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Old 05-08-2010, 07:56 AM
 
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Me and my husband are looking at taking a trip to the outer banks this July but have never been and are a bit overwhelmed with all the different areas available to stay. Does anyone have any recommendations? We are looking for a place with things to do (shopping, dining) and a beautiful beach. What area would be best to look at?

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Old 05-08-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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We've always liked Duck, but have also stayed in Corolla near the lighthouse and it was beautiful, too. There are loads of shops near both!
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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are you looking for a house or a hotel? For the past few years, we have stayed in Corolla and love it. The Sanderling Hotel looks great as we drive by! Have a great time!
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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Another vote for Corolla. We have stayed there several times and it is very nice.
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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I've been thinking about it, and the last time we stayed in Duck, it was a total mob scene. My vote is for Corolla!
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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Shopping and dining? Not a lot of choices IMO. Duck probably more so than Corolla. Outer Banks is very quiet. All depends on what your expectations are. A couple of restaurants within a short drive and one little shopping center with a handful of stores in what you have in mind then you will be happy. Before everyone chimes in to say there are tons of restaurants and shopping.... they are not close to one another.

We started going to Myrtle and stay in North Myrtle b/c it offers the quiet beaches of the OB, but in 15 minutes you have tons of different stuff to do.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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What is there to do in the Outer Banks besides the beaches? Is there any family activities? When we go on vacation, we like cooking instead of going out because it's more healthier.
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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any restaurant must dos in the Corolla area? we're not big seafood eaters, though my husband will eat white fish. Is there anything else there worth trying? also, any recommendations on things to do with kids?
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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All the beaches are pretty nice in OBX, much quieter and less crowded than somewhere like Va Beach. We typically stay in South Nags Head, there is a small outlet shopping center there that we always go to. You have all the necessities (groceries, drug store, food, movie theatre, etc) w/in a short drive. We always cook in as well. Last year we decided to stay in Corolla for the 1st time in 10 years. It's definitely more small town feel down that way but there is only a 2 lane road in and out of the area, which is only a problem on check-in days. The traffic gets pretty backed up and it took us an extra hour or so to get into the area.

We probably won't stay in Corolla again. It took us 9hrs to get there (1st time we went during peak season instead of September), too long when you have young kids. Also, our son got sick on our last day there. He had quite a high fever and our pediatrician advised us to go ahead and take him to the hospital to get checked out. It took us an hour to get to the hospital (no traffic). Fortunately, it was just an ear infection and nothing more serious.

We go with 3 other families. We always get an oceanfront house w/ a pool so we tend to hang out at the house. We usually go to downtown Manteo, there's an aquarium near Manteo also-forget what it's called but they have a shark tank there that's kind of cool, Oregon Inlet to fish/crab, 1 afternoon for outlet shopping, the lighthouse in Corolla, there's the horses down past the Corolla area (Avalon maybe?).
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