Celebrate Romance in the Currituck Outer Banks

January 16, 2009

What could be more romantic than a getaway weekend for two to the North Carolina shore? If you are interested in planning a special Valentine’s Day for your love one, why not enjoy the serene beaches and sights of the Currituck Outer Banks? You just may find this cozy destination is the perfect place to suit your desires and your budget.

You may be thinking “why would anybody travel to the beach in February”? While temperatures in the ocean along the Currituck shore are too cold for swimming or other nautical activities, the Outer Banks as a whole need not be written off as a late winter travel option. The Currituck area, which encompasses the sandy and sunny town of Corolla, breathtaking Knotts Island, and more inland areas like Moyock, actually maintains fair weather year round. You may not be able to frolic in a swimsuit, but the weather around Valentine’s Day is perfect for light jackets and cuddling tight during a moonlit walk along the waves.

Naturally, the beach setting provides the romantic atmosphere for the holiday. You can idly stroll the sand in a hunt for colorful seashells and, if you’re lucky, spot a few wild mustangs cantering in more secluded areas. Afterward, enjoy an intimate dinner at any of Currituck’s year round restaurants. Nicoletta’s Italian Café, in Corolla, offers a tempting selection of pastas and authentic desserts, while Crabbie’s in Coinjock provides a menu of fresh seafood with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal Waterway.

For more suggestions on how to make your Valentine’s Day sizzle in the Currituck Outer Banks, try the following:

Buy a unique gift! You’ll always remember your trip to the shore with a souvenir that is expressly Currituck. Local shops like Beach Bums in Barco and Coastal Karma in Corolla offer delightful objets d’art from Outer Banks artists and craftsmen.

Taste local wine! Stop at the Cotton Gin in Corolla and sample some of the best wines in the Mid-Atlantic region. From sweet whites and bold reds to fruity dessert wines, there is something for every palate.

Get married! Who says you have to wait until June to be a bride? The Currituck Outer Banks have hosted many a wedding along the shores, and are able to provide many services for a beautiful Valentine’s Day ceremony. Call toll-free at 877-287-7488 for a detailed wedding guide.

Chocolates and stuffed animals for Valentine’s Day are always nice, but a weekend along the Currituck shores guarantees romantic memories to last a lifetime.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance travel writer who contributes to the Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism in the Outer Banks.