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Recent Northern Coast & Outer Banks reviews

  • Great Valentines Day Weekend

    "We had a wonderful time at your beach home over Valentines Weekend 2015. The hot tub and fire place were perfect to for the winter weather. The house had everything we needed for a great time. The location is perfect. Sunrise on ocean and sunset on the sound were incredible. My only suggestion would be better quality mattresses on the queen beds on the first floor. I am not sure I could sleep a week on either of those. Invest in some better mattresses and we will be back many times!!!"
    Guest: Beach Bum Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 23, 2015
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  • Peaceful, Relaxing with plenty of amenities

    "Our family stayed for a week in August, and we had a wonderful time. The house is spacious (we had 11 people) and no one ever felt crowded. The deck overlooks the Sound side and the sunsets were stunning. Four king beds were a huge plus. The theatre, kitchen and family room were all used extensively. Pool & Hot tub were actually cleaned mid week and Saturday. We loved it and would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet get away with family or friends. It is away from the hustle-bustle of Nags Head (which reminded us too much of Myrtle Beach)."
    Guest: Gabriele H. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 26, 2014
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  • great vacation house

    "Was here with the family in July of 2014 and we really enjoyed ourselves...house is large with plenty of room and is equipped with all kitchen supplies. We used the available baby gate for my dog, who is older and we didn't want him going up and down the stairs. This brings me to the elevator - what a life saver not only for previously mention older dog, but getting your suitcase and supplies to the top floor - whew loved the elevator. There were also pool float items in the garage - I even donated 1. Speaking of the pool - this is where I spent most of my time - the only down side was the water feature was leaking and could not be used. I was slightly disappointed, but we did fine without it. A few things that we did not like - horrible smell when we first got into the house - like someone had cooked fish - cleaning crew should use febreeze! Also grill was VERY dirty. We had to clean it before we could use it. And yes we cleaned it again before we left. The stereo at the pool was not working properly and the ice maker upstairs was also not working. We call and the maintenance crew came and fixed the ice maker (big chunk of ice stuck) and bought a new stereo for the pool. Big props for maintenance - very pleasant and solved all the problems. As I said we had our dog, so pet friendly - fenced in yard is great. House is close to everything. We really had a good time!"
    Guest: Lisa S. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 2, 2014
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  • Mrs.

    "The place was not what I expected it to be based on our experience with the other rental property we had. This beach house is so nice. Newly renovated and clean. The owner is so nice to talk to. My daughter called him to ask if they can check in early since her 5 year old was throwing up, he did not hesitate to say no. I will recommend the beach house to some friends any time."
    Guest: Neddie G. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 15, 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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