02/23/18

Spring and Summer Photography Classes with Daniel Pullen

Family vacation memories – finally catching the big one, the sky on fire that time you stayed on the sound, the kids having the time of their lives playing in the waves – no matter how well you can recall these times in your mind, a moment perfectly captured on camera can take you back and help you share some of the most cherished moments of your life.

Are you ready to kick your photography up a notch? Daniel Pullen, Hatteras Island’s very own professional and award-winning documentary photographer is offering a number of classes, workshops and walkabouts this spring and summer. In their fourth year, these classes are professional, fun, non-intimidating and suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers.

Learn how to use camera technique and composition to create timeless photographs that resonate with viewers. In these small group workshops and walkabouts students receive 1:1 instruction and critique, as well as group field work and group discussion. Classes combine in class instruction with field work on Hatteras and Ocracoke Island and range from 2 hour weekly classes, 3 hour photo walkabouts, to 1-3 day weekend workshops.

Head on over to Daniel Pullen’s website to view his incredible work and to see a full schedule of courses and workshops: http://www.danielpullenphotography.com/photography-workshops/

Then, if you haven’t already, book your premier accommodations with Surf or Sound Realty!

 

 

 

 

 

 


01/25/18

It’s Our 40th Anniversary!

Family gathered by the Cape Hatteras lighthouse

This month we kicked off our 40th Anniversary with the launch of an advertising campaign about family vacation traditions. In the span of the last 40 years, families have gathered annually along Hatteras Island’s shores for their vacations and this year we are excited to be sharing those stories. Watch our first video story below:

The laid-back beach lifestyle of Hatteras Island hasn’t changed in all the years. It’s still an environment that is tranquil, slow-paced, family-oriented and steeped in tradition and history.

“We hear it all the time. From the un-crowded beaches to the family-owned shops and restaurants, the authentic experience our guests have vacationing on Hatteras Island is one that’s hard to find these days. The fact that we can offer a premier vacation home experience in our remote location on the beaches of America’s first National Seashore is pretty special” said Ann Wood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Surf or Sound.

That doesn’t mean that progress has passed the island by. Rental homes have seen change with the addition of modern amenities and luxurious conveniences. Visitors who have gathered on the island for years have rented increasingly larger vacation homes to accommodate their growing families. New generations now carry on vacation traditions but with amenities their grandparents couldn’t have imagined, like home theater rooms with stadium seating, private swimming pools with kiddie pools and swim-up bars, and outdoor entertainment areas with tiki bars.

Advances to technology have made an impact on the business as well. Booking a home once meant calling a reservation agent who “booked” guest reservations by logging them in an actual book. Now vacation homes can be reserved on SurforSound.com with just a few clicks at any time of day or night.

Whether you have only just begun your Hatteras Island vacation tradition, or you have been vacationing with us for many years. Thank you for your business – we appreciate each and every one of you. Helping you to make treasured vacation memories has been our pleasure!


12/5/17

What makes Hatteras Island oceanfront vacation homes so special

A family enjoys a beautiful sunny day watching dolphins from the deck of their Hatteras Island vacation home, Summer Solstice an oceanfront rental home in Hatteras Village on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

The magic of a Surf or Sound Oceanfront Vacation Rental Home

Imagine starting every morning of your vacation watching the early-rising surfers paddle out past the breakers as the sun makes it’s colorful entrance over the horizon, or spending your evenings watching the local dolphins make an impromptu appearance along the blue horizon. At an oceanfront vacation rental, these dreamy scenarios are an everyday reality. And when it comes to the “best of the best” of oceanfront homes, you simply can’t beat Hatteras Island, or Surf or Sound Realty.

Ocean serenity, sea oats in bloom and clouds marching across the horizon in Rodanthe on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Famously Peaceful Beaches

Hatteras Island is renowned for its beaches, which extend for roughly 50 miles from the Bonner Bridge to the tip of Hatteras Inlet. Tucked just behind the dune line, an oceanfront vacation rental provides a front-row view to this stunning shoreline, which is world-famous for its natural condition and lack of crowds. You won’t find any busy boardwalks, throngs of people, or beachfront businesses on Hatteras Island, but you will find miles of peace and quiet in veritably every direction.

Beautiful ocean views from the dining and great room in Hatteras Grander, a Hatteras Village oceanfront vacation rental home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Incredible Oceanfront Homes

In each of Hatteras Island’s villages, there are a select number of vacation rental homes that have front row access to the beach and the ocean views. Surf or Sound Realty is proud to represent the island’s largest and best collection of these oceanfront homes. From charming three bedroom retreats that are perfect for small families to exquisite 9 bedroom sandcastles that boast all the amenities of a world-class private resort, our portfolio of homes is beautifully varied, and can cater to vacationers of all tastes, sizes, and preferences.

Veranda and patio by the private pool and tiki bar at Bramasole, at Bramasole, an oceanfront vacation home in Avon in Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Top Quality Amenities

In addition to the stunning ocean vistas that come complimentary with every oceanfront vacation rental, many of our homes also feature the most coveted guest amenities, including private swimming pools, tiki bars, indulgent hot tubs, game rooms with pool tables, wet bars &  tv stereo systems, theater rooms with real stadium seating, cozy gas fireplaces, and more. Best of all, with ample decks overlooking the shoreline and plenty of gathering spots where the ocean views serve as a backdrop, guests will soon discover that at an oceanfront home, the endless Atlantic views are always a part of the vacationing scenery.

Reserve Your Oceanfront Rental Today

From the ability to stroll out to the beach at any time of day or night, to enjoying the best sea breezes the island has to offer, there’s a lot to love about an oceanfront vacation rental. Secure the best spot on the island, and peruse our vast collection of oceanfront properties that are scattered throughout our world-famous island, from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village.


11/15/17

Free Winter Lighthouse Climb in December

Welcome the Holidays on Hatteras Island by enjoying a winter climb of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the way to or from your premier vacation home. The Lighthouse will be open to the public for a free Winter Climb on Saturday December 9, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Volunteers from the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Cape Hatteras National Seashore park rangers will greet local residents and visitors at the lighthouse.

“This opportunity to climb Cape Hatteras Lighthouse free of charge is one of many ways to welcome in the holidays along the Outer Banks,” said Dave Hallac, Superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina.

Remember while planning your visit:

Children who wish to climb the lighthouse must be at least 42” tall, and children under 12 years of age must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old. Climbing the lighthouse is strenuous and is equivalent to climbing a 12-story building.  For more information on what to expect, check the park website www.nps.gov/caha.


10/5/17

Coffee Shops on Hatteras Island

Love coffee? You’re not alone – over half of Americans drink it every day!

It’s no wonder there are so many wonderful options when it comes to enjoying your daily cup on Hatteras Island. Whether you’re looking for freshly brewed NC roasted coffee for your sunrise walk on the beach or you want to find a place to get your afternoon latté while out shopping, these spots have you covered:

RODANTHE

Beads and Beans
24267 NC-12, Rodanthe, North Carolina

Coffee shop on the second floor of the Pamlico Station shops, overlooking the Pamlico Sound in Rodanthe.
Open Year-round • 7 days a week
Summer Hours 6am – 8pm
Off-season Hours vary by month but are typically 7am-noon

Try: the Nutty Monkey: a blended espresso frappe with nutella and banana or the Dawn Patrol: 7 day steeped cold brew with a double shot of espresso and ice cubes made of coffee.

Forbes Coffee, Candy and Tea
24502 NC-12, Rodanthe, North Carolina

In the Waves Village shops in southern Rodanthe.
Open Year-round • 7 days a week.
7am – 10pm in the summer, 7am – 8pm in the off-season
Free WiFi

Try: the Night in Rodanthe – Dark mint mocha, it’s like coffee and dessert!

WAVES

Watermen’s Bar & Grill
25706 NC-12, Waves, NC

On the Pamlico Sound behind REAL Watersports in Waves.
Open March 1st thru November 26th • 7 days a week
9am – 9pm
Free WiFi
Watermen’s has an entire coffee and espresso menu. The management team has many years of combined experience at Starbucks,  they can make any coffee drink you can think of!

Try: Their most popular drink: a Vanilla Latté

Atlantic Coast Cafe
25150 NC Highway 12, Waves, NC

Open April – October • 7 days a week
8am – 8:30pm in the off season • 7am – 9pm in the summer

Try: An Atlantic Coast Cafe signature freeze.

AVON

Samantha’s Coffee & Smoothie
41008 NC Hwy 12, Avon, NC 27915

Right next to the Surf or Sound Avon Office!
Open 7am-6pm • 7 days a week in the summer
9am-4pm • Tuesday – Saturday in the off-season
Closed December – the week before Easter
Free WiFi

Try: the Kona Mocha Frappé

Muffins & Scones
40126 NC HWY 12, Avon, NC

Purple building next to their sister business, Cups & Cones
Open year-round • 7 days a week
6am-4pm in the summer and 7am-3pm in the off season
Free WiFi

Try: A Caramel Macchiato – with two shots of espresso, served hot or cold

Java Junction
39774 NC Hwy. 12, Avon, NC

Coffee and bead shop in the Dairy Queen shopping center in Avon.
Open Easter – Thanksgiving 9:30am – 7pm

Try: The Wired Monkey

Uglie Mugs Coffee
40534 Nc 12 Hwy, Avon, NC

Open year-round, 6:30 – 8pm
Free Wi-fi and printer/fax machine available

Try: a Caramel Almond Latté

BUXTON

Orange Blossom Café
47206 NC-12, Buxton, NC

Across from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse entrance
Open 6:30 – 11:00am • 7 days a week (Closed December – March)

Try: An apple ugly to go with your coffee!

Coffee Bar at Dillon’s Corner
46792 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton, NC

Open 7am – 10pm • 7 days a week
Free Wifi
Full-service coffee bar serving coffee, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, fresh-fruit smoothies and more.

Try: Lighthouse Latté

Old Gray House Gifts
47074 Light Plant Rd, Buxton, NC

Open Monday – Friday 10-5 • Saturday 10-2
Gift shop offering simple North Carolina roast drip coffee that is available by the pound.

FRISCO

Red Drum Pottery and Coffee

53561 NC Highway 12Frisco, NC
Open 10-5 • 7 Days a Week

Browse beautiful hand-made ceramics and enjoy the full-service coffee bar.

HATTERAS VILLAGE

The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop
58079 NC-12, Hatteras, NC

Full service traditional coffee shop across from the fishing harbor in Hatteras Village.
Free Wifi
Open Tuesday- Saturday 6:30 am- 3 pm • Sunday 6:30 am- Noon

Try: a Mexican Spiced Cocoa


09/28/17

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island Begins at 1:00 p.m. Today

Post Date: 09/28/2017, 9:15 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management
Phone: 252.475.5655

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island Begins at 1:00 p.m. Today

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. today (Thursday, September 28), there will be unrestricted access to Hatteras Island. At that time, visitors may return to all Hatteras Island villages including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Be sure to call your accommodations provider in advance to confirm reservations and check-in details.

There are still pockets of sand and water remaining along Highway 12 and on some side roads. It will be necessary for NCDOT to maintain traffic control points along portions of Highway 12 to enable crews to continue working to clear roads. This will limit traffic to one lane in some areas. Expect delays and proceed with extreme caution.

All travelers must realize that the water on roadways contains salt and may cause damage to vehicles. A state of emergency remains in effect and includes motor vehicle speed restrictions on flooded roads.

Dangerous surf and rip currents will remain in the area through the weekend. Stay out of the ocean – conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers. For updated forecasts from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

 

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09/27/17

Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect for Dare County

Post Date: 09/27/2017, 2:58 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management
Phone: 252.475.5655

Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect for Dare County

While Hurricane Maria is now moving offshore and away from the Outer Banks, a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County and a Storm Surge Warning remains in effect for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island, including Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

The mandatory evacuation for visitors on Hatteras Island remains in effect. County officials will continue to closely monitor conditions and coordinate with NCDOT to determine when road conditions will allow reentry for visitors.

“NCDOT is making excellent progress clearing sand and water from Highway 12, but the next high tide cycle is expected to bring additional ocean overwash and soundside flooding that will create hazardous driving conditions in some areas,” said Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson. “While we all want visitors to return to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible, safety is the top priority.”

For residents already on Hatteras Island, please use caution, slow down and remember that salt water causes damage to vehicles. Proceed with caution.

The next update regarding reentry for visitors to Hatteras Island will be issued no later than 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, September 28 following a meeting of the Dare County Control Group.

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for Hatteras Island customers on Thursday, September 28.

Sign up to receive voice, email and text message alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/EmergencyAlerts or text “Join DareEmergencyAlerts” to 30890.


09/27/17

Hurricane Maria – Wednesday morning update

Wednesday, September 27 9:00am

We have seen ocean overwash and soundside flooding from Hurricane Maria on Hatteras Island, but NCDOT reports that while there is sand and water on the roads, no roads are closed at this time.

Storm conditions are expected to continue today and we expect more overwash and flooding as the storm passes and winds shift. Our offices remain closed for the safety of our staff.

Dare County’s mandatory evacuation order for visitors is still in place and we do not yet know when that will be released. We will post updates as they become available.

Continue to monitor the resources provided below:

For the latest on Dare County’s evacuation order and information on re-entry:

For travel conditions on NC 12 and Ferry Status:

For weather updates about the storm:

Hurricane and storm procedures for our guests:

For questions about travel insurance:

  • US Residents: Contact Travel Guard 1-877-249-5376
  • Canadian Residents: Contact Global Holiday Protection at 1-866-914-5333

09/26/17

Storm Surge Warning Issued for Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2017 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management 252.475.5655

Storm Surge Warning Issued for Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village

As Hurricane Maria moves closer to Dare County, winds will reach tropical force later today and remain through early Thursday. Extended periods of high winds will lead to ocean overwash and soundside flooding.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Storm Surge Warning for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island, including Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Water level rise of up to 4 feet above ground is forecast for these areas.

Mandatory evacuation remains in effect for visitors on Hatteras Island. As local conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are likely, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island. Motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide.

All areas of Dare County are experiencing dangerous surf and rip currents that will remain through the week. Stay out of the water – conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Dare County Offices Dare County offices on Hatteras Island are closed today and will be closed on Wednesday, September 27. All county offices north of Oregon Inlet are open for business.

Dare County Public Works
There will be NO commercial trash collection on Hatteras Island on Wednesday, September 27. There will be NO commercial recycle pick up for the remainder of this week.

Dare County Parks and Recreation
All Dare County Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled through Wednesday, September 27.

For Additional Information

Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/EmergencyAlerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx or the National Hurricane Center at 
 www.nhc.noaa.gov/

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC 12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.


09/25/17

Dare County Emergency Management Release – Tropical Storm Conditions Expected Tuesday

For Immediate Release, September 25, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management 252.475.5655

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect as Hurricane Maria tracks northward, paralleling the U.S. east coast, bringing direct impacts to Dare County beginning Tuesday. The mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island visitors remains in effect and includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.

Dare County residents and visitors north of Oregon Inlet should make any last minute storm preparations as soon as possible. Remain vigilant by monitoring updated weather forecasts and warnings. Once tropical storm conditions reach the area on Tuesday, limit travel as much as possible and remain indoors.
In addition, a Storm Surge Watch remains in effect for portions of Dare County. Storm surge flooding will lead to ocean overwash along areas of Highway 12 prone to flooding. As roadways accumulate sand and water, motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide. Again, avoid travel if possible.

Storm surge flooding is also expected to lead to soundside flooding, particularly in the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island.

The large ocean swells that are already occurring will continue to build, causing dangerous surf and rip currents most of the week. Stay out of the water – conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

For more information, please monitor information from the National Weather Service www.weather.gov/mhx.

For updated information from the National Hurricane Center, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov/.Subscribe to receive email updates from
Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/EmergencyAlerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

Dare County Offices Dare County offices on Hatteras Island will be closed on Tuesday, September 26. All county offices north of Oregon Inlet will be open for business.

Dare County Public Works
On Tuesday, September 26, Dare County Sanitation will operate on a regular schedule with collection for Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo (outside), Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point and Manns Harbor. Customers in these areas should bring in and secure their cans as soon as possible following service on Tuesday morning.

There will be NO commercial trash collection on Hatteras Island on Wednesday, September 27.

There will be NO commercial recycle pick up for the remainder of this week.

Dare County Parks and Recreation All Hatteras Island Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled through Wednesday, September 27.

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