We travel from Boston to the Outer Banks every other year, and we rent a house with our relatives from Ohio. It is a LONG drive for both parties! This is what we do: Our house rental is for a Saturday. We leave early on Friday morning and drive straight through. We found a hotel in Kill Devil Hills ( the Clarion) which will rent for one night only. Most places require a two night stay. We have also stayed in Elizabeth City, which is about 1.5 hours from the OBX. Either way, you are over the Wright Memorial Bridge before the traffic on Saturday morning.
I think there are some posts of good palces to eat. Will post a link if I find them.
YOu are going to have a great time. WE just got back from Corolla a few weeks ago. Can;t wait to go again.
Thanks for the info. We have enjoyed the Outer Banks for years. We used to live in Northern VA so we are familiar with the route you have taken from VA on. We will probably travel to Charlottesville or somewhere near there the first day, and then move on. Any other suggestions you have would be great. Thanks!