Nothing beats an ice-cold beverage while relaxing on the beach. Nothing is worse than reaching for an icy drink and finding your cans swimming. Coolers are essential for family days on the sand. A good modern cooler will keep food and drinks fresh for days. In addition to beverages, fishermen rely coolers to keep bait fresh, and hopefully the catch of the day. Walk onto any beach or pier in North or South Carolina and you’ll see a plethora of cooler models and sizes. Cooler technology has advanced rapidly in modern years. Top-end hard-sided coolers can keep ice frozen for a week. Soft coolers are easier for one person to carry onto a beach, but can still keep food cool for days. Cooler materials and price points vary wildly, so we put together this guide with our recommendations for your coastal vacation.
Chameleon Clogs is a different kind of shoe store for the Outer Banks, one that you might expect to see in Asheville. Located at the Shoppes at 10.5 in Nags Head, which is off the Bypass at Milepost 10.5, the store is filled with colorful clogs for women, ranging from dressy styles to utilitarian shoes worn for comfort and ease of walking. The unique, custom clogs are made with beautiful woven tops, red patent leather, hand-painted designs and unusual patterns like cow, giraffe, oriental and brown leopard. Chameleon Clogs has recently partnered with Dala Clogs, a traditional Swedish clog with orthopedically constructed footbeds that support even weight distribution. Fans say the footwear has a soft step and helps to eliminate lower back strain and foot discomfort. Owner Rabiah Hodges is a well-known Outer Banks artisan who appreciates quality. Hours on Sunday are by appointment.