06/15/11

Outer Banks Makes Coastal Living’s List For Best Coastal Bike Trails

Coastal Living just released its list of best coastal bike trails on its website. It came as no surprise to us that the Outer Banks made the list. Hatteras Island is known for its abundance of recreational activities, including a favorite past time for young and old – riding bikes.

For distance cyclists, there’s no better route than right along NC Highway 12. With a bike lane that extends for 55 miles, and a flat, even route throughout the entire stretch, (aka, no hills), Highway 12 attracts cyclists from all over the world who want to go the distance and enjoy some amazing scenery along the way.

Looking for a more leisurely ride? Explore the trails along the Pamlico Sound and maritime forests. For example, the National Park Service grounds around the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse offers a multitude of trails, or the Salvo Day Use Area has small paved unused roads winding along the sound. Many communities, like Wind Over Waves and Hatteras Colony in Salvo and Avon, are also perfect for bicyclists, with winding roads and little traffic. Kinnakeet in Avon and Hatteras Village are especially nice for bicycle rides with historic houses and scenic architecture and island historical spots.

If you didn’t bring your bikes with you on your vacation you can always rent them! Ocean Atlantic Rentals offers bike rentals, as well as rentals for just about all of your beach needs, and they offer delivery service! Visit them online at www.oceanatlanticrentals.com, or call their Hatteras store at (252) 995-5868.


06/9/11

Outer Banks Anglers Set to Participate in 53rd Annual Big Rock Tournament

The 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is happening June 10th-18th along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Big Rock is a modified release tournament targeting blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Gamefish levels include dolphin, tuna and wahoo. This six-day event will bring out hundreds of the best fishermen in the world, all hoping to take home part of a cash purse that exceeds more than $1 million – a huge difference from the original Big Rock purse of 250 silver dollars!

The waters off the coast of the Outer Banks and along the coastline of North Carolina are notorious for their record breaking blue marlin catches. Did you know there was a time when the existence of blue marlins along the coastline was purely a myth? Residents in Moorehead City, NC had been told many tales by sailors about the blue marlin, and eventually decided to find out for themselves if they existed or not. In the summer of 1957, the small town raised a small cash prize and a small charter boat fleet headed out in hopes of catching the elusive fish. During that summer, many captains claim to have spotted the marlins, but none were ever caught. That all changed September 14th when Raleigh angler, Jimmy Croy, snagged a 143-pound blue marlin aboard the Mary Z. The crew radioed in their catch, and by the time they pulled into port the small town had gathered to greet them with an impromptu parade and a wagon full of silver dollars! For more Big Rock history, click here.

Last year, 155 boats fished the waters off Morehead City, North Carolina and competed for a record purse of $1,658,450. This year looks like it’s shaping up to be an even bigger event, with the 14th Annual Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler Event kicking off the festivities the evening of June 10th. For the complete schedule of events, click here.

Local boats Hunter and Qualifier, both from Manteo, and Sea Creature from Hatteras have already registered and are gearing up for the tournament. On Big Rock’s website you can listen to the captains throughout the day via their boat radios. At the end of the day they also have live feed of the boats coming in to weigh, which you can watch here.

The Big Rock is a non-profit tournament and has donated over $2,300,000 dollars to charity and worthy organizations. Randy Ramsey, board of directors President says, “Our goal is to offer participants the finest sportfishing tournament experience while helping support Big Rock’s many worthwhile charities.”

For more information on the Big Rock tournament, click here.
For a list of retailers selling this years Big Rock T-shirt, click here.
Watch last year’s weigh-in video here.


06/7/11

Memorial Day Photos On Hatteras Island

The staff at Surf or Sound Realty works hard to make everyone’s Hatteras Island vacation as relaxing and memorable as possible. We love to see families enjoy and experience everything WE love about Hatteras Island! What better way to capture those memories than with lots and lots of Hatteras Island photos!

This past Memorial Day the marketing department held a photo contest for the staff. We asked employees to take pictures on Memorial Day of their Family Activities at the Beach and What They LOVE About Hatteras Island.

The staff submitted their photos and now it’s up to YOU, our Facebook fans, to determine whose photo is your favorite! CLICK HERE to see the photos on our Facebook page, and then click “LIKE” on the photo you like the best. The top three photos with the most “LIKE’s” will win a prize -beautiful prints from local Hatteras Island photographer, Daniel Pullen.

Surf or Sound Realty
hopes everyone had a fun and safe Memorial Day on the Outer Banks and continues to make special memories on Hatteras Island!


05/27/11

Cape Hatteras Named #5 Best Beach in America!

Once again, Cape Hatteras has been declared one of THE BEST beaches in the country by famous Dr. Beach! Each year Dr. Beach travels the nation’s coastlines, searching for beaches that meet his strict criteria for “best beach.” The 2011 list has just been released and Cape Hatteras came in at an impressive #5! Those of us that live and vacation here think it is #1!

Dr. Beach uses a list containing 50 criteria, rating sand softness to scenery to the amount of jellyfish in the water! Here is what Dr. Beach said about Hatteras Island:

“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing.”

Those are just a few reasons so many people choose Cape Hatteras as their vacation destination. It is the perfect place to relax with your toes in the sand OR participate in an adventure on the water. There is no other place in the country like Hatteras Island. It truly is a unique area with gorgeous, clean beaches, breathtaking scenery and bountiful history.

Every day is like a vacation and all of us here at Surf or Sound Realty are proud to work on one of THE BEST beaches in the country and happy to share it with our vacation guests who love it, too!


05/26/11

Memorial Day Weekend On Hatteras Island

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer on Hatteras Island! It’s a hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, toes in the sand kind of weekend filled with family, friends and fun. More importantly, it is a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense and honor of our freedom. As you hit the beach for Memorial Day weekend, we hope you have a wonderful vacation and join us in taking a moment to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

To keep the kids of all ages entertained this weekend, here’s a guide to help you plan your visit and enjoy all of the unique events and attractions the island has to offer!

Events & Entertainment

• May 27 -30 Endless Summer Weekend at REAL Watersports
These family friendly events include: Delicious food and beverages available at MOJOs Sunset Café, Daily Surf Sessions , FREE Robert August Surfboard and SUP Demos .

LIVE Music on the soundfront back deck:

Thursday, May 26th 6-10pm : Mojo Collins
Saturday, May 28th 6-10pm : The Wilder Brothers.

Sunday, May 29th, 7-9pm Endless Summer Movie: Watch the original Endless Summer Movie with Robert August as he narrates the behind the scenes events, comedy and session stories. This is a truly amazing night! For more info, visit http://www.realwatersports.com/news/endless-summer-weekend/

• May 28 -30 Hatteras Island Kite Expo at The Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort, Rodanthe village. Bring the whole family and check out the first ever East Coast KiteExpo! This is the largest Kite/SUP Demo Event East of the Mississippi! In the inaugural edition of this to-be annual event, dozens of Kiteboarding & SUP companies will come out to show off their products and gear at one of America’s top Kiting Destinations! Kiteboarding clinics, product presentations, photo shoots, nightly entertainment, great food & great kiting, along with the proximity to so many East Coast Kiters & SUPers should make this THE Memorial Day Weekend Event to attend for years to come. For more info, visit www.thekiteexpo.com

• May 28 Live Music at Sandbar & Grille
Hwy 12, Buxton Soundfront. For the adults in the group, Sandbar & Grille is featuring a reggae band “Donovan and The Posse” From 10pm to 2am. For more info, visit http://www.sandbarandgrille.com/ordereze/Default.aspx

Attractions

• Nothing beats a great round of miniature golf, and there are plenty of locations to show off your skills!
1. Avon Golf: Hwy 12 at the Avon Pier (252) 995-5480
2. Uncle Eddy’s Frozen Custard and 18-Hole Mini Golf: Hwy 12, Buxton (252) 995-4059
3. Frisco Mini Golf and Go Karts: Hwy 12, Frisco (252) 995-6325

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – One of the most innovative maritime facilities in the nation. FREE admission to the public! (252) 986-2995

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station: – One of the oldest life saving stations in the U.S., celebrating their centennial this year!

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – The tallest lighthouse in America!

Hatteras Island is a great place to shop and discover truly unique treasures! Sport your red, white and blue in style by checking out these area shops. Many are having Memorial Day Weekend Sales!

NEW to the island!! Beach Diva – Beautiful Clothing for the beach goddess in all of us! Stowe on 12 Shoppes in Hatteras Village
FOX Watersports – Mens and Womens clothing and a huge selection of flip flops! Now with TWO Locations: Hwy 12, Buxton and Stowe on 12 Shoppes in Hatteras Village
REAL Watersports Flagship store – Biggest selection of mens and womens clothing and accessories on the island!- at Real Watersports, Waves Village
Frisco Rod & Gun – Hwy 12, Frisco – huge selection of mens, womens and kids clothing featuring Salt Life, Guy Harvey, Pelagic and more – everything you need for a day at the beach or on the boat!
Bella Boutique – full line of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories – hwy 12, avon, next to Nino’s Pizza

There are also plenty of things to do if you arrive early on check in day. Get a head start on experiencing Hatteras Island and start having fun!

• Beat the heat and grab some ice cream at a nearby shop!
1. Cool Wave -Buxton Back Rd, Buxton
2. Village Conery Ice Cream & Yogurt -Hwy 12, Salvo MP 42
3. Hatteras Sno-Balls -the only snow cone stand on the island! Hwy 12, Frisco

• Check out and browse through some surf/skate/SUP/beach gear. These two locations carry a wide variety and selection of everything you will need for the beach!
1. Kitty Hawk Kites – Offering gear, rentals and tours! Waves, MP 40, 24502 Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968; (252) 987-2528
2. REAL Kitboarding – REAL Flagship Store in the Village of Waves – Everything you need to kiteboard, surf, standup paddleboard or just enjoy the beach! Waves, 25706 Highway 12, Waves, NC 27982; (252) 987-6000

• Too tired and hungry to explore? Enjoy the AC and atmosphere at one of these great nearby restaurants!
1. Mojo’s Sunset Café – Located on the back of the REAL Flagship Store in Waves, about half a mile from the Salvo office. Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the beautiful views right on the sound! Family friendly atmosphere with grab and go meals. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. http://www.realwatersports.com/mojos/

2. Café 12, located near the Avon office – locally owned and family operated restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Try one of their famous Hatteras Flats! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-12/87506210255

3. Atlantic Coast Café – two convenient locations! One in Avon, across from the Avon office, and one in Waves, just down the street from the Salvo office. Offering everything from wraps, burgers, salads, seafood and BBQ! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. http://www.atlanticcoastcafe.com/

4. Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar – Located at the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort in Rodanthe, NC, the restaurant offers fine dining at a reasonable price. http://www.goodwindsrestaurant.com

5. Ninos Pizza, located just down the street from the Avon office – A slice of Sicily on the beach! (252) 995-5358

• Of course – the salt air, sand and ocean may be too tempting, so if you can’t wait to hit the ground running, make sure you pack your bathing suits, towels, and cooler last. That way they are easy to find and grab once you arrive!

Like most Memorial Day Weekends, traffic is heavier than usual. If you are driving from the north, are you aware of the alternate route to arrive on Hatteras Island? Highway 158 can become pretty congested, leaving you at a stand-still, and the alternate route lets you bypass hwy 158 completely.

Need directions? We’ve got that covered!


Alternate Route 1 From the North

(Red Route on map) From I-64 in Chesapeake, take exit 291B for US-17 South, VA 168 South. Take exit 15B for US-17 South, keep right on US-17 South. Follow US-17 South into North Carolina. Take US-17 South by-pass around Elizabeth City. Continue on US-17 South to NC-37 South. Turn left on NC-37 South. NC-37 South becomes NC-32 South. Follow NC-32 South. Make left onto 94 South. Make right onto Benson Road. Turn left on US-64 East. Keep going east to Roanoke Island and The Outer Banks. (Make note – the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge bypasses the towns of Manns Harbor and Manteo.) Once across the Causeway, Turn right onto NC-12 South onto Hatteras Island.

Alternate Route 2 From the North
Follow I-95 South to North Carolina and take Exit 138 for US-64 East toward Rocky Mount. Follow US-64 East through Williamston and Plymouth, NC. From Plymouth, NC keep going East to Roanoke Island and The Outer Banks. (Make note – the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge bypasses the towns of Manns Harbor and Manteo.) Once across the Causeway, Turn right onto NC-12 South onto Hatteras Island.

If you are taking the Chesapeake Expressway, the toll fee has increased:

    Toll is now $3 on weekdays and $6 on weekends.

To bypass the toll:

From the North: Take VA-168 South to Exit 8B. Take the clover to Hillcrest Parkway and turn right onto Battlefield Blvd. Turn right onto VA-168 South.

From the South: Take VA-168 North to Battlefield Blvd. stop light. Turn left onto Battlefield Blvd. Turn left onto Hillcrest Parkway and take Ramp on right to VA-168 North.

Don’t forget – when you arrive on Hatteras Island and get out of the car, take a deep breath and inhale the fresh ocean air. Aaaahhhhh…you’ve arrived!

From everyone at Surf or Sound Realty, we are wishing you a very safe and happy Memorial Day!


05/17/11

Outer Banks Fishing & Family Fun at Jennette's Pier


Celebrate the Grand Opening of Jennette’s Pier on Saturday, May 21st and enjoy fishing, family and fun! The newly constructed, 1,000 foot concrete pier is part of the North Carolina Aquariums system and comes complete with a 16,000 square foot pier house with snack bar, tackle shop and gift shop. There are also classrooms and educational displays and programs that explore the North Carolina Aquariums’ mission to inspire appreciation and conservation of the state’s aquatic environments.

It is all about fishing, family and fun at the new Jennette’s Pier, located in south Nags Head near Whalebone Junction. Be sure to stop by on the way to your Hatteras Island vacation! Admission is free on Saturday, May 21st for the grand opening celebration. Free fishing will be available all day and night following the opening ceremonies. Bring your fishing poles or just stop by for a stroll on the pier, with unbelievable views overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Parking will fill up fast, so look for satellite parking with shuttle service at designated places nearby, such as the town of Nags Head municipal complex and the grass area south of the Dunes Restaurant.

On Sunday, May 22, Jennette’s Pier will launch the summer season with fishing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are also working on summer programs and activities for all ages. For more information, visit Jennette’s Pier online or call 252-255-1501.

Jennette’s Pier and the North Carolina Aquarium- a New Chapter of Outer Banks History

Originally built in 1939, the pier was 754 feet long and 16 feet wide, with a 28-foot-wide “T” on the end. From the deck of the pier anglers cast their lines for more than sixty years, though numerous hurricanes and nor’easters battered the structure and caused it to be repaired and rebuilt from time to time.

The pier house was reconstructed on several occasions, later becoming a much larger facility with a restaurant, tackle shop, and arcade. Eventually, the Jennette family sold their interest in the pier. Years later in 2003, the pier was sold again to the North Carolina Aquarium Society so that it might be developed into an educational outpost for the Aquarium. But in September 2003, Hurricane Isabel swept the North Carolina coast, knocking down about 540 feet of Jennette’s Pier and practically shutting down an Outer Banks institution. It then became time to rethink the fishing pier concept, with the Aquariums taking the lead to rebuild Jennette’s as an all-concrete, 1,000-foot-long, educational ocean pier. On May 22, 2009, Governor Beverly Perdue led a gathering of legislators, local officials, and Aquarium leaders for a “sand-breaking” on the site of the new $25 million Jennette’s Pier, seventy years to the day from the first construction. Now, two years later, the pier will be opened to the public and an Outer Banks history lives on for many more generations to come.


05/14/11

17th Annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

The 17th annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open kicked off Wednesday and wrapped up today with thirty-four boats on the open waters.

Forecasters were calling for cloudy skies and and a pretty good chance of the thunderstorms, but sunny skies and warm weather prevailed for the anglers.

Cash prizes and trophies were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in different categories.

HVOO started in 1994 and has become a unique tournament enjoyed by local captains and fisherman, as well as visitors who all share a love for Hatteras waters.

Be part of some of these tournaments coming up:

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament June 10-18
www.thebigrock.com

Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament June 19-25
www.hatterasmarlinclub.com

Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament July 8-9
www.hatterasgrandslam.com


05/11/11

Celebrating Tourism on Hatteras Island

National Tourism Week is May 7-15 and is celebrated each year by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the U.S. Travel Industry Association as a way to show the importance of travel.

“The Visitors Bureau is fortunate to have so many great travel partners working with us every day. We were pleased to invite our partners to stand with us on National Travel & Tourism Day, celebrate tourism and thank our visitors for choosing the Outer Banks,” said Lee Nettles, Managing Director for the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Governor Beverly Perdue has proclaimed May 10th as North Carolina Travel & Tourism Day, in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide.

This year, Surf or Sound Realty participated in the U.S. Travel Rally Day as a way to celebrate tourism on the local level as a salute to the power of travel and its importance to our community on the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island.

Surf or Sound Realty company representative and Marketing Director, Jessica Epping, took the opportunity to greet visitors at the Hatteras Welcome Center, located in the restored U.S. Weather Bureau Station.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting our visitors and speaking with them about all of the wonderful historic sights and unique attractions on Hatteras Island and throughout the Outer Banks,” said Jessica. “I met visitors from Indiana, Texas and West Virginia, all in one afternoon and they each shared a mutual excitement about choosing to travel here.”

On your next visit to Hatteras Island, or on your way to catch the ferry for a daytrip on Ocracoke Island or to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village, stop in the Hatteras Welcome Center.

It offers an abundance of area information and you will surely enjoy the historical tour and local significance of the U.S. Weather Bureau Station, restored to its 1901 time period.


05/9/11

Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a favorite stop for visitors and locals alike. If you have not had the chance to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, this video from The Coastal Studies Institute offers a fun and informative glimpse into the big climb and beautiful, breathtaking view from the top!

Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from UNC-CSI on Vimeo.


05/5/11

Create Lasting Memories On Hatteras Island With Mom!

Hatteras Island is a wonderful place to make memories while on vacation. It’s an even better place to spend your Mother’s Day! There are plenty of sights to see and activities to take part in. If you’re going to be on Hatteras Island on Mother’s Day, we’ve come up with some fun ideas for mom that are sure to create lasting and cherished memories!

Fun Activities:

1. Paint your Own Pottery at Pottery in Avon http://www.studio12hatteras.com/ (252) 995-7899. A great way to spend time with mom while creating a keepsake!

2. We’re sure mom could use some relaxation and tranquility and nothing beats the spa and a massage at “In Touch Massage” in Frisco, next to Indian Town Gallery www.intouchmassageandwellness.com, (252) 995-4067. Massage on-site at the wellness center or ask about the mobile services that bring the massage directly to you at your vacation home!

3. A unique and treasuring activity on Hatteras Island is searching for sea glass! What’s even better is sea glass jewelry, which you and mom can make together! Take her to the Sea Glass wrapping jewelry class at “Indian Town Gallery” in Frisco. Call for appointment! http://www.indiantowngallery.com/ (252)995-5181.

4. Not into sea glass, but still want to make jewelry with mom? That’s covered, too! Make your own Jewelry at “The Glass Bead” – with two locations: Avon (252) 995-7020 and Rodanthe (252) 987-2005 -thousands of beads and all the jewelry-making supplies you’ll need to create your own jewelry.

5. If mom is the adventurous type, rent some gear from REAL Watersports in the village of Waves, or grab some food at Mojos’s Sunset Cafe’ and watch the views of the sound from their deck.

Specialty Shopping:

1. “Buxton Village Books” in Buxton – books, cards and gifts http://www.buxtonvillagebooks.com/ (252) 995-4240.

2. “Island Spice and Wine” in Avon – gourmet wine, food and gifts! Specialty gift baskets available! (252) 995-7750.

3. “The Elegant Attic” in Buxton – (252) 995-4468 -Antiques shop featuring a spectacular selection of antique stained-glass windows and doors imported from England.

There are also plenty of simple and inexpensive things to do with mom on Hatteras Island as well!

1. Go for a stroll on the beach.

2. Take mom out for ice cream. Village Conery is a great place to get ice cream!

3. Climb the lighthouse together.

4. Hunt for seashells then paint them together using watercolor paints or make a simple seashell wind-chime together or save them in a decorative bowl that you find together at local shops like Lee Robinson.

5. Go for a bicycle ride through old Kinnakeet.

Another idea is a family photo! Two great photographers on Hatteras Island are:

Bryan Elkus – http://www.bryanelkus.com/

Daniel Pullen – http://www.danielpullenphotography.com/

If mom can’t be with you on vacation, bring the beach to her! Find a pretty jar from one of the local shops and fill it with sand and sea shells you find on the beach!

The possibilities to create cherished memories with mom are endless on Hatteras Island. From everyone here at Surf or Sound Realty, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!