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Old 07-11-2013, 11:19 AM
 
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Hi guys.

I posted a few weeks ago about honeymooning on Ocracoke Island in September. Plans have changed and it looks like we are going to be married the first week of November instead. I read somewhere that many shops and restaurants on Ocracoke close in November. Any truth to this?

If so, we'd need to choose a different island. Shops and restaurants are definitely our thing. The appeal of Ocracoke amounted to two major factors: seclusion and non-commercialism.

Can anyone recommend other areas to visit in early November that meet those two factors? What are Hatteras and Nags Head like?

I realize we won't find seclusion like on Ocracoke but somewhere relatively cut off would be nice. When I say "non-commercialism" I mean that we like the mom and pop type shops and eateries and that we'd prefer to be around more locals than tourists. We'd want somewhere that can offer a rental cottage/home instead of staying in a chain hotel.

Another appeal of Ocracoke is that getting around by bike or foot was common. Somewhere lacking in car traffic would be awesome since we are from NJ and want to get away from that.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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I live in Kill Devil Hills and love that time of year. Nags Head you will find most places open as many homeowners come down and work on their places or just enjoy Thanksgiving at the beach. That time of year could be 75 and sunny or sweatshirt weather. The beach will be quiet in Nags Head and if you want more seclusion it's a short drive to Hatteras where you can be totally alone on the beach.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Can anyone recommend other areas to visit in early November that meet those two factors?
Have you considered going further south? This is secluded and there are vacation rentals: Figure Eight Island Realty > About the Island
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:02 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Hi guys.

I posted a few weeks ago about honeymooning on Ocracoke Island in September. Plans have changed and it looks like we are going to be married the first week of November instead. I read somewhere that many shops and restaurants on Ocracoke close in November. Any truth to this?

If so, we'd need to choose a different island. Shops and restaurants are definitely our thing. The appeal of Ocracoke amounted to two major factors: seclusion and non-commercialism.

Can anyone recommend other areas to visit in early November that meet those two factors? What are Hatteras and Nags Head like?

I realize we won't find seclusion like on Ocracoke but somewhere relatively cut off would be nice. When I say "non-commercialism" I mean that we like the mom and pop type shops and eateries and that we'd prefer to be around more locals than tourists. We'd want somewhere that can offer a rental cottage/home instead of staying in a chain hotel.

Another appeal of Ocracoke is that getting around by bike or foot was common. Somewhere lacking in car traffic would be awesome since we are from NJ and want to get away from that.

Thanks in advance!
The island has many locals that live on the island so it will not shut down and it has 3 ferries running on the island with attention to fishermen. IMO there will be shops and restaurants open.

Contact Ocracoke Civic & Business Association, Inc. and they will let you know if there is any closures. -> Ocracoke Tourism Guide: Contact-Us
The weather is often still mild in this state in November a great time to be on Ocracoke.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:35 PM
 
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also consider Bald Head Island south of Wilmington.
No cars allowed on the island , a few eateries with many stores and restaurants a short ferry ride away.
it is a beautiful island.
Figure Eight should be taken off the list since there is nothing on it , no stores ,no restaurants except
for the island club where one has to be a member to dine.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:25 PM
 
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Ocracoke will still have some stuff going, because there are locals that live there. I think its a great time of year to go, but you may consider Manteo, Duck or Corrolla if you are trying to get away from too much commercial stuff.

Nice thing is the later you go, the better the rates are...renting a house is cheaper in the offseason. You can probably find a really nice home that is smaller. A hot tub that would be perfect that time of year. And you don't have to get right on the ocean, its worth it to walk or ride bikes together if you just got married.
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