10 Things to Do This Autumn in The Outer Banks

Autumn is a great time to visit Outer Banks, North Carolina, especially after you finished binging the new season of Netflix’s popular TV show- Outer Banks. While you will not be going on any treasure hunts (that we know of), you will still be able to explore and enjoy our wonderful group of barrier islands, full of great cuisine, recreational activities, state parks, and so much more! Here at Atlantic Realty, our team is eagerly waiting for your arrival and cannot wait to help you plan the best autumn vacation in Outer Banks. We are truly where your barrier island experience begins! Follow our quick guide on the 10 things to do in autumn in the Outer Banks. 

Autumn on the Outer Banks
Fall in Love with the Outer Banks this Autumn
  1. Watch the sunset and eat sticky s’mores during a beach bonfire in Nags Head (beach fires are limited to certain beaches, so make sure to do your research before setting anything aflame) 
  2. Go birding at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, where over 400 migratory birds pass-through
  3. Grab a pint at one of the top Outer Banks breweries to warm up on a breezy autumn night
  4. Treat the family to an autumn Outer Banks lighthouse tour
  5. Swing by in October for the annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival held in Nags Head
  6. Dunk some staple Duck Donuts into a nice cup of joe to fully wake up for your day
  7. Admire the wild horses during a trek through the beaches of Corolla, NC
  8. Dine-in or grab take out from one of Outer Banks locally-owned restaurants
  9. Reel in the various in-season fish during Outer Banks’ autumn shoulder-season
  10. Explore the gorgeous Kitty Hawk Woods (bring some comfortable shoes)

Fall in Love with Outer Banks this Autumn

Atlantic Realty’s knowledgeable staff are ready to help you discover how special autumn can be in Outer Banks. With fewer crowds and traffic, your vacation will truly prove to be relaxing. Treat your entire family to an Outer Banks vacation with Atlantic Realty this autumn! From pet-friendly homes to beachside condos, there is something for everyone when you stay with us. Book your vacation online today- see you soon

An Outer Banks Surfing Guide

On the East Coast, the best place for surfing is the Outer Banks. Our region is known for its renowned waves, which are perfect for any surfer—novice or experienced. Even if you’ve never stepped foot on a surfboard, don’t fear. This year is the best time to come to the Outer Banks to learn! Get settled into our gorgeous barrier islands when you stay with Atlantic Realty, your Outer Banks experts. Follow our Outer Banks surfing guide for all the locally-known tips and tricks. 

Surfer catching a wave
The Outer Banks is known for its surf

Surf Shop Central 

Our local surf shops will help you prepare for an epic day of surfing. Some shops specialize in repairs, gear, and general information on the local surf scene. Swing on by these three shops for all the supplies you need to get started: 

Many local equipment companies even rent and deliver surfboards and other watersports equipment right to your door!

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Top Outer Banks Surfing Spots

Every Outer Banks surfer has their favorite surfing spot. Just keep an eye out for a load of cars and surfboards when driving around our barrier islands—there’s a high chance that’s a surfing hotspot! We’ll go ahead and list some of the more popular locations for visitors and locals alike: 

  • Carova Beach: journey to this remote surfing paradise, home to some Wild Mustangs
  • Duck Pier: enjoy the break at this go-to spot for Northern Outer Banks surfers
  • Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills: surf in the “Laundromats,” but steer clear of the piers
  • Nags Head: come explore arguably one of the Outer Banks’ oldest surf spots

Feel free to ask our staff what surfing spots they recommend. Hang ten! 

Seas the Day with Atlantic Realty 

Atlantic Realty is your Outer Banks expert. From pet-friendly rentals to beachside homes, there is something for everyone in a variety of OBX towns. Our vacation rental portfolio boasts modern amenities, guest perks, and more. Stay near all the best Outer Banks surfing spots when you book with Atlantic Realty. Call us today at 877-858-4795 to check out our availability!

5 Unique Outer Banks Souvenir Shops to Visit This Summer

The North Carolina Outer Banks offers a welcome retreat from overcrowded sidewalks and groups of people. Void of cities, our island community of seaside villages offers a remote Southern charm and sandy shorelines. Summer is one of the best seasons for you to experience all Outer Banks has to offer you and yours! From Corolla to South Nags Head, Atlantic Realty has all your summer beach vacation needs covered with rental accommodations full of modern amenities. No matter your family’s size, budget, or style, you’ll have an amazing time staying in one of our barrier island homes this summer. No one can leave OBX without a keepsake, so we’ve compiled a list of the five most unique Outer Banks souvenir shops—take a peek. 

Find a unique souvenir at the myriad of boutique shops on the OBX.
  1. Absolutely Outer Banks

This OBX souvenir shop has some super cool vibes and eccentric decorations. You’ll love how art and function come together at Absolutely Outer Banks, a shop full of works by local artists. From beachy ornaments to sea glass jewelry, there is something for everyone! Little kids will love taking home a D.I.Y. seahorse painting art kit. Looking for something a bit grown-up? Buy yourself an etched pint glass covered in seashells. 

  1. Outer Banks Box

You’ll never miss Outer Banks with a keepsake from this souvenir shop—where you can get seasonal subscription boxes delivered to your home! Outer Banks Box aims to make sure everyone feels the OBX love, no matter where they are. You’ll always have a home in the Outer Banks during your summer vacations, but feel free to grab some awesome souvenirs, like Kill Devil Rum Balls or a jar of locally made jam. Head on over to their site to get your OBX fix. 

  1. Peanut Shop of Kitty Hawk

If you are a fan of novelty souvenirs, then the Peanut Shop of Kitty Hawk is your Outer Banks souvenir shop. Of course, you’ll find walls of tasty peanuts that come in a variety of flavors. Beyond those funky nuts, the Peanut Shop has seasonal gifts, scented candles, dog treats, and more. The whole family can be decked out in novelty t-shirts or sweaters. With Father’s Day coming up, check out the fantastic home decor and neat gifts made just for dads. Fans of Peanut Shop love how festive the store is and how caring the owners are! 

  1. The Mystic Gift

Described as a fun mix of whimsical and mystical, this Outer Banks souvenir shop is an extension of another shop, the Mystic Jewel. As a family-owned jewelry shop, guests will have a spectacular time searching through artisan creations made of sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones, and more. The Mystic Gift features some creative jewelry made up of alternative metals and minerals. If jewelry isn’t your thing, no worries! They also have some unique books, clever cards, stones, gems, and even some brainy decorative signs.   

  1. seagreen gallery 

Local art is on full display at this quaint Outer Banks souvenir shop. Inside, guests will enjoy all the wonderful gifts, jewelry, prints, and home decor. This shop is a must-visit, where you’ll see all that our island communities have to offer locals and tourists alike. No touristy shirts or mass-produced knickknacks here! The shop’s creative owners have built a gorgeous garden out back, filled with driftwood and art. You’ll want to buy every piece of art and take it home with you! 

Your Outer Banks Adventure Awaits 

There’s no better way to experience Outer Banks than staying at an Atlantic Realty rental accommodation. Your barrier island experience begins when you check in at one of our many vacation rentals. Stay in a luxury oceanfront property or an affordable condo, all equipped with upgraded amenities. Book your OBX stay today!

The Top 3 Breweries in the Outer Banks

It’s time to explore the great Outer Banks’ eccentric breweries. Take in the gusty beach weather while enjoying a fresh brew. Our local breweries pride themselves on providing quality craft ales and lagers. These three breweries in Outer Banks are community staples, and we hope you will check them out during your stay with Atlantic Realty. No matter which part of the island you decide to visit, you will find that these Outer Banks breweries are ideally located for your vacation convenience.

Enjoy the craft beers of the Outer Banks

Outer Banks Brewing Station

Outer Banks Brewing Station is located in Kill Devil Hills, near several Atlantic Realty rentals. This cool brewery is America’s first wind-powered brewpub, with its own windmill on-site. Summer, winter, fall, or spring—you will be treated to delicious seasonal handcrafted brews. Try the “Shazaam Brown”, an easy-going ale for a novice brew enthusiast. If you’re craving some sweet hints, pair their “The Cobbler,” a strawberry peach cider, with homemade hushpuppies. 

Northern Outer Banks Brewing Company

Staying up north? Swing on by Northern Outer Banks Brewing Company in Corolla, a small brewhouse run by Kathleen McNubbins. Here, you will find beer brewed onsite by Kathleen and her husband. You will love their signature Swan Beach Honey Pale Ale or their classic Corolla Lager. If you like small mom-and-pop breweries, this is a good choice for you!

Outer Banks Distilling

Last but not least is Outer Banks Distilling, known for their popular Kill Devil rum. Their motto is “From Molasses To Glasses,” and they were the first legal distillery on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Take a trip to this historic spot in downtown Manteo for some award-winning rums, along with local beer and wine. Their Wheel House Lounge is open Tuesday through Saturday, allowing you the opportunity to relax and sip some tasty mixed drinks.
You now are equipped to have the best brewery experience in Outer Banks! Make sure you book your stay at one of our many Atlantic Realty vacation rentals, from oceanfront views to comfy condos. Check availability now and book online!

Embark on an Outer Banks Horseback Riding Tour

Soak in the beauty of the Atlantic Coast from a different vantage point with an Outer Banks horseback riding tour near your vacation home. Luckily for you, there are plenty of options from which to choose when you make a reservation via Atlantic Realty. Whether you’re looking for a romantic ride on the beach at sunset with your significant other or an unforgettable equestrian family outing, you’re sure to have a fantastic time on an Outer Banks horse tour. 

Outer Banks Horse Riding for All Ages & Comfort Levels

One of the best things about horseback riding tours is that nearly everyone can do it. Most establishments do have age, weight, and height restrictions for the riders’ and horses’ safety but are otherwise inclusive. There’s no prior experience necessary for an equine adventure near your Outer Banks rentals. Choose the tour that best fits your interests and schedule, and treat yourself and your loved ones to a beautiful day on the Atlantic Coast.

Lighthouse Horse Rides 

Open year-round, Lighthouse Horse Rides offers a wide variety of tours, befitting all skill levels and interests. Their expert guides strive for inclusivity in ensuring everyone has a safe and memorable experience; they even offer handicapped accommodations for those who need it. If you don’t see a tour that speaks to you, consider their custom tour option, and build the perfect Outer Banks horseback riding outing. 

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding

If you’re staying in an Outer Banks vacation rental with your family, Hatteras Island Horseback Riding might be the perfect place for you. They specialize in giving family tours, offer family packages, work well with people of all ages, and they’re open year-round. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them about organizing a custom ride for the anniversary or proposal of your dreams. 

Reserve the Perfect Outer Banks House Rental for Your Needs

From romantic retreats to family reunions, Atlantic Realty has the perfect North Carolina rental for your needs. We even have an assortment of specials so that you can get the utmost fun and excitement from your stay in the Outer Banks. To learn more about our fabulous offerings or luxurious vacation rentals, please give us a call at 877-858-4795.

Celebrate the Season with an Outer Banks Vacation

This holiday season, gift your loved ones the present of a lifetime: an Outer Banks vacation at Atlantic Realty. Give thanks, celebrate religious holidays, or ring in the new year with family and friends in your private Outer Banks house rental. While the idea of holiday travel might make you balk, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing getaway to enhance the spirit of the season.

Spend the Holidays with the whole family on the OBX

Initiate an Outer Banks Vacation Tradition

Understandably, most of us hold holiday traditions close to our hearts. However, it’s always good to shake things up from time to time. Cultivate a memorable, seasonal experience and plan an Outer Banks vacation with your loved ones. Just because you’re spending the holidays somewhere new doesn’t mean that all traditions are lost. With the help of the fully-equipped kitchens in our North Carolina rentals, you can still cook up a storm of holiday favorites. 

Indulge in a Stress-Free Holiday at Your Outer Banks Rental

While we all love the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends at holiday get-togethers, it’s no secret that hosting can become a bit stressful. Give up the grief of cleaning this year at our pristine accommodations where there’s enough room for everyone. No having to worry about whether or not you have enough space for your guests, and everyone can pitch in for food. Heck, we even have pet-friendly rentals so that your beloved pooch can join in the fun.

Embark on Area Adventures with Friends & Family

Luckily for you, there is a wide variety of things to do in the Outer Banks. Visit the Elizabethan Gardens, go bird watching at Pea Island, or hit the high seas for a dolphin watching escapade. If you’re the family who loves to get outside and go on adventures, consider our Explore the Shore Guest Program to get some excellent deals and discounts. However, there’s nothing wrong with lounging around your Outer Banks beachfront rental, playing board games, and relaxing with loved ones. 

Your Holiday Getaway Starts at Atlantic Realty

Consider embarking on a road trip for some holiday travel this year and celebrate the season with an Outer Banks vacation. Our beachfront rentals can accommodate groups of nearly any size—from coupe’s retreats to family reunions. We even have a litany of specials, so you’re bound to find outstanding deals on your Outer Banks vacation. For more information on our oceanfront rentals, please give us a call at 877-858-4795. 

Embark on a Tour of the Best Outer Banks Lighthouses

For centuries, the Outer Banks lighthouses have served as a guiding light to seaborne travelers and merchants as they navigate perilous channels. These beacons of hope have become time-honored attractions. So, if you’re looking for things to do in the Outer Banks, embark on a self-guided tour of the best North Carolina lighthouses near your Atlantic Realty vacation rental. 

Bodie Island Lighthouse at Sunset

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse (pronounced “Body”) you see today is the structure’s third iteration. The first commissioned lighthouse in 1837 had been abandoned due to structural issues and repair costs. Another attempt in 1858 became a casualty in the Civil War. After a new construction plan and relocation in the late 19th century, we have the black and white striped, 154-foot lighthouse that stands today. The wetlands surrounding Bodie Island Lighthouse are a popular spot for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Get a bird’s eye view of the North Carolina Outer Banks coastline when you visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Climb to the top of this 162-foot structure, the light from which can be seen from 18 nautical miles. The conservators will gladly answer any questions you have. They even have a free book about this Outer Banks lighthouse, which you can download for free: To Illuminate the Dark Space

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Often overlooked due to this smaller structure, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse quietly sits in a remote location at the east end of the Manteo waterfront. Similar to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse you see today is the third iteration of the structure. Even still, this picturesque beacon has led hundreds of people to safety over the years. Consider going for a stroll along the boardwalk and treating yourself to an exceptional sunset. 

Outer Banks Lighthouses Await Your North Carolina Getaway 

Learning about the rich regional history is one of the highlights of booking an Outer Banks vacation rental. Luckily for you, when you reserve a house or condo via Atlantic Realty, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the top area attractions. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, our diverse selection of North Carolina rentals will satisfy your needs. We even have a litany of exclusive deals so that you can get the most of your coastal retreat. For more information about Outer Banks lighthouses or making a reservation, please give us a call at 877-858-4795. Our resourceful staff is happy to assist you.

Top 5 Autumnal Outer Banks Activities

Spring and fall are the perfect times to visit Atlantic Realty because the temperatures are less hot and humid, and there tend to be fewer people. While crowds have thinned, there’s still a plethora of fantastic autumnal Outer Banks activities to keep you entertained. Treat yourself and your loved ones to our beach house rentals, NC, and a tranquil coastal getaway.

1. Perfect Weather for Beachy Outer Banks Activities 

The average temperature highs during September and October range between 73 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is prime for swimming, hiking, fishing, biking, and other outdoor ventures. If you’ve booked a Nags Head rental, consider hosting a bonfire on the beach. You’ll have to get a permit to do so, but it’s worth it. Roast corn, hot dogs, and marshmallows over a peaceful bonfire while watching the moon rise over calm, Atlantic waves. 

2. Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

Hit up a local pumpkin patch for that authentic autumnal experience. Meander through farms with a hot cider in hand, sign up for an oxen ride, and pick out your favorite pumpkin. You can even make use of your private Outer Banks house rental to paint or carve your pumpkins.  

3. Sip Some Autumnal Outer Banks Brews

While the classic IPA’s of summer are super crisp and refreshing, there’s something comforting about the spiced lagers, ales, Belgians, and porters that hit brewery taps in the fall. Whether you prefer a sweet pumpkin ale or a classic lager, you’re sure to find a brew to your liking at a nearby OBX brewery. There’s a wide variety of price ranges and on-tap selections, so don’t shy away from trying out a few in order to find your favorite. 

4. Check out the Outer Banks Fall Events

Just because the crowds have thinned doesn’t mean there aren’t many local events to partake. It’s quite the opposite! If you love seafood, their Seafood Festival is a must-go Outer Banks activity. Find out what other festivities might pique your interest:

Jockey’s Ridge Kite Festival

5. Dune Climbing at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Autumn is the perfect time of year to take on the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. They’re much easier to climb when the sun doesn’t burn as hot, and you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views. Plus, the park is open all day, so the possibility of bumping into other tourists is slim. 

Your Ideal Fall Getaway Awaits at Our OBX Vacation Rentals

Plan the perfect autumnal vacation at our Outer Banks house rentals via Atlantic Realty. Take advantage of the local festivities, gorgeous weather, and our fall getaway specials. To learn more about seasonal Outer Banks activities, or to make a reservation, please give us a call at 877-858-4795.