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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Ocracoke - Lodging & Dining

Posted September 17, 2009 1:10 p.m. EDT
Updated September 17, 2009 2:03 p.m. EDT

Where are your favorite places to stay and dine when you're on the Outer Banks of North Carolina? Please weigh in.

Since we're focusing on Ocracoke this week I thought I would limit my recommendations to the quaint Hyde County village. During my most recent trip to Ocracoke I stayed at The Castle bed & breakfast along Silver Lake. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. You've got some great views of the village at The Castle and a hearty meal each morning. I'm also a big fan of another Ocracoke B&B - The Crews Inn owned by my friend Alton Ballance. Several years ago while working on a documentary I spent a night at Thurston House Inn and had a delightful time.

What about restaurants at Ocracoke? I love the food at a new place called Dajio across from Silver Lake and the wait staff was superb. The Back Porch is also a terrific choice for seafood. A lot of people rave about Howard's. Flying Melon served up a top notch lunch. We didn't make it to Pony Island Restaurant but I hear it offers a perfect sample of old time Ocracoke cuisine.

What about you? Where do you lodge and dine on the Outer Banks?