July 2009

Outer Banks Getaways July 2009

Autumn Marvel

The Outer Banks—perfect quick week or weekend getaway this fall season

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It is autumn on the Outer Banks. Summer lingers, but not its stifling heat. The ocean is warm, and the crowds that turn a series of villages and small towns into a city have gone back to Ohio and Pennsylvania.

This is the ideal time to visit the Outer Banks—an easy drive from anywhere in Hampton Roads.

Businesses are still open, but there are no lines at restaurants, and the price of lodging has dropped. It’s probably a good idea to call ahead and make sure you have a place to stay, but a week or two is usually enough time to reserve a room or house.

With 120 miles of shoreline stretching from Carova on the Virginia border to Ocracoke Island, there is sure to be something for everyone to do, although doing nothing on the beach is, of course, a favorite past time.

More adventurous folks, however, will also find plenty here.

The Outer Banks is one of the premier international locations for kiteboarding, with most activity located on Hatteras Island, where constant winds and shallow waters create the perfect environment for novices and more experienced kiteboarders.

There are other wind sports as well. Windsurfing continues to be popular; on any given day, sailboats dot the waters, and hang gliding and kite flying are still popular at Jockey’s Ridge.

The Outer Banks is considered one of the finest East Coast surfing sites, and the fall brings good-sized waves and an even break. For kayakers and paddlers, the Currituck Sound, from Duck north to Carova, is an ecological marvel.

Fishing is at its best at this time of year, with the annual return of rockfish in late autumn and charter boats heading out to the Gulf Stream for billfish.

Not everyone will want to lie on the beach or harness the wind, and for those folks, there is just as much to do.

Ideal for families—although highly recommended in general—the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills tells the remarkable tale of two American geniuses who proved creativity and persistence does yield great results.

Exploring the small towns and villages is worth a weekend at least. Manteo, just off the beach on Roanoke Island, has kept its earlier-time feel with an updated, pedestrian-friendly shopping district. Corolla and Duck are also wonderful to stroll through, and the villages of Hatteras Island and Ocracoke offer family-run businesses and restaurants.

With the summertime crowds at home and a slightly slower pace during the fall season, there’s a little more time to talk to the business owners and staff and find out what makes the Outer Banks a small slice of the good life so close to home.



Brindley Beach Vacations offers 3–10-bedroom homes, private pools, hot tubs, pets, oceanfront to soundfront, linens and towels provided, all close to shopping and restaurants. 877-642-3224, 252-453-3335, www.brindleybeach.com, rentals@brindleybeach.com

Create special memories in our lovely premier homes located oceanfront to soundfront. Enjoy fishing, golf, tennis, biking. Pet homes available. We are deliberately & selectively smaller. 866-453-9660, www.corollaclassicvacations.com

For the rest of this article, see the July/August 2009 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine, currently available on newsstands.

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