Headed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks this summer? Make note of these new developments.
Oregon Inlet bridge
There’s a new $252 million span over Oregon Inlet in Nag’s Head, replacing the aged Bonner Bridge, due to be demolished. The new bridge, begun in 2016, opened in February. It’s 2.8 miles long and peaks 90 feet above the water.
Ashley’s Espresso Parlour
A hurry-up coffee shop, this is not. Linger here among art-filled walls, with espressos, frappucinos and lattes and, perhaps, a slice of blueberry crumb cake. You needn’t tie the dog outside; Ashley’s is pet-friendly. Open since February from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Shrimp and corn chowder? Jalapeno maple-glazed roast duck? This stuff never washed up onshore. Opened in April, Shipwrecks has southern comfort food, too, like hush puppies and cornbread, plus seafood galore.
4020 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk. 252-261-7800. shipwrecksobx.com
Towneplace Suites by Marriott
June is the target date for this beachside hotel, whose suites will have kitchens, ergonomic workstations and flat-panel Netflix-capable TVs. That’s in addition to a fitness center and heated indoor pool.
2028 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills. 252-457-2190. marriott.com
Woo Casa Kitchen
The eclectic menu of this restaurant, which opened in April, features Asian rice bowls, Hawaiian tuna poke, tacos and buffalo sliders. Plus vegan offerings, fresh seafood and hand-cut fries.