There are a lot of ways to approach a girls weekend. You can hit the city for an urban party vibe or hop on a plane for somewhere far away. Those are fun options, of course, but a weekend away in the Outer Banks allows you to do much more with less and still feel like you’ve escaped somewhere exotic. Chic rentals, waterfront spas, colorful food, and the epic wonders of the ocean will easily fuel a picturesque girls getaway you’ll frame up and remember forever.
Settle in Somewhere Sweet
Depending on your group size, a cute one-bedroom bungalow like this Tiny House would be perfect for two close friends who will spend more time out exploring than inside. The porch is the perfect place for sunset wine and cocktails. For larger groups, vacation rental spots like this 9-person bohemian spot in Kitty Hawk will allow your crew to spread out and make the place your own. For something more formal, reserve a row of rooms at Outer Banks inns like Tranquil House Inn in Manteo or ocean front hotels like the Oceanfront Ramada Plaza.
Grab some Sushi on the Way In
Load up on the good stuff as you settle in for your first night away. Spend some quality time together catching up in your lodging and enjoying the fresh flavors of the ocean along with some wine and home made cocktails. Single Fin in Nags Head is the perfect place to start. Easily order up sushi rolls, seaweed salad, calamari, stir fry and pad thai online for the ladies. Further down south, Diamond Shoals in Buxton features an extensive menu, as well. Along with fresh sushi specials, order crab stuffed mushrooms, scallops, burgers, or ribs for the evening. Pick your food, up, drop your suitcases, and unwind.
Seize the day and do something different. There’s more than the beach here. Consider flying high during a hang gliding experience at Jockey's Ridge State Park. Kitty Hawk Kites can lead you through the experience where the Wright brothers took their first flights. Interested in hopping on a boat? Captain Marc Mitchum of OBX Crabbing & Shrimping Charters can guide you through an authentic, hands-on, and educational journey to see dolphin, osprey, pelicans and other fishies and creatures. You may take turns catching some fresh North Carolina seafood along the way. Stretch your legs on land in the Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve. Explore rare plants in the dreamy forests, maritime swamp, and interdune ponds. Connect and absorb the Outer Banks history while you’re here. If you’re up for a climb, challenge the girls to climb a lighthouse. The view and American history lesson is worth it.
Enjoy Some Retail Therapy
Leave some room in your suitcase before you head to the Outer Banks on your girls’ weekend. There are special spots to shop all over the barrier islands. Discover beach-inspired home decor and modern fashion to bring home. Slip into independent boutiques like Sisters in Manteo and Islands in Duck to find a new outfit or throw pillow. For more options and deals all in one place, reserve a few hours to shop with the girls at the Outlets in Nags Head. The Outer Banks is also a thrifters paradise with places like Class & Trash stocked with vintage and consignment furniture, decor, and oddities.
Eat by the Water
There’s no shortage of places to enjoy an Instagram-worthy meal on the Outer Banks. Grab the gang and head to one of our waterside foodie hubs to enjoy apps, dinner, cocktails, and more flavors only found here. For a beachside bar vibe, step onto the dock Sunset Grille in Duck. Order up classic beach cocktails, firecracker shrimp, and Alaskan snow crab legs. In Nags Head, the sunsets at Miller’s Waterfront can’t be beat. The popular restaurant has a vegetarian menu in addition to its southern inspired staples. Further South in Buxton, Cafe Pamlico offers an extensive and creative cocktail/mocktail menu along with appetizers like bacon jam brie and creative seafood entrees. Blue Point is an elevated restaurant experience with a farm-to-table inspired menu and a rich cocktail menu to satisfy any foodie.
Find Some Dancing
If you want to get your feet moving and meet some new people, the Outer Banks is a music-loving lot. In Corolla, Sundogs Raw Bar & Grill hosts fun bands, karaoke, DJs, and open mic nights. In Duck, you must mosey to Roadside Bar & Grill, which has a sandy-floored outdoor music venue and tiki bar behind the main restaurant. In Kill Devil Hills,
Outer Banks Brewing Station is a nightlife staple. Check the calendar before you go to secure tickets to nationally touring acts on their big stage inside or make place to attend a more relaxed shows out back. The Bonzer Shack is an OBX party hub, too. Enjoy DJs and disco vibes inside or outside with cornhole and other fun games.
Brunch It Out
The day after a night out is often the best as you reminisce, swap stories, and indulge in a big brunch. In between Nags Head and Manteo is a special place called Freshfit Cafe, the perfect spot for a healthy, yet satisfying brunch with a view. Tucked away off the beaten path, Saltbox Cafe delivers an adorable setting and delicious bites from their comfy cottage with creek views from the porch. You can also grab brunch smoothies and sandwiches to go complete with mimosas in a bucket from Waveriders in Nags Head.
Have a Spa Day
It wouldn’t be a girls getaway weekend if there wasn’t some pampering, right? A little bit of laid back luxury awaits at spas throughout the Outer Banks. In Duck, Aqua Spa offers a waterside escape. After a massage, facial, or pedicure, you can head to the restaurant downstairs for a cocktail or appetizer. The Spa at Sanderling Resort offers yoga classes and a full hair care menu in addition to nail services, scrubs, soaks, massages, and more. In Avon, Koru Village is unique resort that has a little bit of everything: dining, lodging, and access to the Avon Pier. Book some time at the spa with the girls for body treatments, massages, facials, and more.