06/21/16

Outer Banks 4th of July Celebrations

Long lazy hours on the beach, pool parties, cookouts – all the things you love to do to celebrate the 4th of July can be perfectly accomplished on your Hatteras Island vacation. Let the day take you to one of these great Independence Day celebrations!

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Avon Fireworks Display

Surf or Sound Realty is proud to sponsor the 4th of July Fireworks at the Avon Fishing Pier. A fun event for the whole family, fireworks begin around 9 pm. Fireworks are visible all along the Avon beach and parking is limited, so walk, bike or carpool! Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials have decided that this year, off-road vehicles may remain on the beaches near Avon past the 9 pm closing time to allow passengers to watch the fireworks. 

 

4th of July Bash at Koru Village

An Independence Day celebration at  Koru Village’s Beach Klub! Live music by Dale and the Zdubs will happen on the Papawack Theater’s stage, their tiki bars will be open for drinks and snacks, the firework show will happen right in front, at the Avon Pier, and afterwards Koru Village’s fire dancing troupe will take center stage to delight you with a fire show. Cost is $10.68 and the event is family friendly.

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Hatteras Village Golf Cart Parade

Join us for our annual July 4th Golf Cart Parade in Hatteras Village! Residents and visitors alike are invited to participate. Line up begins at 3:30 at Hatteras Harbor Court. No entry fee, just show up decorated in your best red, white and blue! Gift certificates to village businesses are awarded as prizes!

Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 3:00 PM

Take a day trip to Manteo to celebrate Independence Day with small town flair. Watch the 440th Army Band perform, participate in wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest and so much more. Then after the sun goes down take in one of the best firework shows on the Outer Banks.

Ocracoke Island Independance Day Celebrations

Planning a day trip to Ocracoke? They will have fireworks on Sunday July 3 and will have events going on both July 3 and 4th

Sunday, July 3, 2016:

Classic Car Show, Traditional Island Square Dance: Music by Molasses Creek, with Philip Howard as caller. Party at the NPS docks with Deejay Tommy Hutcherson. Enjoy some rockin’ tunes while you what for the fireworks to begin!

9:15pm: Fireworks! Amazing Pyrotechnic Show!  Gather around Silver Lake harbor to see the show. Please walk or bike; parking is limited.

Monday, July 4, 2016:

Flag Raising Ceremony and Singing of the National Anthem: Led by Ocracoke Boy Scout Troop # 290 at the School Circle on School Road. 39th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest: At the NPS Lifeguard Beach. Ocracoke Lighthouse: The lighthouse will be open for viewing – all are welcome to see inside! Skydivers at Ocracoke Community Park, Old Time Ocracoke Parade, and then from 7pm – 10pm: Community Beach Fire at Lifeguard Beach. Join friends and neighbors at the Lifeguard Beach for a family-friendly beach fire and party!


09/17/15

23rd Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

Who doesn’t love a parade? The dazzling sights and exciting sounds… the 23rd Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes lives up to its name as a true spectacle of luxury and innovation.

Set along 60 miles of coastline, the 2015 Outer Banks Parade of Homes features 16 new homes and six large-scale renovation projects between Corolla and South Nags Head. From October 8-11, attendees can enjoy autumn on the Outer Banks touring everything from starter homes to deluxe oceanfront estates built by one of the Outer Banks’ premier companies, SAGA Construction, with all the amenities of a five-star resort. Viewers will get to know the work of Outer Banks homebuilders with many years of coastal building experience who understand the value of choosing products that hold up best to the environment here. Their incorporation of smart product options and green features, combined with a commitment to the structural integrity of a home is evident in the finished product that is not only efficient, practical and durable, but beautiful as well.

Parade of Homes Saga Houses

SAGA Construction and development is a premier Outer Banks homebuilder featured in this year’s parade of homes and has built several homes on Hatteras Island. Having quickly established itself as a quality builder and designer of exclusive rental properties, SAGA Construction’s homes provide families with the ultimate dream vacation experience. Each home is impeccably furnished and well equipped for comfort and enjoyment and the floor plans and personal home amenities exceed guests’ wildest expectations. Rising Sun, Time Out, Moonshine, Shooting Star, Hatteras Retreat,  and the brand new Sweet Dreams and Ocean Dream are all homes managed by Surf or Sound Realty that were built by SAGA Construction. With amenities ranging from upscale theater rooms, private pools with wet decks, inset kiddie pools and swim up bars, outdoor lounges with tiki bars, hot tubs, fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs – these homes are truly impressive.

If you are interested in attending this year’s parade, visit the event website to view the homes and their locations. Tickets can be purchased at every home or at the OBHBA office. One $10 ticket is the admission price for one person for all 22 homes, and they are good for all four days so you may tour at your own pace, starting in any area you choose.


08/7/15

August Events on Hatteras Island

Whether you prefer to relax on the beach all day or your family wants to schedule enriching activities, you’ll always find a variety of fun things to do on Hatteras Island. With everything from science and history lectures at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to yoga lessons on the beach at Koru Village, there really is something for everyone.

Celebrations of summer are still going strong on the Island, and August is action-packed. Check out our event calendar or download our mobile app to see what’s going on during your stay.

Here are just a few of the fun happenings this month.

August 10 – 14 Slickstock 2015 at Real Watersports in Waves

Slickstock 2015

Enjoy technicolor skies as the sun sinks into the Pamlico Sound providing the perfect backdrop for a week full of national music acts, culminating in an epic headliner performance at Slickstock 2015 at REAL Watersports in Waves.

Chali 2na of JURASSIC5 and Rahzel of THE ROOTS will be performing together with the Dub Plates from 8 until Midnight on Friday, August 14.

Tickets for Friday’s event are $20 per person with kids 10 and under getting in FREE. All other performances are free of charge.

Schedule of Bands

Monday, August 10th : Christian Benedi 6-9PM
Tuesday, August 11th : Tunnel Vision 8-11PM
Wednesday, August 12th : Mystic Vibrations 8-11PM
Thursday, August 13th : Frozen Head and the Squirrels 8-11PM
*Friday, August 14th : Chali 2na of JURASSIC 5 and Rahzel from THE ROOTS with special guests The Dubplates 8-12 midnight

August 10 – How I Became A Pirate Children’s Musical

How I Became A Pirate

Beach Klub PapaWack Theater at Koru Village in Avon

Based upon the book “How I Became a Pirate” Written by Melinda Long and Illustrations by David Shannon, imagination & fantasy run wild in this hour of family fun! Pirate ships take sail and parrots become pets as children pretend to be swash-bucklers of long ago. Well hoist the flag mateys and raise the anchor!

Enjoy the professional theatrics of the Lost Colony’s Children’s Theatre production at Koru Village in Avon. Tickets are $10.

August 11 – Mindful Nature Photography – An Inspiring Lecture by Eve Turek

Eve Turek

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum | 59200 Museum Drive | Hatteras, NC 27943

Award-winning photographer, Eve Turek, is a landscape and nature photographer. She captures the essence of the Outer Banks through a remarkable connection she establishes with her subjects. This is an awe-inspiring presentation by a gifted image maker and storyteller.

There’s Still Time to Take a Vacation this Summer

Haven’t made it to Hatteras Island this summer? Don’t worry! We still have some fabulous homes available at great last-minute rates – view our specials.


05/6/15

British War Graves Ceremonies Honor Foreign Sailors

Ocracoke Ceremony - Image Courtesy Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Ocracoke Ceremony – Image Courtesy Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

On May 7, at 11 a.m. the British War Graves ceremony will take place at the British Cemetery in Buxton. A ceremony at the British Cemetery in Ocracoke will be held on May 8 at 11 a.m.

For 73 years, near the anniversary of the Bedfordshire’s sinking, members of the National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and British Royal Navy join visitors and local citizens to honor the service of the men buried in the cemeteries. The two ceremonies honor the 65 foreign sailors who lost their lives just off the coast of the Outer Banks. Free and open to the public, the ceremonies are organized by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Ocracoke community, the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary 16-04, the National Park Service and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

For more information, call the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at (252) 986-2995 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


12/17/14

Perfect Weather for the 2014 Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

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This Saturday was a beautiful cool sunny day – perfect weather for the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade! This mile-long traditional parade brings out neighbors, businesses and visitors full of holiday cheer and a real sense of community.

Among the school marching band, the police departments, churches, horse stables and fire engines were the Surf or Sound Realty Elves! Bounding along the parade route next to a Surf or Sound maintenance truck all done up as the “seashells and jingle bells” float – the elves happily greeted parade-goers and handed out candy canes.

Afterwards everyone gathered at the community center for hot chocolate and cookies, another Hatteras Holiday tradition.

If you are ever in town parade weekend in December – the Christmas Parade is a village event your whole family can enjoy.


06/27/14

Independance Day Fun on Hatteras Island

Avon Pier Fireworks

Because of the heavy wind and rain expected Thursday night and Friday morning, the 4th of July Fireworks show in Avon has been rescheduled for Monday, July 7 – stay tuned to the facebook event page for more details. The 4th of July activities in Hatteras Village have been canceled.

Surf or Sound Realty has proudly sponsored this year’s fireworks display on Hatteras Island at the Avon Pier just across from our Avon office. Join us for a spectacular professional fireworks show over the ocean.

On Monday, July 7 the Beach Klub will have a huge Independence Day celebration in conjunction with the rescheduled fireworks show. From 7-10pm on July 7, the Beach Klub will entertain guests with live music by The FreeBooters, drinks, a drumming circle, corn hole, hula hooping, and a fire performance. The Beach Klub has front row seats for the Avon Pier’s fireworks show. The event is $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. There are no advance ticket sales. Fireworks start around 9:15 – see you there!

 


03/10/14

6 Signs of Spring On Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island Kiteboarding

With the temperatures in the 60s the past few days and longer daylight hours, we are already starting to feel spring’s presence on Hatteras Island. Share our spring-dreaming as we review 6 ways to tell for sure that spring is here!

Flowers – spring’s arrival can be marked by some of our subtle blooms, like the Salt Pennywort with its’ tiny greenish white clusters of flowers that begin to bloom across the sand dunes in April.

Spring Air -that special combination of fresh rain, salty air and burgers cooking on the grill, really has the ability to take over your senses.

Flip Flops – what better indication of spring than flip flops and bare feet as warmer weather arrives?

Beach Walkers – the dog walkers, joggers and casual strollers are back out on the beach getting their toes in the sand and taking in the salt air sea vistas in the mornings and evenings.

Deck Lounging – there’s no time of year sitting outside is more pleasant, with gentle breezes and more daylight hours, it’s just the right weather for islanders and visitors to spend the afternoon relaxing on their deck, talking with friends and neighbors.

Festivals – Our seven villages come alive with everything from a Storytelling Festival and Fishing Tournaments to Kiteboarding and Running Events. Spring is the perfect time for everyone to get together and get outdoors.

Have you visited in the spring? It’s a beautiful time of year here on the Island and a great time to take advantage of shoulder season rates. Be sure to check our website for any current specials too.


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.


10/18/13

Rare Historic Reenactment Set for Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station This Sunday!

You have a unique opportunity this Sunday to step back in time and experience a rare reenactment of a rescue technique that was used to save crews from wrecked ships off of our Hatteras and Outer Banks coastline. The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and members of the United States Coast Guard will demonstrate a “Beach Apparatus Drill”, also known as a “Breeches Buoy”, which was used to rescue one person at a time from shipwrecked vessels when seas were rough. The drill involves firing a projectile out of a small, cannon-like gun and rigging up lines to haul a buoy from shore to the ship and back.

Only a handful of sites across the United States demonstrate this drill which makes this a “not to miss” event. The reenactment is on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. sharp! The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the admission price to enter the site and for the reenactment $5 per person. For more information on the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, please visit the website by clicking here or follow them on Facebook.

 


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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