08/10/08

Hatteras Island Attractions

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

One of the most famous and recognizable in the world because of its black and white candy cane stripes, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a definite “must see” on every Hatteras Island vacation.
The lighthouse is located in Buxton and is open for climbing in the summer season for a small fee. At 208 feet, the steep narrow climb is not for the faint of heart. There is also a visitor’s center and gift shop, nearby nature trails, and a wooded picnic area.

A Day Trip to Ocracoke

Ocracoke Island is south of Hatteras Island and is accessed from Hatteras Village by a free ferry that leaves Hatteras Landing. The ferries depart hourly from 5 a.m. until midnight, and every half hour on heavy traffic days. Call (252) 986-2353 for more information on the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry.
The village of Ocracoke is a small community, just 4 square miles in diameter. The Ocracoke lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in America. You can park and stroll around the locally owned shops and restaurants and catch a sparkling sunset over Silver Lake Harbor. Continue reading


08/8/08

A Day at the Spa on Hatteras Island

Just because you’re on an island doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little upscale pampering, and enjoy a workout or exercise class to boot.

Hatteras Island’s only full service spa, Spa Koru, is a welcome site for visitors who need to relax, look their best, or simply stretch their muscles. A selection of our premier rental homes offer complimentary passes to the fitness center, but daily and weekly passes to the fitness center are available to everyone and can be obtained simply by calling the spa at (252) 995-3125 or by stopping by during your stay.

Seasonal classes are available every morning and afternoon, and can range from aerobics to yoga to salsa dancing. Call or visit www.spakoru.com for an online calendar of classes available during your stay.

If you want to forego the workout and just relax, the spa offers a number of massage and body treatments, and even half and full day retreats. An adjacent salon provides hair and nail services, and all organic products used in the salon can be purchased at the spa’s store.

For brides-to-be, the spa offers a full day of treatment before the ceremony, with a number of pampering packages for you and your wedding party, and a lounge to relax in between sessions. Reservations are necessary, and can be made via phone. A full spa menu and list of packages is also available online.


08/8/08

The Villages of Hatteras Island

Everyone knows Hatteras Island can be categorized as its own little world, but the seven villages that are tucked in amongst the 70 miles of seashore are unique and different in their own right. When planning a Hatteras Island vacation with Surf or Sound Realty, it’s all about location, and your first step should be selecting the island village that’s perfect for your family. Here’s an insider’s look at the different Hatteras Island villages to help you make your vacation decision.

Rodanthe, Waves & Salvo: While there are no spaces in between or signs to mark the distinction, the first “town” you encounter after the Bonner Bridge is actually a trio of villages. Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo are closest to the activity and attractions in the Northern beaches just 20 miles to the North, but are secluded, quiet, and a stark contrast to the bustle of the Northern Outer Banks. Here, you’ll find miles of private beaches, small stores and restaurants, and close access to the Pea Island National Wildlife refuge, a bird watcher’s paradise. Continue reading


08/7/08

Hatteras Island Weddings

Couples are naturally attracted by the secluded beauty and the laidback, leisurely pace that defines Hatteras Island’s culture. In an island wedding, the ocean provides the background music, barefoot brides are not uncommon, and the originality and uniqueness of a Hatteras Island ceremony is sure to be an event the couple and their guests will never forget.

Many couples choose Hatteras Island to steer clear of the complexities a big wedding can entail, and it’s easy to see why. The location alone can limit the guest list to close family and friends, because as far as destination weddings go, Hatteras Island is one of the most remote parts of the Outer Banks spanning 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and encompassing over 70 miles of natural seashore. But if your dream wedding is a relaxed, intimate, seaside gathering that’s truly unique, the results are well worth the travel. Continue reading


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