An Outer Banks vacation means escaping the daily grind and doing as much, or as little, as you wish. There’s no shortage of adventures to be had, from sailing the sea to soaring in the sky. But maybe you dream of sitting on solid ground, drink in hand, with your nose in a good book.
Discover a new chapter at one of the independent bookstores here on the Outer Banks, or you might find a literary favorite at a Little Free Library.
With locations in Corolla, Duck and Kitty Hawk, there’s sure to be an Island Bookstore close by if you’re staying anywhere from the central to northern beaches. Pick up a book at the Corolla store in Historic Corolla Park, then explore the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, which is only about ¼ of a mile away.
Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books
This spot at the Waterfront Shops in Duck offers a variety of reads with a side of excellent coffee. The homey atmosphere is perfect for browsing the different titles, from cookbooks to children’s literature, while you wait for your morning drink and pastry.
Just feet from the downtown Manteo waterfront on Roanoke Island, this quaint little shop features a curated selection of titles, including an expansive collection of Outer Banks stories, along with gift items, greeting cards and used books, too. Downtown Books is involved in local community events, including First Friday, and hosts book signings with authors throughout the year.
Buxton Village Books
You’ll find this shop, which opened on Hatteras Island in 1984, in a charming building originally constructed in 1860. Interior renovations were completed in spring 2021, revealing many features, including ceiling beams made from shipwreck timbers. Browse Outer Banks novels and non-fiction near the check-out counter or peruse all eight welcoming rooms filled with bookcases and unique reads.
Books to Be Red
A bounty of volumes awaits any bibliophile that steps into Books to Be Red on Ocracoke Island. New and used titles line the shelves, and an entire room is dedicated solely to children’s books and activities.
Little Free Libraries
These stations can be found all over the Outer Banks, and anyone is welcome to take or share a book. Visit the Little Free Library at the Duck Boardwalk (pictured) before taking in the scenic soundside views. Check out the Little Free library website or mobile app to easily find other locations - there might be one near your vacation rental. Some local businesses have book-sharing setups, too – Art's Place in Kitty Hawk along with the Outer Banks Brewing Station and Country Deli in Kill Devil Hills welcome bookworms to contribute or have a book to read.
You can go anywhere with a good book – but don’t leave your next vacation to the imagination. Reserve your Outer Banks stay today!