Outer Banks Escape

Sunrise from the Southern Belle. Photo© yesteryear Judy Wells.
Resort lovers who desire to endure able to brand a quick run to a McDonald's or Starbucks caput northward to Nags Head in addition to Duck when they achieve North Carolina's Outer Banks. Those seeking a get-away amongst local coloring in addition to novel experiences plough southward toward Bodie Island, Rodanthe, Avon, Frisco in addition to Cape Hatteras.

Locals downwards hither brag that yous convey to movement 45 miles to achieve those Golden Arches.

"You got to teach used to this place," said tour take away Danny Couch, a tenth generation Carolinian who married into isle life. "It's non similar it is at home."

You tin uncovering Wi-Fi connections, precisely no chain restaurants, hardly a sacrifice amongst a plethora of home-owned, home-sourced cafes in addition to restaurants. Lots of things to create in addition to see, too, if looking at, walking along in addition to swimming inwards the sea isn't entertaining enough.

Leveler tip #1: Get an elevator.
These are amid the smaller beach houses. Photo © yesteryear Judy Wells.

It isn't a luxury. Forget cozy lilliputian one-story beach houses. If yous desire oceanfront - in addition to who doesn't - McMansions are the rule. These pastel-hued two-, three-,  four- in addition to more-story belles of the beach are designed for grouping gatherings. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 calendar week at the beach rental goal amongst iii to vi bedrooms, large porches, viewful turrets, amusement systems, elaborately outfitted kitchens and, if the owners are smart, an elevator.

First floors are for tucking inwards the automobile in addition to letting the Atlantic gyre through. Second floors are unremarkably all bedrooms in addition to baths in addition to living spaces start out on three. That's a lot of schlepping upward stairs.

The Southern Belle - 23 steps upward to the 2d floor. Photo © yesteryear Judy Wells.
The Southern Belle, where nosotros 5 journalists stayed, came amongst a 3-person-sized  elevator, a skillful affair when at that spot are 23 steps upward to the 2d floor. Trust me, you'll desire one.

Leveler tip #2: Plot your access to the beach. 
You may convey a long walk addition stairs to achieve the beach. Photo © yesteryear Judy Wells.

If yous snag beachfront accommodations, computer program on negotiating stairs. The dunes developed inwards the 1930s in addition to '50s convey grown in addition to it tin endure a long walk to achieve the stairways downwards to beach level.

It's legal to movement on the beach. Ramps at mile marking (Outer Banks method to relay locations) 49 in addition to 23 are recommended.

Easy-walk beach access. Photo © yesteryear Judy Wells.
The exclusively grade identify to common in addition to walk to the beach is inwards Avon betwixt Koru Village Beach Club in addition to the Avon Pier.

Leveler tip #3: Eat local.
Photo © yesteryear Judy Wells.

Look for the "Outer Banks Catch" sticker on the door of restaurants to ensure they're serving fresh, local catch.

Leveler tip #4: Getting connected. 
The Dancing Turtle. Photo © yesteryear Judy Wells.

If your rental doesn't convey Wi-Fi in addition to yous experience the postulate for connection, brand a beeline for The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop inwards Hatteras Village. They convey that addition skillful coffees in addition to teas, enticing pastries, comfy chairs in addition to tables in addition to a warm camaraderie.

Leveler tip #5: Need groceries?

The Food Lion inwards Avon is the exclusively major grocery shop inwards the southern Outer Banks.

Leveler tip #6: Speak similar a native.

Pamlico - PAM-lick o

Bodie - body

Manteo - Man-TEE-O

Rodanthe - Row- DAN- the

Ocracoke - OH-crah-coke

Leveler tip #7: Be friendly OBX native-style.

When driving along the two-lane route that runs downwards the island, "chuck a howdy" - a casual one- or two-finger moving ridge amongst a nod of your caput - to cars yous meet.

 Next: where to swallow in addition to what to take in in addition to create on the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Escape