Valentines Day in the Outer Banks

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10 Uniquely Outer Banks Ideas for Valentines Day

Okay, all you salty sweethearts and solo seafolk, here’s your Outer Banks Valentine’s Day Guide.

1) Sunrise Stroll
Let’s get real- it’s a bit chilly on the sandbar in February, so bundle up before that morning beach walk. Bring a fresh brewed mug of coffee or tea from Front Porch Cafe, Ashley’s Espresso, Waveriders, Morning View or any local coffee spot. If coffee isn’t your thing, check out the Shine On Juicery on the bypass in Kill Devil Hills. They will surely have a blend with a little spice to keep you cozy.

2) Beach Brunch
If it’s a beautiful day out on the beach just grab a quick breakfast from Miss Helen’s (aka Biscuits ‘n Porn) or Barrier Island Bagels, or sleep in and grab a sandwich from Stop n Shop or Country Deli and enjoy the day at your favorite milepost whether on foot or by 4×4. Winter wind will put “sand” in your sandwiches though, so if it’s blustery, head in somewhere warm for omelets and hash browns or whatever you’re craving from one of our year-round breakfast spots like Grits Grill, Bob’s Grill, or Henry’s. If you want a brunch with a Bloody Mary, Arts Place, Jolly Roger or Sandtrap Tavern are your spots.

3) Casting Call
There are many fish in the sea, as the saying goes, and here we take that quite literally! Whether casting with your catch or enjoying alone time along the water, brave the cold and head to your favorite fishing spot. If your amour isn’t an avid angler, consider the Avalon Pier. Great views, rental rods and reels, and just all-around friendly folks. Need to warm up? Head inside to the bar and arcade for some refreshments and fun. Looking for a Valentine’s gift for your outdoorsy love? Local stores like TW’s, Kitty Hawk Kites, and Duck Village Outfitters are well stocked and tended by knowledgeable staff.

Want a day crafted just for you? Local experts at Sandbar Concierge create personalized experiences that you design while they work out the details. Seeking a spa experience, in-home massage, yoga lesson, or private dinner, they can ensure your special day will go smoothly. Granted though it’s a bit chilly here during this holiday, I’d be remiss in not mentioning OBX Picnic Company who can surely overcome the temperatures to create something special. Keeping it a bit more simple but want something unique? Order a custom charcuterie from Riggs & Brie, then stop by Trio or Chips for some wine to pair.

5) Afternoon Oysters
If you’re a fan of the briny bivalve, there’s nothing like sharing a plate of fresh shucked oysters overlooking the water. Head down to Pirate’s Cove where you’ll find The Blue Water Bar & Grill. A carefully curated list of local favorites and other quality options will be there to greet you with windows overlooking the marina.

6) Sunset on the Sound
Whether you ride a bike on bay drive, hike up Jockey’s Ridge, or just sit in your porch (if you’re so lucky), don’t forget to watch the amazing display if the skies are feeling the Valentine’s Day love.

7) Dinner for Two (or one)
Going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day isn’t unique (so get reservations if possible), but our options are offering inspired dishes. In Duck, NC Coast, Village Table & Tavern, and Blue Point will elevate your evening with their chef driven menus and gorgeous views. In Kitty Hawk, Ocean Boulevard offers a custom holiday menu. In Colington, you’ve got the incomparable Saltbox and the classic Colington Cafe. Kill Devil Hills hosts the spot for steak, JK’s, and newcomer Noosa Grill, along with the creative cuisine at the Outer Banks Brewing Station and local favorite Thai Room Restaurant. In Nags Head, Single Fin offers finely crafted Thai and sushi, and the soon to be expanding Blue Moon serves high end comfort. On the causeway Lone Cedar and Blue Water will certainly impress with both views and food.

8) A Walk in the Park
The Outer Banks offers hundreds of miles of trails, and the maritime forest does a surprisingly great job of blocking the ocean winds. Visit the Dare County Community map at community.darecountync.gov/ for detailed locations.

9) Beloved Breweries & Distilleries
There’s something about a tasting flight, right? For a sandbar, we’ve got a lot to offer in the way of breweries and distilleries. From the new Buffalo City Distillery in Point Harbor, Outer Banks Brewing Station and the new Swells’a Brewing in Kill Devil Hills, to Lost Colony Brewery, Weeping Radish Brewery and Outer Banks Distilling in Manteo, you can’t go wrong.

10) Sweet Hearts
Of the opinion it’s never too cold for ice cream? Stop into Moms Sweet Shop, or The Spot. Too cold? Duck Donuts, Proof Bakery, and Tullios Bakery have you covered with pastries, while Moms and Trio have an excellent assortment of chocolates as well.

Author: CoastalLife

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