PHOTOS BY CHRIS MILITZER
Many local residents spend part of their summer vacation at the Outer Banks, but you can really unplug during the holidays by heading south to enjoy the solitude and sea breezes during the off season as well. The Outer Banks — a 200-mile strip of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina — has more than just beaches. Explore American history and learn about the lost colony on Roanoke Island, England’s first settlement in the area. Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, where Wilbur and Orville Wright spent years experimenting with flight. Can’t-miss restaurants, wild horses and fun shopping can round-out a perfect winter vacation. With spacious beachside homes, hotels, resorts and condos big enough for all your family and friends, there’s plenty of room to spread holiday cheer at discounted rates. Here are a few options to consider if you decide to head south during the holiday season. Despite Hurricane Florence’s hit on North Carolina in early September, most businesses on the Outer Banks were not harmed. Still, it’s always a good idea to call ahead and check websites before heading out.
Ocean. As you check in, it’ll remind you of a favorite family beach house, with some modern touches. Sanderling offers southern hospitality and luxurious amenities in a relaxed, tranquil setting — including an outdoor hot tub and a heated indoor pool. Recently, Sanderling completed a multi-phase renovation with all new guest rooms, fresh culinary leadership, reinvigorated food and beverage programs and enhanced adventure offerings to showcase the region’s natural beauty. Rates start at $129 per night in the low season (compared to $399 per night in the high season). sanderling-resort.com
Castle on Silver Lake B&B on Ocracoke Island. If you venture south and decide to spend the night on Ocracoke Island, plan a stay at the Castle on Silver Lake B&B, which offers beautiful views of the harbor, a delicious breakfast (try the spinach and cheese omelet) amid cozy surroundings. We loved the cedar wood paneling, free snacks and bottled water and friendly atmosphere. Bicycles are available, first-come, first serve. The inn is open throughout November and closes in mid-December before reopening in the spring. thecastlebb.com
Renting a house or condo. There are numerous companies including Village Realty, Sun Realty, Beach Realty NC and Resort Realty Group that handle rentals big and small throughout the Outer
Sanderling Resort in Duck. Located near the northernmost tip of
Banks. You may also check Airbnb, VRBO and similar websites for
the Outer Banks in Duck, the Sanderling Resort is situated on 16 acres with dramatic views of the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic
that can be more than 50 percent lower than summer prices.
home rentals. Many homes and condos offer off-season pricing
November / December 2018 • alexandrialivingmagazine.com