Guide To Your Outer Banks Christmas

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There is something quite special about celebrating the holidays, especially on an island. The Outer Banks is the perfect place to spend Christmas and maybe even New Years’. The Island celebrates what they call “OBXmas Weekends”. Each weekend, starting on Thanksgiving through Olde Christmas, January 6, you can take part in over a month of holiday activities and fun for the entire family.

Visiting the OBX during the holidays is a great option for those driving to their destinations. The serene and beautiful beach offers lots of culture and history, without making the drive all the way down to Florida for the warmth. There are many vacation rentals in Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, Manteo, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Rodanthe, and Hatteras Island, so there are plenty of options for the perfect home. As the holiday season quickly approaches, here are a few of our favorite things to do to visit during an Outer Banks Christmas vacation.

Duck’s Yuletide Celebration

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Wander through Duck village and mark off your Yuletide Elf Hunt Passport, as you find all of the elves. There are several shops and locations that participate in the scavenger hunt. Once you complete your hunt, children can turn in their passport for a gift. You will also experience carolers from First Flight High School while enjoying some hot chocolate. Enjoy the tree lighting of the Crab Pot Tree and even wait for Santa’s arrival at Duck Town Park as you listen to live holiday music.

Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Garden

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Visit a garden illuminated at WinterLights in Manteo, North Carolina. You can experience a winter wonderland during the cool months on the island. See each section of the garden lit up and decorated with Christmas lights while listening to your favorite carols. Once you have finished strolling through the park, head into the gift shop and warm up by the toasty fire, grab a snack or souvenir and visit with others. The beautiful light display is something you don’t want to miss.

Christmas Parades

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Nothing says Christmas quite like a Christmas parade. They keep kids entertained and they are free. There are several options of Christmas parades on the Outer Banks. You can attend the Hatteras Island Christmas Parade, where you can have nice, warm cookies and hot chocolate as well as climbing up the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Or you could attend the Manteo Christmas Parade and admire the creative and unique floats, festive music and all around great atmosphere. Enjoy downtown Manteo while spreading the Christmas cheer with your favorite holiday traditions. Walk through the town of Manteo while following the parade for some of the best snacks and beverages.

See Poulos Family Light Up Kill Devil Hills

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The Poulos Family Christmas is a light display that has become one of the most beloved holiday events for many OBX locals. Come and see the expansive holiday display in person to see why everyone falls in love. The spectacular Christmas light display at their home in Kill Devil hills has won NBC Today SHows Annual Christmas Light Competition and has even been featured on HGTV! The Poulos Family takes this time of year very seriously when decorating. Check out the beautiful Christmas house while exploring the island.

Holiday Bazaar

The annual Outer Banks Entrepreneurs holiday Bazaar is held at the Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront in Kill Devil Hills. There are over 50 vendors at the event showcasing their handmade items and goods. There are door prizes to win and of course live music. It is pet-friendly, so let your furry friends in on some fun as well. Spread the holiday cheer at the bazaar, and enjoy the island getaway, Christmas edition.

These holidays are such a special time of the year, From the cheer to the decorations, you will have a blast in the Outer Banks. For a day trip and an opportunity to see even more lights, head up to Roanoke Island for the day and see all of their lights and Christmas cheer as well. We hope to see you soon, and happy holidays.

Outer Banks Go-Karts: Where To Go!

While the Outer Banks is known for its beautiful beaches and exciting watersports, there are plenty of things to do on the island if you are not a water fan. With an island as big as the OBX in North Carolina, there is something that everyone in the family or group will love. One of our favorite past times is riding go-carts. There is nothing quite like zooming past your friends and family while your heart and body are racing. Here are a few options for riding go-karts on the island.

Corolla Raceway

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Featuring a large racing track, offering single, double, and junior go-karts, there are enough accommodations for the entire family. The junior go-karts will run until 4:30 pm each day to ensure no jr drivers will get hurt. For the more tame crowds, they offer freestanding, gas-powered bumper cars too. Next to the track, there is an onsite arcade to enjoy during your wait or after your ride. The race track is open from April through mid-September. They book up quickly so make sure to call ahead for current wait times.

Address:796 Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II Shopping Village, Corolla

Phone: (252) 453-9100

Website: corollaraceway.com

Corolla Adventure Golf & Bumper Cars

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Spend a day at the Corolla Adventure Golf & Bumper Cars. Choose from one of their Corolla- themed mini-golf courses, including a miniature Whalehead and Currituck Beach Lighthouse, or play all three courses. For those who came for an adrenaline rush, try out the Spin Zone bumper cars. After a long day of playing golf and bumper cars, head over to the snack bar and enjoy a sweet treat.

Address: 810 Ocean Trail, Corolla

Phone:(252) 453-7777

Frisco Mini-Golf and Go-Karts

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Located only 1.5 miles south of Buxton the Frisco recreational facility, offers a mini-golf course that has 18 holes in a natural setting with waterfalls and a fish pond. There are two different go-cart tracks, a slick track for those who are trying to race, and a family track that is great for younger children. All individual riders must be at least 54 inches tall, however, smaller children are allowed to ride with an adult. There is also a game room, a hurricane simulator, and a concession stand for those uninterested in riding go-carts. They are open from 11 Am to 11 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 11 pm on Sunday.

Address: 50212 Trent Lake Lane and N.C. Highway 12, Frisco

Phone:(252) 995-6325

Website:https://friscominigolfandgokarts.vpweb.com/default.html

Full Throttle Speedway

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If you are longing for the need for speed, Full Throttle Speedway is the perfect place for you to visit on your Outer Banks vacation. Full Throttle offers gas-powered, Indy-style go-karts and has two different tracks. There is a figure eight track and a oval slick-track for those who are wanting a bit of an adrenaline rush. The carts can seat one or two people with a height minimum of 50 inches to ride alone, and 55 inches for the slick track. The junior racers are also available for the younger children. They are open from April through September.

Address: 6504 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 15.5, Nags Head

Phone: (252) 441-4499

Website: https://obxfamilyfun.com/full-throttle-speedway/

Nags Head Raceway

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Nags Head Raceway is said to be the ultimate Indy track. For those who are looking for a more fast and furious track, this is the place for you. There are the options for one or two seater cars as well as many other activities on site. enjoy the bumper cars or arcade with video games and a concession stand with icecream while waiting for your turn to ride. They also have sister facilities for putt putt for those not interested in racing on the go-kart track.

Address: 7000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16, Nags Head

Phone: (252) 480-4639

Paradise Fun Park

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Not all fun happens at the beach or in the sand in the Outer Banks. Paradise Fun Park offers not only a spine zone for bumper car rides, but also 2 different 18 hole Paradise golf courses too. The park has single or double go-kart rides as well as an arcade inside of the building. There is truly something to do for everyone in the family. So if you aren’t interested in testing out your need for speed on the go-kart track, try out your need for speed with a game of air hockey or skeeball.

Address: 3300 N Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Phone:(252) 441-7626

No matter what path your Outer Banks vacation takes you on, a quick race around the track is a must. The adventure parks in the OBX are unlike any other. Go with friends or take the whole family, you will have a great time from the minute you step in the door. Feel your adrenaline rush with your indoor and outdoor family fun, while you race around the track. You can even see a few more areas on the island like Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Hatteras Island while you are driving to one of your favorite fast track parks. We hope to see you soon out on the island or the tracks.

Outer Banks Day Trips: Explore Coastal North Carolina

The Outer Banks offers over 200 miles of golden sand and the Atlantic Ocean. Though it may seem like a small chain of barrier islands, don’t be fooled. You can make a whole day trip from visiting one of the four different islands apart from the OBX. From Corolla, Duck, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Island, and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina offers a variety of activities to do and places to visit. So if you are planning a vacation to the Outerbanks, consider taking a day trip to explore the history and culture of the island. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit.

Corolla

Located at the northern tip of the island, Corolla is a unique area where you won’t find superstores or theme parks. You will likely experience a slow-paced vacation destination with beautiful, isolated stretches of beach. After driving up to Corolla, it is essential to visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Whalehead in Historic Corolla, and even go on a wild horse tour. There is plenty to see and do around the island so make sure to stop in town on your way to or from your destination.

Duck

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Duck is a town in Dare County in North Carolina. While the annual population is quite low, during peak season, the area becomes a temporary home for more than 20,000 visitors. When stopping in to spend a day at Duck, make sure to check out the Growlers to go Craft beer, with so many beers on draft to choose from, you will not be disappointed. If you are not a beer drinker and prefer wine, check out their Vineyard Voyage and wine tour/ tasting. There are also many chances to see the wildlife in its natural habitat whether it’s on the beach or while you’re strolling down the boardwalk, you will love every minute of it.

Kitty Hawk

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Kitty Hawk is often remembered for its rich history and natural beauty. You can find fine art, exquisite dining, and history in every corner, as well as the beautiful beaches. There are many spectacular water hideaways that are perfect for exploring, kayaking, or seeing wildlife. These hideaways are often wildlife refuges. Paddle down the streams in a kayak and catch a glimpse of the wildlife in their natural habitat. If you are more for the land rather than the water, head over to the Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve to view the wildlife. Check out their country club if you are feeling like a relaxing game of golf or try your hand on the ghost crab quest. Kitty Hawk is the perfect place to get in touch with nature and maybe even find your green thumb. You may even want to head over to Kitty Hawk Kites and give kiteboarding or hang gliding a try.

Kill Devil Hills

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The Kill Devil Hills area is well known for the ability to indulge in any water activity you could imagine. From fishing and crabbing to kayaking, surfing, or parasailing, the enjoyment doesn’t stop just on the beach. The area is home to about 7,000 year-round locals, but oftentimes see around 30,000 visitors per year. Play a round of golf on one of the many golf courses, or check out the Elizabethan Gardens. Kill Devil Hills is famous for the first flight taking place here so make sure to check out the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Watch the breathtaking sunset while lounging on the sand dunes or star gaze to tune to the ocean. There is plenty to do in this town and a ton of history to explore.

Nags Head

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Just south of Kitty Hawk, Nags Head offers visitors and locals any shoreline sport they could imagine. Enjoy sailing, kayaking, snorkeling past shipwrecks, or even hang-glider over the sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. If you aren’t interested in what activities the beach has to offer, no worries, there is plenty to do elsewhere around the town. Check out the Bodie Island Lighthouse or the full throttle speedway. The island is rich in history and culture so make sure to stop by the Seaside art gallery for all of the history lovers. Try your hand in fishing either on the surf or on the Nags Head Fishing Pier.

Manteo

While Manteo isn’t directly on the same island as all of the other areas, Manteo is located on Roanoke Island. The area has less than two thousand full time residents, but experiences high traffic throughout the year. The town is most known for the Elizabethan Gardens and The Lost Colony. They also have the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island located in this town. They are also home to many parks to visit like the Roanoke Island Festival Park, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Take a ferry ride over and enjoy the beautiful Roanoke sound.

Rodanthe

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The Chicamacomico area is bordered to the north by Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and to the south by Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a situation which limits potential growth. The town is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Pamlico Sound to the west. This town is perfect to visit if you are looking for a quiet, water filled experience. You can experience all of the normal watersports as well as wreck diving.

Hatteras

Located at the southern tip of the island, Hatteras is the perfect place to visit to get away from all of the hustle and bustle. Many avid surfers travel here throughout the year to catch a few waves and escape from the real world. Some of the visitors favorite things to do is visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or or explore the maritime forest, or Graveyard of the Atlantic mesum.

No matter what you decide to do on your vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you will not be bored. We highly recommend taking a day to road trip to other parts of the island to experience everything it has to offer. From the best North Carolina Aquariums to watersports, the OBX is a hidden gem on the east coast. To find your perfect vacation rental click here, and we hope to see you on the island soon.

2020 Thanksgiving Guide In The Outer Banks

Outer Banks Thanksgiving

With so much to celebrate during this holiday season, the last thing you want to worry about on vacation is where you will spend Thanksgiving dinner. If cooking doesn’t feel like a vacation, then don’t worry, there are several places in the Outer Banks that remain open for Thanksgiving dinner. From Thanksgiving buffets to fine dining, we have created a list of all of the open Outer Banks restaurants on Thanksgiving.

Kelly’s OBX Catering

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If you want a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, but you aren’t interested in going out to a restaurant, try out Kelly’s Outer Banks Catering offers a family-style Thanksgiving turkey dinner. The dinner serves 10-12 people and includes a whole roasted turkey with gravy, fresh cranberry relish, rolls, sweet potato biscuits, and your choice of four sides. This gives you the option to feel as if you are at your own home, without the stress of cooking. She is located in Kill Devil Hills but will deliver to you.

Red Sky Cafe

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At Red Sky Cafe, get your favorite American and Coastal Carolina inspired Thanksgiving cuisine that you are longing for. They are serving food from 11 am to 3 pm and prices for adults are $35 and$16 for children under 12. Reservations are recommended as there is limited space. Bring the whole family or come as a couple, you will feel right at home at Red Sky Cafe.

Address: 1197 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Phone: 252-261-8646

MAKO’S BEACH GRILLE

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Mako’s is serving the traditional plated Thanksgiving meal as well as their regular dinner menu. They are open from 11:30 am until 8 Pm Thanksgiving day. Reservations are accepted and curbside pick-up is also available. Their traditional plated meal consists of rosemary roasted turkey, shaved ham, homemade dressing with candied yams, fresh collard greens, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, homemade cranberry relish, and sweet potato biscuits. The pricing for adults is $22.95 and $19.95 for seniors, and $9.95 for children 5-12, and kids under 5 are free.

Address: 1630 N Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 2794

Phone: 252-480-1919

Captain George’s

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Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast with an all you can eat buffet. Captain George’s offers entrees from snow crab legs, clams, mussels, salmon, a raw bar, and many more. Choose from an array of sides like stuffing, mac and cheese, rice, broccoli, and anything else your heart may desire. However, don’t fill up on the appetizers and entrees, you have to save room for their delicious desserts like pecan or pumpkin pie. There is something for everyone here even if you are not in the mood for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Address: MilePost 8. 5705 S. Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Phone: 252-480-6677

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe

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Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe is known for its local seafood and North Carolina grown vegetables, herbs, and greens. For Thanksgiving, they are open from the hours of 11 Am and 7 PM. They are taking reservations and seating on the 1/2 hour mark. They also have the option to pick up your meals and curbside delivery, for those who may want to enjoy their dinner in their own vacation rental. They will have either a traditional buffet or a Thanksgiving-themed menu that guests can order from.

Address: 7623 S Virginia Dare Trl Nags Head, NC 27959

Phone: 252) 441-5405

Owen’s Restaurant

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This Southern Coastal cuisine is offering curbside take-out for those looking for traditional, and non-traditional Thanksgiving dinners. The meals serve 4 people each and range in price depending on what feast you choose. They have an herb-rubbed turkey breast and Outer Banks honey ham for $75.00. They also offer a roast pork loin for $70.00, herb-roasted Rockfish and shrimp for $152.00, and the Owens’ slow-roasted prime rib with horseradish sauce and Au jus sauce for $135.00. You can add soups, sides, and desserts for an additional fee, or create your own meal with their A la Carte menu.

Mulligan’s Grille

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Mulligan’s Grille offers a Thanksgiving day “Better Than A Buffer” Dinner. They have the option to dine in or carry out. The dinner plate is $21.00 and the family-style to-go that serves four is & $70.00. You can choose a plate that includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sweet potato casserole, collards, and cranberry sauce. You can also choose a dessert and add on any menu item that you may want as an extra. They are accepting reservations for dine-in or carry out up to 48 hours in advance.

Address: 4005 S Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959

Phone: 252-480-2000

An Outer Banks vacation during the holidays is the perfect way to create new family traditions. You can relax and enjoy your time in your vacation home, or join the turkey trot/fun run instead of spending all day in the kitchen. Then once you have gone to your restaurant of choice you can head to the shops for the black Friday sales. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a great time on your OBX vacation.

Guide To The Best Outer Banks Restaurants

One of the best things about going on vacation is being able to experience all of the local restaurants in the area. Finding what an area is known for like Italian, seafood, comfort food is the perfect way to find the best restaurants in the area. The Outer Banks and all of the surrounding barrier islands have so many different unique cuisine options you won’t want to miss out on. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything when visiting the OBX, we created a list of our favorite restaurants and eateries around the area.

Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk is one of the first beach towns that greets you with a variety of food options. From fine dining to casual family-friendly restaurants, there is something for everyone in Kitty Hawk. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants to visit in Kitty Hawk.

Black Pelican

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The Black Pelican, located in Kitty Hawk, was originally the historic life-saving station #6. After serving many years and saving many people, the life station was converted into a wonderful restaurant that it is today. The restaurant serves things from steaks to seafood and even has its own separate menu for the kids. This seafood restaurant also has comfortable dining rooms that will accommodate dinner for two or 20.

Address: 3848 N Virginia Dare Trail Kitty Hawk, NC ‎

Phone:252-261-3171

Website: https://www.blackpelican.com/

Tacoloco

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A local favorite, Taco Loco is a delicious take on anything taco. This authentic Mexican cuisine offers a creative twist to the Outer Banks’ Mexican restaurant scene with its chef-driven menu. Try their bbq Caribbean jerk tacos, nachos, tostadas, or quesadillas. Their fresh ingredients create the perfect dinner menu to sit back and relax with a cold beer. Tuck into tacos paired with one of their craft beers suggested based on what you choose.

Address: 3723 N Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC

Phone: 252-261-8226

Website: https://tacoloco-obx.com/

OUTER BANKS BOIL COMPANY

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The Outer Banks Boil company is famous for everything you would find in a boil plus more. Grab dinner for two or take a whole wedding party, there is plenty of food. Enjoy snow craps, clams, mussels, lobster tails, and crab cakes. This restaurant is kid-friendly, as they will love learning how to crack crab legs. The local seafood offers the freshest dinner you could think of. They have a restaurant in Corolla, North Carolina, and also Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Address: View their website for directions to your restaurant of choice.

Phone: 252-453-6578

Website: https://www.outerbanksboilcompany.com/

TRIo Restaurant & Market

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TRIo is all about the simple pleasures, authentic flavors, and good food. Their menu is crafted to enhance the natural goodness of exceptional ingredients through their simple preparations. Offering one of the largest selections in craft beer, they have over 600 to choose from and over 2000 wines to choose from. With over 20 different wines sold by the glass and 24 bottles of wine in the self-serving wine station tasting machines. Trio offers live music 4-5 times a week, it is considered a bistro, wine bar, and tap house, gourmet market. It is a more fine dining restaurant and market.

Address: 3708 N. Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC

Phone: 252-261-0277

Website: https://obxtrio.com/

Argyles

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Argyle’s Restaurant is located in Kitty Hawk and has been serving farm to table goodness since 1980. The chef/ owner features local seafood, free-range wild game, fresh pasta, a gluten-free menu, and fresh bakery desserts. They offer one of the largest tap bars in the area as well a wonderful happy hour in a family-friendly and pet-friendly environment.

Address: 4716 N. Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC

Phone: 252-261-7325

Website: https://argylesrestaurant.com/

Kill Devil Hills

Known for the Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills offers exciting and innovative restaurants to choose from. Whether you are in the mood for traditional southern cuisine or an OBX twist, you will not be disappointed.

Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar

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The Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar was the very first oyster bar to open on the Outer Banks over 33 years ago. They are known for their delicious, fresh seafood and casual, friendly atmosphere. It was dubbed one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living and recognized by Esquire for it’s steamed, spiced shrimp. Enjoy their delicious crab legs or the clams and shrimp. No matter what you get you will not be disappointed.

Address: 2106 N. Virginia Dare Trail Kill Devil Hills, NC ‎

Phone: 252-441-5955

Website: https://awfularthursobx.com/

Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse

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Miller’s is coined as family dining at its finest. They can accommodate large parties in their dining room, and their warm hospitality will make you feel right at home. You can dine in or take out, from a wide selection of dishes. They offer hand-rolled sushi, scallops and oysters, and of course Angus Beef. They not only have great seafood, but they are a wonderful steakhouse too.

Address: 1520 S Virginia Dare Trail Kill Devil Hills, NC

Phone: 252-441-7674

Website: https://www.millersseafood.com/

Duck Donuts

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There is nothing quite like a fresh, warm, made to order doughnut. At Duck Donuts you are in charge of exactly how you want your donut. You can choose the inside filling, flavor of the donuts, and choose your favorite toppings. There are several locations on the island, one in Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head.

For more information on directions to one of their locations, check out their website.

Website: https://www.duckdonuts.com/

Makos Beach Grille & Bar

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Located in Kill Devil Hills, this family-friendly restaurant creates a memorable dining experience starting at the greeting at the door. The colorful and aquatic decor prepares your palate for some of the most unique entrees around. Although it is a bar and grille, they offer seafood, steaks, pork, veal, chicken, pasta chowders, and much more. They also offer a pizza made from their authentic Italian wood-burning oven as if you were at a pizzeria in Italy.

Address: Milepost 7 on Hwy. 158 1630 North Croatan Highway Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948‎

Phone: 252-480-1919

Website: https://makosobx.com/

MILLER’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT

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Located in Nags Head, this waterfront restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful meal while watching kiteboards and the famous Outer Banks sunsets. The rooftop outdoor dining experience will not only give you great oceanfront ocean views but also great food. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and even brunch occasionally seven days a week. Make sure you try one of their famous cheese curds appetizers and some oysters on the half shell at the raw bar when you visit. Their fish tacos are something you don’t want to miss.

Address:6916 S Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC

Phone: 252-441-6151

Website: https://millerswaterfront.com/

Corolla

Where you eat on vacation is just as important as where you go on vacation. Experiencing all of the new foods that an area has to offer is vital. It not only helps you learn more about their culture, but it also enlightens you to many new options. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in Corolla.

Uncle Ike’s Sandbar & Grill

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Uncle Ike’s Sandbar And Grill is located in Corolla, NC in the Light Town Center. They feature a southern comfort menu for all three meals a day. Enjoy waffles, bagels, or fried chicken and ice cream, no matter what you are in the mood for, Uncle Ike’s has it all. Everything is fresh, made to order so remember that good thing take time when you visit.

Address: Corolla Light Town Center, 1159 Austin St, Corolla, NC 27927 ‎

Phone: 252-597-1606

Website: https://uncleikesobx.com/

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room

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Enjoy one of the best brunches on the island at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room. From delicacies to old breakfast classic’s there is something for everyone’s pallets here. They offer curbside pickup and takeout in case you are wanting to dine and dash. The pork loin and surf and turf will make you feel like you are at grandma’s house for a wonderful Sunday dinner.

Address: TimBuck II Shopping Center 777 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC ‎

Phone: 252-453-4336

Website: https://www.grillroomobx.com/

Duck

Duck North Carolina is a thriving coastal community that has some of the more fine dining experiences that you may be longing for. However, they also offer many casual dining experiences as well, after all, you are on an island. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in Duck.

The Paper Canoe

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The Paper Canoe is known for its freshly baked bread, perfect cocktails, and affordable wines/ craft beers. The menu changes quite frequently but there are a few staple items that you can always expect. The diverse menu offers handmade pasta, locally caught seafood, and rustic wood oven specialties. They also have options for vegetarians and gluten-free diets. Unlike many other restaurants on the island, Paper Canoe accepts reservations.

Address: 1564 Duck Road Duck, NC ‎

Phone: 252-715-2220

Website: https://papercanoeobx.com/

Village Table & Tavern

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Brought to you by TRIo in Kitty Hawk, this restaurant is one of Duck’s newest waterfront dining options.bUt may be new, however, the recipes and experience are aged and tweaked to perfection. With a menu that is appetizing to all ages, you can find anything you are looking for. Enjoy a light ahi tuna salad or a more decadent soup with mussels and clams.

Hatteras Island

While Hatteras is a part of the Outer Banks it is much more remote and unique than any of the other islands. There are many independently owned markets and restaurants off of highway 12 to pick up a freshly made deli sandwich or enjoy a hot meal. Here are our favorite restaurants on Hatteras Island.

Dirty Dicks Crab House

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Though it holds a funny name, this full menu is made up of fresh, local seafood with a New Orleans accent. Families are welcome and kids’ meals are served on frisbees. They offer things from grouper, flounder, fried frog legs and crab cake, and creole stuffed crabs. The menu is the perfect amount of island meeting New Orleans favorites.

Address: 41934 Nc 12 Hwy Avon, NC

Phone: 252-995-3425

Website: https://www.dirtydickscrabs.com/

For more options, see: outerbanks.org/takeout/

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Shipwrecks In Hatteras That You Have To See!

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Our Outer Banks of North Carolina are a favorite destination of tens of thousands of guests every year. Our guests love dipping their toes in the salty water, playing fun games like miniature golf and checking out all the historic sites and museums in the area. AND – if you’re a history buff, or if you fancy yourself a coastal explorer, you can also discover some legendary shipwrecks! The area right outside the Southern Outer Banks goes by the nickname of The Graveyard of the Atlantic because of the sheer number of shipwrecks that have occurred there. Experts believe there may be as many as 1,000 ships just off of the North Carolina coast along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore – and some believe this number may be even higher.

Historically, East Coast trade routes drew large numbers of vessels through the treacherous Diamond Shoals, whose shallow sandbars, shifting sands, and inlets create a unique hazard off the coast of Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. Driven nearshore by the collision of the Labrador Current from the north and the Gulf Stream from the south, many ships failed to navigate the obstacles safely. This in combination with the massive hurricanes our coasts can see, resulted in a graveyard of sunken ships. Additionally, during both WWI and WWII, multiple German U-Boats sank off of our shores.

To get up close to those wrecks, you will need to plan a scuba trip and get in the water, but that isn’t your only option for catching a glimpse of some of these beautiful boats. With the five top shipwrecks visible from the shore, you can sink your toes in the sand and still see living history right in front of you. Here are a few of our favorites that should surely be on your “must-do” list!

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Outer Banks Golf Cart Rentals

When visiting the Outer Banks there is so much to see and do, you don’t want to waste any time on navigating or walking around aimlessly trying to figure out where you are wanting to visit. While you could drive your car, there is no better way to really take in everything the island has to offer than renting a golf cart. Depending on where you stay on the OBX could determine what areas you will be able to rent a golf cart. To make things easier, we have created a list of our favorite places to rent golf carts in the Outer Banks.

OBX Golf Carts

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Located in Kill Devil Hills, this rental shop only offers new club bars and low-speed vehicles for the best quality and reliability. They have a showroom located in Kill Devil Hills where you can schedule a test drive. You can reserve online for a 4 p or 6 person golf cart or low-speed vehicles(lsvs). The limo style golf cart is perfect for taking the whole family to the destination in one trip.

Address: 2001 S. Croatan Hwy 158 Milepost 9.75 Bypass Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Phone:242-261-7368

Website: OBX Golf Carts

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

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Located in Corolla, Ocean Atlantic Rentals has been in the OBX rental business for over 40 years. They offer bikes, golf carts, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, surfboards, beach gear, baby cribs, and much more. They serve the OBX from 4 store locations; the Corolla store services Carova, Ocean Hill, Whalehead, and the Currituck Club. The Duck store service Pine Island, Sanderling, all of Duck and Southern Shores. The Kill Devil Hill’s store services Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Pirates Cove. The Avon store services all of Hatteras Island, including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.

For information regarding the area, you are staying in check on their website here.

Outer Banks Beach Buggies

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The Outer Banks Beach Buggies have been renting both golf carts and low-speed vehicles in the OBX for over 10 years. Located in Powells Point, the OBX Beach Buggies will deliver the golf cart to wherever you are staying. They will not only drop off your cart but they also do pick up. Popular rental communities and towns include Whalehead, The Currituck Club, Buck Island, Spindrift, Monterey Shores, Corolla Light, Manteo, The Village at Ocean Hill, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Pirates Cove. All vehicles are insured and inspected thoroughly with every check-in.

Address:8604 Caratoke HWY Powells Point, NC

Phone: 252-491-5373

Website: OBX Beach Buggies

Experience the island in its full beauty on a golf cart. There are so many places to visit, explore, and check out. Load the cart and head to the nearest beach access, restaurant, shopping mall, or state park in your club car as it is street legal. All you need to operate the golf carts are a valid drivers’ license and follow all traffic laws including the speed limit. Many rentals offer daily and weekly rentals to choose from, however, check their websites for local updates. The Outer Banks of North Carolina have so much to offer and see, we hope you pack your bags, grab a cart, and see you soon.

Family Friendly Fun: Outer Banks Mini Golf Courses You Can Explore!

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is the perfect place to plan your vacation when family fun is the goal! There are many activities, festivals, and beaches to visit for your entertainment. One of the most popular activities for the whole family to enjoy on vacation is mini golf, and Outer Banks mini golf courses offer challenging play for everyone from the beginner to the novice. Many are pirate-themed and open seven days a week. Listed below are some of the best OBX mini golf courses.

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Surfing In Hatteras: A Guide To The Best Spots & Local Lessons

The Best Surfing on the East Coast?

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The East Coast doesn’t have a reputation for epic surf, but North Carolina’s Outer Banks has a secret: it receives pretty much any squall or swell that travels across the Atlantic Ocean, making the region a premier surf spot! In fact, some claim that the area surrounding the Cape Hatteras lighthouse provides the best wave on the entire eastern seaboard! Many of our guests enjoy paddling out to take advantage of Outer Banks surfing opportunities along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. With expansive shorelines and sandbars jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean there are plenty of prime spots to choose from!

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