Fall is welcomed with open arms by both locals and visitors after the hustle and bustle of summer on the Outer Banks. It’s no secret that Fall is by far many Outer Banks locals’ favorite season. We can list a plethora of reasons why Fall is our favorite season on the Outer Banks. But we’ve honed in on our top five.
Have you ever dreamed of walking up and down an empty beach? It can be downright therapeutic. The warm ocean water lapping at your ankles as you pick up countless beach treasures, like conch shells, sea glass, driftwood, mermaid’s purses. Feel the cool sand between your toes, because it’s not 100 degrees out and the sand isn’t scorching hot. This also means that Fall is the perfect season for pets to frolic on the beach. Cooler sand for paws, a warm ocean for our four-legged kids that like to swim, as well as more relaxed pet regulations on our beaches. There are plenty of non-beach things to do with your pet in the Fall, especially in Duck and Corolla.
No crowds on the beach also means less traffic and much shorter wait times at your favorite Outer Banks restaurant. Local chefs tend to get more creative with their specials this time of year, giving diners an opportunity to try something new.
The weather doesn’t get much better on the Outer Banks than it is in the Fall. While the temperatures inland are cooling off enough for sweaters and boots, we normally experience an “Indian Summer” here on the Outer Banks. Warm temperatures coupled with dry weather give us beach days that are sunny and clear. The ocean stays warm well into the Fall, perfect for a dip in the salty water. Fall evenings give us clear skies with cool breezes, excellent for stargazing.
Epic Sunrises and Sunsets
There’s something magical about Outer Banks sunrises and sunsets during the Fall. They are absolutely breathtaking. Every. Single. Day. Colors that we didn’t know existed appear in the sky on a regular basis. If you follow Twiddy & Company on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you certainly get a healthy dose of Outer Banks sunrises and sunsets during this time of year (you’re welcome!).
It’s festival season! All kinds of fun events are happening up and down the Outer Banks during the Fall, many of them in October.
The 26th Annual Parade of Homes offers an opportunity to tour many of our coastal abodes, no two alike. The self-guided tour covers 60 miles of Outer Banks coastline, while allowing visitors to tour 24 uniquely designed homes.
Immerse yourself in the local flavor and learn about our coastal culture at the Outer Banks Seafood Festival. Local seafood from 12 local restaurants is the star of the show, but the activities and entertainment, as well as local breweries and wineries also contribute to the celebration.
If music festivals are your thing, you are in for a treat! The World Famous Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival in Manteo features four days of mountain music by the sea.
The Mustang Rock & Roast is a jam-packed two days of food and live music benefitting the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program, which supplements the cultural arts programs in Outer Banks schools. Two favorite Outer Banks delicacies are featured at this year’s event: an oyster roast on Saturday and a BBQ on Sunday.
Get your jazz hands ready because the Town of Duck hosts the Duck Jazz Festival each year on the lawn at the town park.
Lace up your running shoes for the Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon. Choose your distance and run Outer Banks style.
Fall is considered a “shoulder season” on the Outer Banks, which means that rates are lower than the peak rates of summer. This is the perfect time to book that home you’ve been eyeing that has all of the bells and whistles that may not be in your budget during July. This may be the time of year that you can finally stay oceanfront. It’s no secret that oceanfront is our favorite! Bonus: private pools are generally available until mid- to late-October, so splashing around in the pool can also be on your Fall vacation agenda.
We highly recommend a Fall beach vacation, whatever the reason. Once you’ve experienced the Outer Banks in autumn, we’re certain we’ll see you during the Fall for years to come. So what are you waiting for, start your search today!
Courtney Wisecarver has been with Twiddy & Company for 14 years and is currently part of the Marketing team. She moved to the Outer Banks “for the summer” of 2003 and never left. She is married with three beach-loving children. Fall is definitely her favorite time of year for reasons other than pumpkin spice everything.