A Week in the Outer Banks

My family took a trip to the Outer Banks the week after I graduated from law school. The Outer Banks are a set of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. There are a series of small towns that all have their own different charms. It was our first time and we loved the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. It was also great because we could bring our dogs too! 

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Day One

We headed down on a Tuesday morning to Nags Head, where we stayed. Nags Head was great because the beaches are dog-friendly year round and there are a lot of great places to eat. We rented through Rentals on the Ocean and I highly recommend them! They were affordable and allow pets in all of their places. We could walk to the beach from where we stayed, which was a great way to start every morning. You can see the dog policies of all the different towns in the Outer Banks here.

On our way up, we stopped at John’s Drive-In in Kitty Hawk. We got the fried dolphin (which is actually mahi-mahi) and it was delicious! They also give out free pup-cups to dogs, which the dogs loved, obviously!

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Winnie was a big fan of the beach!

After getting settled in our cottage, we went to dinner at Fish Heads Bar & Grill. The seafood there is really good, and they also have lots of local beer to choose from. We loved the casual vibe of this place. 

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I basically made it my goal to eat as much fried seafood on this trip as possible

Day Two

On Wednesday, we headed down to Cape Hatteras with the dogs. Cape Hatteras is home to a historic lighthouse that you can walk up to the top. The whole area is very beautiful. As a plus, you can walk your dogs around the whole area of the lighthouse! It makes a great day trip from the main Outer Banks.

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

On our way back we stopped for a late lunch in Avon at Pangea Tavern. If you are ever in the Outer Banks with your dog, you must go here! The outside eating area is basically an enclosed dog park for your dogs, and they can roam around and stretch their legs while you eat. There is also a huge shaded area as well. My mom and I split a crab dip and the roasted beet salad and they were both really good. That night we were pretty tired so we opted for a slice of pizza at the Nags Head Pizza Company.

Day Three

Our last full day was a drizzly and gloomy one, so we decided to do some shopping in Duck. Duck is known for its shopping and has a whole series of waterfront shops. We didn’t buy too much, but it was fun to browse. You can find anything from fashion to household goods to the cutest dog gift store.

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The waterfront in Duck
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You can’t go to the Outer Banks without a stop at Duck Donuts!
We stopped at Stack ‘Em High on the way up to Duck-delicious pancakes!

After shopping, we had dinner back in Nags Head at Sugar Creek, a seafood restaurant. I didn’t snap any pictures but it has amazing views as it sits right on the water. The food was really good as well.

Day Four

We ended our last day by stopping at Waveriders, a cute cafe in Nags Head. This is another great dog-friendly place, as they have a big patio and a small enclosure for your dogs! My iced latte and breakfast sandwich were so good, we wished we had stopped sooner so we could have gone more often.

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“Hey, where’s my breakfast sandwich?”
Last morning on the beach

We can’t wait to be back!

DJ