08/6/08

Hot Nights on Hatteras Island

Forget Montana. Hatteras Island is big sky country, and anyone who has settled on a beach blanket under a canopy of stars would agree. Nature loving night owls adore the island for its peaceful, quiet evening with nothing but the sound of the ocean in the background. So what is there to do in the great outdoors after dark?

Believe it or not, Hatteras Island nights can be just as lively as Hatteras Island days.

The basics of bonfires: Bonfires are perfectly legal on Hatteras Island, provided that the fire is below the high tide line, accompanied by an adult, and completely extinguished after you leave the site. Make sure you do not leave behind any litter that will not burn completely, particularly any glass or metal. Local grocery stores and many convenience stores sell firewood for your beach fire, or you can simply bring some from home.

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08/4/08

Favorite Local Experience

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Full Moon Tour
(From the eyes and heart of a “local resident”)

This adventure was something I have wanted to do for a long time and the opportunity came in June. The weather was just perfect, warm and with a gentle breeze. Our tickets were for the 8:30 tour, so it was dusk when we arrived. I really wanted the 9:30 (which was sold out); but I think the 8:30 was just as dramatic, if not more. The Park Ranger gave us a brief history of the lighthouse and with several interesting and Continue reading


08/4/08

Hatteras Island Community Walk

Looking for an easy to use, comprehensive map to find just about everything there is to see, do, and explore on Hatteras Island? No worries. Simply click on the link below to view our Community Walk map with locators for most of the stores, restaurants, businesses, fishing centers, ORV ramps, post offices, on the island.

Finding everything on Hatteras Island is a breeze with this easy-to-use guide.

http://www.communitywalk.com/surf_or_sound_realty/map/196084


08/4/08

Hatteras Island Drinking Holes

Hatteras Island is a semi-dry island, which means that only beer and wine are served restaurants and bars. A limited number of establishments have “brown bag policies” where you can bring your own liquor, and the restaurant will provide the mixes and garnishes for a fee.

More common, for cocktail lovers, local restaurants offer wine-based mixed drinks. These are popular drinks made with a wine based liquor, and many folks attest it’s hard to tell the difference between these cocktails and the so-called real thing. For a refreshing post beach treat, try a wine based margarita, daiquiri or pina colada before your meal. Continue reading


08/3/08

Hatteras Island Galleries & Mementos

Everyone needs a memento to remind them of their beach vacation, whether it’s a shell discovered on an early morning beach walk, or coastal furnishings to make home always feel like a favorite vacation on the shore.

Here on the island, you won’t find the towering beach emporiums that clutter other resort destinations. Instead, the villages feature a blend of smaller but brightly colored stores and cottage-style shops that offer a unique blend of souvenirs that are strictly Hatteras style. Continue reading


08/3/08

Where to Find Fresh Seafood

For connoisseurs of good eats, there’s no place like Hatteras Island for some of the finest seafood that North Carolina has to offer. With easy access to the Gulf Stream, and miles of Pamlico Sound and Atlantic Ocean as hunting grounds for local fishermen, there’s always plenty of the catch of the day to go around.

So where do you find the freshest, most delectable seafood on the island? Chances are, the best seafood is just around the corner from your rental home. Continue reading


08/3/08

Hatteras Island Restaurants

One of the best aspects of any vacation away from the real world is not having to cook, and Hatteras Island offers a fine selection of restaurants in all seven villages to cater to visitors. From fine dining establishments for a cultured palette, to your basic local hangout for steamed shrimp and a cold one, there are a variety of eateries for every taste.

But before you unfold your napkin and get ready to chow down, there are a few local tips and regional guidelines you should know for island dining. Continue reading