perfect place to do a little Christmas shopping. We love supporting local artists and businesses here on our sandbar and try to do the same when we are traveling.

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I thought the unique concept of this carefully curated store was brilliant. On top of the beautiful pieces that were for sale, they also serve beer, wine and coffee making it a warm and welcoming place to hang out, even for an out-of-towner like me!

Downtown Greensboro was decorated in holiday lights and the area felt safe and quaint. I took a little stroll across the street to a cute boutique and peeked into the windows in a few other shops before calling it a night.

The next morning was a delayed start to our games due to cold temperatures and frost.

Our team tied their morning game on Veteran’s Day and we all headed back to the beach hoping for warmer temperatures and grateful for a day of rest after the busy weekend!

We used the drive home to remind our own kids how lucky they are to be able to have opportunities like safely traveling for soccer games because of our veterans.

Greensboro is a great little getaway for families or a romantic getaway and since it’s just about 5 hours from Kitty Hawk, the trip is an easy one! Our State has so many amazing little cities!

Which North Carolina cities are you interested to explore?

See what people are saying:

  • Sami

    I have been there & done that in a different capacity but well worth it! My oldest just turned 30 yesterday! My grandson, who is 3, loves soccer…Keep the encouragement going…Yes, lots of coordination, but you can’t get these years back! Have fun…main reason to do…GOOD LUCK!!

    Monday, Nov 19 @ 5:44 pm
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