Celebrate the Holidays with Atlantic Realty OBX

This year, make the holidays an unforgettable time by celebrating them in OBX with Atlantic Realty. A beach vacation is always a fun time, but it gets increasingly fun when you come down during the holiday season! Atlantic Realty offers families, friends, and everyone with beautiful vacation accommodations throughout the Outer Banks community. From Corolla down to South Nags Head, you will get your bang for your buck at our OBX vacation homes. With your family’s size, style, and budget in mind, we are excited to offer you some tips and tricks for celebrating the holidays with Atlantic Realty. Keep reading for more! 

Spend the holidays on the Outer Banks!

Seasons Greetings at Your OBX Holiday Vacation

There are year-round holiday celebrations in the Outer Banks, but for now, we’ll focus on the fall and winter seasons. Every month, there are holiday celebrations suited for families, lovers, friends, and all. Locals and tourists alike love staying in OBX because of the strong sense of community our towns provide to all. 

For Thanksgiving, you can rest assured that your Atlantic Realty vacation home will be your home away from home. Our vacation homes and condos are all completely equipped with furnished kitchens, so you’ll be able to plan and cook a brilliant holiday meal. Incorporate these authentic North Carolina recipes into your Thanksgiving meal. We provide dishes, glassware, and silverware so you don’t have to worry about bringing anything but your loved ones, recipe ingredients, and an enormous appetite! If you don’t want to cook for yourself (you are on vacation, by the way), check out the ten best Outer Banks restaurants that offer takeout. It will make your holiday vacation extremely unique and relaxing if you are wondering what all you need to bring during your OBX holiday stay, check out our helpful What To Bring page. 

If you want to celebrate Christmas and other related holidays, you will also be in the right place! We all know how stressful gift shopping can be, but when you are in OBX, you’ll be amazed at the ease and convenience our local shops offer locals and tourists alike. Come Christmas morning, there’ll be a bounty of unique surprises under the tree—you’ll have to bring your own tree. After grabbing some gifts, attend Winter Lights, the Outer Bank’s top holiday tradition. Inside, you’ll be able to stroll along several illuminated walkways of the Elizabethan Gardens. Hang out with Santa at Kitty Hawk Kites; this event is free. Check out some of the past Christmas and New Year’s events here, but be aware that some attractions may be closed, canceled, or experiencing shortened hours of operation. 

Celebrate Your OBXmas with Atlantic Realty

Here at Atlantic Realty, we believe your barrier island experience begins when you check in to one of our OBX vacation accommodations. We have a selective portfolio of affordable Outer Banks homes, from oceanfront luxury properties to quaint condos. You’ll be right at home during your OBX holiday vacation. Book your stay with us online today

Get Ready for a Spooktacular OBX Fall Vacation

Head down OBX this fall and stay with Atlantic Realty for exclusive vacation amenities and specials! The entire family will have a great, spooktacular OBX fall vacation as our barrier island community takes all things spooky, family, and fall-related very seriously. Since we are located on the southern East Coast, you will still enjoy nice weather and beautiful beach breezes. Who doesn’t want a beach vacation during the fall! We have compiled a comprehensive list of all the OBX fall things to do this year: 

Plan your Fall Outer Banks Vacation today.

OBX Halloween and Fall Celebrations

Halloween on the North Carolina Outer Banks will undoubtedly be one to remember! Our barrier island towns are full of rich history, lore, and ghost tales. There is something for everyone to enjoy when you visit in the fall. Our beautiful state is home to one of America’s first “unsolved mysteries”: the vanishing 1587 settlement of Roanoke. In addition to that tantalizing historic event, we also have several less terrifying sights and activities, including shipwreck artifacts, pumpkin patches, and more. Check out this list of all the OBX Halloween and fall celebrations and sights:

Please note most businesses and activities are operating at limited capacity and times of operation. Make sure to call in advance of your visit. Atlantic Realty has a fantastic Fun N Sun Pass, which offers our guests exclusive access and discounts to several local attractions, businesses, and events. Call us at (877) 858-4795 for more information! 

Plan Your Fall OBX Fall Vacation Today

Here at Atlantic Realty, we are dedicated to helping you find the perfect OBX vacation rental, no matter your preferred location, family size, or budget! Our friendly staff will know all the best OBX fall and Halloween things to do during your visit- just ask. Experience the OBX barrier islands like never before, whether it’s your first visit or you’re a returning guest. Book your stay with us online today!

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!

4 Craft Cocktails to Enjoy in Your Outer Bank Beach Rental

Indulging in a delicious craft cocktail recipe is a great way of “coastal distancing.” It allows travelers to have fun at their own pace. Of course, Outer Banks is known for bars that sell some amazing craft cocktails. Thus, let us discuss which craft cocktail recipes that you can sample and enjoy in your private Outer Banks beach rental.

“Coastal Distance” with a craft cocktail you can make at home

Agave Roja

If you are craving a margarita, then Agave Roja is the place to start. Their craft cocktail recipes are spot-on and a must-try this summer season. They make margaritas with fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can order their Signature Margarita Mix by the pint or quart and enjoy the mix with tequila in your Outer Banks beach rental for some “coastal distancing!” 

Chili Peppers Coastal Grill & Pupuseria

Summer means fresh fruits and fruit cocktails. Head to Chili Peppers Coastal Grill & Pupuseria for some delicious and fresh Orange Crush. They make these drinks in many other flavors, like peach, mango, strawberry, and raspberry. Chili Peppers will even customize your order to-go!

NC Coast Grill and Bar

NC Coast Grill and Bar is known for its eclectic menu, which features craft cocktails, beer, and exceptional food. What’s more, is that now you can take away some of their signature craft cocktails. Their Bloody Mary mixes and mimosas are spot-on. 

Ocean Boulevard 

This upscale eatery and martini bar has been around for quite some time now. Ocean Boulevard offers upscale and casual dining at their restaurant too. But, you can also take any drink to-go. Their martinis are definitely something to try as they are just delicious!
Now that you know where to sample some of the best craft cocktail recipes, you can figure out your stay at Outer Banks. Opt for Atlantic Realty, which offers vacation rentals and oceanfront luxury properties. You can check availability online at Atlantic Realty.

10 Best Outer Banks Restaurants that Offer Takeout

The barrier islands located off the coast of North Carolina make for the perfect summer vacation. Sun, sand, and beaches, the Outer Banks has everything you can ask for. This quintessential holiday destination also has an amazing range of restaurants that you can choose from during your stay at Atlantic Realty. Let us explore some of the best Outer Banks restaurants that offer takeout.

Outer Banks Restaurants are offering takeout options for visitors

  1. NC Coast Grill & Bar

One of the newest restaurants in Duck, NC Coast Grill & Bar not only offers takeout (with online ordering) but also is currently offering indoor dining with 50% capacity. Take in the amazing water views and experience the chef-driven, fresh, and fit coastal cuisine. As an Atlantic Realty partner, NC Coast Grill & Bar offers free desserts to Atlantic Realty guests as part of our Fun N Sun Pass program. Just mention this promo and enjoy!

2. Argyle’s Restaurant

The perfect place for a wholesome breakfast or lunch, Argyle’s Restaurant is a farm-to-table restaurant serving fresh local seafood and an exciting range of entrees, too. 

3. Mulligan’s Grille

Mulligan’s Grille and Restaurant is located in the historic cottage row area of Nags Head (just past Jockey’s Ridge) and offers a wide variety of entrees sure to please the entire family’s palate (including pets). Their unique outdoor dining deck is pet friendly and Mulligan’s offers a complimentary dog meal with the purchase of an adult meal as part of Atlantic Realty’s Fun N Sun Pass Program.

4. Ashley’s Espresso Parlour

This cute coffee shop is a popular hangout in the area. Ashley’s Espresso Parlour is known for hand-roasted coffee beans and excellent brews.

5. Avenue Waterfront Grille

This fantastic Outer Banks restaurant has a nice casual vibe and serves some of the best seafood in the area. Avenue Waterfront Grille offers chef-prepared dishes for shellfish lovers, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free eaters alike. 

6. Bad Bean Baja Grill

If you are looking for a casual place to have lunch, Bad Bean Baja Grill is it. They serve fantastic tacos, quesadillas, salads, and every other Mexican food you can dream of.

7. Barrier Island Bagels

Located at the Marketplace Shopping Center, Barrier Island Bagels serves some of the best bagels. You can also have some Acai Bowls and Homemade Smoothies if you like. Their bagels are never frozen and always fresh.

8. Bros Sandwich Shack

Bros Sandwich Shack is a restaurant owned by brothers who make some of the best food in the Outer Banks. You know a place has good food when they have a line of people waiting outside on the door every day for their fresh homemade burgers, pickles, and ranch dressing.

9. Freshfit Cafe

If you are on a diet, but still want to enjoy some delicious food, Freshfit Cafe is the place for you. This is a nutrition-oriented and health-focused cafe which fresh and balanced breakfasts and lunches.

10, Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe

Offering some great beer brews, Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe is one of the best hangout beer places in the area. The food is also diverse and fresh & it never fails to disappoint.

Enjoy the Best Outer Banks Restaurants at Atlantic Realty

Enjoy dishes from the best Outer Banks restaurants near your North Carolina rental at Atlantic Realty. You’re in for an unforgettable family getaway experience at our oceanfront vacation homes. For more information, check availability online

Top 3 Wild Horse Tours in the OBX

When was the last time you saw a wild horse? Most people have become accustomed to seeing these magnificent creatures at petting zoos, fairs, and parades. However, you can go on wild horse tours in the OBX and witness them in their natural habitat when you book an OBX rental at Atlantic Realty

The wild Spanish Mustangs of Corolla roam the beaches freely.

Why Book a Wild Horse Tour in the OBX?

If you’ve seen one horse, you’ve seen them all, right? Well, not quite. The Corolla wild horses are unlike any other domesticated horse you’ve seen. When you book an OBX wild horse tour, their guides will know all the best and safest places to appreciate these teams of stallions, mares, and foals. Plus, you’re bound to see other natural wildlife in the area and learn a thing or two about their history. If you’re interested in booking a tour, here are the top three guides near your Outer Banks condo rental: 

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

Feel the salt wind in your hair and traverse dunes in Wild Horse Adventure Tours open-air hummers. You’ll have exclusive access to the Wild Horse Sanctuary, witness spectacular sights, and get the inside scoop on the lore of these descendants of Wild Spanish Mustangs. 

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

Learn local history and visit fantastic sites with Corolla Wild Horse Tours. They have over 20 years of experience, and specialize in guided family tours, perfect for children of all ages. This two-and-a-half-hour trip will take you across 25-miles of off-road riding, where you’ll see wild horses in small harems scattered across 7,500 acres. 

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

Hop in an open-air safari truck and get ready to venture the Outer Banks, NC, with Back Beach Wild Horse Tours. Another family-friendly establishment, Back Beach Wild Horse Tours, promises marvelous sights of horse harems, fun facts, and an excellent time. Their crew knows how to entertain and keep their group engaged—whether their posse includes young kiddos or seasoned travelers. 

OBX Wild Horses & Adventure Await

The wild horse in Corolla, NC, are among the top attractions of the area. Consider taking advantage of this once in a lifetime experience when you reserve an Outer Banks house. Please call us at 877-858-4795 if you have additional questions about horses at Corolla or would like to make a reservation. 

The Best OBX Dolphin Tours

The Best OBX Dolphin Tours

Who doesn’t love a beachside vacation? Your toes wiggling in the soft sand, watching gorgeous oceanic sunrises, sunsets, and marvelous marine life. Our Outer Banks vacation rentals at Atlantic Realty are perfect for outdoor, aquatic adventures. Whether you’re vacationing with your partner, family, or friend group, consider going on a dolphin tour in the OBX.

Dolphin Tours are a fun Outer Banks experience for the whole family

What to Expect from Your OBX Dolphin Tour

Embark on a nautical adventure near our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals. Outer Banks dolphin tours will show you all manner of marine life you wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise. Learn interesting facts about the area, snap a few Instagram-worthy photos of some friendly dolphins, and bond with your loved ones under the warm sun. 

Captain Johnny’s Outer Banks Dolphin Tours

Join Captain Stuart Wescott for the cruise of a lifetime. Choose between a morning, afternoon, and sunset OBX dolphin tour options. If you’re looking for a romantic evening out on the water, we recommend choosing their Sunset Dolphin Cruise. 

Harbor Star Dolphin Tours

If you’re looking for a dolphin tour in the OBX that the whole family will love, consider booking a cruise with Harbor Star Dolphin Tours. Spend a spectacular couple of hours watching bottlenose dolphins as they show off their best moves. If you’re a fishing family, you might also want to look at the fishing charters they offer at this establishment.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch

You’re in for a unique ecotour experience when you book a cruise with Nags Head Dolphin Watch. Local biologists lead these tours, so they’ll be available to answer any questions you may have about the wildlife. In addition to seeing bottle-nosed dolphins and other marine creatures, you’ll have an inside look at how scientists conduct their research. The Nags Head Dolphin Watch cruise is perfect for those who love marine biology or have kiddos who love science.

The Best Outer Banks House Rentals for the Family

Treat your family to the best North Carolina oceanfront getaway at Atlantic Realty. Our cozy vacation rentals can accommodate groups of most sizes. We even have pet-friendly rentals so that you can bring your beloved pooch. You’ll also have easy access to numerous Outer Banks attractions, like OBX dolphin tours. Please call us at 877-858-4795 to make a reservation.