08/24/16

Short Stays Make Hatteras Island Vacations Flexible

Family Enjoying Beach

Vacation rental homes on the Outer Banks are known to be rented by the week, but did you know that most of our 450+ homes are available for partial week reservations?  Have you ever felt like you need a vacation but just can’t stay for an entire week, or that one week just isn’t enough? We know how important vacation time is to families and we want  you to  have a vacation that fits your needs. Partial week stays at a percentage of the weekly rate are a great solution.

If you’re interested in a partial week rental:

SCHEDULE: Look at your calendar, talk to friends and family and decide what times you are available to visit.

SEARCH: Look for homes that meet your criteria and have availability during the time you’d like to visit. 

LIST: Create a list of your favorite homes or use our convenient Beach Bag feature to make one for you – you can even share it with friends!

HIT THE BOOKING WINDOW: The partial stay booking window is within 14 days Labor Day through Memorial Day and 7 days during the Summer and Holidays. Once you’re in the window check to see what’s still available in your list!

CALL: one of our knowledgeable vacation specialists (1-800-237-1138) to work out the details!

 
Consider These Family Stories:
 

The Richardsons spend a week in July every summer in the same 8 bedroom oceanfront house. They love it. The kids spend all day  rotating between the beach, pool and game room, and the home’s multiple levels allow all 15 family members to spread out and not ever feel crowded. No matter where they are in life they know they will have this annual family vacation to come back to.

Two years ago, the heartache of leaving Hatteras Island at the end of vacation got to be too much and Tom and Sherry decided they needed to find a way to get back to their happy place before July. They called Surf or Sound Realty to talk about options for Fall and that’s when they learned about partial week rentals. They found out that after Labor Day a partial week rental can be booked in an available home within 14 days of arrival with the owner’s approval. Perfect. They aimed for a long weekend in October, went on the website at the end of September to search for available homes and called to book a 4 night stay in a beautiful 5 bedroom soundfront home with a fireplace and hot tub. July sunrises over the ocean and October sunsets on the sound. Life is good.

 

The Talons make the trek to Hatteras Island from Quebec every April to take advantage of the stellar kiteboarding conditions. After two years they realized that a week wasn’t quite enough so now they book a two week stay or longer. Since they have flexibility in their time off, they will often add a few days to the front of their trip or after depending on what is available in the home (and what the wind forecast is).

There is a three-night minimum for partial week stays and during peak summer seasons and holidays partial rentals can only be made 7 days in advance. Click here for complete description of the prices and policies.

 


02/28/12

Graveyard 100 Ultra Marathon Set for March 10th

The best endurance runners in the world will be on the Outer Banks March 10th for the Graveyard 100 Ultra Marathon. The Graveyard 100 is two races: 100 miles point-to-point or 100k point-to-point. Yes, you read that correctly: 100 miles.

A portion of all entry fees will be donated to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to further the preservation, advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks

The 100 mile run extends the length of the Outer Banks and is 102.2 miles point-to-point starting “where the road begins,” and highway 12 starts at the edge of the sand in Corolla. Runners will then travel south the entire length of the paved highway on Bodie Island and the entire length of paved highway on Hatteras Island, viewing much of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore via historic Hwy 12. Runners will end at the “end of the road” on Hatteras Island adjacent to the Ocracoke Island Ferry and directly in front of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

Friends and family waiting for runners to finish will be treated to special guided tours at the museum.

The 100k course starts at aid station 2 at 4pm from Bodie Island Light House, is 63 miles long and has a 19 hour cutoff. 100k runners will take a quick spur north of the lighthouse on Hwy 12 then turn and follow 100 mile runners across the 2.5 mile long Bonner Bridge spanning the Oregon Inlet between Bodie Island and Hatteras Island around sunset. The rest of the course will be identical to the 100 mile runners finishing at the “end of the road” on Hatteras Island adjacent to the Ocracoke Island Ferry and directly in front of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

So far for the 2012 Graveyard 100, runners from 23 states and 3 countries are participating. The runner traveling the greatest distance to run is Al Harman from Vancouver, BC. 87% of registrants are running the 100 mile and 13% are running the 100k. The oldest runner who has signed up to participate is Louis Joline, age 79 from Lake Tapawingo, MO. The youngest runners are Karsten Olsen, from Wilton, CT and Spencer Williams from Hudson, MA, both 20 years old. The average age of the runners is 41.

For more information about the event, visit www.graveyard100.com. If you would like to volunteer, please email brandon@graveyard100.com

We welcome all the runners and their friends and families to Hatteras Island in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina! Everyone at Surf or Sound Realty wishes the best of luck to all the runners!