7 Reasons a Vacation Rental is Better Than a Hotel

It’s been said before; a house isn’t a hotel. But what does that actually mean? In this article, we’ll take you through the true meaning of that expression so you can see that houses truly are a better choice for your Outer Banks vacation. 

1.  Homes Are Made For Living   

The biggest difference between a house and a hotel is that hotels are made for sleeping, not living. So while it’s true a hotel will give you a cozy place to sleep, there’s no room for family game night, no place to set out a puzzle. No way to watch a movie on a large screen while the family’s gathered around, no way to cook a family feast. And of course in a hotel, all the amenities, such as the pool and the hot tub, are full of strangers.

However, none of that is true with a house. Many vacation homes feature private pools, hot tubs and sun and shade decks galore.  The only people you have to share with are your loved ones. And there is plenty of room for family meals, movies, puzzles, games relaxation and so much more. Houses aren’t just made for sleeping, but rather for relaxing and living.  

2.  Location

Hotels are the Outer Banks are limited in both type and location. If you were staying in a hotel, you’d be confined to a small, commercial part of the Outer Banks, rather than being able to discover the quaint towns and villages that make the OBX so special. Homes are located all over the Outer Banks, from South Nags Head to Corolla. Therefore, all you have to do is find your favorite town, and choose a house there to experience the true personality or “vibe” of the area. 

3.  Homes Take Pets

True, there are some hotels that take pets, but they are few and far between. Fortunately, Atlantic Realty has many homes that will take your entire family, including the 4 legged kind.  They’ll love soaking up the sun on the decks and taking in the sights.  And, with plenty of room to play inside and out, it’s sure to be a good time!

4. You Have Your Own Kitchen 

The biggest difference between a hotel and a house is the kitchen. All homes have one, but few hotels do. Kitchens are great for breakfast, snacks, and family dinners. They are also the best for heating up last night’s leftovers from your favorite restaurant.

When you have a kitchen available, you’ll not only save time but also money with so many meal options. 

5. Homes Are Less Expensive

At first glance, it looks like homes are more expensive than hotels. But when you actually crunch the numbers, youâ??ll discover nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, the average home costs about $3,000 for a week, but letâ??s look at that number closer.

Obviously, youâ??re getting more square feet with a house than a hotel. Youâ??re even getting a full kitchen in every home. Many homes also have access to washer/dryers. Any of these things can save you a substantial amount of money. And we havenâ??t even talked about the per person rate yet.

A hotel expects double occupancy and charges you accordingly. If you bring three of more people in the same room, not only will you be crowded, but you will usually have to pay an extra fee for every extra person. Thatâ??s not how it works with a house. Houses are set up to sleep a certain number of people; anywhere from 6-80. So when you divide the number of people in your family by the final price, it actually comes out less expensive per person per night than a hotel.  Once you add in the other amenities, you can see how you come out ahead with a vacation home over a hotel every time.


6.  More Privacy

We touched on this briefly in the last point, but now itâ??s time to investigate it deeper. Hotels are basically bedrooms possibly with a small sitting area. However, houses are so much more. A â??houseâ?? can be anything from a 2 bedroom condo to a 28 room mansion. They have kitchens, living rooms, dining areas and decks. Some even have “extras” like additional dens, game rooms, screened in porches, and a lot more. This guarantees your family will have plenty of room to spread out and be themselves. After all, togetherness is great, but having your own space to relax is even better and makes for a more peaceful vacation.

There are many more reasons a house is not a hotel, and these are just a few. But thereâ??s no doubt about it, a house provides a better bang for your buck than any hotel ever could. Do you know what else isn’t like a hotel? How fast homes fill up. Unlike a large hotel chain, each home is unique, and once itâ??s booked for your week, another one won’t just â??pop upâ??. Thatâ??s why itâ??s best to book your home early to guarantee availability and the best vacation ever.


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Things to Do with a Large Group

The Outer Banks is made for families! It’s a great place for family reunions, birthday and anniversary celebrations, weddings, and all kinds of events where you can just get together with your large group. Of course, if your family is exceptionally large, say 45 people or more, then it can be difficult finding something you can all do together aside from meeting at the beach. This article will show 10 different things you can do with your exceptionally large group.

Hang Around The House 

Of course, the most important thing for your large gathering is to make sure you have a house that fits all of you, or at least as many as possible. Our largest home, the Pine Island Lodge, sleeps 80. The two homes next to it, Crew Quarters and Knot Home, can sleep 40 each. So there’s a home large enough to keep your entire group under one roof.   Inside there are extra-large porches, private gyms, pools, outdoor dining areas, games rooms, movie rooms and more. So even if you never leave the house, you still have plenty to do.  If that doesn’t sound like it will work for your crew, we also have several individual homes near each other or even condos in the same complex so your family and friends can be together without having to be together all the time! 

Rent Out The Crystal Dawn

The Crystal Dawn, is a head boat that sits over 97 people comfortably. That makes it the perfect boat for your family to rent for a fun filled day of sightseeing, fishing, exploring, partying, or whatever else you want to do at ‘sea’. Don’t worry, you’re in the Sound, so not really “at sea” at all. But it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Arrange For A Private Tastes and Tales Tour

Outer Banks Tastes and Tales feature storytelling tours or taste tours (can be liquor or food related) in Downtown Manteo. You’ll hear local legends and tales of pirates. Alternately, you can sample the Outer Banks wines, craft brews, or dining experiences. If you’d rather have an experience at the house, that’s fine too. A ‘pirate’ will come to your house to regal you with campfire tales of all sorts.

Host Your Own Slush Or Froyo Party 

There’s nothing like an ice cold treat on a hot day. But did you know you can bring the frozen treat party directly to your house? It’s true. Both Outer Bank Frozen Yogurt and OBX Sunset Slush do private parties. They take care of everything with a variety of flavors for all tastes,  so the only question you have to decide is slush or froyo?

Sanctuary Vineyards Wine Tasting 

This event is for the over 21 crowd. Sanctuary Vineyards has won awards for their fabulous scuppernong grape wine. And the best part is, they do tastings. You can contact them to arrange a private tasting where you’ll sample Chardonnay, Red blends, dessert wines, Muscadine, Rosé, and more. You can even take a tour of the vineyards and winery. It’s a not to be missed event.

The Lost Colony 

Now in its 81st year, the Lost Colony is a spectacular display of history, storytelling and pageantry. It has plenty of seats for all, and you can arrange for a private backstage tour before the show. Contact them to find out more and see how all the magic works.

Photo Booth

Sure, you could have a photographer come to your house or meet you on the beach. But if you’re looking for a great time as well as some pictures, then rent a Photo Booth. It’s an old fashioned photo booth where people crowd in and get four pictures on a strip. Props are provided and your whole family will have a blast going and out of the booth with different people and props. Nothing says memories like photos. They are the best souvenirs ever.

Go On A Horse Tour

The wild horses of the Outer Banks have been here for over 500 years. Still, they can be rather elusive unless you know where to find them, and the professionals at Back Country Outfitters do.  Call them to arrange one for large group and see these majestic beauties in their natural environment. You’ll also be treated to the ‘back roads’ of the Outer Banks that few people get to see. It’s what memories are made of.

Festival Park

Designed for large groups, Festival Park is a great way to get immersive in history. Best of all, they do private tours. This gives you the option of just ‘dropping in’ or arranging something special in advance. From the 16th century life sized replica ship to the Native American Village, to the colonial settlement, to the costumed interpreters, it’s the best way to get ‘lost’ in history. 

Roanoke Island Aquarium

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island serves hundreds of visitors a day, so it’s designed for large groups. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. If you’re looking for a more immersive aquarium experience, ask about their private experience packages. The aquarium offers everything from fish printing and behind the scenes tours to crabbing, nature walks, animal encounters and ‘sleeping with the sharks,’ a slumber party in front of the shark tank where your group gets the entire aquarium to yourselves for the entire night.

Rent Stella, The Outer Banks Trolley 

Stella the Trolley is best way to see the Outer Banks in style. She’s beautiful with hand carved wooden seats, a pure white exterior, and windows galore. Stella is  wonderful for unique pictures, and whether she’s taking to you your wedding, to dinner, or on a sightseeing tour, she’s a sight to behold that will truly turn heads. Your family will feel like royalty when cruising the Outer Banks in your own trolley car.

Have A Big Screen At Home Movie Night

True, you could go to the traditional theater, but where’s the fun in that? Did you know you can rent inflatable outdoor movie screens that you can use at home?  Set up lawn chairs and watch them on the lawn or the beach. Buy or rent inner tubes and have your own ‘in the water’ movie night creature feature where you float around in your home’s private pool and watch a ‘creature in the water’ movie. Pop lots of popcorn, have drinks, snacks, and ice cream, and make family memories that will last decades.


The fun you can have with your group on vacation is endless and the memories you create will get talked about for years!  Start planning your group’s Outer Banks vacation today by giving one of our helpful vacation planners a call at 800-334-8401.  Whether you have a group of 8 or 80, we have something to fit your size, style and vacation budget! 


Vacationing with a Group

Atlantic Realty has homes to fit every family size, style and budget!  From 1 and 2 bedrooms condos for a couples getaway, to large Event Homes that sleep over 40 to everything in between, we are sure to have the perfect home for you! 

Have you ever thought about celebrating a milestone birthday, family reunion, anniversary or even a wedding on the Outer Banks?  If so, we can help with our group vacation homes. 

If you’ve never been on a group vacation before, it can seem overwhelming to vacation with that many people. (80 people can fit in our new largest house.) so with that in mind, we’re going to show you how to vacation on the Outer Banks in a large group.


The secret to having a great vacation with a large group is communication. You need to make sure your group has a similar communication style and is willing to hear out the other. Once the communication breaks down, the arguments start. However, by keeping the lines of communication open, you can have fun with your friends and family.  A group text or family email chain is a great way to share ideas, plan meal schedules and activities, and build excitement for your upcoming vacation. 

Making Sure Your Home Is Large Enough

With large groups, you not only want to make sure the home has enough beds and parking spaces, but plenty of places for one group to ‘go off on their own’ and get their own space. Homes designed for large groups have many little nooks, special rooms, and small dens to make sure people can congregate where they choose for a maximum amount of fun (and have peace and quiet when they need it).

Choosing Your Bedrooms 

When it comes to bedding in large houses, you have a myriad of choices from King Masters to Bunk Bedrooms. Decide before your arrival how the bedroom situation will be handled. Do the kids get split into girls and boy’s bunkrooms? Do Mom and Dad or the grandparents get the room on the highest level? Will bedrooms be doled out on a first come first serve basis? In most cases, the person’s who made the reservation and planned the trip has first pick of the bedrooms, and everyone’s good with that.  Be sure to check out the home’s Truplace Floorplan to see exactly where each bedroom is located and what type of bedding and furniture is inside.  The tour is a great way to get famililar with your vacation home before you get here! 

Activities; Group vs. Self

Large groups have their own ideas of what fun is. This is another place where communication comes in handy. Are you going to do many activities together or just a few? Will you meet for a meal every day or just once in a while? Does someone want to see horses while someone else wants to go to the waterpark? All those vacations can work out just fine, just make sure to communicate  expectations before you go. 

The Fun N Sun Pass 

Of course, every one of our homes comes with a complementary Fun N Sun pass. This entitles you to one free ticket per activity per day. The passes can be shared, but they can only be used for an activity once per day. For example, Dad can go golfing, while the teens can go To The Escape Room, the grandparents see the wild horses, and at night, you can go fishing off the Outer Banks Pier (and dine over the beach). And tomorrow, you can do it all again. 

The Waterpark 

We’d be remiss if we didnâ??t’ mention H2OBX, the biggest waterpark to hit the Outer Banks. Discount tickets are available for all Atlantic Realty guests though our special link. Check out the “house package” — purchase 10 adult tickets to H2OBX and get 2 FREE — this package is perfect for a large family or group of guests who want to visit the park.  With two wave pools (large and small) a separate small children’s area, a lazy river, a Flo Rider, and slides that range from intermediate to “I can’t believe you’re going on that,” the waterpark has something for everyone to enjoy. (They even have a great food an drink selection, including adult beverages).   If you’re going with a very large group, you’ll also want to consider getting a cabana. These large canopies are perfect for a day at the park!  There’s plenty of comfortable seating in the shade, wait staff to take care of your food and drink needs, and the deluxe cabanas even provide TVs for when the littles ones need to take a break. 


With a little advanced planning, vacationing with a large group on the Outer Banks can be a rewarding experience that makes for a lifetime of happy memories. Contact one of our friendly reservationists if you’d like to know more about planning a vacation or family event here! 


Outer Banks After Dark

The Outer Banks is a great place to have fun during the day. With the wide variety of activities including the laser tag, horse tours, dolphins tours, museums, and of course the watersports and beaches. But, what about at night? Are there things you can do at night besides mini golf and movies?

The answer to that is a resounding YES. There is an assortment of activities you can do after dark that is fun for the whole family or just adults! 


Ghost Tours

Some folks say the Outer Banks is haunted. I donâ??t know if that’s true, but there certainly are a lot of ghost stories in the area. From the tale of Blackbeard’s headless body circling Maynard’s ship in Ocracoke, the Cora Tree of Frisco, the Beast of Trent Woods, to the white doe of Roanoke and the Lost Colony itself, there are plenty of scary stories (with a little bit of history) to keep you delightfully entertained on a balmy summer evening. The tour takes place in Downtown Manteo for the walking part of it and makes a stop at the Pioneer Theatre (the oldest family owned theater in the country) for popcorn. The tour is suitable for all ages as long as you and your kids like scary stories.  The Ghost Tour is one of our Explore the Shore Partners, which means Atlantic Realty guests can get a discount.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

“You’ll die laughing”. Now in its 5th year, the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is fun for all ages. More satiracal than scary, the story unfolds between the four course dinner and you have to figure out ‘whodunit’. Audience participation is common and everyone has a great time. At the end of the performance, prizes are given out for a correct answer (all the right answers go in a bowl and are drawn by lot) but also the funniest answer. So if you have no idea who did it, make something up. You might win anyway. The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is also one of our Explore The Shore partners, so discounts are available for Atlantic Realty guests. 


Lost Colony

The Lost Colony is America’s longest running outdoor drama. It tells the story of the original colonists that came over from England in 1587 and mysteriously vanished. The only clue were the words ‘Croatan’, carved into a tree. This play teaches the history of these doomed colonists in a fun, educational way. There’s dancing, music, pageantry, pyrotechnics, and more. Many famous actors, such as Terrance Mann and Andy Griffith even got their start right here. Itâ??s a show you don’t want to miss!   Be sure to use your Atlantic Realty Fun N Sun pass to get one free adult admission. 



The Coast of North Carolina is home to the very last red wolves in the world. Soon, the species will most likely go extinct, but this is your chance to see them, or at the very least hear them. At the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, the rangers do ‘Howlings,’ this unique experience is where you head into the woods after dark in places where the red wolves have been spotted and howl at them. They’ll howl back and you’ll have a ‘conversation’. Sometimes, you might even get so see a red wolf. This is an adventure you and your children will remember forever. To learn more about the Red Wolf Howlings, visit the National Park Service’s website


Ghost Crabbing

This is the best, low cost family fun there is. All you need is a night, a flashlight, and maybe a phone. All you have to do is go to the beach at night, shine the light on the sand and keep sweeping the beam until you seeâ?¦a ghost crab. Now, obviously, it’s not really a ghost, but it is a white crab that blends into the sand so perfectly it can seemingly disappear like a ghost. (hence the name.) Snap its picture and then find another one. Kids and adults alike love ghost crabbing.  It’s an Outer Banks tradition. 



The Outer Banks Comedy Club

The Outer Banks is home to the longest running seasonal comedy club in the country. Many famous comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carry, and Ray Romano got their start right here. It’s your chance to see some truly great “up and coming” comedians before they hit it big. You can even order drinks and appetizers to enjoy during the show. We recommend this activity for adults only due to the PG 13 comedic material of some of the shows.

‘Clubbing’ Outer Banks style

It’s true that the Outer Banks doesn’t have traditional “night clubs”. However, what we do have is local bands playing at a variety of restaurants where you can get food and drinks–some are even outdoors!  This is clubbing Outer Banks style, and like everything else, it’s laid back. So, dress as casual as you please, (you’re on vacation after all,) pick a restaurant with an interesting sounding band and dance and enjoy the night away! 


There are many great restaurants on the Outer Banks, but TRiO is an experience in itself. What makes it so different? The unique way the wine is served, of course!   It all starts with buying a wine card. Then you can go around to various wine vending machines and get a quarter glass, half glass or full glass of over a dozen different wines. This is your chance to try wines that you normally have to buy a bottle to try. So, enjoy your very own “wine tasting” and find that new favorite brand to take home! 

Wine and Paint Parties

Who says crafts are just for kids? Certainly not Hang 12, one of Atlantic Realty’s Explore the Shore partners. This establishment offers an evening Wine and Paint Party. What kind of wine? Well, whatever you bring, it’s a bring-your-own-wine party, sharing optional. While you’re making new friends, drinking good wine and having a great time, you’re also making great art. The teacher’s by step-by-step structure shows you how to paint things like mermaids, your pet, the beach and many other things. You’re sure to leave the party with a wonderful piece of art and even better memories.

Night Fishing

You’ve probably tried fishing during the day, but have you ever tried fishing at night? Yes, you can fish at night. In fact, the fish often bite better, a secret commercial fisherman have known for years. You can fish from the surf or from one of the many piers. In fact, if you pick a pier like The Outer Banks Pier, (one of our Fun N Sun partners) you can drink and food to stay fueled from the bar-on-the-beach.

The fun doesn’t stop just because the sun sets. Though the sidewalks do roll up early on most things on the Outer Banks, there are still plenty of things to do after dark whether you’re in a family or in group of friends. Either way, you’re bound to have a great time and make memories to last forever.


What are you waiting for?  Let’s plan your next Outer Banks Vacation!! 





Vacation Your Way

In response to our guests’ ever changing travel needs, Atlantic Realty is proud to introduce the Vacation Your Way Program.  Curious to know what it is and how it works?  Read our Frequently Asked Questions Article to find out!

What is “Vacation Your Way”?

Traditionally, vacation rental homes on the Outer Banks are only available for full week stays that start on Saturday or Sunday.  We get so many requests for short stays that we designed a program to meet those needs!  Homes in the Vacation Your Way Program allow you the flexibility to check in when you want and stay as long as you want. 


How far in advance can I book a Vacation Your Way reservation?

As early as you want!  Vacation Your Way homes accept partial week rentals year round.  We recommend you book as early as possible as this limited number of homes with this unique booking model are very popular!  Short stays with any arrival days are available year round so you can book a Summer Weekend or Holiday Weekend right now — no waiting until last minute to see what’s left! 


Is there a minimum night stay?

Vacation Your Way Homes have a minimum night stay of 2 nights.  However, you can stay 3 nights, 4 nights, or whatever your family needs. 


Do I have to check in on Saturday or Sunday?

No.  One of the best things about Vacation Your Way homes is the flexible arrival day.  You can check in on a Tuesday or a Friday — whatever works for you!


Are there Vacation Your Way Houses with Pools?

Yes.  Several of the Vacation Your Way Homes have private pools, hot tubs, Game Rooms and more.  And don’t forget, All Atlantic Realty homes come with the Fun N Sun Pass Program which offers Free activities such as golf, a sunset cruise, wild horse safari, and more each and every day of your stay! 


Are there Vacation Your Way Homes that are Pet Friendly?

Yes.  Many of the Vacation Your Way homes are pet friendly. 


How many homes are in the Vacation Your Way Program?

Right now, there are several homes in the program and we are adding new ones all the time.  This program is growing because families are finding it harder and harder to commit to a full week’s vacation with their busy schedules. 

So, find some time for your family and friends  to get away and plan your Outer Banks vacation in a Vacation Your Way home today!

5 Tips for Booking your Next Outer Banks Vacation

Planning a family vacation may seem like a daunting task with trying to include all of the things you want to see and do on your trip.  Here are 5 tips to get the most out of your next OBX vacation — and save a little money along the way! 


1.  Book Earlyâ??The best homes book up early, so itâ??s important to start your home search as early as you can.  Make a list of the â??must-haveâ?? amenities, location, and party size to get started.  Take advantage of the Early Booking Discounts.  

2.  Flexible Payment Plans â?? Another advantage of booking early (besides getting the home you want) is the ability to use the Flexible Payment Plan to budget your vacation payments.  You can book with as little as 25% down and then make monthly payments with no interest and no fees for using your credit card or debit card. 

3.  Specials and Discounts â?? You can save even more on your Outer Banks vacation by utilizing the year round Specials and Discounts offered.  Being an Educator, over age 65, or a Local Hero including Military, Police, Fire, and EMS will get you an additional 10% Savings on participating homes.  All thatâ??s needed to qualify is proof of service which is usually just a copy of your ID.    

4.  Plan Activities â?? Once youâ??ve found the perfect home, the fun part of the vacation planning begins.  Experience all of the activities the Outer Banks has to offer with our Fun N Sun Activities Program and Explore the Shore Discount Program.  The Fun N Sun Program entitles guests to one free participating activity each and every day of their stay.  Play a round of golf, take a wild horse safari, explore the Elizabethan Gardens, and more â?? for FREE!  The Fun N Sun Program is a value of over $400 per day of your vacation.  The Explore the Shore Discount Program offers savings on OBX restaurants, shops, and even more activities. 

Donâ??t forget about the OBXâ??s newest attraction â?? H2OBX Waterpark!  Atlantic Realty guests Save even more by purchasing tickets directly from our site with our exclusive guest discount.  This amazing water park is a â??Must Doâ?? on your next Outer Banks vacation.  Your family will not be disappointed in the variety of water slides, wave pools, lazy river, good food and drinks, and friendly staff that H2OBX Waterpark provides. 

5.  Relax â?? Now that the hard part is over, itâ??s time to relax and count down the days to your Outer Banks Vacation!  


Let’s Get Started!  Begin your Outer Banks Vacation Search Here!  

Want to Squeeze an Extra Day Out of Your Vacation?

From 4pm on check-in day to 10am of check out day, your Summer vacations seems like the shortest week of the year.  There’s never enough time to do everything you want to do, and the week just feels like it flies by!

That’s why we’re going to share with you a way to squeeze an extra day out of your vacation, courtesy of H2OBX.  

Repeat visitors to the Outer Banks know that the traffic on Route 158 is the worst between 9:30am-7:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays due to the large number of families trying to get to the OBX and start their vacation. If you arrive on the OBX too early trying to beat the traffic, you have to find something to do for several hours before your vacation home is clean and ready for you to move in.  If you arrive too late, you feel like you’ve wasted a whole day of your precious vacation time traveling!

We have the solution for you!  Instead of sitting in traffic, why not sit in the shade under an umbrella while the kids enjoy the area’s newest waterpark — H2OBX!  It’s located about three miles before the Wright Memorial Bridge and spending the day there allows you to start your vacation fun early!   The waterpark has all kinds of rides, souvenirs, drinks and eateries. Feel like splurging? There’s also a cabana option with TVs and cushioned lounge chairs (perfect for napping!). You’ll have plenty to do, see, and eat to keep the entire family entertained until twilight, when the traffic is gone, and your vacation home is ready to welcome you. 

Here are some tips to remember for a day of fun in the sun at H2OBX:

  • Buy your tickets in advance so you are guaranteed a spot– plus, Atlantic Realty guests get a $5 Discount on admission
  • Pack the bathing suits, beach towels, and pool shoes so they are easy to reach in the car
  • Put the dog in doggy day care for the day
  • Do not bring perishable food that may melt in a hot car

An Outer Banks vacation is all about fun, family, and having the time of your life. With a little advanced planning, being able to start your vacation early (or stay later) at the waterpark will make you feel like you’ve just added an extra day to your vacation week. Enjoy.

Ready to book your vacation?  Let one of our helpful Vacation Planners show you how to get started!  Give us a call at 800-334-8401

Travel Insurance

With the recent storms that have affected the Outer Banks, the subject of Trip Insurance is top of mind.  Here is a recent article of the benefits and possible scenarios where you may want to consider keeping the trip insurance.  Atlantic Realty offers the trip insurance to each and every guest because we believe the coverage and benefits greatly outweigh the minimal cost when it comes to your vacation investment!


Why Purchase Trip Insurance?

“Did you want to add trip insurance?”

To many travelers, the addition of trip insurance is not necessary.  So, the question is, DO you really need it? What exactly IS trip insurance and what does it cover?

That’s what we’ll look at in today’s article.

In a nutshell, trip insurance is a vehicle that protects you in the event your trip is interrupted or needs to be cancelled for a variety of reasons.

Trip insurance consists of several parts; weather/travel delay, medical emergencies, employment.  


Being evacuated for a hurricane is what most people think of when they think of trip insurance. And if you’re not traveling during hurricane season, it may be tempting to skip it.  However, trip insurance also covers airline delays due to weather, or a road closure preventing access to your destination. (This happens sometimes in the Outer Banks. The house is fine, but the road is not.)  Trip insurance also covers most natural disasters occurring in any state through which you must travel in order to reach your final destination.

Travel Delay

“The best laid plans of Mice and Men often go astray.”

This is especially true when it comes to travel. Sometimes it can seem as though the universe is conspiring to keep you from reaching your well-deserved vacation.  We’ve already covered weather related delays, but other travel delays can be caused by car or airlines experiencing mechanical trouble.

If this is the case, you may need to spend the night en route to your final destination due to these unforeseeable transportation issues.  Trip insurance may cover additional accommodation expenses as well as partial reimbursement for the time missed at your final destination.


Unfortunately, medical emergencies happen without warning. This is why over 80% of  trip insurance claims are related to medical problems.

This can include an accident or a suddenly diagnosed medical condition. Insurance can also cover some temporary medical conditions when those conditions prevent one of the members of your party from traveling. (Proof will be requested.)

Insurance can also cover a situation where an illness or death of a close family member occurs and related circumstances prevent you from traveling.   The medical part of the insurance is highly recommended if you have elderly family members, young children, any family member with ill health, or anyone who might be have a high risk pregnancy.

Job Related  

Temporary or permanent job loss and job transfers can wreck vacation plans.  Military reassignment or leave cancellation can throw a monkey wrench into an upcoming trip.  It is a good practice to be proactive and these situations can be covered when you have purchased trip insurance.

This is a basic over view of the advantages of purchasing trip Insurance. However, decisions are made on a case by case basis. To learn more about Trip insurance, or to speak with a licensed agent, follow this link: http://trippreserver.com/sun-trip.html

Consider a Condo for your next vacation

A condominium or “condo” can be a great choice for a weekly vacation or a quick weekend getaway.  A condo is the perfect middle ground between a hotel room or large vacation home.  Here’s a list of all of the reasons to consider a condo on your next Outer Banks vacation. 

Closer to the Water

Many families feel an oceanfront vacation is out of the question due to cost.  One of the most attractive things about an Outer Banks condo is you can get much closer to the water without having to spend as much as an oceanfront home.  There are many Oceanfront, Semi Oceanfront,  and even Soundside condos available for you to choose from. Some, such as those at the Windjammer in Nags Head, feature private  balconies right off the bedroom, perfect for watching the sun rise or spying a pod of dolphins playing in the surf.


Most condos have access to a community pool, which is a real boon to a small family. After all, a private pool at a house can easily add $500-$1000 to the cost of a rental home.  Families with small children love a pool as the ocean may be too rough for swimming on windy days. 

Other Community Amenities

Pools arenâ??t the only thing that condos offer. Many condo communities have such amenities as playgrounds, basketball goals, grilling and picnic areas, dune decks and even laundry rooms (if thereâ??s not a washer/dryer in the unit.) 

Proximity to Attractions   

Houses are often built to be away from everything. However, condo developers know people want stuff to do on vacation. Therefore the average condo is closer to things like movies, mini golf, shopping, etc.  as well as historic and other attractions.

Sleeps Just Enough People

Condo sizes can range in size from a 1 bedroom to a 3 bedroom.  This is perfect for the small family who just need something for themselves, their parents or their kids.  Many condos even have a sleep sofa so you have the most bedding options possible.  With more space than your average hotel room as well as full kitchens for eating in, condos offer the same conveniences as vacation homes. 

More Affordable

The average vacation home (depending on what time of year you come) can cost around $2,500. However, the average condo costs about $1,500. This is a significant savings when itâ??s just your immediate family.

Pet Friendly

Many families avoid condos thinking their pet cannot tag along. However, at most times of the year, certain condos welcome small dogs, the same way certain houses do.  Check the individual property description for restrictions. 


Condos are a great way to find an affordable vacation rental that entire family can enjoy. Not only are they economical, close to the water and loaded with amenities, condos offer most of the same features inside that vacation homes do. So the next time itâ??s just you and the immediate family, or you want to take a quick trip to the beach, consider a condo. Youâ??ll be glad you did.

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Don’t Wait to Book Your Outer Banks Vacation

The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends and talk about your summer vacation plans. If you’re thinking about an Outer Banks vacation for 2016, now is the perfect time to book it. So why should you consider booking early? There are many reasonsâ?¦

Get the Home You REALLY Want

Would it surprise you to know that many of our homes are already booked? It’s true. Homes start booking up to a year in advance so guests can get the ones they really want. But it’s not too late to book now. Calling early next year or before this year even ends ensures you can secure the home of your dreams.

The New Homes Are Here

Didnâ??t find the exact home you wanted last year? Don’t worry, you have another chance. Now is the time of year when the new homes join the program. And since they don’t have much rental history yet, they’re not booked solid yet. Soon though, everyone will know about them. Be sure to check out all our new homes here

Flex Payment Plans

Reserve now and have more time to pay. Our Flexible Payment Plan lets you book with as little as 25% down. Then you just make smaller payments up until thirty days prior to arrival. And with no credit card fees and no interest, everyone in your party can call with their own credit card and pay.

Early Bird Specials

This time of year, there are all kinds of weekly or daily specials as we approach the New Year. You could get a discount on your house, your taxes paid, or even be entered in a contest to win a prize. It’s a great time to book a house. See all our current specials here.

Start Saving for Extras Now

Of course, an Outer Banks vacation is more than just a great house and beach. It’s also about going out to eat, buying souvenirs, going on tours and having adventures. Booking you vacation now puts you in the mindset of planning for it, which helps you save for all those extras you want to do.

Plan Your Travel Time

Most our guests arrive by car. However, some do arrive by plane particularly ones who coming from further inland or attending family reunions. Booking your home early enables you to plan out your trip. You can reserve your flights, plan out your car route and decide if you’re going stay overnight anywhere en route.

Part of enjoying your vacation is the anticipation. By reserving now, you can look forward to a vacation in your perfect house, be less stressed about money, and know you’re going to have some great memories to look back on.

What are you waiting for? The time to book is NOW.