Top 5 OBX Local Secrets

It is no secret that the Outer Banks are full of attractions to visit. What is the point in visiting the OBX if you don’t stop for a great meal from a local restaurant or explore the aquarium? While there are plenty of places many tourists visit, there are a few local gems that few visitors get to see. Check out our top 5 OBX local secrets of the Outer Banks that you need to add to your to-do vacation list.

Top 5 OBX Local Secrets

Winged Horses of the OBX

Thanks to the Outer Banks Press, these majestic horses can still be found around the Outer Banks even after 15 years since they were first erected. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first flight by the Wright Brothers on the Outer Banks, these horses were installed between 2002 and 2004. Each of these statues are similar in body shape, but have all been individually painted by local artists, each showcasing their own personality. While some may have been removed, you can still see these painted horses outside of local restaurants, shops and schools.

Century of Flight Monument

The wright brothers having their first flight on a North Carolina beach.
The wright brothers having their first flight on a North Carolina beach.

Another monument dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers, the Century of Flight Monument is a must stop location for all aviation enthusiasts. It is a legacy to the beauty and mystery of powered flight, recognizing significant accompaniments, milestones and sacrifices given by men and women who have helped human advancement in the area of flight. It is located in the Town of Kitty Hawk.

Ashley’s Espresso Parlor

One of the top 5 OBX local secrets: a cup of freshly made Espresso coffee on a wooden table near the beach.
A cup of freshly made Espresso coffee on a wooden table.

If you love coffee, you need to stop at the best spot in town: Ashley’s Espresso Parlor. Located in Kitty Hawk, you can find what many locals consider to be one of the best coffee joints around the islands. Featuring in-house roasted coffee, local artwork, oceanfront views and known as a community hangout, there is no better place to grab your morning coffee than being around the locals.

The Little Red Mailbox of Hope

This small safe space is a must see for anybody visiting the Outer Banks. Inside the Little Red Mailbox of Hope, you will find a notebook containing letters, notes, thoughts and quotes all from visitors and locals alike. Its mission is simple: to write uplifting messages of hope and love to share with others. It is located near Kill Devil Hills and you can stop by to leave a little note of hope for random strangers who may need encouragement. It has become such a popular attraction, it has inspired others to put up little red mailboxes of hope of their own in 11 other locations including Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and more.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

A man kite boarding on a local beach.
A man kite boarding on a local beach.

Known as the highest natural sand dune on the East Coast, you can also find one of the largest hang gliding schools located at Jockey’s Ridge. It is the best place in the Outer Banks to watch a sunset, hang glide or to fly a kite. It is a great place to visit if you want to get some fresh air. Whether you like hiking, paddling, picnicking, sand-boarding, windsurfing or just swimming, you’ll get that great outdoor space at Jockey’s Ridge.

When you come to visit the Outer Banks, don’t just visit the regular attractions most vacation-goers visit. Check out the top local secrets we mentioned and make your next Outer Banks vacation a memorable one.


Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Guide to Shelling in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks’ is a treasure trove for avid seashell hunters. Out of all of the things to do in the Outer Banks, shelling is perhaps one of our most popular pastimes. How could it not be with miles of shoreline to explore and plenty of beaches left untouched? There are piles of shells just waiting to be found. Shelling in the Outer Banks is just a matter of being at the right place at the right time and just a little bit of luck.

OBX Shelling: Common Shells on North Carolina Beaches

You will find a variety of different shells washed up on our North Caroline beaches. Some are more common than others. Here are some of the common seashells on the OBX you will want to keep an eye out for.

  • Scotch Bonnet
  • Whelks
  • Olive Shell
  • Clam
  • Scallops
  • Moon Snails
  • Auger Shells
  • Keyhole Sand Dollars
  • Shark Teeth (bonus find)
Seashells washed ashore on a beach in the Outer Banks.
Seashells washed ashore on a beach in the Outer Banks.

Best Time to Go Shelling in the Outer Banks

Virtually any stretch of beach you visit can have an abundance of seashells. However, to give yourself a competitive edge, there are specific times you will want to take advantage of. This will help increase the likelihood of finding the rarest shells.

  • Early Morning. The earlier you can get to the beach, the higher probability you have of finding shells. This will give you the best chance to find rare shells before everybody else.
  • Low Tide. Perhaps the best time to find shells is just before and right after low tide. During high tide, a variety of shells are brought inland. This leaves these beautiful finds once the tide recedes. Be sure to check tide charts to ensure you visit a beach at the right time.
  • After a storm. A great time to find shells is after a storm. Typically, we recommend visiting the beach a day or so after a storm has passed. Furthermore, try to visit once the incoming waves have calmed down. Just a few steps in and you’ll notice a plethora of shells just waiting to be picked up!
  • Off-season. If you are worried about not having the opportunity to find shells while other tourists are in the area, come visit us during the off-season. Typically, the best times are between the months of October through April. There are better opportunities to find different shell varieties without having to compete with other people on the beach.

 Best Shelling on the OBX: How to Find Shells

woman walking on the beach shelling at low tide
A woman walking on the beach. shelling at low tide.

One of the best things about beaches on the OBX is that you can find plenty of shells practically anywhere. You just need to look under the right conditions.

  • Sift through the seaweed Another great way to find shells is to get your hands dirty and dig through some seaweed. Typically, when shells wash up on shore, they do not come alone. They tend to be mixed in with piles of seagrass and seaweed. Sift through these grasses and you may stumble upon a great shell find.
  • Explore shallow water. Just off the shoreline in approximately 1 to 2 inches of water or just a little past ankle deep is another potential trove for seashells. Use a small net to scoop out sections of sand and catch shells before they are scattered by other incoming waves. Using a net, you may come across periwinkles, scallops, clams and olive shelves if you are lucky.
  • Scour the inlets. Known for being close to the sound and ocean currents, inlets can be a great place to find a variety of shell varieties. Shelling can be very good by the Oregon Inlet beaches, and especially near the 4WD accessible beaches on the northern side of the inlet. Shelling is also good at the dredge spoil islands in the middle of the inlet, which can be reached by a boat or kayak. Typically, the best inlets to check for shells include:
    • Oregon Inlet-near the southern end next to the original Coast Guard Station to reach the beach on foot
    • Hatteras Inlet
    • Ocracoke Inlet

Best Shelling Beaches on the OBX

A Scotch Bonnet seashell on the outer banks
A Scotch Bonnet seashell on the outer banks.

On the OBX, there are some beaches that are better than others when it comes to shelling. Of course, these beaches can change on a whim, especially with the changes in ocean currents and sandbars constantly forming and dissipating. As a rule of thumb, try to stick with beaches without a known drop off. In addition, keep to south facing beaches where the ocean brings in more tropical shell species.

In general, we recommend staying away from beaches such as the northern Currituck beaches and the southern Outer Banks beaches. You will want to make sure you visit beaches such as the 4WD beaches of Carova, Coquina Beach, Irene’s Inlet, South Beach, Frisco Beach, Hatteras beach, Ocracoke Island, and the Outer Banks piers. Be sure to check out our Beach Access Map for a full list of accessible beaches. 

  • Coquina Beach-If you can’t resist a splash of color, then take a visit to Coquina Beach, located just along NC Highway 12. Approximately 8 miles south of Nags Head town borders and part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, shellers will find plenty of coquina clams along the sand of this beach. The best time to visit this beach is between late May to early September, where you can watch as thousands of coquinas shimmy their way to the surface before scurrying back beneath the sand.
  • Irene’s Inlet-This is another great beach to visit to find shells along the oceanside and soundside beaches. Here, shellers are likely to find Quahogs and scallops in heaps. These shells are perfect to find for those who want to make shell ornaments or containers full of previously found shells.
  • South Beach-This southern facing beach is the best place for shelling, hands down. Even though it is only open seasonally, South Beach  resides in the perfect area between Labrador and Gulf Stream currents. Typically, this beach is deserted so you will have plenty of chances to find those rarer shells such as conchs, whelks and even Scotch Bonnets.
  • Frisco Beach & Hatteras Beach-these beaches are classified by their shallow ocean floor, which allows shells from the ocean to wash up on shore without any scratches or abrasions upon their surfaces. Visit these beaches right after low tide to find some truly incredible finds such as augers, olive shells and whelks.
  • The Outer Banks Piersdue to the structure of the pier, small clusters of smaller shells can wash up on the shore. Keep in mind, virtually any pier along the Outer Banks will do. However, because of their accessibility, be prepared to look for shells through piles of shells that have already been picked through.

There is no better adventure to take with the family than shelling on the Outer Banks. Regardless of what kind of shells you find, we know you will have fun finding them. Shells can be great for home décor, showcasing a special memento from your vacation or to use for crafts. We know you’ll love it!

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

What To Pack In Your Beach Tote When Visiting The OBX

Do you have a family vacation planned to The Outer Banks of NC this year? If the answer is yes, then we here at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates understand that spending a week or more sitting on the beach soaking up the rays is just what you need.  Staying in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals will keep the beach at your backdoor, but having the right things in your beach tote will allow you to enjoy your vacation even more. Let’s look at what we recommend you pack in your beach bag so you can have a fun family vacation when visiting the Outer Banks . 

Beach Tote Items:

Beach Towels

OBX beach accessories

When you are on vacation making sure you have packed everything before you leave home is essential. So be sure to pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones. Having a beach towel with a different design for each family member can help keep track of whose towel is who’s. This can help keep you organized not only on the beach but in the laundry room to avoid any misunderstandings between siblings or cousins. For a more detailed search on rental properties offering in-home washer and dryers you use our amenities detail search feature.


The sun in North Carolina is hot along the coast, so making sure sunscreen is in your beach bag is a must. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists suggest that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. Be sure to reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day you’re here with a sunburn. If you happen to get a little more sun than you expected be sure to pack a bottle of Aloe Vera. To help cool the sunburn a little more, place the bottle of Aloe in the fridge and it will help soothe the burn a little better.

Mesh Bag For The Sand Toys

Summer in OBX

Anytime you go on vacation with kids, you have to bring a ton of sand toys with you. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation rental is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. Packing a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Water Resistant Phone Pouch or Plastic Bag

Between the water, sun and sand, the beach is filled with many things that can damage your phone. Bringing a water-resistant pouch to the beach can be a lifesaver for many. If you come on vacation and realize you don’t have one, a sandwich bag or resealable bag will do the same as the phone pouch. They will keep your phone protected from the elements at the beach and you can even use it while it’s in the bag or pouch.  This way you can keep in touch with family members, coordinate meeting times, and order pick-up or delivery meals while sitting in your beach chair without having to worry about your phone being damaged.

Books & E-Books

Enjoying a Book on OBX

Be sure to pack a book or two when preparing to visit the Outer Banks this summer.  If digital books are more your thing then take a moment and download a few new book releases to your favorite e-reader before you arrive and be certain to bring your power cord. You don’t want to be stuck without being able to power-up your e-reader halfway through.

Beach Spike for Drinks

One thing that is often missed when packing items to go inside their beach bag is something to keep your drink sand-free. You can purchase a beach spike from any local beachwear store on the Outer Banks. With a beach spike, you can rest assured that your drink will be safe from the sand. You may often find them that include a place for your cell phone or sunglasses and your drink.

A Little First Aid Kit

When you are on vacation, having kids means that someone will get hurt or injured even on the beach. Having a little first aid kit with shells that can be broken along the shoreline or kids just being kids is a must. You can use a waterproof reusable cosmetic bag and add band-aids, Neosporin, aloe, burn cream, ace bandage, Benadryl, Motrin, or Tylenol. Just be sure to have enough for a quick dosage before heading back to your vacation rental for the day.

Sand-Free Hack

This is one item that you may not have thought about, but it is a must whenever you visit the Outer Banks. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids. 

Vacationing With Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach tote, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. For a full list of all the items we suggest to bring on your next visit please check out the vacation packing section of our website. Out of an abundance of caution we also direct you to stay informed about health and safety updates due to COVID-19 before you visit. Please take a moment to review the latest area travel status for the Outer Banks.

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates, a trusted name in Outer Banks rentals for over 50 years with the largest selection of quality vacation homes to choose from. If you haven’t made your reservations for your vacation, then check out all of our outer banks vacation rentals today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us! 


What’s on your Outer Banks Vacation Bucket List this Summer?

Hand drawn illustration on blue background.

Welcome back to our final installment of the ‘What’s on your Outer Banks Bucket List’ In this post, we will be covering Summer. While it may seem silly to be thinking about your Summer vacation now, we promise that it’s never too early. Summer is an excellent time to visit the Outer Banks as the weather is perfect with just a few afternoon summer showers. Staying in one of our OBX Vacation rentals will allow you and your family to explore the Outer Banks even more this Summer.

40th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival

The little girl in the t-shirt plays on the beach by the sea with a colorful kite. In the background many people are walking on the beach.

As summer vacation begins and the temperature rises, the 40th Annual Rogallo Kite Festival begins. The weekend of June 17th – 19th, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, is hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Some of the fun things that you can experience at this festival are taking part in a free stunt kite lesson, learning about the different kinds of kites, coloring activities for the kids, or flying your kite. For many families, going to the beach and getting to fly that kite can be the highlight of your trip! Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates are a proud sponsor of the Boardwalk & a Friend of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. 

The Lost Colony

Another great thing that happens every summer is enjoying The Lost Colony shows. This is a production put on by actors and performers sharing the story of the 117 English men, women, and children whose dream was to live in America. This outdoor drama has become a tradition for many families to not miss every summer. This year The Lost Colony is celebrating its 85th year, and we are proud to be sponsors of this incredible act. Be sure to get your tickets today for your next trip to the Outer Banks.

16th Annual Watermelon Festival

Friends having great time on the beach,eating watermelon.

Summertime is a great time to spend with friends and family while enjoying some freshly cut watermelon as you sit on the deck of your OBX vacation rental together. We had to share with you the 16th Annual Watermelon Festival on Thursday, August 4th, 2022, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. This year it will be at Kitty Hawk Kites located in Nags Head and featuring many fun things. Some of the things you can enjoy are Watermelon Themed Competitions, Watermelon Bowling, Face Painting, and more. Plus, there will be plenty of vendors that will have some delicious food to try out. Admission to the festival is free, but you will need to purchase tickets to enjoy the activities. Don’t miss out on this fun adventure this summer with the family.

Honorable Mentions

We know that the possibilities are endless when you vacation to the Outer Banks during the summer, but we wanted to share a few more things on the list.

  • Have a picnic on the beach with the family – pack a lunch with the kids, bring the cooler filled with drinks & enjoy spending time together on the beach.
  • Explore Historic Corolla and visit the Whalehead Club
  • Go Deep Sea Fishing or do a little Surf Fishing with the family
  • Create new memories with the family

The Outer Banks is always a different experience for many during the summer months, and we promise that you’ll enjoy every moment you have. Staying in one of our OBX vacation rentals, you’ll be close to the fun each summer. We’d like to know what is on your #OBXBucketList this summer?

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Reasons Why Staying in a Small Vacation Rental is Perfect for Families

Colorful beach houses in Nags Head on the North Carolina Outer Banks, showing different sized homes on the Outer Banks, NC

Have you ever wanted to sneak away to the Outer Banks for your family vacation, but you’d like to stay in a smaller vacation rental? We understand that while many families love to stay in some of the larger homes we offer, many want to have a comfy & cozy  home feeling too. We at Joe Lamb Jr & Associates have plenty of small to mid-sized vacation rentals that you can allow your family to enjoy. Let’s look below at three reasons why staying in a small vacation rental is perfect for all families of all sizes.


female hands puts a coin in a pink piggy bank. The concept of saving money.

We know that going on vacation with your family can be expensive, especially if you stay in a hotel and must get more than one room. Between paying for individual rooms and daily food, most aren’t left with much money to spend on the extras. When you stay in a smaller vacation home, you’re not only saving money in the long run, but you’ll also have the extra space for everyone. We also have several specials that we run on our small vacation homes, so sneaking away from life at home for a weekend is doable and affordable.

Always More Space

Another great reason staying in a small to mid sized vacation rental is perfect is that you’ll still have more room to be comfortable than inside a hotel room. Depending on how many are in your family, we have vacation rentals that will fit your entire family for a short getaway year-round. You will also have a full-sized kitchen which can help save money as you can cook your meals right there at the rental. Plus, there should be zero arguments from the kids on how long one may be taking in the bathroom, as you’ll have more than one. Some of our homes also have rec rooms or outdoor space for you to enjoy together. We can’t forget about mentioning that many of our small to mid-sized homes are also pet-friendly, so don’t forget those four-legged friends too!

Relaxation is Key

Shell decoration on the hot tub

Going on vacation with the family can seem overwhelming, especially if you have small kids. But when you stay with us in one of our 2-4 bedroom OBX Vacation Rentals, you’ll be able to enjoy some relaxation too. Several smaller vacation homes have great amenities to help the parents relax with a hot tub, pool, or even that soaking tub in the primary bedroom. Everyone in the family can take a deep breath and breathe a little easier when you stay on the Outer Banks. With the light breeze that comes off the ocean to the smell of the salt air, you know that once you are over that bridge, you’re on island time. Sit back and relax with the family on your little getaway.

There are so many other reasons why staying in a small vacation home on your next trip to the Outer Banks; we wanted to share these few. If you’re still looking for a great last minute special, always check our Facebook page or want to head out of town just for the weekend, call us today at 800-552-6257. We can’t wait to hear how you enjoyed your stay with us!

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Get Ready for National Plan for Vacation Day on January 25th

Welcome to the New Year!  As we all sit back and think of the new adventures we wish to seek in 2022 we know that advanced planning will help us achieve those goals. 

Planners actually do travel more than non-planners. **More than half (56%) of Americans who typically planned their time off took an overnight vacation in 2021 compared to 33% of non-planners.

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If you have been dreaming of a relaxing vacation sitting on the beach and enjoying the sound of  waves crashing, your children playing in the background, and the shorebirds singing in the air. We, however, have a very important question to ask you, have you booked your 2022 vacation to the Outer Banks yet? The National Plan for Vacation Day has been set aside for January 25th to encourage travelers to plan their vacations.

So save the date, January 25th and use that day to pre-plan your family vacation for 2022. 

Why Vacations are a Good Decision for You

After we’ve all been through the past two years, it’s time to start thinking about you and your family’s health and wellbeing. Many Americans are still feeling burnout, and they’re ready for a change of scenery. But did you know that many Americans still are not utilizing all of their vacation days, and the majority of them are saying they’re desperate for a vacation. Instead of feeling burned out yourself, start planning your family vacation now to stay in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals and don’t lose out on your time to relax & renew with loved ones. 

More Reasons Why a Vacation is Important to All

Stress Relief – Relaxation and vacations go together, so it’s only natural that you’ll feel more relaxed once you’re enjoying time on vacation with your friends and family. Decompressing from everyday routines and taking time to read and bike allow you to clear your mind. 

Better Sleep – Another reason you’ll find relaxing about vacationing on the Outer Banks is that your sleep will improve. There’s something about taking a vacation, sleeping in a new environment that will allow you to relax and have a better night’s sleep.

Better Mood – Vacations can not only relieve stress and allow you to sleep, but they can boost your mood too. Getting away from life at home, having new scenery, and making new memories can give you a better outlook on life and put you in a better mood.

Anticipation – After you’ve figured out how many days you can vacation in 2022 and you’ve coordinated with your family when would be the best time to go on vacation, comes the anticipation of booking your vacation. You will sense the anticipation of your time off from work growing and you’ll get to see your kids’ excitement build as the calendar draws closer as your vacation together approaches. 

Book Direct Day – This year take advantage of both #PlanYourVacation Day on January 25th and #BookDirect Day on February 2nd, 2022. When you book direct with us you will receive better rates and from “time to time” some special offers. We want to make sure that you and your family have the best experience in booking your next vacation.

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This year instead of trying to decide where you should go and when you should take your vacation, you’ll be ahead of many Americans who haven’t taken advantage of the #PlanForVacation Day. Spending your time in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will allow you and your family to disconnect from life at home and enjoy your time together.

**Source: Destination Analysts, 2021

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental & Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

What’s on your Outer Banks Vacation Bucket List this Winter?

Hand drawn illustration on blue background. showing list of drinks by the sea, visit aquarium, lifelong learning, winterlights

Vacationing to the Outer Banks during the winter months can have its benefit as you’ll see a much lower crowd level. Staying in one of our OBX winter vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy the cooler temps, all while exploring a few items on that bucket list. Visitor interest has increased compared to previous seasons to complete items off their vacation bucket lists and the Winter season gives everyone a chance to explore the Outer Banks at their own pace.  

Drinks by the Sea

Rum and Cola Cuba Libre with Lime and Ice

No need to pull out your passport & hop on a plane bound for the Caribbean to taste some delicious drinks this winter. Enjoy rum drinks, craft beer, & wine at The Wheel House Lounge within Outer Banks Distilling. Sample their Kill Devil Rum, and other celebrated small batch rums.  Located in Manteo, this rum distiller has been in business for over 20 year.  While they have paused their distillery tours at the moment you can still visit and do a little shopping for some of their locally made signature spirits. Take a bottle home to remind yourself of checking off visiting a rum distillery without leaving the country.

WinterLights at The Elizabethan Gardens

Christmas lights of reindeers

WinterLights is a seasonal holiday tradition that many OBX locals must visit each year, beginning in November and ending in December. This holiday celebration is located at The Elizabethan Gardens and has a wide arrangement of bright lights, seasonal displays, and holiday sounds. Visiting the Outer Banks during the holiday season can bring such delight to all those who enjoy the season’s sights, sounds and smells. Make new memories as you shop, watch a movie under the stars and warm up by the fire this winter.  Sharing this fun experience with family and friends makes checking that box off on your winter list this year even more special.

Visit the Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Young boy looking at a sea turtle at the aquarium

Roanoke Island is home to the historic site of Fort Raleigh, but it’s also the home to one of the NC Aquariums.  Eco-Tourism plays such a significant role on the Outer Banks, and so does conservation for our wildlife. At the aquarium, you and your family will experience the many different exhibits such as the Wild Wetlands with otters and Seven Rivers with reptiles. You’ll also be able to learn more about sea turtle conservation along with the sea turtle rescue. The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island offers indoor fun for when the weather isn’t cooperating during the winter months such as behind-the-scene tours and even some arts and crafts. 

Lifelong Learning

Father And Son Look At Artifacts In Case On Trip To Museum

The Outer Banks is full of exciting facts, especially for those who love to continue learning. You can visit the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and visit the Frisco Native American Museum. Located just south of the Hatteras Lighthouse is where you will find this museum & walking trails. One of the benefits about visiting the museum during the winter months, is you don’t have to worry about long lines or it being too crowded. North Carolina is rich in its history, which is no match to some of the artifacts on the OBX. If you are vacationing with the kids, bring them to the museum for a bit of history lesson or two and explore the trails.  Just remember to check the weather before you do some exploring. 

The Outer Banks is filled with so many different places to visit and activities to do year-round we are launching a new blog series to highlight the “do not miss” OBX Vacation Bucket list items to help you plan your next vacation. No matter what season you and your family plan to vacation with us, we promise that adding those check marks off on your list is immensely satisfying.

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades.

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community

Holiday Events in The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Spend the holidays on the Outer Banks to make them even more memorable. Every month, there are plenty of fun events for the entire family to celebrate while staying in your vacation rental. We’ve included some of the big holidays and events taking place in our communities below. 

For a complete schedule of activities during your stay, go to the Area Guide tab and look under Things to Do In The Outer Banks.

Tree Lighting

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Each year, cities and communities on the Outer Banks hold Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies. With a few exceptions, the festivities are normally conducted after Thanksgiving and after dark and are sometimes sponsored by towns, business areas, or malls. There may be entertainment, Santa Claus, and sing-alongs at the Tree Lighting festivities. They can also be found at larger events like festivals, and parades. You may want to attend one of the following tree lighting celebrations. All of the events listed are free and open to the general public.

Town of Manteo

The Manteo tree lighting ceremony, which takes place in front of the historic old courthouse, is a musical-dramatic celebration of that indefinable spirit of selfless joy that has touched the lives of Roanoke Island residents at Christmastime for over 400 years and inspired them to persevere against all odds in pursuit of their dreams.

Browse some of the beautiful Nags Head vacation rentals available which is a wonderful town just a short drive from Manteo.

Price: FREE

Age limit: Fun for the whole family!

When is the Event?: Friday, December 3, 2021 – 6:00 pm

Christmas Tour

Shelves of Chritmas cottages and candles lit up.

There is an amazing holiday-themed tour for all of the festive activity seekers here in the Outer Banks. It takes place in the wonderful town of Corolla at The Whalehead. If you are interested in visiting the OBX to attend one of these tours we have plenty of stunning vacation homes in Corolla to help you with your accommodation needs.

Whalehead’s Candlelight Christmas Tour

The Whalehead Candlelight Tours are a wonderful way to start the holiday season. Enjoy music, drinks, and the wonderfully adorned Whalehead estate. Live performances on Whalehead’s original Steinway piano, caroling, and an exclusive peek of the new Starkey Room exhibit and new acquisitions will all be included in the tour.

Candlelight Christmas Tour Details

Dates – Tours will take place starting November 26, 2021, thru December 18th, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The exact dates are November 26th and 27th and December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th.

Admission – $20 per person Tours are very limited. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register call: 252-453-9040

Holiday Festival

A couple of ladies shopping in a Christmas themed shop.

Keep that Christmas energy going with this engaging holiday festival. Get there early to enjoy all the shops and dining the town of Duck has to offer. Shop local and find something for everyone on your nice list this year!

If you want to make a vacation out of this visit look into staying at one of our conveniently located coastal home rentals available to you in the town of Duck.

Duck Yuletide Celebration

Join the town of Duck for live Christmas music, sweets, and an elf scavenger hunt as we await the arrival of our special guest: Santa Claus, who will swap in his sleigh for a spectacular arrival on a Duck Fire Truck.

Price: FREE

Age limit: All ages

When is the Event?: Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Santa will be waiting!

Santa sitting on the beach under an umbrella

So what are you waiting for, come celebrate your holidays on the Outer Banks by attending our holiday OBX-mas events this month? We strongly encourage you to participate in the month of holiday activities and entertainment for the whole family. We hope to hear from you and see you and your friends & family soon! Best wishes and Happy Holidays.

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades. 

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.

Things to Do on the Outer Banks to Complete Your Fall Bucket List

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Fall is an excellent time of the year to head to the Outer Banks as the weather is terrific and the crowds are low. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun and even closer to a few of the items on your Fall bucket list. Let’s look below at three things you can add to your bucket list this fall here on the Outer Banks.

Fall Golfing

Portrait of sportive couple golfers playing golf at autumn day

Golfing during the fall months is often overlooked as many love to play golf during the spring and summer months. But did you know that golfing on the OBX during the fall is the perfect time to go? The weather is the ideal temperature as it’s not too hot yet not too cold to enjoy a day or two on the greens. Break out your seasonal golf gear complete with v-neck sweaters and fun golf pants to match. You also won’t feel rushed as you play a round of 18 holes this fall with the family or with a bunch of friends.

See the Wild Horses

Two wild horses running on the beach in Corolla on North Carolina Outer Banks

Another great thing that you can take advantage of this fall is heading up to the Corolla area for the day. You may be asking what is so important about Corolla, and we want to say it’s the wild horses. Not only will you get to witness the beautiful beaches, but you’ll get to see the Corolla Wild Horses in their habitat. And if you’re lucky, you may run into Raymond, the mule who lives with the horses along the beaches. Just remember not to feed any of the horses and take your trash back with you, so they don’t get ahold of any of it. It can be very harmful to them if they get a hold of it.

Sunsets & Stargazing 

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If you’re looking to relax and destress before heading back home from vacation, then look no further. The Outer Banks has many different things that you can do while you’re here to help you out. From sitting on the beach watching the sunset to looking up in the sky to see if you’re able to see the Milky Way. The OBX is a great place to catch a vivid sunset or stargaze during the crisp clear autumn evenings.  

Honorable Mentions 

For more Fall bucket list items there are a few other things that you can do to add to your list this fall, such as taking a fishing charter with the family, doing some surf fishing, collecting seashells, and much more 

If you’re still looking for that perfect Outer Banks vacation rental, give us a call today. We can’t wait to see what you’re adding to your bucket list this fall!

Fishing Honey Holes Along The OBX

– A Joe Lamb Jr. Blog Series

Welcome back to the third and final installment of our Outer Banks fishing blog series. Our first post of the series displayed the most popular types of fishing in the OBX while the second post focused on popular fish that you can catch here in the Outer Banks

Planning for memories to last a lifetime can be done at any of the following locations.

We are smack dab in the thick of the fishing season here in the Outer Banks. With the right insight and a little luck, you will be reeling in some monster fish in no time! So dream big and travel far!

Some of the Best Surf Fishing Spots in the OBX

A fisherman is silhouetted by a sunset on a beach in North Carolina as he gets a rod ready to cast out. Birds can be seen flying in the background

What are some of the most plentiful surf fishing areas?

On the Outer Banks, many people enjoy going surf fishing. It’s a fun activity, especially in the fall when the fishing is excellent and the ocean and air are both cooling off, making a day at the beach even more enjoyable. Where do you even begin when there are miles and miles of beach on which to cast your line? Here’s a rundown of some of the most well-known surf fishing spots along the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Inlet

Hatteras Inlet’s northern end requires a 4WD vehicle. Alternatively, you can park at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum parking lot and walk 2 miles north to the beach. Take the ferry to get to the other side of the island. Summer ferries run every 30 minutes, from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, with each ferry holding 30-60 vehicles; off-season ferries run every hour. The trip takes about 40 minutes and follows the coastline of Hatteras Island before heading out into the open inlet waters. 

You can park near the ferry docks and walk to the beach, or you can drive to the 4WD beach access ramp down the road from the ferry docks. Before driving on the beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, make sure you have a beach driving permit and a fishing license that are both still current.

Cape Point

Cape Point is a well-known surf fishing spot on the Outer Banks. North and South facing beaches are formed as a result of land jutting into the Atlantic Ocean and curving sharply back towards the shore at the Point. There are two powerful ocean currents that meet off Cape Point: The Labrador and the Gulf Streams. To get to the Point, you’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a beach driving permit, or you can walk from the public access point.

During peak times, Cape Point can be overrun with anglers vying for prime casting spots. Don’t trespass on anyone’s fishing territory, but don’t be shy about striking up a conversation either. Many of the local fishermen have been coming to Cape Point for decades and are happy to share a fish story or two, or even a few tips, with a newcomer.

Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet is the most visited inlet on the Outer Banks, and for good reason: it has an abundance of fishing spots. The sandy beach stretches from the oceanside to the sound side on the northern beach, and 4WD vehicles are authorized with a permit. It’s a great spot for surf fishing. In the inlet, the beach turns into a seawall and the soundside has a small sandy beach access. The southern beach is excellent for surf fishing. The southern side is better for fishermen who want to park their car and walk to the beach, while the northern side is better for anglers who want to drive out to the beach.

You don’t have to go to one of these places to have a productive surf fishing trip. Almost anywhere on our beaches is a good place to try your luck with the fishing rod. If you’re not a fan of surf fishing, try throwing a line in from one of the Outer Banks’ many piers instead. There are plenty of types of fishing for you to explore in the OBX! 

Some of the Best Sound Fishing Spots in the OBX

View of the Sound at sunset looking west

Where are the best fishing spots soundside?

When it comes to Outer Banks fishing, fall is prime time. However, fishing in the ocean isn’t for everyone, so we asked some local fishermen about great spots to fish in the sounds. Here are a few of the best-kept secrets in the Outer Banks. When fish find a spot with plenty of bait they stay there.

South Side of Oregon Inlet

It’s a great place to take kids and you can go fishing in the ocean-like waters. There’s parking and a short trail to a shallow lagoon or small bay right next to the Bonner Bridge on the south side. The bay is a great place for kids to learn how to fish because it is sheltered.

Whalehead Club Boat Basin

This is a safe place with a few surprises. Flounder have been caught in the basin, which is strange considering that the water is primarily fresh. Also, keep an eye out for largemouth bass. It’s a wonderful location for families with children.

Roanoke Island, South of Washington Baum Bridge Boat Ramp

NC Marine Fisheries built a dock at the end of the ramp, and locals swear by it. There are a lot of Rockfish and Spot in the water.

See You Soon in the OBX

The Outer Banks are unmatched by any other vacation destination, especially for Outdoor Junkies. Snag huge Bluefish, Stripers, and more from the beach. Paddle around the sound side of the islands to keep an eye out for big Red Drum, delicious Flounder, and other marine life. Add a rich fishing history and beautiful surroundings to the mix, you’ve found the ideal fishing spot.

Are you thinking of going fishing on the Outer Banks? Finding the new trails and roads less traveled is always exciting, so try a few of these spots and venture out to find some honey holes in the OBX on your own!

Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates is one of the most trusted vacation rental managers in the local area by growing into a market leader in the Vacation Rental and Sales Industry. Joe Lamb Jr. and his family have played a vital and intricate role in the Outer Banks Community for decades. 

Over the past 50+ years, Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates have worked diligently to help promote the Outer Banks for the amazing beach and family vacation destination that it is, helping to increase tourism in the area and grow our beautiful community.