People often look at us funny when we talk about driving down to
the Outer Banks, specifically the northern part in Corolla, for a
weekend or longer in the fall. Why would we do anything like that, they
wonder, for an autumn. Honestly, I don't find it strange at all. People
often go south for the winter. I would know - I'm a native Floridian and
have experienced the influx of visitors in the colder months.
friends reason, but at least in Florida there's something to do year
round. I say, same with the Outer Banks. Whether you're headed for Kitty
Hawk or Currituck, a trip to the North Carolina coast is a great way to
spend free time in the fall.
Still not convinced? Let's go through some of the gripes I've heard from friends who question our choice of destination.
1) Everything's Closed After Summer
isn't the case. Yeah, some parts of the Outer Banks are geared toward
visitors, and summer is the peak season. So it makes sense for some
businesses to close after Labor Day when traffic is slow. Slow, though,
doesn't mean stopped. You can still find something to eat, and Currituck
landmarks like the lighthouse and Whalehead Club operate year round for
tours. The horses don't leave town, either, so there are opportunities
to see them when the crowds have gone.
2) There's Nothing To Do
Well, consider this - it's your vacation, what do you want to do? We
work all the time at home, so when we're away we want to veg. We can sit
and watch the waves, stroll around Currituck Heritage Park, explore the
wildlife, and even charter a fishing boat. Bring a bicycle and pedal
all the way down to Kitty Hawk and back if you like. Make things happen.
3) It's Expensive
heard people say the Outer Banks is only for rich tourists. The beach
rentals look impressive and fancy, but in the off season the price
drops. Get a few friends together and you can cut the cost of a week's
stay significantly. If a beach house is not your speed, there are a few
hotels in Corolla, Duck and further south to choose from. Be sure to
call ahead for reservations.
I enjoy fall in the Outer Banks. I
may not be able to swim in the ocean, but it's nice to take a chair out
on Carova Beach and sit, maybe see a horse trotting past. I enjoy the
farmer's markets on the mainland, and the different fall festivals that
happen. It's a great place to space some free time if you get a break.
Why not see for yourself?
Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Outer Banks vacations and Currituck Outer Banks vacations.