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22 Jan 2024
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Romantic Foodie Outer Banks Getaway

The Outer Banks is a magnificent place to enjoy the beauties of mother nature with amazing surf, sand, and sun everywhere you look. But the Outer Banks is also a foodie paradise and the perfect place to spend a romantic adventure with the love of your life enjoying the best of Outer Banks food and fun. Below is a romantic 4-day itinerary highlighting one blissful activity and a delectable dining experience for you and your honey to enjoy during your stay on the Outer Banks. Come experience the beauty and delicious nature of the Outer Banks and rikindle your romance on the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Day 1: Stroll the Waterfront Shops in Duck and Have Cocktails at The Backbar at the Blue Point

Start your romantic week of foodie exploration on the Outer Banks in Duck, a quiet, waterfront town known for its wonderful shopping experiences, delicious food, and ideal location between both the sound and the ocean. Spend some time in the Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck and enjoy a delicious breakfast from Treehouse Coffee or nearby Duck Donuts before picking up some new clothes at Gray’s Department Store or getting your love a special gift at Carolina Moon. When you’re finished there, drive up to the Waterfront Shops where the two of you can stroll the boardwalk before picking up some ice cream at Sunset Ice Cream & Cappuccino, enjoying a sampling of exotic imported olive oils and vinegars at Outer Banks Olive Oil Co., and maybe even stopping in for a relaxing class at Village Yoga.

Spend the evening under the stars as you enjoy the breezes off the water with cocktails at The BackBar at The Blue Point. Enjoy the brilliant Outer Banks weather as you dance the night away and sip on a delicious house cocktail like The Empress, the Blood Orange Paloma, or the Wright Flyer, which is a fantastic bourbon-based drink with Aperol, Cardamaro, and lemon juice. Share a delicious small plate of creamy burrata and warm olives before rounding out the evening with some delicious local seafood and dinner beneath the brilliant, Outer Banks night sky.

Day 2: Explore the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Have an Upscale Dinner at Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

For the second day of your Romantic Foodie Getaway, we suggest spending the day exploring Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills before enjoying a romantic, upscale dinner at Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar in Kitty Hawk.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills is a spectacular monument dedicated to the first flight that the Wright Brothers took with their glider, the Wright Flyer. Take a stroll along the multiple paths and lush green grass of this U.S. National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking view with your love at the top of the hill and relish in America’s history as you feel the wind on your face.

After you’ve spent the day exploring, head on over to Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar in Kitty Hawk where you can enjoy a beautifully-lit upscale dining experience at this restaurant that offers delectable dishes and a calming, romantic atmosphere. Try one of their delicious award-winning martinis before diving into a yummy salad or fresh, local seafood. Reservations are recommended, so be sure to plan your sweet romantic evening in advance to ensure the perfect spot for celebrating an anniversary or just spending time together.

Day 3: Enjoy a Sunset at Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Elegant American Fare at 1587 Restaurant & Lounge

For Day 3, why not enjoy another Outer Banks landmark and get in some sand and sun at Jockey’s Ridge State Park? Take some romantic photos at the top of this giant, living sand dune and have fun spotting the castle in the sand that used to be part of a miniature golf course. Take a hang gliding lesson together (Seaside Vacations guests can save $20 on beginner hang gliding lessons) before taking a walk along the sound and enjoying a brilliant sunset from the top of the dunes. There’s nothing more romantic than popping the question as the bright orange sun settles across the golden sand or celebrating your lives together with the cool breeze of the Outer Banks wind sending your hearts alight.

Make reservations for one of the best-kept secrets of the Outer Banks and enjoy a luxurious dining experience at 1587 Restaurant & Lounge in Manteo. Enjoy an unbeatable selection of local seafood, signature salads, and a selection of housemade cocktails. While you're in town, be sure to visit the Elizabethan Gardens and Roanoke Island Festival Park before shopping and walking the boardwalk in Downtown Manteo. This is the perfect place to relax while enjoying that special occassion with that special person in your life.

Day 4: Share a Kiss on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Celebrate a Romantic Evening at Cafe Pamlico

Spend your final day of your romantic foodie Outer Banks getaway on the southern part of the Outer Banks where you can enjoy spectacular views and romantic dining over the water. Climb the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and share a kiss as you enjoy the incredible 360-degree-views of Hatteras Island, the Pamlico Sound, and the bright blue brilliance of the Atlantic Ocean. Celebrate centuries of seafaring atop one of America’s most recognizable lighthouses and become a part of nautical history once you’ve made your way to the top.

At the end of the day, enjoy a quiet, romantic moment beneath the covered patio at Cafe Pamlico, an unbelievable fine-dining restaurant that offers an exquisite atmosphere and spectacular dining experience that you’ll treasure for the rest of your lives together. Watch the sunset over the water as you enjoy a delectable glass of wine over a fresh, local seafood dish that is nothing less than perfect. Be sure to book your dining reservation early so that you don’t miss out on a splendid evening of fabulous food and even better company with your partner.

BOOK YOUR Romantic OUTER BANKS Foodie Getaway TODAY!

So when you’re ready for the ultimate Romantic Foodie Outer Banks Getaway and a quiet, romantic place to put your feet in the sand to get away from it all, the Outer Banks has a little bit of something for every couple. Choose one of our fabulous homes for your stay and make this a vacation to remember.

About the Author: Lauren is an Outer Banks local, mom, trained historian, and travel enthusiast. When she isn’t writing for the Seaside Vacations Travel Blog, Lauren can usually be found with her nose in a book or cuddling with her cats.