Local Attractions

Just another perfect day at Sunnybank’s oceanfront 3-acre estate compound! Hey Look! The tide is going out. Time to go beach-combing. Which brings up the big decision of the day: When I hit the beach … Right or Left? If I go North, it is a mile of mansions, then a mile of wildlife refuges. Same to the South. Life is good when the big decision of the day does not matter.

Shelling is fantastic everywhere but between milepost 14 & 15 the kids usually find the most sand dollars. Between milepost 15 & 16 one of the Corolla wild horse herds usually stroll by & umber up onto the deserted dunes to graze. A migrating sea lion was taking a rest on our beach a few days ago. Viewing these beautiful wild creatures in person is like a present from God that never ceases to take ones breath away.

In front of us the dolphins are chasing a large school of fish and playfully jumping up through the water. Last month I was lucky enough to see a whale go by! Look the pelicans are playing follow the leader again! How can those little sandpipers legs move so fast?

After a hard day at the beach swimming, surfing, playing and building sand castles some of us meander back to Sunnybank for a refreshing dip in our large salt water pool.

Because we are one of the few beaches that you can drive right onto the younger adults stay behind to Empty the beer cooler, load up all the kayaks, surf & boogie boards and beach chairs that come with Sunnybank.

Dinner is going to be something very special. No waiting in line, no loud restaurant chatter, putting up with cranky tired children, (mine or anyone else's for that matter), no worries about traffic, how to get there or who will have to be the designated driver coming home. We are already there! My husband was smart enough to hire Chef Wes and Cindy owners of the Red Sky Cafe to serve us and our guests a gourmet meal so we can all relax sooner and be served in style. (My husband's reward will come later.)

What a fantastic evening and dinner. Agreeing this was the best 4 course meal that we have ever had anywhere in the world my guests gave Wes and his staff a long standing ovation. We were all pampered, served with elegance and best of all when Wes left my kitchen was cleaner then when he arrived.

What more could anyone ask for you may wonder! How about no streetlight so you can spend the rest of the evening relaxing outside with cold drinks and gazing into more stars than you have ever seen in your life. Finally with everyone peacefully tired we head to our various bedroom suites to be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the ocean. The magnificent Sunset that mesmerized us earlier this evening has inspired all of us to meet early for coffee down in our oceanfront gazebo. We hope to witness what promises to be a glorious sunrise and the beginning of another marvelous vacation day at SUNNYBANK.

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Driving to town is like having your own private driveway; one side is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, guarded by an army of Sandpipers, marching in unison along the water edge. On the other side exists an estuarine nature sanctuary, on the beautiful Currituck Outer Banks in a last truly pristine area, with high sand dunes, beautiful trees and thousands of acres of Island Sanctuary.

Corolla's wild horse herd helps make our 4 wheel drive area the most unique property on the Eastern Seaboard. Away from the hustle and bustle of the in town resort areas our Northern Beaches offer a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Our "gold coast" area of Corolla offers a true oceanfront and sound experience with prestigious landmark sites.

For more information on these beautiful wild Spanish mustangs visit the Old Schoolhouse in Corolla Village museum 7 gift shop. The Corolla Wild Horse Days enlightens the awareness of the treasured wild mustang horses that roam free in the four wheel drive area of the Northern Outer Banks. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund has horse painting for the children at their Schoolhouse Museum every Tuesday, 11AM-2PM, all summer, weather permitting.

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Some of the first rental homes including SUNNYBANK you will see within 2 miles of driving off the paved road sit high on a bluff like dune with an absolutely breathtaking atmosphere overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound, Corolla Lighthouse & the famous Monkey Island & can easily boast of the best views for 100 miles.

Penny's Hill Dune, (the Outer Banks second largest natural dune, second only to Jockey's Ridge) is located behind this spectacular line up of magnificent OBX vacation rentals. Savor the water views from every room of these unique coastal destination homes. Let unsurpassable ocean sunrises and sound sunsets mesmerize you.

If you're in the mood for a beach drive, the Virginia border is a 14-mile jaunt north. Drive carefully; the beach is visited by sea turtles, seals resting on their migration, etc. Dolphin sightings are common; whale sightings are much less common.

You will know when you've made it to the border. We can't get a straight answer as to why, but the border is fenced, and crossing is forbidden! Some kind of dispute between NC and VA? As recently as the 80s, a portable casino plied its trade right here. When the Feds came up the beach on a raid, the locals would hitch up their tractors and drag their rec. hall to the safe side. Those were the days.

Nearby Activities

  • Aquarium
  • Wright Brothers Museum
  • Golf
  • Miniature Golf
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rentals and Wall Climbing
  • Sailing and Windriders
  • Windsurfing
  • Hang Gliding, and Tandem Hang Gliding over Water
  • Go-Karting
  • Paddleboats
  • Parasailing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Aqua Cycles
  • Jet and Pontoon Boats
  • Four Wheeling
  • ATV Rentals
  • Horseback Ridding on the Beach
  • Deep-Sea and Fly-Fishing
  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
  • Airplane Tours
  • Water Fowling
  • Alligator River Tours
  • Evening Bear Watch
  • Wild Horse Safaris
  • Wildlife Encounter Tours
  • Shopping
  • Movies
  • Fine Dining

Some of the great local golf courses opened to the public are listed below.

Outer Banks Golf Association
PO Box 835
Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (800) 916-6244
Fax: (252) 441-8259

The Currituck Club Corolla
1 Clubhouse Drive
Corolla, NC 27927
Phone: (252) 453-9400
Fax: (252) 453-6891
Toll Free: (888) 453-9400

At The Currituck Club, Jones has brought to life his philosophy of golf course design - to create an environment for the game of golf that is challenging, fair and aesthetically pleasing, using as his canvas the type of land where golf began.

Jones produced a breathtaking layout that stretched across 6,885 yards of remarkably diverse coastal terrain, including sand dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and soundside shoreline.

Our spectacular championship course was rated one of the "10 Best New Places You Can Play" by Golf Magazine and in May of 1999 Golf Digest recognized The Currituck Club as one of the "Top 25 Courses in North Carolina."

Duck Woods Country Club
50 South Dogwood Trail
Southern Shores, North Carolina 27949
Phone: (252) 261-2609

Duck Woods Country Club is a semi-private course that opened in 1969.

"Fourteen holes wrap around and parallel the water allowing only the most accurate player to prosper."

Sea Scape Golf Links
300 Eckner Street
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 261-2158

Advertised as only 20 minutes from Corolla (I think it is about 10 minutes farther) is Sea Scape in Kitty Hawk at mile post 2 1/2

Built on the legendary Outer Banks where the Wright Brothers flew and Blackbeard the Pirate roamed the ocean waters.

Sea Scape Golf Links is a true Scottish links-style course, situated among the windswept sand dunes native to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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