Visiting in Winter

Visiting in Winter




We've visited Hatteras and Ocracoke in the summer and fall but not yet in winter. We're wondering what we should know before we decide to make the trip in January. Will there be at least a few restaurants open?


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I assume you know there are people that live there year round and that hundreds of people visit because they own homes there and they all eat daily. I hope that answers the question.


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Corolla is pretty quiet. A few resteraunts open. Mini golf and stuff is closed but the beach is great and there are no crowds. Took the dog for a walk on the beach today and saw a few groups of people since the weather was so nice. Still got a great sunset tonight even with the clouds.




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Scroll down to desired location. More are open in off season than used to be years ago.
User “maslin” posts this useful link. I only remembered it was she and found for you.

www.outerbanks.org/restaurants/outer-banks-restaurant-openings


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Thanks for all the helpful info!


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Just a warning. If you visit in the winter, you may stop visiting in the summer!

It has now been 6 full summers since I spent a full week on the Outer Banks. Preferring the quiet and the beauty of the region in the winter months.




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We've visited Hatteras and Ocracoke in the summer and fall but not yet in winter. We're wondering what we should know before we decide to make the trip in January. Will there be at least a few restaurants open?

Bumblebee
All you need to know about visiting in winter can be found in the recently ongoing thread here of the adventurous and free spirited JessicaBoyd. That young lady knows how to live. Bloom


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Bill's right. You'll keep coming non-June-July-August after you do it once. Beer


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Bill's right. You'll keep coming non-June-July-August after you do it once. Beer

PaulOinMA


Ditto! We have not been in high season in over a decade now.


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I assume you know there are people that live there year round and that hundreds of people visit because they own homes there and they all eat daily. I hope that answers the question.

Tim-OBX


Stay in your lane Tim. Don't scare people off now.


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We've visited Hatteras and Ocracoke in the summer and fall but not yet in winter. We're wondering what we should know before we decide to make the trip in January. Will there be at least a few restaurants open?

Bumblebee
All you need to know about visiting in winter can be found in the recently ongoing thread here of the adventurous and free spirited JessicaBoyd. That young lady knows how to live. Bloom

robluc


Yes!!! I so agree!

I might also add, bring rain/snow boots to play on the beach in so you can chase down that seashell just inside the wave break, and be prepared for anything from cold biting wind chills, to nice warmish breezes. Also be prepared to see more wildlife than in summer months, especially birds and dolphins on the beach. Check ahead on restaurants you want to eat at so that you don't get your heart set on something only to find it closed. While you may not have your pick of restaurants, there are usually enough open to where you could eat somewhere different for every meal of a long weekend, especially if you're willing to drive a little. Expect the more local type joints to be open, and the more touristy ones to be closed. Rent with a view incase it's too cold to venture out much, but still aim to venture out because the beach in the winter is well worth it.


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Here's the most recent link to what's open on Ocracoke:

http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/143680


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I love going down in the winter! Even when it’s too cold and windy to go play on the beach much it doesn’t matter if you have a great view. Hatteras doesn’t have as much open as up north but there are still some restaurants and places open.

Katie


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I assume you know there are people that live there year round and that hundreds of people visit because they own homes there and they all eat daily. I hope that answers the question.

Tim-OBX


Stay in your lane Tim. Don't scare people off now.

hatterasnc


Hey... the OP could of asked if where to get snow crab legs..... LOLOL


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We've visited Hatteras and Ocracoke in the summer and fall but not yet in winter. We're wondering what we should know before we decide to make the trip in January. Will there be at least a few restaurants open?

Bumblebee
All you need to know about visiting in winter can be found in the recently ongoing thread here of the adventurous and free spirited JessicaBoyd. That young lady knows how to live. Bloom

robluc


Thank you! That’s very nice of you to say.

Bumblebee, yes, there are a few restaurants open, enough to get you through the week. Bring hats and scarves as the wind can be brutal at times. It sure is pretty here during the winter. Try it at least once, and see what you think. This is my first winter here, and I’ll definitely be back next winter.


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i love the outer banks in winter. its much quieter, there is less open (corolla is a ghost town, which i adore - ymmv), and you have the beach practically all to yourself.

It hasnt ruined my love of my summer trips, though. Just made it that much more of a priority to make sure we could make at least 2 trips a year.


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Sunrise on Friday, January 19. It sure is beautiful on the OBX even in January!!

Steve



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Caught the sunrise this morning on Ocean Isle beach cam, beautiful. I hope I'm not the only person who times morning coffee to sunrise times! Heading to Dewey Beach this week-end, need to see that sunrise in person. The beach in Winter is something that needs to be experienced to get it.