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Hatteras Overview
Posted By: bmorechris - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/7/2014
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Total Posts: 8

Date Posted: 2/15/2017 11:16 AM




Hi all,

My extended family is looking at possibly staying in Hatteras the end of July. We have for the past few years stayed in Nags Head but we were a little late to the game this year in booking and there doesn't seem to be places available that are meeting our requirements. We did see some options in Hatteras that would work but I don't know much about the area down there so was hoping to get a few questions answered and hear any advice about staying there.

I understand there have been some issues with NC-12 and storms the past few years, what is the current status of the route?

Are mosquitoes an issue? Any more of an issue than anywhere else on the outer banks?

Are there flooding concerns outside of hurricanes?

What are the dining out options like? Father-in-Law likes to do at least a few dinners out while the rest of us are content to stay in or do carry-out.

Is anything to do if weather is crappy? Kids will range in age from 6 months to 12. We typically would do either aquarium, outlets (not my choice) or other shops.

Any other advice, suggestions, information, etc is much appreciated,

Thanks in advance!

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RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: Tim-OBX - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/2/2004
Location: Kitty Hawk
Total Posts: 18061

Date Posted: 2/15/2017 11:21 AM





"I understand there have been some issues with NC-12 and storms the past few years, what is the current status of the route?"

Nothing for you to worry about now. It's open. They are doing construction on the bridges but no issues.

"Are mosquitoes an issue? Any more of an issue than anywhere else on the outer banks?"

Down to Avon there is no big difference. East winds blow them away, west winds blow them in.

"Are there flooding concerns outside of hurricanes?"

Not really.

"What are the dining out options like? Father-in-Law likes to do at least a few dinners out while the rest of us are content to stay in or do carry-out."

They have restaurants down there, just not as many as Nags Head. You won't go hungry.

"Is anything to do if weather is crappy? Kids will range in age from 6 months to 12. We typically would do either aquarium, outlets (not my choice) or other shops."

There is not as much to do down there, which is a draw for some people.


RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: obxmini - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/26/2014
Location: SE NY
Total Posts: 1559

Date Posted: 2/15/2017 2:51 PM




Check out this: http://hatterasonmymind.com and click around.

Been going down there with children (now in their late 20s) since the youngest was 8 months old.

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: smlobx - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/13/2011
Location: Hatteras Village
Total Posts: 877

Date Posted: 2/15/2017 3:27 PM




As an Owner in Hatteras Village let me give you our take...


I understand there have been some issues with NC-12 and storms the past few years, what is the current status of the route? Rt 12 is perfectly fine and you will appreciate the natural beauty you find on the drive once you turn onto Pea Island and work your way South..



Are mosquitoes an issue? Any more of an issue than anywhere else on the outer banks? Truthfully we dont seem to have any significant issues on the Oceanside. We get a fairly constant breeze that seems to keep them, for the most part, at bay. On the soundside if the breeze dies down there can be a few..


Are there flooding concerns outside of hurricanes? - No.


What are the dining out options like? Father-in-Law likes to do at least a few dinners out while the rest of us are content to stay in or do carry-out. - Fantastic but as was said above there are not as many. Our favorites include Dinky"s (best sunset on the OBX), The Hatterasman as well as several others.


Is anything to do if weather is crappy? Kids will range in age from 6 months to 12. We typically would do either aquarium, outlets (not my choice) or other shops. - Be sure to check out the Museum of the Atlantic on the very South end of the island. It's free and has a ton of interesting things. There is also the Native American Museum in Frisco as well as others.

Also the beaches will be less crowded.... Wink smiley

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: Mikec - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/11/2014
Location: MD
Total Posts: 1063

Date Posted: 2/15/2017 10:06 PM




smlobx, a few questions. When I left Hatteras in mid November Frank had a "for sale" sign at Hatterasman. Is the place still for sale? Is it open? Second, the Native American Musuem was closed due to damage from Matthew, is it back open?

As far as dining, besides Dinky's there is Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill. Both are very good.

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: MarvelousMoondance - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/7/2006
Location: Wild and Wonderful WV
Total Posts: 11158

Date Posted: 2/16/2017 8:41 AM




Sand Bar & Grill in Buxton has great ribs and burgers!
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RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: jdj1991 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/11/2010
Location: Mechanicsville, VA
Total Posts: 1414

Date Posted: 2/16/2017 8:52 AM




Ooooh I LOVE staying in Hatteras - absolutely LOVE it!!!

Dining:
Captain's Table in Frisco for dinner - just a few minutes drive away.
Buxton Munch - try the fish tacos and the tuna sammie.
Rocco's in Hatteras for lunch or dinner - love the meatball subs there
Hatterasman in Hatteras for lunch
Dancing Turtle in Hatteras for some great coffee and pastries
Happy Belly Ice Cream in Hatteras

Haven't vacationed with a little one there in years.....but on rainy days there are plenty of shops, sites to see or pack some secret toys/movies away to pull out for rainy days - could be a great surprise.

Whatever you decide - take it all in. It's a beautiful place!

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: hoi toide - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/24/2007
Location: Swamp Life
Total Posts: 13139

Date Posted: 2/16/2017 9:49 AM




It is mid-February, you are going in July. Were it me, I would see who all does what around Easter about openings/hours, as far as restaurants.

Sandbar reopened already for this season. Pop's is closing in on their repairs. Matthew did a lot of damage to businesses & their homes too.

As you get into Spring you might check on the link below as it updates.

Odens Dock is always fun to hit when the boats come in with their catches. www.odensdock.com at Hatteras Village. Fish

www.hatterasguide.com

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: obxyz - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/10/2011
Location: Pittsburgh
Total Posts: 1066

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 10:35 AM




Most of your questions have already been addressed sufficiently.

My additions:

-Nobody mentioned the Quarter Deck, if unscathed by Matthew, is good dining option too
-Great take-out, & fresh take home seafood @ Risky Business & Harbor House.
-if it rains take the kids for a ride to the toy store in Buxton
-if you have a 4x4 get a beach driving permit
-rent a golf cart if you want to explore Hatteras Village
-visit the marinas after 3:30 or so

Our daughter (now 6) loves Oden's Dock. She starts asking if we can "go to the docks?" early every afternoon rain or shine. She loves the views, the people, the pups, the birds, the fish and the fish cleaning "show" put on by Mr Steve and Mr Chris from Risky Business Seafood. Pack a cooler or grab an adult beverage from The Dock Store and stay for the sunset.



RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: newfdad - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/4/2005
Location: Top of VA
Total Posts: 101

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 6:14 PM




Just go to the top of this page and click on the Restaurants tab and then the Hatteras Island Restaurants tab. Several listings show closed, probably as a result of Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew last year. Many of these places have been around forever. You don't survive on Hatteras Island if your food or service is bad. Look at the listing and check the listings online for menus. Yelp, Trip Advisor and Facebook will answer most questions for you. Oh, my personal recommendation: Rusty's Surf & Turf in Buxton.

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: MrBoh - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/25/2012
Location:
Total Posts: 6

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 8:59 PM




Thanks everyone for your advice and recommendations, we pulled the trigger today and booked a week at a nice oceanfront house in Hatteras!

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Edit to add, this is the OP, apparently I have a different login on my phone vs computer

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: Greg MD - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/10/2014
Location: Fallston, MD
Total Posts: 540

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 9:23 PM




Most of your questions have already been addressed sufficiently.

My additions:

-Nobody mentioned the Quarter Deck, if unscathed by Matthew, is good dining option too
-Great take-out, & fresh take home seafood @ Risky Business & Harbor House.
-if it rains take the kids for a ride to the toy store in Buxton
-if you have a 4x4 get a beach driving permit
-rent a golf cart if you want to explore Hatteras Village
-visit the marinas after 3:30 or so

Our daughter (now 6) loves Oden's Dock. She starts asking if we can "go to the docks?" early every afternoon rain or shine. She loves the views, the people, the pups, the birds, the fish and the fish cleaning "show" put on by Mr Steve and Mr Chris from Risky Business Seafood. Pack a cooler or grab an adult beverage from The Dock Store and stay for the sunset.



My daughter is almost 15. Trust me, once they get hooked on going to the coast in the summer, there's nothing you can do about it. smiley with shades

RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: obxyz - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/10/2011
Location: Pittsburgh
Total Posts: 1066

Date Posted: 2/17/2017 11:55 PM




Stay for the sunset



RE: Hatteras Overview
Posted By: Beachmark - (Send PM)
Member Since: 9/18/2011
Location: Afton, VA
Total Posts: 4536

Date Posted: 2/18/2017 10:20 AM




If you like natural beauty, and a relaxing rural area, you are set! I hope you enjoy it.

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