As of April 6, 2009 the TRAVEL GUARD insurance offered by Surf or Sound Realty for trip cancellation coverage due to involuntary termination or layoff now requires only ONE year of employment with the same employer instead of the previous requirement of 5 years. In order to receive this coverage, you must elect to enroll in the Travel Guard travel insurance on your lease before making your final payment. Continue reading
Beginning March 18, North Carolina Department of Transportation ferry customers coming to Hatteras Island via to southern route through the Cedar Island or Swan Quarter ferries to Ocracoke Island will have the convenience of ordering advanced tickets for toll ferries online. Tickets can be purchased online under “Advance Ticket Purchase/Reservations.” Continue reading
With miles of beautiful, natural background to choose from, it can be hard to decide on the perfect spot for your Hatteras Island wedding. You may want to keep the following locations in mind, but remember with so many miles of seashore, and dozens of dreamy vacation rental homes, your imagination is your only limit to choosing the ideal setting for your wedding and reception. Continue reading
One of the best aspects of the off-season vacation for serious shoppers is scooping up those fall, winter and spring deals that are in abundance in local stores. Get ready for deep discounts as local souvenir shops and boutiques slash the prices on their existing inventory to make room for 2009 products. Continue reading
Need a break from cooking? Try a private chef.
The Inn at Pamlico Sound, home of Hatteras Island’s exclusive four star fine dining restaurant in Frisco, has launched a private chef and catering service for 2008. Beginning as a pilot project in May 2008, Steve Nelson, owner of the Inn and restaurant, has received nothing but positive reviews and plans to continue these services for the 2009 season.
The concept for both the private chef service and catering service is simple. “We do it backwards,” says Steve. “Most catering companies provide a menu and prices. There are no canned menus here.”
Instead, Steve and his staff talk to the clients to find out their favorite foods, their desired atmosphere, and their budget, and use this information as building blocks for an exquisite, personalized menu. Continue reading
Say Cheese… and BBQ!
On Monday, September 15th, the entire Surf or Sound Realty staff gathered together at the newly renovated Salvo office for the annual group photo. While it can be a challenge to get so many people organized and smiling on cue, the photo went off without a hitch with almost three dozen smiling Surf or Sound faces.
After the photo shoot, the staff celebrated the wrap-up of another successful summer season with a barbecue and pot luck buffet on the Salvo office porch. This gave everyone a chance to relax, regroup, and get ready to welcome all the fall visitors, while swapping stories of a busy Hatteras Island summer.
The food and drinks hit the spot, and most everyone agreed that taking a group picture wasn’t a bad way to spend an evening at all, especially if there was barbecue involved!
All of us at Surf or Sound Realty are excited to announce the launch of our community blog, dedicated to all things Hatteras Island. As we progress in the coming months, we’ll provide you with an ocean of information to help you prepare for your upcoming vacation, learn about upcoming special events, and most importantly, give you an insider’s look at this unique little stretch of the Outer Banks.
We’ll take you behind the scenes of some of the area’s best restaurants and favorite businesses, give you a guided tour of some of the most popular attractions, and lead you off the beaten path to little known destinations that even some of the locals haven’t discovered yet. Continue reading
Geography gone wild: An overview of what makes Hatteras Island unique
North Carolina’s coast is home to a string of barrier islands composing the Outer Banks, with Hatteras Island smack in the center of this chain of long, sandy islands.
Barrier islands are not particularly unusual. Study a map of the East Coast, and you’ll find them everywhere from Maine to Florida, but locals and frequent visitors know that Hatteras Island is special, and the root of its unique character can be traced to its geography. Surrounded by water, Hatteras Island is literally 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, and this makes for a pretty wild place to vacation. Continue reading
With a population that swells in the summertime, Hatteras Island has its’ own unique challenge in going green. Many folks say that Hatteras Island can be a little behind the times when it comes to everyday life, and certainly time here seems to move at a slower pace than it does in the rest of the world, but visitors and locals alike have taken the initiative in making these sandy white beaches a little more green.
For the conservation savvy, there are a few recycling centers on Hatteras Island so you can stay green even while on vacation. The Chicamacomico Fire Station in Rodanthe and the Village Grocery Parking Lot in Avon both have drop-off centers that are accessible 24/7. Continue reading
A highlight of many Hatteras Island vacations is the day trip to adjacent Ocracoke Island. With 14 miles of beaches, and a small beach community that’s just four square miles, Ocracoke is a remarkable attraction with a character all its own. Half of the fun, of course is the 40 minute free ferry ride that originates in Hatteras Village and crosses Hatteras Inlet to arrive at the northern end of Ocracoke Island.
While the ride itself is a stunning new way to see Hatteras and Ocracoke, planning and boarding the ferry can occasionally be fraught with misconceptions, as evident by an August Island Breeze article which interviewed long time ferry personal on some of their stranger questions and requests. Continue reading