For those visiting the Outer Banks in the winter months, it becomes quickly apparent that the pace of life during the off-season months is much slower than during the summer. That’s good for residents since it would be tough to keep up our summer pace year round. It would actually defeat the purpose of why we live here!
There is a unique beauty on the Outer Banks that is both understated and breathtaking, a piece of nature that has drawn the curious and adventurous to these barrier island since before the first Europeans set foot on Roanoke Island.
The preservation of its beauty has largely fallen to the Federal government and large swaths of the Outer Banks are owned and managed by the either the National Park Service (NPS) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW).
After almost a year in business, Carolina Keiki has become the prominent retailer of unique children’s clothing and accessories on the Outer Banks. Located in the Waterfront Shops in Duck, NC, Carolina Keiki (Hawaiian for “child”) pedals everything from baby moccasins to swimwear, with a strong focus on local and handmade items. This small, colorful shop is located right on the sound front, sandwiched between a taco shop and a candy store, and the interior can’t help but make you smile.
When The Blue Point opened a little over 25 years ago, there wasn’t much that anyone could call a town in Duck-a few shops, the beginning of a retail district, a scattering of rental homes and maybe 150 or 200 permanent residents.
The commercial development of Corolla was still a good five to six years in the future, so opening a restaurant in Duck was a little like opening an inn at the end of a dead end road.
The North Carolina Aquarium has two locations on the Outer Banks—Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, which gets all the press because it juts an impressive 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and the aquarium on Roanoke Island.
Jennette’s Pier is a great place to spend an hour or two and then continue on to the beach or other activities. But for an afternoon of real entertainment, it would be hard to beat the Roanoke Island facility. There are a couple of things coming up this year and next that make it a must see on your list of Outer Banks destinations.