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Outer Banks Guide > Will's Outer Banks Trip Reports > Croatan Surf Club - 9/23/2010
Outer Banks Vacation Trip Reports: Croatan Surf Club - Kill Devil Hills - 9/23/2010

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September Getaway to the Croatan Surf Club - Posted By: Jill Dwyer

Will and I escaped for a fantastic weekend getaway at the Croatan Surf Club in Kill Devil Hills. We arrived late in the evening on Thursday at the beautiful oceanfront condos and took the elevator to our top floor corner unit, 4G. The condo has a keypad at the door, which eliminated the need to "check-in at the office" and it also meant we didn't have to keep track of keys during our trip. The ocean front rental, named The Penthouse, was beautiful with a panoramic view of the ocean as well as a clear view of the Wright Brothers Memorial. After a hectic day of preparing for the trip and our late night drive from Virginia, we went to sleep!

Friday morning we succeeded in getting a little work out of the way and it was time for vacation fun! I found a surf lesson a few blocks south of the condo and jumped at the opportunity. Two hours later and I was glad I did it, but completely exhausted. I did manage to stand a few times and Will took some pictures to document the endeavor. Next, we were off to lunch at the Blue Moon Cafe. I was starving from my surf lesson and the food and service were great. After lunch we headed to see the lovely people at Village Realty who manage the unit we were staying in at the Croatan Surf Club. We followed our visit with a little shopping and I found a neat print of the Bodie Island lighthouse at Cloud 9 Jewelry. We came back to the condo and took an incredibly rare afternoon nap. Fully rested, we were ready for more adventure and drove to Oregon Inlet to see the boats and the sunset on the sound. Next stop, dinner! A great aspect of visiting the OBX in the shoulder season is that everything was open. Shop owners have the time to chat and we didn't wait anywhere, including dinner at 7:00 PM on Friday night. A welcome change from the Summer months.

Saturday morning we traveled down to the south side of the Bonner Bridge, parked in the lot on the left just after crossing the bridge and trekked over to the beach. It was incredibly peaceful as we only saw two other people on our beach walk. The ocean was very calm and shells were everywhere (shhh... don't tell anyone). This is a great place to go, but make sure to bring bug spray for the walk from the parking lot to the beach. We stopped at the Bodie Island lighthouse on our way back to the condo. There is scaffolding completely surrounding the lighthouse for the refurbishing project it is undergoing, and it was great to see the new boardwalk out over the wetlands. Once we made it back at the Croatan Surf Club, we ate lunch, took a shower, and had yet another nap! Full of good food and plenty of sleep I knew I could coerce Will into more shopping, so we hit the Tanger Outlet Mall in Nags Head. After shopping, we took off to Kelly's for dinner. Once again, no wait, great service and good food! With the full moon we enjoyed a night stroll on the beach and then ended the day in the hot tub on our deck - fantastic!

Sunday morning we walked on the beach, packed up and left heading down through Nags Head on a quick tour of the beach road. We stopped on our way out for brunch at The Pearl - which was fabulous. Having lived in a few tourist destinations, I have a great appreciation for timing trips and activities when everything you want to do and see are still open, but you can do them and see them without 100,000 other people. This was one of those well timed trips and it was perfect.

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