5 Reasons Fall is Fabulous on the Outer Banks

It’s here! Fall is here! The air has changed, football is going strong, and pumpkin spice is in just about everything. It’s also the PERFECT time to pack up and head to the beach.

I know, I know. You probably thought once we got past Labor Day, it was time pack away the beach towels and beach chairs. No way! If you want to experience the Outer Banks of North Carolina like a local, plan your trip during the fall.

How does your own private beach sound?
This is probably my favorite reason to hit the beach once summer comes to a close. Planning your beach vacation after Labor Day means you will bask in the glow of the warm OBX sun on what feels like your private beach. If quiet, calm, relaxation is what you’re hoping for, I don’t know if I can think of a better time. The beach isn’t the only place you’ll notice the calm either. Local restaurants and shops that stay open during the off season will have more time and space to offer you an incredible experience.

Boardwalk in Fall Outer Banks NC.

You simply can’t beat the OBX fall weather.
North Carolina summers are hot and sticky.  Even with the infamous OBX breeze, sitting on the beach during the dog days of summer is HOT. Once that fall air moves in, everything just gets a little more comfortable. The average daily high is usually around 80 in September and still in the 70’s for October. With water temps still hanging out in the 70’s until the end of October, you have got some amazing beach weather.

There are SO MANY things to do!
No matter when you decide to plan your vacation to the Outer Banks, you will have no trouble finding something to do. This area is rich with history, natural beauty, and adventure. You can head to the Wright Brothers National Memorial to see the actual site where flight first took off. For the ultimate coastal nature hike, you can check out Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune system in the United States. (Just be sure to bring your sand board or hang glider if you have one. They ARE allowed. :)) Horseback rides on the beach, a trip to the new First Flight Adventure Park for obstacle course fun, or a fun day at the NC Aquarium at Roanoke Island. The list goes on and on.

Check out the fall festivals and events.
One of the best ways to visit the beach and live like a local is to enjoy the local festivals and events. With several annual events in the Outer Banks, you can enjoy local beers, food, and music.

Who doesn’t like a deal?
If your schedule has some flexibility, planning your beach vacation in the off season can really save you some money. Many of the local attractions offer discounts once September rolls around and you will have no trouble finding a deal on your accommodations. Twiddy is no exception. Check out the specials and available rentals to start planning your fall getaway today.

Announcing our LAST giveaway of the Summer – WIN A Dinner for 2 at The Lifesaving Station in Duck!

 Enter to win our final giveaway of the summer for the perfect dinner for 2 at The Lifesaving Station in Duck, NC (alcohol and gratuity not included).
Located in the original Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the LSS is a casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine and regional, organic products. Best of all, they’re open all year long for your enjoyment.
Not only do they have some of the best food around town, but the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff will make sure that you leave with a smile. The Lifesaving station also offers reservations through opentable.com, making your booking process a breeze.

 The Lifesaving Station menu and details are located here.  If you’re new to the area, the Lifesaving Station is conveniently located at The Sanderling Resort in North Duck.

Enter the Contest Here

This Giveaway ends Sunday night, 8/30! Like and share on Facebook so your friends can enter, too! Good luck!

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill!

Enter to WIN a $50 gift card from Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill!

Uncles Ike’s is a casual family friendly restaurant with AMAZING food. They’ve been serving homemade breakfast, lunch, & dinner 7 days a week since 2009, and offer a late night bar with activities including karaoke and live jazz music.

Take a look at their offerings here and like their Facebook page here.

Enter here for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Uncle Ike’s!
Hurry, contest ends 8/23!

WIN a Free Family Photo Session with SunPortraits!

This week we’re giving away a free family photo session for up to 30 people with Sun Portraits!
Sunportraits.com owner and photographer, Todd Hale, has been working with families on the Outer Banks since 1999.  Whether it’s a family photo or a special occasion portrait, Todd will be there to capture all the love and happiness of the moment.

Todd makes things easy and will come to you or meet you at a location of your choice. Take a look at his website portfolio and Facebook page for more information. They also have some really cool T-shirts on their online Gift Shop.

Win a free sitting session for up to 30 people ($250.00 value*) as well as an 11” x 14” photo ($80 value) by entering our “Caption Contest” on either our Twitter,Instagram, or Facebook pages. Make sure to comment soon, contest ends 8/16!

Win a 3 Gallon Collector’s Tin from Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe!

This week we’re giving away a 3-gallon Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe Collector’s Tin!

Vacation and snacking go hand in hand. Whether you’re on the beach or curled up in front of a TV with the family, you’re always going to want to have food within reach. Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe will satisfy your craving, with fresh popcorn made each morning, you’ll have the freshest, best quality homemade popcorn available.


Even though they have over 20 flavors on the regular menu, they’re constantly coming up with the new flavors and seasonal combinations. Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe also does custom orders, party favors, and corporate gifts if you’re looking to impress someone.

Take a look at what they have to offer here. Win a OBX collectors Tin with their 3 most popular flavors by clicking this link or the pic below.  Contest ends 8/9!


WIN A Free Tandem Flight with Corolla and Duck Parasail!

This summer we’re giving away HOT items from the best local businesses around town. This week we’re pairing up with Corolla Parasail and Duck Parasail to select TWO lucky winners who will each win a parasail ride for TWO!

You and a friend will enjoy a relaxing flight and breathtaking panoramic views of Corolla, Duck, the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean! Begin your adventure by sitting down on the back deck of the boat and let your Captain and First Mate do the work for you.

Corolla Parasail will have  you flying high above the iconic Currituck Lighthouse and Whale Head Club in Corolla, while Duck Parasail will take you for a cruise above the beautiful town of Duck.

Corolla & Duck Parasail allow you to go solo or fly with a friend — or two — as they offer single, double, and triple flights. Their 12 passenger “Ocean Pro”  boat can even hold your entire family! Corolla and Duck Parasail crew are CPR/First Aid Certified and follow WSIA industry standards so you can trust that you’ll be safe while you’re in the air.

For more info or to book, take a look at their website Corolla Parasail and Duck Parasail, Facebook Duck Parasail & Corolla Parasail, or Instagram. Read reviews of their operation on tripadvisor here. 

Enter here or click the pic below for your chance to win.  Contest ends 8/2!Enter Twiddy Endless Summer Giveaways

OBX Summertime Reading: Twiddy’s Staff Picks

Twiddy & Company Summer School is now in session! Whether it’s a student completing their grade school’s mandatory “Summer Reading List”, or an adult sitting under a beach umbrella with a paperback or Kindle in hand…reading books during the summer is both a rite of passage and a time-honored tradition. So we here at Twiddy figured we’d lend you a helping hand finding the perfect summer book to stash in your beach bag! Mystery, romance, comedy, fantasy, biography, non-fiction…no genre was off limits. So take a look at our staff members’ suggestions. Find something that strikes your fancy, and download it to your tablet or crack a book’s binding. We here at Twiddy are partial to our local Outer Banks family-owned bookseller: Island Bookstore (which has convenient locations for our guests in both Duck Village and Historic Corolla Village).


“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough                       Staff Pick: Courtney W., Rentals Dept.

Synopsis: This #1 New York Times Bestseller by the two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, David McCullough, tells the dramatic story-behind-the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.



“The Old Man And The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway            Staff Pick: Charles, Home Services Dept.

Synopsis: “The Old Man and the Sea” is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it’s the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal – a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.


beach_musicBeach Music” by Pat Conroy                                              Staff Pick: Toni, Marketing Dept.

Synopsis: The story of Jack McCall, an American expatriate in Rome, scarred by tragedy and betrayal. His desperate desire to find peace after his wife’s suicide draws him into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family’s past that can heal his anguished heart.


count_hatteras“The Count of Cape Hatteras” by Bruce Wilkins                   Staff Pick: Nate, Marketing Dept.

Synopsis: A young, innocent waterman from Colington Island is set up by a close friend and falsely imprisoned. He escapes 15 years later and returns to the Outer Banks with a massive fortune and a bottomless desire for revenge. Stretching from the wild horses of Carova Beach to the shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Atlantic, this is a thrilling Outer Banks tale of vast danger and deep romance.

hurricane_sisters“The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank         Staff Pick: Erica, Maintenance Dept.

Synopsis: Deep in the heart of South Carolina Lowcountry we meet three generations of women buried in secrets on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned.



“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari                                     Staff Pick: Ian, Concierge Group

Synopsis: A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.




“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee                             Staff Pick: Rosemary, Rentals Dept.

Synopsis: Sure, Harper Lee’s new controversial novel “Go Set A Watchman” is garnering all the press this summer. But why not reread the classic that started it all? The best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it.



“A Song of Ice And Fire” by George R.R. Martin           Staff Pick: Angie, Rentals Dept.

Synopsis: In the words of Mugatu, “Game of Thrones” is so hot right now. The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place on the fictional continents Westeros and Essos. The stories interweave a dynastic war among several families for control of Westeros.

mr_penumbras_bookstore“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan     Staff Pick: Sean, Tech Dept.

Synopsis: A tale of books and technology, cryptography and conspiracy, friendship and love. It begins in a mysterious San Francisco bookstore, but quickly reaches out into the wider world and the shadowed past.



“You Are Not So Smart” by David McRaney                    Staff Pick: Bobby V., Home Services Dept.

Synopsis: An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise, based on the popular blog of the same name.