Vacationers will notice a handful of sailboats at every local Outer Banks port, either saddled up to the docks or breezing across the harbor, en route to the nearest sound for a cruise, or to the continent-spanning Intracoastal Waterway to continue a long coastal voyage. Some vacationers are even in it for the long haul, docking for a summer or a winter season at a number of local marinas that offer all the comforts of home. Clearly, sailing lovers of all varieties have plenty of options, but even newcomers to the sport can experiment with life on the water with a local sailing lesson, rental, or waterfront cruise.
Shoes for the outdoors are Merrell’s specialty. Choices have expanded greatly since the company was founded in 1981 with what was then a revolutionary hiking boot. Now consumers can purchase all kinds of different styles for men, women and children, but they’re still known for their comfort, quality and durability. Newest offerings include a line of low profile Barefoot Shoes. The outlet store, only one of two in North Carolina, offers the brand at discounted prices, but the real deals can be found with seasonal sales. Selection of stock varies, and is not necessarily the complete line offered elsewhere. But there’s a lot of variety available that reflects the current season. There is also a selection of outdoor “adventure wear” for sale, including waterproof jackets.