Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything you have. Your health, your family, and your friends is something to celebrate, so why not celebrate in one of the most beautiful places on the East Coast? Starting a new family tradition of giving thanks on the Outer Banks is something that everyone can agree on. There’s plenty of reasons to spend a week on the Outer Banks during the summer, but here are our top reasons to spend your Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks this Fall.


The holiday season can be stressful. Between trying to figure out who is cooking what and where everyone is meeting can be a task of its own. By spending time together in one of our amazing vacation rentals, Thanksgiving coordination is a walk in the park. One spacious house, one well equipped kitchen, hundreds of laughs, and zero stress? That sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving set up to us! Plus, what’s better than a vacation to the Outer Banks in the middle of Fall?

Captain’s Retreat II (#4664) | Sleeps 12

During the holidays, preparing and accommodating guests can really be a hassle. Let us handle that for you. With homes that can sleep up to 26 guests and sister homes that accommodate 18 people per home, there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy quality family time together on the OBX.


If you ask any local, they’ll tell you that the shoulder and off seasons on the Outer Banks are the best time to visit. Traffic is at a minimum, the crowds are gone, and the beaches are empty. While it does get a little too chilly to have a proper beach day, long strolls on the beach and shell seeking are the norm during this time of year. Walk off all that Thanksgiving turkey on the beach and enjoy the quiet, stillness of the usually bustling Outer Banks.

image via Sisters Boutique

Black Friday shopping is always fun especially when you’re doing it at local boutiques. Stores like Sisters of Manteo or Mom’s Sweet Shop will have Black Friday Deals. Shopping locally is a much less hectic experience than trying to fight off crowds at the mall, that’s for sure. Plus, fun family friendly like Winterlights at The Elizabethan Gardens and Hangin’ With Santa are happening Thanksgiving weekend; two activities you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

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If you’ve got a master chef in the family, we’ve got the perfect homes for you. Many of our kitchens have top of the line amenities and enough space to cook a gourmet Thanksgiving meal. The cooking enthusiast in your group will have a field day with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and ample meal prep space! Plus, with spacious dining room tables, everyone has a place to sit down, chow down, and catch up with one another.

image via Rooster’s Southern Kitchen

If you’re not much of a cook, don’t worry. On the Outer Banks, there are so many amazing local restaurants that are serving Thanksgiving meals. Choose from great buffets, ordering off menu, or even getting a caterer to come to your rental home to serve up something tasty. The options for you Thanksgiving meal are limitless and always effortless.


Whether you decide to dine out or have a meal at the house, you’re sure to have a stunning view of the OBX. Soundside restaurants like Pamlico Jack’s offer breath taking sunset views along with a Thanksgiving buffet! Many of our rental homes are either soundside or oceanside; providing a picture perfect view. Since our fall and winters are normally so mild, if you’re preparing a meal at home you may even be able to dine right on the beach or soundfront!


Since Thanksgiving falls during the off season, many of our homes have low rates! You can book a spacious, luxury home for a fraction of the summer price! Plus, you can save with our Hometown Hero discount if you’re a first responder, part of the military, educator, nurse, or civil servant. Spending your Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks is fun, financially friendly, and you’re sure to create memories (and hopefully traditions) that will last a lifetime. To book your Thanksgiving getaway, visit our website or call us at (800) 458-3830 and one of our amazing vacation specialists will be there to help you!