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.


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

 


03/17/14

Explore Watermen’s Bar and Grill in Waves

Part casually hip restaurant and rum bar, part gourmet coffee bar, and part waterfront concert venue, Watermen’s Bar and Grill really seems to have something for everyone. With comfortable seating inside or out on the picnic tables on their giant deck, just above the waterfront lawn, there’s plenty of space to enjoy a meal or let the kids run around, and the sunsets over the Pamlico Sound are nothing short of spectacular.

Watermens Bar and Grill

Watermen’s Bar and Grill debuted May 18, 2013 as a full-size restaurant serving freshly prepared, made-from scratch food with a focus on local ingredients and a high level of customer service. Produce is locally sourced, the fresh seafood is local, North Carolina craft beer is always on tap, even the coffee is locally roasted just days before it’s brewed. Morning starters include breakfast burritos, Umpqua oatmeal and fruit smoothies. For lunch try the blackened local tuna sandwich with wasabi cream sauce or the lump crab quesadilla. For dinner, one of the most popular menu items is chef Devon’s Carolina pork BBQ Ribs, or try one of the many local seafood specialties.

The food isn’t the only thing that’s authentic about this place, the reclaimed hardwood used throughout the space spent its last 100 years as the Coney Island Boardwalk before being salvaged and incorporated into the restaurant. Owner Trip Forman tells the story of how past patrons have been delighted to find out that the bench they were sitting on was the made from the very same boards they walked along on their first date years before. Even the lighting has a story, delicate fixtures over the bar are actually antique telephone pole insulators that were drilled and made into custom pendant lights.

Don’t let the good looks of the furnishings fool you though, all of the materials are hard-wearing and were chosen to withstand whatever the day brings. For Watermen’s that could be anything from large family groups who have just made the drive from as far away as Canada to throngs of hungry surfers and kiteboarders in wetsuits stopping in for a quick meal before their next session. For that same reason the tables are movable and can be completely removed to accommodate large crowds for concerts during their world-famous kiteboarding tourmanents.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can catch live music every week on the waterfront deck outside. Stop by tonight for their Saint Patrick’s Day concert with Christian Benedi playing acoustic beach rock and Irish Tavern drinking music starting at 6. Their Family Friendly Sky Blue Summer Concert Series sponsored by Carolina Brewery kicks off in April with most shows offering FREE admission and lasting from 6-10. Watermen’s Bar and Grill is located on the sound in Waves, just behind REAL Watersports.

 


01/14/14

Welcome to the new SurforSound.com

Surf or Sound Realty is pleased to announce the launch of our newly rebuilt website: www.surforsound.com. Since 1978, Surf or Sound Realty has offered premier family vacation rental homes to thousands of happy vacationers and homeowners. Now renting one of those vacation homes is easier than ever.

SurforSound.com

As one of the first vacation rental companies to offer real-time availability, and a few years’ later e-signature leases for seamless online booking confirmation, Surf or Sound Realty has once again positioned itself as an innovator in the vacation rental industry with its new website. It is loaded with a bevy of new features and functionality designed to provide an easy-to-use, interactive experience to discover, book, share, and enjoy the perfect Hatteras Island vacation home.

The new website provides a more robust search and real-time filtering tool for easily identifying the perfect home for your family vacation, supported by quick-photo-viewers, interactive floor plans, narrative descriptions, and satellite and road maps with integrated points of interest to help vacation planning. There is a new custom account area where guests can log-in to view saved beach bag collections, check the status of their reservations, make payments, and share details with friends and family.

The new surforsound.com was engineered by MMGY Global based in Kansas City, Missouri in close partnership with the marketing team at Surf or Sound Realty. “MMGY Global is a leader in tourism marketing and research and was the perfect partner for this redesign,” says Melvin Stone, President of Surf or Sound Realty. “We are convinced that this website with its ease of use and feature-rich functionality will become the leader in the vacation rental home industry.”

View a tour of the new website on Surf or Sound Realty’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/surforsound

Some notable features include:

      • Streamlined booking engine allows quick online reservations on one page including e-signature lease, flexible payment plans, and multiple payment methods – all making it as easy as possible for you to plan your vacation.
      • Enhanced search capability provides real-time filtering based upon various amenities including number of bedrooms, cost, features, date of stay, and location. Scroll through house photographs easily, without leaving the search results page.
      • A “Quick Quote Calculator” shows the final cost of the vacation home including tax, travel insurance, and optional add-ons. The calculator will also divide the cost per guest and per bedroom to enable guests to easily identify each group member’s cost.
      • Real-time interactive road and satellite overlay maps enable users to view vacation homes in proximity to the water, as well as show which restaurants, shops, and activities are nearby.
      • Log-in account area allows users to e-sign and print leases, view reservation details, request changes, make payments, and even invite other vacation party members to make their payments on the account – all easily online.
      • A new “Waitlist” feature enables guests to request notification in the event that an unconfirmed reservation becomes available.
      • Redesigned home overview pages feature more and larger images of the homes, interactive floor plans, guest ratings, narrative descriptions, amenities, and details.
      • Enhanced Beach Bag functionality enables users to save collections of favorite homes and share them with family members to vote and comment on their favorites.
      • PDF Mini-brochures are easy to download and print to share single or multiple vacation homes with family members.

Surf or Sound Realty, proudly in business for 35 years, manages an extensive portfolio of premier vacation homes on each of the seven charming villages of Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has two convenient office locations: 40974 NC Highway 12, Avon, North Carolina 27915 and 26204 Rampart Street, Salvo, North Carolina 27972. Surf or Sound Realty can be contacted via phone 1-800-237-1138 or email at rent@surforsound.com.

Follow us online at www.surforsound.com; Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube at “surforsound”; Instagram at “surforsoundhatteras”; and LinkedIn at “Surf or Sound Realty” for the latest news from Surf or Sound Realty and our team of Hatteras Island vacation specialists.


09/26/13

What Are Your Top Five Things To Do On Hatteras Island?

We all know that there are so many wonderful things to do here on Hatteras Island. Our pristine, family-friendly beaches and quaint villages offer a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy while visiting us.

The Huffington Post recently listed its top “5 Free Things to do on Hatteras Island.” It is no surprise that spending time enjoying the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is top on the list. There is nothing quite like a day at the beach for exploring, relaxing, and playing in the surf!

The Huffington Post list also includes: a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where admission is free, although donations are encouraged; attending programs offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge; visiting Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses (there is a fee to climb them, but not to walk around the grounds); and taking a free ferry ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island for the day.

We would love to hear what you and your family like to do while visiting us! What are your Top 5 Things to do on Hatteras Island? Please share them with us on our Surf or Sound Facebook and Twitter pages, and follow us on Pinterest to see of few of ours!

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02/7/13

Chowing Down on Hatteras Island in the Off-Season

The off-season is still a great time to visit Hatteras Island…Little to no traffic, secluded beaches, beautiful sunsets, and plenty of restaurants to offer up a heaping bowl of Hatteras Island Clam Chowder to warm your soul.

If you’re venturing to Hatteras Island during the month of February, we don’t want to leave you wondering if you’ll be able to enjoy a favorite meal at one of our quaint island establishments, so we’ve compiled a list for you to browse. Check out these restaurants while you’re on the island during the month of February and enjoy Hatteras-style dining any time of year!

In Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo, visit:
Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar, Open TUES.-SAT., Noon-8pm
Marilyn’s Deli (Located inside of Island Convenience), OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-3pm

In Avon, visit:
Oceana’s Bistro, Open EVERYDAY, 8am-9pm
Café 12, Open WED.-SUN., 11am-8pm
China Town, Open EVERYDAY, 10:30am-9:30pm
Gidget’s, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-8pm
La Fogota, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-9pm
Uglie Mugs Coffee, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-noon

In Buxton, visit:
Angelo’s Pizza, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-9pm
Hurricane Heather’s, Open WED.-SUN., 11:30am-9pm
Shipwreck Grill, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-3pm
Diamond Shoals Restaurant, Open, Call for hours – 995-5217
Pop’s, Open , Call for hours – 995-7734

In Frisco, visit:
Gingerbread House Pizza and Bakery, Open WED.-SAT., 4:30-8pm
Capt’n Rolo’s, Open TUES.-SAT., Open at 11am, LUNCH and DINNER

In Hatteras, visit:
Dancing Turtle Coffee, Open MON.-SAT., 6:30-noon
Hatterasman Drive-in, OPEN SUN.-THURS., 11am-3pm, FRI.&SAT., 11am-7pm
Saltwater Café, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-3pm
Sonny’s, OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-2pm


12/18/12

A holiday tradition…Hatteras Island Pone Bread

Sit down for a meal with a Hatteras Island resident this holiday season and you’ll likely be the lucky recipient of a true Island treat, Hatteras Island pone bread. Pone bread has been served in Island homes as long as any Island native can remember, due to the perfect blend of basic ingredients and a long shelf life. This is a recipe that has been passed down for generations and will continue to be a Hatteras Island “staple” during the holidays.

In the days before freezers and short hunting seasons, all the thrifty islanders had a barrel of salted wild fowl, which made an excellent stew, and its gravy was enjoyed over the pone bread. Any gravy is good with it, however, so choose your own favorite to serve with this Cape Hatteras tradition.
-Mrs. Rebecca Burrus

Hatteras Island pone bread is prepared the evening before and left to set overnight. It was originally cooked for hours over an open fire with hot coals on the lid, but can now be seen through the glass door of most ovens on Hatteras Island.

Hatteras Island pone bread keeps well, so be sure to prepare plenty to enjoy in the days ahead!

Traditional Hatteras Island Pone Bread

3 cups cornmeal
5 cups boiling water (1 more may be needed, if too thick)
2/3 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons shortening

• Scald cornmeal with boiling water in deep mixing bowl. Stir well and add salt, sugar, molasses and cold water. Blend in flour, mix well, cover, and let stand at room temperature for 10 to 12 hours.
• In a Dutch oven, a 3 qt. iron skillet, Pyrex, or other heavy baking pan, melt the shortening and pour in the batter. Bake uncovered for two hours at 375°F.
• Reduce oven temperature to 300°F and continue to bake for another hour, covered. If oven is not needed, turn it off and leave covered pan in for an hour or more longer.
• Slice and serve cold.

Indulge in a true Hatteras Island treat this holiday season!


11/19/12

What do you bring to the (Thanksgiving) table?

As Thanksgiving Day approaches here on Hatteras Island, we find many people making lists and checking them twice. There is the Thanksgiving Day meal list, the dinner guests list, the “who’s bringing what?” list, and the grocery list. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning of it all and run around like a “chicken turkey with your head cut off.”

Do you have a signature dish that everyone looks forward to year after year? If not, and you’re always left scrambling to come up with that perfect dish, look no farther…Oyster dressing proves to be a crowd pleaser time and time again.

Here’s how to make it…

yield: Makes 8 -10 servings or about 10 cups
prep time: 1 hr
total time: 2 hr

Ingredients:
• 2 loaves Italian or French bread (1 lb total), cut into 3/4-inch cubes (12 cups)
• 1/2 lb sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil (if needed)
• 2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
• 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 tablespoon dried thyme, crumbled
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage or 2 teaspoons dried sage, crumbled
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 2/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
• 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
• 18 oysters, shucked, drained, and chopped (3/4 cup)
• 2 1/4 cups turkey giblet stock or low-sodium chicken broth

Preheat oven to 325°F.
Spread bread cubes in 2 shallow baking pans and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of pans halfway through baking, until golden, 25 to 30 minutes total. Cool bread in pans on racks, then transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving fat in skillet.
If bacon renders less than 1/4 cup fat, add enough oil to skillet to total 1/4 cup fat. Cook onions, celery, thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper in fat in skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl with bread cubes, then stir in bacon, parsley, butter, and oysters. Drizzle with stock, then season with salt and pepper and toss well.
Transfer stuffing to a buttered 3- to 3 1/2-quart shallow baking dish. Bake, covered, in middle of oven 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until browned, about 30 minutes more.

Cooks’ note: Stuffing can be assembled (without oysters and not baked) 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature and stir in oysters before baking.

Next year, there will be no question as to what you bring to the (Thanksgiving) table!

Enjoy!


09/12/12

Let the festivities begin…Day at the Docks kicks off tomorrow!

We are happy to announce that this year’s Day at the Docks festivities will run for 4 days, starting tomorrow, September 13th. Join us to celebrate the spirit of Hatteras and to honor the heritage and living traditions of local watermen!

This year’s event kicks off on Thursday at 4pm at The Seaside Inn in Hatteras with a free public forum, “Talk of the Villages: Fishermen, Fish, Food, and Livelihood.”

On Friday morning, September 14th at 11am, join the National Weather Service from Newport, NC, Dare County, and the Island Free Press for a Hurricane Awareness Town Hall Meeting at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Wind down and gear up for a plethora of Saturday activities by heading down Hwy 12 to Lee Robinson’s General Store for “Taste of NC.” Starting at 4pm, this event will feature tastings of North Carolina wine, beer, and seafood, along with talks from local authors and live music by Banjo Island.

Saturday is a BIG Day at the Docks! The docks of Hatteras village will be teeming with activities and events starting at 10am. Activities for the day include a concrete marlin competition, a survival suit race, and a net hanging competition showcasing this time-honored skill. There will also be several activities and events geared specifically towards children, such as designing a fish print t-shirt, crab races, and a fishing contest. There will also be musicians, poets, and authors performing throughout the day around the docks, as well as free skin cancer screening sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Be sure to stop by The Gazebo at Village Marina from 10am-3pm to catch a few local seafood demonstrations and then head on over to the Chowder Cook-off sponsored by the HICF. At 3pm, claim a spot at the Willis Boat Landing main stage to watch two of Hatteras Island’s most popular restaurants and their chefs go head-to-head in an hour long competition to prepare dishes using a local seafood ingredient that will be revealed just as the competition gets underway! There will be an awards ceremony at 4:30pm, followed by the boat parade at 6pm and the solemn Blessing of the Fleet.

Be sure to join in the fun at the Hatteras Village Community Building at 8pm by dancing the night away on the “lawn” in true Hatteras fashion.

On Sunday, September 16th, head over to The Seaside Inn at 1pm for shrimp ‘n’ grits and then head out on the water to culminate a great weekend of celebrating our watermen and their generous contributions to our fragile, island community.

Click here for a full schedule of events!