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Recent Northern Coast & Outer Banks reviews

  • Great Family Vacation

    "My husband, myself and our three children just spent a relaxing week at the Mad Hatteras. We found everything to be just as promised, from the roomy accommodations to the short walk to the beach. The spacious kitchen was well-stocked for cooking meals, saving money on eating out all of the time. We visited the week before the start of the official season and were pleased with the sparse crowds on the beach. It was much more relaxing being able to sit back and let the kids wander around than at a busy beach where you're constantly losing them in the crowd. I would highly recommend both Rodanthe and the Mad Hatteras for a fun and enjoyable vacation. The owners were also very kind and quick to respond to inquiries and to get the week reserved for us. If we return to the OBX next year, we will definitely try to book this home again."
    Guest: Lori W. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 25, 2014
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  • Christmas in Corolla!

    "If you're looking for quiet and solitude Christmas in Corolla is the answer! Smileaway is tucked in among other homes and is only an enjoyable walk to the beach. Smileaway is packed with just about everything you need to settle in and enjoy making family memories with. After all my kids and their kids showed up we proceeded to enjoy cooking, playing games, ping pong and pool challenges, and enjoying soaking in the hot tub as well as long walks on the beach, flying kites, bike riding, and some sight seeing and hiking at nearby attractions! Thanks Smileaway!"
    Guest: Holli H. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 10, 2015
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  • Good place, good times :)

    "We arrived to a very clean condo overlooking Pamlico Sound. Very comfortable for our group of 4 adults and 1 child. Everything we needed was there although we did have to buy bathroom soap and extra bathroom tissue. The owner was very fast in replying to our inquires and overall very friendly to deal with. The condo was very quiet but we did hear the upstairs neighbours from time to time. The wifi was very fast and the AC worked flawlessly during the hot humid August. This is one of the few places where you can book for less than a week. We would definitely stay here again the next time we find ourselves in outer banks."
    Guest: D. C. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 21, 2014
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  • Great property & Great location & Best Owners

    "I'd first like to state that Kay & her husband are the most accommodating with regards to inquiries or issues that may arise (we didn't have any). The property was beautiful and spacious with a very open concept feel. My 5 year old daughter just loved it and the rest of my family enjoyed it just as much. Located between the sound and the beach within minutes of both by foot or transportation. Shops & local jewels are also within minutes of driving. Crabbing @ Whalehead is a must but be sure to go when the tide is high and bring nets. The cage thing didn't work too well for us as we preferred the method of string tied to chicken pieces. Nets will be of valuable asset! Anyhow to sum it all up, the property was beautiful, owner's are amazing, and community clubhouse and pool were great as well. We look to return next year as well. Thanks again Kay! !"
    Guest: Tommy O. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 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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