02/10/09

Save the date for annual spring dance

The ninth annual Spring Dance, sponsored by the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) will be on Saturday, March 21 at the Hatteras Village Civic Center. Tickets will be available in advance and all proceeds go to HICF to help support those in the community faced with the many challenges of cancer.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the dance ends at midnight. There will be a full buffet, beer, wine, soda, and the civic center will be decorated in style. Music this year will be by the 360 Degree Band. Continue reading


12/26/08

Trail Blazing Adventures: The coolest places for an island style walk.

Who doesn’t love a long walk on the beach? Whether it’s early in the morning just in time for a sunrise, or in the lazy evening hours when the sky is a mixture of orange, blue, and purple, a beach walk is all but required on a Hatteras Island vacation.

The lure of an oceanside stroll is certainly hard to beat, but for folks who love nothing more than a long, leisurely walk to relax and get a little exercise, there are plenty of places on and off the sand to discover. Think that nothing can beat that beach walk? Then you haven’t seen all the off-the-beaten paths that this vacation destination has to offer. Continue reading


12/23/08

Island Crafts: Putting those shells to good use

Visitors and locals alike have been known to rake in the shells after a good storm, or just when the tides are right. But once you have a bucket of shells to bring home, what do you do? Part of the reason for the popularity of seashells is that they are fabulous raw materials for craft projects. Young and old alike, everyone can enjoy a rainy afternoon sorting through their Outer Banks shells and creating a homemade souvenir that they can use as the perfect present, decorate a beach home, or simply enjoy as a fond memory of their trip to Hatteras Island. Continue reading


12/19/08

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is a chilly, cheery success

The Hatteras Village Christmas Parade enjoyed a sunny start on Saturday, Dec. 13, with cool 50 degree weather and an even cooler breeze. But the chill in the air didn’t stop several hundred locals and visitors from lining along NC Highway 12 in between Teach’s Lair marina and the Hatteras Drive-in to cheer on the floats. Continue reading


11/21/08

Where to watch the Big Game

<B>Sports Bar at Hatteras Belle</b>

Sports Bar at Hatteras Belle

Playoff season is just around the corner, and a concern for many diehard football aficionados is missing that big game while on vacation. But don’t cancel your vacation plans so you can stay home and root for your team just yet – there are plenty of spots on Hatteras Island where you can watch your team in action, and still enjoy your vacation when the game is over. Continue reading


10/21/08

Trick or Treating Island Style

Planning a late October Hatteras Island vacation, but don’t want to miss out on trick-or-treating? No problem. There are actually plenty of family friendly neighborhoods and unusually fun trick-or-treating destinations that offer a little touch of the Outer Banks charm, but more importantly, plenty of candy. Continue reading


10/6/08

The story of Hatteras Jack

Not all unexplained mysteries on Hatteras Island are unhappy ones, as evident by the story of one of the island’s most beloved legendary figures, Hatteras Jack. Visitors will spot the moniker almost everywhere they go, (as the name of local businesses, tackle stores, and vacation rental homes), as the phrase “Hatteras Jack” seems to have proud and trustworthy implications.
According to legend, in 1790 the Hatteras Inlet waters in between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands were well known for being a treacherous passageway for ships trying to get to port. With shifting sandbars and currents, many mariners struggled to make it through these waters.
Assistance for these ships came in a very unusual form.
Captains soon began to notice an albino, white as snow dolphin preceding each boat through the inlet, indicating the path. Somehow, the dolphin, who was dubbed “Hatteras Jack,” always seemed to know the exact route to follow to avoid cuts and sandbars. It wasn’t long before the captains began to trust and even seek out Hatteras Jack, blowing their foghorns as they drew close to the inlet. Continue reading


09/25/08

Get Ready for Fall Fishing

As the weather cools down on Hatteras Island, the fishing definitely heats up. Fall is known as one of the best seasons on the Outer Banks to land the big one as migrating species of fish maneuver their way along the Gulf Stream in search of new feeding spots. It’s the time when Sea Bass and Striped Bass, King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna and Dolphin, can all be found hovering off the North Carolina coast.
For most avid anglers, fall is particularly known as the season of the red drum run, and some of the largest red drum in the country have been caught right off the Hatteras Island coast.
If your casting finger gets itchy when the fall season arrives, remember that there’s still plenty of time to reserve a last minute fall vacation. During the shoulder season months of September and October, you’ll find plenty of businesses and restaurants still open, as well as exceptional rental homes that are available for last minute guests. Continue reading


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