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Recent Northern Coast & Outer Banks property reviews

  • Sleeping with the Fishes was a great place to stay!

    "We loved staying at Sleeping with the Fishes! Plenty of living space for our extended family. The grandchildren liked sleeping in the bunk room, and I liked reading in the screened porch. We were close to the beach, the lake and shopping. We were very comfortable during our stay. On a return visit I would consider bringing a large electric frying pan. Cooking breakfast for a large group was challenging, but I noted in a previous review that the owner plans to buy some new pans. It was a wonderful vacation. I would love to return to Sleeping with the Fishes!"
    Guest: Vickie M. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 7, 2014
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  • Wonderful 10th Anniversary Trip

    "What a beautiful home in a perfect location. We went to celebrate out 10th anniv with our 2 small dogs. It was immaculate with a great kitchen that had everything you could need. It seems everything had been thought out and taken care of. The water views were indescribable. We spent hours just watching and listening to the waves. The location was also great, restaurants and shops nearby yet we still felt like we were alone on the water. We haven't stopped talking about it since we got home and definitely plan on returning next year. Thank you for sharing your warm and wonderful home with us."
    Guest: Beau and Choby Date of Stay: October 2012 Review Submitted: December 10, 2012
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  • Best bang for your buck!

    "This house was the best deal we could find for July and because it was relatively inexpensive compared to other rental homes in the area, we weren't expecting much. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the house was - especially the kitchen, the living room area and the 2nd floor master. This beach house had everything we needed and more! The pool was a good size, perfect for our large group. The house was also very close to the beach - just half a block from a protected pedestrian walkway to the beach entrance. The kitchen was well stocked with most of what we needed (we were also surprised that the knives were fairly sharp - something we've never found in a rental before). We also liked the location of the house - close to shopping, restaurants, grocery stores and the lighthouse. Cheryl, the owner was very responsive and easy to deal with. We told her about an issue and it was resolved much faster than we expected. We had a really great time at this house! OBX is a very long drive for us, but we hope to return to "Go Barefoot" again someday."
    Guest: Joby A. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 9, 2014
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  • Awesome House

    "Our family vacationed at Corolla’s Flight of Fancy from July 21st thru July 28th 2013. Upon arrival, we found the house ready and very well cleaned. The pictures of Flight of Fancy do not do the house justice as it’s much larger than the photos depict! We found that our number of house guests (at 16) were extremely comfortable with the space and we were all able to gather for meals with seats to spare! The house itself is well taken care of and well planned. Our family loved the continuous deck which included an observation deck for wonderful views of the sound and beach. The deck also included the following: a hammock, hammock chair for two as well as outdoor table and chairs where we enjoyed the view with our morning coffee. We enjoyed the private outdoor shower with hot water and the outdoor sound system for us to enjoy while using the pool and hot tub. Our dog loved the spacious yard and the deck and we enjoyed having plenty of outdoor space as well. For us, Flight’s of Fancy’s location was ideal. The house was not too close to the beach but close enough for a quick walk to the beach. The backyard included trees and flora that gave us privacy during our pool use. The driveway was very large and easily accommodated six cars and more if we needed. It seemed that during our stay, our every need was met in reference to maintenance. The pool service came twice to check and maintain the pool & hot tub and just when the grass started to get a little bit high, the lawn service came the next morning. The owner of the house is nice and very easy to work with. Upon returning home, my husband discovered that he left his itouch at the house, the owner called the rental company and found out the cleaning service turned in my husband’s itouch -WOW - very honest people and rental company to deal with. We couldn’t be happier with our experience and vacation at Flights of Fancy as everything exceeded our expectations! Laura & Fred, Pasadena, Maryland"
    Guest: Laura & Fred Date of Stay: July 2013 Review Submitted: August 2, 2013
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Northern Coast & Outer Banks Travel Tips

The Outer Banks is a glorious stretch - 200 miles, to be exact - of barriers islands and peninsulas along the North Carolina coast. Though it boasts magnificent beaches, there’s plenty to do here year-round.

What to Do

The options are nearly endless in the Outer Banks.

- Take a hike at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on the northern end of Roanoke Island and visit the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens - a memorial to the first colonists.

- Immerse yourself in the history of flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Museum in Kill Devil Hills, just south of Kitty Hawk.

- Visit the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island to feed stingrays, pet an alligator, learn about sea turtle rescues and be wowed by the largest group of captive sharks in North Carolina.

- Go Kayaking or take stand up paddleboarding lessons in Kitty Hawk Bay from Kitty Hawk Kites or Kitty Hawk Surf Company.

- Do something extreme at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. There are awesome sand dunes here - if you know how to sand-board, get a permit and come here between October 1 and March 31. You can also take hang-gliding lessons from Kitty Hawk Kites and soar over Jockey’s Ridge, or go windsurfing in the shallow Roanoke Sound.

- Play a game of golf at any of the excellent courses, from the Currituck Club up in Corolla all the way down to Nags Head Golf Links.

What to See

The Outer Banks offer miles of scenic beauty and historic treasures.

- See the many historic lighthouses on the coast. Make sure you have your walking shoes on when you climb Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Hatteras Island - it has 248 stairs on an iron spiral staircase, the equivalent of climbing 12 stories! After all of your work, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the Atlantic. You can also visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island at the very southern point of the Outer Banks, or head to the northernmost point to learn the sordid and mysterious history of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla.

- Visit the Roanoke Settlement Site, the first English colony in the New World and learn about the mysteries of The Lost Colony. It’s an educational experience with games and woodworking to show what life was like back then. You can also visit and board a replica of the Elizabeth II, one of the boats that arrived in the New World in 1585. There’s plenty of activities for both kids and adults to enjoy here. In the summer, the play “The Lost Colony” is performed to educate and entertain.

- Check out the views from Jockey’s Ridge and Jennette’s Pier, both in Nags Head. Sunsets here are simply unmatched.

Events

There are plenty of festivals in the Outer Banks that harness its unique heritage and location. Check out the Bluegrass Island Festival, a newer addition to the fall lineup held the first weekend in October. It features Bluegrass by traditional artists as well as younger revival artists. Don’t forget to come for the homey Southern-style cooking!

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is another fest celebrating coastal heritage. It’s held for one weekend in mid-October every year in Nags Head across the Roanoke Sound. Aside from enjoying various local seafood and cooking demonstrations, visitors can participate in the Fish House Olympics, including a Mullet Toss - the fish, not the hairstyle - and crab races. There’s also live music and a Dock & Dine event hosted by The Dunes Restaurant.

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