The Outer Banks, just like the rest of North Carolina, has winter. It gets dark early and stays dark until late. When it’s overcast and windy it is really almost no fun. But when you have a week like this one, with a forecast in the 50s and almost no wind, you know there are still plenty of things to do outdoors during the day and warm, cozy ways to keep occupied in the evening.
All of the golf courses are still open! The greens are faster than ever and, on a week like this, you can really enjoy golf almost every day. Why not grab your wheels and walk the course for exercise. This is the perfect time for it and a number of courses allowing walking this time of year.
Beachcombing can be very interesting with the shift in the current off North Carolina. In places there seems to be an almost endless variety of shells, beach glass and other treasures. The fishing is fun too if you have the appropriate garb. Striper run this time of year and can be really fun to catch. And, if you are really daring, grab your board, don your wetsuit and catch a few waves.
This is a great time of year to get to those restaurants that you have to battle to get into in the summer month. Some have winter specials which can warm your belly and your soul.
Head over to Roanoke Island Festival Park. They currently have the Elizabeth II out of the water for maintenance. It’s truly amazing to see how big she is! Then, head over to the NC Aquarium and really spend some time seeing the exhibits. If your a certified diver this might be a perfect time to finally dive with the sharks in their vast “Graveyard of the Atlantic!
Rent a house with a ocean view. Winter rates allow you to enjoy that oceanfront home you might not otherwise get to enjoy. See if you can find a cottage with a fireplace so in the evening you can grab a hot beverage, and maybe a puzzle or a board game, and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Or, rent a house with a heated pool and swim your time away.
No matter how you choose to enjoy winter on the OBX it’s certainly not to be missed!