09/11/08

Say ARRRRRR! on September 19!

In Honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th, we’d like to share this pirate slang dictionary, developed by the inventors of the holiday.

In 1995, for reasons unknown to the inventors, they began talking in pirate slang during a game of racquetball, and decided to parlay this phenomenon into a new world holiday. The concept was picked up by national columnist Dave Barry who thought the idea was brilliant, and the holiday evolved into a national event.
For a complete dictionary, visit the inventors’ website, www.talklikeapirate.com, so you can celebrate the holiday to its fullest, and don’t have to worry about sounding like a land lubber. Arrrggghh. Continue reading


09/10/08

Pirate Week on The Outer Banks September 15-20

Kick off your fall vacation with the annual Pirate Festival hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. This week-long event begins on Monday, September 15th, with community events happening all week all over the Outer Banks.
Enjoy Pirate history, storytelling, reenactments, and shows. The culmination of a fun filled week of events will be on Saturday September 20th at the Kitty Hawk Kites Store, MP 12.5, Nags Head. Throughout the festival, Captain Jack Sparrow will make special guest appearances throughout the Outer Banks at various Kitty Hawk Kites stores. Continue reading


09/9/08

Hatteras Island enjoys being the “Best”

A USA Today travel feature has listed the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as one of the 10 Great National Parks That Will Engage Your Kids . Author Trefoni Rizzi of Teddy’s Travels: America’s National Parks said; “This park is filled with history of pirates, shipwrecks and lighthouses. ..Kids will love the ferry ride from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke, and best of all, it’s free.” Continue reading


09/8/08

Surf or Sound Realty recognizes new Outer Banks Association of Realtors inductees

Surf or Sound Realty congratulates six staff members who were inducted into the Outer Banks Association of Realtors (OBAR) on the August 27th OBAR meeting in Avon, NC.

These Surf of Sound Realty inductees include (from left to right in photo) David Croyle, Salvo Office Manager, Ann Wood, Marketing Director, Lisa Latham, Administrative Assistant, Marcia Laricos, Reservations Sales Team member, Vicki Langhel, Avon Office Guest Services Manager, and Dana Wells, Salvo Assistant Office Manager, (who is not pictured.)

Surf or Sound Realty is proud of all of our team members’ hard work and persistence in obtaining their NC Real Estate Broker’s License and subsequent induction onto OBAR. We look forward to their continued excellence in both the company, and the local real estate and property management community.


08/28/08

Greetings from Hatteras Island!

All of us at Surf or Sound Realty are excited to announce the launch of our community blog, dedicated to all things Hatteras Island. As we progress in the coming months, we’ll provide you with an ocean of information to help you prepare for your upcoming vacation, learn about upcoming special events, and most importantly, give you an insider’s look at this unique little stretch of the Outer Banks.

We’ll take you behind the scenes of some of the area’s best restaurants and favorite businesses, give you a guided tour of some of the most popular attractions, and lead you off the beaten path to little known destinations that even some of the locals haven’t discovered yet. Continue reading


08/28/08

New Independent Theater in Avon

Labor Day weekend marks the tentative grand opening of the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island’s first small Independent Movie Theater, adjacent to the Big Wave Dave’s convenience store and Village Grocery in Avon.

David Dixon, a local resident, film aficionado, and owner of Big Wave Dave’s, established the theater with a large projection screen and 40 comfy theater seats.

The theater will be able to serve beer and wine and will showcase primarily independent films — movies that aren’t generally available to an everyday audience, let alone an audience on Hatteras Island. Continue reading


08/27/08

Blue Marlin Blitz – Charter Fishing in the Gulf Stream

During the 25th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, on The Outer Banks of North Carolina, held August 11 – 15, 2008, a North Carolina state record was broken when Florida resident Trey Irvine landed the largest blue marlin in the state’s history, weighing in at a whopping 1,228.50 pounds. This smashes the previous record weight of a 1,142-pounder caught in 1974.

While the record catch received the bulk of the attention, the majority of anglers did well during the tournament, landing a total of 23 blue marlin, 59 white marlin, 20 sailfish and one spearfish.
The recent tournament, and its’ blue marlin star, brings to national attention a fact that frequent visitors and locals already knew: Hatteras Island is Marlin Country. Continue reading


08/12/08

National Park Service Programs

Every year, the National Park Service (NPS) offers seasonal programs to assist visitors in exploring all the wonders of the national seashore, and to pick up a new found education and appreciation of Hatteras Island beaches along the way.
The activities are typically 1-2 hour sessions, and are available at a number of NPS centers, and local attractions, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Oregon Inlet fishing center, and the Hatteras Village Weather Station.
All of these programs are seasonal, typically running from the end of May until Labor Day weekend, and vary on location, dates and times, so it’s best to check out the NPS online calendar at http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/events.htm or call (252) 473-2111 to find out about the programs available during your vacation.

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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