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.
Have some fun here pretending to go back in time --- and get it photographed! Formerly Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photos, there’s a new name, and new owners Cindi and Jeff Harrell. Visitors love to pose in front of the staged bar as saloon girls and rough-and-tough cowboys brandishing pistols. Other favorites are posing as a nasty pirate or Southern belle. It’s a fun thing to do with friends or family or even your dog, and it makes a souvenir that you’ll actually keep forever. Even locals love to come in to get nostalgia photos done for Mother’s Day or anniversaries, and locals get a local discount. A costume choice in summer 2013: wearing an old-time bathing suit and posing in front of an authentic Nags Head beach scene. In addition to its regular open months, the store opens for a week around Thanksgiving, and is available year-round by appointment.