10/17/14

Surf or Sound Begins Collecting Holiday Donations for Local Food Pantries

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We’re nearing the time of year when we begin to think especially of nourishing food and giving thanks. We are always grateful for our generous guests, who, throughout the year, donate a TON of unopened non-perishable food to our lobby donation box for our local food pantries. It’s not just one or two cans a week, nearly a third of our guests donate items ranging from canned goods to bags full of items and supplies.

The island’s food pantries continue to need our support during the colder months, and as we have done in years past, our Salvo and Avon offices will serve as a drop off for Hatteras Island’s Holiday Food Drive. Donations from staff, neighbors and island friends will all make a difference in feeding those in our community who might otherwise go hungry during the slower winter months. Donations made to our Salvo office on the corner of Highway 12 and Rampart Street will go to Lifeboat Community Church Food Bank and those made to our Avon office across from the Avon Fishing Pier will go to Hatteras Island Food Pantry.

Thank you for not only visiting our island, but taking time to be a part of the community by helping to sustain those who live here.

Monetary donations for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry can be made payable by check to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations for Lifeboat Community Church can be dropped off at 27563 Highway 12 in Salvo, or by mailing checks to Lifeboat Community Church, P.O. Box 84, Salvo, NC 27972.


09/15/14

Fishing Tournaments Return to the Avon Pier

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The Avon Fishing Pier announces its first annual PBR Classic Red and Blue Fishing Tournament for November 7-9. In what pier manager Keith Matthews is calling “a sign of more good things to come”, the tournament will focus on Red Drum and Blue fish and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners in each category. Proceeds will go to the “T” fund to finish the T at the end of the pier.

Tournaments were a celebrated event at the pier in years past, but this year’s tournament is the first in five years and made possible by Koru Village’s purchase of the pier this February. The new pier property has a snack bar, tackle and bait shop and offers walk-on sightseeing for just $1.

For more information on the tournament and entry fees and to fill out an entry form, visit the Avon Fishing Pier website: AvonFishingPier.com.


09/4/14

New Beach Access Opening Next Week

Just in time for fall fishing season – more beach access!

The National Park Service has just announced the opening date for a newly constructed Off Road Vehicle Ramp between Salvo and Avon. With Cape Point re-opening for ORV access last week, this is more great news for fall fishing enthusiasts.

With a permit available from the National Park Service, vehicles will be able to access the beach through Ramp 25, which will open on September 11. This ramp will eventually include a paved parking area to provide additional pedestrian access, as well as improved access for visitors with disabilities.

Ramp 25 is the first of several such beach access projects planned for the Seashore’s future. With revenue from the Off Road Vehicle Permits, the Park Service has the opportunity to complete this and other projects to promote visitor access along the Seashore and provide a variety of use experiences.

Ramp 25 Aerial


08/13/14

Behind the Scenes: Capturing a day on Hatteras Island

Photographer Ryan Moser Captures the Hatteras Island Sunrise

Photographer Ryan Moser Captures the Hatteras Island Sunrise

When given the opportunity to fill two beautiful full-color pages of Outer Banks This Week’s summer magazine – we knew right away what to do – feature our charming island to give people a glimpse into a day in the life of a Hatteras Island vacation.

But how could we possibly show the depth of character of the island and include all that there is to do on a vacation here in just a day? All we could do was try – and so we ventured out one beautiful June morning to do our best to capture one real life Hatteras Island vacation day from dawn until dusk. Click here to take a look at the magazine spread! (page 12-13)

If you’ve been here, you might guess that we came back with more footage than we could ever fit in the space – and we barely scratched the surface as far as all you can do here!

Hatteras Island’s villages are full of real people and authentic places each with a unique and incredible story. Talk with someone long enough you’ll find that each story gives way to a dozen more. That’s the beauty of it – you can come down every year for 50 years and discover something new each time.

Take a look at some of the images we couldn’t fit between the pages, below:

Miles of pristine seashore make the perfect place for a morning stroll.

Miles of pristine seashore make the perfect place for a morning stroll.

You can always find a steady stream of locals and visitors walking, biking or driving to the Orange Blossom for coffee and breakfast every morning in Buxton.

You’ll always find a steady stream of locals and visitors walking, biking or driving to the Orange Blossom for coffee and breakfast every morning in Buxton.

Even a deer made an appearance on the new paved pathway along the road.

This deer made an appearance on the new 4 mile pedestrian pathway in Avon.

A must-stop on any visit, Buxton Books was featured in this same issue.

A must-stop on any visit, Buxton Books was featured in this same issue.

Ray from Michigan was enjoying the morning watching the waves while he fished.

Ray from Michigan was enjoying the morning watching the waves while he fished.

Hatteras Island has some of the very best surf on the East Coast.

Hatteras Island has some of the very best surf on the East Coast.

Some of our beaches are even accessible with a 4wd vehicle!

With a beach driving permit from the Park Service, you can discover your own “secret spot”

Our photographer wasn't afraid to get wet to get the right shot!

Our photographer wasn’t afraid to get wet to capture the action.

Splash! Ellisa from Koru Village leads the group Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Splash! Ellisa from Koru Village makes Stand up Paddleboarding fun.

Stopped for an incredible lunch at the new Pangea Tavern in Avon.

We stopped into the new Pangea Tavern in Avon for an incredible lunch.

We caught Beth watering the flowers on the gracious front porch of Kinnakeet Clayworks in Avon.

Then caught Beth watering the flowers on the gracious front porch of Kinnakeet Clay Works in Avon.

The Avon Pier - fishing fun for the whole family.

The Avon Pier – a great place to fish or just sight see.

Sandcastles and Snacks - highlights for the little ones.

Sandcastles and snacks – this family loves both at the beach.

No visit is complete without a trip to "America's Lighthouse"

No visit is complete without a trip to “America’s Lighthouse”

We are grateful the Zeman family welcomed us in to their beach house to capture their vacation.

The Zeman family welcomed us in to their beach house to share their evening.

No matter that he is from Colorado, Drew quickly became a crab cracking expert!

No matter that he is from Colorado, Drew quickly became a crab cracking expert!

Abby was a little skeptical of all the seafood but she thought the hushpuppies and corn were great!

Abby was a little skeptical of all the seafood but she thought the hushpuppies and corn were just right.

Just a little after dinner square dancing on the oceanfront deck.

Time for a little after dinner dancing on the oceanfront deck

And just like that, the sun was setting on our beautiful Hatteras Island day.

And just like that, the sun was setting on our beautiful Hatteras Island day.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t end here! There’s all this and so very much more waiting here for your next vacation. Do you love Hatteras Island as much as we do? Click the link at the bottom of our homepage to easily join our e-club for Hatteras Island updates, news, events and vacation rental specials.

 

 


08/11/14

Slickstock 2014 at REAL watersports – Featuring Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys

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Today kicks off the second annual SLICKSTOCK Cape Hatteras Music Event at REAL Watersports and Watermen’s Bar and Grill in Waves. From now until Friday enjoy great live music, indoor and outdoor dining and incredible sunset views.

Friday welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys to Hatteras Island for what’s sure to be an awesome show. Tickets for Friday’s show are $18 in advance and $20 at the door – kids 10 and younger are FREE! All shows start at 6pm and are family-friendly. Monday through Thursday’s shows are FREE.

Monday, August 11th : Sean Bendula
Tuesday, August 12th : Red Bull DJs
Wednesday, August 13th : Mystic Vibrations
Thursday, August 14th : Frozen Head and the Squirrels
*Friday, August 15th : Dub Island Sound System, Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys*


07/30/14

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day

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Next Thursday, August 7, is National Lighthouse Day. The National Park Service is celebrating at Cape Hatteras National Seashore with a number of special programs.

Lighthouse Day is an observance of the day the Federal Government became involved in the construction, maintenance and repair of these special structures with the Lighthouse Act August 7, 1789.

The Cape Hatteras National Park Services describes:

Lighthouses, whose solitary beacons have guided countless ships through perils of fog and darkness, are a cherished part of our Nation’s heritage. Often isolated and repeatedly tested by the ravages of storm and sea, lighthouses are monuments to the courage and determination of the people who built them and the keepers who have maintained them.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore protects and preserves three lighthouses: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, and Ocracoke Lighthouse.

You’re invited to take part in special Lighthouse Day programs including:

August 7, 1 pm & 4 pm The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse–Why is it Here: Have you ever wondered why this lighthouse was built on a remote barrier island? Learn about the storied history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its purpose. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion. (20 mins)

August 6, 5 pmThe Oldest Lighthouse: The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina. Learn how this tower is truly part of the Ocracoke community and get a peek inside the base of the tower. Meet at the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Parking is very limited. We recommend that you walk, bike, or be dropped off. (30 mins)

August 7, 3 pmA Link in the Chain: While the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands alone, it serves as a link in the chain of a network of lighthouses on the east coast. Learn more about the U.S. Lighthouse Service and of what life was like for the Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers and their families. Meet on the front porch of the Bodie Island Visitor Center. (30 mins)

All programs are free and open to all.


07/19/14

Check In Day Activities

Hooray!

We know, you’ve waited ALL YEAR for your Hatteras Island vacation and you just can’t wait to get it started. Here are some fun check-in day events and activities that let your vacation begin the moment you hit the Outer Banks.

SUBU Saturdays (Show up and Blow Up) at Watermen’s Bar & Grill in Waves. With live music from 12-3, outdoor dining, and a giant lawn with plenty of room to stretch out after a long drive and let the kids run off some energy, this is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and kick-off your Hatteras Island vacation. Did we mention the food and drinks they serve are amazing? They have a full service coffee bar and strive to use only the very freshest local and regional ingredients.

Welcome Party at the Wreck – just outside the Hatteras Landing Marina. Every Saturday from 12:30 – 4:00, the Wreck hosts a free and family friendly event with Live music, drink specials at the tiki bar and great food.

You can also always hit the beach – the Salvo Day Use Area has showers and bathrooms and shallow waters perfect for wading, and launching a kayak, stand up paddleboard or sailboat. Or spend the day fishing and hanging out at the Rodanthe or Avon piers. Both have parking and refreshments – the Avon Pier has showers and the Rodanthe Pier has a fun oceanfront arcade.

Speaking of watersports, there are a number of places you can rent equipment. Try our friends at Rodanthe Campground and Watersports right on the sound (next to Lisa’s Pizza) where you can enjoy a captained sail, take a sailing lesson or even take out a 16′ Hobie Cat if you know what you’re doing. They also rent jet skis, wave runners, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Mention we sent you and you might just get a discount on your rental.

Day Trips are another fun option. Start your vacation with a ferry ride to Ocracoke and spend the day strolling the village shops and restaurants or rent bikes to see the town. Or take time to check out Manteo – visit the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens, the reasonably priced North Carolina Aquarium with it’s fantastic new Sea Turtle Exhibit or go to Island Farm where you are invited to participate in living history, Roanoke Island circa 1800, complete with live oxen and century old house, barns and outbuildings you are invited to walk (and climb) through.

Try a pottery or beading class at one of our local coffee shops/art studios, do some shopping, or enjoy a late lunch / early dinner at one of our great island restaurants.

Whatever you decide to do, we’re so glad you’re here to spend an entire week on Island Time.

Watermen's Bar and Grill behind REAL watersports has plenty of room for everyone.

Watermen’s Bar and Grill behind REAL watersports has plenty of room for everyone.

You are invited to touch and experience the artifacts on site at Island Farm on Roanoke Island.

You are invited to touch and experience the artifacts on site at Island Farm on Roanoke Island.


07/15/14

Scotty McCreery is Feelin’ It on the Outer Banks

You don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy this brand new music video by country music star and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. A native of North Carolina, McCreery’s family has been visiting the Outer Banks all his life – he understands the magic of this place.

Directed by Emmy and Country Music Video Award winning Roman White, the team worked closely with the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau to bring the song to life on the Outer Banks – check it out and you’ll be Feelin’ It all summer long:


07/9/14

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Saturday July 12

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With the July date just announced, you can sign up for a once in a lifetime experience to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse under a full moon. The night will be filled with stories of the keepers of old, close up looks of the working light in the lantern room and spectacular views. Watch the newly risen moon as it reflects off the Atlantic Ocean while you stand in the salt air on the balcony.

Saturday, July 12 two tours will be given, one at 8:30 and one at 9:30. Ticket sales will start on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from 8:15 a.m. to 5:40 p.m and tickets must be purchased on site.

Tickets are $8 per adult, and $4 for children (11 and under) and seniors (62 and older). Children are welcome on the climb and must be over 42 inches tall and able to climb the 257 steps on their own.

Photo by Chuck Liddy - News & Observer

Photo by Chuck Liddy – News & Observer


07/6/14

Update from Surf or Sound Realty

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Good afternoon from Surf or Sound Realty!

Since the evacuation order was lifted yesterday afternoon, we have been welcoming guests onto the island at our offices and checking families into homes as they are ready. Although many of our homes sustained damage and are not habitable, we have been hard at work preparing the habitable homes for our guests.

At this time all of our homes have been inspected and all guests have received a preliminary contact. We are finishing up secondary contact for guests booked in homes that were inspected late last night. If you are due to arrive this weekend, please have your leaseholder check his/her email inbox for an email update. If they don’t have one already, they should have one within the hour.

Our offices are open as are our phone lines, but the call volume is extremely heavy so please be patient with us as most of our staff is out cleaning homes.

Although it has been a difficult few days we are enormously proud of our staff and thankful for the graciousness of our guests.

Your Friends at Surf or Sound Realty