Winter Is Wonderful On the Outer Banks
Chill out with us this winter ❄️
Visiting the beach during the winter months is truly magical and unexpected! It's hard to describe. A winter visit offers an opportunity to observe our beautiful barrier islands in their purest form.
Free of crowds, traffic, and even the summer's blistering heat, the Outer Banks show their wild, untamable beauty at every turn... whether you take a walk on the beach, fly a kite at Jockey's Ridge, soak up some history at Whalehead or the Wright Brothers Museum, or just enjoy our local restaurants and events.
Oh, and did we mention the awesome deals you can find on vacation rentals this time of year? January and February offer our absolute best deals on vacation homes, often up to 75% off peak-season pricing!
Check out this inviting living room. Located in Duck Village, Can't Take It With You is a 8-bedroom home that can sleep up to 18 people.
If you want to rent this home in July you will pay $9,695 for the week. But if you rent it in January or February, that price plummets to just $2,095!
Can't you just picture an amazing girls trip reunion on the Outer Banks?
How is the weather?
Sure, it gets chilly. And wind is a factor any time of year...it's part of beach living! But the temperate weather on the Outer Banks makes it an enjoyable destination year-round. There is no snow to shovel, although we do get the occasional flurry (it honestly just generates a lot of excitement for us Southerners). Winter means you are safe from hurricane season, too! If you are packing up for a winter trip to the OBX, just bring layers for bundling up and leave the bikini at home (unless your rental has a hot tub).
Ok. But is anything open?
When I think "Outer Banks" I think BEACH! What else is there to do?
Well, you can still hit the beach during the winter! It's actually a pretty great time to look for seashells (we get all kind of storms and tides in the fall which constantly dump treasures on the beach)... with fewer people to snatch them up.
Now is also a great time to rent some bikes or a golf cart (check out Ocean Atlantic Rentals) and really explore the islands, marshes, sounds and beaches.
Some of the most fun you can have is within the walls of your vacation rental. Many come equipped with games, puzzles, well-stocked kitchens, game rooms and more. Large screen TV's and comfy couches are ready for your family movie nights.
Here are a few upcoming events:
December 11-29, 2018 (Tue-Sat only) & January 4-19, 2019 (Fri-Sat only)
Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens
(Manteo) Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn. Seasonal gift shop and plant sales coincide.
December 11,12,13,14,15,18,19,20,21,22,26,27,28,29; January 4,5,11,12,18,19 from 6pm-9pm.
Adults $11, Youth (ages 6-17) $9, Child (5 and under) $6.
For more information, click here.
December 17, 2018
115th Anniversary of Powered Flight
(Kill Devil Hills) Wright Brothers National Memorial Park admission is free on December 17 and the Anniversary program begins at 8:30 a.m. Check out the exciting schedule! No longer a hidden figure in the history of NASA and Aviation, Mrs. Katherine Johnson will be inducted into the Paul E. Garber First Flight Society Shrine.
For more information, click here.
December 31, 2018
New Year in a New World (New Year's Eve Party)
(Manteo) This is a family-friendly New Year's Eve party held on the docks of Downtown Manteo! Festivities kick off at 3:30 pm with a bluegrass band and a DJ heats things up starting at 5:00. There will be an "early ball drop" for children at 8:30 pm, but if they can stay up, there are fireworks at midnight! Local food vendors will be on site, and the downtown restaurants and bars will be open late. Check and follow their Facebook page for details and updates.
Click here for the event flyer.
Try something different this year and enjoy winter on the Outer Banks. Eat like a local. Find the best shells before the summer tourists arrive. Save thousands of dollars on your vacation rental and activities. See another side of beach living. All of us at Great Escapes hope to see you soon!