A great source for lodging
and activities is the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau (www.outerbanks.org).
Be sure to get your free “Getaway Card” for off-season
discounts on dining, lodging and activities. Instead of a hotel
we’d suggest considering the increasingly popular option
of renting a home for a true family experience. We recently used
Village Realty (www.villagerealtyobx.com) to secure a perfect nine-bedroom
home that handled our group with comfort and style. Adult bedrooms
all had private baths and for rainy days or late night fun, a huge
rec room with pool table, air hockey, foosball and even a fitness
room kept us well entertained. The third floor featured a totally
awesome open kitchen with ocean view dining and living spaces.
More modest homes and condos are also available.
A highlight of our trip was flying off the dunes at Jockey's
Ridge State Park under the delightful and capable guidance
of Kitty Hawk Kites. The highest dunes on the east coast and consistent
provide perfect conditions for novices to lift off of the earth for
a short taste of flight. Soft sand ensures landings don’t have
to be graceful to be safe. Kitty Hawk Kites offers a wide range of
other flight adventures. Definitely check them out.
On the Outer Banks you can fish directly on the beach, from piers
or with charter services. A sunset cruise is a great way to relax
at the end of the day. You’ll be pleased to find beach access
so well-marked, with parking and often facilities.
Experience the rich eco-system of the Outer Banks by kayak. Perfect
for beginners satisfying for experienced paddlers. Kayaking gets
you harmoniously up close to the flora and fauna of the sound and
marshlands. Eco-tours are available through Carolina Outdoors.
Historical and cultural activities abound on these barrier islands,
home of Orville and Wilbur Wright's first flight at Kitty Hawk.
This being the centennial of that historic event, many special events
have been planned throughout the year. The December 13 through 17
celebration will feature events, exhibits, concerts and flyovers.
See www.firstflightcentennial.org for details.
Have a great and memorable reunion.