Every year in October, my aunt and uncle rent a house in Avon, NC in the Outer Banks to have a month-long beach trip. They rotate friends and family in for quick weekend trips or weeks on end, so they get to spend time with everyone they don’t get to see too often…and we all get the luxury of a paid vacation. Winning!
October is really when the serious fishermen come from all over to compete in fishing tournaments and take advantage of the cooling weather to catch the big ones. Now, that’s not really my thing, and I can’t tell you too much about it, but the men in my family know enough to help me out.
Each year, I’m baiting and casting on my own by the end of the trip, but I always need a few reminders to get started. We drive our SUV’s out on the beach, set up rods and rod holders, then grab a drink and relax in our comfy chairs to watch the rods and beautiful seascape. It’s even gorgeous on a cloudy day (and better fishing too!).
When the rods start bobbing, everyone starts yelling and pointing – the excitement sudden and palpable, until the rod owner reels in the fish to claps and ahhs. Over the years, I’ve come to really enjoy these moments – especially when the fish puts up a big fight, and everyone starts coaching and cheering.
Aside from this excitement, the best part about these trips is the bonding that takes place when we’re out on that beach enjoying each others’ company. These moments are irreplaceable, and I’m grateful to have them.
Renting in October in the Outer Banks is really for a limited niche of travelers. Those who enjoy surf fishing, surfing in wetsuits (the water is cold!), taking walks on a possibly chilly beach, and those looking for a little serenity and a slow pace are really the ones who will enjoy OBX in Autumn. For me, it’s usually a much needed change of pace as well as a temporary rehab from my addiction to all those apps on my smart phone.
The house they’ve rented for the last few years is in a waterfront McMansion section of Avon on Hatteras Island. Nicknamed “Vacation Meditation“, the 7 bedroom, 8 bath home offers a great group holiday with almost all ensuite rooms with a shared bathroom downstairs for the kids bunk bed and twin bedrooms. Yes, this house has FIVE master suites.
Amenities include a private heated pool, jacuzzi, pool table, TV’s in almost every room, and unlimited access to the Avon Pier as well as Klub Koru fitness center and classes. My one and only issue is the choice of bedding – not very pretty and thin. Other than that one little issue, the house is quite large, comfortable, and offers gorgeous views on the multi-tiered wrap around balconies. I look forward to every October in this house!