Spend long days exploring a suite of historic and engaging attractions within the heart of the Outer Banks, or just leave your cares behind and spend your entire vacation with your toes in the sand, with a stay at the Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront. This no-fuss and no-stress hotel has a fantastic location in Kill Devil Hills along the quieter Beach Road, which means that visitors will be close to the beach, as well as the array of fishing piers, sites, activities, shops and restaurants that this bustling corner of the OBX has to offer.

The hotel features a nice array of amenities for guests including direct beach access and an outdoor pool, a free hot breakfast buffet that’s available daily, and a business center for working vacationers. There’s also guest laundry facilities, and plenty of free parking for cars, busses, and RVs, and each room boasts free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and small kitchen areas that include microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. There’s also a selection of premier rooms with ocean views and private balconies, and all guests will be just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the awaiting Kill Devil Hills shoreline. As a result, the Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront is a fine option for guests who want to accent the “beach” in a beach vacation.

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Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Welcome to the home of the happy oyster where for over 35 years the oyster has been our world. The Outer Banks only authentic oyster bar is the place to enjoy sensational fare from the sea washed down with your favorite brew or cocktail. We serve by the peck, pound, and dozen, raw or steamed to perfection. Kicked back casual, down to earth friendly staff, and reasonable prices make Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar the all-time favorite of locals and travelers alike.

The idea wasn’t to set out and establish a new concept restaurant on the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly what Awful Arthur’s owner Jo Whitehead and her late husband, Jay, accomplished more than 35 years ago when they opened the area’s first authentic oyster bar.


Awful Arthur’s opened in May 1984 on the Outer Banks. “We embraced the concept of an authentic copper top bar with the idea of it being a major drawing card and it still is,” explains Whitehead. “I get oysters wherever they are local. We follow the warm waters.” 


Just across from the ocean, in Kill Devil Hills, oyster season is year-round at Awful Arthur’s. Diners can take a seat at the copper-topped bar to observe the staff shucking oysters, served raw or steamed, along with shrimp, crab legs and clams all steamed to perfection. 


It’s not just the raw bar that’s earned Awful Arthur’s both local and national recognition, including being named one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living magazine. The restaurant is a seafood-lover’s paradise, offering the freshest catches available.