If you’re bringing your four legged best friend on this family vacation, we recommend you do a bit of planning beforehand to ensure a fun and safe experience for everyone. The beach is a fantastic place to bring your dog, and we provide over 100 pet-friendly Outer Banks rentals so you can cohabitate in luxury! Before you arrive, make sure you are aware of each town’s leash laws (below) and any other safety concerns.
Over 50 years ago, farmers just north of the Outer Banks in Currituck County had a light bulb moment. Although the Outer Banks was still a bit of a backwater, it was clear to them that the economic engine was shifting south, and as people drove there, they would need fresh produce; tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries and anything else they could grow. At that time, most every farming family along Caratoke Highway had their own produce stand, although most of the smaller ones have not survived. However, several of these direct descendants are still around and have grown larger and are very professionally run.
At one time almost the entire western shore of the Outer Banks was heavily forested. Protected by a series of massive sand dunes from the effects of the salt winds of the ocean, a number of species of pine trees and live oak, hickory and other hardwood trees thrived. There are two amazing examples of the forested shores of the Outer Banks left: Nags Head Woods and Kitty Hawk Woods.
Guy Fieri of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” fame came blasting through the Outer Banks last summer and the places he visited — Ortega’z, Brine and Bottle, Tortuga’s, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Black Pelican, Weeping Radish and Coastal Cantina — are all very worthy. Great places . . . although it’s a little difficult to see how they qualify for the 3-D criteria.
The striking black and white striped Bodie Island lighthouse provides one of the most distinctive and picturesque sceneries on the Outer Banks. Planning a visit to one of our OBX vacation rentals? Why not schedule a visit to the newly renovated Bodie Island Lighthouse? Re-opening this month, the tower is located on Bodie Island, just south of Nags Head. The 165 foot lighthouse that is standing today is actually the third attempt to illuminate the stretch of coastline between Currituck Beach and Cape Hatteras.