Adventures for Intrepid Mermaids
Outer Banks, North Carolina September 13-19, 2020
payment plan available
Calling all mermaids! Let's "live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air" (with thanks to Ralph Waldo Emerson). We will have adventures in art and embrace the magic of the sea. We will be as carefree as the wild mustangs that roam the shore or the dolphins that frolic just past the breaking waves. And as happy as the little sanderlings darting away form the gentle surf. There is so much art inspiration in this wild and romantic setting. We will truly nurture our creative souls.
We will stay right on the beach front, tucked in behind the dune line with sweeping views of the Atlantic. A walkway from the house takes us up to the deck atop the dune and then it's a super-short walk down the other side of the dune to the beach.
Our beach house has a lovely screened porch to serve as our studio, and we will also take our sketchbooks and easels down to the beach or the dune deck for some plein air fun. We will practice some live figure drawing, paint figurative and landscapes and maybe even try painting and sketching the wild horses. One of our favorite things is our after dinner stroll on the nearly deserted beach, with the rosy golden light that comes just before sunset. Early risers can gather for a little sunrise yoga on the beach or the dune deck. You really deserve this week!
We keep our groups small and intimate to provide a warm, welcoming setting for artists of all levels. This allows for great focus and growth in your art. There will also be plenty of time to relax and explore the beach, jump in the waves, lie by the pool with a good book, or hang out making fun memories with new friends. There will be plenty of delicious home cooked meals and snacks, tea, coffee, etc. And we will put out the "wine jar" to collect enough to keep us in pinot, chardonnay, and bubbly as desired.
Six nights double occupancy accommodations in our beautiful beach front cottage, ALL MEALS (freshly prepared with love, with local ingredients and regional specialties), art instruction, most art supplies, transportation to/from Corolla NC to the beach house. (Requires four-wheel drive to access)
Not included, but available for an extra fee: we have a lovely massage therapist named Carol who comes right to our beach house to give private 1 hour massages.
The closest major airport is Norfolk International (ORF) in Norfolk Virginia. We are providing ground transportation to/from Corolla, North Carolina to the beach house.
In the past few years we have suggested that you plan to arrive into ORF by 2pm and meet up with our other artists arriving at about the same time and doing a ride share from the airport to Corolla which is about 2 to 2.5 hours away depending on traffic. This has worked out well for our guests in previous years.
We will pick you up at our meeting point at the realty office in Corolla at 5pm on Sept 13 and get you to the beach house in time for a glass of wine , a beautiful sunset and will have dinner waiting for you.
If you are driving to Corolla, parking for the week is available at the realty office for a small fee.
Note: The beach house is only accessible via four-wheel drive, there are no paved roads past Corolla, and we drive right on the beach. It takes about 25 minutes or so to drive from town to the beach house. **Be sure to keep an eye out for the wild horses!
It's a bit out of the way to get here, but once you are here, you will never want to leave. It's really that special!
About the Outer Banks:
The Outer Banks are a series of narrow barrier islands that follow the coast of North Carolina between the Atlantic Ocean and a series of sounds and rivers that form the Inner Coastal Waterway. Sleepy fishing villages have evolved into charming beach towns from Ocracoke Island to the south and Corolla to the north and points in between. The Wright Brothers took off from Kitty Hawk over a hundred years ago with the first manned flight. The seas off the Banks are known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, for the treacherous shifting sandbars that have sunk many a ship from the early spanish explorers to U-Boats during WWII. Blackbeard the pirate sailed these waters and may have left some buried treasure and his ghost behind.
Those early Spanish shipwrecks left another treasure: the wild mustangs of the Outer Banks, descendants of the hardy spanish horses that swam ashore from the shipwrecks. There are far fewer herds now, but the Corolla herd lives in a protected area stretching from just north of Corolla to the Virginia State line. These horses live as they always have, wild and free, between the dunes and the sound to the west, and have adapted and survived for over 500 years. Our beach house is within this protected area and the horses are free to roam where they wish within a very large natural habitat. No commercial development is allowed within this area, only beach homes and the fire station. Responsible visitors and locals know to keep at least 50 feet away from the horses, not to approach or feed them and to use extreme caution when driving. For more information on the Corolla herd, visit www.corollawildhorses.com.
Weather in September can be stunning in the Outer Banks, with warm, but not too hot beach days or with a dramatic storm blowing through. This will be a very casual -paint in your PJs all day- kind of week, and cozy sweats or PJs for the evenings will be fine. Shoes, bras, makeup optional! Pack a swimsuit for the beach, pool or hot tub, a hat and your sunglasses!
We are so excited to share this uniquely wild and yet peaceful and restorative experience with you all.
We will have a private facebook group for everyone joining our adventure, to provide updates and additional information such as art supply lists and fun tidbits on the region.
Please read our refund and cancellation policy when registering.
Itinerary to be announced