Locals and visitors alike were treated to a tremendously rare event on Hatteras Island on January 20th, accumulating snow. Beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m., the snow flowed down in flurries, sticking to the cold ground and continued well into the evening. Most residents ventured outside and played in the snow all evening, and woke up to a white winter landscape, reminiscent of the famous scene in A Christmas Story… except with sea oats and scrub oaks. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a long walk on the beach? Whether it’s early in the morning just in time for a sunrise, or in the lazy evening hours when the sky is a mixture of orange, blue, and purple, a beach walk is all but required on a Hatteras Island vacation.
The lure of an oceanside stroll is certainly hard to beat, but for folks who love nothing more than a long, leisurely walk to relax and get a little exercise, there are plenty of places on and off the sand to discover. Think that nothing can beat that beach walk? Then you haven’t seen all the off-the-beaten paths that this vacation destination has to offer. Continue reading
As the water and air temperatures cool, locals and visitors alike get to enjoy a not-so-fringe benefit of the fall season: shells start popping up everywhere. It’s no big secret that the fall marks the beginning of excellent beachcombing for months to come, and while Hatteras Island is known for offering a variety of fantastic finds throughout the year, the fall and winter months are particularly favored among shell collectors.
The two determining factors that make these colder months the best for shelling are relatively simple: More wind, and less people.
While the upcoming Richard Gere and Diane Lane movie “Nights in Rodanthe” is drawing lots of attention, it’s not the only film in the works that centers around Hatteras Island.
Alan Smith of Dreamworks Productions and his crew are planning an October trip to Hatteras Island, (their 4th trip in 2008), for the filming of their upcoming documentary “The Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers.” The film is based on the 2001 book “Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers” by David Wright and David Zoby. Continue reading
Geography gone wild: An overview of what makes Hatteras Island unique
North Carolina’s coast is home to a string of barrier islands composing the Outer Banks, with Hatteras Island smack in the center of this chain of long, sandy islands.
Barrier islands are not particularly unusual. Study a map of the East Coast, and you’ll find them everywhere from Maine to Florida, but locals and frequent visitors know that Hatteras Island is special, and the root of its unique character can be traced to its geography. Surrounded by water, Hatteras Island is literally 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, and this makes for a pretty wild place to vacation. Continue reading
As fall approaches on The Outer Banks, and offshore swells pile buckets of flotsam and jetsam onto the shore, Hatteras Island becomes a beachcomber’s paradise. With less visitors to compete over the best finds, and miles of sand to explore, this is the time when dedicated hunters of shells and sea glass alike get up early, grab extra Food Lion bags for treasures, and head out on a pilgrimage to the beach. Continue reading
With a population that swells in the summertime, Hatteras Island has its’ own unique challenge in going green. Many folks say that Hatteras Island can be a little behind the times when it comes to everyday life, and certainly time here seems to move at a slower pace than it does in the rest of the world, but visitors and locals alike have taken the initiative in making these sandy white beaches a little more green.
For the conservation savvy, there are a few recycling centers on Hatteras Island so you can stay green even while on vacation. The Chicamacomico Fire Station in Rodanthe and the Village Grocery Parking Lot in Avon both have drop-off centers that are accessible 24/7. Continue reading
In the summer, it seems like every other vehicle on NC Highway 12 has a bike rack strapped to the back, and there’s a good reason for this phenomenon. With a collection of smaller neighborhoods, paths, flat beaches, and miles of scenic highway, Hatteras Island can be a biker’s dream.
New to the local cycle scene? Exploring is an easy way to find the best routes, but there are a few scenic spots up and down the island that are ideal for long, easy bike rides.
After a relaxing walk along the soundside of Avon, I nearly jumped out of my flip flops when I spotted a giant slimy fish with big droopy eyes looking up at me from a shallow canal. He was flat like a flounder, but a dark greasy brown, and had a wide mouth with pointy little teeth that were fixed in a dopey smile. Naturally, as with all things that I don’t understand, I poked at it with my index figure, and sure enough it twitched slightly with annoyance, but didn’t really move, and didn’t lose its dawdling grin.