Visitors to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will simultaneously be visiting the gorgeous Cape Hatteras National Seashore. One of the largest preserved parcels of the Outer Banks, the National Seashore stretches across 70 miles of shoreline, encompassing seven villages on Hatteras Island, and providing visitors with miles of undisturbed, scenic beaches as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast.
First opened in 2010, Booty Treats --- playing off Nags Head’s pirate history ---offers a unique hot weather sweet that has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon. A combination of shaved ice and flash-frozen “mini-melts,” the booty freeze, a creation of the owners of this locally-owned business, inspires imaginative pairings of flavors. Shaved ice, also known as Southern snow, has the consistency of snow and absorbs the flavoring (try the “tiger’s blood”!) Mini-melts are little bits of extra-creamy, super-cold ice-cream. By using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream, it cuts the ice content down to 10 percent, versus 60 percent in regular ice-cream. When mini-melts, also available in numerous flavors, are sprinkled over shaved ice, the result is a super-cold tongue-number perfect for a steamy-hot Outer Banks night. The shop also offers high-quality traditional ice cream and non-fat frozen yoghurt, available in cones, shakes or sundaes. Customers can eat inside at one of the hand-made bars and stools, or outside on one of the four picnic tables. Booty Treats T-shirts and local photography can also be purchased at this Beach Road shop.