St. Patrick's Day Weekend on the Outer Banks

You might be LUCKY enough to be spending St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the Outer Banks…If this is the case, as luck would have it, there are a few festive events to attend so be sure to pack your green!

Indian Town Art Gallery St. Patrick’s Day Sale: Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th, Frisco.
The gallery will be open 10am-5pm with items marked 20-50% off with some items being offered below cost!

St. Baldrick’s Day on Hatteras Island: Saturday, March 16th, 3-6pm, Avon Fire Station, 40159 Harbor Road, Avon.
Help raise money for childhood cancer research! With a minimum $25 donation, participants will shave their heads to show support of children undergoing chemotherapy and will receive a 2013 St. Baldrick’s Day T-shirt! Bake sale goodies will be available for “non-shavees” as well! Don’t miss a fun event for a great cause! Be Brave and Shave!!! Sponsored by Avon Surf Shop and Kinnakeet Civic Association. For questions or more information about St. Baldrick’s Day, please call Jennifer Harmon at 252-305-2172.

Beer Tasting: Saturday, March 16th, 4pm, Lee Robinson’s General Store, Hatteras.

OBX Taste of the Beach: March 14-17th.
Four Days of FOODIE fun! This grand food festival will feature awesome cooking classes, brewery tours and tastings, multi-course fine wine dinners, oyster roasts, new NC BBQ Showdown, tapas crawls, beer-pairing dinners, and much more! Come see why Coastal Living magazine named it one of the TOP TEN Seafood and Wine Festivals in the Country! Tickets and more information are available at www.obxtasteofthebeach.com.

Kelly’s 24rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 17th.
We may not be full-blooded Irish, but we do host the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North Carolina. Over 1,500 participants and approximately 10,000 spectators enjoy an afternoon filled with floats, live music, marching bands and creative marching, walking and motorized units. Wear your green and bring your luck to this Shamrock tradition. MP 11.5 – 10.5, Beach Road.

6th Annual Shamrock Car Show: March 14-17th, First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills.
Car enthusiasts start your engines for this Saint Patrick’s Day tradition! The 6th Annual Shamrock Car Show boasts plenty of activities for everyone including the Poker Run, Car, Bike and Truck Show, and more! www.firstflightcrusiers.com

Kelly’s 5th Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K: Saturday, March 16, 8:30am.
Runners and walkers embark on an 8K point to point course including road and trail, for a share of Kelly’s “pot of gold”, Green Glory and fun! Awards and post race celebration and hospitality is held immediately following the race at Kelly’s Tavern, Nags Head. Click here for more info.


Your 2013 vacation is right around the corner!

It never fails that towards the end of February, most everyone starts to get a little antsy in anticipation of warmer days ahead. We get tired of the short, chilly days of winter and look forward to longer days spent under the sun. This could be most anyone’s request at this late winter date, but if you’re like many people across the US, you’re more than ready to book your vacation getaway and it can’t get here soon enough!

Where will you go? When can you get there? Who will you bring along? What style of vacation rental home will best suit your needs? These are all questions that are sure to follow once you take the plunge and say “yes” to an annual family vacation!

If you’re having trouble deciding exactly where to go, your options include Hatteras Island, Hatteras Island, and Hatteras Island or you can view your choices as Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, or Hatteras. Either way you look at it, you’re sure to find a village and vacation rental home that welcomes you with open arms to your well-deserved beach vacation! Each village is spectacularly unique and offers it own special attractions and feel…

If you’ve ever talked to someone who has ventured to Hatteras Island on vacation, more than likely their first response will be, “Only __ more days until we return,” which is then followed by, “It was amazing,” and “I want to move there!” You get the picture…Hatteras Island is the perfect vacation destination! Miles of uncrowded beaches surrounded by natural beauty, many historical attractions, and endless opportunities to get out in the water in some of the most favorable conditions on the East Coast!

Take a minute to browse our website and see why Hatteras Island is THE place to VACATION! Along with an efficient and smooth booking process, we’re able to offer flexible payment options which allow you to budget as needed. You have the option of dividing your payments into 3 or 4 installments, as well as our Traditional 2-Day or Pay in Full terms. Click here for more info.

Request one of our 2013 Vacation Planners here.

We look forward to seeing you at the beach in 2013!



It’s that time of year again! Days on end of a strong “blow”, as native islanders would call it, tends to expose treasures that have remained hidden from the salty elements for many years. Whether you are in search of miles of phenomenal shelling, a scattering of sea glass, or treasures washed ashore from shipwrecks of yore, the beaches of Hatteras Island are the place to be!

The waters that surround our barrier island are known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to the convergence of two strong ocean currents, the Labrador and the Gulf Stream, as well as the treacherous, ever-changing Diamond Shoals. Thousands of ill-fated boats and their crews are said to have been lost near Cape Hatteras. Other factors leading to the grim total of ships lost to sea were the Civil War, German submarine attacks, as well as pirate attacks.

Many shipwrecks have found their home on the sea floor but there are a few that have been laid to rest on our shores. These mysterious pieces of maritime history can occasionally be seen as the sand shifts to uncover these treasures.

Take some time to treasure hunt while you’re here and see if you can locate one or more of the following shipwrecks on Hatteras Island:

Oriental 1862
Located seven miles south of Oregon Inlet campground or 30 miles north of Buxton. Park at Pea Island Comfort Station. Wooden remains are occasionally exposed, as well as a wooden bow which is located on the beach 1 mile north.

G.A. Kohler 1933
Located off of Ramp #27 on the beach.

Altoona 1878
Turn down Lighthouse Road in Buxton. Follow the road 1.7 miles to its end in the gravel parking lot. Walk over the ramp to the beach, then south along the beach 1/2 miles and west 1/4 mile to the bow of the Altoona.

The Pocahontas
Look for the parking area on the east side of NC Hwy 12, just south of the last building on the south end of Salvo, and 4/10 mile south of mile marker 43. The visible part of the wreck can be seen in the surf at high or low tide, but more is visible during low tide.

For more information on maritime history, be sure to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras!


Chowing Down on Hatteras Island in the Off-Season

The off-season is still a great time to visit Hatteras Island…Little to no traffic, secluded beaches, beautiful sunsets, and plenty of restaurants to offer up a heaping bowl of Hatteras Island Clam Chowder to warm your soul.

If you’re venturing to Hatteras Island during the month of February, we don’t want to leave you wondering if you’ll be able to enjoy a favorite meal at one of our quaint island establishments, so we’ve compiled a list for you to browse. Check out these restaurants while you’re on the island during the month of February and enjoy Hatteras-style dining any time of year!

In Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo, visit:
Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar, Open TUES.-SAT., Noon-8pm
Marilyn’s Deli (Located inside of Island Convenience), OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-3pm

In Avon, visit:
Oceana’s Bistro, Open EVERYDAY, 8am-9pm
Café 12, Open WED.-SUN., 11am-8pm
China Town, Open EVERYDAY, 10:30am-9:30pm
Gidget’s, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-8pm
La Fogota, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-9pm
Uglie Mugs Coffee, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-noon

In Buxton, visit:
Angelo’s Pizza, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-9pm
Hurricane Heather’s, Open WED.-SUN., 11:30am-9pm
Shipwreck Grill, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-3pm
Diamond Shoals Restaurant, Open, Call for hours – 995-5217
Pop’s, Open , Call for hours – 995-7734

In Frisco, visit:
Gingerbread House Pizza and Bakery, Open WED.-SAT., 4:30-8pm
Capt’n Rolo’s, Open TUES.-SAT., Open at 11am, LUNCH and DINNER

In Hatteras, visit:
Dancing Turtle Coffee, Open MON.-SAT., 6:30-noon
Hatterasman Drive-in, OPEN SUN.-THURS., 11am-3pm, FRI.&SAT., 11am-7pm
Saltwater Café, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-3pm
Sonny’s, OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-2pm


Ring in the New Year Hatteras-Style

Believe it or not, 2013 is right around the corner! If you’ve made plans to spend the turn of the New Year with us, there are a few festive events to guide you cheerfully into 2013!

On Saturday, December 29th, venture down to Hatteras Village at 4pm to participate in “Tiny Bubbles in the Wine” Bubbly Wine Tasting, until 6pm. You’re likely to find the perfect bottle of bubbly for your New Year’s toast!

If you’re staying in Avon, head on over to Oceana’s Bistro for a variety of food and drink specials from 9pm-1am. An acoustic set will be provided by Rory Kelleher, so be sure to wear your dancin’ shoes!

If you’re staying in Buxton, join the “Mo Rons” for live music starting at 10pm and enjoy ringing in the New Year in the heart of the village, home to the famed Cape Hatteras Lighthouse!

If you’re staying in Hatteras Village, join Nathan and friends at Saltwater Café in the Stowe on 12 shopping center for a Champagne Jam and Oyster Roast. Call 986-1414 for details.

Happy 2013!


2013 Beach Driving Permits

The National Park Service has announced that they will begin issuing 2013 annual Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) permits on Saturday, December 1st and weekly permits on Tuesday, January 1st. ORV permits can be obtained at any of the three NPS ORV permit offices located at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center. These offices will be open year-round, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with expanded hours on weekends and holidays during the summer season.

The cost of an annual permit (valid for the calendar year) is $120. A 7-day ORV permit (valid from the date issued) will cost $50.

Click here to view the most recent map of designated ORV routes.

What does this mean for you, our vacation guests?

• To drive an ORV on the beach, a permit will need to be purchased and a 7-minute video will need to be watched at any of the three NPS ORV permit offices located at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center

• One permit is necessary per vehicle someone intends to drive on the beach.

• You can purchase a full year permit for $120 (calendar year) or a 7-day permit for $50 (7 days from date of purchase).

• Driving will only be permitted in specified areas, and those areas are subject to closures due to “resource protection” or if the capacity limit for the area has been met. Click here to view the most recent ORV Routes map.

• The National Park Service website has been updated with FAQ’s. Click here to view their website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a permit to operate a vehicle off road?

Yes. To obtain an ORV permit, you must complete a short education program, acknowledge in writing that you understand and agree to abide by the rules governing ORV use at the Seashore, and pay the applicable permit fee. Both weekly (7-day, valid from the date of issuance) and annual (calendar year) ORV permits will be available.

Is there a limit to the number of ORV permits available?

No. There will be no limit to the number of permits that the Superintendent could issue. However, use restrictions may limit the number of vehicles on a particular route at one time.
Several of my family members have ORVs that we would like to use on Seashore beaches.

Do we need to get a permit for each vehicle?

Yes. You will need to get a permit for each vehicle that you want to use for driving on designated ORV routes. You must display the proof of permit, in a manner and location specified by the Superintendent, on each vehicle that you operate on designated ORV routes within the Seashore. (The proof of permit may be a color coded windshield sticker, hang tag for the rear-view mirror, or some other indicator provided by NPS.)

Where can I operate my vehicle off road?

Once you obtain an ORV permit, you may operate a vehicle off road only on designated routes. Maps of designated ORV routes will be available in the Office of the Superintendent and on the Seashore website.

Does the ORV permit guarantee that all designated ORV routes will be open for me to use?

No. In addition to the referenced seasonal restrictions, ORV routes are subject to temporary resource and safety closures. However, past experience indicates that substantial portions of the beach designated as ORV routes will remain open for ORV use even when other sections are temporarily closed.

Are there any requirements for my vehicle?

Yes. To receive a permit to operate a vehicle on designated ORV routes, your vehicle must:
• Be registered, licensed, and insured for highway use and comply with inspection requirements for the state, country, or province where the vehicle is registered
• Have no more than two axles and be equipped with tires that are listed or approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation as described on their website. Click here to assess your tire grade.
• Be equipped with a low-pressure tire gauge, shovel, jack, and jack support board.

Can I drive on designated ORV routes at night?

Yes, but not at all times on all routes.

From November 16 through April 30: ORVs will be allowed on designated ORV routes 24 hours a day, subject to the terms and conditions established under an ORV permit.

From May 1 through September 14: Designated ORV routes in potential sea turtle nesting habitat (ocean intertidal zone, ocean backshore, and dunes) will be closed to ORVs from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m.

From September 15 through November 15: Designated ORV routes in potential sea turtle nesting habitat (ocean intertidal zone, ocean backshore, and dunes) will remain closed to ORVs from 9 p.m. until 7 a.m., however, the Superintendent may reopen portions of designated ORV routes at night if there are no turtle nests remaining. This is a minor change to the dates in the ROD. NPS has decided it will be easier for the public to understand and more convenient to administer if the night-driving dates coincided with some of the seasonal ORV route dates. Therefore, night driving may be allowed beginning on September 15 instead of September 16. Routes that are subject to these night-driving restrictions, as well as routes or portions of routes identified as having no turtle nests remaining, will be shown on maps available in the Office of the Superintendent and on the Seashore Web site.

Is a separate permit required for night driving?

No. It will be covered by the ORV permit required to drive on the designated ORV routes in the Seashore.

I have a family member who is disabled or mobility-impaired. Can I use my ORV to drive that family member to the beach where we are gathering, even if it is not designated as an ORV route?

Yes, if you obtain a special-use permit for that purpose. The special-use permit will allow you to transport mobility-impaired individuals to a predetermined location in a beach area in front of a village that is not otherwise open to ORV use. You will be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the permit. Additionally, you should keep in mind that with a standard ORV permit you will have access to many miles of beach open to ORVs year-round or seasonally. In those areas, vehicles may simply be parked in the ORV corridor.

Basic Definitions

ORV corridor means the actual physical limits of the designated ORV route in the Seashore. On the landward side, the ORV corridor on Seashore beaches will be marked when possible by posts that are located seaward of the toe of the dune or the vegetation line. On the seaward side, the corridor runs to the water line, which will not be marked by posts unless necessary. Where the ocean beach is at least 30 meters wide above the high tide line, the landward side of the corridor will be posted at least 10 meters seaward of the toe of the dune.

ORV permits: ORV permits are a form of NPS special park use permits, which are issued and administered by the Superintendent and for which the NPS charges a fee to recover its administrative costs.
(i) A permit issued by the Superintendent is required to operate a vehicle on designated ORV routes at the Seashore.
(ii) Operation of a motor vehicle authorized under an ORV permit is limited to those routes designated in the ORV routes chart.
(iii) There is no limit to the number of ORV permits that the Superintendent may issue.
(iv) Annual ORV permits are valid for the calendar year for which they are issued. Seven-day ORV permits are valid from the date of issue.
(v) In order to obtain a permit, an applicant must comply with vehicle and equipment requirements, complete a short education program in a manner and location specified by the Superintendent, acknowledge in writing an understanding of the rules governing ORV use at the Seashore, and pay the permit fee.
(vi) Each permit holder must affix the proof of permit, in a manner and location specified by the Superintendent, to the vehicle covered by the permit for use off-road.

Click here to view the most current ORV route access status.


Thanksgiving week on Hatteras Island…the what, when, and where of it all!

If you’re here on Hatteras Island for Thanksgiving week, there are several fun events planned! Check out our compilation…
We look forward to seeing you around the villages! Enjoy your stay and Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 17
HATTERAS ISLAND INDOOR COMMUNITY FESTIVAL, 12-4pm at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton.
• Food, live entertainment, and games brought to you by the Cape Hatteras Secondary and Elementary School PTA.
Sunday, November 18
Nothing planned? It’s a great time of year to go beachcombing or fishing!
Monday, November 19
THANKS FOR GIVING YOGA, 5:30 at Klub Koru, Avon.
• Class is free. Please bring a cash or food donation for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
Tuesday, November 20
• Ages 6 and up. Call to register, 252-995-7891.
• Sale kicks-off Tuesday and runs through Sunday.
Wednesday, November 21
GLASS FUSION JEWELRY CLASS, 10am at Studio 12, Avon.
• Ages 9 and up. Call to register, 252-995-7891.
CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING, 5:30pm at Lee Robinson’s General Store, Hatteras.
BLUEGRASS JAM, 7pm at Red Drum Pottery, Frisco.
• $5 admission. Drinks and refreshments will be served during intermission.
Thursday, November 22
SURFIN’ TURKEY 5K and DRUMSTICK DASH, Hatteras village.
• 5k starts at Hatteras Village Civic Center at 8am and loops around Hatteras village. On-site registration will be available from 7-7:30am the day of the race and includes a goody bag, t-shirt, and post race celebration. $30 for 5k and $15 for Drumstick Dash (1 mile).
• TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING BUFFET from 11am-6pm at Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar, Rodanthe.
Friday, November 23
GLASS FUSION JEWELRY CLASS, 10am at Studio 12, Avon.
• Ages 9 and up. Call to register, 252-995-7891.
VISIT WITH SANTA, 1-3pm at Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum, Rodanthe.
• Have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy free admission to the 1911 Station. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
WINE DOWN, 5-8pm, Indian Town Gallery, Frisco.
• A relaxing evening of browsing the gallery, visiting with locals and visitors, sipping on a glass of wine, and enjoying live music by Jessie.
Saturday, November 24
HATTERAS ISLAND ARTS AND CRAFT GUILD WINTER SHOW, 10am-4pm at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding…252-216-9191
Equine Adventures…252-995-4897
Rodanthe Pier (Avon Pier is CLOSED)…Currently, 7am-6pm. Call before you head out…252-987-0030.

SHOP LOCAL! There will be many shops open throughout the week on Hatteras Island, offering unbeatable sales and discounts…Listed below are just a few specified Black Friday deals, but rest assured there will be many deals along Hwy 12!
KLUB KORU, 6am-8pm.

Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar
Leonardo’s Pizza
Waves Market and Deli
Boardwok South, Tues.-Sat. @ 5pm
StingWray’s, Wed.-Sun.

Ketch 55, Wed.-Sat.
Nino’s Pizza, Tues.-Sun.
Burger Burger, Lunch only
Oceana’s Bistro
Café 12
LaFogota Mexican Restaurant

Diamond Shoals, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Angelo’s Pizza
Hurricane Heather’s
Orange Blossom Bakery, Fri.-Sun.
Pop’s Family Restaurant

Capt’n Rolo’s
Frisco Sandwich Co., Wed.-Sat. @ 11am
Gingerbread House Pizza, Wed.-Sat. @ 4:30-8:30

Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop, Mon.-Sat., 6:30-12pm
Dinky’s, Thurs.-Sat. @ 5pm
The Wreck
Hatterasman Drive-in
Sonny’s Restaurant


Columbus Day weekend at it's BEST

If you’re lucky enough to be able to take advantage of a beautiful, extended October weekend on the OBX, you will not be disappointed by the abundance of events taking place!

Check out our top picks…

Friday, Oct. 5
*Cape Hatteras Secondary School homecoming game, Buxton, 7pm.

*20th Annual OBX Parade of Homes, Corolla to the Nags Head/Manteo causeway, Friday – Sunday.

*1st Annual OBX Bluegrass Festival, One Festival Park, Manteo, Friday-Sunday.

Saturday, Oct. 6
*Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run (5k), Avon, 10am.
• Come “pinked out” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

*Indian Town Gallery Arts & Crafts Show, Frisco, 10am – 5pm.
• Come hungry and ready to shop! Ribs and NC BBQ will be served and Lou Castro and his jazz band will perform between 2 and 4pm!

Sunday, Oct. 7
*Climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, starting at 9am.
• The lighthouse closes for the 2012 season after climbs on Mon., Oct. 8.

*6th Annual Duck Jazz Festival, Duck Town Green, 11am.

Monday, Oct. 8
*United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration on the beach in front of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, Rodanthe, 11am.


United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration

On Monday, October 8th at 11am, you are invited to become a spectator at a dramatic, awe-inspiring U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Search and Rescue Demonstration, right here on Hatteras Island. This impressive demonstration will be performed on the Chicamacomico beach in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5, by U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. Come watch as these remarkable men and women carry out this exciting demonstration using a 47 ft. motor lifeboat, accompanied by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
Tickets are $5 and include a self-guided tour of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse closes on Oct. 8th for the 2012 season

Columbus Day, October 8th, will mark the last day to climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for the 2012 season. Tickets can be purchased on site the day of the climb, starting at 8:15am. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for senior citizens (62 or older), children (11 and under and at least 42″ tall), and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass. This time of year, climbs are made every 10 minutes between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm.

Be sure to come prepared! The climb to the top consists of 248 spiral stairs, which is the equivalent of a 12 story building.

“Built in 1870, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift, a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada. These powerful current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called the Diamond Shoals. Hundreds and possibly thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic“‘. -NPS

Join one of 120,000 people to date who have climbed the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this year!

*The lighthouse will reopen for the 2013 season on Friday, April 19th.