10/5/16

2016 Parade of Homes Features a Surf or Sound Home Builder

Time Out Interior

Time Out – Beautiful Oceanfront Retreat in Salvo

The 24th annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes  begins  this week on  October 6th and goes through the  9th. With 19 homes to tour from Corolla to Nags Head, participants will get to witness all manner of  innovative  custom features and finishes in a variety of price ranges with a special emphasis on the coastal environment.

While  the Home Parade  doesn’t travel to Hatteras Island this year, the  premier homebuilder of many Surf or Sound vacation homes has four homes on the tour. SAGA’s Signature homes provide families with the ultimate dream vacation experience. Each home is impeccably furnished and well equipped for your comfort and enjoyment, and the floor plan and personal home amenities meet homeowners and  vacationers  needs and exceed their  dreams. These these homes have become  favorites among our guests.  We think you’ll see why.

Hatteras Grander – 8 Bedroom Oceanfront in Hatteras Village
Hatteras Grander
Brand new construction for 2017 on the oceanfront in Hatteras, Hatteras Grander is sure to provide a grand experience. Sweeping ocean vistas, 8 master bedrooms, vaulted ceilings and luxurious appointments will delight guests. Advanced reservations for this brand new estate are NOW OPEN – and it’s Dog  Friendly!
Sweet Dreams – 8 Bedroom Oceanfront in Salvo
Sweet Dreams
If you are seeking the highest quality experience for your family vacation this year, look no further. Located in Salvo’s exclusive North Shore Oceanfront Resort community, the ultra-luxurious SWEET DREAMS is brand new in 2016 and everything that you could dream of and more with top-of-the-line amenities, premium furnishings, opulent finishes and hi-tech electronics. The rooms are spacious and well-designed for your dream vacation and the beach is easily accessed via a path just outside the pool gate. Features theater room, game room, private pool, hot tub, elevator, fireplace and much more.
Rising Sun – 9 Bedroom Oceanfront in Salvo
Rising Sun
Discover enchanting beach days and gorgeous ocean sunrises, while surrounded by luxurious amenities worthy of any five-star resort, with a stay at RISING SUN.  Begin a busy beach morning with a stroll to the ocean, or with a splash in the dazzling private pool with inset kiddie pool and swim-up bar. Enjoy family parties poolside with the hot tub and expansive Tiki bar with ice machine, ice bath for drinks, fridge, ping pong table, TV and kids play area – all convenient to the charcoal and gas grills providing a complete outdoor entertainment area ideal for afternoon barbecues. This dog-friendly home features  theater room, game room, private pool, 8 person hot tub, elevator, 2 fireplaces and much more.
Time Out – 8 Bedroom Oceanfront in Salvo
Time Out
Recently Built in 2014,  take a well-deserved TIME OUT in this beautiful oceanfront retreat located in the southern end of Salvo in the exclusive Hattie Creef estates. This 8 bedroom oceanfront features  a spacious great room with vaulted ceilings and astounding blue ocean views. A large screen TV provides entertainment as the chefs in the family create culinary delights in the large open gourmet kitchen featuring granite countertops, custom cabinetry, two dishwashers, dual wall ovens and two full size refrigerators and a center island. The entire group can easily sit at the large dining table overlooking the Atlantic and the pool area through the expansive wall of glass. Step out onto the deck and sit back for casual conversation accompanied by the sounds of the sea and salt air breezes. This dog-friendly home features game room, theater room, private pool, elevator, hot tub, gas fireplace and much more!
Moonshine – 8 Bedroom Oceanfront in Salvo
Moonshine
Let your vacation expectations reach new heights against the back drop of miles of blue ocean views, with a stay at magnificent MOONSHINE. Outside, you can enjoy long sunny days at the beach, or simply drift away while lounging by the glimmering private pool with inset kiddie pool and built-in swim-up bar. The spacious outdoor pool area makes it easy to enjoy an impromptu get-together with Tiki bar, ping pong table, kids play area, TV, a Weber gas grill, charcoal grill and plenty of elbow room for casual outdoor dining. On crystal clear evenings, relax under the MOONSHINE in the romantic hot tub, or step inside and enjoy a family movie night without leaving the home in the theater room with projection screen TV and stadium style seating. Nearby, start a billiards tournament in the expansive game room, designed with family entertainment in mind, and featuring a pool table, foosball, TV/DVD and wet bar with refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.
Shooting Star – 8 bedroom oceanfront in Salvo
shootingstar
The sky’s the limit at spectacular Shooting Star where you’ll enjoy a  vacation filled with luxurious amenities that rival any five-star resort. This shining sandcastle features four levels of indulgent vacation fun, beginning in the outdoor pool area, ideal for family parties that entertain well into the evening. With a sparkling private pool with inset kiddie pool and built-in swim up bar, convenient cabana half bath, and neighboring Tiki bar for refreshments, everyone will want to spend lazy afternoons by the poolside. Enjoy luminous ocean views from the expansive great room with gas log fireplace, comfy seating area and home theater system with surround sound. The neighboring dining area provides an exceptional oceanfront dinner setting, and stepping up to the sun room offers the perfect venue for dining with the sea and stars in the background. Features include an elevator, game room, theater room, fireplace, private pool, tiki bar and 8-person hot tub, this home is also dog friendly!

10/4/16

Dare County Emergency Mgmt statement – State of Emergency Issued for Dare County and Towns Following Control Group Meeting

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DARE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

10/4/2016
5:00 p.m.

A State of Emergency has been issued for Dare County and all six towns following a meeting of the Dare County Control Group Tuesday afternoon. The emergency declarations are effective immediately and allow local officials to implement protective measures – including issuance of mandatory evacuation orders – that may be necessary as the hurricane approaches.

While under the state of emergency, no reentry passes will be issued by Dare County Emergency Management.

Hurricane Matthew is a strong, dangerous storm that, on its current track, is expected to bring significant to catastrophic impacts to Dare County. It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and take necessary steps now to protect property. Assemble or restock your supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and your pets for up to three days. Preparedness information is available at www.readync.org.

The Dare County Control Group will meet again on Wednesday to review updated forecast information and determine protective measures necessary to ensure public safety.

Be prepared to evacuate if the order is issued. For up to date information, register to receive email alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management atwww.darecountyem.com and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

The next update from Emergency Management will be issued by 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

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10/3/16

Dare County Emergency Mgmt statement – Hurricane Matthew Heading to East Coast

Statement from Dare County Emergency Management

10/3/2016
2:37 p.m.

While forecast is uncertain, Dare County will see impacts

Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Matthew and is asking residents and visitors to keep a close eye on the storm as it moves from the Caribbean towards the Atlantic over the next few days.

Hurricane Matthew is a large, powerful storm and while it is too early to determine its exact track or impacts for our area, current forecast models indicate that the Outer Banks will receive impacts.

Now is the time to prepare for a hurricane of this magnitude. Take your personal planning and preparations seriously — ensure that your emergency kit is properly stocked and that your emergency plan is ready to implement should protective actions become necessary.   For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register.

Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management atwww.DareCountyEM.com  and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at  www.weather.gov/mhx.

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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.