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Beach, shops, and booze

Milford, Ohio
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Beach, shops, and booze

A few of us are planning a trip this summer in July or August. We are interested in the Outer Banks. We would like a place that is on the beach but also has shopping, eats, and bars or nightlife that is all within walking distance. Which areas of the outer banks would include this. Any and all advise will be greatly appreciated !!! Thanks!

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1. Re: Beach, shops, and booze

It will be difficult to find places to walk to. You could get a hotel/motel in Kill Devil or Nags Head and be able to walk to someplace, but there won't be a lot of choices. It's not like Va Beach or like that here. There are 3-4 restaurants with night life, we have no "Bars".

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It sounds like Duck may be closest to what you are looking for. The entire village is really designed to be walking (or cycling) friendly. Staying close to the center of Duck will allow you to walk to the shops at Scarborough Faire as well as to some of the other small stores around town. You would also be in walking distance to some great restaurants such as Aqua S, Red Sky Cafe and the Roadside Grill. Aqua S also has a small bar (and an awesome wine selection) along with an outside deck where you can have a few drinks and watch the sunset over the sound. Sunset Grille also can be a cool place to have some drinks during and after sunset (but I would suggest avoiding their food).

However, "nightlife" in Duck is really low key and, for the most part, is people hanging out in their houses or down on the beach. They do not really have much of a bar-centric nightlife scene there.

There are some places that are open later for drinks further down in Kitty Hawk / Kill Devil Hills like Ocean Blvd. Bistro and Port O'Call, along with a few others, but most are likely going to involve a short drive in between. There is no boardwalk or strip in town with a large cluster of bars / clubs all right next door to each other like in places such as VA Beach or Ocean City, MD.

In general, while there are some things to do at night in OBX, there is not a large "nightlife" scene...it is not a party town and many of us who vacation there do so because we want to relax in a quiet, low-key environment (we do enjoy traveling to places that do have a vibrant club/bar/nightlife scene, but that's usually our other annual vacation).

Also, if you're looking to come down in July or August of this year, you may want to try and find a place soon. Chances are a lot of places are already going to be booked for the Summer months.

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3. Re: Beach, shops, and booze

Although there are no houses directly on the beach, Ocracoke has a village with many shops, restaurants, and night spots/bars (not nightclubs per se), that are all walking or biking distance from hotels or houses.

Milford, Ohio
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4. Re: Beach, shops, and booze

Thank you everyone for your info.

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