Tested Travel needed some R&R.  We knew a trip to the beach would be just what we needed!

The Outer Banks of North Carolina offers miles and miles of increadible beachfront hotels, codos and rental homes.  We selected the town of South Nags Head.  To find the very best rental, we searched websites and read lots of reviews.  Finally we found Gates' Getaway.

Here is Tested Travel's take:


Gates' Getaway is located right on the water.   One need only to  open the backdoor and go down the stairs to get your toes in the sand and into the water.  The home is located on a quiet stretch of beach.  And yet, the home is a short drive (15 minutes) to Manteo and about a 20-minute drive to major sites, including Jocky's Ridge. South Nags Head is bike friendly and has a small bike lane that runs along the beach road.

Ambiance and Space

Gate's Getaway has a classic beach feel -- soft colors, lots of cute beach decor.  The 3 bedrooms are good sized (king, double, and twin beds) and there are 2 full bathroms.  The dining room/family room area offers plenty of space for hanging out or playing board games. The kitchen has granite countertops and newer appliances, and plenty of kitchenware to make our stay comfortable.  The only item missing was an outdor grill.

Gates' Getaway has a good sized outdoor shower -- an essential for a beach vacation.

There is parking for 2 cars, 3 if you squeeze them in.

The Porch

Perhaps our favorite feature was the covered porch.   On a beachfront rental, a porch is standard.  Gates' Getaway's covered porch was a fantastic addition.  The cover made it possible to sit out at all times of day or night and even in the rain and enjoy the natural wonder of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tested Travel loved staying at Gates' Getaway.  We hope we get the chance to come back!

We rented this property through Cove Realty. Visit their website for additional information.