Top 10 Reasons to Have Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks


Top 10 Reasons to Have Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks

An Outer Banks vacation is not just for summertime. In fact, the off-season on the OBX has a lot of advantages in and of itself. It's also a wonderful opportunity to have a holiday celebration at the beach. Let us show you why!

Here is our Top 10 list of reasons to have an Outer Banks Thanksgiving. We're counting down to the most important one, but they all are compelling reasons to get away this Thanksgiving holiday. It's never too early or too late to plan your next OBX beach escape. Check out this year's available Outer Banks rentals or start planning for next year.

Now, back to the Top 10!

#10 Change of latitude, change of attitude.

Jimmy Buffett said it best, did he not? Sometimes all it takes is a change of latitude to change your attitude for the better. This is especially important this time of year. We all know the holiday season can become a bit stressful at times. Why not consider getting away from it all and spending your Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks? Think about it!

#9 The beach is good for you.

It really is. The beach is good for your body, mind and spirit. Get a little more exercise this holiday season by fitting in some daily walks on the beach. Inhale the salty sea air while you focus on the coastal beauty that surrounds you. Relax your mind as you gain perspective as you stare out over the majestic Atlantic Ocean with its crashing waves and undulating tides. Add a little more Vitamin D into your holiday routine with the sun on your face and more time in the great outdoors. The benefits of a holiday at the beach are endless. You should really try it sometime.

#8 Reduce your holiday stress.

We touched on this earlier, but managing stress this time of year is a real issue for a lot of us. Amidst the preparations and excitement of the holidays is the pressure and stress that comes with entertaining and family get-togethers. Consider taking a break from it all and having a quieter Thanksgiving where the ocean breeze, salt air and sandy shorelines are your constant companions.

#7 Explore your Thanksgiving dinner options.

Thanksgiving Dinner Options

Are you always the host at Thanksgiving? Or maybe you rarely get to host because another family member has dibs on it each and every year. Perhaps you need to explore your Thanksgiving options and make a change this year. If you choose to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, it doesn't mean you won't have options on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you opt to create a Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of your Outer Banks rental or go out for Thanksgiving dinner at one of our local restaurants, you're sure to have an unforgettable holiday on the coast and one that you'll remember for years to come. It might just be the break from the ordinary holiday routine that you desperately need.

#6 Create new Thanksgiving traditions.

It's easy to continue on with what we're used to. Sometimes we feel obligated to be present during the holidays and put everyone else's preferences before our own. It's a fine balance, but don't be afraid to do something new and different every once in a while. Maybe it's time you created some new Thanksgiving traditions that include a road trip to the beach to see how we celebrate Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks. Experience the local coastal traditions of Eastern North Carolina and learn the history of the holiday from our perspective.

#5 See the holiday with new eyes.

Speaking of perspective, seeing and experiencing something in a new way or in a new setting can do wonders for a fresh outlook on things, including the holidays. Take time for a reset. Restore your vision. Refresh your mindset. You'll be glad you did.

#4 Experience the holiday season on the OBX.

Thanksgiving is the gateway holiday to the rest of the holiday season on the Outer Banks. Not only can you celebrate Thanksgiving here, but you'll also get a glimpse of the coastal Christmas holiday on our Outer Banks beaches and in our OBX towns. There's something extra magical about Christmas on the coast. See how we celebrate the holiday season on the Outer Banks.

#3 Attend a holiday event on the Outer Banks.

Thanksgiving on the OBX happens to be a perfect time to get a little extra exercise, if you're so inclined. With annual Turkey Trots, Gobbler 5ks, OBX marathons and half marathons, you'll burn off enough calories to eat whatever you want on Thanksgiving Day. Other local Thanksgiving events include insight into our Outer Banks coastal food traditions, plenty of sightseeing throughout all of our towns, and holiday lights displays are already aglow. Get out there and be a part of it!

#2 Have a holiday adventure like no other.

Adding a little adventure into anything is always a good idea! Why not complement your Thanksgiving celebration with a new holiday adventure? Take this time to broaden your horizons. Need some ideas? Check out our OBX Bucket List for some of the best.

#1 Celebrations at the beach are always better.

I think we can all agree that the beach makes everything better—and that includes holiday celebrations. Sink your toes in the sand this Thanksgiving and enjoy a holiday celebration at the beach. Who knows, you may love it so much that you make it your new Thanksgiving tradition. Wouldn't it be nice to look forward to an Outer Banks Thanksgiving each and every November? Yes!


Are you spending your Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks? Tell us about it! Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving holiday no matter where you choose to celebrate it.

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