05/25/17

Hatteras Island Bars and Nightlife

Turner’s High Moon Bar Handcrafted Cocktail

Bars on Hatteras Island

A good beach bar can set the stage for an unforgettable night on the town in this Southern Outer Banks vacation destination. And despite having a reputation as a refreshingly low-key collection of beach towns, the Hatteras Island nightlife scene is surprisingly varied, unexpected, and always fun.

In the prime summer months when the island is hopping, visitors can expect to find plenty of options to cater to any after-hours cravings. From big name and nationally recognized bands playing at oceanfront venues, to local musicians that have been charming island bar patrons for decades, the combination of great drinks and great music is more or less inherent in this Outer Banks region.

Koru Villages’ Beach Klub

The big bands can be found at the Papawack Theatre at the Koru Villages’ Beach Klub in Avon. This oceanfront venue has been host to a wide array of music, from the Wailers to the renowned beach music stylings of The Embers, and the site continues to draw in big names through local arts and music festivals as well as their regular Thursday night summer performances. In short, if you’re in the mood for a big-name concert that coincides with lots of dancing, ice-cold drinks, and a prime oceanfront view, this is the place to go.

Watermen’s Bar and Grill

With some of the freshest food on the island, you’ll find the casual Watermen’s Bar and Grill right behind REAL Watersports on the sound in Waves. This venue offers spectacular sunsets and great live music. Their Sky Blue Concert series brings local and regional acts Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and during REAL Watersports’ festivals and events you’ll find big name national acts like Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys and Method Man (of the Wu-Tang Clan) and Redman.

Smaller Settings

If you love music but prefer a smaller scene, then you’ll be delighted to discover that Hatteras Island covers this small-scale beach vibe, and covers it well. On any given summer night, multiple restaurants and local bars host talented musicians that specialize in a wide range of styles, while attracting customers through drink specials, limited or no cover fees, and an all-around fun atmosphere.

If you’re brand new to the Hatteras Island bar scene, try Turner’s High Moon in Avon Village. This relatively new establishment has a number of great microbrews on tap and is known for their craft cocktails and regular live music in the summer months. There’s even a shuffleboard table, and ample room for locals and visitors to dance meet and mingle.

If you like a more subdued scene, then head to your favorite local restaurant – like the Froggy Dog, Dinky’s, or Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill – find a prime seat, and settle in for a good time. The bars on Hatteras Island have embraced the latest craft beer craze – as well as somewhat recent ability to serve mixed drinks, courtesy of popular local vote – and as a result, have a fine assortment of adult beverages to whet your whistle.

Find Your Favorite

The Hatteras Island bar scene can be as intimate or as outgoing as you want it to be. With a clever mix of local watering holes, upscale establishments, and please-the-masses venues, you can essentially plan your ideal night out while on a Hatteras Island vacation.

Of course, there’s always your premier vacation home. It’s hard to beat sunset cocktails with panoramic views of the Pamlico Sound, or happy hour at your private tiki bar.


03/5/16

5 Restaurants on Hatteras Island You Can’t Miss!

 

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Hatteras Island is a beautiful place with amazing beaches and cozy coastal homes.   This vacation destination provides everything you could want on your getaway: great living space, tons of sun, and more beach activities than you can squirt a water cannon at!   But when you’re done hitting the surf and relaxing in the sun, you’ll probably want something to eat.   Our list of the top 5 restaurants on Hatteras Island will help you find the perfect meal to round out your dream vacation; read on to discover these mouthwatering locations!

Bros Sandwich Shack — Avon

This new addition to the Hatteras Island restaurant scene has made a big impression!   Opened in 2014 by brothers Matt and Josh, the Bros Sandwich Shack specializes in fresh ground burgers, delicious sandwiches, and sauces made from scratch.   A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this place offers a casual atmosphere perfect for a family with children — and what kid doesn’t love burgers?   Try their Cowboy Bro, a fresh ground angus burger patty slathered with sriracha BBQ sauce and topped with peppered bacon, smoked gouda and melted pepperjack.

Orange Blossom Bakery & Café — Buxton

This bakery and café in Buxton, NC is a local institution.   Started as the Orange Blossom Motel in the 1950’s by the Barnettes, it was eventually converted into a bakery after their passing.   Now owned by Charley and Lisa Pereira, and also boasting café food, Orange Blossom Bakery & Café has stayed true to its origins.   Orange Blossom is famous for their signature item — apple uglies!   Order these delicious apple fritters to experience sweet bliss, or even order the chocolate covered variety called a kupa — playfully named after the Polish word for turd.   An ugly and a turd never tasted so good!

Caf̩ Pamlico РBuxton

Set on the waters of the Pamlico Sound, Café Pamlico offers a fine dining experience perfect for a date night with your significant other.   Café Pamlico prides itself on serving fresh, local ingredients, and are committed to supporting local fisherman and farmers.   Their chefs change the menu frequently based on availability of these local ingredients.   You’ll want to make a reservation if you’re looking to eat here; Café Pamlico fills up quick!

Buxton Munch Company — Buxton

Proof that a small restaurant can pack a BIG kick, Buxton Munch Company serves up delicious wraps, subs, tacos and more!   Offering delectable seafood inspired creations as well more traditional American fare, this local favorite has been in operation since 1999.   They claim to have the #1 Crabby Pattie (outside of Bikini Bottom for you Spongebob fans) and you might just agree once you taste this amazing creation!

Harbor House Seafood Market – Hatteras

For that fresh out of the sea taste, you have to visit Harbor House Seafood Market!   With fresh fish caught daily and an entire market full of delicious creations, this family owned store is sure to impress.   You can grab some ready-made items cooked to perfection, or if you feel like cooking yourself, they offer raw seafood options perfect to take home and sear up on your own grill!   From shrimp and crab enchiladas to scrumptious seafood soups and salads, Harbor House Seafood Market is a must-visit eatery on Hatteras Island!


10/16/15

Turner’s High Moon Bar – Hatteras Island Nightlife

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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

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07/31/15

Tips on Creating the Best Outer Banks Beach House Meals

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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.

Preparation

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.

Breakfast

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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

Lunch

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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Salt
  •  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.

Dinner

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.

Tapas Night

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.


04/20/15

Welcome to the Village of Waves

Located about 30 minutes south of Nags Head and other central Outer Banks attractions, the slower pace of Waves provides a great place for water and nature lovers who enjoy a little peace and quiet. This area has become renowned for water sports enthusiasts, such as kiteboarders, paddleboarders and windsurfers, who enjoy the slick, shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound. Surfers and ocean lovers can also enjoy some of the best WAVES on the East Coast. A paved multi-use path runs the length of the village for cyclists, joggers and strollers. Tucked behind windswept Live Oaks and Loblolly Pines, you’ll find neighborhood entrances, restaurants, galleries and shops — just off the beaten path.

Here are a few of the great places you’ll find in Waves:
Find their locations by choosing points of interest on the interactive map on our website

Ocean Gourmet and Gifts — Homemade fudge, Hand-dipped ice cream, and fresh-baked cinnamon rolls in the morning

Dairy Queen — Soft-serve ice cream, blizzards and classic burgers and fries from the take out window.

Hatteras Island Sail Shop — Since the 1980s,  one of the best launches on Hatteras, with a hard sandy bottom and great exposure to the southwest winds. Shop offers lessons and rentals and a wide range of kiteboarding, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and kayak gear.

Atlantic Coast Cafe –  Laid-back cafe serving breakfast and a casual lunch and dinner menu with a seafood flair. Enjoy your meal inside or outside on the deck where pets are welcome.

Hatteras Island Surf Shop — Established in 1971,  the surf shop has every thing for your surfing, skim boarding, and body boarding needs and offers lessons and rentals.

Michael Halminski Gallery –  A resident of Hatteras Island for over 40 years, Michael Halminski sells fine art prints and note cards of his iconic photography.

Charlies Boat Rentals — Rent Pontoon Boats, Motor Boats and Waverunners by the hour or the day.

Top Dog Cafe — Laid-back, Florida Keys-style restaurant for wraps, burgers, surf n turf and fish tacos.

REAL Watersports — Internationally recognized kiteboarding and surfing shop, and lesson center. Four acres of the latest and greatest gear, rentals and lessons.

Watermen’s Bar and Grille — Excellent food, drinks and coffee overlooking the sound with family-friendly with picnic tables on the deck and indoor/outdoor eating options.

Leonardos Pizza — Simply great pizza and subs.

Waves Market and Deli — Boars Head meats and cheeses, specialty beers and wine, groceries and quirky sandwiches, wraps and fries that have developed a cult following.

St. Waves Seafood and Steaks — Fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks, take home steamer buckets and fresh homemade desserts (try the key lime pie!)

 

 

 

 


04/9/15

Spice up your Vacation Experience with a Personal Chef

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Hatteras Island vacationers can take their culinary experience to the next level by hiring a personal chef to prepare dinner in their vacation home! With meals ranging from indulgent 5-course feasts to themed Polynesian Luaus – the Hatteras Island personal chef experience allows guests to take a night off from cooking and take home new memories and a few new culinary skills.

Culinary Culture
Home to seven charming villages dotted along the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Hatteras Island sits 30 miles off the North Carolina coast, providing some of the best fishing in the East. Local restaurants serve everything from North Carolina Barbecue to freshly caught, straight from the docks seafood. It’s easy to see why culinary experts enjoy working on Hatteras Island.

Mouth-watering Traditions
One of the first personal chefs in the area, Outer Banks Personal Chef Lynn Flowers explains, “When I arrive at my client’s vacation house, it’s wonderful to be greeted with such enthusiasm. Everyone is SO excited to see me. I have clients for whom I have been cooking for 15 years. They treat me like family. They keep coming back to the Outer Banks for our gorgeous beaches and they hire me to cook and serve them up a most memorable meal. I have seen their kids grow up and new babies  be born.”

Busy work and home lives have guests looking for relaxing, enriching activities to add to their family vacation schedules. Some chef services even include cooking lessons, and if they don’t: “I really don’t do “cooking lessons” but when I am hosting personal chef events that’s exactly what it turns into! Everyone gathers around the bar while I cook and has a glass of wine. It becomes dinner and a show,” Gwen Hart of Enchanted Cuisine exclaims.

Book Early
It’s a trend that’s catching on. Many chefs who started booking summer dates in January are completely booked for some summer weeks by March. Jamie Pauls, owner of Café 111 explained  “I still get people who have just found out about Café 111 and are excited to hire us.” – he does his best to work them in but many of his prime summer weeks are already booked by the end of Spring.

Prime Location
Vacationers love the personal chef experience. The quality of the meal is equivalent to what you’d find in the finest regional restaurants and they have the opportunity to get to know and learn from some incredible local chefs. The open layouts and gourmet kitchens in many of Surf or Sound Realty’s vacation homes provide the ultimate setting. Plus, most restaurants can’t top the views from our oceanfront homes.


08/5/14

Rainy Day Activities on Hatteras Island

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You know what they say, a rainy day at the beach is better than a rainy day at home! Here are a few of our favorite things to do when it rains on the Outer Banks (hint – all of these activities are fun when it’s sunny too!).

Make Stuff

From paint your own pottery to jewelry creation, there are lots of way to express your creative side here on Hatteras Island – even when it’s raining. Try one of these spots to start:

Studio 12 in Avon – From glass bowl creation to making your own natural bath products, they have classes for all sorts of ages and interests. See more at: http://www.studio12hatteras.com/classes.php

Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop and Bead Shop in Avon – Grab a Latte and head to the Bead shop in the back to create your masterpiece.

Kinnakeet Clayworks in Avon – Learn watercolor techniques, or get your hands dirty turning a lump of clay into a beautiful functional object. View their Facebook page for class updates:  https://www.facebook.com/kinnakeetclay

Red Drum Pottery in Frisco – Offering Paint on Pottery and Raku classes – call or stop by for times and details: (252) 995-3686

Indian Town Gallery in Frisco – Painting Parties, Oil Painting Workshops and Seaglass Jewelry Making. Check out their Facebook for all the details on these top notch activities: https://www.facebook.com/indiantowngallery?fref=photo

Sunsational Designs and Beads of Paradise in Frisco– Thousands of beads to create your own custom jewelry or stop in for a hair wrap or henna tattoo.

Go Shopping

An artist’s mecca, Hatteras Island is full of Art Galleries and small shops. You’ll find handmade and local items in our galleries and gift shops and the latest fashions and most advanced gear in our surf shops. Stop into Buxton books for the perfect reading selections for your entire family. Check out our shopping page here: www.surforsound.com/things-to-do/shopping/

Play in the Rain

While we don’t advise going outside during a thunderstorm, summer rainshowers can actually be a lot of fun. Don’t want to get your clothes wet? We bet you packed a bathing suit!

Watch a movie

Snuggle up with your loved ones, pop some popcorn and watch a family flick. The Food Lion in Avon has a RedBox kiosk and some rental homes provide DVDs and streaming movies.

Have Your Own Restaurant Crawl

Have an all afternoon food-fest with a self-guided restaurant crawl through some of our best restaurants: Appetizers at Pangea Tavern, Soup and Salad at at Oceana’s Bistro, Entrees at Ketch 55, Dessert at the Dolphin Den and After Dinner Cocktails at Turner’s High Moon Bar.

Indulge at the Spa

Treat yourself to a day (or a couple of hours) at the spa.

In Touch Massage and Wellness Center in Frisco – Dedicated to enhancing well-being by providing a variety of services for the body and mind.

Spa Koru – Located right next to our Avon office, Spa Koru is a great place to relax with a Hot Stone Massage, an Organic Facial, or body wrap. Stop by the salon for a hair cut, waxing and nail services or take a yoga class next door in the fitness center.

Cook or Bake the Day Away

You may not have time to create gourmet meals every night at home, but vacation is the perfect time to get the family together to cook. Besides, once you master the recipe it can be much easier to make the second time around and will bring back fond memories of your vacation cooking!

Check out Local Arcades

Pinball anyone? Old-fashioned beach vacation fun can be had at some of our local arcades!

Rodanthe Pier – Chill out in the Air Conditioned Game Room and enjoy some snacks while you stay dry and watch the surf.

The Sandbar and Grille in Frisco – pinball machines, a jukebox, pool table, and a number of classic video games.

Angelo’s Pizza Arcade in Buxton – 25 Arcade games and pool tables and you can order a pizza while you’re there!

Museums

History, culture and education – there’s so much to learn about at Hatteras Island in our museums and historic sites.

Graveyard of the Atlantic in Hatteras Village across from the Ferry Docks

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe

Frisco Native American Museum – View Native American art, artifacts and culture, from the island and other native tribes.

Hatteras Island Visitor’s Center and Museum of the Sea – Located at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site

Whatever you decide to do remember that sometimes the best memories come from just spending time together. Our vacation rental homes are cozy comfortable places to spend a rainy day, many are even equipped with game rooms and theaters. Before you know it the clouds will lift and the rain will come to an end.


07/19/14

Check In Day Activities

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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.


05/16/14

The New Avon Fishing Pier and Pangea Tavern

Avon Fishing Pier

This Memorial Day weekend, Hatteras Island visitors will have a chance to experience one of the island’s newest restaurants. Pangea Tavern holds its Grand Opening, Friday, May 23 in the newly renovated building located on the same property as the Avon Fishing Pier – just across NC12 from Surf or Sound Realty’s Avon office.

In just three months since purchasing the existing restaurant structure on the pier property, new owners Koru Village have transformed it into an exciting new destination. Pangea Tavern will serve lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and Brunch on Sundays. They will offer a dozen exclusively North Carolina beers on tap including: Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Foothills Brewing Torch Pilsner, Weeping Raddish Brewery’s Black Raddish, and Mother Earth Brewing’s Weeping Willow Wit, as well as a bottled beer selection from all over the world. Executive Chef Tracy Morris, known for his artfully prepared food at the Catering Company of Hatteras Island, brings decades of culinary experience to the new restaurant. “We are very grateful to have this opportunity to deliver Pangea Tavern to our community and to all of the people who visit this amazing place we live. As you enter the front door you will be taken on a journey that is true to North Carolina roots and expands across the earth through the menu, design, and unparalleled service,” says Tracy.

The Avon Fishing Pier also underwent repairs and renovations and reopened in April for both sightseeing and fishing. Phase 2 plans for the pier include rebuilding the T at the end of the pier, reviving the popular camp programs, and even opening a casual restaurant inside the renovated pier house. Stay tuned for details about a Red Drum fishing tournament at the pier in the fall.

The last of the piers to be built on Hatteras Island, the Avon Fishing Pier has been open since 1962, and has long been a part of the landscape of Hatteras Island. Whether you want to spend the day seeing what you can reel in, enjoy a cold regional microbrew listening to great live music, or have a fun family dinner in a cool tavern atmosphere, the new pier and restaurant should be a great place for Hatteras Island vacation memories.


04/22/14

Dolphin Den Offers Take Out Seafood Buckets

Dolphin Den Restaurant in Avon

Step into the Dolphin Den in Avon and you get the sense that you’re on a ship. With highly varnished wood floors and windows the shape of portholes, the Dolphin Den has been a favorite seafood stop for Hatteras Island visitors for years. Have a seat in one of their historic wooden booths, whose benches are reclaimed pews from the family’s local Methodist church, or order one of their popular large group take out packages and enjoy a made from scratch meal from the comfort of your Surf or Sound vacation home – without the effort of cooking.

New on the menu this year, are Steamed Seafood Buckets. For around $50 you can get a Deluxe bucket full of King Crab, Snow Crab, Jonah Crab Claws, Shrimp, Crawfish, Clams, Mussels, Corn, Red Potatoes and Homemade Huspuppies. It’s the perfect sampler of steamed seafood and if you call ahead on check-in day you can have dinner hot and ready for you when you get to your house.

Don’t forget to try their BBQ and famous Key Lime Pie!

Delicious Steamed Crab Legs are Perfect with Butter