Outer Banks Coffee Culture


Whenever I’m in a new place, when morning comes I’m asking, “where can I get a good cup of coffee?”


Gourmet coffee is just a sip away in the Outer Banks.

Gourmet coffee is just a sip away in the Outer Banks.

Coffee has become the life blood of old and young alike. There are some who do coffee-tours across cities and states to sample the best java brews. But most of us don’t travel across state lines for coffee. If you’re in the Outer Banks, chances are you came for the beautiful beaches and the luxury of a slow paced vacation. But one of the hazards of traveling is not knowing where to get a good cup of joe. You can always hit up the local Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, but if you want to truly experience a location, head over to the local coffee joint.


If you’re visiting during the chilly off-season and need a little warming, or you need a pick me up before a long day of summer activities. Whether you are a coffee snob or just don’t care as long as it’s coffee, here are the ­­­­best coffee joints in the Outer Banks:





 Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop

40534 NC Highway 12, Avon • (252) 995-5590

A bohemian coffee shop with vibes and brews that will bring you back for more! Come for the aromatic and delicious coffee as well as the attached bead shop.




OBX Coffee Co.

807-L Ocean Trail (Highway 12), Corolla • (252) 543-0200

With a green roaster out front, you know that you are getting the freshest coffee available. Start your day off right with roasts from around the world.




Duck Cottage Coffee & Bookshop

1240 Duck Road, Duck • (252) 261-5510

Duck into Duck Cottage, the only place in the Outer Banks where you can purchase quality coffee, fresh Danishes and fine literature.


Sweet T’s Coffee, Beer & Wine

1211 Duck Road, Duck • (252) 480-2326

Amazing coffee and quirky specialty blends like the Grasshopper with chocolate and crème de menthe and the Duck Deer Cow with chocolate and salted caramel. You can also indulge in homemade pastries and pretzels.




The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop

58079 NC Highway 12, MP 72, Hatteras • (252) 986-4004

Quaint and quiet, nestled into Hatteras Village, this local favorite has over 17 flavors of coffee available. With quality, friendly service, you are sure to find exactly what you want.


Kill Devil Hills


Front Porch Cafe

2200 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 449-6616

This homey café has been voted “Best Coffee in the Outer Banks” four times by The Coast Magazine. Flavorful, artisan coffee will appeal to the snobbiest of the snobby coffee lovers. Almost all their coffee is sourced from independent, organic farms throughout the world.


Kitty Hawk


Outer Bean Juice & Java

3701 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk • (252) 261-6000

For the conscientious coffee drinker, enjoy fair trade organic coffee in a variety of interesting flavor combos like black cherry mocha and mocha with caramel and hazelnut. This cozy corner also has many vegetarian and healthy choices.




The Coffee House on Roanoke Island

106 Sir Walter Raleigh Street, Manteo • (252) 475-1295

Put your feet up sitting in one of the rocking chairs at this down-home coffee house. And if you’re not sure what to get, just ask one of the qualified baristas who will have a recommendation for every taste.


Nags Head


Morning View Coffee House

2707 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head • (252) 441-4474

CNN chose this local gem to be in a segment called My City — My Secret, which put the word out about this small coffee house. Now everyone knows that this is the place to go for the friendliest service and best gourmet coffee.


Top 10 Museums in the Outer Banks


Museums Galore in the Outer Banks


The Hatteras Lighthouse is just one of many museums you can go to in the Outer Banks.

The Hatteras Lighthouse is just one of many museums you can go to in the Outer Banks.


No matter where you are staying in the Outer Banks, there will always be a museum nearby filled with amazing exhibits, various historical facts and fun educational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy.

If your fun in the sun got rained out, or if you just want to set aside a day…
here are our picks of the top 10 Outer Banks museums worth exploring.


  1. Hatteras Histories & Mysteries Museum
    40534 NC Highway 12
    Avon, NC (252) 995-4241

Free guided tours are led by experts who take you through history beginning in 6,000 BC all the way to World War II. The museum is filled with rare artifacts and displays of unique information you won’t want to miss out on. A special gift store, historical books, games, glassware and educational project kits are all waiting for your arrival!


  1. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Museum
    46375 Lighthouse Road
    Buxton, NC (252) 995-4474

Being one of the most famous symbols in the nation, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse serves as a visitors’ center and museum highlighting the island’s maritime history. The beacon at the top of the lighthouse can be seen from 20-miles out to sea and has been a guide for ships for over 100 years. As the tallest brick lighthouse in the country, people from all over come to climb the 257 steps it takes to get to the top of this well-known landmark.


  1. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
    59158 Coast Guard Road
    Hatteras, NC (252) 968-2995

This museum is dedicated to the history and shipwrecks that occurred off of the Outer Banks coast. The owners of the museum hope to pass on their knowledge of maritime heritage and the shipwrecks of the Outer Banks, which is dangerously close to being lost forever. The goal—to preserve the legacies of these local, regional and national shipwrecks for both present and future generations.


  1. The Corolla Wild Horse Museum at The Historic Corolla Schoolhouse
    1126 Schoolhouse Lane
    Corolla, NC (252) 435-8002

With information on the Wild Mustangs of Corolla, photos and interactive exhibits, this museum, located in the restored Old Corolla Schoolhouse of 1901, is the perfect place to learn more about the history of wild horses that have freely roamed the beaches of the Outer Banks for more than 500 years. Kids’ activities are available outside as well as the chance to pet a live horse that comes to visit once a week.


  1. Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center
    23645 NC Highway 12
    Frisco, NC (252) 995-4440

The owners of this museum have taken care of the land and created a museum filled with a collection of exhibits, artifacts and natural history displays. By visiting the Frisco Native American Museum, you will witness authentic arts and crafts from around the nation as well as instruments, tools and other hand-crafted items that reveal a glimpse of Native American life. Be sure to walk through one of the nature trails nearby.


  1. Roanoke Island Festival Park
    1 Festival Park
    Manteo, NC (252) 475-1500

The Roanoke Island Festival Park is one of the top attractions to visit in the Outer Banks if you are looking for fun, educational opportunities, nature, family-friendly activities and lots of history! Located across the Manteo waterfront, the Roanoke Island Festival Park is where people of all ages can enjoy a variety of both outdoor and indoor activities, plus concerts and special events! Also located at the park is the Outer Banks History Center, home to centuries of Outer Banks information available for scientists, journalists, writers, educators and the general public.

For more info, click here.



  1. North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
    374 Airport Road
    Manteo, NC (252) 475-2300


See North Carolina's largest collection of sharks at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

See North Carolina’s largest collection of sharks at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island.


Home to the largest collection of sharks in the state of North Carolina, the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island gives you plenty of opportunities to both witness and interact with live animals! Plus, there are numerous family-friendly activities and programs throughout the year.


  1. Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
    Currituck Heritage Park
    Highway 12, Corolla (252)453-0221

The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is a free museum that explores North Carolina’s coastal wildlife, history and coastal heritage. On display you will find an aquarium stocked with the fish native to Currituck Sound. You can also shop at the nature-inspired N.C. Wild Store.


  1. Wright Brothers National Memorial
    1000 North Croatan Highway
    Kill Devil Hills, NC (252) 473-2111

The Outer Banks’ rich history includes a historic moment in time. Kill Devil Hills in Kitty Hawk, NC saw the advent of flight, when the Wright Brothers took their historic first attempt. Your visit to the Outer Banks wouldn’t be complete without seeing the memorial that commemorates this piece of history.

For more info about this amazing event, click here.


  1. The Whalehead Club at Heritage Park
    Historic Corolla Park, 1100 Club Road
    Corolla, NC (252)453-9040

Built in the 1920s at the request of Edward Collins Knight Jr., it was the only hunting club of the time open to women. Today, the mansion is open for tours and is a beautiful example of this era’s construction and architecture. Throughout the building you will find a variety of house items and furniture as well as stories of the past revealing the history, heritage and legends of Corolla in the 1920s. The mansion also provides beautiful views of the Currituck Sound.


Outer Banks Guide to Massage Services and Spas


Looking to get pampered? Here’s the scoop on Outer Banks massage services and spas!


From manicures to massages, check out all of these Outer Banks massage services and spas for your day of pampering!

From manicures to massages, check out all of these Outer Banks massage services and spas for your day of pampering!


Picture this: you step off of the beach after an afternoon in the sun or perhaps you’ve spent the day playing mini golf with the kids, and you just need some “me” time. Look no further for than Outer Banks massage services and spas.

Here in the Outer Banks—from Kitty Hawk to Corolla—find everything you need for a day of pampering:



Koru Village Spa  This four acre community is designed to give visitors a sense of tranquility and relaxation — spirit, mind and body.

40920 NC-12

Avon, NC 27915





Eden Day Spa and Salon  Whether you need pampering for the Big Day or just some time to unwind with your special someone, Eden Day Spa and Salon has got you covered!

817 Ocean Trail

Corolla, NC 27927



Also with Locations in Currituck & Duck:

2870 Caratoke Highway, Currituck, NC 27929, 252-232-1306

1245 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949, 252-255-0711

SAVE: Get $10 OFF any massage or facial with this coupon!


Outer Banks Massage Therapy  With 35 years of combined therapy experience and certifications among the therapists at Outer Banks Massage Therapy in Corolla, NC, you can be sure you are getting the best massages in the area!

791-B Sunset Boulevard

Corolla, NC



SAVE: Get 10% OFF one massage or spa package! Click here for the coupon.



The Sanderling Spa and Salon  A variety of packages and signature services make this an amazing day of indulgence. And with lunch services offered on their lovely lawn, you can make this a full day of delights.

1461 Duck Road

Duck, NC 27949




Aqua Restaurant and Spa  Enjoy a day of fine locally sourced fare as well as a variety of luxurious spa services.

1174 Duck Road

Duck, NC 27949


(252) 261-9700



In Touch Massage & Wellness Center  Holistic treatments make In Touch Massage & Wellness Center a perfect place to improve both health and tranquility. At the same time, professionals help you get educated in their variety of services.

50840 NC-12

Frisco, NC 27936




Kitty Hawk

Artistic Elegance Salon  Donning lovely light fixtures, Artistic Elegance Salon and Spa makes pampering easy! Their modern salon and spa sets the tone for luxurious relaxation, and exceptional services will be sure to leave you feeling beautiful and refreshed!

3708 Croatan Hwy Unit #3

Kitty Hawk NC 27949



SAVE: Get 10% OFF any massage/facial OR $5 OFF any haircut/nail service. Click here for the coupon!


Integration Massage & Bodywork Therapy  The variety of massages offered at Integration Massage & Bodywork Therapy are as eclectic as the clientele who come. They seek to satisfy each customer’s individual needs because each client is unique.

5230 N Virginia Dare Trail 

Kitty Hawk, NC 27949




Lotus Day Spa and Boutique  Need a full day of pampering? You’re in luck! At Lotus Day Spa and Boutique in Kitty Hawk, NC you’ll find the best in spa services for all of your pampering needs!

3810 N Croatan Hwy # J

Kitty Hawk, NC 27949


SAVE:  Click here to get $10 off any one spa treatment!


Spa Vogue  Walk right into Spa Vogue for a day of “me” time. Unwind from sand and surf with a variety of spa treatments and massages.

3708 N Croatan Highway

Kitty Hawk, NC 27949




Better Body Massage  From Swedish massages to hand massages to a variety of spa services, let Better Body Massage treat you to a rejuvenating experience.




It’s Royalty Salon, Nails & Spa  Everybody deserves to be treated like royalty on their day of pampering. Let It’s Royalty Salon, Nails & Spa make sure you get the royal treatment and walk away feeling like a hundred bucks.

205 Budleigh Street

Manteo, NC 27954





Deep Blue Day Spa  Whether you need a day of relaxation or you’re in need of long term pain relief, Deep Blue Day Spa is the answer. Come experience their individualized personal massages.




Massage Therapy and Reiki  A person is more than just a body. Come to Massage Therapy and Reiki to experience holistic massages as well as Chinese acupressure.

660 Irvin Garrish Highway

Ocracoke, NC



Stillwater Spa and Wellness  Located in Ocracoke, Stillwater Spa and Wellness is looking to cater to its clients with unique massage therapists who add their own zeal to providing you with a day of renewal.

60 Back Road

Ocracoke, NC 27960




Confused about what kind of spa services or massages are right for you?

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Massages & Spa Treatments For Dummies

Massages & Spa Treatments for Dummies

On my day at the spa, I really didn't know too much. Wish I'd had this guide :/

On my day at the spa, I really didn’t know too much. Wish I’d had this guide :/


You’re on vacation in the Outer Banks! It’s a time to indulge oneself and do those things that you don’t usually get to do. So while luxuriating on the warm shore is always a go-to for this area, why not try some pampering while you’re here? If it’s rest and relaxation you’re looking for, look no further than a local spa or massage therapy.

But where to begin?!?

Most spas today offer a wide selection of massages and services. You look at their extensive list, and think, “I have no idea what these are! Which should I choose?” Not to fret. If you need a crash course in massages and spa services to make your Outer Banks vacation stress free, you’ve come to the right place.





Here are the TOP TEN most popular massages & spa services that you could try out:

1) Swedish Massage Therapy:

This is the most common type of massage. Usually when you hear the word “massage” this is what most people envision—oil, kneading and hands gliding in smooth motions. Not only used to remove tension, this type of massage can also improve circulation and remove toxins. So if you’re not wanting anything too adventurous, this is a good place to start.

2) Deep Tissue Massage:

If you’ve got chronic pain, this may be the massage for you. Deep tissue massages target deep layers of muscle and tissue, relieving tension. Though it may cause you to be sore for a few days, the benefits of this type of massage are widely known.

3) Hot Stone Massage:

Don’t be afraid of these rocks! A deep tissue massage may be too intense for you. If so, try a hot stone massage. Heated, smooth stones are placed on key points of the body and are gently used as massage tools. The use of these stones in a massage provides comfort to sore muscles and brings tension relief.

4) Reflexology: 

Not just a foot massage, reflexology is so much more! Pressure is applied to points on the foot which correspond to different parts of the body. If your job involves standing up all day, this may be the massage for you.

5) Thai Massage:

Are you up for an adventure? Then try a Thai Massage, also known as a Thai Yoga Massage. This type of massage is new to most modern spas, but it actually has ancient roots. It combines the gentle application of pressure to points on the body with assisted stretching. Yoga without the work.

6) Aromatherapy:

There are different methods of aromatherapy. It can be diffused in the air as an aromatic, relaxing smell, rubbed into your skin as an oil or blended into a warm bath. But whatever the method, aromatherapy will make both body and mind relaxed and happy.

7) Facials: 

Looking for your face to glow and shine? Then this is the beauty treatment for you. Each spa may have different methods of exfoliation, but the result should be the same, radiant skin!

8) Body Wraps: 

Your whole body deserves a pampering. Though there are a variety of wraps—from seaweed to clay to oils—your body will feel invigorated as it’s cleansed of toxins and dead skin.

9) Mud Bath: 

Do you remember playing in the mud when you were little? Relive your childhood by taking a dip in a mud bath. Not just used for mud pies anymore, these baths can relieve joint and muscle pain, as well as soften your skin.

10) Parafin Dip for Hands or Feet: 

Wax isn’t just for candles. This deep heat therapy can relieve sore joints. Hands and feet are dipped repeatedly in warm wax, dried out then peeled off. Entertaining and relaxing, a perfect combo.


If you want to return from your Outer Banks vacation with that extra level of serenity and relaxation, keep this guide in mind as you visit one of many spa locations in the Outer Banks.


To see a list of Outer Banks Spas and Wellness Centers, just read on:

Outer Banks Guide to Massage Services and Spas



Outer Banks Massage Services and Spas


Looking to get pampered? Here’s the scoop on Outer Banks massage services and spas!


out banks massage services and spas

From manicures to massages, check out all of these Outer Banks massage services and spas for your day of pampering!


Artistic Elegance Salon and Spa in Kitty Hawk, NC


From massages to manicures and body treatments, a day with Artistic Elegance Salon and Spa in Kitty Hawk, NC is truly a treat!


beauty supplies artistic elegance salon and spa kitty hawk

Luxurious pampering awaits you at Artistic Elegance Salon and Spa in Kitty Hawk, NC.


Eden Day Spa and Salon in Currituck, NC


Relax with a massage or get pampered at the salon with Eden Day Spa and Salon in Currituck, NC!


blow dryer eden day spa salon currituck

Hairstyling is just one service you can receive from Eden Day Spa and Salon in Currituck, NC.

OBX Arts & Craft Festival in Kitty Hawk, NC


Support local OBX artists and charities! Make sure to check out this annual OBX Arts & Craft Festival in Kitty Hawk, NC!

oil painting child at beach obx arts and craft festival 2015

OBX Arts & Craft Festival

Lover of the arts? Want to support the locals? There’s no better way to kick off fall than to celebrate all of the fabulously talented local artists at the OBX Arts & Craft Festival in Kitty Hawk, NC! See a range of art forms from one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces to stained glass and watercolor paintings as artists express an array of themes through every medium imaginable!

WHAT: 25 Outer Banks artists will showcase their artwork at this annual festival! Along with the artwork, two participating charities will display informational booths. A portion of the artists’ entrance fees will be donated to these local charities.

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail in Kitty Hawk

WHEN: September 9 & 10 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

CONTACT: (252) 441-1850



photographer at beach obx arts and craft festival 2015

photographer at beach obx arts and craft festival 2015


Patty Zukerowski—stained glass artist

Kathy Godwin—painter with a marine focus

Carolina Coto—creates paintings, textiles, decorative phone cases, jewelry

Margaret Miller—beach glass jeweler

Megan Rubino—watercolor and acrylic painter

Susan Estrella—graphic designer and jewelry make

Peter Lewando—nature photographer

Randy Hodges—blacksmith

Gordon Lewis—painter, glass etcher

Brenda Buciorelli—seamstress, experiments with dye painting

James Melvin—painter who works with oil, acrylic, pastels, colored pencils and mixed media

Anne Jacobson—crafts whimsical “family hangout” figures

Pembroke Bryant—sea glass jeweler

Nancy Laird—photographs the Outer Banks

Stephanie Kiker—pastel/color pencil/ink and silk painter

Martha Johnson—crafts collages inspired from nature and traveling

Vicky Lowe—watercolor print designer creating linens and home decor

Bobbie Beckley—crafts ornaments from found materials and up cycled items

Rosanne Arndt—water color painter, beach-themed jeweler

Trish Dempsey—hand-painted glassware and more!

Charlotte & Jerry Alexander—crafts bowls, mugs, soap dishes and more!

Jackie Church—basket weaver

Kim Mosher—color pencil artist

Nell Long—crafts handmade soaps made with natural ingredients

Bobbie Beckley—creates ornaments from found objects on the beaches of Kill Devil Hills and Buxton

Rosanna Gusler—glass artist incorporating found objects in OBX

Participating Charities

N.E.S.T. (or the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles) is dedicated to the preservation and well-bring of sea turtles.
Dare Literacy Council is dedicated to the literacy needs of Dare County by providing tutors and resources.

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Art Destinations in the OBX

OBX Arts & Craft Festival

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Hilton Garden Inn 36.100639, -75.711859 5353 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC, United States (Directions)