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Planning a day trip to Hatteras

Posted Mar 01 2013 7:24am

While you’re staying at one of our many vacation rentals in Outer Banks, immerse yourself in the laid-back island lifestyle as much as you possibly can. If you are currently planning a vacation without setting aside a day to visit Hatteras, then you’ll “shorely” miss out on one of our best kept secrets. Hatteras Island is the place to go to get away from it all. Imagine the picturesque miles of undeveloped beach wilderness and stretches of sand dunes that exist throughout the seven village communities; Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

Even though Hatteras promises serenity and seclusion, don’t mistake this as having nothing to do. From your vacation rental in Outer Banks, take just a short road trip to Hatteras Island and be instantly transported. Here there are recreational activities that the whole family can enjoy, tons of local distinctive shops, and, while we can’t promise the typical chains or fast food, there are many quaint local eateries to choose from that are sure to entice your taste buds and provide an exquisite dining experience. Need help planning your day trip? Here are just a few of the unique locales that won’t disappoint.


Dolphin Den
With over 30 years of professional food service experience combined with a cookbook of   island family recipes, this is restaurant is a favorite for both locals and tourists. Also known for their award winning Key Lime Pie, make sure this is one of your several stops during your day trip to Hatteras Island.

Rusty’s Surf & Turf
Here you will be immersed in a culturally rich dining experience. While you are surrounded by cheerful local artwork, try any of their bold dishes utilizing creative preparations of the local seafood. Chef Rusty Midgett, a native of Hatteras, is continually inspired by all of the exotic places he has traveled on surf trips. Enjoy the flavor of the islands at Rusty’s Surf & Turf.


OceanAir Sports
Whether you are an expert kite boarder or a beginner kayaker, there will be something here for everyone. Offering both lessons and rentals for windsurfing, kite boarding, standup paddle boarding, surfing, kayaks,, sailing and Waverunners, OceanAir Sports in the perfect place for your Hatteras Island adventure to begin!

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
With more than 265 species of birds such as both Canada and snow geese, heron, egret and tern, Pea Island could very well be considered a birder’s paradise. For the beginner, guided bird walk programs are offered year round. There is a hiking trail along all the beaches on Pea Island where visitors can step back and observe all of the magnificent wildlife the island has to offer.


Blue Pelican Gallery

With an emphasis on local artists, you can bet that you’ll find the perfect souvenir here. From home décor to functional art, to crafts and art gifts, and wedding favors and favors. Plus every time you visit you’ll find something new to catch your eye—featured artist-owner Jennifer Johnson changed the inventory weekly, if not daily.

Indian Town Gallery
Featuring arts and crafts made by the locals. Sometimes when you stop by at the right time you’ll have the chance to watch local artists working on their creations. In the gallery, catch a class taught by one of our many talented local artists. Take home a one-of-a-kind piece of art, pottery, jewelry and much more.

With all these unique experiences on the island, it may be hard to leave Hatteras at the end of your day. Just make sure that you don’t forget to head over and climb the tallest brick lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras before you take one long look at the peaceful beaches as you head back to your vacation rentals in Outer Banks.

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