After a hot, busy summer, some of us are longing for a cooler, simpler season… fall. Everyone looks forward to the first day of fall. It’s the first day where you can pull out your boots, scarfs, and flannel shirts, and begin stocking your home with all the pumpkin flavored items your heart desires. Even though summer gets all the glory on the Outer Banks, fall is a hidden secret among locals, who claim it to be their favorite time of year. The island feels more at ease with less crowds and more beach to enjoy. Check out our Top 10 List to see why you should plan an OBX getaway this fall.

1 // Less Traffic

School is back in session and families are getting back to their yearly routine. The summer travelers have come and gone, making it much easier to get to the beach, your favorite Outer Banks restaurants, and local attractions. Spend less time in the car and more time enjoying all your favorite OBX spots.

2 // More Beach & Great Weather

Less traffic, of course, equals more beach for you! Finding a spot to spread out your beach blanket is easier than ever. There is plenty of room to surf fish, paddle board, surf, or just sit and relax. The cooler temperatures in the 70s make it more enjoyable to kick back and enjoy a good book in your beach chair.

3 // Better Fishing

Local fishermen don’t want to give away this secret, but fall is the best time to go fishing on the Outer Banks. A variety of fish begin to migrate from west to the east coast in the fall, so there is more fish in the sea for you to reel in. White marlin, sailfish, and tuna are plentiful for the offshore angler. Inshore, pier, and surf fishing are also promising if you’re looking to fill up your cooler with Spanish and king mackerel, bluefish, red drum, cobia, trout, mullet, and puppy drum.

4 // Better Surfing

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just enjoy watching from the shore, fall is when the waves get bigger and the surfing is at an all-time high. Windswells, north, south, and east swells and light westerly winds make for great surfing conditions, especially on Hatteras Island. If you’re no Kelly Slater, you can still enjoy watching as the best amateur surfers at the Easterns surf competition at Jennette’s Pier, that takes place every fall.

5. Better Dining Experience

Were you craving a jerk burger from Tortugas’s Lie this summer, but couldn’t take the wait? Now is your chance to visit your favorite OBX restaurants and grub on your favorite dishes before some places close for the winter. Many restaurants offer discounts and specialty menus during the fall so you can try something new at an even better price.

6 // Shorter Lines at Popular OBX Attractions

Leisurely climb the lighthouses and visit the Wright Brother’s Memorial without feeling the rush of the crowd. You can finally take you time to soak in the history and the beauty of these famous local attractions.

7 // Sales for the Shopper

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping this fall on the OBX. Many shops prepare to close for the off-season and offer wonderful deals on unique trinkets and gifts. Outlets Nags Head is also a don’t miss spot for Black Friday shopping and fall sales.

8 // Stunning Sunsets & Scenery

The change in temperature and weather conditions make for stunning sunsets that you just have to see in person. Vibrant colors of purple, orange, red, pink, and blue fill the evening sky and are the perfect way to end the day. Watch the sun set over the sound from the public soundfront piers and gazebos or from the sun decks of your soundfront vacation rental home.

9 // Fantastic Festivals & Events

From the foodie to the music lover, there is a special event for everyone to enjoy on the OBX this fall. The Easterns Surfing Championships, the Outer Banks Parade of Homes, Outer Banks Seafood Festival, and Duck Jazz Festival are just a few of the upcoming fall events that you don’t want to miss.

10 // Discounted Rates

You can stay at Sea Glass Shack property #4846 for as low as $1,307 for the WEEK!

A getaway to the OBX is incredibly affordable in the fall. Rental rates are heavily discounted in the off-season, which means you can stay in a great location for a fraction of the summer price. From Corolla to Hatteras Island, you have a wide selection of homes to choose from. Our Last Minute Offers page allows you to submit an offer (21 days or less prior to your arrival) for the chance to receive incredible savings on your trip. We always have homes on special on our Weekly Specials page too!

The OBX is yours for the taking this fall. Don’t miss the sights, sounds, and events that only happen this time of year. Book your fall getaway on the Outer Banks today!

Aquaholic – adjective. Addicted to water; of a place, or person, that is happier on or near a body of water. If this definition applies to you, we’ve got some of the best OBX vacation rentals that’ll be sure to please. Check out these top OBX homes with amazing views!

The Sea’s Embrace #5587 

Oceanfront – Nags Head | 4 bed + 3 bath

This newly updated home provides stunning ocean views that any ocean lover will enjoy! Spend time relaxing on the back porch listening to the waves crash or lounge in the living room and enjoy the best of oceanfront vacationing.

Gift Of The Sound #1538

Soundfront – Corolla | 5 bed + 5 bath

Experience all Corolla has to offer you at Gift Of The Sound. This soundfront home features a hot tub and pool that overlook the sound. Plus, you have your own private dock for launching a boat, kayaks, or stand up paddle boards.

I Can Smell The Ocean #7027

Oceanfront – Rodanthe | 3 bed + 2 bath

Any closer to the ocean and you’d be wet! This classic beach box home sits directly on the beach looking over the Atlantic Ocean. Dine on the front deck and listen to the waves crash and enjoy convenient access, steps away from the shore break.

Kevin’s Corner #4735

Oceanfront – Kitty Hawk | 3 bed + 2 bath

Kevin’s Corner is the perfect home for ocean lovers. Located literally steps away from the ocean, this home features classic decor and a ton of fun playing on the beach.

Beach Blessing #4100

Oceanfront – Duck | 9 bed + 10.5 bath

This oceanfront escape is perfect for large groups that love oceanfront living! With a large, kidney shaped pool, immense decking, and spacious common areas, Beach Blessing offers you and your group a memorable Duck vacation.

Options #5509

Soundfront – Nags Head | 3 bed + 2 bath

This soundfront OBX vacation home features a private dock for boating, SUP boarding, and kayaking plus front row views to stunning OBX sunsets!

If you didn’t know, the Outer Banks opened up the coolest, wildest, and splashiest water park last summer! H2OBX is the premier OBX water park that’s perfect for the whole family. Opening day this year falls on May 26th and we can’t wait! We’ve come up with the ultimate guide for navigating through H2OBX! From the thrill seekers in your crew to the ones that just need to relax, get a feel of what H2OBX has to offer your group!

For The Thrill Seeker…

Dune Runner
What Is It?

A 2-person innertube thrill ride that’ll be sure to give you a good laugh and a great splash until the very end of the slide. Kids, teens, and adults will love this ride!


You have to be a minimum of 42″ (or 3.5 feet) tall. The ride is available in double or single tube. Single tube max weight is 300 pounds, and double tube combined max weight is 400 pounds.

Max Capacity?

2 per tube

Midnight Marauder
What Is It?

Similar to Dune Runner, this splashy 7-story ride takes you through a partially enclosed slide at high speed! This ride is perfect for kids, teens, and adults!


Minimum of 42″ (or 3.5 feet) tall. The ride is available in double or single tube. Single tube max weight is 300 pounds, and double tube combined max weight is 400 pounds.

Max Capacity?

2 per tube

The Plank
What Is It?

A heart-pumping, body slide that drops you down a tube with a splashy ending! This ride is great for kids, teens, and adults!


You must be at least 48″ (4 feet) tall to ride this ride. Maximum individual rider weight is 300 pounds.

Max Capacity?

1 rider

What Is It?

A Zero-G slide that launches you up a slippery wall and will have you saying “let’s go again!” by the time you come back down! This ride is perfect for kids, teens, and adults!


You must be at least 42″ (3.5 feet) tall. Maximum weight for 2 riders is 400 pounds, max weight for single rider is 300 pounds.

Max Capacity?

2 per tube

Storm Chaser
What Is It?

A splashy slide ride that takes you around a swirling bowl and to the end of the ride. This slide is wet and wild fun for everyone from kids to adults!


Minimum of 42″ (3.5 feet) tall. 2 rider tube max weight is 400 pounds, single person tube is 300 pounds.

Max Capacity?

2 per tube

Endless Wave Flow Rider
What Is It?

The best wave you’ll catch at H2OBX! Choose from body board or surfboard and test your skills in the Flow Rider!

Max Capacity?

1 rider

Wild Horse Run
What Is It?

An enclosed waterslide full of twists and turns that everyone in the whole family will love!


A minimum of 42″ (3.5 feet) tall to ride. Max weight for 2 riders is a combined 400 pounds. Max weight for individual riders is 300 pounds.

Max Capacity?

2 per tube

For The Group…

Queen Anne’s Revenge
What Is It?

An open slide tube ride that’ll have you, your friends, and your family laughing the whole way through!


All riders must be at least 42″ (3.5 feet) tall. Maximum weight is 1,000 pounds total.


3 to 6 riders

Rogue Wave
What Is It?

A 6-story raft ride similar to the Riptide that’s fun for the whole family!


All riders must be at least 42″ (3.5 feet) tall. Maximum weight is 1,000 pounds total.

Max Capacity?

3 to 6 riders

For The Active…

Deep Six Adventure Lagoon
What Is It?

An aquatic obstacle course complete with climbing wall, balance pads, and more! Engage in a little friendly competition and see who can get through the fastest!

Twin Tides
What Is It?

This wave pool is perfect for those who can’t quite handle the bigger waves of the Cat 5 pool! Splash around with your kids or relax a little, this section of H2OBX is perfect for all ages!

Cat-5 Bay Wave Pool
What Is It?

A wave pool with the biggest man-made waves on the east coast! You’ll be sure to have fun splashing around and body surfing a few waves! (For those who aren’t the strongest swimmers, check out Twin Tides, or take a dip between wave intervals.)

For The Kiddos…

Calico Jack’s Cove
What Is It?

A water-filled playground with flowing fountains, water guns, and a huge bucket of water just waiting to get dumped on the unsuspecting! Calico Jack’s Cove is the perfect place for the whole family to run around, get wet, and have fun!

Sand Pail Beach
What Is It?

A kiddie section for the tiniest of H2OBX visitors! Perfect for toddlers and little ones, Sand Pail Beach features fountains, 4 looping body slides, and a 3 lane race. Sand Pail Beach is the best place for your little pirate!

For The Stressed Out…

Teach’s Tide Adventure River
What Is It?

A 1,000 foot lazy river complete with cool water, waterfalls, and geysers. Teach’s Tide is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and let your worries float away. This attraction is perfect for the whole family.


Kids under 44″ (4 feet) tall must be accompanied by an adult

Max Capacity?

An entire family with single or double tubes

Lounge Chairs + Cabanas

If you’re really looking to relax, pull up a beach chair in front of Cat-5 Bay, get a cool drink, and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun! If your whole family wants a place to hangout, you can reserve private cabanas complete with snacks, drinks, and complimentary locker!

H2OBX offers an awesome food court, places to sit and relax, and so much more! Plus, if you book a stay in a participating home with Resort Realty, you can receive 2 FREE tickets to the park! For more information, follow the link here! Start your summer off with fun, adventure, and plenty of memories at H2OBX!





















Mother’s Day is just around the corner and for you last minute Mother’s Day planners, don’t worry. If you’re lucky enough to be on the Outer Banks this Mother’s Day or if you live here, we’ve come up with the top spots on the Outer Banks that Mom will love!

Elizabethan Gardens
A stroll through the gardens on Mother’s Day is perfect

Taking a stroll through the historic and beautiful Elizabethan Gardens is a perfect way for mom to enjoy her special day. With views of the sound, beautiful statues, and of course the vibrant flowers, all will be sure to make her smile.

Yoga Studio
Treat mom to a yoga session on the beach, like this one at Village Yoga

For the active mama, a yoga class on the Outer Banks is the best way to spend her day! Local yoga studios like Village Yoga in Duck offer an array of classes to get mom active doing something she loves!

The Spa
Let mom relax and unwind at an OBX spa like Lovie’s

What better way to spend Mother’s Day than at the spa? The Outer Banks is full of different amazing spas for mom to get the celebrity treatment. Treat her to a facial and massage this Mother’s Day weekend.

Retail Therapy

From the Outlet’s to great local boutiques, mom can spend her day engaging in a little retail therapy! A shopping day fit for the queen mom is!

Mother’s Day and mimosas are the perfect pair

No Mother’s Day is complete without a great meal, and who doesn’t love brunch?! Restaurants like Ocean Boulevard, Red Sky, Pamlico Jack’s, and Outer Banks Brewing Station offer amazing brunch that everyone, including mom will love! Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe is offering a Mother’s Day buffet for those who want a wide array of options.

Beach Time
A day splashing around with mom at the beach? Yes please!

Whether mom wants to run around and play with the kiddos or settle in with a good book, spending some time on the beach is probably at the top of her list. Plan a day full of fun, rest, and relaxation on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks.

Relaxing On The Porch
Aquaholic #5402

The ultimate spot for mom? On the porch watching the waves crash in an Outer Banks vacation rental! Whether you want to give mom a weekend away or want to spend a whole week with her, Resort Realty has a wide array of homes that mom will be sure to love!



If you are a first time visitor to the Outer Banks, planning the perfect vacation can be a little overwhelming. With so much to see and do but such little time, it can be a lot especially if you’ve never visited the Outer Banks before! Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a list of places to go, things to see, and more to help you out on your first visit to the Outer Banks!

Places To Go…
Duck Waterfront Shops // Historic Corolla Village // Downtown Manteo

The Outer Banks is full of places to explore and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of small town life. Downtown Manteo features a ton of local shops and restaurants that you must visit. Plus, Roanoke Island Festival Park is just a short walk over the bridge. You can see what life was like for English soldiers in 1585 and even tour a real, working representation ship, The Elizabeth II! The Duck Waterfront Shops features a bunch of great local shops and an amazing view of the sound! If you’re in Corolla, historic Corolla Village is a must visit as well. On a nice, breezy, spring or summer day, getting outside and taking a stroll around these Outer Banks gems with your family is priceless!

Sights To See…
Wright Brothers Monument // Elizabethan Gardens // Jockey’s Ridge

From the Wright Brothers National Monument to Jockey’s Ridge, the Outer Banks is full of rich history that is all tied together. The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are the perfect places to go if you’re interested in learning more about the Lost Colony and see gorgeous array of flowers. The Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, and Cape Hatteras lighthouses are must-sees as well!

Activities To Do…
Carova Beach // Outer Banks Jeep Rentals // Equine Adventure Tours

Whether you have your own 4 wheel drive vehicle or need to rent one, you have to go to Carova or Cape Hatteras for a first time off-road beach experience! Carova and Hatteras Island both feature pristine, undeveloped beaches that are sure to please the first time Outer Banker.While 4WD beaches in Corolla and Carova don’t require a permit, the Cape Hatteras National seashore does. You can find more info here on how to obtain a permit. If 4WD isn’t your style, take a horseback ride with Equine Adventures and see the beauty that Hatteras Island has to offer!

Places To Eat…
Rundown Cafe, Kitty Hawk // Hurricane Mo’s, Kitty Hawk // Duck Donuts, all over the OBX

If you’re looking to find the best local food, look no further! Outer Banks Voice has a great Best of the Beach guide for the best seafood, breakfast, donuts and more, making it easy for you to find the best local eats on the beach! Duck Donuts, Run Down Cafe, and Hurricane Mo’s are just a few great places that made the list so be sure to check them all out!

Where To Stay…
Sailfish Station #5547 // Crosswinds #5716 // Robins’ Nest #2310

When visiting the Outer Banks, staying in a vacation rental home is your best option. It’ll save you money, keep you comfortable, and give you a space to bond and relax with family and friends. At Resort Realty, we have the perfect home for you no matter what your needs. From luxury homes to cozy condos, make your first and future Outer Banks vacations special and rent with Resort Realty! Browse over 500 Outer Banks vacation homes online or talk to one of our amazing vacation specialists at (800) 458 – 3830.

Summer on the Outer Banks is amazing! Great weather, amazing beach time, and so many events makes the OBX super appealing during the warmer months; especially in June! See why you and your family should plan your vacation during the first official month of Summer!

Lower Rates

Luxury homes like Atlantic Breeze #5411 are available at cheaper rates at the beginning of the season!

During June, rates for vacation rental homes haven’t gone up to peak season prices. You still get warm, summer weather without the expense of renting a home during the middle of the season!

Less Crowds

In the beginning and middle of June, many schools haven’t let out for the summer yet so you get first dibs on houses, less wait time at restaurants, and more space to set up your spot on the beach! What more could you ask for?

Less Traffic

Less people means less traffic. During June, your drive to the Outer Banks (and back home) will be much quicker than traveling during the peak of summer! Plus, with our guide on how to avoid traffic, you’ll be out of the car and on the beach soaking up the sun in no time!

Amazing Weather

Did we mention how amazing the weather is during the beginning of summer? It’s not nearly as humid as the July and August months so you can genuinely enjoy being outdoors! The average temperature on the Outer Banks in June ranges from 83º and breezy during the day and 70º at night, it’s the perfect temperature to get out and explore or lounge on the beach.

The Best Time To Swim

With warm, comfortable weather comes warm, calm waters! The ocean temperature in June ranges from the low to mid 70s which is perfect for cooling off after lying in the sun! When the winds come up from the gulf stream, warm, clear waters appear! It’s the best time to get to the beach and take a dip.

Fun Events

Dare Day in Manteo | image via Outer Banks This Week

Early June is the best time to visit if you’re looking for fun, family friendly events! Events like Dare Day, the first annual Food Truck Festival, The Soundside FunFair, and more are great attractions for you and your family to take part in when you visit the Outer Banks!

View our wide selection of Outer Banks vacation homes and plan your getaway to the OBX now!

March came in like a lion…and is going out like a lion! With all the Nor’Easters we’ve had, we’re ready for the warmth and sunshine that April is sure to bring! Along with great weather on the OBX, April brings great events too. Check out the best Outer Banks events and what’s going on throughout April right here!

April 7 // Graveyard of the atlantic museum underwater heritage symposium

10 AM – 5 PM @ The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum 

Learn about German U-Boats off the North Carolina Coast, different shipwrecks, diving experiences, underwater photography, and more! Professional divers and underwater archaeologists will educate you at this free and informative symposium! For more info call 252-986-0720, email, or visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum website.

April 14 – 15 // First Flight 5K + Flying Pirate Half Marathon

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Calling all runners! This famous OBX race is perfect for you! The First Flight 5K and Flying Pirate Half Marathon is a great event for all to participate and attend. The First Flight 5K takes place on April 14th at the Wright Brothers Memorial at 7:30 AM. The Flying Pirate Half Marathon starts at 7 AM on April 15th at 5300 Woods Road and ends at the end of Nags Head woods! For more information and registration, visit the OBX Sporting Events Website.

April 14 – 21 // OBX – Wind

Recurring Daily

The biggest windsurfing event in America is held right here on the OBX! Enjoy watching or taking part in windsurfing competitions and clinics all around Hatteras Island! From long distance to freestyle, there is an event for everyone. Participation prizes will be awarded as well! For more information and updates, visit the OBX Wind website!

April 20 – 29 // Outer Banks Bike Week

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Bikers and bike enthusiasts, this is the week for you to come visit the Outer Banks! With different events all over the OBX, there’s so much for you to do! Over 100 vendors, live music, pig pickins, and more are all happening during this exciting week! For more information, visit the Outer Banks Harley Davidson website.

April 28 – 29 // BlackBeard’s Half Marathon, + Scallywag 5K/10K, Family Fun Run

1050 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke NC

Explore Ocracoke and run for a good cause! Participants can choose between a 5K, 10K, and Fun Run that occur on Saturday, April 28th and half marathon that takes place that Sunday. All finishers will receive a medal and runners in the 5K and 10K will receive a t-shirt. Join in on the 2nd Annual Lt. Maynard’s (famous for his defeat of Black Beard 300 years ago) Challenge and run on both days! All proceeds benefit Ocracoke Community Radio, Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters Club, and the Ocracoke Community Park. For more information, visit the Run Ocracoke website.


The town of Corolla (properly pronounced Cor-RAH-lah), is a small town on the Outer Banks full of history. Now known for it’s wild horses, 4 x 4 beaches, and amazing vacation homes, Corolla was once a quaint village that was unrecognizable to what it is today!

Beginnings of Corolla
Currituck Lighthouse via Whalehead in Historic Corolla Facebook

Native American tribes called Currituck home. The barrier island of what is now Corolla was used for fishing and hunting. Europeans began settling in the area and resided on the mainland in the late 1600’s.

By the mid-1800’s, there were several communities on the island. By 1873, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was set to be built. The lighthouse was lit on December 1st, 1875 and the U.S. Lifesaving Service was in full effect.

Wild Horses

Corolla has been home to wild horses for over 500 years! The horses can be dated back to the voyage of the colony known now as the Lost Colony. The expedition was led by Sir Richard Grenville in 1587. With so much equipment being brought to the new world, ships had to lighter their load in order to stay afloat in the shallow, Carolina waters. Livestock, including the Spanish mustangs had to be sacrificed. It is thought that the horses that roam the beaches in Corolla are direct descendants of the voyage of 1587!

The Whalehead Club
Whalehead Club // Image via Pinterest

Corolla maintained it’s long reputation as a hunting and fishing community. In 1922, what is now known as the Whalehead club, was built by Edward and Marie-Louise LeBel Knight. The home provided work opportunities for Corolla residents as caretakers and hunting guides for the Knight’s and their guests.

During World War II, the Whale Head Club was leased to the United States Coast Guard to aid in patrol of German U boats. After the war, the population of Corolla dwindled significantly. In the 1950s, the population became so low the school closed and the church remained empty. By the 1970’s, only 15 people lived in the village.

Corolla Today
Lovie’s Spa and Wellness in Historic Corolla Village

The number of year round residents in Corolla is about 500 people. During the summer, the population can be more than 50,000 a week! People are attracted to this quaint town because of it’s beauty, vast beaches, and rich history! Rest, relaxation, and amazing food can be found all over Corolla.

Buffalo shrimp wrap at Corolla Cantina
The Juice Jar, located in Corolla Village
Lovie’s Salon and Spa in Corolla Village
Pups love Corolla too!
The Juice Jar, located in Corolla Village

Plan your next Outer Banks vacation! Visit the amazing, historical, and beautiful town or Corolla. With over 120 properties located in Corolla, Resort Realty has a vacation home that is sure to suit you and your family! Visit our website, browse the properties, and book your stay online! You can also call us at 1-800-458-3830 and one of our amazing vacation reservation specialists will be happy to assist you!

Get ready for a weekend full of green! The Outer Banks during St. Patrick’s Day is a weekend for friends, family, fun, and even a little leprechaun magic! See everything St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the OBX has in store!

Running of the Leprechauns 5k and 10k

March 17th  @ 8:00 AM | 2234 S Lark Street, Nags Head

Run to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Choose from either a 5K or 10K run! Each finisher will receive a medal and an event t-shirt. There will also be awards for the top 3 male and female finishers in both distances. After the race, enjoy the Irish-themed after party including Irish stew, sweet potato biscuits, beer, and a costume contest! For more information and registration, visit the OBSE website.


St. Paddy’s 1 Mile Beer Run

March 17th  @ 2:00 PM| Outer Banks Brewing Station

Participate in a Leprechaun themed beer mile at The Brewing Station! The St. Paddy’s 1 Mile Beer Run is chip timed with a backyard party after! The run is strictly 21 and up. Prizes will be awarded to the overall fastest female and male. Wear your St. Patrick’s Day best and get ready to race! The Beer Run is limited to 100 participants and price is $30 per person. To register, visit the OBX running company website! 


28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 18th @ 1:00 PM | Starts @ Bladen St. 

Enjoy a classic Outer Banks tradition! The 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is full of fun, friends, floats, and candy! The parade route starts at the intersection of Bladen St. and Virginia Dare Trail and ends at Driftwood Street. The parade will start at 1 PM. You can find parking and a good seat along the route, but be sure to get there early!


St. Patrick’s Day Dining

Live music at Mulligan’s Restaurant

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks! Restaurants like Mulligan’s and The Jolly Roger feature St. Patrick’s Day dishes, specials, and live music to get you into the spirit!


Herbie’s property #5005

St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the Outer Banks is full of fun! Why not take the time to come visit? Resort Realty has many homes available for spending St. Patty’s Day weekend on the beach! Stay for a week and attend some of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach events or just come for a weekend stay in a home that allows partials! Whatever you decide, Resort Realty has you covered!


March 9th marks the National Day of Unplugging! For 24 hours, log off of your lap top,  turn off that tablet, and put away that cell phone. Use this time to explore and bond with your family. Are you on the Outer Banks? See our guide on different ways to spend your unplugged time on the OBX!

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The Outer Banks in the summer time is the best place to be! Everyone else thinks so too. If you’re an Outer Banks vacation veteran, you’ll know that traffic coming in and out of the beaches can be super congested and time consuming. Everyone is coming in on the same day and leaving on the same day. If you’re not trying to sit in traffic on your next OBX visit, read on to see how to beat the summer jam!

Leave Early

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Most traffic jams on the Outer Banks happen roughly between 11 AM and 3 PM (give or take an hour). By leaving early in the morning and arriving on the Outer Banks by 9 or 10, you won’t have to deal with traffic. The kids can sleep in the car, you can get a little piece and quiet, and you can explore the OBX while you’re waiting for check-in! There are plenty of things to see and do before your vacation rental is ready for check-in. From going to the beach to exploring amazing Outer Banks landmarks, there’s so much to choose from. To get an idea on what to do while you’re waiting browse through the following blogs:

Top 10 Hidden Gems On The Outer Banks

Top 10 Free Things To Do On The Outer Banks

Explore The Outer Banks On A Budget

Top 25 Outer Banks Rainy Day Activities


Find An Alternate Route

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The most congestion on turn over days occurs on the route coming in to the Wright Memorial Bridge. While the GPS may say that taking an alternate route may take more time, it’ll save you from sitting in traffic; especially if you’re vacationing from Kitty Hawk south. Taking highway 64 instead of 158 may add miles to the journey but you’ll be moving at a steady pace and will be on the OBX in no time!


Keep Calm + Plan Ahead

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If leaving early or an alternate route isn’t in the cards for you and your group, have a plan for possibly sitting in traffic. See which rest stops and restaurants are along your route, and pack enough snacks and entertainment for the kids. We’ve come up with a list of great apps for kids to help car rides to the Outer Banks pass faster! You can see them here.


Use Travel Apps

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Travel apps like Waze and Gas Buddy can help you travel with ease. The Waze app can help you avoid accidents, road obstructions, and gives you real time traffic updates. Plus, it offers turn by turn voice navigation and ETA to share with people you may be meeting at your vacation home. Gas Buddy can help you find the best and closest gas prices along your route. You can also enter to win $100 in free gas everyday, too!


Book A Home With A Friday or Sunday Turn Day

Crosswinds #5716 has convenient access to the beach, great amenities, AND a Sunday turn day!

Most people coming to the Outer Banks book a vacation rental home that has a check-in and check-out day that falls on Saturday; which is why traffic on Saturday is usually the worst. If you book a home with a turn over day that’s a Friday or Sunday, not only can you avoid traffic, you can also save money! Most homes with check-in and check-out that aren’t Saturday are typically cheaper! Resort Realty has homes with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday change over so you can customize your Outer Banks vacation however you see fit!

See everything Resort Realty has to offer and get your (minimal traffic) Outer Banks vacation started today!

When it comes to your home, you want it to be comfortable, cozy, and of course stylish. Take a few notes from the design trends we’ve gathered from across the internet, local businesses, and even our own homes to spruce up your own space!

Fresh Light Fixtures
Brighten up your kitchen with fun light fixtures! Property #5410 Ocean Star

Modern light fixtures like these found in the kitchen of Ocean Star #5410 can really brighten up your space! (Pun fully intended). With metallic colors like silvers, bronzes, and golds being especially trendy in home decor this year, you have so many options to make your home super up to date!

Make Use Of Natural Elements + Colors

Modern Beach House, a local Outer Banks interior design service and store hit the nail on the head with this buffet table display. The natural, tan colors of the table and the stark, white walls and topping are beautifully offset by the green plants! This look is easily achievable and can really brighten up your home. To see more great inspo and before and afters of local Outer Banks homes, take a look at the Modern Beach House website!

Shiplap Is Back
Don’t call it a comeback; shiplap is here to stay! Image via Pinterest

If you’ve ever set foot in a classic OBX beach box home, one thing you will see is dark and dreary shiplap and wood paneling. This can make the home look dark and dingy, but fear not, shiplap is making a comeback in a major way! A fresh coat of paint and bright interior furniture or furniture covers and take a drab room and make it fab in no time.

Create An Outside Oasis
Oceanfront porch swinging in style? Yes please! Image via Pinterest

When you’re on the Outer Banks, there’s nothing better than sitting out on the porch with a tall glass of sweet tea. Make sure your porch space is inviting and comfortable. Install porch swings or update the current seating you have with outdoor durable pillows and cushions for the ultimate relaxing space!

Make A Statement
Spice up your space with statement walls! Image via Pinterest

Tired of the same old paint? Make a statement with fun walls! You can get inexpensive wall paper and tile and create a focal point in a room to make it bright and inviting. You don’t have to stop at the walls either, a huge design trend for 2018 is statement floors and ceilings too! Think outside the box and be creative, just make sure you don’t go too overboard, pick one wall and off set the vibrancy with simple furniture and other decor!

Minimalism: A trend you can never go wrong with

Minimalism is a huge trend that we don’t see going anywhere anytime soon. There’s just something about clean lines, crisp colors, and the simplicity of a great room that makes it super relaxing and serene. Add pops of color to the walls and accent pillows to put a little color in the space. Fun lamps like the wave ones pictured in this bedroom from property Atlantic Breeze #5411 can really pull a minimalistic bedroom together!