Thursday, June 25, 2015
By Leslie Gilmore
Corolla, Dig Your Toes Into The Sand

Corolla (pronounced: "Kuh-RAH-Luh") is a unique beach getaway that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound. It’s rare treat to stay in a town where you can experience the sun rise over the Ocean and then set over the Sound on the same day.

 

In recent years, Corolla, along with the rest of the Outer Banks, has become one of the hottest locations for destination weddings. Don’t be surprised if on your way to Corolla you see wedding parties crossing The Duck Road in front of the Sanderling Inn or a couple exchanging vowels on the beach while you watch from your beach chair.

 

The Oceanside of Corolla is known for wide, sandy beaches that have whiter and finer sand than you will find on the beaches of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and most of Nags Head. Even though there are thousands of vacationers in Corolla every day during the summer, the beaches never seem crowded.

 

On the Soundside of Corolla the water is shallow and calm. While surfers claim the Ocean as their home, the sound is filled with kayakers, kite-boarders, SUP (stand up paddle boarders) and jet skis. Lessons for water sports are offered in Corolla for adults and children. You can rent equipment here or bring your own.

 

There is plenty to do in Corolla during your vacation in addition to playing in the Ocean or the Sound. You can tour the 4-Wheel Drive Area where you will see the famous Wild Horses of Corolla and a beach that goes on forever. Or, walk around historic Corolla Village and climb the beautiful red bricked Currituck Lighthouse. One of the most tranquil places in Corolla is the Whalehead Club. I love walking the grounds and taking pictures of the Whalehead Club lodge with the lighthouse in the background. There is a wine tasting on the grounds nearly every week in the summer and a great celebration for the 4th of July. There are some unique shops in Tim Buck II or Corolla Plaza and there are many great restaurants in Corolla. For the golfer, there is even an award-winning Rees Jones designed course at The Currituck Club.

 

Corolla offers something for everyone in your family. It’s a small-town beach town with breath-taking scenery, great shopping, fine dining and nice people. During a day in Corolla you’ll see people of all ages basking in sun or playing in the waves and shopping. In fact, a lot of the vacation homes are rented to multiple generations of one family. It is not uncommon to see a home-made banner on a home announcing a family reunion, special wedding anniversary or birthday.

 

Once people vacation in Corolla, they usually come back. In fact, most Corolla vacation home owners, visited the area for years and then purchased a home of their own when the time was right. For many people, buying a vacation rental home of their own in the Outer Banks is part of their retirement plan. They keep the home in a vacation rental program to offset the cost of ownership and plan to retire here in the future. The year round population, currently around 500, has been consistently growing as vacation rental homeowners retire and move to the Outer Banks to enjoy their version of paradise every day. There used to be a wall plaque for sale in The Farmers Daughter (great shop right next to Tim Buck II) that said, “I’m not from North Carolina but I got here as fast as I could.” It’s been hanging on our wall since 1998…

 

Corolla has a lot of different types of communities with vacation homes ranging from very small 3 – 4 bedroom condos to palatial oceanfront vacation homes with private pools and amenities like elevators, theater rooms, game rooms, sports bars and pool cabanas.

 

Corolla is the ideal vacation destination for people who are happy with flip flops and pop tops or indulging fine dining and a spa day. It’s a perfect place to get away from the rat race and still enjoy the all the best dining, shopping, water sports, and vacation homes the Outer Banks has to offer. Corolla has everything you need for the perfect getaway and real estate investment.

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