Fall on the Outer Banks…or as I fondly think of it as “Second Summer” is tipping the scales as my favorite time of year. The weather is absolutely Outer Banks at its best and the ocean temps tend to stay warm right through Columbus Day Weekend! The beaches are wide open and our family pets can enjoy the beach with us. I even occasionally leave the sunscreen in my beach bag and live a bit dangerously!
As enjoyable as the beach is in fall…I suggest getting out of our beach chairs and heading over to the Manteo Waterfront…the sometimes forgotten step-sister to the Outer Banks. On a crisp fall day, nothing tops a stroll down the scenic waterfront and if you time it just right you can catch the Downeast Rover departing for an afternoon of sailing on the beautiful Roanoke Sound. What a fabulous way to take in the views of the Waterfront shops, Roanoke Marshes Light and Roanoke Island Festival Park. If you’re lucky you may even be entertained by the resident dolphin at no extra charge.
There’s no shortage of quaint and delicious spots to eat. The Full Moon Café and Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop both offer their own brand of ambiance and great food. The back patio at Poor Richard’s overlooks the waterfront and offers the perfect excuse to enjoy a beverage and the outstanding tuna melt sandwich…yes I’ve been there two Saturday’s in a row just for the tuna melt! The view is not too shabby either!
Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the fall season “Outer Banks Style”!
October 28, by Lauren Rickard