Watching the waves hit the shore while the turkey roasts in the oven. It’s hard to beat spending Thanksgiving on Hatteras Island. With many beautiful homes to choose from, and low fall rates, now is the time to book your holiday home and start your countdown to island time!
Driving past the building in Avon, you wouldn’t guess the warm wood and industrial/artistic interior of Turner’s High Moon Bar lies just inside the glass door. Hand-crafted cocktails made with fresh, herb-infused house-made syrups and freshly squeezed juices are just one thing that make this place special. “It’s a fun place”, explains Bar Manager, April Groskopf, “we’ve been able to connect with some great local musicians.” You can hear live music here most every night in the summer and three nights a week in the off season (they’re open year-round).
Opened in the Spring of 2014, the Avon establishment has been a welcome addition to the Outer Banks nightlife scene. The bar opens at 5 and stays open until midnight or later most evenings with the exception of Sundays when they open at noon for their popular Bloody Mary bar.
Serving a limited menu from nearby restaurants, drinks are the focus here. Besides expertly crafted cocktails, there are 6 wines on tap and 21 microbrews on draft including the wildly popular “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”. They offer beer and wine by the bottle to go and will even fill your growler with one of their draft microbrews.
If you can’t get down soon enough, don’t fear – they’ve shared a recipe for their most popular cocktail, the Lunar Lemonade, for you to make at home.
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Chambord
2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 oz. simple syrup
a handful of sliced strawberries
Combine the vodka, chambord, lemon juice, simple syrup and half of the strawberries in a shaker with ice, shake then pour into a glass and garnish with the rest of the sliced strawberries and a lemon wedge.
Free live music from local and regional musicians
Warm globes with Edison bulbs hang from the ceiling
We are being watchful of Hurricane Joaquin and its potential impact to our area. Although the track and impact of the hurricane is uncertain at this point, we are preparing for the possibility of a hurricane making landfall in or near our area this weekend. Currently, we are experiencing a weather system for which we are under a flood watch with 4-7 inches of rain forecast by the end of the day on Saturday. Please be mindful of the weather and road conditions before traveling to or from Hatteras Island.
If you are currently staying with us or are due to arrive this weekend, updates have been sent to the leaseholder’s email address. Please refer to your trusted resources for weather information and road conditions. We have posted a few here for your convenience:
- National Weather Service : www.nhc.noaa.gov or Facebook www.facebook.com/NWSNHC
- Dare County Emergency Management : Twitter www.twitter.com/darecountyem
- North Carolina Department of Transportation : Facebook www.facebook.com/ncdot or Twitter www.twitter.com/ncdot_nc12
Dare County Emergency Management released their first bulletin this afternoon:
Hurricane Joaquin Update – 12:00 p.m., October 1
Dare County officials are closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Joaquin. The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service. With current forecast uncertainty, the Control Group will meet again on Friday morning, October 2 when the storm’s track and impacts for the Outer Banks are more accurately known.
A flood watch is in effect for Dare County through Saturday evening with 4 to 7 inches of rainfall expected. Based on the current forecast, tropical storm force winds may reach the area late Saturday evening bringing high winds, rough seas, and dangerous rip currents. Soundside flooding is also a possibility as the storm passes through the region.
It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and begin taking necessary steps to protect property such as securing loose outdoor objects and boats. Assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and pets for up to three days. Preparedness information is available at www.ncready.org.
Dare County will continue to monitor conditions and provide periodic updates about Hurricane Joaquin. The next scheduled update will be Friday, October 2 at 11:30 a.m.
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Who doesn’t love a parade? The dazzling sights and exciting sounds… the 23rd Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes lives up to its name as a true spectacle of luxury and innovation.
Set along 60 miles of coastline, the 2015 Outer Banks Parade of Homes features 16 new homes and six large-scale renovation projects between Corolla and South Nags Head. From October 8-11, attendees can enjoy autumn on the Outer Banks touring everything from starter homes to deluxe oceanfront estates built by one of the Outer Banks’ premier companies, SAGA Construction, with all the amenities of a five-star resort. Viewers will get to know the work of Outer Banks homebuilders with many years of coastal building experience who understand the value of choosing products that hold up best to the environment here. Their incorporation of smart product options and green features, combined with a commitment to the structural integrity of a home is evident in the finished product that is not only efficient, practical and durable, but beautiful as well.
SAGA Construction and development is a premier Outer Banks homebuilder featured in this year’s parade of homes and has built several homes on Hatteras Island. Having quickly established itself as a quality builder and designer of exclusive rental properties, SAGA Construction’s homes provide families with the ultimate dream vacation experience. Each home is impeccably furnished and well equipped for comfort and enjoyment and the floor plans and personal home amenities exceed guests’ wildest expectations. Rising Sun, Time Out, Moonshine, Shooting Star, Hatteras Retreat, and the brand new Sweet Dreams and Ocean Dream are all homes managed by Surf or Sound Realty that were built by SAGA Construction. With amenities ranging from upscale theater rooms, private pools with wet decks, inset kiddie pools and swim up bars, outdoor lounges with tiki bars, hot tubs, fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs – these homes are truly impressive.
If you are interested in attending this year’s parade, visit the event website to view the homes and their locations. Tickets can be purchased at every home or at the OBHBA office. One $10 ticket is the admission price for one person for all 22 homes, and they are good for all four days so you may tour at your own pace, starting in any area you choose.
Some places it’s the turning color of the leaves, or the start of football season. On Hatteras Island fall is marked by cooler comfortable evenings and warm golden light. The waters’ warmth lasts into October, the pace slows down a bit after the full swing of summer. Residents and visitors take a deep breath and pause to enjoy what for many is the most savored time of year on the Outer Banks. Here are some of the best things about Fall on Hatteras Island, won’t you join us?
Allowed with a permit year-round, beach bonfires bring a warmth that’s especially welcome when the air is a bit cooler in the evenings on the beach. Whether roasting marshmallows for S’mores or just hanging out and telling stories in its glow – there’s something comforting about gathering around a fire with the people you love the most.
Fall Restaurant Fare
It’s harvest season. Pair that with the bounty the sea brings this time of year and you’ve got the perfect recipe for fall feasting at locally-owned Hatteras Island restaurants.
Speaking of fresh catch, fall fishing is a favorite pastime of many residents and generations of visitors to Hatteras Island. Whether you charter a boat off shore, paddle a kayak out in the sound, or cast a line from the beach or one of our piers – fishing is truly fantastic in the fall.
Golden Sunsets and Color-drenched Sunrises
Because of its position in the sky and the increasingly shorter days, sunrises and sunsets in the fall a spectacle to behold. Set against the golden sea oats or the fluffy marsh grass, the silhouettes and skies of fall please photographers and sky-watchers of every caliber.
Surfing and Kiteboarding
Hatteras Island claims the best surfing and kiteboarding on the East Coast, and wind and wave conditions are particularly good in Fall months. Rodanthe and Buxton are the most popular spots for surfing and uncrowded breaks can be found up and down the island.
When you aren’t gathered around a bonfire outside, you can gather in your home’s great room around the gas-log fireplace to tell stories, play games or watch a movie.
Find respite from the crisp night air by slipping into your warm hot tub, listening to the waves and taking in the stars in the island’s unpolluted night sky.
Fall Festivals and Events
With a festival or event nearly every week, there are many wonderful ways to get involved and get inspired by the food and music of the region. Here are just a few, check out our Event Calendar for a full run-down of what’s happening.
Island Art Show – September 4-5 and October 16 in Rodanthe
Come out and enjoy the work of over 20 local artists and their wares, enjoy live music, lunch, and a raffle. Show is FREE and raffle and food proceeds benefit local causes.
Outer Banks Triathalon – September 11 – 13 in Manteo
An annual racing event, Individual athletes and relay teams exhibit various ranges of skill and expertise. 2 days of inspiration, excitement, relationships and achievements. USAT Sanctioned event includes custom designed finisher medals, SWAG, and post race party with free beer and food for all Finishers.
Day at the Docks – September 17-20 in Hatteras
A celebration of Hatteras watermen with seafood cooking demos, fishing boats and gear, fishing industry skills contests and competitions, live music and games for children.
ESA Surfing Championships – September 20-26 in Nags Head
The largest amateur surfing organization in the world hosts the season’s “grand finale” where the best of the best surfers go head to head.
Hatteras Wave Jam – September 21-26 in Avon
The only US East Coast windsurfing wave competition and Tour stop for the 2015 American Windsurfing Tour.
Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival – September 23-26 on Roanoke Island
4 days of down home cookin’ and good ‘ole Southern pickin’ featuring National Bluegrass Artists Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush and Sam Vincent in a beautiful outdoor waterfront venue.
Outer Banks Brewtag – October 3 in Nags Head
A celebration of flight and beer, Brewtäg contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest. Watch kegs fly! Admission to the event is FREE to the general public. A rather crafty selection of local and regional beer and food will be available for purchase that day. This family-friendly event will also feature plenty of kids activities.
OctoBEERfest – October 10 in Avon (Pangea Tavern)
Second annual Octobeerfest: Beer specials, German food specials, live music, and fun.
Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival – October 8-12 in Hatteras Village
A four day Bluegrass Block Party featuring local food and talent, with regional and national bands playing bluegrass and Roots music 5. An event for food, fun, family and community.
Duck Jazz Festival – October 11 in Duck
Free day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages. –
Outer Banks Seafood Festival – October 17 in Nags Head
A fun and educational experience promoting, honoring and celebrating the area’s seafood heritage and community. You’ll find cooking demonstrations, educational booths and, best of all, the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants.
Fish Like a Girl Fishing Tournament – October 17 in Avon
The Avon Pier’s first all girls fishing tournament. A portion of proceeds will go to support the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
Whether you prefer to relax on the beach all day or your family wants to schedule enriching activities, you’ll always find a variety of fun things to do on Hatteras Island. With everything from science and history lectures at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to yoga lessons on the beach at Koru Village, there really is something for everyone.
Here are just a few of the fun happenings this month.
August 10 – 14 Slickstock 2015 at Real Watersports in Waves
Enjoy technicolor skies as the sun sinks into the Pamlico Sound providing the perfect backdrop for a week full of national music acts, culminating in an epic headliner performance at Slickstock 2015 at REAL Watersports in Waves.
Chali 2na of JURASSIC5 and Rahzel of THE ROOTS will be performing together with the Dub Plates from 8 until Midnight on Friday, August 14.
Tickets for Friday’s event are $20 per person with kids 10 and under getting in FREE. All other performances are free of charge.
Schedule of Bands
Monday, August 10th : Christian Benedi 6-9PM
Tuesday, August 11th : Tunnel Vision 8-11PM
Wednesday, August 12th : Mystic Vibrations 8-11PM
Thursday, August 13th : Frozen Head and the Squirrels 8-11PM
*Friday, August 14th : Chali 2na of JURASSIC 5 and Rahzel from THE ROOTS with special guests The Dubplates 8-12 midnight
August 10 – How I Became A Pirate Children’s Musical
Beach Klub PapaWack Theater at Koru Village in Avon
Based upon the book “How I Became a Pirate” Written by Melinda Long and Illustrations by David Shannon, imagination & fantasy run wild in this hour of family fun! Pirate ships take sail and parrots become pets as children pretend to be swash-bucklers of long ago. Well hoist the flag mateys and raise the anchor!
Enjoy the professional theatrics of the Lost Colony’s Children’s Theatre production at Koru Village in Avon. Tickets are $10.
August 11 – Mindful Nature Photography – An Inspiring Lecture by Eve Turek
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum | 59200 Museum Drive | Hatteras, NC 27943
Award-winning photographer, Eve Turek, is a landscape and nature photographer. She captures the essence of the Outer Banks through a remarkable connection she establishes with her subjects. This is an awe-inspiring presentation by a gifted image maker and storyteller.
There’s Still Time to Take a Vacation this Summer
The afternoon sun begins to lower in the sky, the kids start to wander in from the beach, and the family shoppers have just returned from the market with pounds of fresh local produce and seafood. It’s time to begin the annual ritual of cooking a bountiful vacation meal.
Whether you have a family full of chefs or you prefer to keep things as simple and lazy as possible, vacation meals create rich, fond memories, that can be summoned up on even the coldest Midwest winters day. We’ve gathered our favorite advice from experienced guests and chefs to help you plan the best culinary experience for your family.
While you don’t have to have every detail of your menu planned out, it does help to prepare a bit ahead of time.
Start a Pinterest board with your favorite recipes and meal ideas and invite family members to contribute. Check out our Delicious Beach Eats and Great Beach Drinks boards on Pinterest for inspiration.
Bring your recipes with you. Don’t worry if you can’t find what you want to cook online. Take a photo of your grandma’s best seafood recipe card or your favorite magazine clippings with your phone so you can access them away from home without the risk of losing family heirlooms. You can even upload the image to pinterest.
Assign meal nights ahead of time. Make a list of everything you’ll need and ask family members to sign up to bring items like spices, cooking oils and special sauces so you want have to buy everything once you get to the house. Some families like to assign nights ahead of time so that each group has a specific meal to prepare for. Even kids can get involved, helping to prepare ingredients, set the table, and decorating.
Fresh brewed coffee, bacon, eggs, sausage and pancakes? There’s nothing better than coming home from a long sunrise stroll on the beach to the smells of breakfast cooking. Some families have traditions where the first to rise in the morning gets breakfast started for the group. Others keep it casual with everyone preparing their own breakfast as they get up. However you like to do it, vacation is a good time to try new things and treat yourself. Try this recipe for Everyday Granola from Epicurius, it can be made ahead of time and makes a great addition to yogurt.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut*
- 3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup assorted dried fruit
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Mix first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir honey and oil in saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture; toss. Spread on prepared sheet. Bake until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, about 40 minutes. Stir granola and cool. Mix in fruit. Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight.
Mid-day is the perfect time to try one of Hatteras Island’s local restaurants or sandwich shops or picnic at the beach. If you had an early start it might also be a great excuse to take a break from the beach to make a sandwich and a cool drink. Try this recipe for Best Gazpacho from the New York Times. You can make a large batch ahead of time so that when lunch time hits, you have something that will cool you down, quench your thirst, and satisfy your hunger all at once.
- About 2 pounds ripe red tomatoes, cored and roughly cut into chunks
- 1 Italian frying (cubanelle) pepper or another long, light green pepper, such as Anaheim, cored, seeded and roughly cut into chunks
- 1 cucumber, about 8 inches long, peeled and roughly cut into chunks
- 1 small mild onion (white or red), peeled and roughly cut into chunks
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar, more to taste
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste, plus more for drizzling
Combine tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, onion and garlic in a blender (If necessary, work in batches.) Blend at high speed until very smooth, at least 2 minutes, pausing occasionally to scrape down the sides. Add the vinegar and 2 teaspoons salt. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil. The mixture will turn bright orange or dark pink and become smooth and emulsified, like a salad dressing. If it still seems watery, drizzle in more olive oil until texture is creamy.
Strain the mixture and discard the solids. Transfer to a large pitcher or bowl and chill until very cold, at least 6 hours or overnight.
Before serving, adjust the seasonings with salt and vinegar. If soup is very thick, stir in a few tablespoons ice water. Serve in bowls or glasses, over ice. A few drops of olive oil on top are a nice touch.
Laughing with family you see just a few times a year over a glass of wine while you prepare the evening meal is an experience unto itself. Dinner in a Hatteras Island vacation rental home has so many options. Many guests choose to divide cooking duties among the larger group with each person or small family in charge of a different week night. Some families have theme nights, a Polynesian Luau by the pool or a Mediterranean tapas night. Some folks even bring a folding table and a grill down to the beach and dine oceanside. It’s hard to beat the sound of the crashing waves as a dinner soundtrack and younger kids can continue to expend energy running on the beach.
Tami Vogel is lucky to have chefs in the family – Pictured is their version of tapas night.
Try this lowcountry boil for a fun, no-fuss meal that will have everyone satisfied.
Here are even more top tips from our experienced guests!
The first day we make a shopping list and go get groceries for the week. – Brittany M.
Anytime someone goes to the store we always ask if we need anything and they pick it up. We used to keep track of what we would buy and divide the expenses at the end of vacation…but it’s so much nicer to just pick up whatever is needed and don’t worry about it. We are all family. – Carlene O.
The ladies in our family get together several months before vacation and plan the menu for the week. Then, each family chooses a night to cook. We also divide up set-up and clean-up. If you cook, you don’t do clean-up or set-up. We put money in a “grocery pot” for the week, and take money out of it to purchase groceries. It works well for us. – Sharon W.
Each family signs up for a dinner (we’re parents plus three married children with their own kids for 4 dinners). Then we have an eat-out night, an “everyone pitches in” night, plus a left-over night on the last night. The first night is often brought from home–lasagna (frozen homemade) or tacos or something with little prep time needed. Probably our favorite beach (dinner) meal is a mixed seafood dish in seafood stock (often clams, crab legs and crabmeat, fish, shrimp and mussels) with linguini or fettucini. Everyone brings items to share for lunches, breakfasts, snacks and desserts. If a family wants to do a big breakfast like sausage gravy and biscuits, they usually do it for everyone. And of course there has to be an “Apple Ugly” morning! And in our family it is ‘traditional’ that we finish the ice cream on the last morning. As to chores, those not cooking usually clean the kitchen after a meal (voluntary basis) – Carol M.
Thanksgiving turkey dinner! The family is scattered now, so we take advantage of the ones we get to see for vacation. Plus the frozen turkey works as a great ice pack on the trip down!! – Sherri M.
One year I did a surprise Hawaiian Luau and brought outfits for everyone, had great food and we even had a scavenger hunt. It was fun! – Carlene O.
(On nights the family isn’t cooking)… we have pizza nite, everyone chips in night, on your own night, usually each family goes out, and then leftover nite or clean the fridge out nite usually the last day – Ranae F.
Fish tacos or take a folding table down on the beach about 4pm, make lots of fun appetizers, dinner for the kiddies and hang out all together until bedtime for kids. The best. – Ellen H.
The waters that surround an island often contribute to its character. It’s the Pamlico Sound, the Atlantic Ocean’s quieter counterpart, that sets the slower pace of life on Hatteras Island with its calm waters, saturated sunsets, endless views, and open starry skies.
A low, sandy barrier island, Hatteras Island sits 30 miles “out to sea” from the mainland of North Carolina. The “sea” between the island and the mainland is actually the Pamlico Sound. Part of a large interconnected network of lagoon estuaries, the sound is part of one of the biggest estuaries in the United States, second only to the Chesapeake Bay. Alive with waterfowl, fish, crabs, shellfish, marsh grasses, seals and turtles, the sound also serves as an important habitat for spawning fish like striped bass, shad and herring. Even larger species like dolphin can occasionally be found spending time there. Fed by inlets from the Atlantic Ocean and freshwater rivers to the west, the sound water is a brackish mix of salt and fresh water and is shallow throughout, with an average depth of 5-6 feet. These shallow depths, paired with the soft sandy floor, make it an attractive place for kids to play and swim and have helped make Hatteras Island a world-class kiteboarding and watersports destination.
A Soundside Vacation
Vacationer Kathleen Holmes explains why her family chooses to rent a home on the sound: “…not only are the views wide-open and amazing, but our family likes to spend all day on the water, boating, fishing, crabbing, stand up paddleboarding and swimming. Some of us may head to the ocean for a while, but we all come home to enjoy dinner together every night in the glow of the setting sun. Then we soak in the hot tub underneath the millions of stars visible in the unpolluted night sky. It’s truly a giant breath of fresh air coming from New York City.”
Some soundfront vacation homes have their own dock or walkway and a number of neighborhoods on the sound have a community sound access or boat ramp. Surf or Sound Realty manages premier vacation homes, while homes on the sound may be valuably priced there is no shortage of amenities, like elevators, private pools and hot tubs.
Surf or Sound Realty is known for offering some of the Island’s most spectacular oceanfront homes, but the soundfront experience is one that’s equally incredible. No matter where you stay on Hatteras Island the ocean is never far away.
A fish fry, a parade, two art shows, fireworks and great live music – it’s 4th of July on Hatteras Island!
If you haven’t booked yet, don’t worry – we still have some beautiful homes available.
Here’s some of what’s going on to celebrate:
Friday, July 3
Island Art Show (10am – 5pm)
The Island Art Show is a free indoor/outdoor community event featuring live music from Dragonfly and dozens of incredible local and regional artists and craftsmen. BBQ sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase. The show takes place at the Rodanthe Waves Salvo Community Center at the end of the tri-village multi-use path. Ride your bikes, scooters, skateboards, or walk on over. Lots of parking will be available as well. A portion of food sales, artist booth fees & raffle ticket sales will go to Outer Banks SPCA. There’s even a playground area & basketball court on-site for kids.
Saturday, July 4
4th of July Fireworks at the Avon Pier
Fourth of July Fireworks at the Beach sponsored by the Avon Property Owners Association and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. The fireworks display will begin around 9 pm from a launch site at the end of the Avon Pier.
Beach Klub 4th of July Bash
Enjoy live music by Raygun Ruby, Firedancing, and watch the Fireworks from the Beach Klub right next to the Avon Pier. Tickets will be $5 at the door. Food and drinks available for purchase.
July 4th in the Village Celebration
Noon – 5 pm: Art show, flea market, fun and food in the Village Center
3:30 pm: Golf Cart Parade. Begins at Harbor Seafood and winds through the village. Spectators can park along Highway 12 in the village to watch.
5:00 pm: Hatteras Village Volunteer Fire Department’s weekly summer fish fry at the station
7:00 pm: Street dance with live music by Dragonfly on the Community Center lawn.
This year, Business Insider decided to take on the task of ranking the #1 beach in America. They combined some of the most notable beach rankings to develop the ULTIMATE best beach list for 2015. Coming in at #1: Cape Hatteras, of course! With it’s uncrowded shores, warm, tranquil sound waters, lighthouse and charming villages, anyone who has been here will tell you, it is simply the best.
Business Insider compiled rankings from top sites and publications like Dr. Beach, Forbes, Coastal Living and the Travel Channel to come up with their ultimate list. Read the full article or check out the top 13 video.