While summertime visitors are treated to the laughing gulls, mole crabs, and other coastal critters that enjoy Hatteras Island when it’s warm, winter visitors have an opportunity to observe some of the more timid and elusive Hatteras Island residents. When the beaches and coastal areas are deserted, and when the weather is chilly enough for these cold natured animals to thrive, an unusual group of island critters make a dramatic appearance. Continue reading
The Fessenden Center in Buxton has launched a new walking program for islanders, visitors, and homeowners alike to stay fit while enjoying the off-season beauty of Hatteras Island.
Fessenden staff will lead participants who want to stay fit and enjoy the quiet scenery of the island landscape on walks throughout the winter. The “Walk through Winter” program is scheduled three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 p.m. until about 2:00 p.m. from Dec. 1 through March 20.
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
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
As the water and air temperatures cool, locals and visitors alike get to enjoy a not-so-fringe benefit of the fall season: shells start popping up everywhere. It’s no big secret that the fall marks the beginning of excellent beachcombing for months to come, and while Hatteras Island is known for offering a variety of fantastic finds throughout the year, the fall and winter months are particularly favored among shell collectors.
The two determining factors that make these colder months the best for shelling are relatively simple: More wind, and less people.
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
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
The National Park Service is offering two full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse on September 15th at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This is a very special, unique experience for the visiting public and local community to see a bird’s eye view of the island under a full moon from the top of the lighthouse.
Each tour is limited to 30 people and tickets must be purchased in advance from the lighthouse ticket booth, located at the base of the lighthouse in Buxton, which is open daily from 8:15 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Because there are no lights in the lighthouse, climbers will navigate the 257 stairs using their own Continue reading
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
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