From the sea to the sound, this North Carolina vacation spot packs plenty of fun
By JENNIFER CEASER
Last Updated: 10:54 PM, July 11, 2013
Posted: 1:58 PM, July 11, 2013
The Outer Banks, a thin strip of barrier islands off the North Carolina coast, is one of those rare places where you can spend the morning on the beach and the afternoon on the sound without having to walk more than a few hundred yards. Which means, if you’re feeling terribly lazy, you could sit in one spot and catch both the sunrise and the sunset.But with so much going on in OBX (in local parlance), it’d be a shame to hang out on a deck chair all day. Here are some must-dos in three of the most popular towns: Duck, Kitty Hawk and Manteo.GET THE DRIFT
The Atlantic Ocean and the sound can be less than a mile apart on OBX’s narrow barrier islands.
A replica of a 16th-century merchant ship, “Elizabeth II,” at Manteo’s Festival Park.
Thanks to wonderfully wide beaches that extend some 200 miles from OBX’s northern to southern tip, there’s usually a fair amount of real estate between your towel and your neighbors’ — even on busy days. But it’s heavenly before breakfast, when your only company are the quarrelsome ghost crabs, scurrying across the sand and popping in and out of their holes, along with a scattering of surfers and pods of dolphins enjoying the waves — all way more entertaining than any morning TV.PADDLE ONIf you tire of the sea, there’s a whole other body of water on the opposite side to explore. Book a kayak eco-tour of the bay at Duck Village Outfitters; two-hour guided trips introduce you to the natural world of the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest — including birds, turtles, snakes and, if you’re lucky, otters. (Single kayak, $33, double, $59, duckvillageoutfitters.net)TIMES GONE BYWho knew OBX had so much history? Manteo, on Roanoke Island in the Roanoke Sound, is where the first English child, Virginia Dare, was born in the first English settlement in America. (Tragically, everyone mysteriously perished; “The Lost Colony,” a depiction of their struggle, plays summers at the island’s Waterside Theatre, through Aug. 23, thelostcolony.org). Resembling a mini-Provincetown, downtown Manteo’s streets are lined with cute clapboard cottages housing galleries, restaurants, boutiques and flower-festooned B&Bs. Cross a small bridge to reach Festival Park, where you can board a replica of a 16th-century merchant ship, “Elizabeth II” ($8, adults, free under age 5), and catch a live concert at the outdoor pavilion (roanokeisland.com).GOOD EATSThere’s no shortage of fresh seafood when you’re surrounded by water — it’s just a matter of choosing how casual or upscale you want to go. On the fancier end,Kimball’s Kitchen (sanderling-resort.com), in Duck, offers dreamy sunset views over the Currituck Sound through floor-to-ceiling windows. Chef John Lawrence’s menu is nicely balanced between surf and turf; start with a dozen raw Virginia Lynnhaven oysters ($20); follow with the simply prepared local catch of the day (market price) or the generous rack of lamb ($36). Kimball’s also has one of OBX’s best wine lists. Or, keep your seafood feast cheap and get it to go: At Kitty Hawk’s I Got Your Crabs (igotyourcrabs.com), a half-bushel of local steamed blue crabs runs about $87 and feeds six; sides include corn on the cob and hush puppies ($2.50/order). Dine-in is also available. OBX doesn’t run on Dunkin’ — Duck Donuts (duckdonuts.com) makes your donuts to order; they’re served hot and hand-dipped (try thepeanut butter icing) with your choice of topping.BUY, BUY, BABYFor tacky T-shirts and cheap souvenirs, any of OBX’s ubiquitous Wings outlets will do. But for stuff you’d actually want, visit Duck’s side-by-side shopping “villages”:Scarborough Faire ( scarboroughfaireinducknc.com ) and Scarborough Lane . You’ll find trendy togs and swimsuits at Confetti Clothing Co. (252-261-5444) and its new, gently priced teen offshoot, Clothes Out 2 (252-261-1177); both fun beach reads and serious lit are stocked at the Island Bookstore ( islandbooksobx.com ). Cross the highway to the Duck Waterfront Shops ( waterfrontshops-duck.com) for discounted clothing at Barr-ee Station ( barreestation.com), indoor and outdoor toys at the Kid’s Store (252-261-3553) and local Sanctuary Vineyards wines atCandy & Corks (252-255-0600).SLEEP ON ITThe Sanderling Resort has been an Outer Banks mainstay for decades, but after a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, it’s feeling a whole lot fresher. There are now separate family and adult outdoor pools and a bright, open lobby with ocean views; cheerful orange umbrellas shade you at the new Sand Bar; two fire pits are the place to be in the evenings. There’s also an excellent spa (we like the luxurious “Barefoot on the Banks” pedicure, $75) and a kids’ club. (Rooms from $359,sanderling-resort.com)
Author:Mike Nolan Phone: 252-207-4898 Dated: July 16th 2013 Views: 5,445 About Mike: Mike is the Broker-in-Charge of Waterfront Properties OBX and has been successfully involved in real...
Waterfront Properties OBX is a privately owned company specializing in sales, leasing and land development of residential and commercial real estate on the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX).
Michael P. Nolan, Broker-in-Charge, has been successfully involved in real estate on the OBX since 1989. Mike was involved in the initial and / or development of the following premier communities and businesses located on OBX: Pirates Cove, Corolla Light, The Currituck Club, Pine Island, Old Nags Head Place, The Berkley Manor, Beachside Landing, Ocean Trail Realty and Ocracoke Island Realty to name a few.
Mike was the first resident of Pirates Cove community in 1988. He toured Rees Jones, famed golf course architect, the first time Rees saw the property now known as The Currituck Club on Feb. 18, 1995. Mike managed the sales and marketing while Rees Jones, Inc designed and developed The Currituck Club golf course from a combination of dense woods and sand dunes into one of the top 50 new resort golf courses in North America by Golf Digest magazine in 1997. Mike also developed Old Nags Head Place, a community of homes located within Nags Head with an architectural design reminiscent of the original Nags Head landscape, with cedar siding, exposed rafters and preservation of the indigenous live oakes within the community
From Corolla to Ocracoke Island, Mike's expertise in all facets of real estate sales, development, leasing and investment are available for buyers, sellers and investors to explore the many opportunities the OBX has to offer
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This letter is in regards to our experience with Outer Banks real-estate agent Mike Nolan. This fall we were looking to relocate from Northern Virginia into the Outer Banks area. In meeting Mike on-line we discussed some of our needs as potential full time residents and offered him a few houses we searched and wanted to see when we came down. Mike was a great agent. He was receptive to our two dogs that had to travel with us. Mike is very knowledgeable and offered us a pet friendly hotel at which to stay and a local opinion of the best places to visit during the late fall season. The house hunt was easy. It didn’t take long to find the perfect match in Nags Head. Mike was familiar with the builder and sellers agent which helped us work out a great price. While we sold our house in Northern Virginia, Mike took care of much of the inspection and contract items. It really helped having an agent we could trust. Shortly after the move we ran into Mike at a local grocery store. It was nice to know we not only met a great agent but a neighbor and a friend.
Laura and Adonis