Must Do's While You are On the Outer Banks.
If you are a frequent visitor to our wonderful Outer Banks then you no doubt will have been to some of these places, or done some of these things. but maybe not all of them. Locals have a unique perspective and some not so well known places they go...but I am willing to share.
Let's start with food, a favorite topic. Although I know we serve breakfast at the inn, you should try a few other places here. Sam 'n Omies is just down the street, across from Jennette's Pier and is a local favorite. Home cooked, locally owned, locally managed (important) and they are a legend on the OBX. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will be eating with a lot of other locals any time you go so that should tell you something.
Next, John's Drive In on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk. Looks like a dive, eat outside only. The most delicious milkshakes you will ever have. Lots of options for flavors. I also suggest the mahi mahi basket. Delicious. They are open every day except Wednesday and are almost always very busy. An OBX institution. They are open until early fall. Do this, really. You are welcome.
One of the most unique shops here is seagreen gallery on the Beach Road in Nags Head. Milepost 10.5. They are located in the old Gray's Department Store, you may remember this place. They focus on the "fine art of reuse" and you will find some fascinating things here. Love this place. I recommend you visit their Facebook page to get an idea of what they are about. Do some Christmas shopping, take home a one of a kind item from the OBX.
Seeing the Outer Banks from above is something you will remember forever. Coastal Helicopters will take you up, up and away. Room for three and the helicopter is air conditioned. Smooth ride. You have the chance to see sea turtles, dolphin, shipwrecks and maybe even a whale. Coastal Helicopgters is one of our VIP partners so you even get a price break. Read more here.
Back to earth and back in time...the Island Farm on Roanoke Island is a living history site. You will be able to explore buildings such as the farmhouse, a reconstructed slave cabin, cookhouse, dairy, blacksmith shop and even an outhouse. The centerpiece is the Etheridge farmstead, where the patriarch Adam Etheridge built his house on land that had been famred by his family since 1757. Lots to see and there are special events and exhibits throughout the year. www.theislandfarm.com.
While this is not nearly all of the places I suggest you visit, it is enough for day. Until next time.