Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.

Here it is, the dead of winter and things are about as slow as it gets on the Outer Banks. Although summer is when most of our visitors come to stay, this is a great place to be at any time of the year.

Here are five things we love about the Outer Banks

1. Sunsets

Actually sunsets and sunrises, but who wants to get up early enough to see a sunrise when vacationing? This is a great year ‘round activity.

2. Beaches

Outer Banks beaches are some of the best in the world—if you don’t believe us, just ask Dr. Beach. Whether beachcombing or sunbathing, the sand and sound of the surf is a balm for frazzled nerves.

3. History

There is so much happening in the present day on the Outer Banks that it’s easy to overlook the rich history of the area. Yet the story of our nation is found from Corolla to Ocracoke. There is, of course, the Wright Brothers Monument where controlled flight first occurred; the lighthouses trace the rise of the US as a great maritime nation, and the Whalehead Club harkens back to a time of hunt clubs and privilege that no longer exists.

4. Food

There are so many outstanding restaurants on the Outer Banks that we couldn’t possibly list them all. Fresh seafood is everywhere, world-class chefs work in the kitchens and it’s hard to go wrong when ordering.

5. Beer

With three microbrews turning out some truly excellent beer, the Outer Banks gets a special notice in this category. Weeping Radish in Jarvisburg is the oldest brewpub in North Carolina, the Outer Banks Brewing Station serves outstanding food with a seasonally changing list of beers, and Full Moon Cafe in Manteo is the new kid on the block turning out some wonderful English style beers and ales.