10/6/08

Avon Cafe

Fans of Hodad’s, the former Avon restaurant that had been around for over a decade, were surprised when a makeshift banner was placed over the original Hodad’s sign, reading “Avon Café” in the spring of 2008.

Folks were even more surprised when the marquee began advertising dishes that weren’t the run of the mill Hatteras Island seafood fare, such as rack of lamb and Maryland Crab Cakes.

While change doesn’t always come easy to Hatteras Island, the patrons who finally indulged their curiosity and decided to give this new place a try, were delighted to find that the atmosphere hadn’t changed, and the food was exceptional. Continue reading


10/6/08

The story of Hatteras Jack

Not all unexplained mysteries on Hatteras Island are unhappy ones, as evident by the story of one of the island’s most beloved legendary figures, Hatteras Jack. Visitors will spot the moniker almost everywhere they go, (as the name of local businesses, tackle stores, and vacation rental homes), as the phrase “Hatteras Jack” seems to have proud and trustworthy implications.
According to legend, in 1790 the Hatteras Inlet waters in between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands were well known for being a treacherous passageway for ships trying to get to port. With shifting sandbars and currents, many mariners struggled to make it through these waters.
Assistance for these ships came in a very unusual form.
Captains soon began to notice an albino, white as snow dolphin preceding each boat through the inlet, indicating the path. Somehow, the dolphin, who was dubbed “Hatteras Jack,” always seemed to know the exact route to follow to avoid cuts and sandbars. It wasn’t long before the captains began to trust and even seek out Hatteras Jack, blowing their foghorns as they drew close to the inlet. Continue reading


10/6/08

OBX Wavefest rescheduled to Columbus Day Weekend.

The OBX Wavefest, held September 15 – 29, was a mixture of gorgeous breezy days, a couple stormy days, and a few surprisingly windless days. While the majority of the freeform days were perfect for boarding attendees to hone their skills across the Atlantic, the three day Wave Challenge tournament was rescheduled to October 11 – 13th, Columbus Day weekend.
Bill Bell, who updates the status of the OBX Wavefest regularly on his blog, and is one of the organizers of the festival, thinks the new October date will bring out great winds, and even greater kiteboarding. “Hopefully we will score with some wind and surf,” he says. Continue reading


09/29/08

Catering & Private Chef Service on Hatteras Island

Need a break from cooking? Try a private chef.

The Inn at Pamlico Sound, home of Hatteras Island’s exclusive four star fine dining restaurant in Frisco, has launched a private chef and catering service for 2008. Beginning as a pilot project in May 2008, Steve Nelson, owner of the Inn and restaurant, has received nothing but positive reviews and plans to continue these services for the 2009 season.
The concept for both the private chef service and catering service is simple. “We do it backwards,” says Steve. “Most catering companies provide a menu and prices. There are no canned menus here.”
Instead, Steve and his staff talk to the clients to find out their favorite foods, their desired atmosphere, and their budget, and use this information as building blocks for an exquisite, personalized menu. Continue reading


09/29/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 9/29/08-Hatteras Island

It’s been a wild week with a Nor’easter putting a temporary halt on the fishing scene for a day or two, but the gorgeous weekend weather made up for a couple of stormy days.
With few people on the shore, except for on the island’s most popular beaches, weekend anglers got to enjoy the great weather and good fishing all to themselves. With a light breeze and cooler temperatures, (but still warm enough for shorts and sunscreen), it’s definitely starting to feel like fall. On Hatteras Island, this means three things: Good sales, good shells, and great fishing.
This past week, it was all about the drum, as almost every fishing spot on the island reported good drum catches. Look for the drum runs to continue this week, as the air and water temperatures remain consistent, and the weather stays nice and mild.
Here’s what local anglers have been reeling in on Hatteras Island: Continue reading


09/25/08

Get Ready for Fall Fishing

As the weather cools down on Hatteras Island, the fishing definitely heats up. Fall is known as one of the best seasons on the Outer Banks to land the big one as migrating species of fish maneuver their way along the Gulf Stream in search of new feeding spots. It’s the time when Sea Bass and Striped Bass, King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna and Dolphin, can all be found hovering off the North Carolina coast.
For most avid anglers, fall is particularly known as the season of the red drum run, and some of the largest red drum in the country have been caught right off the Hatteras Island coast.
If your casting finger gets itchy when the fall season arrives, remember that there’s still plenty of time to reserve a last minute fall vacation. During the shoulder season months of September and October, you’ll find plenty of businesses and restaurants still open, as well as exceptional rental homes that are available for last minute guests. Continue reading


09/23/08

Picture of the week

The Mirlo Beach Cottage Serendipity was transformed during the filming of “Nights in Rodanthe” to the Inn at Rodanthe. The Inn was one of the locations in the novel by Nicholas Sparks, and the location of several of the scenes in the movie with Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

Photos by Ron Burgess, Surf or Sound Realty


09/22/08

“Nights in Rodanthe” From Hatteras to Hollywood

Outer Banks residents will be among the first to see the new Richard Gere and Diane Lane movie, “Nights in Rodanthe”, with a special pre-screening 2 days after the premier in New York City, and 2 days before the movie is scheduled to hit theaters nationwide and in Canada.
Based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe was filmed partly in Rodanthe at “Serendipity,” the most northern oceanfront home on Hatteras Island, and the location of the fictional inn that is the main setting of the book and movie. Locals and frequent visitors who have seen the early previews have been pleasantly surprised to see locales they know well, like the long stretch of NC Highway 12 in between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe, and glimpses of the Rodanthe Pier. Continue reading


09/21/08

Ocracoke Art Walk

Planning a day trip to Ocracoke during your fall Hatteras Island vacation? Then check out Ocracoke Island’s 5th annual art walk on Saturday, September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
During this free and self guided walking tour, you can explore Ocracoke Island’s artist studios. Local quilters, painters, potters, photographers, carvers, jewelers, and other artists will all have their studios, work spaces, and galleries open for the public to visit and explore.
A map will be provided with all artist locations, and a shuttle bus will be available for those who prefer to ride. For more information on Ocracoke’s Art Walk, call (252) 928-3401.