Gobble Your Way to the Best Outer Banks Thanksgiving

Having a destination holiday is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking! For most families, the holidays are about celebrating together over great conversation and even better food that’ll leave you saying, “I’m not eating for a week!” The great feat of a destination holiday is how to create this experience away from home. At the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it’s easy! Our area is full of unique places to shop, explore, and most importantly, for this holiday— dine! Browse all our favorite ways to spend an Outer Banks Thanksgiving below.

Then, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide for more information on how to spend the start of the holiday season in the Outer Banks! 


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Your Outer Banks Thanksgiving Guide for This Year 

Select the Right Outer Banks Vacation Rental for You  

Perhaps the most crucial aspect of any destination holiday is finding the perfect vacation rental that feels like home. 

If you plan to spend Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks, some must-haves are a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious dining area, and other common areas for spending quality time with family or friends! 

Make Paramount Destination’s vacation rental properties a family tradition for your Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks. We have properties across the Outer Banks that are perfect for your holiday needs! 

Browse our extensive selection, and you’ll find your dream vacation home in Corolla, Duck, and Southern Shores near the best attractions throughout OBX areas like Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and more. 

Get Moving at the Annual Turkey Trot  

Feel good about that second or third helping of Thanksgiving dinner when you participate in the annual Turkey Trot on the Outer Banks. This 5K race takes place Thanksgiving morning at Scarborough Lane in Duck, NC. This race is perfect for runners of all skill levels as well as families.  

Walk, jog, or run your way to the finish line where first-place finishers receive pumpkin pies, and everyone can participate in a block party! Or opt for a quieter morning with a jog or walk on the beaches of the Outer Banks.  

Would You Rather: Cook or Dine-Out for Thanksgiving Dinner?  

What’s your idea of a picture-perfect Thanksgiving meal? Turkey or ham? Sweet potatoes or yams? Or, maybe you like to go against the grain and enjoy a non-traditional meal like a local seafood dish. Indulge any way you want on during your Outer Banks Thanksgiving! 

Shop for all of the ingredients at a local grocer near your OBX rental. Then, create the perfect Thanksgiving meal in your fully-equipped kitchen! 

Or, dine out at Outer Banks restaurants like Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café who offers a Thanksgiving Feast Buffet. You’ll find an array of restaurant selections with traditional Thanksgiving platings. From prix-fixe plates to Thanksgiving buffets, don’t miss out on our local eateries’ culinary creations. Don’t forget to call ahead for a reservation! 

Find the Best Black Friday Deals on the Outer Banks 

If you’re not too stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner, head out to some of the best Outer Banks shopping spots to snag some fantastic deals on Black Friday! Many stores within outlet malls participate in this widely popular shopping day, so it’s the perfect time to start your holiday shopping. 

dining table outer banks rentalWhere to Enjoy Your Outer Banks Thanksgiving Day Feast 

We have a wide variety of Outer Banks vacation rentals to choose from for your Outer Banks Thanksgiving. Consider Memories By The Sea for your single-family Thanksgiving needs. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom rental is also dog-friendly, so bring Fido with you. He’ll love licking the leftover turkey gravy from your plate! Memories By The Sea sleeps up to eight guests and has a well-stocked kitchen, a dining area that seats six, and a large living area.  

Browse all of our properties and reserve the one that feels most like home!