Family consisting of 2 grandparents (60's), 2 parents (early 30's), 9 month old baby
Duration of stay - one week in August
Place of stay - rental house on Back Road
Things we enjoyed doing:
*Walking the northern beach in the morning with our dogs
*Walking or biking the streets
*Browsing the stores
*Going to the beach in the afternoon
*Checking out the Ocracoke lighthouse (but you can't go up it)
*Buying fresh veggies from the veggie stand in town (Best selection early in the week)
*Buying many different varieties of bottled beer at Zillie's to keep in our refrigerator
*Having Captain Puddle Duck's Steamer Pot one night for dinner - Yummy!
*Taking a trip to Hatteras one day to see the lighthouse. A yummy lunch stop at Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar. Then went further North to visit the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station.
We did a lot of grandparent duty, taking care of the 9 month old, while the younger adults went out in the evenings for entertainment and drinks. They especially enjoyed the bar/flatbread area of Dajio's for live music on most nights. The flatbread was mighty yummy also! They also enjoyed the live music and drinks at the Jolly Roger on the water at the harbor, but said the food was quite dismal. The Ocracoke Coffee Co. was also a favorite spot of theirs for morning coffee and muffins/pastries.
If you enjoy historical talks: I happened to be browsing the stores one day, when I found out there was going to be a talk at 11 a.m. about the history of Ocracoke. It was near the Black Schooner Nautical shop. Near the water, a placard lists the times for the talks. I could have stayed all day and listened to the gentleman talking about the history of Ocracoke, since he was part of that history, having grown up on Ocracoke, as did many of his ancestors.
Things to do differently next time:
We would pay the $50/week and watch the 9 minute instructional video at the Visitor's Center to be able to drive our pick-up truck out onto the beach (a special area of the beach for this). With a 9-month old (and next time perhaps another baby) it requires a lot of stuff to take down to the beach. Driving it all down would be so much easier. And we would be able to get into the truck for safety when a stray thunderstorm rolls by.
Our daughter had vacationed at Ocracoke with her best friend's family many summers during her childhood. She had such fond memories of Ocracoke that she wanted to go back as an adult and see it it would be a vacation that might become a family tradition for her family. Indeed, an Ocracoke vacation will become a family tradition! She and her husband thought Ocracoke had a great vibe! They really enjoyed being able to walk or bike to just about everywhere. Ocracoke -- We'll Be Back!!