Wouldn't it be nice to get away from it all every day? If you read the papers and watch the news, you may see a new trend in living where people flock to busy downtown areas. Cooped up in high rise condos, people walk to work, shopping, and dining. Convenient, yes, but eventually such a lifestyle can become confining, especially if you are not conditioned to think small as you live large.
If you are looking for a change in scenery, look no further than the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Situated along the northeastern coast, bordering the Chesapeake Bay, the Outer Banks of Currituck and Dare counties offer a wealth of opportunity for work and play. Every day can be a vacation when you live on the beach.
Need convincing? Here are just a few of the myriad of reasons why the Outer Banks is for you.
1) Seclusion Without Isolation
It is true that the Outer Banks are a popular vacation destination during the summer. Attractions like the Wright Brothers memorial, the Gravedigger, and the Whalehead Club entice visitors as much as the sandy beaches. However, if you live in the Outer Banks, you don't have to feel put out by guests. Peak tourism encompasses mainly three to five months of the year, and even then there is plenty of room for everybody. What's more, there are nice spots in Currituck known only to locals, so you can still get away from it all when you really need to!
If you think you're going to miss the big city life, there's no need to worry. The Outer Banks are a short distance from the Virginia Beach/Norfolk metropolitan area, as well as only three hours from Raleigh, North Carolina. The proximity can make for some great weekend trips, and you'll be home in time for supper.
2) Agreeable Weather Year Round
One advantage to living in the South is the weather. Though the Outer Banks are further north than most beaches, average temperatures throughout the year are still pleasant. Winters may sees high temperatures into the fifties, while the summer months are not too blistering. If you dislike snow, this is definitely one place to be regardless of the season.
3) A Sportsman's Paradise
The Outer Banks is not limited to water sports and beach fun. Golf enthusiasts have six courses in Currituck County alone to choose from, including the Currituck Club, one of the highest ranked courses in the state. For extreme sports lovers, the skatepark in Maple draws many skateboarders and fans.
Fishing, too, is a popular pastime in the Outer Banks all year long, with deep sea charters available, and the Coinjock Marina open to pier fishing. The Charles Kuralt Trail provide ample opportunity for hiking, birdwatching, and just appreciating the great outdoors. When you live in the Outer Banks, you will never get bored.
4) Eat, Drink, and be Merry
Contrary to belief about resort areas, not everything closes when the tourists leave. The Outer Banks offers many seafood restaurants, with local catches being the special of every day. Locals feast on blue crabs in seasons, succulent sea bass, and delicious low country delights. A trip to Knotts Island can yield quite a bounty of peaches, too. For a real treat, the annual summer peach festival lets you enjoy the fruit in a variety of dishes.
Wine lovers will also enjoy trips to the area vineyards, including Moonrise Bay for regular tastings.
It's delicious, exciting, and always inviting. The Outer Banks is a popular tourist attraction, yet also a great place to live.
Kathryn Lively is a freelance travel writer who writes for the Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism, information on Outer Banks vacations .