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Old 01-13-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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Wife and I are looking to get away this coming long weekend and figured

1. No one would go to the beach when it's this cold
2. No Traffic to fight
3. Room rates would be reasonable
4. ????
5. Profit

Jk on the profit piece but you get the idea. I would be appreciative if anyone had suggestions on where to stay (all options open) and what might be open during off season?
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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We are going this weekend too! 56 sounds downright balmy compared to what we've been having!!
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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We went to Duck a couple winters ago and LOVED it. We rented a large house though, so I can't comment on where to stay. But it was so peaceful, not crowded, we had a great time!
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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Great time of the year to go to the beach. We're leaving first thing in the morning....be on the beach right after lunch for a long walk.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:22 PM
 
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Kill Devil Hills (Kitty Hawk) sounds like the place to stay, central and plenty to do near by. I would love to go fly a kite in these winds.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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I personally think its one of the best times to go! The only downfall is, not alot of places are open. I went a few years ago and the only place that was open for dinner was this pizza joint. We were not in the mood for pizza, but we were starving. Let me tell you..that was one of the best nights we ever had! We sat up at the bar, eating pizza and talking to the locals for HOURS. Apparently its a social place during the winter hours, we heard alot of great stories. We actually returned the next night for another social hour. It was great.

The lighthouses are usually open, also check out Jockey Ridge. Its a huge sand dune that you can climb up. The view from the top is totally worth it. Dress warm@!
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:48 AM
 
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A mild winter weekend is really a great time to head to the OB. The lack of crowds enhances the beautiful and it just feels "right". As mentioned above, the downside of the lack of crowds is the lack of open restaurants, etc.
The Sanderling Inn in Duck seems to operate all year so their restaurants remain open. The link below is their casual restaurant that serves great breakfasts:

The Sanderling Resort & Spa - Dining - Lifesaving Station Restaurant


Frank
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:29 AM
 
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We went last weekend, and it was great. Quite cold, but beautiful nonetheless. We stayed at the Carolina Oceanfront (Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront - an Outer Banks Hotel in Kill Devil Hills) in Kill Devil Hills. I think it was $47.00 a night. Most of the gift shops and little stores were open.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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It is a great time to visit the Outer Banks of NC! There is lots to do or NOT! Many of the historical sites are open. Go to Pea Island and see the wintering waterfowl. There is a visitors center at the 1 mile post in Kitty Hawk for info. Many motels and lots of great restaurants open -locals love the Black Pelican (local oysters) and Tortugas-great locals bar. Saturday weather should be great (50's)but come prepared for the wind if you walk on the beach.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:05 AM
 
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My family was there the week after Christmas and we had a very nice time. It was our first time visiting the Outer Banks in the winter and we were pleasantly surprised with how many places were open.

We really enjoyed going to Jockey's Ridge to walk around without worrying about scortching summer sand.
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