Age: 55-65

Member since January 2018

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Southern retired teacher & husband who along with my family owns & operates our restaurant, BJ's Carolina Cafe & Creative Catering by Wanda Rarely, we enjoy Rving in our class A.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Gardening, hospitality, food service, teaching & my husband is a general contractor, electrician & baker.

Wanda1's Pets

Grand dogs Molly doodle~ Golden doodle who thinks she a lap dog~ 75 lbs you'll see her around & Mr. Tyler, a bichpoo @ 8 lbs. They are bestest buds. They traverse our 3 acres accompanied by a human as we have a leash law in our county, Currituck. We are multi=taskers, DIY entrepreneurs native to NENC. WE are outdoors folks always working on a project.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Anywhere near the water~ ocean is our favorite. We dream of traveling and love the mts.

Wanda1's Hometown

Jarvisburg, NC 10 miles from the lovely pristine Outer Banks.

Wanda1's Guest Details

Wanda1's Rig

Rig Type: Class A

38 feet long

Tiffin phaeton diesel 38ft 2 " young still working seniors" traveling alone as our furbaby passed. Tow car Honda Fit

Wanda1's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Prefers an electric hookup
  • Prefers a water hookup
  • Has slideouts
  • Needs to run a generator

Wanda1 Has 1 Host Location

BJ's Carolina Cafe southern hospitality

Jarvisburg, NC, US
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October 2019

Short visit

One night stay. Friendly folks that host near one of our favorite sites. I feel sure we will visit again.

References from Guests (76)

Cars 'n' Carving

May 2021

Convenient stop and great food!

This was the perfect place to stop on our way to the Outer Banks. Enjoyed a delicious dinner and went back for breakfast in the morning. Wanda1 is a welcoming host and her staff are friendly and efficient. Thank you for offering your extra space for an enjoyable overnight.


May 2021

Great place to park for exploring!

We stayed 1 night. Parking is gravel and mostly level. Had to just back up on one chock. Had no idea it was Mother's Day weekend. We stayed Saturday night. We were the only ones there. Wanda came by, very nice and welcoming. I would park closer to the back, where the fence isn't. We kind of were in the way of all the people coming for Mother's Day brunch. It was a steady stream
It's extremely noisy with the highway right there. Noise died down around 2 a.m. and picked up around 6:30a.
There was an excellent cross breeze.
They have pecan pie [and other food of course] but that pie...omgosh was it good. We bought an extra slice to bring back to the rv for ...breakfast? Sure! My friend loved their crab cakes, said they were some of the best they'd ever eaten.
The parking lot is very large, nice scenery, great location for any exploring.


May 2021

Convenient to OBX

The only thing warmer than their hospitality was their fried chicken (the Tuesday special!) Flat spot, plenty of room, a little road noise, but nothing that kept us from a good night’s rest. Thank you Wanda!


April 2021

Great location and good food.

Great location to make a quick visit of OBX. Plenty of room to Park our 5th wheel with easy in out. Some road noise at night. Friendly folks and was convenient to set up and then have someone else make lunch! Also nice that they served breakfast on Sundays so no cooking or dirty dishes before we left! Thanks!


April 2021


A great place to not only stay overnight, but delicious food, also! The crab cakes were amazing, as was Wanda’s chocolate pie!!
Thank you for providing a nice spot for the night.


April 2021

Great stay

The food was awesome and so were the people. Would love to stay here again!


April 2021

Great host, convenient location

Wanda is a great host, quick to accept our request to stay, Kind and helpful. Enjoyed a dinner from the café at a nearby boat launch with a beautiful sunset. Easy parking and great stay. Thank you, Wanda.


April 2021

Great place!

We parked with our door to the grass and had a very nice view. We were exploring the area the entire time so did not get a chance to meet our host but she had already lined us out on where to park and was very helpful.


April 2021




April 2021

Two nights with good food

Easy-to-find restaurant parking lot, right on highway (which means some all-night road noise). Friendly, energetic hostess, whose restaurant served a great plate of liver and onions. Would stay again.


April 2021

Great place Convenient parking lot

Wings were great. Happened to be there on Wednesday which was wings and a live band. Lots of locals but everything was quite by 9. Hope to go back next time thru. Thanks to the owners


April 2021


Great people felt like home
Excellent!!! Food this is the second time we stayed here and it won’t be our last
Thanks Wanda 😁😁😁😁👌


March 2021

Very easy, friendly place.

This was great for a short stay, Nice level parking area a little road noise but it died off at night thank you for letting us stay!


March 2021

NC Hospitality.

We had a unbelievable weekend at BJ's BBQ. The location was easily accessible and clearly visible. The host Wanda treated us like the family members you like. Very outgoing and down to earth.
BJ's has the best food and service we have experienced in a longtime. It was like
our minds have been read when preparing our meals. Great camping, great food. and friendly people.


March 2021

Great Stay

Really enjoyed the meal (good quality and good value) and had a peaceful enough stay. Plenty of room for parking. Would definitely stop back. Thanks for the hospitality!


March 2021

Nice night

Nice night even with road noise. BJ’s Carolina Cafe has excellent food!! What a pleasure to stay here! Thank you very much!!


March 2021

Great stay

Great location, great food and great hosts.
What more could a boondocker ask for.
Had to leave early to return home for my Covid shot ☹️


March 2021

Great Location & Food

Spacious grav lot next to the restaurant. Had an enjoyable dinner of crab cakes and shrimp! Great location to stay and close to the Outerbanks locations you will want to check out.


March 2021


Couldn’t ask for a better experience!!


March 2021


Our stay was wonderful. Large parking area & easy set up. Cafe was family run, lots of southern hospitality. Ate dinner 2 nights, Great crab cakes, melt in you mouth Cornbread served with dinner. Various Menu items. Always left stuffed. Didnt try their breakfast but the menu looked good.
Wanda was very welcoming, enjoyed chatting with her.
Cafe is on a busy highway there is noise, but at night not so much. Beautiful sunsets each night. Easy access to OBX area, must stop Wrights museum/ kitty hawk.


February 2021

Easy parking

Host was wonderful with communication! Sadly, we stayed when the restaurant was closed. We would have loved to have sampled the cuisine. Overall, great easy stay!


February 2021

Great stop!

Thanks for a great visit! Although we didn’t get to meet our host in person she was a wonderful host. We appreciated the great communication.

The location was perfect for exploring several National Park sites (Wright Brothers, Fort Raleigh, Cape Hatteras). There was some road noise since you’re parked right off the main road but it slows down at night.


December 2020

Delicious stay!

Easy to find since it’s on the main road, plenty of flat parking. Close enough to visit beaches and attractions. Food was delicious!! Can’t wait to visit again!


December 2020

Omg the food!

Big lot with plenty of space to maneuver, next to the road so you hear some traffic at night but I slept through most of it fine. This is the important part! The food here was sooo good! The first night I got the black and blue burger and was very impressed! The second I got wings and they were literally the best wings I’ve ever had, maybe it’s a southern thing but the way they were I’ve never had before!
Close to the beaches and the winery up the street was delicious too!


December 2020

A yummy overnight

We had a quiet and uneventful stay with the highlight being our delicious seafood takeout dinners - everything was great, even the cornbread and coleslaw, which I’m very picky about. This is a convenient and easy place to stay on the way to the Outer Banks and would definitely stay here again.


December 2020

Great stay, nice people, convenient spot

Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet Wanda but all of our interactions by phone with her and in person with her staff were great! Nice level spot with plenty of space and good food. Thank you so much Wanda and the Cafe crew!


November 2020

Perfect spot on way to OBX

Perfect spot to fill your belly with good food, friendly hospitality, let the pups run around a little and while a little road noise was safe and convenient.
Definitely will be back through.


November 2020

Great Location!

This space was just as described, a very large empty parking lot right off the road! Our 30 foot rig had no problem finding a spot, turning around, and backing in with the large space in the lot. The lot where RVs park is on the right side of the restaurant and customers mainly park on the left side lot, so it stays pretty quiet. You do hear a bit of noise from the road, but there's not a lot of traffic on it (at least when we stayed, but it was off-season) so it's not bad at all. We slept peacefully! The stars were beautiful. There was one other RV the first night we stayed and a van the second night. There is definitely plenty of room for more rigs too though. The location is less than 20 minutes from the Outer Banks beaches! We loved spending our days there and then also being able to come back for a nice warm dinner and a beer at the restaurant followed by the shortest walk home to our RV as possible. We didn't get to meet the host in person, but they were extremely friendly, welcoming, and kind over text! Gave great directions about where to park and confirmed we were in a good spot. Wished us happy days at the beach and safe travels. We will definitely stay here if we come back to the area in the future and recommend it to anyone coming to this location!!!


November 2020

Great dinner and a place to stay.

I did not get to meet the host but talked to her by phone. She was most welcoming and explained where she would like me to park as she had other RVs coming in that night (3 of us by morning). I had a fabulous beer-battered flounder dinner! Very convenient location. Thanks!


November 2020

Boondocking at Wanda's

Very nice accommodations, parking lot is large and level. Easy access to Nags Head and Kitty Hawk. Vineyard and brewery close by. BJs Restaurant has very good food. We will be back when the weather is warmer and hopefully less windy. Thanks!


October 2020

Great communication!

We changed dates and look forward to,returning in a,couple,of,weeks.
Thank you!


October 2020


Large side parking lot to cafe that's right off the main road. They have a sign in sheet inside the cafe. There was a nice breeze under the pecan tree. It's only about a twenty minute drive to OBX. The cafe served up the best fried flounder dinner I've had so far and the double chocolate raspberry cake was delicious and on sale. Thank You to Wanda and family for a great first time boondocker's welcome experience.


October 2020

Best place to stay!!

We had a wonderful stay at BJ’s Carolina Cafe! The hosts are great people. So friendly. They have a large lot that can accommodate big rigs even with a tow. Easy in, easy out. Had a great meal at the restaurant. I would highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.
Thanks, Wanda1!!!


October 2020

Convenient Location & Hometown Cafe

Very nice hosts and we had a lovely meal at the cafe. Very conveniently located would definitely visit again.


September 2020

Wonderful Breakfast

Especially enjoyed the crab & cheese omelet. Hosts were warm and friendly.


September 2020

Southern hospitality

Enjoyed our stay at BJ's. Plenty of space so we could unhook and hook our car up easily. Very level. The breeze was wonderful and the cafe right there was a bonus.


August 2020

Kind people & yummy food!

The burgers were delicious as were the chocolate lava cake & peanut butter cheesecake!! Great flat location to park. We didn't get to meet W but had a great, friendly chat with BJ & we look forward to another visit! Thanks again!


August 2020

Southern Hospitality at its best

The perfect location just outside the Outer Banks. Nice level parking area. Good green places for walking your pets. The best part is the home cooking BBQ. Some of the best I've had and I've had a lot. Oster super-friendly exercising the best and Hospitality sharing what they have. You can't go wrong stopping here.


August 2020

genuine southern hospitality

If you have heard of southern hospitality but wondered what it was all about, stop by and visit this lovely couple. Our parking area was level, firm and clean. We were greeted warmly by W. even though we arrived 4 hours late due to a blow out and bad traffic. We thouroughly enjoyed their Carolina style barbeque and even got to sample some fresh figs. I would compare the barbeque we had to the best in downtown Kansas City but at a reasonable price. We also loved the easy access to the beach without the touristy feel. Many thanks to this fine couple for making our experience a joyful pleasant one.


June 2020

Sweet little restaurant

Me and my boyfriend stayed the night last night and were having breakfast at the restaurant this morning. What a cute restaurant and the friendliest staff. They have beer on tap and a great menu. Not far from the beach and a wonderful experience.


June 2020

Great stay at BJ’s Carolina Cafe!

We had a great stay at BJ's Carolina Cafe. In addition to a fine place to stay, we received a great meal in the restaurant. There was plenty of flat space to park our two camper vans. Wanda, our host was very friendly and welcoming. We look forward to visiting here again!


May 2020

Pleasant stay

We enjoyed being able to stay here before reaching our final destination. Easy access and even had a Saturday night movie viewing in the parking lot. Thank you and hope to stop by again in the future.


March 2020

Good food

Enjoyed our stay with these friendly hosts. Ate at the restaurant and the food was great. Could not have asked for a nicer stay.


January 2020


We had two great sleeps. Wanda was very welcoming.Our second night we walked just down the road to the winery and that was fun:)


December 2019

Perfect in every way

The stay was great! We left a little early (got behind on travel timeline) but our hostess was SO hospitable. Lot was level, clean and easy access. The cafe was perfect and I must say quite popular for a Sunday PM crowd!! Her staff Elias friendly and helpful too.

All in all I’d give her a 10/10!!!


December 2019

Great Loccation

Although we didn't meet our host the area was great. Close to the wright memorial and Roanoke island and the rest of the outer banks


December 2019

Thanks Wanda

We're sorry they were closed. The menu looked great. Next time through
we will pick a day they are open.


December 2019

Good location and great food

The parking lot is huge and easy to turn around in. The location is convenient. The beaches are about 10 minute drive away and Kitty Hawk museum is about 20 minute drive.

You can get propane at Metro Rental about a block from the Kitty Hawk Wright brothers museum.

The family ate at Wanda’s restaurant and the food was really good, the staff was all awesome and friendly. I loved the lemon meringue pie :)


November 2019

Great stop over point to explore the Outer Banks.

Nice big flat gravel parking area. A bit noisy near the road but it quietens down during the evening and it didn’t bother us at all. Restaurant food was great and the staff were excellent.

The host was away so we’ll meet her next time around.


November 2019

Great People - Great Food

Owner was such a pleasure to meet. Very welcoming and accommodating. She gave us great info on the area and has pride in her amazing community. As a bonus, the grilled wings inside the family restaurant are to die for! Nice flat gravel lot with easy asses for our 40 ft motorhome and tow behind. Great location to everything! Would recommend.


October 2019

Great stop

As others have mentioned it’s a level lot off a fairly busy road that quiets down at night. Had a great meal at Bj’s for dinner. Definitely consider if you need a stop in the OBX region.


October 2019

Thanks you for the stay

Stayed 2 days and Wanda really enjoyed the hospitality. As far as location they had a big gravel level lot. Easy to manuver 5th wheel to park and entry/exit. Good food too! Had Breakfast!! Western omelett and french toast. Very reasonably priced. Thanks much


October 2019

Great spot to explore the Outer Banks!

We really appreciated Wanda's hospitality and allowing us to stay at BJs. While we never had a chance to meet our host as she is very busy with catering right now, she was quick to reply and let us know details. The spot was in a gravel lot and a great spot to stay convenient to the Outer Banks! Thank you!!


October 2019

Thank you !!!

Thank you for your hospitality even if we have finally decided to do more mileage instead of staying one night at your location.

We have greatly appreciated your fast reply.

Nathalie and Jacques


August 2019

Great OBX location and great food!

We were thrilled to be able to visit the Outer Banks - and this location was only about a half hour to visit the Wright Brothers Monument/Park and then we drove an hour and a half more down to Hatteras to see the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Close to tons of tourist-y stuff!

We stayed 2 nights and ate a dinner and breakfast at BJ's Carolina Cafe - both meals were great!

The parking lot was large - easy to pull in and park.

Thanks so much!!


August 2019

Pleasant stay

Very convenient place to stay right off the highway. Very friendly host.
Bring earplugs.


August 2019

Eye Of the Storm

Thank you, Wanda, for providing a safe shelter for me and Stormy, my [email protected] 400, for two nights....literally in a storm! Your dinner and breakfast were delicious. I hope to meet you on future trips!

Joseph Baker

July 2019

Great spot

Thank you so much Wanda1 for having us.

Wanda1 was warm and generous in every communication. The spot was perfect for our stop in the Outer Banks.


June 2019

Cafe carpark

Wanda greeted us warmly in the Cafe and we parked overnight in the adjacent car park. The site is easily accessed, flat and directly adjacent the main road .
Thanks Wanda.- good luck for the future.
-bruce and Marguerite


June 2019

Couldn't have been better

Such an easy in and out, plenty of room. Close to everything on the Outer Banks. Did not get to meet Wanda on Sunday but had a delicious breakfast. Her emplyees are amazing especially T, who gave us a great tip on where to buy local seafood. My sister and her husband also stayed there and we left happy and full😊Thanks so much for the hospitality.


May 2019

Great spot

Thankyou so very much. You have a great spot here that allowed us to explore the beautiful outer banks. You made us feel very welcome. Sorry we didn't get to sign the guest book.


May 2019

Restful Stopover

Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet you, but thank you for letting us stay the night. It set us up just right for our onward journey around your beautiful country.


May 2019

Nice place to stay

Nice welcome from Wanda's staff at BJ's Carolina café.

Quiet place, easy parking.


May 2019

Pleasant and convenient

Our host was warm and welcoming. We loved the location — perfect for exploring the outer banks then returning to enjoy supper at her restaurant with all of the locals. Thank you! We’re grateful for your hospitality and generosity.


April 2019

Wonderful hosts! Thank you so much

The restaurant was closed when we arrived but our host and hostess met us when we arrived. Very kind and welcoming. Had a line of thunderstorms come through but was parked in their spacious lot facing west into the wind and all was fine (we also were positioned to use their house & trees next to the parking lot as a windbreak to the south). Really enjoyed chatting with hosts when we arrived; rest of time we had to work and they let us get on with what we had to do, though we did see them after the storm making sure guests were ok.
Re traffic - for us this was a welcoming place and we didn’t care about cars going by. Road has traffic noise but did not bother us at all; was like a background noise, no honking horns or trains or other sounds that we do find annoying, just cars going by and sound blends into a quiet white noise. Hope we can come back some time when restaurant is open - and hosts are nice people we would be glad to see again.


April 2019

Great place to stay and eat.

What an awesome host. Nice flat spot to stay with a great place to eat. It was a bit noisy being right off a main road but we still slept well. Once again our host was fantastic. We will stop by again someday. The wings were some of the best I have ever had. If you do t stay at least stop and eat.


April 2019

Perfect stay

We spent a wonderful weekend here. The [parking lot is large and open, lots of space to walk the dog away from people and a nice sunset view. We managed to arrive and get settled in time to visit the café for a great seafood and prime rib dinner. The restaurant was quite busy, but Wanda made time to come say Hi and chat for a few minutes.
Weather was perfect, sunny and good temps; we spent a day wandering down to Hatteras lighthouse and back up checking out the beaches on the way. What a beautiful part of the world you live in! Thank you for sharing this with us!


March 2019

Perfect Respite

This was a perfect place to stay while enjoying the Outer Banks. The area was quiet and scenic yet close to major attractions. Very convenient! We also enjoyed the food :).


March 2019

Perfect Parking

It was a very easy in and out and setup. We arrived on Wing night with live music. Would stay again.


February 2019

Convenient stop in a huge flat lot

Great stopping spot for us. Flat gravel lot with a good eatery next door.


December 2018

Great stop, folks and food

Nice level parking. Very friendly staff and the restaurant. Made sure we were taken care of during our stay. Bonus: food was great.


December 2018

Great Place, Great People

We had a really great time at BJ's. Very easy to get to, large parking area that we had all to ourselves. Our Hosts were very welcoming. One of our Hosts greeted us upon our arrival. Both Hosts are extremely busy with their business, but they still made time to return a phone call and to check in if we needed anything. We would certainly return to this Boondocker location!


November 2018

Good overnight spot

Nice place, enough space for several RV’s. Sadly enough the restaurant was closed so we still had to prepare our own supper


November 2018

nice place

lot of space, have a good dinner


November 2018

Outer Banks

Was easy to find off of 4 lane road. Had dinner at the nice quaint restaurant. Very friendly staff. Didn't get to meet host but met her husband and we chatted a bit. Very nice gentleman. The spot was large with plenty of room to maneuver. Was in the open so was able to set up satellite. Another rig had pulled into the area and spent a couple of nights too. We ended up extending our stay to 3 nights. If you want to see the outer banks this is the spot.


November 2018

Great location

We didn’t manage to meet Wanda but all communication was very easy. The location was great for our planned trip to the Outer Banks. Dinner was excellent and when we couldn’t‘t find another location Wanda allowed us to stay another night. Recommended