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The islands are accessible via three major airports:
The area is served by smaller airports for private planes and charter service:
From NC Hwy 158, turn onto Route 12,
heading Northeast, toward Duck and Corolla;
Drive approximately 5 miles into the Town of Duck;
When the speed limit drops to 25 mph, start looking for the tall blue water tower for the town on the Right;
Marlin Drive is a Left turn across from the water tower;
The Saltaire House is the first house on the left; The property rests on the corner of Duck Road and Marlin Drive.
Since there is only one road northeast to Duck and Corolla, one road south toward Rodanthe and Hatteras, and two roads in the middle that run through Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, responsible for delivering all of these vehicles full of families to their vacation destination, it is inevitable that traffic will be congested and slow.
In-bound traffic from the north often backs up on a Saturday afternoon 20 - 30 miles from the bridge onto the island. People sit idle for hours on the bridge waiting for traffic to move. The turn north from Hwy 158 onto Rte 12 to get to Duck, which is easily a ten minute drive in the winter, can take three hours on a Saturday. Often families find this out at the end of a six, ten or thirteen hour drive just when everyone is ready to get out of the car and tempers are thin.
You don't have to go through that ordeal ever while vacationing at our Saltaire Mansion or Sunnybank Oceanfront Estate.
The Outer Banks is a destination for visitors from everywhere East of the Mississippi River, as far north as Michigan and Maine, and as far South as Florida, making it the ideal beach vacation destination for couples and families of all sizes and ages.
The Outer Banks is so popular because it is a convenient drive of 15 hour or less from most points mentioned above. Several major highways feed visitors to the area. Opportunities to veer off the beaten path and travel smaller picturesque paths are also an option.
Visitors will find that a vehicle is almost a necessity once they arrive. The Outer Banks constitutes over 120 miles of beaches and attractions from Corolla to Ocracoke and there is no official public transportation that runs its entire length.
In recent years the towns have added sidewalks and bike paths to accommodate pedestrians and bikers. Taxi service is available on the northern beaches. Yet the distances between many places is still so great as to warrant a car, so be prepared to rent a car at the airport if you fly in.
Once you get to Duck, you will be able to park your car and enjoy miles of bike paths and sidewalks in a pedestrian-friendly town unlike any other on the Outer Banks.
Our property is located in the heart of downtown Duck, within convenient walking distance to world class dining, golfing and water sports, as well as coffee shops, the ABC store, specialty shops and galleries. Being able to walk to almost any destination is what makes the Town of Duck unique among those on the Outer Banks, as most require significant driving to attractions and stores.
Duck also features a boardwalk with shops on the water and a path for runners and bikers. While you will have to walk 4/10 of a mile to get to the ocean, you will not have to cross Duck Road. The house sits on a corner lot of Marlin Drive, so private beach access is a short walk to the end of this road.
Duck is a great location for those who intend to see the northern beaches of Corolla and Corova, and is also conveniently located close to Kitty Hawk, with grocery shopping, pharmacies and major stores only 5 miles away. The drive to Hatteras is about an hour and forty-five minutes with light traffic and the drive to Corolla is twenty minutes.
To sound like a local, pronounce Manteo (man-tee-OH); pronounce Corolla (cah-rahl-la) - not like the Toyota; pronounce Rodanthe (road-an-thee) - with a long E at the end; pronounce Ocracoke (oh-kra-coke).