08/24/11

NC DOT Plans For Likely Closure of N.C. 12

The Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

North Carolina transportation officials planning for the arrival of Hurricane Irene say they are prepared for damage to the main highway and bridge serving the Outer Banks.

DOT spokeswoman Nicole Meister said Wednesday that workers are positioning heavy equipment on Hatteras Island to keep N.C. 12 open as long as it is safe for crews to work. The island highway is routinely covered with water and sand during big storms.

Immediately after the storm, workers will inspect the aging Bonner Bridge. The two-lane span is the only link to the mainland for Outer Banks residents. Meister says the bridge will not be opened unless engineers are sure it is safe.

Ferries will be standing by to handle vehicle traffic if the road remains closed following the hurricane.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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07/13/11

Mixed Drinks on the Menu at Hatteras Island Restaurants

All villages on Hatteras Island have voted in favor of allowing mixed drinks to be served at area restaurants and bars.

The private kitchen in your vacation rental home is great for serving up meals, but the chefs in your group deserve a relaxing dinner, too! On at least one night of your Hatteras Island vacation, it is always fun to get everyone together and head out to one of the fantastic local restaurants for fresh seafood and special memories. Now, the adults can also order a Sundowner or one of the other variety of mixed drinks you are sure to find with a catchy name.

In year’s past, locals and visitors were not able to order a mixed drink at our island restaurants. Hatteras Island was a “dry” island where only beer and wine could be sold in properly licensed restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. Liquor was only sold at one ABC store on the island. As of today, that is no longer the case. (“Case” -no pun intended!) Liquor drinks were voted to be made legal in the southern villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton back in December and the northern villages of Avon, Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe this July.

Liquor drinks are now available at most restaurants in the villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton and will become available once the restaurants in the newly voted villages apply for their ABC permits and start stocking their restaurants.

Mixed drinks have been sold on Ocracoke Island for four years and they are also sold in restaurants in the northern beaches. Those who were in favor of allowing liquor by the drink feel that there will be a boost to island businesses in a down economy and that mixed drinks are an amenity that many tourists expect.

Whether you enjoy a nice dinner with friends and family at your vacation home, or prefer to get together at an area restaurant for cocktails, cuisine and good conversation, remember to drink responsibly.

From your friends at Surf or Sound Realty we hope you have a safe and memorable Hatteras Island vacation.


05/27/11

Cape Hatteras Named #5 Best Beach in America!

Once again, Cape Hatteras has been declared one of THE BEST beaches in the country by famous Dr. Beach! Each year Dr. Beach travels the nation’s coastlines, searching for beaches that meet his strict criteria for “best beach.” The 2011 list has just been released and Cape Hatteras came in at an impressive #5! Those of us that live and vacation here think it is #1!

Dr. Beach uses a list containing 50 criteria, rating sand softness to scenery to the amount of jellyfish in the water! Here is what Dr. Beach said about Hatteras Island:

“Bulging far offshore of the mainland coast as a barrier island, Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore. Providing some of the best board surfing along the East Coast, as well as the most famous lighthouse in the United States, Cape Hatteras attracts beachgoers to its historic fishing villages. Nature lovers adore the excellent beachcombing and superb fishing.”

Those are just a few reasons so many people choose Cape Hatteras as their vacation destination. It is the perfect place to relax with your toes in the sand OR participate in an adventure on the water. There is no other place in the country like Hatteras Island. It truly is a unique area with gorgeous, clean beaches, breathtaking scenery and bountiful history.

Every day is like a vacation and all of us here at Surf or Sound Realty are proud to work on one of THE BEST beaches in the country and happy to share it with our vacation guests who love it, too!


05/11/11

Celebrating Tourism on Hatteras Island

National Tourism Week is May 7-15 and is celebrated each year by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the U.S. Travel Industry Association as a way to show the importance of travel.

“The Visitors Bureau is fortunate to have so many great travel partners working with us every day. We were pleased to invite our partners to stand with us on National Travel & Tourism Day, celebrate tourism and thank our visitors for choosing the Outer Banks,” said Lee Nettles, Managing Director for the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Governor Beverly Perdue has proclaimed May 10th as North Carolina Travel & Tourism Day, in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide.

This year, Surf or Sound Realty participated in the U.S. Travel Rally Day as a way to celebrate tourism on the local level as a salute to the power of travel and its importance to our community on the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island.

Surf or Sound Realty company representative and Marketing Director, Jessica Epping, took the opportunity to greet visitors at the Hatteras Welcome Center, located in the restored U.S. Weather Bureau Station.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting our visitors and speaking with them about all of the wonderful historic sights and unique attractions on Hatteras Island and throughout the Outer Banks,” said Jessica. “I met visitors from Indiana, Texas and West Virginia, all in one afternoon and they each shared a mutual excitement about choosing to travel here.”

On your next visit to Hatteras Island, or on your way to catch the ferry for a daytrip on Ocracoke Island or to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village, stop in the Hatteras Welcome Center.

It offers an abundance of area information and you will surely enjoy the historical tour and local significance of the U.S. Weather Bureau Station, restored to its 1901 time period.


03/28/11

Easter Event in Hatteras Village

Looking for a fun Easter event on Hatteras Island that the whole family can enjoy? The Shops at Stowe on Twelve in Hatteras Village are hosting an Easter Eggs-travaganza on Saturday, April 23rd from 12pm to 4pm. It will be a great family event with live music, food and drink, sidewalk sales, face painting and so much more. Plus! The Easter bunny himself will hop on over for a visit from 12:30pm to 2pm. For more information, call (252)986-2024.


02/4/10

Video guide to Hatteras Island water sports

Dreaming of ways to have fun during your upcoming Hatteras Island vacation? There are plenty of adventures waiting in the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound, from kiteboarding and surfing to kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Discover the amazing world of Hatteras Island water sports on your next Surf or Sound Realty vacation.


11/6/09

Picture of the Week

This cormorant was rescued off of Hwy 12 in Salvo by Shiralee Timmons and Richard Roy of Surf or Sound Realty. The cormorant will be taken to a local bird rescuer to see if any treatment is needed and then it will be released to a safe area. Photos by Shiralee Timmons of Surf or Sound Realty.


10/23/09

Picture of the Week

Fergus enjoys playing in the sand on the beaches of the Outer Banks. Hatteras Island is the perfect place for a pet friendly vacation! Photo by Bruce Matthews of Surf or Sound Realty.