OBX/Duck in winter

OBX/Duck in winter




We are purchasing a house in Duck. So excited! We have been going to OBX our entire lives, but never owned a home. How much is open in winter? I've heard Corolla is almost entirely closed, how about Duck? What stays open there? We are not big eating out people but do any restaurants stay open? What about the little markets (Tommy's and the other one on the right I always forget the name of!), the bookstore?

I'm guessing more is open in Kitty Hawk/KDH/NH area? It's not that important as we mostly cook at home and will be homeschooling/virtual schooling a lot of the day just curious - field trips of course!


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Corolla Harris Teeter will not close but they have just about only can goods and other non-meat or vegetables in the winter. If you go anywhere you will go south where you will find Kitty, KDH and Nags Head about fully open all year. Sure, the ice cream shops are closed and the souvenir shops maybe but not much else. The misconception that we close up when the tourists leave is totally wrong. Many owners visit all year and that adds to the 35,000 always here.


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So glad some things will be open, our realtor said much of the same. As for HT, not that big of a deal, we live fairly close and can stop on the way or bring food down, stock the house, etc. We hate crowds so I will secretly be glad it's not August crowded. As long as the bike trails and ocean are open and there is a bookstore and pizza place within an hour we are good.

Out of curiosity since you seem to know a lot - what is the ocean temp end of Oct/Nov? Is it wetsuit weather by then? Probably all depends on the currents just like summer. My kids like to surf and I have a feeling wetsuits are on the christmas list, but I was hoping the fall we can get by without them. (This is something I have NEVER paid attention to!! and a persons knowledge is more useful than weather channels average, KWIM?)


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in november my daughter had a wetsuit but I forget the thickness


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Corolla Food Lion and Harris Teeter are well stocked in the off season. Very rarely have I needed anything they don’t have. Butcher Block and other places are open year round. Touristy places close but we dont go to them very often.


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Corolla Food Lion and Harris Teeter are well stocked in the off season. Very rarely have I needed anything they don’t have. Butcher Block and other places are open year round. Touristy places close but we dont go to them very often.

Sandglass


What Tim references was my experience 10 years ago. I remember walking into Food Lion in Corolla and they had shut down about 75% of their aisles and were operating from 3 or 4 only, but as soon as Harris Teeter Opened they changed. I had heard it told that Currituck County actually required that HT and FL keep their stores stocked in the off seasons as opposed to how they used to do it.




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Corolla Food Lion and Harris Teeter are well stocked in the off season. Very rarely have I needed anything they don’t have. Butcher Block and other places are open year round. Touristy places close but we dont go to them very often.

Sandglass


What Tim references was my experience 10 years ago. I remember walking into Food Lion in Corolla and they had shut down about 75% of their aisles and were operating from 3 or 4 only, but as soon as Harris Teeter Opened they changed. I had heard it told that Currituck County actually required that HT and FL keep their stores stocked in the off seasons as opposed to how they used to do it.

Bill


My wife and I drove to Corolla ~5 years ago in January or February while daydreaming about moving to the OBX. I love to cook and try new dishes that are normally out of my wheelhouse. I stopped in to HT to see what the off season held because there weren't many people around then and it wasn't for me. "Stocked" means different things to different folks. When I was there they had 3/4 or so of their cold cases covered in heavy tarps. All meat was consolidated into one ~10' section. Veggies were slim, down to the basics. You could still make a good meal from what was available, but you weren't going to be going crazy making something more exotic. It was pretty pedestrian compared to how HT is normally stocked. The stores to the south; however, were stocked fully. Maybe it's improved since then. I wouldn't call the place barren, but it was obviously downsized to accommodate the winter population.


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We are purchasing a house in Duck. So excited! We have been going to OBX our entire lives, but never owned a home. How much is open in winter? I've heard Corolla is almost entirely closed, how about Duck? What stays open there? We are not big eating out people but do any restaurants stay open? What about the little markets (Tommy's and the other one on the right I always forget the name of!), the bookstore?

I'm guessing more is open in Kitty Hawk/KDH/NH area? It's not that important as we mostly cook at home and will be homeschooling/virtual schooling a lot of the day just curious - field trips of course!

groovygirl222


Island Bookstore in Scarborough Faire? I'm pretty sure they're open year round, at least in Duck and Kitty Hawk. I was in the Duck shop in January a couple of years ago. Great indie bookstore. I like Duck's Cottage too. They manage to pack a lot into a tiny shop.


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Many owners visit all year and that adds to the 35,000 always here.

Tim-OBX


Yes, but. . .

Spread those numbers over 103 linear miles from Hatteras to Corova Beach (and I think the 35,000 includes all of Currituck County (i.e. the mainland too) and the mainland portions of Dare County that aren't really on the banks (think Wanchese, Manns Harbor, etc).

In a normal year, that is, not this one, after the Home Tour in the second week of October, it's mostly just permanent residents and second home owners. Thanksgiving and Christmas-New Years draw some visitors and lots of non-resident property owners. There are other events that do the same like Taste of the Beach (February?). Then there's biker week. April is the big month for coming down to plan weddings. Also it's the month rental property owners come down to work on their homes. But let's be honest. None of these look anything like the summer season - to the delight of at least some of the permanent residents.

A lot of the restaurants do shut down, some for the whole winter season, some for a month, and some for only a week or two. Try to find an open restaurant in January on a Monday night., Or try to find a restaurant open after 8:00 PM. There are some of each, but not many.

This year the rental season will last at least through October, But some restaurants have already given up the ghost, and at a 50% occupancy limit, more may do the same.

If you like to be alone and get out to enjoy quiet nature, you'll be fine. If your plans depend on eating out a lot and spending quality time sitting on the beach, you'll end up feeling like your average summer tourist on the fifth day of non-stop rain.




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If you like to be alone and get out to enjoy quiet nature, you'll be fine.

NightOwl


Walking on the beach this time of year is superb.

If your plans depend on eating out a lot and spending quality time sitting on the beach, you'll end up feeling like your average summer tourist on the fifth day of non-stop rain.

NightOwl


You're not coming to the OBX in the dead of winter for the "sitting on the beach" stuff. You might get lucky though, but be prepared for cold. I mean like naked and wet atop Mt Washington cold lol. Temps in the 30's and 40's don't sound too bad until you're hit with 40+ winds along with it and we've been there for 20's and ice.

We've also had few problems with dining out. Of our list of favorite restaurants we've seen some close for repairs, renovations, or vacation, but then we just choose another that we like. The OP mentions Duck so assuming Duck down to NH will be their stomping grounds I wouldn't expect to experience much downtime from your average day to day needs.

Winter for us feels just like the late spring/early fall with less people and more cold and wind. We don't do much of the touristy stuff so no comment on putt putt, ice cream, etc. If you like fishing from piers, they're closed, except for Jennette's and maybe something else. Also the fish markets I use in the shoulder seasons are generally closed in the winter.


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To the original poster, the other market in Duck you couldn’t think of is Wee Winks. They should be open all winter. They were this past winter. And I believe Tommy’s should be open too, although this past winter I think they ended up closing for a while because of COVID concerns.... at least that’s what I heard.

Mike


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Thank you all! Sounds like plenty will be open and I am THRILLED the bookstore in Duck stays open all year. We don't care if the touristy stuff is closed, we don't do that anyway. Yikes on it getting so cold, I figured. Luckily we live close enough where if we get a warm spell we can decide to come down on a whim as we only live a few hours away. Hoping for some of those freakishly warm winter days in the 70s we get some years!


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