Outer Banks Vacation Blog

Elan Vacations Launches a Pinterest Board

Elan Vacations Launches a Pinterest Board with "My Dream Outer Banks Vacation” We want to know why visitors and our guests love vacations in the Outer Banks.  Whether it is relaxing on the beach, watching the wild horses, frequenting the unique shops scattered throughout the quaint beach... View the full post »

Timbuck II Shopping Center

Over 60 exciting shops, restaurants and recreation overlooking the Currituck Sound on the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina! Almost all Corolla shops are locally owned and operated, so they each have an individual character and offer things you won’t see at home. You could easily spend ... View the full post »

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Constructed between 1868 and 1870, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the nation and famous symbol of North Carolina. The beacon from the light is visible every 7.5 seconds and can be seen some 20-miles out to sea and has warned sailors for more than 100 years of the treacherous Diamon... View the full post »

A Shipwreck

USS Monitor shipwreck One of the most famous shipwrecks lying off the Carolina coast is the famous Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. The 987-ton iron gunboat became famous as a participant in the first battle between two iron warships, when she fought the Confederate Ironclad Virginia at Hampton Roa... View the full post »

Nags Head Woods

Nags Head Woods is a 1400 acre maritime forest located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The maritime forest is home to several species of plants, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Over 50 species of bird breed which includes yellow prothon... View the full post »

Ocacroke Lighthouse

The first Ocracroke Lighthouse was built in 1803 on Shell Castle Island inside the Ocracoke Inlet not far from Blackbeard’s hideout. Destroyed by lightning in 1818 it was replaced. In 1822, the federal government purchased two acres on Ocracoke Island and commissioned Noah Porter to build a new ... View the full post »

Graveyard of the Atlantic

The Graveyard of the Atlantic is a famous spot on the east coast known for many shipwrecks throughout the area. Cape Hatteras is a deadly trap for all sailors that have entered for the past centuries. This stretch of shore is home to more than 600 shipwrecks off the shifting sandbars of the Hatter... View the full post »

AvonFishing Pier

The Avon Fishing Pier offers a great deal of activity for you and your family, no matter what their age. The pier gives you a beautiful view of the ocean from the end of it, as well as a great opportunity to fish by yourself or with your family. Experienced fisherman love the opportunity to catch ... View the full post »

HatterasIsland Fishing Pier

The Hatteras Pier, locally called the Rodanthe Pier, offers some of the best fishing on Hatteras Island. Also, it is perhaps the most famous pier for its cameo in the 2008 Richard Gere and Diane Lane movie "Nights in Rodanthe”. The 850 foot pier is a beach landmark and keeps fisherman coming bac... View the full post »

Chacamacomico Lifesaving Station

With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico (pronounced chik a ma COM i co) is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the nation's most complete sites. This site is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer ... View the full post »

Pea Island

The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is located at the north end of Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The refuge provides nesting, resting and wintering habitat for migratory birds such as the greater snow geese. Established in 1937, the refuge is 5,834 acres of land, about ... View the full post »

Oregon Inlet

The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center got its start in the early 1950s, when local charter boat captains began to berth their boats near Oregon Inlet. This made for a quicker run to the Gulf Stream, than the old trip from Dykstra's Ditch, the canal at the foot of the Washington Baum Bridge adjacent ... View the full post »

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The tall, slim, black and white horizontal striped Bodie Island Lighthouse is located off NC 12 between Nags Head and Oregon Inlet. The current lighthouse was completed in 1872 and was the third lighthouse built in this area. The first Bodie Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1847. The 54-foot s... View the full post »

Pirates Cove

Privates Cove Marina is located on the west side of Roanoke Sound in a sheltered basin about 10 miles inside and north of Oregon Inlet via a deepwater, well-marked channel. There is reported to be 10 feet of water in the channel and 13 feet at the docks. The docks are stationary with finger piers ... View the full post »

Manteo Waterfront

Downtown Manteo can be described as small, quaint and charming. The waterfront area of this town has been preserved by its residents and town officials based on a 52-page document called "the Manteo Way of Building: A Guide for Development”. This document explains how to preserved the look and f... View the full post »

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Located on the Manteo waterfront, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is a reproduction of the square cottage-style lighthouse which originally stood at the southern entrance to the Croatan Sound, near Wanchese. This type of lighthouse was scattered along North Carolina’s rivers and sounds to guide m... View the full post »

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Roanoke Island Festival Park is located in Manteo about 5 miles from Nags Head. This 25 acre historic site has various venues to learn about history and the arts. A great family attraction with something for everyone of all ages. Elizabeth II – board and explore this 16th century representative ... View the full post »

NC Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island features the largest aquarium in the state — a 285,000-gallon ocean tank complete with sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of fish. Throughout the aquarium are exhibit tanks filled with fishes of North Carolina coastal habitats, including sharks and ray... View the full post »

Elizabethan Gardens

The Elizabethan Gardens located in Manteo was created as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago. The gardens are fanciful and elaborate just like the gardens that entertained Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Inside th... View the full post »

Jockeys Ridge

Jockey's Ridge State Park is a North Carolina state park in located in Nags Head, North Carolina. It covers 426 acres and includes the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. It is the most visited park within the NC park system with over a million visitors a year. The pa... View the full post »

Avalon Fishing Pier

Avalon Fishing Pier is located in Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina around Milepost 6. Built in the 1950’s, this 696 foot long pier is very popular among locals. It provides excellent fishing and outstanding ocean views. The pier also provides a bait and tackle shop selling b... View the full post »

Currituck Lighthouse

The Currituck Lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a red-brick lighthouse that still serves as an aid to navigation today. The beacon can be seen for 18 nautical miles and automatically comes on each evening. The lighthouse is easily distinguishable from other regional lighthouses si... View the full post »

The Wright Brothers Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial commemorates two ingenious brothers from Dayton, OH who, in 1900, chose the sparsely populated area known as the Outer Banks to conduct a series of experiments that three years later resulted in the world’s first heavier than air, powered controlled flight. With... View the full post »

Duck Town Park & Boardwalk

The Duck Town Park is located in the heart of Duck, North Carolina. The park is approximately 11 acres of soundfront property. Park amenities include: • Soundside boardwalk • Children’s playground • Picnic Shelter • Amphitheater • Gazebo • Walking trails • Water fountains • Publi... View the full post »

Corolla Schoolhouse

While the exact date of construction is unknown, documents point to the school being around as early as 1890. This one room schoolhouse was in session until 1958 when it was closed down due to lack of attendance. The schoolhouse has since been restored by the Twiddy family in 1999 and was used as ... View the full post »

Outer Banks wildlife museum

The center, which opened in 2006, is an impressive and marvelous 22,000 square foot interpretive center for young and old alike to explore the history and vast diversity of North Carolina's wildlife. The center is located on the grounds of Currituck Heritage Park. One of the key displays is a ... View the full post »

Corolla Chapel

Corolla Chapel is one of Corolla's most-treasured historic buildings tucked away behind the Currituck Beach Lighthouse sound side of old Corolla Village. It is one of the quaintest and charming churches you will ever see. It was built in 1885 by two carpenters. It was one room with seating cap... View the full post »

The Whalehead Club

Located in the heart of Historic Corolla, in the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina, The Whalehead Club is a spectacular example of Art Nouveau architecture and design, this magnificent residence was built in the 1920s during a time of prohibition and suffragettes. Mr. & Mrs. Edward Collin... View the full post »

Wild Horse Museum

Tucked in quaint Old Corolla Village you will find the Wild Horse Museum operated by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, caretakers of the wild horse herd. The museum welcomes visitors year-round and provides free information about the wild Spanish Mustangs that roam the northern beaches of the Currituck... View the full post »

Corolla Wild Horses

Living on the islands of North Carolina's Outer Banks the Corolla Wild Horses are small, hardy, and have a docile temperament. Descended from domesticated Spanish horses and possibly brought to the Americas in the 16th century, the ancestral foundation bloodstock may have become feral after su... View the full post »

Estuarine Nature Walk in Corolla

Located in the 4WD area of Currituck County lies two miles of wildlife preserve for hiking and beach activities. Only accessible by foot or four wheel drive vehicles, this unique habitat is recognized and protected by the NC Coastal Preswerve Program. At just under 1,000 acres the site is made up ... View the full post »

Elan Vacations Offers Easy Payment Options

Many of our guests are beginning to make plans for their summer vacations.  As one of the top companies for vacation rentals in the Outer Banks, the staff at Élan Vacations wants to make the process as easy as possible for their guests by adding new options for payments towards making ... View the full post »

New Vacation Rentals for 2013

As 2013 starts off, we are so excited to have 15 properties added to our vacation rental program. These vacation rentals are excellent "beach houses” and offer great accommodations for vacations in the Outer Banks. We are sure that they will become some of our guests’ favorites to which they... View the full post »