08/8/12

Fish House Restaurant

There are many great places to eat on Hatteras Island, however there is one little gem tucked neatly along the Buxton Harbor that has a story to tell, with excellent eats and a great sunset to boot!

“The Fish House has had a long history here at Buxton Harbor. It was originally, as the name implies, a fish house. A place where commercial fishermen unloaded their catch to be packed and shipped. The floors were slanted (and still are today) to allow excess water to drain away from the fish boxes. After the fish house closed, the building became a restaurant, known to several generations of Hatteras Island locals and visitors for its fine, fresh seafood. Today, children who first ate at the restaurant with their parents decades ago are bringing their own children to enjoy both the seafood and the harbor.”
Open EVERYDAY @ 5pm…


08/1/12

Lowcountry Boil…It's what's for dinner!

It’s a warm summer night, you’re surrounded by a multitude of friends and family, and everyone is ready to eat! What could you possibly prepare that would not only feed, but satisfy the large group of people you are entertaining, while still allowing you to enjoy their company?
How about a Lowcountry boil?
Originally called Frogmore Stew, this one-pot wonder, was the result of National Guardsman, Richard Gay needing to feed a group of 100 hungry soldiers. Gay used his family’s recipe, which was later named by the soldiers after Gay’s hometown of Frogmore, South Carolina.
A Lowcountry boil consists of a few simple, yet superb ingredients…shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn-on-the-cob. Nontraditional Lowcountry boil items can also be added, such as clams and crab legs.
Grab a stockpot and get started! While the pot is boiling, be sure to set your table with newspaper (to cover your table top), cocktail sauce, and melted butter set aside for dipping.
Lowcountry Boil
4 pounds small red potatoes
5 quarts water
1 (3-ounce) bag of crab boil seasoning
4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
2 pounds kielbasa or hot smoked link sausage, cut into 1½-inch pieces
6 ears of corn, halved
4 pounds large fresh shrimp (peeled and deveined optional)
Add potatoes to large pot and then add 5 quarts water and seasonings. Cover pot and heat to a rolling boil; cook 5 minutes. Add sausage and corn, and return to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add shrimp to stockpot; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Drain. Serve with cocktail sauce.
Serves 12
(Recipe courtesy of Coastal Living magazine)
**The rule of thumb is the larger the crowd, the larger the pot!
***If you are staying in the tri-villages, head on over to Austin’s South Island Seafood in Rodanthe for delicious fresh shrimp or Risky Business Seafood on the south end of the island. There are a few produce stands located along Hwy 12, as well for hand selecting the perfect ears of corn for your feast.
ENJOY!


11/17/11

Outer Banks Holiday Events

*Poulos Christmas Lights
When: Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 through Christmas
Click here for a map
DescriptionEnjoy one of the most famous homes in America for its Christmas and Holiday Lights display. Featured as a national winner of a Today Show lights contest, and on HGTV! A night viewing is optimal to get the full effect of the lights. The time and effort the Poulos family puts into this display every year is astounding…you’ll see little vignettes and decorum found absolutely nowhere else! Directions: The house is located in Kill Devil Hills near the Nags Head Woods entrance Heading South on Rt. 158 into Kill Devil Hills 1. Proceed to light at Ocean Acres Dr. (opposite McDonalds) 2. Turn right at Ocean Acres Dr. 3. The road will change from paved to gravel as you go up a hill. Just over the top of the hill you will find the Poulos home.

*Santa will be at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum
When: November 25
Santa will be at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum, located at NC 12 MP 39 ½ ocean side
, Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. The Site itself will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, but Santa will be there from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm. Santa will be in the main building inside the white picket fence, which is the 1911 Life-Saving Service Station. Children accompanied by adults may tour the station in an orderly manner. Admission is free with one non-perishable item per person for the Hatteras Island Food Bank. There will also be great sales in the Gift Shop! Bring your camera- there will be plenty of photo ops! To learn more about Chicamacomico, its exciting activities and offerings, visit www.chicamacomico.net, email at clss@embarqmail.com , call 252-987-1552.

*Ocrafolk Festival Fundraising Concert

When: November 25; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ocracoke Community Center.

Join local musicians for an evening of entertainment as the community raises funds for the Ocrafolk Festival in June 2012.

*Hangin’ With Santa
When:Friday, Nov 25, 2011
Where: Kitty Hawk Kites (mp 12.5), Nags Head.

Children can have their free photo taken with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider Friday and Saturday, set up at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. This event is free, so bring your cameras!! Friday 10am-2pm and Saturday 1pm-6pm. 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email events@kittyhawk.com

*Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show
When: Friday & Saturday Nov. 25-26; 10am – 4pm
Where:Cape Hatteras Secondary School on Route 12 in Buxton.

Free admission, food and a scholarship raffle. For more information call (252) 305-1606.

*First in Flight Holiday Lights
When: Nov 25 – January 1
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The Town of Kill Devil Hills, home of the First Flight, offers visitors and residents an opportunity to reflect on the many aspects of the holiday season with a beautiful lighted display on Frog Pond in Aviation Park. With a backdrop of dark trees, and against the reflection of the water, the display features a classic Christmas tree design more than 20′ tall. The tree will be lit from November 25th – January 1st.

*Kites with Lights

When: Sat, November 26, 3pm – 6pm
Where: Jockey’s Ridge State Park (mp 12.5), Nags Head.

Watch the night sky magically transform as kites with lights glow in the sky atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Join us for hot apple cider and cookies beginning 4pm across the street at the Kitty Hawk Kites store. Kites go up around 3pm and will be in the sky until 6pm. This is a very well attended event so get there early to get your parking spot! 1-877-FLY-THIS, 252-441-4124 or email events@kittyhawk.com

*Thanks Thursday, Black Friday, Redfish Saturday
When: Sat, November 26, 8am – 12pm
The new Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head will hold its first ever Redfish Saturday tournament on Nov. 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. The event has something to offer everyone in your family. Trophies will be awarded that day for the longest fish of these types: red drum, black drum, bluefish, speckled trout, gray trout, striped bass, croaker, flounder and others. Jennette’s Pier has partnered with Tanger Outlet Center also of Nags Head for the event. Everyone who registers for the tournament will receive a free Tanger Outlet coupon book, a $350 value. The pier’s educational staff will offer fee-based programs for children during the tournament. So, let the angler in your family go fishing and the shopper go shopping at the nearby outlets. Families must register, however, by Wednesday, Nov. 23 for the programs. For more information, call 252-255-1501, ext. 202.

*UNCG Old Time Ensemble Christmas Performance
When: Sat, November 26, 7pm – 8pm; November 27 at 2 p.m.
Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Indoor Theatre

The Old Time Ensemble from the School of Music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will present two Christmas concerts with some holiday sing-a-longs. Don’t miss this creative group of fiddle-playing, banjo-picking, accordion-squeezing, washboard-strumming musicians. The event is part of the RIFP Performance Series. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for those 12 and under.

*23rd Annual Festival of Trees
When: Dec. 1 – 3
The Festival of Trees brings together residents and visitors to the OBX to celebrate the holiday season with twinkling lights, festive musical performances, punch and homemade cookies, craft activities for children, a visit with Santa complete with a souvenir photo, and shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts. The culmination of the Festival is an auction of donated, decorated Christmas Trees and Holiday Objects at a catered Gala Holiday Social. Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser that benefits crisis intervention programs of the Outer Banks Hotline for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
December 1 & 2 Location: 108 Budleigh Street in downtown Manteo. 108 Budleigh is a spacious special event and reception venue. There will be the very popular Holiday Bazaar where volunteers will display and sell a wide variety of gift items, decorations, and even holiday attire. These items will have been collected throughout the year from the best of the best of donations to Hotline’s fundraising thrift shops. Most items are gently used, new, collectible, vintage, and unique! Also a large silent auction fundraiser for vacation packages and other gifts. Photo opportunities with Santa’s Snow Princess plus live performances by local groups. Cookies and punch will be served.
December 3 Location: Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The events room in the new Jeanette’s Pier will provide a spacious venue for the Holiday Social and Benefit Auction of beautiful Christmas Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and artists. There will be approximately 12 to 15 full size Trees decorated around a specific theme. Each tree will also have gifts associated with it that add value and excitement to the bidding. Holiday Social — a ticketed event that begins at 6:30pm. The Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the evening will be local personality, Bill Rea. The Benefit Auction will begin at 8pm after a Holiday Social that will offer heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and champagne, and live entertainment. During the Holiday Social, approximately 6 items (including original paintings, stained glass, jewelry, etc.) will be offered in a Silent Auction to conclude at the beginning of the live auction. Visit for more details visit www.obhotline.org

*Holiday Small Works Show (Vault Gallery)
When: Friday, Dec 2, 2011
Over 500 works of art to fit every budget, including original paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media and wood. Perfect for your holiday shopping. Great stocking stuffer items available. Shop locally and support Dare County artists and craftspeople! Opening reception, Friday, December 2nd 6pm – 8pm. For more information, please call (252) 473-5558 or see Dare County Arts Council’s website at darearts.org

*Manteo Tree Lighting

When: Friday, Dec 2, 2011
Where: Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo, NC

Set in front of the historic old courthouse on Queen Elizabeth Street, is a musical dramatic celebration of that indefinable spirit of selfless joy that, for over 400 years, has touched the lives of Roanoke Island residents at Christmas and caused them to persevere against all odds in pursuance of their dreams. www.townofmanteo.com

*First Friday
When:Fri, December 2, 4pm – 8pm
Where: Manteo Waterfront.

Historic Inn Tour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (tour maps at Dare County Arts Council), Live music from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Blue grass to Jazz to Classic Rock ‘n Roll), Boutiques and Restaurants open late, Enjoy family friendly activities, Famous rock climbing wall, Historical interpreters in period costumes and more. townofmanteo.com

*Downtown Manteo Christmas Parade
When:Saturday, Dec 3, 2011
Where: Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo, NC

Winding through the streets of Manteo, the Christmas parade is a Manteo tradition. Local schools, charitable organizations, and business help spread the spirit of the season. townofmanteo.com

*Grand Illumination – The Elizabethan Gardens
When: Sat, December 3, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Kick off 19 nights of lights, seasonal and floral displays at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina. This kick-off event will feature holiday foods and festive drink in the Embellished Hall and on the Great Lawn. Also featured are fire pits on the Great Lawn, where guests can enjoy the glow of the season. On this evening enjoy The Gardens’ Gift Shoppe and plant sales, offering 10% off all merchandise. Friends’ receive an additional 10% off. For the occasion, a special holiday promotion is planned featuring many gifts under $15.00 ~ pre-wrapped and ready to give for Christmas. Garden plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Tickets for Illuminations for Non-Members are $14 for adults; $9 for youth (ages 6-17); $6 for children (5 and under). Tickets for Friends’ are $10 for adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). Groups of 20 or more receive $1.00 off each ticket. www.elizabethangardens.org

*Hatteras Connection Seafood Dinner, Hatteras village
When: December 6; 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Hatteras Village Civic Center, 56658 NC 12, Hatteras

Connect with local, sustainably harvested seafood prepared by local chefs. Benefits Hatteras Island’s Food Pantry and Hatteras Island Meals. Reserve dinner ticket at (252) 995-4131 or e-mail ridgeroad@earthlink.net

*Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb
When: Saturday, December 10; 10am – 3pm
Where: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, NC

Free. All climbers are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they cannot be carried. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (16 years of age or older). The climb is strenuous–the 248 steps to the top equal climbing a 12-story building. nps.gov/caha

*Holiday at the Museum
When: December 10
Where:The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras. 12 – 4 p.m.

Enjoy the holiday village and laugh at the animatronic dog and bear, see vintage Santa Claus displays and twinkling lights and a variety of ornamented trees. Relax with free soup and holiday cookies. If you bring a donation for the food bank, you will receive a 5% discount in the Meekins Chandlery Gift Shop and each shopper will be given a special holiday bag. Caroling and children’s activities will be in the education wing. Open the doors to the Burrus Couch Midgett Gallery and learn Hatteras Island history by viewing: the “Flags Over Hatteras” Civil War exhibit with pieces assembled from collections around the nation; the “Pirates, Scalawags, and Brigands” display with actual artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck; recognize some familiar names and faces and learn about the cultural implications of shipwrecks in “Ship Ashore” ; and even view actual pieces from the dining room table of the U.S.S. Monitor. All events and exhibits are free and are appropriate for all ages. On December 11th, don’t miss the Museum Reindeer Explorer in the Hatteras Village Parade. For more information call (252) 986-2995.

*Free Holiday Tours | The Whalehead Club
When: Sat, December 10, 3pm – 6pm
Free holiday tours of the Whalehead Club displaying traditional 1920s holiday decorations, complimentary hot chocolate on the porch. Singing of Christmas Carols and the simultaneous lighting of the Currituck Beach Light and the giant Cedar tree inside Currituck Heritage Park.

*Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

When: Sun. December 11; 2:00pm-6:00pm
The parade will begin at Teach’s Lair Marina at 2 p.m. The parade route continues through the village and ends at the Hatterasman Drive-In. Everyone is invited to the Civic Center after the parade for home-baked cookies and hot chocolate and to hear the announcement of the winners.

*Dinner with Santa

When: Fri, December 16, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Celebrate the beginning of the holidays with your child by dining with Santa in the magically decorated Embellished Hall at The Elizabethan Gardens. Culinary delights will be provided by Ortega’z, and Santa will be available throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture wonderful family holiday photos. The Gardens will also have a professional photographer available to take photos which can then be purchased from the photographer’s website. Your ticket includes dinner, Santa and WinterLights. Dinner seating is at 6 pm, 7 pm, or 8 pm. Come experience holiday lights and music transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. Enjoy the spirit of the season, dinner and Santa! Friends’ tickets: $35 for Adults; $20 for children. Non-members tickets: $40 for Adults; $25 for children. www.elizabethangardens.org

*108th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
When: December 17
Where: Wright Brothers National Memorial. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this milestone. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the site of Wright’s first flight. Visitors to the site experience a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 encampment and majestic, 60-foot tall granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site a century ago. outerbanks.org

*WinterLights – Come See Santa

When: Friday, Dec 23, 2011
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Kids come see Santa before the big day. Admission to WinterLights is required. www.elizabethangardens.org

*WinterLights
When:Fri, December 23, 6pm – 9pm
Where: Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, NC

Come experience Holiday lights and music transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. Stroll through The Gardens and enjoy the spirit of the season. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse, Reception Hall and great Lawn. WinterLights is 18 nights of lights and floral displays at The Gardens! Each evening enjoy The Gardens’ Gift Shoppe and plant sales, which offer 10% off all merchandise. Friends’ receive an additional 10% off. For the occasion, a special holiday promotion is planned featuring many gifts under $15.00 ~ pre-wrapped and ready to give for Christmas. Garden plant sales will feature winter annuals; ornamental vegetables; forced bulbs; rosemary Christmas Trees; and conifers with bows. Tickets for Friends’ and Non-members: $9 for Adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). www.elizabethangardens.org


07/13/11

Mixed Drinks on the Menu at Hatteras Island Restaurants

All villages on Hatteras Island have voted in favor of allowing mixed drinks to be served at area restaurants and bars.

The private kitchen in your vacation rental home is great for serving up meals, but the chefs in your group deserve a relaxing dinner, too! On at least one night of your Hatteras Island vacation, it is always fun to get everyone together and head out to one of the fantastic local restaurants for fresh seafood and special memories. Now, the adults can also order a Sundowner or one of the other variety of mixed drinks you are sure to find with a catchy name.

In year’s past, locals and visitors were not able to order a mixed drink at our island restaurants. Hatteras Island was a “dry” island where only beer and wine could be sold in properly licensed restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. Liquor was only sold at one ABC store on the island. As of today, that is no longer the case. (“Case” -no pun intended!) Liquor drinks were voted to be made legal in the southern villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton back in December and the northern villages of Avon, Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe this July.

Liquor drinks are now available at most restaurants in the villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton and will become available once the restaurants in the newly voted villages apply for their ABC permits and start stocking their restaurants.

Mixed drinks have been sold on Ocracoke Island for four years and they are also sold in restaurants in the northern beaches. Those who were in favor of allowing liquor by the drink feel that there will be a boost to island businesses in a down economy and that mixed drinks are an amenity that many tourists expect.

Whether you enjoy a nice dinner with friends and family at your vacation home, or prefer to get together at an area restaurant for cocktails, cuisine and good conversation, remember to drink responsibly.

From your friends at Surf or Sound Realty we hope you have a safe and memorable Hatteras Island vacation.


06/17/11

Celebrating Father's Day On Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is a great place to celebrate Father’s Day! There are plenty of sights, attractions and activities to share with the number one guy in your life – Dad!

A great way to create lasting memories with Dad is by taking him fishing! Hatteras Island is know for its fantastic fishing. Whether you want to hop on a boat, hang out on the shore or take in the beautiful views, Hatteras Island offers a complete and unique fishing experience.
1. Charter fishing. What better way to spend time with Dad and the family than on a boat? Call Captain Steve Caldwell with Coastal Inshore Charters at (252) 986-2284 OR Captain Jay Kavanagh aboard the Bite Me at (252) 996-0295 to book your trip!
2. Surf Fishing. All you need is a chair, a cooler, a pole and a nice spot on the sand!
3. Pier Fishing. Avon Fishing Pier and Hatteras Island Fishing Pier in Rodanthe both have a blanket fishing license, so you don’t need to purchase one to fish from the pier. Also free? The spectacular views!

Frisco Rod and Gun is a great source for your fishing needs and has great gifts for Dad! They carry surf and offshore tackle and bait, rods, clothing, sunglasses, shoes and more! You can stock up on snacks and ice for your fishing adventure as well! Call them at (252) 995-5366 or visit them online www.friscorodgun.com.

Maybe Dad is more of the adventurous type. Hatteras Island is known to have some of the best kiteboarding in the world! If kiteboarding isn’t Dad’s thing there’s always surfing, standup paddleboarding, hang gliding, parasailing and kayaking. Kitty Hawk Kites and REAL Watersports are two places that offer apparel, lessons and rentals for the thrill seeking beginners and families!
Kitty Hawk Kites – Locations in Waves, Hatteras and Ocracoke. 1-877-359-8447.
REAL Watersports – Located in Waves. (252) 987-6000.
Fox Watersports – Located in Buxton and Hatteras. A great place for your adrenaline needs and apparel! (252) 995-4102.

Another great way to celebrate Dad’s day is by visiting some of the local historical sights and taking in the attractions.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – One of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses in the world. Located in Buxton. Cost: $7 for adults; $3.50 for senior citizens and children 11 and under. There is also a visitors center and gift shop, nearby nature trails and a wooded picnic area.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – One of the most innovative maritime museums and facilities in the nation! For information and visiting hours call (252) 986-2995.
Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station– Take a tour of this historic flagship lifesaving station, built in 1874. Located in Rodanthe. For information and visiting hours, call (252) 987-1552.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for Dad, Hatteras Island offers many specialty items and a unique shopping experience!
Buxton Village Books – For the bookworm! Buxton, (252) 995-4240
Island Spice and Wine – One of a kind brews and wines! Avon, (252) 995-7750
Nags Head Hammocks – Avon, 1-800-344-6433

What do Dad’s love? Food! Let the amazing chefs on Hatteras Island take care of lunch or dinner!
Atlantic Coast Cafe. -2 locations: Avon at the Avon fishing pier (252) 995-7700; Waves (252)987-1200
Cafe Pamlico. Casual fine dining on Pamlico Sound in Buxton (252) 995-4500
Crazy Johnny’s Bar-B-Que. Catering for a relaxed meal at home or on the beach (252) 996-0711
Good Winds Restaurant. Soundfront in Rodanthe at Kitty Hawk Kites (252) 987-1100
Mojo’s Sunset Cafe. Soundfront at REAL Watersports in Waves (252) 987-1600
Nino’s Pizza. Hwy 12 in Avon -celebrating 30 years! (252) 995-5358

There are endless ways to spend time and create lasting memories with Dad on Hatteras Island. From everyone at Surf or Sound Realty, have a safe and happy Father’s Day!


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!


05/5/11

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!


04/4/11

Live Music and Beautiful Sunsets are Back With The Kona Summer Concert Series on Hatteras Island!

A fun and exciting thing to do while vacationing on Hatteras Island is to take in some live music. REAL Watersports is the perfect place to do so with their Kona Summer Concert Series. You can watch live music every week on the waterfront stage at Mojo’s Sunset Café, located at the REAL Flagship Store in Waves. With a family friendly atmosphere and gorgeous sunsets over the sound, it’s a perfect way to end the day. Stop by, grab a drink and some food from Mojo’s Sunset Café, and enjoy the music! All shows are free to check out, and start around 6pm. This Thursday, PJ Pacifico will be playing.

Here’s the rest of April and May’s lineup:
Thursday, April 7th – PJ PACIFICO
Friday, April 15th – Band TBA (REAL Swap Meet)
Monday, April 18th – WILDER BROTHERS (Outer Banks Bike Week)
Thursday, April 28th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 2nd – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 5th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 9th – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 12th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 16th – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 19th – MOJO COLLINS
Monday, May 23rd – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, May 26th – MOJO COLLINS (Endless Summer)
Saturday, May 28th – WILDER BROTHERS (Endless Summer)

For more information on the Kona Summer Concert Series and to check out the rest of the summer’s lineup, click here. Make sure you book your premier vacation home on Hatteras Island now at www.surforsound.com. See you around the island!


01/24/11

Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend March 17-20, 2011

Nags Head, NC (January 21, 2011) -The 2011 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend is right around the corner, March 17-20, 2011. The Outer Banks Restaurant Association (OBRA) has been hosting the Taste of The Beach for over 25 years.With over 50 individual events from Corolla to Manteo, the festival will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, tapas crawls, brewery tours and an exciting array of creative combinations of culinary delights and fun activities on the Outer Banks, culminating with the OBX Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 20 at Pamlico Jack’s Pirate Hideaway located on the Roanoke Sound waterfront in Nags Head, North Carolina.

“The grand finale of Taste of the Beach, the OBX Grand Tasting will be the hottest ticket in town. From 5:30pm to 9pm, twenty or so of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks together with the largest beverage vendors under one roof to give you the experience of a lifetime,” explains Ben Sproul, Chairman of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. “Restaurants will be competing for the 2nd Annual TOBY Awards, Best Booth, Best in Show, Best Outer Banks Cuisine, and the two top awards, the Chef and People’s Choice Awards.” The 2011 Taste of The Beach Weekend allows visiting and local foodies a chance to create a personalized itinerary of diverse culinary experiences and fun activities. A new calendar format, which participants have been asking for, allows someone to go and see all the events at one time making it easier to plan their culinary adventure! There is also a direct link on the home page to the ticket center at obxtasteofthebeach.com.

The Outer Banks has over 170 area restaurants that are rich in diversity and quality, and depending upon one’s culinary mood, diners can treat themselves to everything from the excellent local seafood to Italian, Mexican, Southwestern, French and more.

Several members of the Outer Banks Hotel Motel Association & the Outer Banks Association of Realtors are offering special Taste of The Beach weekend rates and packages over the long event weekend March 17-20, 2011. For more information on the 2011 Taste of The Beach contact Quinn Capps, with Capps Webster Marketing & Design at 252.480.3337 or via email at quinncapps@earthlink.net.

Outer Banks Restaurant Association


09/22/10

La Fogatas is Now Open on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is finally serving up a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, with the addition of La Fogatas to its variety of delicious restaurants. Located in Avon village, in the Food Lion shopping center, the restaurant is open year round, delighting the taste buds of both locals and visitors alike. La Fogatas is open 7 days a week, serving both lunch and dinner. The restaurant also provides a children’s menu and carry-out options as well. For a discount on your next dinner at La Fogatas, click here for a coupon and tell ’em that Surf or Sound sent ya! Buenos Dias!