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Old 01-14-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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I second the Black Pelican! that place has really good food!
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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I know this thread is two years old, but we're thinking of the Outer Banks for this weekend. Any updates? According to the tourism websites, it doesn't completely shut down in the off season like it used to, but does anyone have any recent experience with that? We're trying to decide if we need to rent a place with a kitchen in case the restaurants are all closed, luckily I've already talked my husband out of camping!
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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Check the websites but I am fairly certain the lighthouses are closed. You can walk the grounds but not climb them.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We're trying to decide if we need to rent a place with a kitchen in case the restaurants are all closed, luckily I've already talked my husband out of camping!
Not a bad idea, but I think Kills Devil Hills will have open places. I would call a couple of motels to see what they say. (We stayed in a house one week in winter in Salvo. It was necessary to do your own cooking.)
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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My parents took me onan OBX trip on Thanksgiving weekend long ago ... around 1988 I think. We timed it poorly. A large arctic airmass moved in, and it was WINDY and COLD out there.

One of the things that struck me too, was that nearly all the traffic on Route 12 was 4x4's with upright fishing poles on the bumpers.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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My aunt has a house down there, and I went all the time in the winter when I lived closer to her (now I will again!). It's really beautiful -- restaurants aren't crowded, no traffic, quiet and nice ... love it. I really love going in the autumn -- best time, IMO. Enjoy!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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Hi all, just an update for future researchers - we ended up staying at the Ramada in Nags Head, they're the only hotel I found with an indoor pool. I was hoping for a rental with a hot tub but we were just too last minute, but the kids enjoyed the pool. There was also a microwave and a refrigerator in the room. We hit a lot of the area state parks and National Wildlife Refuges, saw bears, deer, and literally thousands of wintering geese, swans, and ducks. We love to bird so it was great. My kids loved Jockey's Ridge State Park, playing on the dunes was super fun and they even borrowed a boogie board for some sledding. Not quite as fast as snow but we'll take what we can get!

Many restaurants were closed, looks like most things reopen in March. There was still plently to chose from, though, we had a great dinner at Mama Chang's and breakfast both days at Grits Grill near the mall. Overall, it was quite peaceful and a very fun weekend.

Thanks for all the input!
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:53 PM
 
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Its a ghost town in the winter. If isolation is what you want for your "get away" than you will not be disappointed! It can be very peaceful and cold........ Kinda like The Shining hahaha great time for newly weds to equated if you no what I'm saying??? Hahah
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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If you are staying near Manteo, I recommend you eat at TL's Restaurant right there on US 64 (main street Manteo) Southern Cooking excellent food, good prices, no atmosphere. Locals eat here all the time.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:29 AM
 
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If you are staying near Manteo, I recommend you eat at TL's Restaurant right there on US 64 (main street Manteo) Southern Cooking excellent food, good prices, no atmosphere. Locals eat here all the time.
I second this!!
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