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We're going to be there for Thanksgiving week and are curious what would be open grocery wise? Any markets or just Harris Teeter, Walmart and Food lion?
We were thinking of doing a surf and turf type thing for Thanksgiving day instead of the typical meal.


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HopSkipandJump


Agree, location needed.

If in the NH area, Whalebone stayed open through Thanksgiving last year. We were very excited about that and purchased from them several times. We like to do a little shrimp peel and eat for lunch, pre-turkey. Sugar Shack is open year-round. Not sure about O'Neal's....


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For many years, we paid Tommy's Market in Duck for our Dinner.

They prepared everything, we picked it up in the afternoon and all we needed to do was re-heat it.

It is pricey, but it ensures that everyone can just enjoy the day and not spend all day cooking.




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Fresh Market in Nags Head. You also can order a complete dinner.


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Everything is open and most all stay open all year. I know of none that close, the Teeter in Corolla stays open but has only can goods and paper. Thanksgiving here is a big deal with owners so everything is open way past then if it closes at all. People seem to think when you leave the place closes up and you can't much farther from the truth.


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People seem to think when you leave the place closes up and you can't much farther from the truth.

Tim-OBX

Tim,

I'm going to be a bit cynical here.

I think they're right. When they leave, we totally shut down, at least according to their standards and expectations:

- There are no drunken parties on top decks at 2:30 AM on a week night.

- The June to September ad hoc 4th of July fireworks celebrations have ceased.

- No one the color of a lobster is walking around in the grocery store on Monday.

- Most pools are closed.

- Neighborhoods are much darker at night. No one feels the need to turn on every outside light and leave them on all night (and part of the next day too).

- Neighborhoods are also much quieter. With the windows open, you can usually listen uninterrupted to the waves, particularly if you're on the ocean side of the main dune.

- Trash cans mysteriously disappear from the sides of the road after the trash is picked up.

- Beaches are more for walking than sitting.

- If a restaurant is open after 8:00 PM, there is probably only a couple or two still there.

- There are no weekend traffic jams unless there's a major accident or a local event.

- Beach supplies at Walmart can only be found on two shelves in a back corner of the store behind the paint.

- Many of the residents go on vacation.


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Night owl, thanks for a great laugh!
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Although, as they say, it’s funny because there is a hint of truth to it!


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We're going to be in Nags Head this year but are fine with driving wherever. smiley

Everything is open and most all stay open all year. I know of none that close, the Teeter in Corolla stays open but has only can goods and paper. Thanksgiving here is a big deal with owners so everything is open way past then if it closes at all. People seem to think when you leave the place closes up and you can't much farther from the truth.

Tim-OBX


I know the main grocery stores are always open, just not as well-stocked. smiley I meant local farmer type markets. I guess I ask because when we go in December every year most of the regular restaurants and places we go to are closed or have limited business hours/services. We've walked up to a lot of places and found them to be closed. We usually go by ourselves but are going with friends this year for Thanksgiving and we're wanting to do more home cooking. We have our go-to list of restaurants that are open, but I was just curious about the other places.

Thanks everyone!


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Everything is open and most all stay open all year. I know of none that close, the Teeter in Corolla stays open but has only can goods and paper. Thanksgiving here is a big deal with owners so everything is open way past then if it closes at all.

Tim-OBX


This seems like a really helpful answer to the question.

People seem to think when you leave the place closes up and you can't much farther from the truth.

Tim-OBX


This seems a bit gratuitous.

I get the love/hate relationship locals can have with seasonal visitors but isn't the point of this forum to ask Qs about OBX as a vacation destination? Or at least that is how it is described on the homepage.


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We're going to be in Nags Head this year but are fine with driving wherever. smiley

Everything is open and most all stay open all year. I know of none that close, the Teeter in Corolla stays open but has only can goods and paper. Thanksgiving here is a big deal with owners so everything is open way past then if it closes at all. People seem to think when you leave the place closes up and you can't much farther from the truth.

Tim-OBX


I know the main grocery stores are always open, just not as well-stocked. smiley I meant local farmer type markets. I guess I ask because when we go in December every year most of the regular restaurants and places we go to are closed or have limited business hours/services. We've walked up to a lot of places and found them to be closed. We usually go by ourselves but are going with friends this year for Thanksgiving and we're wanting to do more home cooking. We have our go-to list of restaurants that are open, but I was just curious about the other places.

Thanks everyone!

DevNC


The farmer-type markets usually close in Sept-October. Not sure about the ones on the mainland like Grandy Farmers Market, etc. Austins Seafood in Nags Head usually closes by the end of Sept. Billy's Seafood in Colington typically closes the weekend after Thanksgiving. Pretty sure O'Neals seafood in Wanchese is open year-round.


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This seems a bit gratuitous.

I get the love/hate relationship locals can have with seasonal visitors but isn't the point of this forum to ask Qs about OBX as a vacation destination? Or at least that is how it is described on the homepage.

Kay-Gene Cottages


I think Tim was being facetious in his response, but this question gets asked so often hear that there does seem to be some semblance of a misunderstanding. Part of the problem is that the "Outer Banks" is more than a 100 miles long with a travel time from Carova to Ocracoke of more than four hours under the best of circumstances. So much information about offseason activity gets muddled.

Regarding Duck to Nags Head, short of mini golf and parasailing, most everything remains open in the off-season, particularly if it caters to the 30,000 people who live full-time in the area. As such, most restaurants, fast food, grocery stores, shopping, etc. remains open.

South of Oregon Inlet (I cant speak to the northern areas), things start to get quiet In November. The grocery and general wares stores stay open year round, but depending on labor availability, weather, economy, etc. some seasonal businesses stay open a bit longer; others close. Keep in mind that fishing is still big business in the fall/early winter on Hatteras. By January, most seasonal businesses are in hibernation and will re-emerge in March or early April.

There are always a few restaurants that stay open through the winter, but not many, and even they may be open a few days a week. Last winter Tavern on 12 was a godsend, being the only place in lower Hatteras opened over the winter. Sidebar: It's funny, I eat out more when I'm down in the winter because its usually just me, I'm working, and I'm only in for a few days. Not circumstances that make me want to do cooking.

This year I expect a lot more places to stay open this year on Hatteras until New Years. But nevertheless, you really never know unless you check their Facebook pages or websites.


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I think Tim was being facetious in his response, but this question gets asked so often hear that there does seem to be some semblance of a misunderstanding. Part of the problem is that the "Outer Banks" is more than a 100 miles long with a travel time from Carova to Ocracoke of more than four hours under the best of circumstances. So much information about offseason activity gets muddled.

Brad Z


What difference does it make if the Q is asked once or a thousand times? Presumably the cadre of regular posters here love the OBX, like talking about the OBX, and like giving advice about visiting the OBX.

JMO, but no there is no need to answer a reasonable Q by being facetious or lacing it with sarcasm. If there is a misunderstanding, why not ask for clarification?


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Night owl, thanks for a great laugh!
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rlaxn


Yes, many of those do happen. Thumbs up


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Everything is open and most all stay open all year. I know of none that close, the Teeter in Corolla stays open but has only can goods and paper. Thanksgiving here is a big deal with owners so everything is open way past then if it closes at all. People seem to think when you leave the place closes up and you can't much farther from the truth.

Tim-OBX


Tommy’s Market in Duck closes after New Years until March or April I think. Pizzazz pizza stays open in Duck but the rest of the pizza shops close also not all restaurants stay open during January and February just ones that are supported by the locals.


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If you are traveling by the Wright Memorial Bridge do not forget to stop by the Grandy Market and pick up one or two of there fresh pies. They are wonderful.


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I come in the off season. Check dates on dairy, like blocks of cheese. Items past their best by, use by, or sell by dates may still be on shelves.


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