05/24/12

U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration

After seeing the movie The Guardian a few years ago, have you become intrigued by the men and women who put their lives at risk everyday to perform Search and Rescue?
On Tuesday, May 29th at 11am, you are invited to become a spectator at a dramatic, awe-inspiring U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration, right here on Hatteras Island. This impressive demonstration will be performed on the Chicamacomico beach in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5, by U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Come watch as these remarkable men and women carry out this exciting demonstration using a 47 ft. motor lifeboat, accompanied by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
This is an opportunity you will not want to miss! The Search and Rescue Demonstration will leave you on the edge of your beach chair seat!

Admission is FREE with the regular site admission of $6 for adults and $4 for Seniors 62+ and Youth 6-17. Please allow yourself time to park at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and Historic Museum, get tickets, and get to the Chicamacomico beach.


05/10/12

Don't Miss The Boat!!!

On Monday, May 14th, starting at 10am, you will have the rare opportunity to witness a very special pre-season beach drill to be performed by the United States Coast Guard! This Beach Apparatus Drill is also known as the Breeches Buoy Reenactment and will presented by The Chicamacomico Live-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum located in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5.

Take a trip back in time to the site of the most-highly awarded maritime rescue in American history!

Click here to experience this daring rescue with the surfmen of the USCG!

The schedule for the day is as follows:
10-11am Instructions for flotillas
11-12pm Beach Apparatus Drill performed
12-2pm Cookout and Social

Admission is free with regular site admission. Adults: $6, Seniors 62+ and Youth 6-17: $4.

Be sure to bring your appetite for a delicious $5 hamburger or hotdog plate, which includes sides and a drink!

Don’t miss the boat, folks! Grab a buoy and hold on tight as you experience this amazing performance!

For more information check out:

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station


03/2/12

Underwater Camera Found From Hatteras Island Vacation

Nine months ago, Zach Wilson was paddleboarding near Rodanthe on Hatteras Island and lost his GoPro camera. As fate would have it, a vacationer found the scratched case during a walk on the beach in Avon just last week. “I had no clue what it was. I just thought it came from a boat or something because of the suction device that was on the waterproof case,” Rick Spink, of Virginia Beach said.

The cover was protecting a damaged camera that held a photo card with nearly 1,000 pictures of a paddle-board rider. Spink sent one of the images to REAL Watersports. The Hatteras Island surf shop put the photo on its Facebook page.

A friend contacted Zach and told him to check REAL Water Sports Facebook page as he was 99 percent sure it was pictures of him on his stand-up paddle board. Zach Wilson identified his photo and contacted Spink. The camera is now in the mail and on its way to Zach in Canada.

You never know what treasure you will find on the beach during a Hatteras Island vacation!


09/23/11

Official Notice on Visitor Access to Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo

This afternoon Dare County supplied the official notice that there will be no visitor access to Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo until sometime after 10/06/11. As a result, there will be no check-ins for homes in these villages until after 10/06/11.

Here is a link to the official announcement. It is Bulletin #38.

If you have reservations for the week of 10/1/11 for Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo and have purchased travel insurance, Travel Guard will not cover your claim since 30 days have passed since the mandatory evacuation was ordered. However, we are trying to find ways to help and are providing answers as we get them. If you did not purchase travel insurance, we do understand your disappointment but we cannot offer any refunds or other accommodations. We are truly sorry.

The villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras are open to visitors via ferry from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island through Ocracoke to the Hatteras Village ferry dock. If you have reservations for these villages, whether or not you purchased travel insurance, we encourage you to keep watching for openings on the ferry. Reservations could open at any point and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity to come. 69% of our guests with reservations for 9/24/11 in these four villages are confirmed to be arriving this weekend via ferry, and we hope to see you next weekend. There are many businesses back open on the island ready to serve you and of course the beach is as beautiful as ever.

The ferry route from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island requires a reservation and there is a fee for a portion of the trip. To make a mandatory reservation, call 1-800-293-3779 (press 2) or online at www.ncferry.org.

If your vacation home is not habitable for your stay, you will receive notification from us prior to your scheduled arrival date. If you plan to check-in for your vacation, please notify us of your ferry reservation so that we may prepare your home. Call us as soon as you make your ferry reservation at 1-800-237-1138.

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

We will continue to update our blog site http://hatterasblog.surforsound.com and our Facebook page www.facebook.com/surforsound with information as it comes available.

Here are some helpful links:

Dare County Emergency Mgmt Bulletins:
http://darenc.com/EmgyMgmt/Alert/index.asp
NCDOT NC-12 Recovery Website:
http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/nc12recovery/default.html
NCDOT Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncdot/sets/72157627547895700/
NCDOT Twitter Feed:
http://twitter.com/#!/ncdot_ncoast


01/21/10

The Villages of Hatteras Island

A look at the 7 villages of Hatteras Island, how they differ, and what amenities and attractions they feature. Continue reading


01/18/10

"Nights in Rodanthe" house Serendipity is moved to its new home

On January 18th at 11:00 a.m., Serendipity, the home featured in the 2008 movie “Nights in Rodanthe” made its move along NC Highway 12 to its new home, approximately 1/2 mile south on Beacon Street. The move took about 30 minutes, and the highway was blocked off to traffic going north and south.

A large group of onlookers were gathered around the house as it slowly made its way down NC Highway 12, taking photos, in what resembled a large parade. The move was successful, and workers will spend the rest of the afternoon placing it securely in its new location.


01/15/10

Nights in Rodanthe Movie house getting closer to move

The group of spectators keeps growing as Serendipity, the home featured in the movie Nights in Rodanthe, gets closer to being moved.