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Hi Ashley- I am replying to your posting: "Two females needed to stay in Duck for the summer." I know it's a little after the June 1 deadline, but I am ready and willing to move down, and can be there as early as next week. I would be more than happy to share bills. My email address is JenenQ83@aol.com
-- Jennifer Quier - Monday, June 7, 2004 at 15:32:17


I have been to the Ocracoke Island 5 times, but one of the worst experiences I have ever had was staying at a motel at Blackbeard's lodge. The owner was quite rude when we complained about the gang of bikers partying and making noise until 3 AM. I will be sure to spread the news to all of my neighbors/friends and family in Raleigh to avoid this lodge. Not only was place noisy but the room was badly in need of new vinyl flooring in the bathroom, a paint job and new carpet.
-- Brian Merrill - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 10:57:28


Hello? Could you help me with information in regard to a place to stay. We plan to be visting the OBX for 7 days and would like to know if there are places to rent (hotels?) that offer multiple night rates? Please help! We would like something nice and not too far from the water.
-- Mary Czap - Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 09:36:36


Im looking for a cheap place to stay for a week in the Outer Banks. Somewhere in Avon. Thank You
-- Tara Haas - Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 13:19:52


Hello! I am looking for a place for 2 females to live June 1-Aug 31 2004 in Duck or Corolla. Any information pertaining to this would be very much appriciated! Also, we will be looking for employment (waitressing job?) so if you have info about that, great! thank you!
-- Ashly Ricci - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 19:12:46
 

My family comes to the OBX 2-3 times a year. Most of the time we stay in Buxton at the Cape Hatteras Motel. The motel is nice and suits our needs MOST of the time. Sometimes mywife and I come by ourselves....when we do this we love to bring our little PUG, so we can't stay at the CHM. 
I would like info on rental houses, motels, cottages that are pet friendly. Thank you 
PS We love the food at "The Tides" and "Diamond Shaols".
-- Michael Saunders - Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 20:31:57


Will be vacationing on Outer Banks this fall. Would like advice on which part of or town in Outer Banks to seek lodging. Would like to be near/central to shopping, activities, restaurants. Don't mind driving to any of these, but like to walk and would like some of these to be within reasonable walking distance. Prefer condo style lodgings. Suggestions?
-- Dave Blazer - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 20:23:32


No place is cheap. I recommend the Blue Heron Motel at Milepost 16 1/2. In the off season it is somewhat affordable. It is a smaller Mom & Pop place owned by the Gladdens. Our family stays there every year. The outer Banks are the closest thing to Heaven on Earth.
-- Dennis Coz - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 16:51:49


I was wondering what the nearest airport is to outer banks and was interested in hotels around the area. I would really like to stay on the beach.
-- cindy kean - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 07:14:34
 

Please help! My friends and I are in desperate search for a place in OBX. It has been very difficult finding a place that will rent to a non family group. My friends have all been away to many different colleges and we would like to just relax and surf on the beaches of the obx. If anyone has information or can help please contact me.
-- Logan Kelly  - Friday, March 26, 2004 at 00:44:53


My friends and I are having an incredibly hard time finding cottages that rent to non-family groups. Does anyone know of any places that will rent out to us at the Outer Banks, NC? Our time is running out!
-- Calissa Smith  - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 16:57:06


im looking for a 2 or 3 bedroom rental condo directly on the beach in virginia beach or nags head or any good location for a family of 6.we prefer to be on the beach,because this is the first real vacation as a family we have ever had.please help.thankyou,dena barker
-- Dena Barker  - Saturday, March 6, 2004 at 02:42:51


Hi I am looking for pet friendly vacation home rentals that allow more than 2 dogs for a family of 8-10. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
-- Toni Smith  - Friday, March 12, 2004 at 12:00:08
 

I looking for some summer employment in the OBX area with housing provided, many of my friends have done this in years past, and I have visited the OBX many times for surf trips cant get enouph of it...any job opppurtunities,websites,email locations phone numbers are helpfull, thanks  
-- Chris Smith  - Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 13:44:23


I am looking for a place where non-family groups can stay. We aren't looking for a party, if we were we would go to Panama City. If anyone could send me information about places that will rent to non-family groups I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
-- Jeni Curlin  - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 15:05:02


pet accomodations ocracoke nc
-- judy wilger  - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 10:36:59


I'm interested in a hotel room during the week of July 18th in the Corola, NC area. 
-- Todd Tingley  - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 19:44:56
 

Hello. I am looking for what seems to be the common theme here, and that is finding a place to stay for non-family groups. Myself and three friends are looking for a place to stay, and have found it is difficult to find somewhere that will allow us. Is there maybe an additional deposit, or something of that nature that we could put down? Please send me any information. Thank you kindly. steph
-- steph brown - Sunday, February 8, 2004 at 22:57:58
 

Hi, I just moved to the Southern OBX from western NC. I am a 25 y/o female looking for a roommate. I live in a nice place on Harker's Island that is 3 br, 2 baths. I am rigth across from Cape Lookout lighthouse. I am looking for a professional preferrably who is responsible and easy going. I am having a hard time finding any roommates listings in this area. If anyone is interested, ...  
-- Amanda Robinson  - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 17:43:48


We were in Atlantic Beach last summer and I seen a TV ad for house boat rentals. I didn't take the name down but wished I had. If anyone has any info. on house boat please contact me. My son is very excited and wants to try it.
-- Carol Greene  - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 15:28:35


Would like info on summer rentals for college students. My daughter and 2 possibly 3 third year females will start work around the middle of May up thru the mid of Aug. It has to be much nicer than the usual 2 BR hovel usually advertised.
-- Paul Miller  - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 23:25:03


Does anyone think that they can help me and my friends find a place to stay. I have been looking and it is extremely hard to find a place that will allow non famiy groups. We are a good group and would not destroy the house in any way. If anyone has any information please email me, thank you Jonee Westermann
-- Jonee Westermann - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 17:37:54
 

Hi! I have been going to the Outer banks all my life. I love it there so much and want to share the great experience with my friends. I am finally old enough to bring my friends along and have a great time just hanging out( NOT having wild parties), but i am having trouble finding a rental home, that will rent to "non-family groups", we are a great group and would NOT harm the house we would be staying at in any way. If anyone has any infromation on where i could find a decent rental house that will rent to a non-family group, please let me know! Thanks so much! Emma
-- Emma Show  - Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 16:59:23
 

I am looking to rent a house for a number of my responsible college friends and I to stay and enjoy the OBX which we all have done with our families for years. All the rental companies I call will only rent to families. Do you have any suggestions on how we can rent a place? We are able to provide the required security deposit and all other financial protection so I am a little perplexed...
Thanks
-- kim potamkin  - Saturday, October 25, 2003 at 12:23:05
 

Have stayed at the Seagull Motel in Hatteras village each summer for the past 27 years! Am concerned about damage from Isabelle - Is it true the motel will not be reopened???
-- jean toman  - Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 18:30:27
 

My family is looking for an oceanfront vacation home with 3 bedrooms for the week of 07/31/04. We would like to spend about $2500 or less. Any Help?
-- Liz Nemer - Monday, October 13, 2003 at 22:03:21


Hi, My husband and I are looking to relocate from Minnesota to the Outer Banks as soon as November 2003! We would love to rent/ buy a small house (i.e. 1-2 bedrooms) somewhere on the Outer Banks. We are also seeking any insight into finding jobs in the area. We welcome and words of wisdom!!
-- elizabeth hansen  - Monday, October 13, 2003 at 20:10:31
 

I am looking for a small (1-3 bedroom) *house* that is ON the beach to rent for my hubby and I to rent - arriving October 14 and leaving October 20. The online rental agencies don't seem to be of much help finding what I want. I know that there are houses out there but I can't seem to find what I am looking for online. Can you help me?
-- Deana L  - Friday, October 3, 2003 at 00:41:14


To Whom It May Concern: My family and I had a very enjoyable time while on vacation in the Outer Banks areas. 
-- Kevin Despot  - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 08:01:44


We've never been to the Outter Banks but have heard great things about it. We would be looking for an ocean front home with 6 beadrooms. Three couples with children. We also want a NICE beach. Where on the Outter Banks would you recommend we stay (what town)?
-- Jim Nasium  - Friday, September 19, 2003 at 15:23:19


I'm looking for a place on Ocracoke Island that accepts small pets.
-- Cindi Miller - Monday, September 8, 2003 at 11:46:48
 

we would like to spend a nigth here and there,all up and down the outer banks.
-- roger griffith - Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at 12:28:55


We came to Ocracoke Island in 1999 stayed at the pony island motel. Very nice and enjoyed our stay very much. I remember the sea food resturant beside the motel. But, can't remember the name of it. We now have a motor home and would be interested in coming back. Do you have an rv park in the area? Mary combs
-- MARY COMBS  - Monday, September 1, 2003 at 16:53:19
 

We are coming to Nagshead, N.C. Sept, 29th, 2003 thru Oct 4th,2003 we like the area located next to Jeanetts Pier, please list some motels for us to contact.
-- Mary Shortridge  - Monday, September 1, 2003 at 07:10:49
 

Looking for places to camp with our own camper Perfer close to the ocean as we surffish and will be doing alot of this while visiting. Thanks Also any information on Bait and tackle shops,campgrounds and Resturants would be helpful
Please use snail mail(US Postage Service when responding 
-- Bob Esterly  - Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 22:11:36


Hi Me and a few friends are going to be in Cape hatterus in October. The only problem is we dont have anywhere to stay. We are looking for something between $300-600 and enough room to bed about 8-10 people. If you could give me a few options on some places that may be avalible or some other web sites that would be great. Dan
-- dan whitmer  - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 09:29:43
 

I and my family are planning a family reunion for July of 2004 and I was wondering where are the more quiet areas to stay at the Outer Banks. I've heard Duck was a quiet area. Just looking for the areas that are not so populated at that time,although I'm sure every place will be around the 4th of July week!! Thanks.
-- Susan Davis  - Thursday, August 7, 2003 at 09:09:50


We were looking to stay on Okracoke for Aug.2-3
-- Tarry Brummell  - Friday, August 1, 2003 at 16:28:05
 

My wife & I have been living on Bells Island For about 2 years now. We work in Southern shores & are looking for a yearly rental home a little closer than Currituck. Maybe Duck,Manteo or Wanchese areas. (Preferably Manteo downtown area, waterfront W/ fenced in yard??) Also looking for a well kept place 
-- Phillip Adams - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 14:26:29
 

I will be going to hateras area to camp (tent) in late august-never been their before but am looking forward because of all the wounderful things Iíve heard about the area. I would like to be able to pitch my tent close to beach if possible where I can hear the surf and smell the salt air--also like to find good biking area to ride in any suggestions as to places to stay that are friendly and quiet--TKS
-- PETER WELLING - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 18:20:07
 

You do not list the camping areas and resorts -would like to find a list for the entire banks area.
-- Pat Lassiter  - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 13:30:08
 

We were wondering where a family of 6 could stay for the weekend in the Outer Banks for an affordable price.
-- Sandy Hurst  - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 16:44:31
 

I wanted to place my feedback on a place NOT to stay. We booked our vacation with Karichele Realty in Corolla. We rented with Karichele before in Corolla and everything was fine. Unfortunately that was not the case this time. Although we were lucky enough to have a week of beautiful weather the house we rented was a wreck! It was filthy, had not been cleaned in a very long time. There were 15 bags of leaking garbage left there that we had to clean up ourselves as Karichele couldn't be bothered! We even had mold growing on the walls! The hot tub had a scum line in it (which we didn't know till after we used it in the dark!-gross!) and the pool dirty. Items listed in the brochure were missing, such as the crib (important item!) the Sega, and beach cart! We contacted Karichele 5 of the 7 days we were there, even made 3 trips to their office. They basically ignored us! They never came to look at the condition of the house as they promised (until the day we were leaving)and didn't return our calls! I have still not heard any reply from them after two e-mails and sending pictures of the outside mess! The sad part is we have no guarantee we will even receive our $500 security deposit back! They just put the blame on the homeowner for letting someone from their family stay in the home previous to our stay and said any money back is up to them! But it was Karichle's responsibitly to have the home cleaned, hot-tub and pool serviced as stated in the contract. Corolla is a beautiful area and a wonderful place to vacation. I learned the hard way to check with the Better Business Bureau first before booking with a rental company. They have an unsatisfactory record with the BBB due to an unanswered claim, and one that has been resolved. Hopefully ours will be resolved too, but a word of advise.......check out the rental company first! Then go and enjoy the beauty and relaxation of the Outer Banks! I know we will continue to, just not with Karichele Realty!
-- Susan Burger ( - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 01:51:52
 

I just made arangments to stay in Nags Head at a place called the Islander Motel. I was just wondering if anyone has stayed there and if it was a nice place. Please contact me  thank you Dan
-- DAN KRONE  - Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 13:50:05
 

I noticed a lot of questions about campgrounds on the Outerbanks. I highly recommend staying at Frisco Woods. Please visit their website. We stayed their last year and it was one of the best vacations I have been on in a long time! http://www.outer-banks.com/friscowoods/
-- Robyn Gerstenslager - Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 13:29:34


I wanted to put my comments out there about my trip to Kitty Hawk the last week in May of this year. We rented a home from Joe Lamb Jr. and Assoc. While at the home we found accomadations were not quite what was advertised. When we called to report this we were basically told that it was unfortunate, but nothing could be done about it. They advertised a playground for the kids and it was so overgrown we could not let the kids play there. They advertised outdoor speakers, but the speaker wires were the wrong type or size or something. The air conditioning did not work. I did not report this since my other complaints fell on deaf ears, but as we left the house the last day an A/C repair van pulled up. Making me believe that they knew the condition of the A/C when we rented the home. I wrote and complained and got no response, but they were quick to keep $75 of my deposit for "extra cleaning". Aside from keeping the part of the deposit, I was angry that I had not gotten any response to my letter. Mr. Hardy told me that he didn't think the letter was something that needed to be responded to. I told him that we vacation in NC every year and that he could rest assured that we would not be using Joe Lamb and Associates again and his response was that he didn't want "filthy" people renting from them anyway. The "filth" we left was a garbage can we did not roll to the street. The manners or lack of them that I have been shown by this company are appauling. I was told that they are not responsible for the things wrong with the house, but yet I was also told that I could not have a letter forwarded to the owners and could not have the owners information. I hope that anyone looking to vacation in the Outer Banks has a better experience than I did and that they spend their money wisely in another rental company's care. Sincerely, Tracy Williams
-- Tracy Williams - Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at 19:53:05


My family and I will be visiting the outerbanks the week of July 10, 2004 - July 17, 2004. We need to find a 4 or more bedroom rental that will accept pets. 
-- Tana Broughman  - Monday, July 7, 2003 at 16:24:47


Looking for a place like a cottage or a cabin for 2 for a weeks vacation in August 2003. Would like to do some fishing surf and pier.
-- Vicky Baxley  - Thursday, July 3, 2003 at 15:45:51


Looking for sept. 2004. Single house near beach. We have 2 labs and a small maltese dog. Please advise. Thanks
-- PAMELA MCCARTHY  - Thursday, July 3, 2003 at 13:58:21


Looking for a lot to lease to put either a park model or expando camper ~ 40 long on. Want either sound or ocean view, place to leave a 22' boat and either a boat ramp on site or close by. Thanks, David 
-- david elkins  - Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at 09:52:50


I am looking for a place to stay in the (Nagshead, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills) areas that will allow pets. We are looking to spend under $1000. for the week. We are looking for the second week in July, 2004. Pleas e-mail me any information that you might have. Thank You
-- Tana Broughman  - Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 07:45:45
 

I remember when Duck was nothing but lonely beaches where you could arrive at dawn and watch the fishermen hauling in their nets with a Jeep onshore. Once they gave my husband and me a nurse shark caught in the net and we spent three hours removing the jawbones from this steely sandpapered creature. Took it home, cleaned it up and had a real conversation piece for many years--even the teeth had teeth! My husband and I frequented the entire Outer Banks from the early '60's until he died in 1976 and it will always be one of my most favorite places. Now I have a Significant Other and am in my seventies; he's 65. He's never been to the Atlantic Ocean and loves fishing and all the quaintness of smelly old wharves and weathered buildings as I recall on Manteo. We're coming to Baltimore on October 10, 2003 to visit my 90-year-old mom and I want to rent a car, drive down to my old haunts on the Outer Banks and Oregon Inlet. I'd like to show my honey what ocenfront really means because the coastal comission in California believes in keeping buildings a good distance from the surf. I'd like to be IN the surf! I'd like to find a motel anywhere along the Outer Banks from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras Island that is very close to the water's edge, has two beds, air conditioning and is clean and under $100 for the nights of October 11, and 12th. I would also be requiring another single room for my sister who will be traveling with us. Please email me with any and all possibilities. If we find what we're looking for we'll gladly confirm it by credit card. I remember eating great breakfasts on the Kitty Hawk fishing pier and can almost smell that fried fish, grits and hush puppies! I would appreciate any places that provide good food and lodging contacting me by either email or snail mail as soon as feasible.Thanks so much! Laura Ireland 
-- Laura Ireland  - Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 11:04:53


We have 2 dogs and are looking for several trips this summer, especially July 3-5 leaving the 6th. Thank you,
-- Tara Rogers-Tyler  - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 12:55:14


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-- amy cobb  - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 14:13:44


I am looking for comfortable oceanfront lodging that will accept pets. I have a PUG and like to take him when my husband and I travel.
-- Nancy Robinson  - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 11:17:29


My wife and I will be travling down to the outer banks the week of July 25th - Aug 1. We have a pop up camper and would like to find a good camp ground on or close to the beach.We also have two small dogs that will be with us.If any one could give us a hand we would realy be gratefull
-- Robert Jennings  - Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 04:12:00


Just wondering where on the outer Banks a couple can simply pitch a tent and stay for a couple of nights. We are interested in simply staying on a beach if it is possible, and trying to avoid a campground for crowding and financial reasons. Any help would be appreciated.
-- Mark Hines  - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 19:03:57


My friend and I are looking for a campground in Okrakoke for July 4th weekend. If you have any suggestions, please e-mail me. Thanks.
-- Erika Yorio  - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 16:12:41


I am looking for a house/condo to rent for the week on the ocean. we only need a 2-3 bedroom, for a week in Aug 2003.we were thinking about the week og Aug.23-30th. if you can help me please let me know. thank you....Judy dambrosio
-- judy D'Ambrosio  - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 10:04:28
 

We will be visiting the outer banks 7/15 thru 7/18. Can you supply information regarding campgrounds between Nags Head and Hatteras that allow small dogs. Also are small dogs allowed on all ferrys. Thank you.
-- Jim Blaney - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 14:42:52


We are searching for information on Hatteras Cabannas which was referred to us by friends and family who had a great time. We would like to vacation there from July 14 -18. Can you please send information. Thank you.
-- ANDREW AND SHANAZ CAREY  - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 09:44:06


We stayed in a lovely inn in the heart of Okracoke 2 years ago, I cannot remember the name of it and nothing looks like it on the web sites that I have searched...It had nice antiques in the rooms, and one thing that struck us was the pillows had little shells sewn on to them, it had a small swimming pool surrounded with plants and flowers and some of the rooms were suites with hot tubs...has anyone got a clue as to where I am talking about, the room we stayed in was about 178.00 in 2001...we would love to come back if we could figure out what it was!
-- Stormy Hamlin  - Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 15:38:18


and things to do thanks jac
-- jack gordon  - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 20:42:44
 

Last time we visited Ocracoke, we stayed in a tent and got eaten by mosquitoes. The kids (now 2,6 and 13)have fond memories and want to return, but Mom and Dad are on a budget and want to sleep indoors. Where can we stay in late July or early August that is clean and mosquito-free (cooking facilities would be great!)?
-- Anne Nicholson  - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 21:50:27
 

Would love to find a B&B 1 bedroom with private bath for a friday to sunday stay. My husband love anonymity but I would love to introduce him to a more personel atmosphere. Know little to nothing about outer banks or hatterus but was there many years ago and remember only the beauty of the place. Help me make a great memory of a great weekend. Gaylene
-- Gaylene Zimmer  - Sunday, June 8, 2003 at 19:23:04


Looking for somewhere to stay with 4 children, 16,14,13,7 that have never been to the ocean or beach inexpensively
-- Karla Groschelle  - Thursday, June 5, 2003 at 13:08:28


I am looking for a 2 or 3 bedroom place with a full kitchen to use to stay in for 10 days for vacation with my family. We usually stay in Kitty Hawk at the Buccanneer motel, but it is booked for the 1st of Aug. We are looking for a similar atmosphere. If you know of anywhere, e-mail me. Thank you! 
-- Melissa Crowley  - Thursday, June 5, 2003 at 12:24:43


like to rent room,house ect, long term,movin back after 3 years away.Perfer on hatteras island ty
-- tom teboe  - Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 01:08:03


We are looking for a house in the summer of 2004 to accomdate our family. 6 to 7 bedrooms, pool,close to the beach.Send info to us via E mail. Thanks
-- Dale Dixon  - Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 19:16:55


What are some good places to look for employment with employee housing for the summer on Okrakoke Island, does anyone know?
-- Justin Resnick  - Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 12:29:03
 

I am planning to move to the OuterBanks. I am looking for a long term rental(house or apt)as cheap as possible. I am also looking for a job(s), have a variety of work experiences. Can anyone help me out? Not a student, have school age child. 
-- Gwen Williams  - Sunday, June 1, 2003 at 15:22:21


LOOKING FOR A ONE-BEDROOM... I'm having trouble finding companies that rent one-bedrooms places! I'd like to stay at Whalehead, Outer Banks for one week - and I can't seem to find anything less than four-bedroom houses... also, it doesn't have to be on the beach - just within walking distance. ANY INFO WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thanks!
-- Rachel Ayers  - Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 14:56:05


Interested in at leats 2 bedroom or condo close to beach for week of August 10, 2003
-- Joe Houston- Sunday, May 25, 2003 at 19:24:02


I'm interested in any info on Okracoke; places to stay, things to see, where to eat. Haven't been there since 1980 
-- Gladys Kowalski  - Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 07:54:53
 

Hi, Me and 3 friends are planning on taking a trip to the outer banks for a week. We are planning on Tent Camping all week and want to be close to the beach. I was wondering if this site could let me know of any campgrounds on the beach or very close to it. Kitty Hawk and Duck are the primary regions in which we would like to stay. Thank you Matt
-- Matt Waring  - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 13:27:03


We would like to find a good clean but inexpensive house to rent for a small family reunion. This could take place the second week in June. We want to be on the water in the Outer Banks or surrounding area. There will probably be 6-10 of us. The task of finding a place has been givin to me and I know nothing about any of this. Please help. Thank you,
-- Gail Shock - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 15:19:34


3-4 college students looking for a house for rent on cap haterras for one week mid June.
-- tom michalski  - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 14:30:55


LOOKING FOR WEEKLY RENTALS ON HOMES
-- GILBERT BUCKLEY - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 09:39:11


I'm looking for information regarding rental houses for the first or second week of June on Ocracoke Island. Thank you.
-- Kevin Gallagher- Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 20:47:11


I am looking for a place to stay in the beginning of september (2003) for about a week to 10 days. I am searching for a house that is on the beach and big enough for 8 people to stay comfortably. I am wondering what the pricing is and if it is possible to get a house on the beach without any trouble. 
-- lauren comley - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 23:35:12
 

Interested in a development that would agree to an introduction & several nigh'ts stay for me wife and me.
-- Peter Paul Gebel, M.D.  - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 01:41:21


I would like a hotel or effenciency on or near the water for the first week or two of June. I have two chihauhaus and a teacup poodle. I would need one to two beds, a fridge, and at least a microwave. Thanks!!!!
-- Brenda Carpenter  - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 09:06:48
 

I'm looking for an appartment to stay in for the summer and possibly the winter. I'm 21 and just got out of college and I'm looking to get away for a while by myself. Size doesn't really matter one or two bedroom and one bath would be fine, or even a studio. Please let me know if anyone has any info. Thanks Brian.
-- Brian McMahon  - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 00:28:34

2 college students in need of a cheap rental in Nags Head or very close to it ASAP(5-10-03) so we can work at the beach over the summer. Apt sublease, bungalow, shack, anything really. Willing to live with other people. Any info is appreciated.
-- M Jones  - Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at 15:34:58

This year we decided to stay a little north on the OB and are looking for a clean economical place to stay near Nags Head/Kitty Hawk. IF you could share your experiences or suggestions I would appreciate it.
-- ianna Holinbaugh  - Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at 11:12:01

My wife and I are looking for a place to stay on the Outer Banks, the first week of June. Any thoughts?
-- Don & Donna Dawson  - Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 20:29:07

There is no better place to stay than the Manor Motel at the 161/2 milepost at Nags Head. Dave and Maryann Mariot own and operate this fine motel. They are very accomodating in every way,on the ocean, fishing, fis cleaning station and just a wonderful place to stay. Book early; there are many repeat customers!
-- Harry Bonar  - Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 10:05:51

Looking for info about Okrakoke. 2 adults 1 child to visit te last week in June 2003. Thanks
-- Robin Austin  - Friday, May 2, 2003 at 18:42:02

my daughter and i are hoping to visit the outter banks in july and would like to find a place to stay for about a week that is clean and affordable. it has to be on the beach. please let me know if you can help. 
-- tricia wright - Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 20:01:27

Would you please send info on places to stay for 2 adults and 3 children? Would like to be near beach, area with children activities, have air conditioned lodging, and a pool. Thank you.
-- Rich Schill  - Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 13:51:28

Does anyone have information or feedback on Durant Station Motel in Hatteras Village,NC. Thanks, abby
-- abby pineda - Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 18:01:39

Looking for a nice, clean place that my husband and I can stay with our two small dogs. From May 31 thru June 7th. We thought of Sea Oatel. Not sure if its nice and clean. thanks
-- cheryl dawood - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 08:11:59

I am looking to visit the Outer Banks, the 3rd week in may. We are hoping to go camping. We are looking for the most primative camping areas. Also looking for nice bed and breakfast places to stay.i would love as much info as possible. Thanks, Rebecca
-- rebecca decossas  - Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at 18:35:53

Hi! I would like to rent a flat (or house) in Outr Banks, exactly in Corolla. I'm looking a flat for four persons, we will come to Outer Banks 18th June and stay there three months. So, please, if you have a flat for rent or know someone from whom I can rent it, write me about it. Thank you :-).
-- Anna Dawidowicz  - Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 15:07:17

We have a house renteed for a weeek this summer at Pine Island and we have not been able to find out exactely where that is by looking at our Atlas and also some info that we sent for on the Outer Banks. We would like to knoe the exact location. Thank Jo Ann Boller
-- Jo Ann Boller  - Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 17:37:16From: melinda mills 

Me and few of my friends are looking a hause for rent for the summer in Nags Head or in Kill Devil Hills or in Manteo.We need (3-bedrooms,2-bath,kitchen,livingroom area) house from 28 of MAY to the end of SEPTEMBER.PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE STH FOR US.Thak you. Agnes
-- Agnes Olechowicz  - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 06:12:36

I'm looking a house for rent in Kill Devil Hills or in Nags Head.I want to rent this house from 28 of MAY to the end of SEPTEMBER.I need 3 bedrooms,2 bath,kitchen,living room area.PLESE contact me by e-mail as soon as possible,if you have sth.for me. MARCIN
-- Marcin Prajsnar  - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 06:19:19

We have been going to the Outer Banks for many years. It is a wonderful place to take the family. We always rent a house from Southern Shores Realty. We have been very pleased with the beautiful homes we have stayed in. The beach is private, it is a very family oriented place. The ferry to Oracoke Island is fun. The lighthouse at Cape Hatteras is a good choice also. There is so much to do and history there.
-- melinda mills  - Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 21:26:35

oceanfront, Nags Head... with beautiful view...
-- Dee Eichele - Friday, April 18, 2003 at 13:41:25

I've recently been searching for a house to stay for a few friends of mine in the outer banks area. My family and I have been vacationing there for the past four years, our ususal realtor does not rent to non-family groups. Does anybody rent to responsible adults 18+. Please someone help!
-- Roberto Melendez  - Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 09:34:01

The best value on the Outer Banks is the MANOR MOTEL; it is located on the ocean road at the 161/2 mile post. Run by Dave & Maryann Marriot it is on the ocean, well managed, clean and usually booked up. We have stayed there every time we've been to the banks and I heartilly recommend it.
-- Harry Bonar (4625 Veto Road) - Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at 21:40:26

I noticed several people asking about places to stay in the Outer Banks. Is this the address I would ask about finding a reasonably priced rental for july 4th weekend for about 5 people and a baby? Cat
-- Catriona Buist  - Wednesday, March 26, 2003 1:08 PM

Me and some of my friends are looking to rent a house, but the only realty companies we find are ones that rent to family groups! Please if you have any info on companies that rent to non family groups please drop a line! THanks!
-- Amanda Loach  - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 14:34:27

I would like information on places to stay and what to do
-- sherri little- Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at 13:48:22

Me and my friends want to stay on the outer banks for a week but im having a lot of trouble finding places that will rent to non-familygroups, im looking at coming up the last week of may or the first week of june
-- Russell Parkinson  - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 12:37:37

Interested in cottage rental in Frisco. Please send a rental guide.
-- Molly Okuly  - Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 18:01:14

Looking for oceanfront rental property to spend the week with my husband-July 13-20, 2003. Looking for a reasonably priced place to get away and enjoy the beach!
-- Mary-Ellen Messier - Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 19:11:17

I'm looking for places to stay, especially houses to rent for Memorial Day Weekend 2003 (Sat., Sun., and Mon.) on the beach or somewhere near that is appropriate for families with young children.
-- R English - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 15:56:20

My daughter, her husband and 2 daughters will be visiting N. C. in June 2003- They live in Colorado. We stayed in a home a couple of years ago in Frisco. Anywhere in that area BUT it M U S T be on the beach. We would prefer a four bedroom home (pool would be nice too). Thank you . 
-- BARBARA WILLIAMS - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 13:47:36

Please give me information about hotels or condos that are available oceanfront.
-- Rosanna Kocian  - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 23:25:02

We are considering holding my daughter's wedding on the Outer Banks and are thinking about renting several houses in the same vicinity. Can you help? 
-- Pennie Denechaud  - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 22:00:23

Looking for oceanfront Outer Banks house to rent May 30 - June 1st for family celebration -- 6-7 bedrooms preferable.
-- anne shannon - Monday, March 17, 2003 at 23:45:33

My best friend and I are teachers and are interested in staying in Nagshead for about three weeks over the summer from July 17- August 5. We are looking for the cheapest accommodations available, including dorm room type accommodations. We want to live like poor people again and have a good time! Any suggestions are welcome. We are looking to spend about 1000 for the three weeks-month. Please e mail me with any helpful hints....Christina
-- Christina Vranian  - Monday, March 17, 2003 at 17:19:30

I've lived in NC close to the Outer Banks my entire life. I once ventured to Okracoke years ago, but didn't pay attention to places to sleep. I would like to spend a weekend in Okracoke, but have no clue where to stay. Are there any bed and breakfasts or quaint hotels?
-- Tracy Smith  - Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 21:05:52

Hi, Three Moms and Four Kids any suggestions for House Rentals
-- Maureen Lay - Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 18:39:06

A group of girlfriends and I that are graduating from college this May, we are having a hard time finding a house to stay at that rents to "non-family" groups. If anyone knows anything, could you please email me back at the address given, any information would be great! Thanks!
-- Mercer Hamblen  - Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 13:14:30

My family of 5 would like to rent a condo or Hotel for 3 nights and 4 days. We would arrive on Saturday and leave on Tuesday evening. I there anything available for my family and I?
-- Penny Rose- Sunday, March 9, 2003 at 17:47:47

Hi everybody. My wife and I are looking for a nice, romantic and cozy place to stay on the OBX from July 5 until July 12th. Does any one offer (or know about) a cabin or cottage or apartment close to the beach? Please let me know (and include the price ;-) -  Thanks in advance!
-- Sven Schueler  - Saturday, March 8, 2003 at 13:10:56

We are interested in renting a high end home for a week in Ocrakoke. 
-- Annie Trudeau  - Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 10:54:48

Can you please send us a catalogue with cottages/ condos TO RENT ON THE OUTER BANKS, not to far from the beach? THANK YOU. Family of 2 adults + 2 children (7,9), Available August 2003
-- Luc Paquet  - Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 14:13:31

I am looking for rental properties that are in the 4-wheel drive area. Can't seem to find any companies. Could someone point me in the right direction? Thanks. Faith
-- Faith Stamps  - Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 10:58:51

We are looking for a place to stay for a group of five adults and two children. We realize that this may require two separate rooms but we don't mind as long as the reservations are at the same location. We would like to be as close to the ocean as possible in the Outer Banks.
-- Amy Ragsdale - Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 08:48:28

Villas group of Condos on Soundside. Quite close to Jockey Ridge and Albemarle Sound on Outer Banks. Looking to rent 3, for a family reunion, for a week. Preferably 07/12/03 or 07/19/03. Have stayed there several times in the past, last time being 1996. Bertha Hurricane chased my children and their families, scrambling North, south and West. Now its time again to reunite @ Nags Head, scene of many Happy Memories. JuleAnn Conlon
-- JuleAnn Conlon  - Monday, March 3, 2003 at 14:50:18

This would be a first time trip for us to travel to the Outer Banks any information you could send me on places to stay and surrounding information would be greatly appreciated. WE are looking to travel there some time during the end of July beginning of august. Thanks Amber
-- Amber Hutter  - Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 00:11:38

We are looking for a nice house with four bedrooms. We would be coming around the first week in august.
-- Deborah Robison  - Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 19:09:18

What is the best ocean front camp ground available at OBX? Looking for full hookup. Thanks! Sondra
-- Sondra Elias - Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 18:50:58

If anyone has any info on where a group of 18+ or where someone 21+ can sign for a house to rent in the Outer Banks I would really like it if you could email me at  with info. We are not a family group but do have a 21+ year old to sign if we need one. Thanks
-- D Rogers  - Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 18:20:28

Looking for a rental home for 4 adults and 4 children from Friday May 2 thru Friday May 9.
-- David Good  - Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 12:45:53

I am looking for a beach front cottage to rent for the weekend on March 15-17. Two adults. It doesn't have to be fancy, just cozy. I would welcome any suggestions from veterans of OBX, as i have never been there, but hear it's wonderful. Thanks, Kim
-- Kim Russell  - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 16:52:47

I am interested in planning a weeks stay someone oceanfront on the Outer Banks of N.C. for the week of April 21 Monday through April 25 Friday, 2003 for two adults and one eleven year old child. Any suggestions? Please email me. Thank you.
-- Dawn Ristaino  - Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 12:49:19

We will be staying in Duck this summer and I would like to know if there are any motels for other family members to stay in.
-- Clara Chetosky - Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 15:55:01

Would you please send info on places to stay for 2 adults and 1 child? Would like to be near beach, area with children activities, have air conditioned lodging, and a pool. Thank you.
-- Shawna Welsh - Monday, February 10, 2003 at 13:46:54

My friends and I are looking for a place to live this summer (2003) in the Outer Banks, there will be 4 of us. Any information is helpful and we are also looking for jobs. Thanks!
-- Jessica Stokes - Saturday, February 8, 2003 at 12:46:14

We are interested in locating a home in the Outer Banks during the months of Jan/Feb yearly. We would prefer a home allowing pets-we have a dog-annie, who is house broken-but very attached to her owners. We long to be snow birds and escape south for the winter months. If you have a nice home available, please email us at the address posted. Thanks. 
-- terry snodgrass  - Friday, February 7, 2003 at 14:21:11

oceanfront accommondations
-- julia edwards  - Sunday, February 2, 2003 at 12:48:48

I am interested in finding a certain house if anyone could help me. It was called salt spray #503 by r&r realty It is located in Ocean sands section b. i would like to know what realty now has it. thank you.
-- cristine lucas  - Saturday, February 1, 2003 at 13:12:41

We have heard wonderful things about the outer banks are looking to take just a short vacation towards the end of March. We have been to Myrtle beach about, what feels like a billion times and have grown somewhat tired of the touristy, overcrowdedness of the area. We are major golfers are looking for middle to upper scale accommodations on the ocean. This will be the first vacation alone in 4 years so we are really looking forward to it. Here is how green I am about the outer banks... I do not even have any idea how to even get there from the frozen tundra of Minneapolis. so I could use any suggestions you might have. Any names of web sites our travel agents that could put together a golf , hotel package would be great!!! Thank you kind persons! 
-- marcia dooner  - Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 21:52:23

I am planning a trip for 15 people to the Outer banks. I have never been down there before, so I need some help as to wear to stay. I want to rent a house for the week and need to know in which area. I never realized how many different towns (if that is what they are called) are in OBX. Any suggestions? 
Also we would like to be near the beach, have things to do around, but do not want to be in the most expensive area.
-- Jimmy Hauer  - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 18:40:49

My husband and I would like to visit the OBX with our dog (miniature poodle). All of the places I've seen are usually min. 2 bedrooms. The places I've found with one bedroom don't allow dogs. Also, we are looking for a place that is nice--near golf, restaurants, etc. but also as close to the oceanfront as we can afford. We'd like to pay in the $500-600 range for a week in July. Too tall an order? Thanks!!!!
-- Christine Alam  - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 11:49:31

Can you please send me information on houses to rent that are pet friendly. Thanks
-- Amanda Panning  - Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 16:06:33

I would like catalogs on rental houses for the Cape Hatterus area asap. Thankyou, Nancy Hudimac
-- Nancy Hudimac - Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 10:28:20

I have never vacationed in the outer banks and would like to do so this year - please send us info on places to rent for three adults - end of May or beginning of June 2003. Thank you.
-- roy davis  - Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 09:05:11

I am looking for a job and a place to stay for me and my boyfriend for the summer of 03. could you email some info on living and working in the obx. thanks!
-- Lauren Shifflett  - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 04:59:21

Two of my friends and I are trying to find a place to live for the summer in Nags Head. We will all have graduated from Georgia Tech and starting careers in August. We want a small cottage that is affordable. We are accustomed to college budgets, so our living standards are not outrageous. Any ideas would be great. Thanks.
-- Jenny Wood - Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 15:32:20

Hi! We'd like information on renting a cottage on the beach in Nags Head for the month of July, 2003. Thanks!
-- Patricia Stefurak - Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 21:05:46

I have visited the Outer Banks before with my family.This year me and some of my friends want to go.Do you know of any vacation homes that will rent to young responsible adults ages 20-25?
-- Erin Waters  - Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 23:36:07

Would like brochures on beach house rentals for summer 2003, Thanks, 
-- Thomas Steimer  - Friday, January 10, 2003 at 12:14:30

We have a 2 bedroom oceanview condo on Hilton Head Island and would like to exchange a week for a week in the Outer Banks. We would like the week of July 5th. Unfortunately, our place is rented for that week. We have many other weeks open.
-- Cathy Phillips  - Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 21:03:46

I am very interested in finding resorts that allow ATVS to ride around freely.
-- Shellee Wheeler  - Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 13:47:18

We would like any information avaliable we are looking to come in August!
-- Carolyn Rozanski  - Monday, January 6, 2003 at 12:17:54

My husband and I visited the cottages about five years ago.
We want to come back for a visit but would like to receive
a catalogue of all the different cottages for rent, where they are located and how much per week.
-- Barbara Pomery  - Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 15:57:38

I have a 3 bedroom home in Massanutten Four Season Resort near Harrisonburg, Va. Would like to swap for a home at Outter Banks for the week beginning June 28, 2003. Massanutten offers cool weather, beautiful scenery for biking, hiking, river rafting and tubing.
-- Mary Fitzpatrick - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 17:36:37

my daughter is transferring to nags head in jan./feb with her 2 year old daughter. she's looking for an inexpensive apartment/house to rent year round. we searched the internet but found nothing. any suggestions?
-- susan marshall - Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 10:39:51

Help: I have gotten zero information on places to stay FOR THE
ENTIRE SUMMER. I am a high school English teacher, and would like to stay in the Outer Banks next summer ('03). Does anybody have information to help me with this? I would like to stay in a house, 1-3 bedrooms, secluded, or at least not part of a dense neighborhood. Thank you very 
-- Andrew Toussaint  - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 12:59:21

CAN YOU PLEASE SEND ME A CATALOG FOR HOUSES TO RENT ON THE OUTER BANKS? THANK YOU.
-- Cindy Likens  - Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 13:54:57

Can you please send me catalog of the rental houses for nagshead....Thankyou, James G
-- James Gillespie  - Sunday, 1, 2002 at 18:31:32

Please sned me the magazine for beach house rentalsThankyou,James Gillespie
-- James Gillespie  - Sunday, December 17, 2002 at 11:01:23

Hey, We hope to visit the Outer Banks the end of April (looking for an uncrowded visit) with our black "golden retriever." Can anyone give us advice about where we could stay with her? She's an absolute sweetheart of a dog and extremely well behaved (I know all pet owners say that, but Cassie really is). We're interested in a one bedroom cottage or condo. Many thanks.
-- L McSweeney - Sunday, October 6, 2002 at 12:48:05

Hoping to vist the outter banks sept or early oct next year want to know how the fishing is also want a place to stay for three people close to the ocean as we can get. never been there before heard alot about it sounds like a great time.
-- Tim Ainsworth - Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 22:49:14

I have stayed in Hatterus for about 10 years with my family but now the kids are grown and am looking for thiese little cottages I think they are log but not sure that are right on the beach. Does any one have a clue as to what I am talking about, I am not trying to be rude. I just want to find this place so I can go here. Please send me any and all inquires abo 
-- Jezijane  - Monday, August 19, 2002 at 02:16:14

I would love to find a place to stay on the beach, a big enough house to have a family reunion. I was interested in October 2002.
-- Marie Tremmel (mtremmel) - Friday, August 2, 2002 at 09:27:07

My family is looking for a vacation destination. You all have great things to say about Hatteras but what about Emerald Isle? Has anyone visited there? What would be your choice? We need a large home that will sleep 17 (10 adults, 7 children). We will be vacationing in the month of September or October depending on what we find available. I am running out of time and quite frankly I'm exhausted already just trying to find a vacation property that will accommodate us for the dates we have available. HELP!!!!!!
-- Renee - Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 01:17:11

I will be traveling to the outer banks in late sept with two dogs (approximately 25 lbs each). help! i am not locating many places to stay with them on just a nightly basis. i need moderately priced lodging/ i can't afford a week in a rental cabin! i am especially interested in the hatteras/ocracoke area. also the nags head area. thanks so much for any help you could provide!!!
-- rebecca  - Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 13:15:41

There is a campground at the end of Okrakoke Island and I can't remember the name or find the phone number anywhere. If anyone has any information on this, please email me. I think it is the only campground on the island and plan on staying there this summer, 2001. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. 
-- Leigh Gadek - 3/25/01

My Friends and I are looking for a Motel to stay at for about a week around mid June 2001. We are interested in something inexpensive yet not to dumpy. We also need something that will rent at least two rooms to very responsilbe 18 year olds. Thanks for your help 
-- Kara Barton  -- 3/20/01

Good Morning, I would like to know if you have a telephone number for the "Pony Tail Motel" I believe this is the correct name) in Okrakoke Island? We did have the telephone number, but, unfortunately it got lost.
-- Paul Clark, Boiling Springs, Penna.  -- 3/19/01

I am looking for time sharing facilities in the outter banks area. We need ocean front with 2 to 3 bedrooms. I would appreciate it if you could inform me of any available, or any links to this effect. Thank You,
-- Harry Young -- 3/17/01

We are going to be in nagshead n.c. for a week in july and would like to know of any places that have karaote. Thanks 
-- jamie pierce  -- 3/15/01

My husband and I are interested in staying at Cape Hatteras, NC during the week of May 6 or May 13. We are interested in motel and cottage rates in the area. We would appreciate any information that you could provide. We don't have pets. Thank you.
-- Judith Conley  02/24/2001

Hi, I'm looking for an inexpensive motel that allows dogs for the week after Easter
-- J Martin 02/20/2001

We don't get to the beach much! Looking for accomodations for 3 of us on the beach. Preferably close to fishing pier for week beginning May 13, 2001. Thanks!
-- Sherry 02/19/2001

My friend and I are traveling to the Outer Banks to work this summer. However we don't know how best to get there. We'll be flying in to Baltimore International airport on the 2nd June 2001. Any tips on how to get there cheaply by bus train or air would be greatly appreciated!! " 2 confused Irish girls" 
-- Ruth Fahey  02/14/2001

Looking for accomadations for 7/21-7/28 for 3 adults 1 child
-- Sharon Naugle  02/13/2001

I'm getting married on Oct. 20th and I would like to find a place to have a girls weekend probably sometime in Aug. or Sept. Is there a house that we could rent for a weekend, up to three nights, that could accommodate 15-20 people? FYI - Our ages are late 20's to early 30's. Also, when do the rates go down? 
-- Traci Allert  02/-7/2001

My family recently returned from a visit to Kill Devil Hills the week of May 23, 1999.I can not say enough good things about the Best Western Suites in Kill Devil. Two large rooms plus a Murphy bed were more than adequate for our family of 6. The rates were reasonable, and the rooms were clean and right on the ocean. We have already booked for bext year!
-- Rick Duncan submitted 6/23/1999

Have come to the Banks since 1971, no MacDonald's then. After many years seeking a clean motel, we saw the Surfside Inn being built. Needless to say, it has been our home each year for our vacation. Our kids are grown, but we love the North side of the building, 3rd floor. This year we waited too long to get a reservation. So we'll miss the beautiful beachs of the Outer Banks (would not stay elsewhere) We will especially miss eating at our favorite resturaunt, Queen Anne's Revenge on Wanchese. Such atmosphere and excellent food!!!! Maybe we'll bother Surfside enough they can shuffle rooms so we can come for the 99 season. Do you hear this Surfside? June 16,1999
-- jeanne sudimak  submitted 6/16/1999

My family and I have been vacationing at Nags Head and the Outer Banks for over 20 years. We have always been very pleased with the Sea Foam Motel at mile post 16.5 on the beach road. The accomodations are always excellent, and the staff there is friendly and helpful. It is nice just being able to step out the back door of your room right on to the beach. We just returned from there (June 1999) and once again were very happy with our trip. We also enjoy dining at the Oasis on the Manteo causeway. The food, service and atmosphere is great.
-- Barb Fox  submitted 6/14/1999

We just stayed at a great place. It is managed by Nags Head Realty. They were so nice and helpful. The home is an ocean front townhouse at the WINDJAMMER. We stayed in Unit V. It was great. The best views you could possibly get. The place had everything you could want without the BIG HOUSE expense. It has 2 bedrooms but sleeps 8. It was great. I would recommend it to anyone that wants a great vacation but does not want to spend an arm and a leg.
-- Sue Thomas submitted 6/6/1999

We vacationed the OBX 5/21 - 5/29/99. Stayed at the Inn at Corolla Light 3 days to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. They had a bottle of champagne on ice waiting in our room when we got there along with a card. It was a nice touch. Our anniversary was actually 2 days later and our daughter surprised us with a wine basket waiting in our room when we got back that evening. We fixed steaks on the grill and relaxed. You could say we were well wined and dined. We were disappointed that the pool was still closed on the Inn premises. We were not advised that it would be. An indoor pool was available to drive to or take the trolley, but we declined that option. Whatever you do if you stay there, don't take a room in the pedestrian traffic zone. Room was gloomy and poorly lit. They had a great complimentary breakfast layout, which was good because if you didn't eat it there or fix it in your room it was hard to find. We had the most fun discovering that our 4WD drive Mazda MPV Van was fully capable of negotiating the beach and we drove 9 miles north at the surf's edge. It was exhilarating. There are homes on the beach only accessible by beach - no roads. We had hoped to see the wild horses, but didn't. We had picnicked on the beach the day before, but the flies were so vicious they bit right through the insect repellant. We found Corolla a bit too separated from everything for our tastes. Don't miss the Currituck lighthouse, the view was incredible and worth the 214 steps it took to get there. The best place we found to eat at that end of the Outerbanks was a newly opened place called Qwackers at Duck. The Duck Seafood Buffet was scheduled to open the following Wednesday ($22.95 for adults). Qwackers was more reasonable and located in the same building. We were treated to a beautiful sunset on the sound following a thunderstorm that occurred while we were eating. It was breathtaking. We also ate at Fishbones in Duck. We highly recommend the Clam Chowder (get a bowl), but NOT the HOT CRAB DIP. What an awful thing to do to good crabmeat and it was served with garlic bread of all things. We stayed at The Sea Oatel on the beach in Nags Head for two days. Great view of the Atlantic. There was a sandstorm going when we arrived that built dunes on our 3rd floor balcony though and sand blew into everything. Following day was gorgeous and we visited the Elizabeth II a replica of a sailing ship. We ate at the Wharf, a very popular seafood buffet, which is everything it's claimed to be ($17.95 for all you can eat). Get there early and wait for the door to open. Otherwise there will be long wait. It was empty when we went in and packed when we left. The Grits and Grill was good for breakfast. We also liked the shopping opportunities around Nags Head. We left the motel curtains and balcony door open all night the second night so we could hear and see the breakers. Awoke the next morning to see several porpoises feeding just offshore. Stopped to see the Hatteras Light House. It hasn't moved from its original location but a roadbed is being prepared for its move later in June. Picture taking not good because of all the construction machinery. Stayed two nights at the Pony Inn on Ocracoke. Very nice. Captain' Ben's is right next door and had wonderful food. Took our "dune buggy" (Mazda MPV) for a spin on the beach again. Visited the Ocracoke Lighthouse, which was interesting. The shops are fun and don't miss the museum next to the ferry landing. Unless you are going fishing or to the beach that's about it for Ocracoke - 40 minute ferry one way and 2 1/4 hours on the Cedar Island Ferry going the other way. The "wild" ponies are in a pen on the highway going into Ocracoke Wanted to visit Cape Lookout Lighthouse, but cost was prohibitive. You have to take a ferry and I believe it was $20.00 per person. $65.00 to take your 4WD. Bought postcards instead from The National Park Service's beautiful facility. We picnicked and watch boats go by. Spent the last two nights at the Homestay Motel in Wilmington. Best room yet and very reasonable. Pool was beautiful and the ocean warmer. Visited the newly remodeled NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Would you believe they have a petting zoo of sea creatures. There were several species of crabs including Hermit & Horseshoe crabs that kids could pick up (with supervision). We enjoyed that as much as the kids. Tried to go to Wrightsville Beach. No places to park so worked our way back out. People were walking miles to get to the beach. It was the complete opposite of Corolla. We went back to the pool at the motel. Ate at Sticky Fingers BBQ. Ribs were delicious.
-- Linda M Young  submitted 6/4/1999

It would be great if there could be links to these places where people are suggesting to stay. I know not everyone is posted on the web, but by chance they did have a page it would be very helpful to just click and go! I am having a hard time finding anything on Dolphin and Middget Realty. Also...has anyone out there rented the little Cabbana's on the beach? If so...would love to hear of the experience. Thanks so much!! :O)
-- Wendy Roope submitted 6/2/1999
Editor's Note: We have put together a page with most of the URLs for these various places. You can find that at http://www.USAescape.com/OuterBanks/LodgingList.html

My boyfriend and I just came back from our second trip to Nags Head, NC. I have been going to the Outer Banks since 1968, and usually stayed on Ocracoke Island. I highly recommend Cola Vaughan Realty cottages. For those of you with pets, many of the cottages are considered "pet friendly". I found Cola and his wife Meagan very accommodating and reasonable (unlike so many other realty companies). Check out their web site at www.colavaughanrealty.com -- we stayed at "Seasons in the Sun". The cottage was very comfortable and right across the street from beach access.
-- Andrea submitted 5/30/1999

My husband, Chad, and I just returned from the most amazing five days at the Inn at Corolla Light. Our first visit to the inn was just over one year ago, and this past Saturday (April 24, 1999) we were married on the bridge at the north side of the inn. We had 65 guests who all stayed at the inn with us, and it truly could not have been more perfect. The staff at the inn is, without question, second to none. I thought that planning a long-distance wedding would be nerve-wracking but quickly found that everyone was extremely helpful, supportive, and encouraging every step of the way. I especially have to mention Carolyn. With her help, we were able to have a wedding celebration more perfect than we had ever dreamed. Everything was absolutely amazing, and Carolyn made it all possible. The rest of the staff was fantastica as well from the office staff who handled our many calls and constant questions, to the housekeeping staff who thoughtfully placed our "welcome bags" in all of the guests' rooms. We were all treated with unbelievable warmth and hospitality, and we will never forget it! Our guests came from all over the country, and all felt that we could not have picked a better spot. A number of folks plan to visit again on their own as soon as they can. Chad and I will most definitely be back to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, etc. The inn will always hold a most special place in our hearts. If you are looking to have the most amazing vacation of your life, the Inn at Corolla Light and the inn staff can make it happen. Enjoy!! Melinda Roper
-- Melinda Bolger Roper  submitted 4/27/1999

Okay, there are certain places you have to go for certain things to eat on the Outer Banks. HURRICANE MO'S for the best steamed oysters ever (beer and wine only)! CAPT'N FRANKS for the best hot dogs! CLARA'S for the absolute best ever she-crab soup! DAIRY MART for the best hamburger you will ever put in your mouth (outside dining only!) ELIZABETH'S CAFE all around yummy! For great tuna taco's, it's gotta be GOOMBAY'S. JOHN'S DRIVE IN for tuna boats with fried okra and don't forget the peanut butter milkshakes (outside dining only!) THE OASIS: you have to go get the BELLRINGERS! Raw oyster on a saltine cracker with horseradish, hot sauce and a jalapeno; a buck a piece. Your nasal passages will be clear for weeks. My record is six. If Mark makes them; I can only do three. THAI ROOM for the sauteed soft shells. We lived on the Outer Banks for nearly 10 years but go back at least twice a year. Just got back from our 11 days during Easter 99. Had a wonde! rful time
-- B&J submitted 4/16/1999

My wife, daughter (7 years old), and I vacationed in the Outer Banks from 3/13/1999 through 3/19/1999 and had a great time... We stayed at the Barrier Island Station in Duck; we loved the location and the easy access to the beach, but our unit was very poorly maintained and needed serious work. We would give a thumbs up to the following activities: Jockey's Ridge (especially kite flying), fishing in the Sound for Striper Bass, the Wright Brothers Museum, shelling and watching the sunrise on the beach, going to the Christmas Shop and Jeannene's Cat House in Manteo, visiting the Elizabeth II and the Roanoke Festival Island, putt-putt, and, of course, seeing the lighthouses. My daughter and I preferred the Bodie Island lighthouse; my wife liked Currituck best. Hatteras was interesting with all of the construction efforts. We'd only give a thumbs down to 2 activities: the trip to Ocracoke was very disappointing - I think our expectations were too high - and looking for ghost crabs at night on the beach. I felt like we were hunting for snipe...maybe it was too cold?
Our big vacation activity seems to be eating... Thumbs up to: Stack 'em High (breakfast), Fish Market (best tuna and fried oysters; the place looks like a dump, but the food was terrific), Owen's (simply wonderful), Black Pelican (great seafood), Jeannette's Pier (great view!), Lone Cedar Grill, the Seamark Coffee Bar, Big Al's (super tuna melts), and Argyles Cafe (upscale food in a casual, friendly environment; superb Bloody Marys; unbelievable deserts). Thumbs in the middle to: Mako Mike's, Fishbones, and Bob's Grill (breakfast). Thumbs down to: Weeping Radish (Manteo; a terrible attempt at German food), RV's (a huge disappointment), and Howard's Pub in Ocracoke (pitiful service, mediocre food, another huge disappointment). It was very hard for us to get used to restaurants that did not offer non-smoking sections. We had an especially disappointing trip to Awful Arthur's where they wanted to seat us at a table by the extremely smoky bar next to a table with a cigar smoker; I made us leave before we even sat down. We've been spoiled in Cincinnati where I believe it's a law to offer non-smoking sections...
We found plenty of things to do during the week, but you could definitely tell that it was off-season. Many restaurants and shops were closed - some contrary to the information found in the Insider's Guide to the Outer Banks. All of the fishing piers were closed - including Avalon which was supposed to be open. An extremely nice captain told us not to take any fishing charters into the Ocean - the fish just weren't there yet. Ben Franklin's opened up our last day and was great for getting souveneirs. Judging from the tourist spots and restaurants, it seems like there were more vacationers than they expected this time of year...
All of the locals that we encountered were extremely helpful and friendly - especially Captain Banks Meredith who put up with 3 fishing novices on a small boat and the crew at Argyles who made us feel like regulars within 5 minutes.
We loved our trip and hope to return In Season within the next few years. Several locals told us that September is the perfect time for a trip to the Outer Banks; it's still warm, everything is still running, and the crowds have thinned.
Bruce McGeorge 
-- McGeorge, Bruce (CAP, CFS)" submitted 3/22/1999

Can anyone tell me some good restaurants to try? I've been to Kellys, Sam and Omies, Owens, Kitty Hawk Pizza, Duck Deli, Dare Devils Pizza,and Big Als. They were all good. We would like to know some new places to stay too.We stayed at Yankee Doodle Dune in Corolla, Seas The Day in Ocean Hill, Seadunes in Kitty Hawk,The Ridges in Nags Head to name a few. All of these places were very nice.Thanks.
-- Luke (Adder) submitted 3/15/1999

My husband and I decided to come to the Outer Banks for our honeymoon on July 25, 1998 and we were not disappointed. This was the beginning of our lives together, and believe me, it was a wonderful start. We loved our vacation so much and we are so glad that this was our choice for our honeymoon. We were able to relax from our hectic wedding plans and just enjoy each others' company in a very peaceful environment. We stayed in the Hot Tub Room at the John Yancey Hotel (Clairion Inn, I believe). It was a very nice hotel and the jacuzzi was nice. We ate at some wonderful restaurants including Western Sizzling and our daily favorite was Dairy Queen!!! We received a lot of food for our money at Western Sizzling's seafood buffet. The food was delicious. We love the fact that there are Dairy Queen restaurants located every couple of miles down the strip!! We were able to visit a few lighthouses (Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras) during our stay also. The beach was wonderful and we came home with wonderful tans. We took nightly strolls on the beach and woke up early to search for seashells. Unfortunately, we did not have much luck in the seashell department. One morning as we watched the sunrise, we saw porpoises jumping in the water. They were beautiful!! Jockey's Ridge was quite a climb, but was well worth it. The view was great and we can't wait to climb it again. We are planning another trip in May 1999 with another couple and are really looking forward to our visit. We have been reading comments from other visitors to get some ideas on activities to do the last week in May. We already know that the Outer Banks will be a vacation spot for us every year!!
-- Jessica submitted 3/9/1999

Hello, Our family of 5 are going to be vacationing from May 8--May 15 in Nags Head. We would like to find a reasonably priced place to stay near Nags Head pier. My mother and son are avid saltwater fisherpersons and plan on spending a lot of time on the pier. They are partial to this pier because of past luck they have had fishing there. I would also like to find a charter for the day or half day for 4-5 people that would be memorable but reasonably priced. If you could direct me to some options , I would be very grateful. Also, for my daughter, where are the wild ponies to be found? And how far down the coast is the Cape Hatteras lighthouse? Any info you could send to me would be just great. Can't wait to get down there in May. My address is : Mary Garrity P.O. Box 2071 Park Avenue Ext. S. Connellsville, Pa 15425 
-- Mary Garrity"  submitted 3/1/1999

I have been going to the Outer Banks for 6 years and by far the best kept secret is the Park Front house in Avon we stay in. There are not many houses that border the National Park. The view is amazing no houses obstructing your view. You can see the whole Cape (Ocean, Sound, Light House, Sunrise, Sunset). You can walk to the beach or sound. All the rental companys advertise Oceanfront to Sound Front to Canal Front but by far the best kept secret on the Outer Banks is the houses that border the National Parks.
-- Jameson Wood submitted 2/22/1999

Hello, 2-1-99 I stayed at the surf or sound realty in june of '98 at the dolphin. The house was great except you were supposed to be able to see the dolphins frolic in the surf and we couldn't. It was only a block at the most away from us. I loved to go down at night and stand there not knowing where or when the waves would hit you. It is TOTAL darkness down there. In the daytime you jump the waves which is also fantastique. I am 13 so I stayed with my parents but believe me you have to go there... You will never forget it..One thing you HAVE to have.. Central air or a couple nights we didn't need it much.....
-- PyeWacket submitted 2/09/1999

Hello all, We've been coming to the Outer Banks since 1993 with the only regret being that I didn't act on my first urges to visit here 25 years ago! For those of you coming here, just a few things to help you enjoy your visit
First, RELAX!! and don't be afraid to just come here and do nothing more than sit on one of the beautiful beaches here and watch the waves. The farther south down route 12 that you go from Nags Head, the more laid back the pace. So if you're looking for exotic night life than maybe this ISN'T place to go to. There are some great restaurants just about anywhere along the length of the Outer Banks however. And many have a bar or lounge to relax in and have a few drinks.
Second, don't be surprised at the change that comes over your kids! My oldest son is in high school and you can literally see the stress drain from his face the minute we hit the Wright memorial bridge! With the chance for them to "just be kids" again you'll be amazed. And don't be surprised if you grow a new generation of Outer Banks lovers while you're at it.
Probably the most important thing. GO WITH THE FLOW! The people who live here have the patience of Job to put up with all of us tourists. They not only seem to put up with us, most of the residents here will go out of their way to help or to give a recommendation for a good restaurant or place to go. Hey, there are cranky folks in all walks of life and you'll probably bump into one or two here, but that is the exception. The pace is slower here, tap into that and remember, you're on VACATION.
Now for things to do, I recommend highly the National parks programs given in season at the various lighthouses and other locations along the seashore. Pick up a copy of the seashores newsletter when you arrive, you can find it at the visitors center as you enter the seashore just past Whalebone junction or in other locations. It gives a great headsup on whats going on. The programs are free and a great way to learn about the area. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is supposed to be moved this year (1999) so I believe its closed, but the area around the lighthouse itself is supposed to be open as much as possible. As for the rest, walk the beach, drive (slowly) along some of the back roads and just poke around to your hearts content. Watch your speed on Rt 12, those signs are not just for decoration. And be VERY wary of where you pull over in the seashore areas to go watch the water. Those soft shoulders keep the tow truck guys in business!
Where to stay? Good question, there are accomodations for any budget and any taste. Check the websites, read some of the experiences here (and remember, you're NOT staying at the Hilton so things can be a little more rustic at times) We've stayed in Buxton at the Lighthouse view since we started vacationing here and have always enjoyed it. It costs a few dollars, but we've never had a problem that wasn't taken care of quickly and with a smile. Make sure your questions are answered regarding refunding of deposits or rates because of Hurricane evacuations, not all places refund your money in case you're ordered off!
And the last thing. These islands are probably the most beautiful places on Earth. You can walk the seashore for miles sometimes and not see a soul. It also means that if you get in trouble in the water, you can be on your own for a while. Check with the hotel or cottage rental places which beaches are lifeguarded and those red flags mean just that.STAY OUT OF the WATER. The currents can be strong and the power of the waves more than you've experienced elsewhere. Keep an eye on the young ones! Leave nothing but footprints, treat the islands with respect and yep, you'll be hooked just like we were.
Don 
-- Anonymous submitted 2/09/1999

For those asking for restaurant recommendations: Our family visits the Outer Banks several times a year, and have been since both my husband and I were babies. Don't miss "Ocean Boulevard" (make a reservation and still be prepared to wait). It's sort of nouvelle cuisine and a bit on the pricey side, but awesome as a "nite out". Also try Flying Fish CAfe. Awesome food, reasonable prices and they work well with kids. Best kept secret for a fabulous restaurant: 3rd Street Grille in the SEa Ranch motel.... to die for. For fabulous sushi and a real party hardy atmosphere: Tortuga's LIe on the beach road. For the young or young at heart.
Great place to stay if you have kids and want some privacy with great accomodations: Ocean Reef Suites. Oceanfront with oceanside pool with pool bar. Suites have a bedroom with two doubles, and living area has murphy bed. Kitchenette and a small restaurant on 3rd floor which delivers to your room. Ok, I've passed on just a small amount of the vast wisdom and knowledge I've acquired. I'll re-visit after this weekend, when "a bunch of just us girls" are going down for a wild 4 day weekend w/o kids. Any activity suggestions?
-- maresa  submitted 2/09/1999

3DMy family and I have been comming to the outerbanks for over twenty years. My wife used to come here as a child and teenager. It was really primative back then.=20 We started out going to NagsHead but moved further south to Hatteras. Along the way we picked up more family and friends to vacation with us. We now have about 8 or 9 families that know each other or are related in some way renting a house on the beach in Hateras Village the same week each year. We have a blast and love it there. We always rent from Middget reality. They are have always been great to deal with and their houses have always been clean and well kept. One of the group that rents with us had a problem this year with his refrigerator. They quickly got him a temporary replacement and helped him find a super house for this comming year.=20 The Channel Bass is the best kept secret in town. The seafood sampler appetizer and soft shell crabs are out of this world and the Haterras style clam chowder is my favorite. Bubba's Barbecue is a must at least twice for the week as is the Hatterasman drive inn which is run by two little old ladies and is only open from about 11:30 till 3:00 each day for lunch. Oster sandwiches, burgers, fries, and old fashion milk shakes Hmmm. Billy's Fish House is also a good choice. We have a great time at the beach, boogie boarding and body suffing. We also set up a volleyball net. One of the group brings down a couple of wave runners and we all take turns. They put them in at Teaches marina and run them out the inlet and up the coast, to the beach were we are all hanging out. It's quite a site. This past year we decided to extend our one week stay by booking a room for two days at the new Holiday Inn next to the ferry. That worked well and was a lot of fun. This year I think I am going to stay two days in the Nags Head area then travel south for my week in Hatteras. =20
-- 3DGeorge Strycker  submitted 2/09/1999

My husband, twins and myself have been visiting Nags Head twice a year since 1995. Since we have always been on a tight budget, we found a wonderful little place at milepost 16.5 called The Dolphin Motel. This is on the ocean, and we get an efficiency for a great price. Diane and Phil, the proprietors have become good friends and we have met several families who vacation the same week we do each year (around July 4). The first year, 1995, we were run out of town by Hurricaine Felix (who didn't have the nerve to show his face, afterall) but we kept coming back. The Dolphin reasonable, clean, accessible to many area restaurants and shops. All four of us have our favorite restaurant: My husband - Carolina Seafood. The food is excellent!! Mine is The Fisherman's Wharf in Wanchese - out of the way but great. My son's is RV's also great food and my daughter... Burger King! Just kidding, but she does like those whoppers. We have visited all the lighthouses, taken the ferry to Ocracoke and back, climbed jockey's ridge, seen the Wright brother's museum. My favorite gift shop is the Shipwreck which is located on the Manteo Causeway. We also took an evening cruise on the Crystal Dawn. Nags Head is heaven on earth, no doubt about it. 1/15/99
-- Debbie Bush submitted 2/09/1999

 

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