Best Outer Banks Beach Vacation: Corolla, North Carolina

Photo of the Whalehead Club

The Whalehead Club is my favorite spot in the Outer Banks.  It's surrounded by the Currituck Sound and has great views of the Currituck Lighthouse.
The Whalehead Club is my favorite spot in the Outer Banks. It's surrounded by the Currituck Sound and has great views of the Currituck Lighthouse. | Source

Corolla Old & New

There's much to do in Corolla. The hard part is deciding which direction to go in.
There's much to do in Corolla. The hard part is deciding which direction to go in. | Source

Corolla, North Carolina

Thirty years ago, Corolla was one of the last beach frontiers on America's East Coast. Wild horses still roamed free in the rugged, northernmost Outer Banks and there were few paved roads.

Sandwiched between the Currituck Sound and Atlantic Ocean, this part of North Carolina's Outer Banks seems like a barrier island when you're on it, but it's a peninsula which shares a narrow spit of land that borders the State of Virginia.

Prior to 1984, the area was blocked off to everyone but a few landowners, but during the mid 1980s it was opened up to developers who started building increasingly luxurious seaside accommodations, private beach houses with lush landscaping, and upscale shopping and dining complexes, turning the region into one of the most popular seaside destinations along the Atlantic Coast.

Lured by the relatively low cost of renting one of the smallest beach houses, which, because of the narrowness of the peninsula, was just a few blocks from the ocean and sound, my husband and I first started vacationing there in 1990 and have returned almost every year since.

In the early years, we had to travel 20 miles from our rental house to reach a supermarket, shop, dine out, or find tourist attractions, but we didn't mind doing so because we enjoyed spending time in nature and sharing the wide, uncrowded beaches with the wild horses of Corolla.

Time passed and we started vacationing with several friends who had children the same age as our son. For privacy, we each rented one of the smaller, still modestly priced homes.

After the kids were grown, one couple bought a new beach house which, like many of the newer houses, had 3 levels, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a great room and a family room. Amenities included a private pool and hot tub, which used to be a rarity but was now standard. They rented the home out during the busy summer season but always invited us to stay with them when they closed it in late September.

That was when we realized that fall was the most delightful time to vacation in Corolla. The weather was still warm enough to swim in the ocean, most of the shops and restaurants remained open, and the beaches were uncrowded, the way they were when we'd first started coming.

Tourists with very young children, or those who have no children, will find that it is also cheaper to rent a condo or house in the shoulder seasons of early fall and late spring.

Presently, weekly rental rates range from $800 up to $10,000, depending on season, size and age of the rental, its amenities and proximity to the ocean or sound.

No matter when you visit, there is much to do in Corolla and in the rest of this article I'll share information about the best attractions, tours and activities.

The Whalehead Club

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Stunning Views of Whalehead Club Grounds

Dusk at the Whalehead Club Grounds.
Dusk at the Whalehead Club Grounds. | Source
Sunset looking over the Whalehead Club Grounds from a friend's rental home.
Sunset looking over the Whalehead Club Grounds from a friend's rental home. | Source

The Whalehead Club grounds are my favorite spot in the Outer Banks and I have many great memories of watching the Corolla Wild Horses graze there, attending wine festivals, Fourth of July celebrations, kayaking in the sound and having romantic picnics with my husband.

The Whalehead Club is a historic house museum with an intriguing past.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 23,000 square foot Art Nouveau home is a grand residence with stunning views of the Currituck Sound.

Since 1999, the county has painstakingly restored it to exactly the way it looked when it was built in 1925.

When I first saw it, the house was run down and in such poor structural condition that no visitors were allowed in for tours.

Each year, I looked forward to seeing the progress of the restoration, which would ultimately cost $5,000,000. The copper roof was replaced and the exterior and interior of the house was painted in the same colors as they originally were. Presently, the house is decorated with many of the original owner's furnishings.

The Whalehead Club staff gives guided tours of the interior and tell fascinating tales about the original owners, Edward and Marie Louise Knight.

Mrs. Knight was a dignified, well-respected wealthy woman from Newport, Rhode Island, but she loved to hunt and was an excellent sharpshooter. Most proper ladies of that era did not hunt, nor were they accepted into hunt clubs, so Mr. Knight purchased Outer Banks land and built the Whalehead Club for her.

Current day tours are a fun way to learn more about the history of the house, its architectural style and different owners, plus all tour fees are used to maintain the property and grounds.

Learn About Local Wildlife

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Wild Horses of Corolla

These exotic equines, believed to have roamed the northernmost regions of the Outer Banks for more than four centuries, have been genetically proven to be descendants of 16th-century Barbary Coast horses of Spanish and Portuguese stock.

Though it is not known exactly when or how they got to the Outer Banks, several interesting theories give plausible explanations. Some believe that early European explorers of Spanish and English descent brought them here along with other livestock and left them behind. Others believe the horses swam ashore after ships they were on were destroyed by storms.

When Corolla became a popular tourist destination, 14 horses were killed by automobiles and for their own safety, the herd was fenced to remain north of the paved road where they safely roam 15,000 acres.

Tourists are guaranteed to see them if they take tours that are guided by professionals.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

Built in 2006, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is located on the sound between the Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

The center is a 22,000 square-foot, handicap accessible building with an auditorium, exhibit hall, classrooms and a gift shop.

Many programs are free, as is entrance into the exhibits, but some programs and staff guided activities do have fees. The most popular programs include sound habitat exploration, decoy carving and fishing in the sound. All programs require advance registration.

Exhibits focus on conservation, waterfowl and hunting heritage, natural history, local heritage, ecology and fishing. The small aquarium and realistic marsh exhibits often have museum staff members who teach local visitors about the marine life that thrive in the Outer Banks.

Climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse

The top of the lighthouse offers spectacular panoramic views of Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
The top of the lighthouse offers spectacular panoramic views of Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. | Source

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Photos

The lighthouse is 162 feet tall and was built in 1875.
The lighthouse is 162 feet tall and was built in 1875. | Source
The lighthouse gift shop sells beautiful nautical items and gifts to raise funds to maintain the buildings and grounds. This building was restored by the non-profit organization, Outer Banks Conservationists.
The lighthouse gift shop sells beautiful nautical items and gifts to raise funds to maintain the buildings and grounds. This building was restored by the non-profit organization, Outer Banks Conservationists. | Source

The distinctive red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse can be seen from many vantage points throughout the village and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. The 162-foot lighthouse was first lit on December 1, 1875 and was tended by on-site keepers who lived in the surrounding buildings.

The lighthouse became automated in 1939, eliminating the need for a regular keeper. Sadly its outbuildings fell into disrepair during the next 40 years until a nonprofit group called Outer Banks Conservationists (OBC) began restoring the lighthouse and buildings during the 1980s.

Thanks to OBC, the lighthouse and grounds are currently in pristine condition and for the modest fee of $7.00, visitors can climb the 214 steps to the top for a panoramic view of the Currituck Sound, Whalehead Club, and Atlantic Ocean.

Walk Through Old Corolla Village

Old Corolla Trading Company has a great selection of nautical accessories and casual furniture, including maritime antiques.
Old Corolla Trading Company has a great selection of nautical accessories and casual furniture, including maritime antiques. | Source

Corolla Walking Tour & Guide Book

This fascinating book features an oral history section by Corolla's famous story teller, Norris Austin. Born in 1938, Norris has lived in Corolla Village longer than anyone else. In the winter of 2006 he agreed to record some of his memories and stories about growing up in Corolla. Co-author, Molly Harrison, re-organized and edited his stories to give the reader a sense of what life was like in this sleepy village before developers turned the area into a popular vacation destination.

The middle section of the book gives detailed walking tour instructions that include information about all of the structures and landmarks in Old Corolla Village.

The last section contains information about current day recreational activities offered in Corolla.

Historic Corolla Village

If you like discovering things on your own and want to meander through the historic Village of Corolla, it is fairly easy to follow the signs that are posted from the Currituck Lighthouse Grounds.

I suggest starting your walking tour at the lighthouse and allow yourself an hour or two for the mile long walk down Schoolhouse Lane and Corolla Village Road, which is dotted with small shops.

If you're hungry, stop at the Corolla Village Barbecue for a Carolina pork barbecue sandwich, or a rib or chicken meal. It's a carry-out restaurant, but there are a few picnic tables near-by. They also sell soft-serve ice cream.


Photo Tour of Old Corolla Village

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The century old schoolhouse was restored in 1999 and in August, 2012 it became a new public charter school, welcoming local children to class with the ringing of the old schoolbell. Coastal Explorations Launch Site offers kayak tours of the Currituck Sound.Antique chair used as flower pot holder. Buoys on display and for sale at the Old Corolla Trading Co. Children painted these colorful horses as a tribute to the Wild Horses of Corolla. The nonprofit Wild Horse Fund sells them as a fundraiser. Entrance to the Old Corolla Village Garden. Native plants and flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables are still grown here. Butterflies abound in the Old Corolla Village Garden.
The century old schoolhouse was restored in 1999 and in August, 2012 it became a new public charter school, welcoming local children to class with the ringing of the old schoolbell.
The century old schoolhouse was restored in 1999 and in August, 2012 it became a new public charter school, welcoming local children to class with the ringing of the old schoolbell. | Source
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Coastal Explorations Launch Site offers kayak tours of the Currituck Sound.
Coastal Explorations Launch Site offers kayak tours of the Currituck Sound. | Source
Antique chair used as flower pot holder.
Antique chair used as flower pot holder. | Source
Buoys on display and for sale at the Old Corolla Trading Co.
Buoys on display and for sale at the Old Corolla Trading Co. | Source
Children painted these colorful horses as a tribute to the Wild Horses of Corolla. The nonprofit Wild Horse Fund sells them as a fundraiser.
Children painted these colorful horses as a tribute to the Wild Horses of Corolla. The nonprofit Wild Horse Fund sells them as a fundraiser. | Source
Entrance to the Old Corolla Village Garden. Native plants and flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables are still grown here.
Entrance to the Old Corolla Village Garden. Native plants and flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables are still grown here. | Source
Butterflies abound in the Old Corolla Village Garden.
Butterflies abound in the Old Corolla Village Garden. | Source

Five Fun Things to do in Corolla, North Carolina

Kitty Hawk Water Sports rents kayaks, waverunners and pedal boats. They also offer parasailing adventures and tour boat cruises in the Currituck Sound.
Kitty Hawk Water Sports rents kayaks, waverunners and pedal boats. They also offer parasailing adventures and tour boat cruises in the Currituck Sound. | Source

Corolla Raceway Bumper Cars

Corolla Raceway Bumper Car track.
Corolla Raceway Bumper Car track. | Source
Rent a kayak or take a guided kayak tour.
Rent a kayak or take a guided kayak tour. | Source
  1. Race go carts at the Corolla Raceway located in the Timbuck II Shopping Village on N.C. Highway 12. This raceway features one large track with super-fast Indy cars. If that's too much excitement for your group, there are also freestanding, gas-powered bumper cars.
  2. Go skateboarding at Island Revolution Skate-park located in the Corolla Light Town Center, on NC Highway 12. The skate-park has 5,000 feet of extreme fun for the skateboarder in the family and is also fun for spectators.
  3. Take a Wild Horse & 4 Wheel Drive Nature Tour. The days when you could see the Corolla Wild Horses anywhere in Corolla are gone, but the wild horses have been relocated to the 4 wheel drive area north of Corolla so you must have an off road vehicle to see them. The easiest way is to take a guided tour with an outfitter. The guides know where the horses are, how to drive in sand, and are also knowledgeable about the history of the area. If you're adventurous and want to go it alone, you can rent a beach jeep.
  4. Try a water sport such as riding a waverunner, parasailing, or kayaking at Kitty Hawk Water Sports in Timbuck II on N.C. Highway 12.
  5. Take a Segway Tour at Back Country Outfitters and Guides, located in Corolla Light Town Center, N.C. Highway 12. You can choose a tour of Corolla Historic Village on a regular Segway, or the Spanish Mustang Reserve Tour which begins with a four-wheel drive on the beach up to a Maritime forest, where you'll ride the off-road, version of the Segway through Back Country's private Spanish Mustang Reserve.

Walk, Sunbathe, or Drive on Corolla's Beaches

Gazebo entrances line the Corolla Beaches. This photo was taken as high tide was coming up, thus the beach is much narrower than it is at low tide. Tide levels are something you must be aware of, no matter what you're doing on the beach.
Gazebo entrances line the Corolla Beaches. This photo was taken as high tide was coming up, thus the beach is much narrower than it is at low tide. Tide levels are something you must be aware of, no matter what you're doing on the beach. | Source

Rate Corolla NC as Vacation Destination

5 out of 5 stars from 12 ratings of Corolla, NC

Enjoy Corolla Beaches

Last, but not least, enjoy Corolla's beaches. There are many gazebo style entrances dotting the coast line and they look very similar to each other so if you like to walk long distances, make sure you check the mile marker that you started from.

Although the beaches are quite wide, you must still be aware that at high tide, the ocean may come right up against the sand dunes, so take that into account when you go for a walk.

If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, you can still drive it directly on the beach in the northernmost areas of Corolla. About 10 miles up the beach there's still a gate blocking you from entering the State of Virginia, and you'll have to turn around and go back the way you came. As with walking, plan your drive to avoid getting stuck in high tide.

Hope you have enjoyed your cyber-visit and get to visit this beautiful region of the Outer Banks in person some day.

I give Corolla, NC, a 5 star rating for its wide, clean beaches, many water sports activities, cultural activities, beautiful and abundant wildlife and family friendly accommodations.

The only negative things about it from my point of view are that it's very crowded during the summer season, but there are also more festivals, activities and special events that time of year.

I'm interested in your opinion of this vacation destination and appreciate your feedback and/or rating.

Outer Banks Poll

Have you ever been to Corolla, North Carolina, in the Outer Banks?

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • No, but after reading this I'm putting it on my wish list of places to visit.
  • No, but I've been to other parts of the Outer Banks.
  • No, and I have no desire to go there because I hate beaches.
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Map of Corolla: All Attractions are Off Highway 12

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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Corolla seems absolutely beautiful. I love how the rocky shores look along the Whalehead Club and can see why you have such fond memories of watching wild horses graze there. It certainly looks like a wonderful place to vacation, with the beaches and quaint sites to see. I'm definitely putting this on my wish list of places to vacation.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ktrapp,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the review and are adding it to your wish list.

As you can see, it's still one of my favorite places, even though it's changed so much during the past 20 years.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

As each photo is scrolled, I stop as each one took my breath away. I'm tempted to get out my oils and turn each one into a painting. I'm a sucker for a great beach and that last photo was a crowning jewel. Thanks for the link and I'll keep that so I don't get out of touch. You may hear from me from time to time. I've been busy writing novels and you are seventh on my list to see what is going on at HUBS. This and all your articles are so articulate for me it defys how anything could be any better quality. Well done.


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ihayaydin 4 years ago from turkey

ıt seems nice place to visit..


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi RJ,

Thanks for your wonderful review of my review. It's greatly appreciated and put a smile on my face today.

You are surely a man of many talents- businessman, novelist, songwriter, singer, and painter! Hope

your books are selling well.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ihayaydin,

It is a nice place to visit.

Thanks for leaving a comment.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I always love the pictures that accompany your hubs. Well done Gail; this looks like a delightful place to vacation.

best wishes always,

bill


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Billy,

Thanks for the kind words and specific feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

As you can no doubt tell from this hub, my husband and I have been blessed by being able to spend many vacations there with family and friends.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gail-I believe you've been to more places in NC than I have in my 6 yrs here, lol. This is a wonderful hub and the photos are amazing-you have the eye of a true artist with that camera! Well presented-I've wanted to visit this area before, because of the wild horses...now, I want to even more.

Fascinating history, especially of the hunt club. I'll have to keep the tip of 'fall' season in mind. BTW- I really appreciate the tip of 'watch your milestone marker' on the beach. Yes, one gazebo looks like another for sure!

Rated up and across, except funny-will share this. I think you have a winner here, for sure! Best wishes.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Your photos and travel guide and review and the entire hub is awesome! I just took a virtual vacation free of charge and I had a blast. Thank you and I will recommend your hub to any potential virtual vacationers ;)


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georgescifo 4 years ago from India

amazing and marvelous snaps of a great travel spot. Thanks for sharing..


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and will now consider driving to Corolla. It would be a shame not to go there while you're still living in NC!

While I've explored much of the Outer Banks from Corolla to Okracoke Island, there aren't many sites I've seen in the rest of NC, as we're usually just driving up and down I 95 en route to Hilton Head or Florida. The few times we did venture toward the central or eastern part of the state, I was thrilled by its beauty and surprised by just how big the state is! Took us a long time to drive to the Biltmore Estate, but it was worth it.

Thanks for your kind words and specific feedback.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunshine,

Your upbeat review just made my day!

Thanks for the recommendations and I'm so thrilled you enjoyed your cyber-visit. It's easy to take good pictures when the subject matter is so beautiful. LOL

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Georgescifo,

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feedback. It's appreciated.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

This is a beautiful article on Corolla in the Outer Banks. I love your pictures of the lighthouse and the Whalehead Club - you've captured them perfectly! Since we live within driving distance of Corolla, we recently spent an afternoon wandering around the lighthouse grounds and checking out the beaches in the area. Tourists are gone, and the area is deserted, but lovely! Rated you hub useful, interesting and 5 stars!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

So thrilled that you liked the review. I was thinking of you when I took those lighthouse pictures as I know you did a great hub on lighthouses, including the Currituck Beach one.

Am glad you enjoyed your recent daytrip in Corolla. Yes, it does get quite deserted as winter draws near and many of the shops close down, too.

Thanks so much for your lovely and specific feedback and for the vote up and stars. They're greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I have never been to North Carolina, but i would love to vist all the places you show cased in your informative hub. Thank you for sharing..


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another wonderful hub from you Gail;you never disappoint and I vote across,up and share.

Have a wonderful day my friend.

Eddy.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This looks like a beautiful area. I love the beach. Restoring the old school house was a great idea. Hopefully someday i will get to visit, love the pictures. Thank you..


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Always Exploring,

So thrilled you enjoyed the hub and photos and hope that you do get to visit this beautiful area someday.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. Your feedback and ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

So thrilled that you enjoyed it and thanks for the vote up and share.

I appreciate your support and feedback.

Hope You Have a Blessed Day,

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

No wonder you have vacationed in Corolla, North Carolina for many years. The views are stunning and from your descriptions and photos there is much to do, see and enjoy. It is now on my wish list of places to see. I gave this a 5 star rating, many up votes and will share.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

You know what's funny? I've lived almost all my life in either South Carolina, Virginia, or Tennessee, but I've never been to the Outer Banks! Not once. I feel kind of silly and like I should go sometime. Everyone says it's a great place to visit!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This looks like such a wonderful place to visit! I would like to go in the fall season when it is not so crowded. I would love to see all the old charm of Old Corolla and visit the beach. I am putting this on my list for the east coast travel! Voting up and more! :) By the way, your pictures are awesome! :)


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Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

I live in Southern California, but we have some friends who own a house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We love visiting them there!


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4tune 4 years ago from Michigan

Really wish I had been able to move there it is such a beautiful place, I like how it has so much variety in just one state.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

So glad you found a new place to add to your travel wish list. I always love reading your travel hubs and it's great to be able to share desirable destinations with you.

Thanks for the 5 star rating, vote up and share. They're greatly appreciated as is your ongoing support.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Natasha,

You should definitely go sometime!

If you love beaches, nature, water sports, good eating and fun times (and I know from your hubs that you do), you'll love the Outer Banks.

Hope you do get a chance to go.

Thanks for your insightful comment. There are many people who live within an easy drive of great vacation areas like this, and yet never actually visit them.

You have been blessed to live in some truly beautiful states and have already written some excellent hubs about tourist destinations within them.

I've visited some of the ones you wrote about, but always learn something new when I read your travel hubs. Am looking forward to reading more and finding out about other places to visit in Southeastern USA.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi SG Brown,

Am thrilled that you're adding this to your wish list of East Coast travel. Yes, the fall season is great for someone who enjoys nature in a more natural, peaceful setting. Old Corolla Village is truly a step back in time to a much simpler kind of living. I go there at least once on every Outer Banks Vacation and it never loses its charm. Plus, it's fascinating to see the progress of the restorations.

Thanks so much for your kind words about my photography. I admire your own photography so much and your feedback means a lot to me.

I'm continually amazed how focusing on taking a picture helps me "see" things from a whole new perspective.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Deborah Diane,

Glad to hear you are as blessed as I am. Enjoying the Outer Banks with friends makes visiting this area a truly amazing experience no matter how many times you go, doesn't it?

Thanks for leaving such a lovely and insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi 4tune,

Yes, North Carolina is a very diverse state from it's mountains to the fabulous beaches.

Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Melovy 3 years ago from UK

This looks so beautiful - at least your photos are beautiful. And you saved the best till last: when I saw the beach photos I so wanted to be there!

Great hub.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Melovy,

I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos.

I love all beaches, but the Outer Banks are special because we've been going there with family and friends for such a long time.

The Whalehead Club is either peaceful or crackling with activity if a festival's going on, and I never get tired of its breath taking beauty and wildlife.

Thanks for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated as is your friendship.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Gail. I was so enjoying the calm Atlantic and letting my imagination run with the wild horses and absorbing the atmosphere surrounding the lighthouses that I just barely found my may to the bottom of the comment list. You certainly have brought so us some fascinating place. This area is high on that list. It just looks like it has everything.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mike,

So glad that you seem to have gotten the essence of an Outer Banks Vacation from this hub. It truly is a magical place.

Thanks so much for your lovely comment which is greatly appreciated, as is your ongoing friendship and support.

Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Gail this looks such a delightful place to visit. I love that the children painted the horses in tribute to the wild horses.

I will take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay,

Thanks for your specific feedback. I thought it was great that kids are involved with painting the wooden horses as it's not only fun, but also a great way to learn about the Wild Horses and the need to keep them protected.

Thanks also for the holiday wishes.

I hope you and your family also have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

Stunning is right and how on earth did i miss this gem?! Loved reading about Corolla with your first person commentary on what certainly is a wonderful, aye, magical vacation spot. Can you imagine me born and living in the State and having no clue of it till now? Marvelous pictures Gail- the Whalehead is fantastic looking with the restoration; and the lighthouse is most unique with the ironwork and brown brickwork. Five star hub most assuredly and am going to gladly share. Those days when things were less built up on the coast were truly magical weren't they my friend, but I'm happy to know there's still some of that spirit left.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

How on earth, indeed? It is hard to imagine that you haven't been there yet!

Hope you get a chance to rectify that fact, soon.

Late spring and early fall are great times to go if you like it quiet and less crowded.

Summer is great if you love heat, festivals, more people and more activities.

Yes, the old days before the build-up were magical for a nature lover like me, but I do still love it, as you can obviously tell from this review.

Thanks so much for the 5 star rating and the share. I truly appreciate your ongoing support and friendship.

Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...this hub is BIG. I really enjoy all the descriptions about Corolla in North Carolina. I had never heard about this place before reading this hub. Just looking at the pictures can fly my imagination for being at this place. Thank you very much for writing and introduce this place with us. Voted up (useful, interesting, awesome, and interesting).

Wishing you True Joy, quiet peace and perfect love. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Prasetio


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Prasetio,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for the vote up. I truly appreciate it.

Hope you too, have a Happy New Year.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

Oh how tardy I am in visiting one of my favorite friends and one of my favorite vacation destinations...although it has been quite a few years since I have been to the Outer Banks, I would return in a heartbeat after reading your comprehensive and enticing review.

Although we stayed in Buxton, I do remember loving our visit to the Currituck Lighthouse.

Now, I have a hankering though for Bubba's BBQ...mmm, none like it.

Voted UP and UABI. Hope all is well. Hugs, Maria


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Maria,

It is I who have been tardy in my response, but oh how lovely it was to log into HP and see this beautiful comment from you, dear friend.

Yes, the Outer Banks, and in particular, Corolla, is a wonderful place for soul renewal and for feeding the body with Bubba's BBQ!

Thanks so much for your kind words and the vote up.

Things are well here and hope all is well with you.

Sending a Hub Bouquet of Hugs and Love,

Gail


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Gail,

I enjoyed this virtual tour to North Carolina. It is always a pleasure to read about the places I have never traveled. You give authenticity to your travelogue with your wonderful photos.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vinaya,

I feel the same way when I read your travel hubs and view the beautiful photos in them.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Reading your Hubs makes me feel like I've visited so many lovely places! I'd never heard of Corolla before, but the Segway tour sounds so relaxing and picturesque. Maybe someday we'll have a chance to get there. Thank you for sharing!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vespawoolf,

Hope you do get the chance to visit Corolla one day. It is picturesque and relaxing, especially during the shoulder seasons of fall (Sept. and Oct.) and spring (May and June) when prices are lower and there are fewer tourists.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and for the share. They're greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Lisawilliamsj 3 years ago

Wow, Corolla North Carolina is absolutely beautiful! I am definitely adding this to my list of place to visit. Unfortunately the lovely rentals you wrote about are quite a bit out of my price range. The good news is that Bell Island, which incidentally is on my list as well, is only an hour from Corolla. So, when we go we can visit both places!! I did some research and it looks like Bell Island has a pretty nice, inexpensive, campground. Thank you for posting this. I can't wait to check it out!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lisa,

Glad you liked liked the article and found an inexpensive campground that's within an hour's drive.

I haven't heard of Bell Island but will have to look into it. I always love taking short day trips to locales I've never been to before.

Thanks so much for your feedback and for passing on some info about Bell Island. Sounds like you could probably write a hub about that camp ground when you stay there.

Best Regards,

Gail


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These photos are breathtakingly beautiful, Gail. I pinned the white egret one and shared the article to fb so I could revisit anytime I need a mini vacation. Thanks for the bucket list idea. So beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peg,

So glad you enjoyed your "mini vacation" and thank you for pinning the white egret and sharing the article on Facebook. Your support is greatly appreciated.

It is easy to take pictures of the Outer Banks because the region itself is stunningly beautiful.

Hugs,

Gail


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Gail, Corolla sounds like an amazing place! How great that you were able to create so many wonderful and happy memories there:). The wild horses, picnics, and all the vacation memories sound so great. The lighthouse pictures look awesome too. No wonder you went back so often, who could blame you! Thanks so much for sharing, and hope this finds you well, Paula


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Paula,

It is an amazing place and I will always cherish my memories of it, especially since one of the dear friends we used to go with is now deceased.

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It really brightened my day.

Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

I just moved to North Carolina at the end of last year and have heard a lot about the Outer Banks. Your pictures are stunning! I can't wait until I can take a trip there to visit. It has been far too long since I've visited the beach.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Torrs13,

Hope you're able to get there soon. You are blessed to live in a state with such beautiful beaches.

I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub and thank you for the feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Gail, My youngest daughter and her family finally came to visit me here in NC. We spent a week in Nags Head taking little side tours. One of the activities we enjoyed the best was our Wild Horses Tour. Our guide was very gracious and we had a good time taking well viewed photos.

Thanks for the suggestions here...I wish it had not been so late in the day when we toured, we did not make it to the Whalebone Clubhouse but it would have been very interesting.

Hope you and your husband are enjoying a good summer thus far. --Denise.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

So glad to hear from you, and that you and your daughter had a lovely vacation in Nags Head. Yes, the Wild Horses Tour is awesome as it is a thrill to see, and photograph the horses.

Too bad you weren't able to get to the Whalehead Clubhouse as that is also a great tour but that gives you something to look forward to doing on your next visit!

Yes, hubby and I are having a good summer this year staying in Delaware. Tourism here has been thriving as the weather's been great so far and there have been a ton of special events and concerts going on, many for free!

Thrilled to hear from you and hope you have a wonderful summer.

Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

So glad to hear from you, and that you and your daughter had a lovely vacation in Nags Head. Yes, the Wild Horses Tour is awesome as it is a thrill to see, and photograph the horses.

Too bad you weren't able to get to the Whalehead Clubhouse as that is also a great tour but that gives you something to look forward to doing on your next visit!

Yes, hubby and I are having a good summer this year staying in Delaware. Tourism here has been thriving as the weather's been great so far and there have been a ton of special events and concerts going on, many for free!

Thrilled to hear from you and hope you have a wonderful summer.

Hugs,

Gail


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I've never been to the Outer Banks, but I'd love to go. It looks like beautiful country.


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ologsinquito,

Yes, it's beautiful and there's a lot of things to do if you vacation there, especially if you like water sports or water activities.


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SusanDeppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

When we lived in Virginia Beach we loved visiting the Outer Banks. In fact, that's one of my most favorite places in the world. It has obviously grown up quite a bit since we've been gone (over 20 years). I'd still love to visit again and Corolla would be a great place to start. Thanks for the memories!


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Susan,

Glad this brought back wonderful memories. Though there is much more development now compared to 20 years ago, the area is still breathtakingly beautiful and it is still possible to find tucked away places such as Old Corolla Village which seem barely touched by time.

Thanks for leaving a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated and I hope you do get to return to the Outer Banks sometime.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

I enjoy reading this again just as much as the first time. Will share further by tweeting, G+ and pinning on a new board called North Carolina. Thanks for this virtual vacation!


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

Thanks for stopping by again and for the share! Glad you enjoyed the virtual vacation. I often feel that way when I read your travel hubs, and the hubs about outdoor art.

Hugs,

Gail


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DeborahNeyens 22 months ago from Iowa

I am putting this on my list! Thanks for the tour and for sharing your beautiful photos.


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Happyboomernurse 22 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Deborah,

So glad you enjoyed the review and are putting Corolla, NC, on your list of places to visit.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment.

Blessings,

Gail


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EsJam 14 months ago from Southern California

Thoroughly enjoyed your hub! I lived in Hendersonville, N.C. for a little over a year, but never ventured to the coast. How I wish I had. If ever I get to return, I will put Corolla on my list. Never would have been aware had it not been for your hub.

The lighthouse information is great! I tour them here, on the west coast. From one lighthouse enthusiast to another: Shine on! :) essie


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Happyboomernurse 13 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Essie,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. Sorry you didn't get to see this beautiful area when you lived in N.C., but hope you'll get to visit it someday.

Also hope I get to visit the west coast in the future, especially some of the lighthouses.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.

Best,

Gail

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