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Days Inn Oceanside at Kill Devil Hills

Updated on February 2, 2012
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Donna Campbell Smith is a published author, freelance writer, and photographer. She also specializes in horses.

Days Inn Oceanside at Kill Devil Hills at milepost 8.5 on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is my favorite place to stay when I go to the beach. It’s location is central to the expanse of islands that line the upper coast of the state between Corolla and Hatteras, both places I like to visit while I am there. Nestled in between hwy 12 and the Atlantic Ocean, it offers all the amenities one would expect at the beach and the hominess of a small town establishment even though it is part of the Days Inn chain of hotels.

Guests are Greeted By A Winged Horse

One of 99 life-sized fiberglass horses with aluminum aircraft wings which were decorated and displayed throughout the Outer Banks as part of The Winged Horse Extravaganza, a community art project to celebrate the 2003 Centennial of Flight.
One of 99 life-sized fiberglass horses with aluminum aircraft wings which were decorated and displayed throughout the Outer Banks as part of The Winged Horse Extravaganza, a community art project to celebrate the 2003 Centennial of Flight.

Off-Season Rates are a Steal

Off-season rates are a steal. On my last trip, the weekend after Thanksgiving, I paid $55 per night with an off-season coupon for a suite that included kitchenette, dining area, two beds and the bath. The room was very attractive, clean and comfortable. It had an entrance into the hall and another opened outside to the parking area. It is a short walk to the beach from any room. A boardwalk leads across the dunes.

The lobby is paneled in a warm pinewood and has a big fireplace on one side. Visitors are welcomed to a comfortable sitting area and served refreshments every afternoon. There is a guest computer with Internet connection for those of us who still do not have a laptop; for those who do they have wifi. The staff are very friendly and ready to give directions and make recommendations for eating and shopping and sights to see.

The breakfast room is a new addition. An expanded Continental Breakfast includes pastries, bagels, fruit, cereal (hot and cold) and waffles from the DIY waffle machine. Coffee, tea, milk and juice and any condiments necessary were provided. Guests can sit and enjoy the sunrise over the dunes while they get their day started, provided they are early risers, perhaps on the way to the surf for some of that good fishing.

Days Inn Decorated for Christmas

it has hominess of a small town establishment even though it is part of the Days Inn chain of hotels
it has hominess of a small town establishment even though it is part of the Days Inn chain of hotels

The Best Time to Visit

I can’t make any guarantees, but I have been to the Outer Banks on Thanksgiving weekend several times and always had lovely weather. This last time it rained some, but the temperature was in the 60s and even in the evenings I was comfortable wearing a light jacket. On one night my daughter and I did some night fishing. The breeze was light, the moon was full and we could not have asked for anything better. Well, catching a fish or two might have added to the perfection, but for me enjoying the peaceful evening was reward enough.

Fall and spring are said to be some of the Outer Banks best fishing time. I love the beach in winter, too. The solitude, watching the waves, seeing the migratory birds that make the islands and protected waterways of the Outer Banks a stopping place, the slow pace and affordable rates are all good reasons for a winter visit.

For summer visits the Days Inn Oceanside is a great place to bring the family on vacation. Since it is literally Oceanside just a step out the backdoor and a short walk over the dunes and you are on the beach. But if you prefer not to swim in the ocean they have a beautiful swimming pool. Behind the hotel is an outdoor fireplace and picnic tables for cookouts. The oceanside rooms have a balcony complete with rocking chairs for enjoying the view.

Check out the website http://www.daysinnoceanfrontobx.com/. Be sure to look at the coupons and specials and plan a stay on your next trip to the Outer Banks.

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    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      5 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Rochelle, If you plan a trip to the Outer Banks you be sure to contact me so we can get together for a visit. I was there last month and the breakfast room is even better, having added sausage and eggs to the breakfast bar.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      5 years ago from California Gold Country

      This sounds like a great place to stay. (We like to find a place that includes breakfast, because it saves at least another $15-$20.) I like the winged horse idea, too.

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      5 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Still my favorite place to stay at the Outer Banks. They have even added sausage and eggs to the free breakfast!

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      Dao Hoa 

      8 years ago

      I went to Kill Devil Hills for just a day time visit years ago. With the off season rate like this, I guess I should come back there soon.

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      jdove-miller 

      8 years ago

      Gotta go at least once.

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      OneGypsyTraveler 

      8 years ago from Grimsley, Tennessee

      This sounds like a great place to go for a Fall/Winter holiday. Reasonable prices and fun things to do.

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