If your summer is slipping by with no plans for a vacation in sight there is still hope for you. One of the best times of the year to get away for an Outer Banks vacation is in the autumn. At this time of the year the vacationing families have returned home and the weather is far more tolerable. Come during the fall season and you’ll feel like you have the beach all to yourself!

This world is divided into two types of vacationers – those who love the heat and those that don’t. If you’re in the latter group you’re going to love the Outer Banks in the fall. Temperatures in September are in the low 80s and October in the 70s. Even in November it’s in the 60s and low 70s but has been known to hit 80 degrees! With water temperatures in the 70s during this time of year there are still plenty of water sports you can enjoy – boogie boarding, surfing, standup paddleboarding, jet skiing and lots more.

Two popular activities around the Outer Banks area that reach their peak in autumn are fishing and golfing. Whether you’re fishing in the surf, from the pier, on your own boat or taking a fishing charter out into the deep Atlantic waters, as the temperatures cool off at this time of the year you’ll find it easier to catch fish.

Anyone that enjoys golf will confirm that some of the best golfing can be had in autumn. With the heat and humidity of summer gone it’s far more pleasurable to be on the greens. Less people overall means you can concentrate on your swing without worry of holding others up. Here are seven championship courses on the Outer Banks that you’ll want to bring your best game to any of the following local courses.

Nags Head Golf Links, 5615 S. Seachase Dr., Nags Head
The Currituck Club, 620 Currituck Clubhouse Dr., Corolla
The Carolina Club, 127 Carolina Club Dr., Grandy
Kilmarlic Golf Club, 215 West Side Lane, Powells Point
The Pointe Golf Club, 308 Pointe Golf Club Dr., Powells Point
Sea Scape Golf Links, 300 Eckner St., Kitty Hawk
The Promenade Water Sports & Golf, 109 Promenade Lane, Kitty Hawk

Once you make your vacation reservations with Shoreline OBX you’ll want to be sure to take maximum advantage of what’s going on in the area while you’re here. Following are some of the upcoming popular events taking place.

Wine & Swine takes place on September 4 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla, NC. Come experience the best Outer Banks barbecue, seafood and other food offerings; wine and craft beers; local bands; area artisans, and activities for all ages. Admission is $5.

On September 6 OBX Brewtag will be held on Nags Head. Come watch as 25 aeronautical design teams compete to see who can defy gravity by flying a half barrel keg the farthest and winning their place in aviation history. The event also features live music, local food tastings, an interactive kidzone and North Carolina Brewhaus.

The SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon takes place September 13 and 14. The swim portion will start at the Old Swimming Hole location next to the Dare County Airport on Roanoke Island. The bike will be an out and back course on a smooth flat road outside of Manteo and into Mashoes. The run will be flat out and back through the Airport and around the Manteo area. Registration closes on Sunday, Sept. 7.

The 3rd Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival is being held from Sept. 25-28 on Roanoke Island, NC. This not-to-be-missed event features Ricky Skaggs and Rhonda Vincent. Tickets are available online at www.bluegrassisland.com

The 22nd Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes will take place from October 9-1, 2014. There will be 19 newly constructed coastal homes and three large-scale renovation transformations available for you to see and vote on. Touring on your own schedule, you can visit homes from Corolla on the north beach to south Nags Head to the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. This event is sponsored by the Outer Banks Home Builders Association.

Those coming in October won’t want to miss the Mustang Music Festival on October 10 or the SU Paddleboarding event on October 11 to support the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. The festival has 16 performers scheduled to entertain, an artisan market, local student ensembles performing and more. Tickets are available online at http://www.mustangmusicfestival.com/#!tickets/chem

The 8th Annual Duck Jazz Festival is being held on October 12 at the Duck Town Park. There will be local, regional and national musicians takes part in this festival on two stages from 11 a.m. to dusk. This is a free, premier jazz event that is open to the public.

Whether you’re a seafood lover or not, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival is definitely worth checking out. There will be Fish House Olympic events, cooking demos, boats displayed, live entertainment, plenty of tasty seafood provided by restaurants and other area vendors. All food and beverages at the festival must be purchased with Sea Bucks. They may also be used for festival merchandise and in the photo booth. They are available online and at local businesses.

With so much taking place around here during the autumn months there’s just no good reason why you shouldn’t get that vacation on your radar. Get busy now and give Shoreline OBX a call toll-free at 800-449-2036. We’ll help set you up in comfortable accommodations that will have you close to everything you want to do while you’re here. It will definitely be a vacation you’ll be glad you went