05/23/11

BBC Features Ocracoke's British Cemetery

Many know Hatteras Island best for it’s beautiful beaches and relaxing environment. Another thing Hatteras Island is known for is its rich history.

BBC World News recently did a story on the British cemetery on Ocracoke Island. Not familiar with it? Check out the short video below, explaining the history of the cemetery.

The next time you take a trip to Ocracoke Island, make sure you add this attraction to your list of places to visit!


05/17/11

Outer Banks Fishing & Family Fun at Jennette's Pier


Celebrate the Grand Opening of Jennette’s Pier on Saturday, May 21st and enjoy fishing, family and fun! The newly constructed, 1,000 foot concrete pier is part of the North Carolina Aquariums system and comes complete with a 16,000 square foot pier house with snack bar, tackle shop and gift shop. There are also classrooms and educational displays and programs that explore the North Carolina Aquariums’ mission to inspire appreciation and conservation of the state’s aquatic environments.

It is all about fishing, family and fun at the new Jennette’s Pier, located in south Nags Head near Whalebone Junction. Be sure to stop by on the way to your Hatteras Island vacation! Admission is free on Saturday, May 21st for the grand opening celebration. Free fishing will be available all day and night following the opening ceremonies. Bring your fishing poles or just stop by for a stroll on the pier, with unbelievable views overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Parking will fill up fast, so look for satellite parking with shuttle service at designated places nearby, such as the town of Nags Head municipal complex and the grass area south of the Dunes Restaurant.

On Sunday, May 22, Jennette’s Pier will launch the summer season with fishing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are also working on summer programs and activities for all ages. For more information, visit Jennette’s Pier online or call 252-255-1501.

Jennette’s Pier and the North Carolina Aquarium- a New Chapter of Outer Banks History

Originally built in 1939, the pier was 754 feet long and 16 feet wide, with a 28-foot-wide “T” on the end. From the deck of the pier anglers cast their lines for more than sixty years, though numerous hurricanes and nor’easters battered the structure and caused it to be repaired and rebuilt from time to time.

The pier house was reconstructed on several occasions, later becoming a much larger facility with a restaurant, tackle shop, and arcade. Eventually, the Jennette family sold their interest in the pier. Years later in 2003, the pier was sold again to the North Carolina Aquarium Society so that it might be developed into an educational outpost for the Aquarium. But in September 2003, Hurricane Isabel swept the North Carolina coast, knocking down about 540 feet of Jennette’s Pier and practically shutting down an Outer Banks institution. It then became time to rethink the fishing pier concept, with the Aquariums taking the lead to rebuild Jennette’s as an all-concrete, 1,000-foot-long, educational ocean pier. On May 22, 2009, Governor Beverly Perdue led a gathering of legislators, local officials, and Aquarium leaders for a “sand-breaking” on the site of the new $25 million Jennette’s Pier, seventy years to the day from the first construction. Now, two years later, the pier will be opened to the public and an Outer Banks history lives on for many more generations to come.


05/14/11

17th Annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

Photo courtesy of Hatteras Village Offshore Open

The 17th annual Hatteras Village Offshore Open kicked off Wednesday and wrapped up today with thirty-four boats on the open waters.

Forecasters were calling for cloudy skies and and a pretty good chance of the thunderstorms, but sunny skies and warm weather prevailed for the anglers.

Cash prizes and trophies were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in different categories.

HVOO started in 1994 and has become a unique tournament enjoyed by local captains and fisherman, as well as visitors who all share a love for Hatteras waters.

Be part of some of these tournaments coming up:

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament June 10-18
www.thebigrock.com

Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament June 19-25
www.hatterasmarlinclub.com

Hatteras Grand Slam Billfish Tournament July 8-9
www.hatterasgrandslam.com


05/11/11

Celebrating Tourism on Hatteras Island

National Tourism Week is May 7-15 and is celebrated each year by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the U.S. Travel Industry Association as a way to show the importance of travel.

“The Visitors Bureau is fortunate to have so many great travel partners working with us every day. We were pleased to invite our partners to stand with us on National Travel & Tourism Day, celebrate tourism and thank our visitors for choosing the Outer Banks,” said Lee Nettles, Managing Director for the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Governor Beverly Perdue has proclaimed May 10th as North Carolina Travel & Tourism Day, in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide.

This year, Surf or Sound Realty participated in the U.S. Travel Rally Day as a way to celebrate tourism on the local level as a salute to the power of travel and its importance to our community on the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island.

Surf or Sound Realty company representative and Marketing Director, Jessica Epping, took the opportunity to greet visitors at the Hatteras Welcome Center, located in the restored U.S. Weather Bureau Station.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting our visitors and speaking with them about all of the wonderful historic sights and unique attractions on Hatteras Island and throughout the Outer Banks,” said Jessica. “I met visitors from Indiana, Texas and West Virginia, all in one afternoon and they each shared a mutual excitement about choosing to travel here.”

On your next visit to Hatteras Island, or on your way to catch the ferry for a daytrip on Ocracoke Island or to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village, stop in the Hatteras Welcome Center.

It offers an abundance of area information and you will surely enjoy the historical tour and local significance of the U.S. Weather Bureau Station, restored to its 1901 time period.


05/9/11

Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a favorite stop for visitors and locals alike. If you have not had the chance to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, this video from The Coastal Studies Institute offers a fun and informative glimpse into the big climb and beautiful, breathtaking view from the top!

Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from UNC-CSI on Vimeo.


05/5/11

Create Lasting Memories On Hatteras Island With Mom!

Hatteras Island is a wonderful place to make memories while on vacation. It’s an even better place to spend your Mother’s Day! There are plenty of sights to see and activities to take part in. If you’re going to be on Hatteras Island on Mother’s Day, we’ve come up with some fun ideas for mom that are sure to create lasting and cherished memories!

Fun Activities:

1. Paint your Own Pottery at Pottery in Avon http://www.studio12hatteras.com/ (252) 995-7899. A great way to spend time with mom while creating a keepsake!

2. We’re sure mom could use some relaxation and tranquility and nothing beats the spa and a massage at “In Touch Massage” in Frisco, next to Indian Town Gallery www.intouchmassageandwellness.com, (252) 995-4067. Massage on-site at the wellness center or ask about the mobile services that bring the massage directly to you at your vacation home!

3. A unique and treasuring activity on Hatteras Island is searching for sea glass! What’s even better is sea glass jewelry, which you and mom can make together! Take her to the Sea Glass wrapping jewelry class at “Indian Town Gallery” in Frisco. Call for appointment! http://www.indiantowngallery.com/ (252)995-5181.

4. Not into sea glass, but still want to make jewelry with mom? That’s covered, too! Make your own Jewelry at “The Glass Bead” – with two locations: Avon (252) 995-7020 and Rodanthe (252) 987-2005 -thousands of beads and all the jewelry-making supplies you’ll need to create your own jewelry.

5. If mom is the adventurous type, rent some gear from REAL Watersports in the village of Waves, or grab some food at Mojos’s Sunset Cafe’ and watch the views of the sound from their deck.

Specialty Shopping:

1. “Buxton Village Books” in Buxton – books, cards and gifts http://www.buxtonvillagebooks.com/ (252) 995-4240.

2. “Island Spice and Wine” in Avon – gourmet wine, food and gifts! Specialty gift baskets available! (252) 995-7750.

3. “The Elegant Attic” in Buxton – (252) 995-4468 -Antiques shop featuring a spectacular selection of antique stained-glass windows and doors imported from England.

There are also plenty of simple and inexpensive things to do with mom on Hatteras Island as well!

1. Go for a stroll on the beach.

2. Take mom out for ice cream. Village Conery is a great place to get ice cream!

3. Climb the lighthouse together.

4. Hunt for seashells then paint them together using watercolor paints or make a simple seashell wind-chime together or save them in a decorative bowl that you find together at local shops like Lee Robinson.

5. Go for a bicycle ride through old Kinnakeet.

Another idea is a family photo! Two great photographers on Hatteras Island are:

Bryan Elkus – http://www.bryanelkus.com/

Daniel Pullen – http://www.danielpullenphotography.com/

If mom can’t be with you on vacation, bring the beach to her! Find a pretty jar from one of the local shops and fill it with sand and sea shells you find on the beach!

The possibilities to create cherished memories with mom are endless on Hatteras Island. From everyone here at Surf or Sound Realty, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!


04/12/11

Visit The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the Moonlight

Every year the National Park Service offers an amazing chance to experience the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the moonlight. The NPS will be offering Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of April 17 to the visiting public and local communities.

Two tours will be given, one at 7:30 p.m. and a second at 8:30 p.m., and each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will start on Friday, April 15. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. Full Moon Tour tickets are non-refundable.

As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights. During the climb, park rangers will provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keeper. From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present – a truly unique experience. Outside on the lighthouse balcony (weather permitting) climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience – seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the startling reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.

Things to know:
1. Full Moon Tour tickets, limited to the first 60 purchasers, must be purchased in person, in advance, at the lighthouse ticket booth. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will begin Friday, April 15. It is anticipated that tickets will sell out early. Standard admissions fees apply – $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children (11 and under) as well as seniors (62 and older). The lighthouse ticket booth, located at the lighthouse site, is open from 8:15 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. daily.

2. Each participant must bring a handheld flashlight with fresh, serviceable batteries.

3. All participants are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they can not be carried! If unsure, check with the park rangers before purchasing your non-refundable ticket. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters, although meeting height requirements, may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment.

4. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

5. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group. No exceptions.

6. Know your limitations! The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot, humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There are no internal lights or air conditioning.

7. All routine lighthouse safety requirements, as well as restrictions to eating, drinking, gum etc., apply. This information will be provided to you when you purchase your ticket.

8. Tickets are non-refundable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, the ticket holder may exchange the ticket the following morning, April 18, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for a replacement ticket useable only on April 18. This ticket will be for day climbing only.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Moonlight Tours – just one of the many things to experience on Hatteras Island!


03/3/11

Taste of Hatteras Island St. Patrick's Day Package from Surf or Sound Realty

Release your inner Leprechaun and get a Taste of Hatteras Island for St. Patrick’s Day!

To compliment the OBX Taste of the Beach event going on March 17-20, we are offering our guests a Taste of Hatteras Island. We have selected restaurants from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village to represent the island. Each has its own unique flavor.

Try them all – and don’t forget to ask for some green beverages!

Book one of our premier vacation homes for the week of March 12, 2011 and you get the following values:

    • Free cup of Seafood Chowder or choice of Salad (House/Caesar) with your meal at Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar in Rodanthe

    • 10% off your meal at Oceana’s Bistro in Avon

    • Free St. Pat’s Cupcake with Lunch order or Free Coffee with Breakfast order at Island Perks Coffee Shop & Cafe in Buxton

    • Buy 1 Get 1 Free Lunch at Capt’n Rolo’s Raw Bar & Grill in Frisco (does not include alcoholic beverages)

    • Free Stainless Steel Travel Cup with $50 purchase ($10 value) at Kaia’s Kitchen & Market in Hatteras Village

    • A week on peaceful Hatteras Island during the Outer Banks’ most exciting spring week

Check out these exciting events going on St. Pat’s week:

    • Taste of the Beach
    March 17-20 : Four days of food, drinks and fun! : Details

    • Kelly’s 3rd Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K
    March 19 : Prizes for best costumed runners : Details

    • 14th Annual Polar Plunge
    March 19 : Take the Plunge if you Dare! : Details call 252-449-8897

    • Kelly’s 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    March 20 : Largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North Carolina! : Details

If you don’t want to stay for the full week, book for 4 nights and get 25% off of the non-discounted weekly rate for even more value!

Book your reservation online at www.surforsound.com and use the promotion code STP2011 in the field provided during the booking process. Or call 1-800-237-1138 to book over the phone with a Vacation Specialist.


02/3/11

We ♥ Hatteras Island Valentine’s Package

Surf or Sound Realty wants you to discover all there is to LOVE about Hatteras Island when you book a Valentine’s stay with us. Book your stay at any of our beautiful Hatteras Island vacation rental homes for 4 nights, Saturday 2/12 through Tuesday 2/15, for 25% off of the non-discounted weekly rate PLUS these extras:

• $20 off Horseback Riding on the Beach with Equine Adventures in Frisco
• 10% off Dinner at Finnegan’s Restaurant in Buxton
• FREE Power Kite Lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites in Rodanthe
• FREE “I ? HI” Euro Sticker
• 4 nights on peaceful Hatteras Island with someone you love.

Create the best memories this Valentine’s day with the one you love the most by enjoying our one-of-a-kind Hatteras Island package. Explore the beauty of Hatteras Island from a unique perspective while horse back riding through the only Maritime Forest on the Outer Banks and on the Cape Hatteras beaches with Equine Adventures. Please make your reservations early by calling 252-995-4897.
Continue your getaway with a lunch or dinner at Finnegan’s restaurant in Buxton located across from the entrance to the lighthouse with menu options like U-boat sandwiches and pizza for lunch or seafood and beef for dinner.

Next, explore adventures offered by Kitty Hawk Kites located in Rodanthe. You can start with the free power kite lesson which will teach you how to handle a power kite that will offer a great foundation for your future endeavors in kiteboarding, landboarding, kite buggying, and snowkiting. Call Kitty Hawk Kites at 252-305-2629 to reserve your lesson today!

We hope you enjoy this time on Hatteras Island and come back for Valentine’s Day year after year. To book your reservation online visit us at www.surforsound.com and use the promotion code VAL2011 in the field provided during the booking process to get your Valentine’s Day package. Also you can call 1-800-237-1138 or email rent@surforsound.com for more details. Continue to share the love at www.facebook.com/surforsound.com.