Hidden Gems of the Outer Banks

With the abundance of restaurants, markets, and things to do on the Outer Banks, many businesses and recreational areas can be easily forgotten. To maximize the amount of fun you can have while in town, it is important to not only visit the more popular locations the Outer Banks has to offer, but also the â??hidden gemsâ?? of our beach. Take a look at the list below to discover a couple places to visit on your Outer Banks vacations that will not leave you disappointed.

Food Dudes Kitchen

Located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills on the beach road at Milepost 9, Food Dudes Kitchen will leave you with a full stomach as well as a little extra money in your wallet. Their innovative seafood dishes, Mexican entrees, and sandwiches are just a couple of the items that keep those who eat at Food Dudes coming back for more. If you are a diner on a budget, then make sure you head to Food Dudes on Thursday nights as they offer incredible taco specials. A variety of specialty tacos are available for under $4 that are sure to please your taste buds.

Lucky 12 Tavern

If you are into great food, sports, and a good time with friends, donâ??t miss out on a visit to Lucky 12 Tavern in Nags Head. Unique pub food, pizza, and seafood are what make the menu at this awesome spot stand out from the crowd. In addition to the food, visitors can enjoy one of the many craft beers on tap while catching the game or playing some pool. TVs can be found in every direction at Lucky 12, so ask one of the kind employees to put the game on and relax! The offseason is a great time to visit the restaurant as Wednesday night is half price pizza night, making it a favorite among locals.

Nags Head Woods

The Outer Banks are better known for the beach than heavily wooded areas. However, after one visit to Nags Head Woods, visitors will have a much different appreciation of what nature has to offer in our area. The nature preserve is located on the western edge of northern nags head bordering the sound and is equipped with a variety of trails for visitors to choose from. Take in the wooded, hilly trails and get a breath of fresh air while escaping from your Nags Head vacation rental for a little while. Pay attention to your surroundings while hiking the trails, as it is easy to lose your sense of direction in Nags Head woods! To get to Nags Head woods from the bypass, simply turn onto West Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills and follow that road to the end.

Coquina Beach

Those who are looking for a bit of tranquility during their beach day should look no further than Coquina Beach. Conveniently located between Nags Headâ??s southern town limits and the Bonner Bridge, Coquina Beach offers a special experience as visitors can feel what it was like before there were houses and businesses here on the Outer Banks, all without having to drive to Hatteras Island.

Winks Deli

This classic Kitty Hawk Deli has been serving vacationers and locals alike since 1953. Their daily specials are sure to impress as they are made in a fashion that would make you think they came right out of your grandmaâ??s kitchen! Wraps, sandwiches, desserts, and more can be found at Winks Deli. Give the kitchen at your Outer Banks vacation rental a break and give Winks Deli a try! Winks is located at Milepost 2.5 on the beach road.

Downtown Manteo

Need a quick break from the beach during your stay here on the Outer Banks? If you do then make the quick trip over to Roanoke Island and take a walk around historic Downtown Manteo. The quaint little downtown area features a variety of shops and restaurants that make for a great afternoon activity. Sit and dine at Poor Richards while overlooking the waterfront or grab a beer at Full Moon Café! Downtown Manteo also features their very own movie theatre, Roanoke Island Festival Park, and a variety of shops and galleries.

These â??hidden gemsâ?? of the Outer Banks are just a few of the wonderful businesses and locations that do not get enough credit around our beach. When cruising around the Outer Banks, be sure to keep an eye out for that special location that could be the source of good times for years to come. You may just find a â??hidden gemâ?? of your own! 

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