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Recent Northern Coast & Outer Banks reviews

  • Perfect Little Getaway

    "Best vacation ever!!! The house was the perfect size and very close to the beach. Great place to have a family reunion :) Had no problems with bugs. The house was very clean and tidy."
    Guest: Fun in the Sun Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 29, 2014
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  • What a FUN house!

    "We stayed in "The Big House" for a family reunion; my wife and I, and our 2 daughters and sons-in-law. We had a great time. We all really loved the house, and especially enjoyed the "scenic" walk from the driveway. Every time we made that walk, we discovered something new! We also loved having our own "disco", by turning off all the lights, except the ones on the disco balls! Love the screened in porch with the hammock and the swing; there was always a nice breeze there. View from the upper balcony overlooking the sound is spectacular, especially at sunset. We had a great time exploring the Outer Banks, as well. Following are must do's (In no particular order): Get an ugly at the Orange Blossom Cafe in Buxton Take an nap in the hammock in the screened in porch Have dinner at Cafe Pamlico (at the Inn) in Buxton Go kayaking/SUP/sailing/wave running at Hatteras Watersports in Salvo (so much cheaper than anywhere else, and a nice property on the sound) Play golf at Nags Head Golf Links (Bring plenty of golf balls!) Use the supplied beach umbrella/beach chairs early and often (at the beach!) Have dinner while watching the sunset from the upper balcony Take the ferry and spend a day on Ocracoke. Tour a lighthouse (the one in Buxton is the tallest; it's like walking up 12 stories) Eat at Rustys in Buxton Eat at Ketch 55 in Avon Get a pizza from Gidgets in Avon Get ice cream at Cup and Cone in Avon (you can probably get one to share for two or three!) Walk on the beach at night, and see LOTS of sand crabs and stars And, if you get bored, try to figure out what the 40+ light switches in the main room do!"
    Guest: Darrell K. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 1, 2014
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  • Would definitely return!

    "A dozen college graduates in one big house ... needless to say, we had an amazing time! Alan was so helpful in the leasing process, which is usually difficult or impossible for vacation-goers under 25 years old. Not only was there plenty of room for everyone to have their own space, it was also perfectly located near all of our necessities. We went to Harris Teeter nearly daily (walking distance) and woke up every morning to stroll down to the beach. After spending the day there (beautiful, clean, peaceful), we grilled or went out to eat and then spent the evening in the backyard pool and hot tub! Karaoke night at the local bar was so much fun, and the cab is $15 flat rate. We had a fantastic post-graduation trip, but I could also see this being the perfect vacation for a big family."
    Guest: Nicole Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 11, 2014
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  • AWESOME HOUSE!!

    "Gerry's Gem was a perfect pick for our family.Close to the beach (5 min walk),a peaceful pond right across the driveway,filled with Bass & turtles.My boyfriend's favorite part was being able to walk out of the driveway & fish the pond.We fed the turtles everyday.The house is clean,well maintained & beautiful.6 of us plus our dogs had plenty of space.AC worked great.Kitchen has pretty much everything you need to cook & serve.Highly recommend staying here.Hope to visit Gerry's Gem again soon."
    Guest: Gary&Melinda L. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 21, 2014
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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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