Our favorite things to do:

 

Take a morning to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk

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Take a day trip to Ocracoke Island

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Plan a day trip to Manteo and the fishing village in Wanchese on Roanoke Island 

http://www.outer-banks.nc.us/tourism/roanoke.htm

Visit an authentic working fishing village in Wanchese (pronounced Wancheese)
  • At the main wharf (not the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park) you can find the Wanchese Fish Company at 4683 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese, NC 27981, (252) 473-5001. Their retail store is located next door at http://captmalcs.com/ (252) 473-5525.  They also own the adjacent Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant, http://www.fishermanswharfobx.com/ (252) 473-6004
  • Just before you get to the main wharf on your left is Gray Beard's Fish at 4315 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese, NC 27981, (252) 475-9888
  • The Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park it is not as bad as it sounds and has another good fresh seafood option, O'Neal's Sea Harvest, Inc. is a family owned and operated business offering both fresh and frozen seafood to wholesale and retail customers. O'Neal's is located at 622 Harbor Rd., Wanchese, NC 27981, (252) 473-4535. http://www.onealsseaharvest.com/
  • If you're a beachcomber, you may enjoy visiting Stetson's Shells at 3763 Mill Landing Road, Wanchese NC 27981. (252) 473-2976. They have a wholesale business but their retail store is next door. Our kids loved looking through the great range of shells. http://www.stetsonseashells.com/

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Spend a morning in Corolla:

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Kayak or watch the sunset on the Sound

We have purchased the green parking pass which allows you to park in areas designated as Southern Shores Civic Association Parking.  These include the three marinas on the sound, the Sea Oats playground, and several parking spots near the beach.  You can go to our favorite marina spot by making a left from the driveway.  Turn left at the first traffic light onto East Dogwood Trail.  Turn left at the T onto North Dogwood Trail.  The first entrance to the marina is within a few hundred feet on the right.  Look for a marina symbol on the sign.  To get to the other side of the marina, continue on North Dogwood Trail and then make a right on Sassafras Lane (the first street after crossing the canal).  Then bear right on the dirt road when you get to the circle at the end of the street.  Both of these locations have some nice views of the sound and are a great place to watch the sunset or enjoy the picnic tables.  The sound is also a fun place for kids.  It remains shallow far out into the sound and there are no waves. 

You can rent a kayak or two, launch directly into the sound from behind the rental location and then kayak 2.5 miles to the marina.  The marina has a boat launch facility and the green SSCA parking pass allows you to park there without being towed.  Take your cell phone in a waterproof pouch, water, sunscreen, and a decent map.  If you get to the causeway bridge, you've gone 2.5 miles too far.  We recommend driving to the Marina before setting out so that you know what you are shooting for.  When you are kayaking south it is directly due East (i.e., to the left of) the Peninsula.

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Eat out:

Below are some of our favorite restaurants (from North to South)

  • Duck.  Our Favorite: Duck Deli (252) 261-3354 owned by the same folks for over 20 years.  If you're looking for a fine dining experience try the Left Bank at the Sanderling http://www.thesanderling.com/dining/left-bank/.   Also, The Blue Point http://www.goodfoodgoodwine.com/

  • Southern Shores - Our Favorites: Cosmo's Pizza by the Food Lion, (252) 261-8388.  Fresh donuts made fresh at Duck Donuts in Kitty Hawk across the street from the Hilton  www.DuckDonuts.com

  • Kitty Hawk - Our Favorites: Happy Hour (10 cent shrimp and 25 cent wings) at Hurricane Mo's (E. Kitty Hawk Road, just off the Beach Road, MP 4, Kitty Hawk (252) 255-0215, 3 - 5 in the summer, 3 - 6 at other times of the year).  La Fogata, MP 4 (252) 441-4179. www.lafogataobx.com

  • Kill Devil Hills  Our Favorites: Henry's family restaurant for breakfast MP 5.5, Mama Kwans for lunch   www.mamakwans.com,  JK's www.jksfoods.com, Saltwater's Grill (1216 S Virginia Dare Trail), Five Guys Burgers & Fries, MP 9 (252) 255-0006 www.fiveguys.com.  The Kill Devil Grill is a classic Outer Banks establishment. It is one of only 6 diners in the national registry of historic buildings. It is located at MP 9 3/4 on the Beach Road. Well worth the wait. www.thekilldevilgrill.com

  • Nags Head.  Our Favorites: Nags Head: Owens' Restaurant www.owensrestaurant.com, Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe www.lonecedarcafe.com,

  • Ocracoke Island - Howard's Pub http://www.howardspub.com

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Visit the rebuilt Jennette's Pier

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, the new 1,000-foot concrete pier and 16,000-square-foot pier house will be christened and reopened to the public. Originally built in 1939, Jennette’s is the oldest fishing pier on the Outer Banks. Battered by storms and rebuilt many times throughout its seventy-year life, Jennette’s was knocked down by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, just after the pier and its five-acre tract were purchased by the NC Aquarium Society. Now, after years of planning and twenty-four months of construction, Jennette’s will reemerge in 2011 as a one-of-a-kind educational ocean pier. The Aquarium-operated complex will feature educational classrooms and programs, alternative energy demonstrations, live animal exhibits, meeting facilities, a snack bar and tackle shop, and a host of other displays and features for good family fun… with great fishing too!

http://www.jennettespier.net/

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Visit a nearby Vineyard

Guided tours in season, self-guided off season.  The tasting room is in the nearby Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, NC. (252) 491-2387

http://www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/

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Golfing in and near the Outer Banks 

The Dolphin Inn is a member of the Kilmarlic Golf Club. Guests of the Dolphin Inn receive K-Club members' rates. Click for K-Club info.

There are six courses within 15 miles of the Dolphin Inn and there are nine courses within a 20 miles.

We’ve tried to capture the pertinent information from the Golf Courses’ websites and added the distances for your benefit.  We’ve also split them into Outer Banks vs. Mainland Golf Courses and sorted them by distance to the Dolphin Inn.

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Golf on the Outer Banks
Title Description Address Miles to Dolphin Inn Website
Phone
Cost
Price Link
Duck Woods Country ClubAn excellent golf course, the Duck Woods Country Club, is located just a few minute drive from the Dolphin Inn. The Duck Woods Country Club is a private, membership organization. In 2005 they completed their new club house. Some public golf play is permitted with fees for greens and cart use. Try to reserve your tee time at least 10 days in advance. 50 S. Dogwood Trail, Southern Shores, NC 279491.28 mileshttp://www.duckwoodscc.com
(252) 261-2744

 
Sea Scape Golf LinksLocated one block from the ocean in beautiful Kitty Hawk, Sea Scape Golf Links truly represents the diverse nature of the Outer Banks.300 Eckner Street, Kitty Hawk, NC 279493.9 mileshttp://www.seascapegolf.com/
(252) 261-2158
$30 - $105
http://www.seascapegolf.com/f_teetimes.html
The Currituck ClubAt The Currituck Club, Rees Jones has brought to life his philosophy of golf course design to create an environment for the game of golf that is challenging, fair and aesthetically pleasing, using as his canvas the type of land where golf began. 620 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Corolla, NC 27927. 12.9 mileshttp://www.thecurrituckgolfclub.com/
(252) 453-9400
$40 - $165
http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/The-Currituck-Club/Amenities/Golf/Rates
Nags Head Golf LinksAt Nags Head Golf Links, you'll discover a true Scottish links style championship course nestled into the natural, windswept environment of the Outer Banks. Where sand dunes, wild sea grasses and rugged coastline create holes that Golf Digest calls "Among the most beautiful in the eastern United States."5615 S. Seachase Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959. 16 mileshttp://www.nagsheadgolflinks.com/
(252) 441-8073
$45 - $120
http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Nags-Head-Golf-Links/Amenities/Golf/Rates
Golf nearby on the mainland (generally less expensive and most are easy to get to)
Holly Ridge Golf CourseHolly Ridge is under the management of Wright Flight Golf, including PGA professional Danny Miller. The front nine winds through a peaceful forest of native trees and picturesque ponds, while the more open back nine are affected by winds8818 Caratoke Hwy (Rt 158), Harbinger, NC, 27941. 10 miles
(252) 491-2893
$10 - $60
http://www.cathyjohnstonforbes.com/holly_ridge_gc_harbinger_nc.html
Kilmarlic Golf ClubSits among 605 acres of maritime forest and sprawling wetlands.215 West Side Lane, Powells Point, NC 2796612.5 mileshttp://www.kilmarlicgolfclub.com/
(252) 491-4220
Dolphin Inn Guests receive K-Club members rates $30 - $79 including golf fees and cart fees. Tee Times
The Pointe Golf ClubThe Pointe Golf Club is recognized as one of the most player-friendly golf courses on the Outer Banks and a "must play" on any Outer Banks vacation. Groomed for the pro but available to the public.308 Pointe Golf Club Dr, Powells Point, NC 2796612.5 mileshttp://www.thepointegolfclub.com/
(252) 491-8388
$35 - $99
http://www.thepointegolfclub.com/teetimes.cfm
Mill RunThe classic Mill Run Golf Club conveniently located fifteen minutes from Chesapeake Virginia (Hampton Roads) and forty-five minutes from OBX - Outer Banks of North Carolina in the community of Eagle Creek just East of Moyock, North Carolina off Hwy 168. 109 Green View Rd, Moyock, NC 2795847 mileshttp://www.millrungolfclub.us/golf/proto/millrungolfclub/
(252) 435-6455
$20 - $40
http://www.millrungolfclub.us/golf/proto/millrungolfclub/rates/rates.htm/
Goose Creek Golf & Country ClubGood golf at an affordable price6562 Caratoke Hwy (Rt 158), Grandy, NC 2793919.32 mileshttp://www.obxgolfgoosecreek.com/
(252) 453-4008 or (800) 443-4008
$15 - $50
http://www.obxgolfgoosecreek.com/
The Carolina ClubThe Carolina Club is one of the "Locals' Choice" for great golf on the Outer Banks. Groomed for the pro but available to the public, this magnificent 7,000 yard, par 72 championship golf course may well be the highlight of your stay on the Outer Banks.127 Carolina Club Dr, Grandy, NC 27939.20.2 mileshttp://www.thecarolinaclub.com/
(252) 453-3588
$35 - $98
http://www.thecarolinaclub.com/rates.htm
Knobbs CreekKnobbs Creek Par-3 Golf Course is a 9-hole par 3 golf course in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. This 3 par layout provides for a fun golf experience for golfers of all skill levels. 200 E Ward St, Elizabeth City, North Carolina 2790948 miles
(252)337-6618
$4
 
The Pines at Elizabeth CityThe Pines Country Club is an 18-hole regulation length golf course in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. This championship layout has 3 sets of teeboxes for a fun, but challenging golfing experience1525 N Rd St, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 2790950 mileshttp://www.thepinesatelizabethcity.com/
(252)335-0278
$30 - $50
http://www.thepinesatelizabethcity.com/therates.html
Matthew CreekMatthew Creek Par 3 is a 9-hole par 3 golf course in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. This 3 par layout provides for a fun golf experience for golfers of all skill levels.733 Dry Ridge Rd, Elizabeth City, NC 2790959 miles
(252)330-2229
$5
 
The Sound Golf Links at Albemarle PlantationThis masterpiece on the shores of Albemarle Sound in historic Hertford, North Carolina features plush fairways and immaculate greens that run along age-old marshes and through cypress groves draped in Spanish Moss. 101 Club House Dr Hertford, NC 27944. 75 mileshttp://albemarleplantation.com/index.php/amenities/golf
(252) 426-5555 or 1-800-535-0704.

 
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Go Deep Sea Fishing

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Visit the US Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility in Duck

The Field Research Facility (FRF) is an internationally recognized coastal observatory. Instruments at the facility constantly record the changing waves, winds, tides, and currents. Central to the facility is a 560m(1840 ft) long pier and specialized vehicles. Located North of Duck on Hwy. 12, the entrance gate is open between 9:30 and 10 a.m.  Admission is free.  Sixty-minute walking tours are offered mid-June through mid-August at 10 a.m. Monday - Friday. (252) 261-6840 ext. 401

http://frf.usace.army.mil/frf.shtml

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Visit the Sanderling Spa

The Sanderling Spa is open from 8:00am - 8:00pm Monday through Saturday and 9:00am - 6:00pm on Sundays. We recommend that you make your reservation at the Sanderling Spa as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please mention the Dolphin Inn when you make your reservation.

http://www.thesanderling.com/spa.aspx

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Kids getting restless?

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Movie Night at the Multiplex

Visit the 10 screen multiplex to see the latest movies at the R/C Movie Theaters, 1803 N. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills (252) 441-5630

http://www.rctheatres.com/loc_killdevilhills.asp

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Go Bowling with the Dolphin Inn membership

The Dolphin Inn has a membership at the Outer Banks Bowling Center at MP 10, (252) 255-1187. Show the Dolphin Inn membership card and get $2 off weekday rates and $1 off weekend rates + $1 savings for shoe rentals. Valid for everyone staying at the Dolphin Inn. The Outer Banks Bowling Center just had a $225,000 upgrade in 2013. Fun for the whole family.

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Visit a nearby Vineyard

Guided tours in season, self-guided off season.  The tasting room is in the nearby Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, NC. (252) 491-2387

http://www.sanctuaryvineyards.com/

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Still need more?

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Fly to and From the Outer Banks

  • Fly to Norfolk Airport (ORF) on a commercial flight.  The Norfolk airport is 90 miles from the Outer Banks.  The airport is served by American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest, United Express and US Airways. http://www.norfolkairport.com/
  • To fly closer to the Outer Banks, try the Linear Air charter service. Call 1-877-254-6327.  http://www.linearair.com/obx

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Worship services

  • Duck United Methodist Church, Duck Village   261-1525
  • All Saints Episcopal, 40 Pintail Tr. (off S. Dogwood)  441-6674
  • First Baptist Church of Kitty Hawk, MP 4, US 158 261-3516
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish, 301 W. Kitty Hawk Rd.  261-1168
  • Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W. Kitty Hawk Rd.  261-2062
  • Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, MP 4.5  261-2801

For a complete list see: http://www.outer-banks.nc.us/newsinfo/church.htm

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Outer Banks Web Cams

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Friends of the Dolphin Inn

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