10/27/11

Hatteras Island Donations accepted at Surf or Sound Realty

Hatteras Island is a strong community, but is still hurting in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Many Hatteras Island Food Pantry (run by the Buxton United Methodist Men) supplies that normally sustain the island through the winter have been depleted, going to families that lost everything from the storm.

We are grateful to have many guests and friends from all over that have expressed interest in helping out our community. Surf or Sound Realty’s Avon office is an official drop-off location for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry, as well as Irene’s Giving Tree.

When you walk into our office you will find three boxes. Two boxes are for collections for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry. One is for the Buxton United Methodist Men and the other is for Daisy Troop 4175 from Cape Hatteras Elementary School, also collecting for the Pantry.

Items accepted include: non-perishable food, pet food, toiletries, personal items and cleaning supplies. When making a non-perishable food donation, perhaps try to think in terms of a complete meal – such as a box of spaghetti, a jar of sauce, parmesan cheese, a can of vegetables and a can of fruit. All can be purchased at a dollar store totaling around $5.

Also, if you are vacationing and you have left-over non-perishable food, please do not throw it away. Bring it to our office and place it in our drop-off box. Your donations go a long way through the winter!

Monetary donations are also accepted for the HIFP and can be made by check to United Methodist Men and sent to Hatteras Island Food Pantry at P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, N.C. 27920. Your donation is tax deductible.

The third box in our Avon office is for Irene’s Giving Tree. A couple of students at Cape Hatteras Secondary School with huge hearts decided to start a community service project for families affected by Hurricane Irene. They are collecting Christmas decorations for families that lost theirs in the storm. Ornaments, tree skirts, lights, Christmas Trees, etc. can be placed in our drop-off box in our Avon office. If you would like to mail a donation, the shipping address is: Irene’s Giving Tree, 47468 Hwy 12, Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations can be made out to CHSS DECA and mailed to: Irene’s Giving Tree, PO Box 71, Buxton NC 27920.

The Really Really Free Market is also in need and still accepting donations for items. The following is the most recent list of needed/requested items for Hatteras Island residents:

Dish detergent and Laundry Detergent
Diapers and wipes, baby powder
Throw Rugs, Area Rugs (Carpet Remnants)
Non perishable food items, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner fixings and any kind of non-perishable (canned or dried) proteins, and children’s snacks
(Gently Used) furniture, especially beds – refrigerators, stoves **Any homeowners, especially part time property owners, who may be trading out furniture or appliances, please let us know so we can arrange for someone who needs them to use your “tradeouts”
3T Boys Clothing – jackets/sweatshirts, pants, socks
Cat Food/Kitty Littler
Plastic totes with lids
Halloween Candy and small toys for Trick Or Treat / Halloween Costumes
New pillows
Sweatshirts (especially ‘hoodies’)
Christmas Ornaments and Christmas Lights
Boys clothing, size 6 to 18
Basketball shorts, basketball shoes (kids 5-17 years old)
Tools (many tri-village and Avon residents used their tools to make a living, and lost them in the storm)
Bookcases or display racks (for Really Free Market to borrow and return)

SHIPPING ADDRESS FOR DONATIONS OF ‘ITEMS’ for the Really Really Free Market
Hatteras Island Family Medicine
Attn: Alex Hodges
50204 Water Association Road
Frisco, NC 27936

Surf or Sound Realty sends a huge THANK YOU to everyone for their care! Hatteras Island is a loved place and we are lucky to share it with you!


08/24/11

Dare County Orders Evacuation of All Visitors – Hurricane Irene Update 8/24: 7:13PM

The Dare County Control Group has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all visitors throughout all of Dare County effective 8:00 a.m., Thursday, August 25.

All visitors are urged to make preparations and leave the area. Dare County Emergency Management urges visitors to take all personal belongings with them during evacuation. Other preparation steps are available at www.ReadyNC.org and www.darenc.com

Although the mandatory evacuation order is for all Dare County visitors, residents are advised to take proper precautions and make general storm preparations. This effort should include securing all loose items outdoors. Monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials.

The Dare County Control Group will meet again on Thursday, August 25 after the 5:00 p.m. storm advisory has been issued by the National Hurricane Center. Further evacuations should be anticipated as Irene moves closer to the Outer Banks.

At this time there are no new reentry stickers being issued. The previously issued stickers, for 2008/2009, are still valid. Residents can also use a North Carolina driver’s license showing a Dare County address. Property owners may use a Dare County tax bill with proper identification for reentry.

A high rip current risk remains in effect, through Thursday evening, south of Rodanthe, NC.

All NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, closed at noon today and the reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks closed at noon today and the Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today and then will remain closed until further notice.
Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach closed at 5:00 p.m. today until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse closed at 6:00 p.m. today until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice.

Ocracoke beaches are closed to off-road vehicles and all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

Dare County garbage pickup will be done on a regular basis through Friday, August 26.

The Town of Nags Head will collect ALL residential trash on Friday, August 26. There will be will no residential or commercial trash collection on Saturday, August 27. The recycling trailers located at Nags Head Town Hall and at the Huron Street public beach access will be not be available until after Hurricane Irene has passed. All commercial recycling is suspended until after the storm. The bulk item/brush drop off yard located across from Nags Head Public Works will be closed Saturday, August 27.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

Hurricane Irene Update 8/24 – 3:00 PM

Dare County Activates the Joint Information Section

The Dare County Control Group has activated the Joint Information Section (JIS) in preparation for Hurricane Irene. All information regarding local government agencies in Dare County will be released through this source effective today.

Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring reports from the National Hurricane Center and plans are in place to handle whatever contingency may arise. Residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials.

The Dare County Control Group will meet later today, after the 5:00 p.m. storm advisory has been issued by the National Hurricane Center, to further assess the situation and take whatever action is necessary to assure public safety. Although Hyde County has issued an evacuation order for Ocracoke, there have been no evacuation orders issued, at this time, for any portion of Dare County.

Residents and visitors should now be making general storm preparations. This effort should include securing property and making contingency plans for evacuation, in the event an evacuation is ordered. Predetermining a destination is recommended. If an evacuation is ordered, consider calling ahead to make arrangements. During storm events, there are no emergency shelters operated in Dare County. North Carolina Emergency Management will operate shelters elsewhere and information will be announced later as it is made available.

The Ferry Division of NCDOT is assisting with the evacuation of Ocracoke Island running regular departure times from Ocracoke to Hatteras on a first-come, first-serve basis. All other ferry routes will continue to operate normal schedules until such time as they are required to tie up vessels for safety.

Rip current hazards are at a high risk in southern portions of Dare County including Hatteras Island. Wind and wave conditions at this time support a dangerous rip current advisory and are life threatening to anyone entering the surf.

In anticipation of this weather event, all NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, will close at noon today. The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, then will remain closed until further notice. Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6:00 p.m. today until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice.

Ocracoke beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today and all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

Dare County garbage pickup will be done on a regular basis through Friday, August 26.

The Town of Duck Emergency Operations Team has met and is preparing for the event.

The Town of Nags Head is watching Hurricane Irene closely. At this point, there are no changes to operating hours or Town services.

Contractors are reminded by the Dare County Planning Department to secure all loose materials at job sites.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

NC DOT Plans For Likely Closure of N.C. 12

The Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

North Carolina transportation officials planning for the arrival of Hurricane Irene say they are prepared for damage to the main highway and bridge serving the Outer Banks.

DOT spokeswoman Nicole Meister said Wednesday that workers are positioning heavy equipment on Hatteras Island to keep N.C. 12 open as long as it is safe for crews to work. The island highway is routinely covered with water and sand during big storms.

Immediately after the storm, workers will inspect the aging Bonner Bridge. The two-lane span is the only link to the mainland for Outer Banks residents. Meister says the bridge will not be opened unless engineers are sure it is safe.

Ferries will be standing by to handle vehicle traffic if the road remains closed following the hurricane.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

National Park Service Visitor Centers, Campgrounds and Beach Closures Due to Threat of Hurricane Irene

The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Irene will impact the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by Friday, August 26, 2011 with storm conditions continuing through Sunday, August 28, 2011.

In anticipation of this weather event, all NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, then will remain closed until further notice. Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice due to the threat of Hurricane Irene.

In preparation for the storm, Ocracoke beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th; all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/23/11

Surf or Sound Realty Teams Up With Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project

It’s no wonder so many people choose Hatteras Island as their vacation destination of choice. The beautiful weather, the gorgeous beaches, and the laid back, easy going attitude all of the locals seem to share.

When a couple of locals decided they wanted to start the Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project, it came as no surprise to us that they would want to share the island’s natural beauty with those that have been wounded while fighting for our country’s freedom.

Kevin McCabe of Buxton and John McGee of Frisco are sons of Marines and founders of the project. They are working with the Military Order of The Purple Heart and the Wounded Warriors-Battalion East, both out of Camp LeJeune, NC. WWBn-E focuses on caring for and helping wounded Marines and Sailors.

The Wounded Warriors Vacation Project relies on donations from the community to give the selected service men or women and their families a relaxing vacation on Hatteras Island with little or no out-of-pocket expenses. Gift cards and certificates have been donated to everything from restaurants and grocery stores, to gas, fishing trips, parks, lighthouse climbs, parasailing, horseback riding, and air tours.

One of Surf or Sound Realty’s homeowners graciously donated a week’s stay at their condo, making it possible for David Donchess and his wife, Kim, to enjoy a much needed vacation at the beach. David is a Marine, stationed at

David and Kim Donchess

David and Kim Donchess

Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune , NC. He heard about the Wounded Warriors Vacation Project through his chain of command at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and was chosen as a recipient for a vacation this week.

David was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. He has traumatic brain injury, injuries to his knees and right hip, shrapnel to his back, amongst other injuries. David knew from age twelve, after September 11th, 2001, that he wanted to join the military. “I wanted to serve my country and felt the military was the best way I could contribute. I chose the Marine Corps specifically because my uncle Bill is a former Marine and I very much respect and admire him as a man,” said David.

David met his wife, Kim, online and the pair married this past January. They are both excited for their vacation on Hatteras Island and extremely humbled at the generosity the local community has shown them. They can’t wait to explore the island, do some fishing and learn about the local history. David added, “We are also looking forward to some much needed R&R and being able to spend uninterrupted time together.”

For more WW Vacation Project information, call John McGee at (252) 995-2924 or Kevin McCabe at (252) 995-4788. You can also email them at kmbythesea@charter.net.

A BBQ Dinner Fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Vacation Project is taking place Thursday, August 25th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Buxton Fire House. For more information on the event, check out our Facebook page.

Donations are always accepted to make more vacations for wounded vets like David possible. You can make donations by check or money order only to Military Order of the Purple Heart. Please write on the memo line: for WW-Hatteras Vacation Fund. Send checks to WW-Hatteras, P.O. Box 431, Frisco, NC 27936. Make gift certificates to Purple Heart Recipient.


08/4/11

Chicamacomico's Centennial Celebration Trifecta on Hatteras Island

“Honoring Our Heroes – Preserving Our Past.” That’s the motto at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Today, August 4th, 2011, the 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (located at MP 39.5 in Rodanthe) will celebrate their centennial with a trifecta of events to be remembered for another one hundred years!

Three celebrations take place today:
The 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Centennial
The 6th Annual National Heroes Day
National Coast Guard Day

According to the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Museum Complex, “Chicamacomico was part of the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) and was the first station built in North Carolina. The original station, dating from 1874, is still on the site as one of eight buildings belonging to the Chicamacomico Historical Association. The men of the United States Life-Saving Service (1871-1915) were the original rescue heroes, the “storm warriors” who made dramatic and heroic rescues of shipwreck victims whose lives were in peril from the sea. In their history, nation-wide, the USLSS’s men responded to over 178,000 lives in peril from the sea, of which they saved over 177,000! In 1915, this service merged with the US Revenue Cutter Service to form the United States Coast Guard who routinely continues this tradition of heroism.”

Chicamacomico decided to honor and celebrate true American heroes of the past and the present. Participants invited include the US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local volunteer fire departments, local law enforcement agencies, local EMS units and Ocean Rescue squads, Cape Hatteras Electric, NPS Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, and perhaps some last-minute surprises. Equipment on display and/or in use includes fire engines, ambulances, police cars, Coast Guard helicopter, rescue boats, and others. There will be numerous displays, demonstrations, and exhibits as well as hands-on activities and participation events and live period music.

Today’s Schedule of Events for Chicamacomico’s 6th Annual “American Heroes Day” and the 1911 Life-Saving Station Centennial:

10:00 Event Opens (All emergency vehicles: NO sirens or lights this time)
10:30 Opening Ceremonies – Main Stage Area
-Posting of Colors, United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, Alexandria, VA.
-Welcoming Remarks: James Charlet, Chicamacomico Historic Site Manager.
-Guest Speaker for the1911 Centennial: Capt Anthony Popeil, Commander, USCG Sector North Carolina.
-Guest Speaker for the 6th Annual American Heroes Day: Joe Swartzer, Director, North Carolina -Maritime Museums System
-1911 Life-Saving Station Restorer: Ken Wenberg
-Browsing time for exhibits, displays, tables and talking with Special Guests
12:00 S.S. Mirlo Rescue Story & Sea Chantey Singer John Golden Ramp of 1874 Station
1:00 Beach Apparatus Drill Starts at 1874 Station
(Teams USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet & Station Hatteras Inlet)
2:00 Water Rescue Demo (Chicamacomico Banks VFD Water Rescue Unit) On the Beach
3:00 USCG Search & Rescue Demo (SAR), Jayhawk Helicopter & GC 47’Lifeboat On the Beach
(USCG Air Station Elizabeth City and USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet)

Ongoing Events Throughout The Day:

Hot dogs, chips & sodas, for sale!
US Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet- static display of 25 foot response boat & tow truck
US Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet- interactive demonstration of fixing vessel water leaks
Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Dept & Water Rescue Unit- static display and inspection of ladder truck and jet-ski, and tow truck. See demo above.
Dare County Sheriff Department- live demos of K9 Officer and dog, static displays and inspection of patrol car and 5 ton “storm truck”
Dare County Emergency Medical Services – static display of EMS ambulance and equipment
Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Unit – static display of truck and lifeguard equipment
Salvo Volunteer Fire Department – static display and inspection of company fire engine
North Carolina Highway Patrol – static display and inspection of SUV Patrol vehicle.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Bucket Truck-climb in trucks, try on lineman gear, ride way up in the bucket!!
Tables, displays, handouts, and conversations with – Interaction with Special Guests, Dare County Emergency Management, NPS Cape Hatteras Nation Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society.
1911 Centennial Participants- Restorer Ken Wenberg in the old cookhouse, Period 25′ shad boat, Antique sewing machines, Antique gas engines, Period songs from Sea Notes, John Golden, and Juliann & Richard

*This is a tentative schedule and subject to change due to the fact that active-duty emergency personnel and equipment are present and may be called out before or during the event.

Admission fees are a flat $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Chicamacomico’s seven acre site will be filled with equipment and displays of the participants, so parking will be across the street. Carpooling is encouraged. No coolers allowed. Cold bottled water will be available for sale.

For additional information, contact the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station at (252) 987-1552.

Surf or Sound Realty is proud to be a sponsor of the Centennial Celebration on Hatteras Island. If you are visiting the Outer Banks today, don’t miss this fun family event during your Hatteras Island vacation!


08/2/11

Second Annual Relay for Life Weekend on Hatteras Island

The 2nd Annual Relay for Life Weekend is happening this Saturday and Sunday at the Camp Hatteras Resort, MP 40.5, in Rodanthe. All proceeds from the activities and events will be donated to Relay for Life.

Here’s the schedule:

    Saturday, August 6th

Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction from 5-7pm at the Soundfront Conference Center.
$7 Donation.
Advance tickets are required and can be purchased at the Camp Hatteras Office. Call (252) 987-2777 for more information.

Sunday, August 7th

“Lighting of the Luminaries” – Ceremony in honor and remembrance at the Soundfront Marina area.
Starts at 8:30pm – $5 donation.
Luminaries may be purchased at the Camp Hatteras Office.

Anyone wishing to donate for the Silent Auction can contact Jeanette or Ruth at (252) 987-2777.


05/27/11

Cape Hatteras Named #5 Best Beach in America!

Once again, Cape Hatteras has been declared one of THE BEST beaches in the country by famous Dr. Beach! Each year Dr. Beach travels the nation’s coastlines, searching for beaches that meet his strict criteria for “best beach.” The 2011 list has just been released and Cape Hatteras came in at an impressive #5! Those of us that live and vacation here think it is #1!

Dr. Beach uses a list containing 50 criteria, rating sand softness to scenery to the amount of jellyfish in the water! Here is what Dr. Beach said about Hatteras Island:

“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing.”

Those are just a few reasons so many people choose Cape Hatteras as their vacation destination. It is the perfect place to relax with your toes in the sand OR participate in an adventure on the water. There is no other place in the country like Hatteras Island. It truly is a unique area with gorgeous, clean beaches, breathtaking scenery and bountiful history.

Every day is like a vacation and all of us here at Surf or Sound Realty are proud to work on one of THE BEST beaches in the country and happy to share it with our vacation guests who love it, too!


03/3/11

Taste of Hatteras Island St. Patrick's Day Package from Surf or Sound Realty

Release your inner Leprechaun and get a Taste of Hatteras Island for St. Patrick’s Day!

To compliment the OBX Taste of the Beach event going on March 17-20, we are offering our guests a Taste of Hatteras Island. We have selected restaurants from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village to represent the island. Each has its own unique flavor.

Try them all – and don’t forget to ask for some green beverages!

Book one of our premier vacation homes for the week of March 12, 2011 and you get the following values:

    • Free cup of Seafood Chowder or choice of Salad (House/Caesar) with your meal at Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar in Rodanthe

    • 10% off your meal at Oceana’s Bistro in Avon

    • Free St. Pat’s Cupcake with Lunch order or Free Coffee with Breakfast order at Island Perks Coffee Shop & Cafe in Buxton

    • Buy 1 Get 1 Free Lunch at Capt’n Rolo’s Raw Bar & Grill in Frisco (does not include alcoholic beverages)

    • Free Stainless Steel Travel Cup with $50 purchase ($10 value) at Kaia’s Kitchen & Market in Hatteras Village

    • A week on peaceful Hatteras Island during the Outer Banks’ most exciting spring week

Check out these exciting events going on St. Pat’s week:

    • Taste of the Beach
    March 17-20 : Four days of food, drinks and fun! : Details

    • Kelly’s 3rd Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K
    March 19 : Prizes for best costumed runners : Details

    • 14th Annual Polar Plunge
    March 19 : Take the Plunge if you Dare! : Details call 252-449-8897

    • Kelly’s 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    March 20 : Largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North Carolina! : Details

If you don’t want to stay for the full week, book for 4 nights and get 25% off of the non-discounted weekly rate for even more value!

Book your reservation online at www.surforsound.com and use the promotion code STP2011 in the field provided during the booking process. Or call 1-800-237-1138 to book over the phone with a Vacation Specialist.