12/9/14

Shop Real Watersports Online – Fashion & Gear for Cool Kids of All Ages

Internationally known as one of the best kiteboarding and surfing retailers, lesson centers and destinations in the world REAL Watersports is proud to call Hatteras Island home. Their team of experts is down to earth and eager to help you find just what you’re looking for, whether that’s the perfect Stand Up Paddleboard or the coolest new pair of shades. Here are some of their favorite gift ideas this holiday season, each with an offer ranging from free shipping to $100 OFF!

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1 – Catch Surf “Beater” Boards30% OFF – The Grom Favorite, this soft style, slick-bottom board is being ridden by stoked kids everywhere. From first rides to 360-spinners and shove-its, the Catch Surf Beater Board is endless fun.

2 – Strive “Skip Jack” Fish Surfboard – $395 ($100 OFF) – The Strive Skip-Jack Fish is the perfect easy paddling, user friendly design for a wide range of waves. The board offers classic soulful lines and flow, with modern maneuverability.

3 – Rip Curl Search GPS Surf Watch FREE SHIPPING – The Search GPS is the worlds first GPS Surf Watch. Auto-sync tides to your location, track your session and share it with friends. GPS Tracking along with wave count, top speed and more. This watch is SOLD OUT many places – order yours from REAL today!

4 – GoPro HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver – FREE SHIPPING – The new HERO4 cameras from GoPro are the perfect gift for any sport enthusiast. Countless surfers, snowboarders, fishermen, kayakers, hunters and more are using the HERO4 cameras to capture the action and share it with the world. The Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro ever with exceptional image quality and high frame rates. The Silver Edition is the first GoPro to feature a built-in LCD screen for reviewing your pictures and videos.

5 – Billabong Purses & Bags – 20-50% OFFFrom the beach to the city, the latest bags and purses from Billabong are the perfect gift for ladies who love surf-inspired style.

6 – Stance Socks – 20-60% OFF – These funky-fun socks from Stance are the perfect stocking-stuffer! The rest of your outfit is awesome, why shouldn’t your socks be too?


12/8/14

Shop Hatteras with Buxton Village Books!

Shop Hatteras Offer: 10% OFF and FREE shipping until December 19 when you mention Shop Hatteras! Just browse the website at: www.buxtonvillagebooks.com – make your selections and call 252-995-4240 to place your order with the discount. Shopping locally? Get 10% off through Christmas Eve when you mention this offer!

So many vacationers have a special place in their hearts for Buxton Village Books. After all, what better time is there for reading than your beach vacation? Channel the island charm of your favorite independent bookseller and browse shop owner Gee Gee Rosell’s hand-picked selections online. Indie booksellers specialize in choosing the best books for every season. Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Hatteras where we’re All Small! Here are a few she just loves, perfect for gift-giving or for yourself this Holiday season.

Buxton Village Books

The Southern Living Community Cookbook – Celebrating Food & Fellowshop in the American South by Sheri Castle

Southern food and food stories are bound together. This book will reflect people, regardless of where they come form, who claim Southern food as their own, whether for a lifetime or a mealtime. People feel deep affection for their local community cookbooks, especially those well-worn volumes that serve as a timestamp of a particular place and time. No other type of recipe collection is more generous, gracious, and welcoming. Before we give you a bite, we Southern cooks have to tell you about what we’ve made. Southern food is evocative, so our food and food stories are bound together in our communities. A memorable Southern cookbook holds good food and a good read, the equivalent of a brimming recipe box plus the scribbled notes and whispered secrets that cover the tips, advice, and stories that a generous cook shares with family members, friends, and neighbors. These recipes bring all sorts of cooks, recipes, and stories to a common table to bring readers a cookbook filled with good things to eat that have something to say.

 

Good Dog True Stories of Love, Loss and Loyalty – A collection of stories from David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun magazine’s aptly named Good Dog column is one of the publication’s most popular features. Now editor in chief David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun have gathered their favorite essays as well as original pieces for this must-read collection of dog ownership, companionship, and kinship.
By turns humorous, inspirational, and poignant, Good Dog offers beautifully crafted stories from such notable writers as P. J. O’Rourke, Jon Meacham, and Roy Blount, Jr. From the troublemakers who can’t be fenced in to the lifelong companions who never leave our sides, this one-of-a-kind anthology showcases man’s best friend through all of his mostendearing (and maddening) attributes.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Sea GlassFinding, Collecting, Identifying and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones by Mary Beth Bueke

As the owner of one of the world’s most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker–especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting.
There are several reasons why the hunt is so important to the sea glass seeker. Some find their Zen moments in the solitude and beauty of the hunt. Some collect to add color to their life. The history, mystery, and discovery of sea glass are also strong forces that draw collectors to shorelines around the world, looking for these pieces of physically and chemically weathered frosted glass.
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about and start your own collection of sea glass, the window for doing so is closing as pieces are becoming more elusive due to a growth in sea glass popularity and a decrease in recent glass bottle production.
In “The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass,” Beuke provides information that will help first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters learn more about their current sets. Beuke shares her experiences in gathering her own collection via photographs of vibrant and rare pieces, as well.

 

 


12/5/14

Shop Hatteras Online! Exclusive deals on Special Gifts from Hatteras Island

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We are excited to announce a week of Hatteras Island Holiday Deals – Shop Hatteras! Starting Monday we will reveal a featured shop each day with unique gift ideas and special discounts available in store and online just for Surf or Sound friends. You may not be on island time again for a few more months but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some Holiday shopping at your favorite Hatteras Island businesses! Pick up a few things you won’t find anywhere else and get everyone excited about your next beach vacation.

From handmade pottery to kites for kids of all ages to books perfect for curling up to read by the fire this winter, get ready to Shop Hatteras and give the gift of Hatteras Island this Holiday season! Check out our Shop Hatteras Pinterest board to quickly see all the deals in one place!

Monday, December 8 – Shop Hatteras with Buxton Village Books!
10% OFF and FREE shipping
until December 19 when you mention Shop Hatteras! Just browse the website at: www.buxtonvillagebooks.com – make your selections and call 252-995-4240 to place your order with the discount. Shopping locally? Get 10% off through Christmas Eve when you mention this offer!

Tuesday, December 9 – Shop Hatteras with REAL Watersports Check out some gift ideas and great deals from the experts at REAL watesports, with offers ranging from free shipping to $100 OFF!

Wednesday, December 10 – Give the Gift of Flight with a Kitty Hawk Kite. Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly for 40 years. Shop in their online store and get $5 off any order of $30 or more with the code SURFORSOUND

 

Thursday, December 11 – Shop Kinnakeet ClayBeautiful, affordable works of art hand-crafted by local and regional artists. Shop their online catalog and get FREE SHIPPING through December 19 when you mention Shop Hatteras!

 

 


10/27/14

A Rare Glimpse into History – Sunken WWII Ships Found off the Coast of Cape Hatteras

Providing new insight into a relatively little-known chapter in American history, a team of researchers led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has just discovered two significant vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic, 30 miles off the Cape Hatteras coast.

The attacked WWII merchant ship Bluefields and the German U-boat that attacked it only to be assailed by aircraft and escorts protecting the merchant ships were both found resting less than 240 yards apart on the ocean floor. It’s a rare window into a historic battle story and the underwater landscape of the battles of World War II.

These most recent findings are part of an ongoing Battle of the Atlantic, underwater archaeological field expedition on the remains of vessels from the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. German, American British naval and merchant vessels lost in the Atlantic have been visited and studied by archaeologists, marine biologists and researchers. The UNC Coastal Studies Institute here on the Outer Banks, as well as NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, East Carolina University, Minerals Management Service, the National Park Service and the State of North Carolina have all collaborated on this mission that has been ongoing and making interesting discoveries since 2008.

To find out more about Maritime History be sure to check out the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on your next trip to Hatteras Island.

For more information on this exciting discovery, view the complete article on NOAA’s website here: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141021_ww11_vessels.html


10/17/14

Surf or Sound Begins Collecting Holiday Donations for Local Food Pantries

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We’re nearing the time of year when we begin to think especially of nourishing food and giving thanks. We are always grateful for our generous guests, who, throughout the year, donate a TON of unopened non-perishable food to our lobby donation box for our local food pantries. It’s not just one or two cans a week, nearly a third of our guests donate items ranging from canned goods to bags full of items and supplies.

The island’s food pantries continue to need our support during the colder months, and as we have done in years past, our Salvo and Avon offices will serve as a drop off for Hatteras Island’s Holiday Food Drive. Donations from staff, neighbors and island friends will all make a difference in feeding those in our community who might otherwise go hungry during the slower winter months. Donations made to our Salvo office on the corner of Highway 12 and Rampart Street will go to Lifeboat Community Church Food Bank and those made to our Avon office across from the Avon Fishing Pier will go to Hatteras Island Food Pantry.

Thank you for not only visiting our island, but taking time to be a part of the community by helping to sustain those who live here.

Monetary donations for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry can be made payable by check to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations for Lifeboat Community Church can be dropped off at 27563 Highway 12 in Salvo, or by mailing checks to Lifeboat Community Church, P.O. Box 84, Salvo, NC 27972.


09/15/14

Fishing Tournaments Return to the Avon Pier

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The Avon Fishing Pier announces its first annual PBR Classic Red and Blue Fishing Tournament for November 7-9. In what pier manager Keith Matthews is calling “a sign of more good things to come”, the tournament will focus on Red Drum and Blue fish and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners in each category. Proceeds will go to the “T” fund to finish the T at the end of the pier.

Tournaments were a celebrated event at the pier in years past, but this year’s tournament is the first in five years and made possible by Koru Village’s purchase of the pier this February. The new pier property has a snack bar, tackle and bait shop and offers walk-on sightseeing for just $1.

For more information on the tournament and entry fees and to fill out an entry form, visit the Avon Fishing Pier website: AvonFishingPier.com.


09/4/14

New Beach Access Opening Next Week

Just in time for fall fishing season – more beach access!

The National Park Service has just announced the opening date for a newly constructed Off Road Vehicle Ramp between Salvo and Avon. With Cape Point re-opening for ORV access last week, this is more great news for fall fishing enthusiasts.

With a permit available from the National Park Service, vehicles will be able to access the beach through Ramp 25, which will open on September 11. This ramp will eventually include a paved parking area to provide additional pedestrian access, as well as improved access for visitors with disabilities.

Ramp 25 is the first of several such beach access projects planned for the Seashore’s future. With revenue from the Off Road Vehicle Permits, the Park Service has the opportunity to complete this and other projects to promote visitor access along the Seashore and provide a variety of use experiences.

Ramp 25 Aerial


08/13/14

Behind the Scenes: Capturing a day on Hatteras Island

Photographer Ryan Moser Captures the Hatteras Island Sunrise

Photographer Ryan Moser Captures the Hatteras Island Sunrise

When given the opportunity to fill two beautiful full-color pages of Outer Banks This Week’s summer magazine – we knew right away what to do – feature our charming island to give people a glimpse into a day in the life of a Hatteras Island vacation.

But how could we possibly show the depth of character of the island and include all that there is to do on a vacation here in just a day? All we could do was try – and so we ventured out one beautiful June morning to do our best to capture one real life Hatteras Island vacation day from dawn until dusk. Click here to take a look at the magazine spread! (page 12-13)

If you’ve been here, you might guess that we came back with more footage than we could ever fit in the space – and we barely scratched the surface as far as all you can do here!

Hatteras Island’s villages are full of real people and authentic places each with a unique and incredible story. Talk with someone long enough you’ll find that each story gives way to a dozen more. That’s the beauty of it – you can come down every year for 50 years and discover something new each time.

Take a look at some of the images we couldn’t fit between the pages, below:

Miles of pristine seashore make the perfect place for a morning stroll.

Miles of pristine seashore make the perfect place for a morning stroll.

You can always find a steady stream of locals and visitors walking, biking or driving to the Orange Blossom for coffee and breakfast every morning in Buxton.

You’ll always find a steady stream of locals and visitors walking, biking or driving to the Orange Blossom for coffee and breakfast every morning in Buxton.

Even a deer made an appearance on the new paved pathway along the road.

This deer made an appearance on the new 4 mile pedestrian pathway in Avon.

A must-stop on any visit, Buxton Books was featured in this same issue.

A must-stop on any visit, Buxton Books was featured in this same issue.

Ray from Michigan was enjoying the morning watching the waves while he fished.

Ray from Michigan was enjoying the morning watching the waves while he fished.

Hatteras Island has some of the very best surf on the East Coast.

Hatteras Island has some of the very best surf on the East Coast.

Some of our beaches are even accessible with a 4wd vehicle!

With a beach driving permit from the Park Service, you can discover your own “secret spot”

Our photographer wasn't afraid to get wet to get the right shot!

Our photographer wasn’t afraid to get wet to capture the action.

Splash! Ellisa from Koru Village leads the group Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Splash! Ellisa from Koru Village makes Stand up Paddleboarding fun.

Stopped for an incredible lunch at the new Pangea Tavern in Avon.

We stopped into the new Pangea Tavern in Avon for an incredible lunch.

We caught Beth watering the flowers on the gracious front porch of Kinnakeet Clayworks in Avon.

Then caught Beth watering the flowers on the gracious front porch of Kinnakeet Clay Works in Avon.

The Avon Pier - fishing fun for the whole family.

The Avon Pier – a great place to fish or just sight see.

Sandcastles and Snacks - highlights for the little ones.

Sandcastles and snacks – this family loves both at the beach.

No visit is complete without a trip to "America's Lighthouse"

No visit is complete without a trip to “America’s Lighthouse”

We are grateful the Zeman family welcomed us in to their beach house to capture their vacation.

The Zeman family welcomed us in to their beach house to share their evening.

No matter that he is from Colorado, Drew quickly became a crab cracking expert!

No matter that he is from Colorado, Drew quickly became a crab cracking expert!

Abby was a little skeptical of all the seafood but she thought the hushpuppies and corn were great!

Abby was a little skeptical of all the seafood but she thought the hushpuppies and corn were just right.

Just a little after dinner square dancing on the oceanfront deck.

Time for a little after dinner dancing on the oceanfront deck

And just like that, the sun was setting on our beautiful Hatteras Island day.

And just like that, the sun was setting on our beautiful Hatteras Island day.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t end here! There’s all this and so very much more waiting here for your next vacation. Do you love Hatteras Island as much as we do? Click the link at the bottom of our homepage to easily join our e-club for Hatteras Island updates, news, events and vacation rental specials.

 

 


08/5/14

Rainy Day Activities on Hatteras Island

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You know what they say, a rainy day at the beach is better than a rainy day at home! Here are a few of our favorite things to do when it rains on the Outer Banks (hint – all of these activities are fun when it’s sunny too!).

Make Stuff

From paint your own pottery to jewelry creation, there are lots of way to express your creative side here on Hatteras Island – even when it’s raining. Try one of these spots to start:

Studio 12 in Avon – From glass bowl creation to making your own natural bath products, they have classes for all sorts of ages and interests. See more at: http://www.studio12hatteras.com/classes.php

Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop and Bead Shop in Avon – Grab a Latte and head to the Bead shop in the back to create your masterpiece.

Kinnakeet Clayworks in Avon – Learn watercolor techniques, or get your hands dirty turning a lump of clay into a beautiful functional object. View their Facebook page for class updates:  https://www.facebook.com/kinnakeetclay

Red Drum Pottery in Frisco – Offering Paint on Pottery and Raku classes – call or stop by for times and details: (252) 995-3686

Indian Town Gallery in Frisco – Painting Parties, Oil Painting Workshops and Seaglass Jewelry Making. Check out their Facebook for all the details on these top notch activities: https://www.facebook.com/indiantowngallery?fref=photo

Sunsational Designs and Beads of Paradise in Frisco– Thousands of beads to create your own custom jewelry or stop in for a hair wrap or henna tattoo.

Go Shopping

An artist’s mecca, Hatteras Island is full of Art Galleries and small shops. You’ll find handmade and local items in our galleries and gift shops and the latest fashions and most advanced gear in our surf shops. Stop into Buxton books for the perfect reading selections for your entire family. Check out our shopping page here: www.surforsound.com/things-to-do/shopping/

Play in the Rain

While we don’t advise going outside during a thunderstorm, summer rainshowers can actually be a lot of fun. Don’t want to get your clothes wet? We bet you packed a bathing suit!

Watch a movie

Snuggle up with your loved ones, pop some popcorn and watch a family flick. The Food Lion in Avon has a RedBox kiosk and some rental homes provide DVDs and streaming movies.

Have Your Own Restaurant Crawl

Have an all afternoon food-fest with a self-guided restaurant crawl through some of our best restaurants: Appetizers at Pangea Tavern, Soup and Salad at at Oceana’s Bistro, Entrees at Ketch 55, Dessert at the Dolphin Den and After Dinner Cocktails at Turner’s High Moon Bar.

Indulge at the Spa

Treat yourself to a day (or a couple of hours) at the spa.

In Touch Massage and Wellness Center in Frisco – Dedicated to enhancing well-being by providing a variety of services for the body and mind.

Spa Koru – Located right next to our Avon office, Spa Koru is a great place to relax with a Hot Stone Massage, an Organic Facial, or body wrap. Stop by the salon for a hair cut, waxing and nail services or take a yoga class next door in the fitness center.

Cook or Bake the Day Away

You may not have time to create gourmet meals every night at home, but vacation is the perfect time to get the family together to cook. Besides, once you master the recipe it can be much easier to make the second time around and will bring back fond memories of your vacation cooking!

Check out Local Arcades

Pinball anyone? Old-fashioned beach vacation fun can be had at some of our local arcades!

Rodanthe Pier – Chill out in the Air Conditioned Game Room and enjoy some snacks while you stay dry and watch the surf.

The Sandbar and Grille in Frisco – pinball machines, a jukebox, pool table, and a number of classic video games.

Angelo’s Pizza Arcade in Buxton – 25 Arcade games and pool tables and you can order a pizza while you’re there!

Museums

History, culture and education – there’s so much to learn about at Hatteras Island in our museums and historic sites.

Graveyard of the Atlantic in Hatteras Village across from the Ferry Docks

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe

Frisco Native American Museum – View Native American art, artifacts and culture, from the island and other native tribes.

Hatteras Island Visitor’s Center and Museum of the Sea – Located at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site

Whatever you decide to do remember that sometimes the best memories come from just spending time together. Our vacation rental homes are cozy comfortable places to spend a rainy day, many are even equipped with game rooms and theaters. Before you know it the clouds will lift and the rain will come to an end.


07/30/14

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day

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Next Thursday, August 7, is National Lighthouse Day. The National Park Service is celebrating at Cape Hatteras National Seashore with a number of special programs.

Lighthouse Day is an observance of the day the Federal Government became involved in the construction, maintenance and repair of these special structures with the Lighthouse Act August 7, 1789.

The Cape Hatteras National Park Services describes:

Lighthouses, whose solitary beacons have guided countless ships through perils of fog and darkness, are a cherished part of our Nation’s heritage. Often isolated and repeatedly tested by the ravages of storm and sea, lighthouses are monuments to the courage and determination of the people who built them and the keepers who have maintained them.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore protects and preserves three lighthouses: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, and Ocracoke Lighthouse.

You’re invited to take part in special Lighthouse Day programs including:

August 7, 1 pm & 4 pm The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse–Why is it Here: Have you ever wondered why this lighthouse was built on a remote barrier island? Learn about the storied history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its purpose. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion. (20 mins)

August 6, 5 pmThe Oldest Lighthouse: The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina. Learn how this tower is truly part of the Ocracoke community and get a peek inside the base of the tower. Meet at the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Parking is very limited. We recommend that you walk, bike, or be dropped off. (30 mins)

August 7, 3 pmA Link in the Chain: While the Bodie Island Lighthouse stands alone, it serves as a link in the chain of a network of lighthouses on the east coast. Learn more about the U.S. Lighthouse Service and of what life was like for the Bodie Island Lighthouse keepers and their families. Meet on the front porch of the Bodie Island Visitor Center. (30 mins)

All programs are free and open to all.