5 Things to do During the Off-Season in the Outer Banks

If you think the off-season is a bad time to take a trip to the Outer Banks, think again! With cooler temps, fewer crowds, and delicious food, one of our favorite ways to enjoy the Outer Banks is during the supposed “off-season.” Check out the list below for our favorite things to do during the cooler months.

1. Go Sightseeing, Without the Crowds

Not a fan of waiting in long lines? With fewer crowds, the offseason is the perfect time of year to explore all the sights that the Outer Banks have to offer. Take a trip to the Lost Colony or visit the famous Bodie Island Lighthouse. Whether you are a history buff or a nature fanatic, the Outer Banks offers something for everyone. Click Here for a detailed list of attractions in the Outer Banks region.

2. Enjoy Fresh, Local Seafood

Seafood is not just for summer. In fact, the cooler months bring out some of the best seafood the North Carolina Coast has to offer! Fresh oysters and big, sweet crabs are a staple of the Outer Banks fall. Prefer a more hands-on experience? Cast your own line at the shore, or head to your favorite pier to catch yourself some fresh dinner. Seafood, not your thing? Not to worry – there are plenty of other options for those who prefer more land-based meals. Click Here for all a guide to the best restaurants in the OBX.

3. Enjoy Spectacular Sunrises & Sunsets

While the sunsets and sunrises on the Outer Banks are beautiful year-round, it is known among locals that the most spectacular ones occur during the cooler months. Mostly attributed to the lack of haze and humidity, along with weather patterns that allow for dry, clean air to sweep across the coast, making for the most picturesque sky. Head to favorite spots, like the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge or Jockey’s Ridge State Park, for the chance to see unobstructed views and beautiful skies. 

4. Relax with a Fire on the Beach

In need of some relaxing? How about a beach fire? In the offseason, beach fires are allowed, on beaches in Nags Head and along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (with regulations). The fall season also means 4×4 vehicles are allowed (some rules do apply, so read before you ride). You can even bring your pup along, depending on which area or town you’re in. Spend some time reconnecting with nature and your loved ones on the beach.

5. Take a Drive Up and Down Highway 12

Photo Credit: Grave Yard of the Atlantic Museum

With less traffic, the offseason makes for the perfect time to take drive up Highway 12. If you enjoy beautiful scenic drives, then NC Highway 12 is for you. Take a trip all the way north to Corolla, or head south. Continue south through Nags Head and explore the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. Drive all the way through Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where you can even ferry over to Ocracoke. You’ll be able to explore the Outer Banks in all its glory, without having to worry about sitting in traffic or long ferry lines.

Whatever you choose to do, the Outer Banks off-season has something for everyone! Book your next trip today!

Welcome Our Tranquil House Inn Team

Manteo, NC – Over the past several months, our operations team at Carolina Retreats have been steadily working behind the scenes in completing the recently renovated Tranquil House Inn, located in Manteo, NC. From its inception, The Tranquil House Inn has been a staple for travelers looking to experience a relaxing getaway along the water. Offering 25 enchanting rooms as well as a fantastic on-site restaurant, The Tranquil House Inn is poised for success as they embark on this new journey forward.

We’ve assembled a fantastic team to lead the charge here at The Tranquil House Inn. From operations manager to an exciting new head chef at our 1587 Restaurant, our dedicated crew are ready to create an unforgettable vacation experience for every guest!

Ashley Vaught, General Manager

Ashley Vaught was born and raised in North Carolina and considers herself blessed to call the Outer Banks her home for the past 16 years. After graduating from East Carolina University, Ashley spent 19 years in the hospitality industry with experience in operating a limited-service hotel to a full service Four Diamond Resort. Southern hospitality is the core of Ashley; she understands at the Tranquil House we aren’t selling hotel rooms we are offering guests the opportunity to book an experience and build a family memory. Ashley is eager to be apart of the Carolina Retreats Team as they transition the breathtaking Inn to a boutique historical retreat located in the heart of downtown Manteo.

Jackie Dale, Operations Manager 

Jackie Dale has been welcoming guests to the Tranquil House Inn for over 30 years. Growing up in Eastern Carolina, Jackie knew she would never the shore. She has called the Outer Banks home for many seasons had raised her two beautiful girls here in Manteo. Jackie now has the joy to see the love for the Ocean on the faces of her three grandchildren. Jackie takes pride with remembering her guest names and preferences; she knows all the hidden joys the Outer Banks brings and wants each and every guest to love Manteo the way she does. When she isn’t behind the desk you will find her dressed in her team colors cheering on the Miami Dolphins or her Tarheels or maybe even in her favorite beach chair at the Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge soaking up the rays- one of her favorite hiding places.

Our friendly staff cannot wait to host you and your loved ones. If you are considering taking a vacation along the Outer Banks this year, we truly hope you take a look at the updated Tranquil House Inn. For more information on rooms and booking information, please visit us online at www.tranquilhouseinn.com.