Life Is Good!
The Outer Banks has some of the best beaches anywhere. Did you know there's also plenty of other fun things to do off the beach? Don't miss the Wright Brothers National Memorial, our local parks, tennis and golf courses, the Roanoke Lost Colony play and the many lighthouses. Also try a sunset stroll on the Duck boardwalk.
First Let's Hit The Beach...
The blue ocean waters, gentle sea breezes and soft sand make the Outer Banks beaches your bit of summer paradise. As a Leeward Inn guest, you're just a short walk to the beach. The Chicahauk Trail beach access is close enough that older kids and teens can easily walk to and from the beach on their own timetable. You'll also appreciate knowing that this is a lifeguard monitored beach area. Don't feel like walking...then enjoy the convenience of parking across from the beach in your private Chicahauk Community parking lot.
If you'd like to try the other Southern Shores lifeguard protected beach at Hillcrest, your included Southern Shores Community Association parking pass can be used there as well. You'll also find there a newly added lending library kiosk in case you forgot to bring a book to read.
Want to do something off the beach? At the Leeward Inn, the Beach is not the only place to have a good time. As our guest, you and the entire family can take advantage of both Southern Shores' & Chicahauk's private community tennis courts, parks and marinas.
Chicahauk's Trinitie Park, located nearby the Leeward Inn, has Tennis, Basketball & Bocce courts for the entire family to enjoy. There's also a playground for the younger kids. You may also want to have a picnic lunch in the park down by the water while you're there. The use of the park, tennis, bocce and basketball courts are included with your stay.
Want to try another location for tennis surrounded by beautiful North Carolina pine trees? Enjoy a game, set or match at Southern Shores Civic Association's Hillcrest Tennis Courts. There's also a shaded gazebo to have a cold drink in between games. Use of Hillcrest Courts is complimentary with your stay.
Get Tee'd Up...
A very short drive from the Leeward Inn, the Sea Scape Golf Links is one of the few open to the public golf courses located right on the Outer Banks. Seascape's Pro Shop has club rentals if there's not enough room left in the trunk for your own clubs. The on premises club house serves breakfast, lunch & dinner with a full bar. I recommend reserving a tee time as it can get busy during the summer.
Another great option, just back across the causeway, is the Pointe Golf Club located in Powells's Point. The Pointe Club also offers an open driving range along with chipping and putting greens to get warmed up. Club rentals and lessons are available at the Pro Shop. The Greenside Bar & Grille serves breakfast and lunch daily as well as dinner on Thursday through Saturday. It would be best to pre-book a tee time especially during the summer.
Sights To See...
Want to get away from the crowds in Duck, then take a walk on the Duck Boardwalk in the cool breeze of the scenic Currituck sound. The Boardwalk starts next to the Aqua Restaurant on the southern access point and ends on the north side of Duck at the Waterfront Shops. There are several places to enter and exit the boardwalk along the way as it winds back and forth between the sound and the town shops along the way. The Boardwalk is a great place to get that perfect sunset over the sound photo. If you’ve worked up an appetite from the walk, stop in at Wave Pizza, Duck Donuts or The Blue Point Restaurant…they’re all right off the Boardwalk.
Come see the birth place of flight! Marvel at the Visitor's center's life size reproduction of the Wright Flyer while a Park Ranger gives an interactive talk about flying and the ingenuity of Orville & Wilbur Wright. Afterward you and the entire family can walk the path retracing the first four powered flights.
Looking for something that the whole family can enjoy at night? Go see the Lost Colony live performance on Roanoke Island. The play is performed in an outdoor theater overlooking the Roanoke Sound and includes music, songs, dance, drama & special effects. The Lost Colony has been an Outer Banks tradition since 1937.
Want a bird's eye view of the Outer Banks without buying a plane ticket? Visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla. Climb the 220 step spiral staircase and get a 360 degree OBX vista from 150 feet in the air. Don't forget your camera (or cell phone) because you'll want to capture the family with a great view in the background.
After you climb down from the Currituck Beach Light House, head next door to the Whalehead Club. Originally a hunting lodge from the 1920's, it's now open to public for tours. The surrounding grounds are great to stretch out for a nice walk along the Currituck Sound. Make sure you take a photo of the family on the boat canal bridge. Read all about the history in the link above.