08/24/16

Short Stays Make Hatteras Island Vacations Flexible

Family Enjoying Beach

Vacation rental homes on the  Outer Banks  are known to be rented by the week, but did you know that most of our 450+ homes are available for partial week reservations?   Have you ever felt like you need a vacation  but just can’t stay for an entire week,  or that one week just isn’t enough? We know how important vacation time is to families and we want   you to   have a vacation that fits your needs. Partial week stays at a percentage of the weekly rate are a great solution.

If you’re interested in a  partial  week rental:

SCHEDULE: Look at your calendar, talk to friends and family and decide what times you are available to visit.

SEARCH: Look for homes that meet your criteria and have availability during the time you’d like to visit.  

LIST: Create a list of your favorite homes or use our convenient Beach Bag feature to make one for you – you can even share it with friends!

HIT  THE  BOOKING WINDOW: The partial stay booking window is within 14 days Labor Day through Memorial Day and 7 days during the Summer and Holidays.  Once you’re in the window  check to see what’s still available in your list!

CALL:  one of our knowledgeable vacation  specialists (1-800-237-1138) to work out the details!

  
Consider These Family Stories:
  

The Richardsons spend a week in July every summer in the same 8 bedroom oceanfront house. They love it. The kids spend all day   rotating between the beach, pool and game room, and the home’s multiple levels allow all 15 family members  to spread out and not ever feel crowded. No matter where they are in life they know they will have this annual family vacation to come back to.

Two years ago, the heartache of leaving Hatteras Island at the end of vacation  got to be too much and Tom and Sherry decided they needed to find a way to get back to their happy place before July. They called Surf or Sound Realty to talk about options for Fall and that’s when they learned about  partial week rentals. They found out that after Labor Day a partial week rental can be booked in an available home  within 14 days of arrival with the owner’s approval. Perfect. They aimed for a long  weekend in October, went on the  website at the end of September to  search for available homes and called to book  a 4 night stay in a beautiful 5 bedroom soundfront home with a fireplace and hot tub. July sunrises over the ocean and October sunsets on the sound.  Life is good.

  

The Talons make the trek to Hatteras Island from Quebec every April to take advantage of the stellar kiteboarding conditions. After two years they realized that a week wasn’t quite enough so now they book a two week stay or longer. Since they have flexibility in their time off, they will often add a few days to the  front of their trip or after depending on what is available in the home (and what the wind forecast is).

There is a three-night minimum for partial week stays and during peak summer seasons and holidays partial rentals can only be made 7 days in advance. Click here for complete description of the prices and policies.

 


08/4/16

Kitty Hawk Kites Adventure Tower Opens in Rodanthe

Kitty Hawk Kites Adventure Tower

From lighthouse climbing, kiteboarding, and  surfing, to paddleboarding, kayaking and deep sea fishing, Hatteras Island is full of opportunities for adventure. Now there’s a brand new one in Rodanthe  -Kitty Hawk Kites just opened an Adventure Tower next to their Waves Village shops. This interactive ropes course offers three levels and 15 different climbing elements and will challenge you both mentally and physically.

The course was designed by KristallTurm, the leading ropes course manufacturer known for it’s high level of safety standards. A one and a half hour climbing adventure for adults is $45 and kids 6-9 can climb for just $35. For more information on this exciting new activity check out  the Kitty Hawk Kites website.


07/20/16

Hatteras Island Named Top Beach for Horseback Riding

horseback riding on the beach

Young Riders Enjoying Their Hatteras Island Horseback Riding Experience

Riding alongside the ocean, salt air blowing through your hair,  sun setting over the dunes. It’s the stuff of fairytales. It also happens to be one of the lesser-known activities available to you and your family on Hatteras Island. Our beaches are the perfect spot for horseback riding, in fact,   Hatteras Island was named one of the top 5 places in the country for horseback riding on the beach by Drive the Nation!

Here’s more on the two  locally owned companies offering this service:

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding is open year-round and all of their riding is done on the beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Recreation Area. Since 2006 they have  specialized in offering safe rides for families and those with very little horseback riding experience. For $190 total the whole family can enjoy the two horses at the beach for an hour. They also offer summer sunset rides and can accommodate those with special needs and all ages!

Equine Adventures

Equine Adventures  is located in Frisco and offers a two hour guided group trail ride through the maritime forest to the beach. Riders will enjoy a 45 minute beautiful trail ride through the woods, 30 minutes on the beach, and 45 minutes back through the woods to the barn. Rides are $120/per person in the summer and riders  must be 10 years of age. All experience levels are welcome.

Call or email to schedule this memorable event today!

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding
252-216-9191 |willemwish@centurylink.net

Equine Adventures
​252-995-4897 |  info@equineadventures.com


03/11/16

Shopping on Hatteras Island is Hot!

shopping on hatteras island

Hatteras Island is a great destination for a vacation, with amazing beaches for swimming, surfing, fishing, or even just relaxing in the sun.   Many people make the trip here just for the beautiful sights and atmosphere, and who can blame them? Hatteras Island is a wonderland of picturesque scenery where you can easily lose yourself for a few hours among the breathtaking landscapes.   But there’s more to the Island than great beaches and eye catching environments; Hatteras Island is home to some uniquely-interesting locally-owned shops where you can not only pick up some souvenirs to remember your vacation but also engage in delightful conversations with the local shopkeepers!

Studio 12

This shop in Avon on Hatteras Island is a great spot for those with an artistic leaning to stop in.   At Studio 12, they sell beautiful craft pottery pieces, but the real reason to visit is the do-it-yourself painting.   Purchase a piece of pottery and tap into your creative side to bring life to it with your own painting skills.   Studio 12 is one of the most kid-friendly shopping experiences on the island; children of all ages will especially enjoy coming to Studio 12 to make their own artistic creations.

Pea Island Art Gallery

Do you want to find amazing artwork on Hatteras Island? Head to Pea Island Art Gallery in Salvo to browse this unique art gallery featuring many pieces from local Outer Banks artists.   You’re sure to find something that catches your eye here; the gallery has many different types of art, including jewelry, paintings, photography and more.

Kitty Hawk Kites

Your one-stop shop for adventure on Hatteras Island is Kitty Hawk Kites!   Kids and adults alike will enjoy coming to this local favorite, where you can purchase whimsical kites to fly on the beach, beach souvenirs or the latest trendy t-shirt or toy.   But what really makes this shop special is the different activities they offer: kiteboarding, hang gliding, kayaking and more.   They have multiple locations on Hatteras Island, including Rodanthe, Avon and Hatteras Village. They offer tours of all kinds, letting you explore Hatteras Island however you like!

Lee Robinson’s General Store

If you’re looking for a little bit of everything on Hatteras Island, you will want to stop in at Lee Robinson’s General Store.   They have beer, wine, bread, cheese, t-shirts, jewelry and much more!   A great place to find little souvenirs for everyone back home, if you can’t find it here, it might not be on the Island at all!

Even More to See

These are only a few of the many great shops on Hatteras Island.   The natural beauty of the island is inspiring, and there are many other locally-owned shops filled with creations inspired by ocean living.   On your next visit to Hatteras Island be sure to carve out some time in between lying on the fantastic beaches to do some shopping!


02/24/16

Top 7 Free Activities on Hatteras Island

While the snow is still melting around the country, we wanted to help get you in the right state of mind. Let’s talk vacation. And not the crazy expensive lavish one. The real one that you can not only afford, but which will create so many meaningful memories. They say the best things in life are free, and we tend to agree here on Hatteras. Without further ado, here are a few recommendations of some things to do that won’t break the bank while you’re staying with us.

1 –  BEACH |  It’s obvious why you chose this beautiful place. And there’s nothing better than just taking it all in with friends and family. With miles of pristine coastline, there’s no shortage of serenity.

  

  2 –  LIGHTHOUSES |  The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the world’s tallest brick lighthouse standing at 208 feet tall. Known for its black and white candy cane stripes, its beam of light spans 20 miles into the ocean, protecting one amazing stretch of land. While there is a fee to actually climb the lighthouse, the grounds, Hatteras Island Visitor Center, museum, book store, shaded picnic area,.75-mile nature trail and beach ramp access to Cape Point are free, making this an attraction offering a little something for everyone. Note: You can also check out Bodie Island and Ocracoke Island Lighthouses on either end of the Seashore as well!


3 –  PEA ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE |  
Located on the north end of Hatteras Island, the bird list for Pea Island Refuge consists of more than 365 species; the wildlife list of 25 species of mammals, 24 species of reptiles and five species of amphibians. The Visitor Center is chock full of state-of-the art exhibits and is totally free to check out. With walking trails, wildlife displays, birdwatching, and seasonal guided canoe tours.

4 –  GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC MUSEUM |  The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the Outer Banks from the earliest periods of colonization to the present day, which greatly emphasize the 1524-1945 period. If shipwrecks and history are your thing, you will absolutely dig this expedition. While this attraction is free, donations are welcome.

5  –   FERRY RIDE |  The Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry is one of the most popular of the seven coastal ferry routes run and managed by NCDOT. Free, with no reservations required, this island-hopper runs 365 days a year and is a great way to jet on over to Ocracoke Island for the day. You’ll catch a number of folks boarding in cars, trucks, bikes and on foot for a scenic ride offering views of sun, sand, surf, water and wildlife. Dolphins love springing up beside the ferry when the water’s warm, so keep your eyes peeled!

6 –  GET YOUR ART ON |  Let the inner artist in you come out to play. Hatteras is saturated in creativity! Check out local artisan works in these lovely one-of-a-kind island galleries: Kinnakeet Clay Works, Pea Island Art Gallery, Blue Pelican Gallery, SeaWorthy Gallery, Indian Town Gallery, and other hidden gems you’ll surely find along the way with galleries in each village on the island.

7 –  WATERSPORTS + FISHING |  Shallow sound waters and great ocean wave action have made Hatteras Island a prime destination for folks who enjoy kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. You’re sure to fulfill some lifelong adventure dreams right here…and for free! Always be on the lookout for clinics and demo days where you can try these out at no cost. If you try it and rock (like we know you will), many of the local establishments offer super affordable classes and even rental equipment that they’ll deliver right to the door of your rental home.


11/30/15

Shop Local, Shop Hatteras this Holiday Season

Shop Local Hatteras Island

Who wouldn’t love a little piece of Hatteras Island waiting under the Christmas tree? Enter our 48 hour Giveaway for a chance to win an autographed copy of  the first two books  in the Lighthouse Kids series, a Daniel Pullen Photography print, and a REAL watersports striped canvas beach tote!

The Adventures of the Lighthouse Kids

Far more than just a book for kids, the Lighthouse Kids series is a fantastic way to experience the history of Hatteras Island through the adventures of the grandchildren of the lighthouse keeper. From the Barnes and Noble  website:

“Living in the shadow of the mighty Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, miles from the village, Ellie, Luke, and Blake exist in a world of spirits, mystical wolves, and stories told by their grandfather, the keeper of the lighthouse. In this five-volume series, the three children of the Jennette family travel back in time to discover the origin of their ancestors and the events that shaped the civilization of Cape Hatteras Island. Throughout the series, islanders live as they did when only an occasional mail boat kept them connected to the rest of the world–before a bridge linked the island to the mainland and before tourists flocked to the area during the summer season. Isolated from others, they created a life of comfort and community. In each subsequent volume, the Lighthouse Kids meet the people and experience the events that gradually transformed Cape Hatteras to the popular area it is today.”

The books can be found  through Buxton Village Books, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and the Lighthouse Kids website  where you can learn more about the author, Jeannette Gray Finnegan, Jr Torok, a 10th generation Hatteras Islander. Truly a great gift for anyone (not just children) with a sense of adventure and an interest in Hatteras Island.

Daniel Pullen Photography

Daniel Pullen Photography

Hatteras Island native Daniel Pullen is the descendant of 9 Cape Hatteras lighthouse keepers. His photography has been published by the world’s leading surf publications and he has become one of the leading photographers on the Outer Banks. His fine art photography is available for sale online in a variety of formats from gorgeous three foot wide metal prints  to incredibly affordable 8×12  photo prints.

Nate Appel REAL Watersports

REAL Watersports

Internationally known as one of the best kiteboarding and surfing retailers, lesson centers and destinations REAL Watersports is proud to call Hatteras Island home. Their team of experts is down to earth and eager to help you find just what you’re looking for, whether that’s the perfect Stand Up Paddleboard or the coolest new surf watch. Check out their excellent selection  online and gear up for your next beach vacation.


10/16/15

Turner’s High Moon Bar – Hatteras Island Nightlife

Turners High Moon

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.

Lunar Lemonade

Lunar Lemonade

Ingredients:
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.

TurnersHighMoonMusicFree live music from local and regional musicians

Warm LightingWarm globes with Edison bulbs hang from the ceiling

TurnersHighMoonBeer 21 microbrews on tap

TurnersWineWines by the bottle and on tap

TurnersHighMoonShuffelboard  Try your hand at a game of shuffelboard


09/17/15

23rd Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

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.

Parade of Homes Saga Houses

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.


08/28/15

8 Reasons to Love Fall on Hatteras Island

Fall on Hatteras Island

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?

Beach Bonfires
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.

Beach Bonfires

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.

Fishing
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.

Fall Fishing

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.

Surf Season

Fireplaces
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.

Hot Tubs  
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 –  October 10, 2016 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 17 – 18,  2016 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 16-19, 2016  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 18-24, 2016 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.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival – September 20-24, 2016 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.

OctoBEERfest – October 1, 2016 in Avon (Pangea Tavern)
Gather at Pangea Tavern (I mean the German beer hall) for German food, beer specials, and live music. Cheers to fall!

Hatterasity Bluegrass Festival – October 6-8 in Hatteras Village
A three  day Bluegrass Block Party featuring local food and talent, with regional and national bands playing bluegrass and Roots music. An event for food, fun, family and community.

Duck Jazz Festival – October 9, 2016  in Duck
Free day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages.

Outer Banks Seafood Festival – October 15  , 2016 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 Charity Fishing Tournament – October 15, 2016 in Avon
The Avon Pier’s all girls fishing tournament. A portion of proceeds will go to support the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.