12/28/11

Finding The Right Location For Your Hatteras Island Wedding

With miles of beautiful, natural background to choose from, it can be hard to decide on the perfect spot for your Hatteras Island wedding. You may want to keep the following locations in mind, but remember with so many miles of seashore, and dozens of dreamy vacation rental homes, your imagination is your only limit to choosing the ideal setting for your wedding and reception.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore: Find your favorite stretch of sand and say your nuptials Oceanfront or Soundfront. You can even choose a vacation rental home that’s just steps from the shore or a sandy sound beach for added convenience for the entire party. Just remember that as part of the National Seashore, some restrictions and a special use permit will apply. Visit the National Park Service website for more information.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: The breathtaking black and white candy cane striped landmark lighthouse provides the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. As part of the National Seashore, be sure you obtain a special use permit. Visit the National Park Service website for more information.

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station: Want a ceremony and reception that’s truly unique? Explore the grounds of the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station. Built in 1874, the station provided 80 years of maritime service and history, and the property itself is a beautiful spread of the main station house, bordered by a white picket fence. Fees vary depending on the complexity of the wedding and/or reception. Visit the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station’s official website for details and contact information.

Kinnakeet Shores Oceanfront Beach Club: One of Hatteras Island’s newest reception sites, the Oceanfront Beach Club is an ideal setting to host a larger wedding or reception. With enough room for a 100 person sit-down function, and a second floor observation deck for front row views, the beach club is one of Hatteras Island’s best wedding reception facilities. Call (252) 995-3511 for more information.

Local Community Centers: Many local couples rely on the town community centers for a laid-back, Hatteras style wedding reception. For a nice, simple reception with a hometown feel, contact the local community centers in the different villages for information on renting the site for an afternoon. These centers include:

Rodanthe Waves, Salvo Community Center

Avon Fire House / Community Center

Hatteras Village Civic Center

Local Restaurants: For an intimate reception, many Hatteras Island restaurants can accommodate small wedding parties. For a list of area restaurants, visit the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce website or simply call or visit your favorite local restaurant for more information.

Vacation Rental Homes: Surf or Sound Realty offers a number of premier rental homes perfect for an intimate reception, and with all the amenities to make the festivities easy and enjoyable. Many homes have private pools, plenty of decking with views, spacious great rooms, first class kitchen facilities, wet bars, ice machines, and all the little features that comprise the perfect reception.


07/12/11

Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse!

The National Park Service offers full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse throughout the season, providing a very special experience for visitors. This Friday evening, July 15th, climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience – seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the beautiful reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.

Two tours are given, one at 8:15 p.m. and a second at 9:15 p.m. Each tour is limited to 30 people. This is a truly unique and memorable experience for your Hatteras Island vacation on the Outer Banks that you don’t want to miss!

Get your tickets today! The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tour tickets must be purchased in advance at the lighthouse ticket booth, located at the lighthouse site in Buxton village. The ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. – 5:40 p.m. daily.
There are no lights inside the lighthouse and climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights. During the climb, park rangers provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keeper. From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present – a truly unique experience.

Things to Know Before You Go:

1. Full Moon Tour tickets are limited to the first 60 purchasers and must be purchased in person, in advance, at the lighthouse ticket booth. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will begin a few days in advance of the scheduled tour. It is anticipated that tickets will sell out early. Standard admissions fees apply – $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children (11 and under) as well as seniors (62 and older).

2. Each participant must bring a handheld flashlight with fresh, serviceable batteries.

3. All participants are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they cannot be carried! If unsure, check with the Rangers before purchasing your non-refundable ticket. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters, although meeting height requirements, may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment.

4. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

5. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group. No exceptions.

6. Know your limitations! The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot, humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There are no internal lights or air conditioning.

7. All routine lighthouse safety requirements, as well as restrictions as to eating, drinking, gum, etc., apply. This information will be provided to you when you purchase your ticket.

8. Tickets are non-refundable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, the ticket holder may exchange the ticket the following morning, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for a replacement ticket useable only on that following day. This ticket will be for day climbing only.


05/5/11

Create Lasting Memories On Hatteras Island With Mom!

Hatteras Island is a wonderful place to make memories while on vacation. It’s an even better place to spend your Mother’s Day! There are plenty of sights to see and activities to take part in. If you’re going to be on Hatteras Island on Mother’s Day, we’ve come up with some fun ideas for mom that are sure to create lasting and cherished memories!

Fun Activities:

1. Paint your Own Pottery at Pottery in Avon http://www.studio12hatteras.com/ (252) 995-7899. A great way to spend time with mom while creating a keepsake!

2. We’re sure mom could use some relaxation and tranquility and nothing beats the spa and a massage at “In Touch Massage” in Frisco, next to Indian Town Gallery www.intouchmassageandwellness.com, (252) 995-4067. Massage on-site at the wellness center or ask about the mobile services that bring the massage directly to you at your vacation home!

3. A unique and treasuring activity on Hatteras Island is searching for sea glass! What’s even better is sea glass jewelry, which you and mom can make together! Take her to the Sea Glass wrapping jewelry class at “Indian Town Gallery” in Frisco. Call for appointment! http://www.indiantowngallery.com/ (252)995-5181.

4. Not into sea glass, but still want to make jewelry with mom? That’s covered, too! Make your own Jewelry at “The Glass Bead” – with two locations: Avon (252) 995-7020 and Rodanthe (252) 987-2005 -thousands of beads and all the jewelry-making supplies you’ll need to create your own jewelry.

5. If mom is the adventurous type, rent some gear from REAL Watersports in the village of Waves, or grab some food at Mojos’s Sunset Cafe’ and watch the views of the sound from their deck.

Specialty Shopping:

1. “Buxton Village Books” in Buxton – books, cards and gifts http://www.buxtonvillagebooks.com/ (252) 995-4240.

2. “Island Spice and Wine” in Avon – gourmet wine, food and gifts! Specialty gift baskets available! (252) 995-7750.

3. “The Elegant Attic” in Buxton – (252) 995-4468 -Antiques shop featuring a spectacular selection of antique stained-glass windows and doors imported from England.

There are also plenty of simple and inexpensive things to do with mom on Hatteras Island as well!

1. Go for a stroll on the beach.

2. Take mom out for ice cream. Village Conery is a great place to get ice cream!

3. Climb the lighthouse together.

4. Hunt for seashells then paint them together using watercolor paints or make a simple seashell wind-chime together or save them in a decorative bowl that you find together at local shops like Lee Robinson.

5. Go for a bicycle ride through old Kinnakeet.

Another idea is a family photo! Two great photographers on Hatteras Island are:

Bryan Elkus – http://www.bryanelkus.com/

Daniel Pullen – http://www.danielpullenphotography.com/

If mom can’t be with you on vacation, bring the beach to her! Find a pretty jar from one of the local shops and fill it with sand and sea shells you find on the beach!

The possibilities to create cherished memories with mom are endless on Hatteras Island. From everyone here at Surf or Sound Realty, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!


04/24/10

NPS Offers Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

As a special experience for the visiting public and local communities, the National Park Service will be offering Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of April 28. Two tours will be given, one at 8:15 p.m. and a second at 9:15 p.m., each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will start on Monday, April 26. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. Full Moon Tour tickets are non-refundable. Continue reading


04/12/10

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse To Open Friday, April 16, 2010

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will open to the public for climbing from April 16 through Columbus Day, October 11, 2010. Climbing fees for the Lighthouse will be $7 per adult, and $3.50 for children under 12 and senior citizens. The opening day of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will continue to be a “fee-free” day, as it has in the past, for local community members to climb the Lighthouse. Continue reading


09/23/09

NPS Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Move on Friday,

Superintendent Mike Murray invites visitors and locals alike to a special program on the grounds of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Friday, October 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon to recognize the 10th anniversary of the move of this extraordinary beacon. Continue reading


08/26/09

NPS Offers Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

As a very special experience for the visiting public and local communities, the National Park Service will be offering Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of September 4, 2009.

Two tours will be given-one at 7:15 p.m. and a second at 8:15 p.m. Each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the lighthouse ticket booth between 8:15 a.m. and 4:40 p.m., September 2 through September 4. Full Moon Tour tickets are non-refundable. Continue reading


04/14/09

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse To Open Friday, April 17

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will open to the public for climbing from April 17 through Columbus Day, October 12, 2009. Climbing fees for the Lighthouse will be $7 per adult, and $3.50 for children under 12 and senior citizens.

The opening day of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will continue to be a fee-free day, as it has in the past, for local community members to climb the Lighthouse. Continue reading