This post is part of our Vacation Inspiration Series, sharing local families’ favorite places to get away, all within driving distance of Cumberland County.
Over the last 25 years, the Outer Banks of North Carolina has become a favorite vacation spot for families from Pennsylvania. In fact, I almost always run into someone I know when we are there. Some of the reasons that so many families from Pennsylvania make the 400+ mile journey down Highway 95 include:
1. Value: You can get a lot of house and a great location for your money.
2. Great for Big Groups: There a many rental options for large groups and multiple families, making it a great setting for family and friend reunions. Last summer my extended family of 10 adults and 8 kids enjoyed a week in a 7-bedroom house just steps from the beach.
3. Spacious Beaches: Even during peak season, you can usually set up your family’s beach spot such that no one is behind or in front of you – leaving lots of room for the kids to play while you enjoy an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean at its best.
Since having children, we have stayed in a number of locations in the Outer Banks but right now, the Town of Duck is our favorite. Here is why:
1. Pedestrian-friendly: Once we arrive, we sometimes go almost the entire week without using our car. We make arrangements for bike and stroller rentals to be dropped off and picked up at our house and that is all we need as we navigate around Duck for small grocery items or shopping. Duck also built a beautiful boardwalk along the sound side of the island that connects a number of shops. We enjoy morning runs and walks along the boardwalk where we can enjoy the beauty of the sound. In the evening we like to get ice cream and watch the sunset.
2. Family-friendly: Duck offers many activities for families during the summer. The week we were there they had a character reading, a showing of a family movie out on the town green, and a free concert. The town is welcoming and clearly plans for visitors of all ages.
3. Laid-back Pace: In general, the Outer Banks is known for its quiet, laid-back atmosphere but that is especially true in Duck. While Duck boasts a number of restaurants, including ones that offer live music, most people spend their evenings enjoying casual dinners made at home. Our family appreciates the opportunity to eat together at home and then spend the evening flying kites on the beach or riding our bikes on the Duck trail.
Maybe we will see you there next time we go!
About Lindsay: Lindsay and her husband grew up in Carlisle and returned around the time they became parents. Lindsay’s career as a consultant means she can live anywhere she wants … and so they picked Carlisle of course! Lindsay and her husband enjoy exploring Central Pennsylvania with their two young children, ages 4 and 9.
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