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Why Winter is an Exciting Time in the Outer Banks

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You’ve probably heard that summer is a great time to visit the Outer Banks, but did you know that our area is also a lot of fun in winter?

Learn more about winter in the Outer Banks:

Delicious dining

Some of our area’s best restaurants are open year-round. Sit by the window at Kimball’s Kitchen to catch the sunset, grab some fish tacos at Steamers or go for old-time charm at the Black Pelican, which is housed in a former lifesaving station from 1874.

Beach time

Did we really just suggest a beach day in winter? Oh, yes, we did! Winter is a great time for beachcombing, as sparser crowds and changes in prevailing winds make it easier for you to find a seaside treasure. With average highs in December at 59 degrees, you’ll need to grab a sweater, but you’ll still be able to enjoy walking along the sand.

Fun events

The Outer Banks really sparkle during the holidays. Check out fun events for the whole family, like Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens, featuring festive trees, twinkling Christmas lights and an open-air fire, or the Duck Yuletide Celebration, which includes live music, a tree lighting and more.

Planning a winter trip to the Outer Banks? Book your room at the Surf Side Hotel. Even if the weather is chilly, you can swim in our indoor pool, relax in a hot tub or just cozy up in your comfortable room. Make your reservation online today for a winter Outer Banks vacation you won’t soon forget!

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