10/4/16

Dare County Emergency Mgmt statement – State of Emergency Issued for Dare County and Towns Following Control Group Meeting

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DARE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

10/4/2016
5:00 p.m.

A State of Emergency has been issued for Dare County and all six towns following a meeting of the Dare County Control Group Tuesday afternoon. The emergency declarations are effective immediately and allow local officials to implement protective measures – including issuance of mandatory evacuation orders – that may be necessary as the hurricane approaches.

While under the state of emergency, no reentry passes will be issued by Dare County Emergency Management.

Hurricane Matthew is a strong, dangerous storm that, on its current track, is expected to bring significant to catastrophic impacts to Dare County. It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and take necessary steps now to protect property. Assemble or restock your supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and your pets for up to three days. Preparedness information is available at www.readync.org.

The Dare County Control Group will meet again on Wednesday to review updated forecast information and determine protective measures necessary to ensure public safety.

Be prepared to evacuate if the order is issued. For up to date information, register to receive email alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management atwww.darecountyem.com and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

The next update from Emergency Management will be issued by 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

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10/3/16

Dare County Emergency Mgmt statement – Hurricane Matthew Heading to East Coast

Statement from Dare County Emergency Management

10/3/2016
2:37 p.m.

While forecast is uncertain, Dare County will see impacts

Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Matthew and is asking residents and visitors to keep a close eye on the storm as it moves from the Caribbean towards the Atlantic over the next few days.

Hurricane Matthew is a large, powerful storm and while it is too early to determine its exact track or impacts for our area, current forecast models indicate that the Outer Banks will receive impacts.

Now is the time to prepare for a hurricane of this magnitude. Take your personal planning and preparations seriously — ensure that your emergency kit is properly stocked and that your emergency plan is ready to implement should protective actions become necessary.   For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register.

Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management atwww.DareCountyEM.com  and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at  www.weather.gov/mhx.

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08/24/16

Short Stays Make Hatteras Island Vacations Flexible

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Vacation rental homes on the  Outer Banks  are known to be rented by the week, but did you know that most of our 450+ homes are available for partial week reservations?   Have you ever felt like you need a vacation  but just can’t stay for an entire week,  or that one week just isn’t enough? We know how important vacation time is to families and we want   you to   have a vacation that fits your needs. Partial week stays at a percentage of the weekly rate are a great solution.

If you’re interested in a  partial  week rental:

SCHEDULE: Look at your calendar, talk to friends and family and decide what times you are available to visit.

SEARCH: Look for homes that meet your criteria and have availability during the time you’d like to visit.  

LIST: Create a list of your favorite homes or use our convenient Beach Bag feature to make one for you – you can even share it with friends!

HIT  THE  BOOKING WINDOW: The partial stay booking window is within 14 days Labor Day through Memorial Day and 7 days during the Summer and Holidays.  Once you’re in the window  check to see what’s still available in your list!

CALL:  one of our knowledgeable vacation  specialists (1-800-237-1138) to work out the details!

  
Consider These Family Stories:
  

The Richardsons spend a week in July every summer in the same 8 bedroom oceanfront house. They love it. The kids spend all day   rotating between the beach, pool and game room, and the home’s multiple levels allow all 15 family members  to spread out and not ever feel crowded. No matter where they are in life they know they will have this annual family vacation to come back to.

Two years ago, the heartache of leaving Hatteras Island at the end of vacation  got to be too much and Tom and Sherry decided they needed to find a way to get back to their happy place before July. They called Surf or Sound Realty to talk about options for Fall and that’s when they learned about  partial week rentals. They found out that after Labor Day a partial week rental can be booked in an available home  within 14 days of arrival with the owner’s approval. Perfect. They aimed for a long  weekend in October, went on the  website at the end of September to  search for available homes and called to book  a 4 night stay in a beautiful 5 bedroom soundfront home with a fireplace and hot tub. July sunrises over the ocean and October sunsets on the sound.  Life is good.

  

The Talons make the trek to Hatteras Island from Quebec every April to take advantage of the stellar kiteboarding conditions. After two years they realized that a week wasn’t quite enough so now they book a two week stay or longer. Since they have flexibility in their time off, they will often add a few days to the  front of their trip or after depending on what is available in the home (and what the wind forecast is).

There is a three-night minimum for partial week stays and during peak summer seasons and holidays partial rentals can only be made 7 days in advance. Click here for complete description of the prices and policies.

 


08/4/16

Kitty Hawk Kites Adventure Tower Opens in Rodanthe

Kitty Hawk Kites Adventure Tower

From lighthouse climbing, kiteboarding, and  surfing, to paddleboarding, kayaking and deep sea fishing, Hatteras Island is full of opportunities for adventure. Now there’s a brand new one in Rodanthe  -Kitty Hawk Kites just opened an Adventure Tower next to their Waves Village shops. This interactive ropes course offers three levels and 15 different climbing elements and will challenge you both mentally and physically.

The course was designed by KristallTurm, the leading ropes course manufacturer known for it’s high level of safety standards. A one and a half hour climbing adventure for adults is $45 and kids 6-9 can climb for just $35. For more information on this exciting new activity check out  the Kitty Hawk Kites website.


07/20/16

Hatteras Island Named Top Beach for Horseback Riding

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Young Riders Enjoying Their Hatteras Island Horseback Riding Experience

Riding alongside the ocean, salt air blowing through your hair,  sun setting over the dunes. It’s the stuff of fairytales. It also happens to be one of the lesser-known activities available to you and your family on Hatteras Island. Our beaches are the perfect spot for horseback riding, in fact,   Hatteras Island was named one of the top 5 places in the country for horseback riding on the beach by Drive the Nation!

Here’s more on the two  locally owned companies offering this service:

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding is open year-round and all of their riding is done on the beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Recreation Area. Since 2006 they have  specialized in offering safe rides for families and those with very little horseback riding experience. For $190 total the whole family can enjoy the two horses at the beach for an hour. They also offer summer sunset rides and can accommodate those with special needs and all ages!

Equine Adventures

Equine Adventures  is located in Frisco and offers a two hour guided group trail ride through the maritime forest to the beach. Riders will enjoy a 45 minute beautiful trail ride through the woods, 30 minutes on the beach, and 45 minutes back through the woods to the barn. Rides are $120/per person in the summer and riders  must be 10 years of age. All experience levels are welcome.

Call or email to schedule this memorable event today!

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding
252-216-9191 |willemwish@centurylink.net

Equine Adventures
​252-995-4897 |  info@equineadventures.com


06/21/16

Outer Banks 4th of July Celebrations

Long lazy hours on the beach, pool parties, cookouts – all the things you love to do to celebrate  the 4th of July can be perfectly accomplished  on your Hatteras Island vacation. Let the day take you to one of  these great Independence Day celebrations!

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Avon Fireworks Display

Surf or Sound Realty is proud to sponsor the 4th of July Fireworks at the Avon Fishing Pier. A fun event for the whole family, fireworks begin around 9 pm. Fireworks are visible all along the Avon beach and parking is limited, so walk, bike or carpool! Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials have decided that this year, off-road vehicles may remain on the beaches near Avon past the 9 pm closing time to allow passengers to watch the fireworks.  

 

4th of July Bash at Koru Village

An Independence Day celebration at   Koru Village’s Beach Klub! Live music by Dale and the Zdubs will happen on the Papawack Theater’s stage, their tiki bars will be open for drinks and snacks, the firework show will happen right in front, at the Avon Pier, and afterwards Koru Village’s fire dancing troupe will take center stage to delight you with a fire show. Cost is $10.68 and the event is family friendly.

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Hatteras Village Golf Cart Parade

Join us for our annual July 4th Golf Cart Parade in Hatteras Village! Residents and visitors alike are invited to participate. Line up begins at 3:30 at Hatteras Harbor Court. No entry fee, just show up decorated in your best red, white and blue! Gift certificates to village businesses are awarded as prizes!

Town of Manteo 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 3:00 PM

Take a day trip to Manteo to celebrate Independence Day with small town flair. Watch  the 440th Army Band perform, participate in wacky hat contest, decorated bike contest, apple pie contest and so much more. Then after the sun goes down take in one of the best firework shows on the Outer Banks.

Ocracoke Island Independance Day Celebrations

Planning a day trip to Ocracoke? They will have fireworks on Sunday July 3 and  will have  events going on both  July 3 and 4th

Sunday, July 3, 2016:

Classic Car Show,  Traditional Island Square Dance:  Music by Molasses Creek, with Philip Howard as caller. Party at the NPS docks with Deejay Tommy Hutcherson. Enjoy some rockin’ tunes while you what for the fireworks to begin!

9:15pm: Fireworks! Amazing Pyrotechnic Show!   Gather around Silver Lake harbor to see the show. Please walk or bike; parking is limited.

Monday, July 4, 2016:

Flag Raising Ceremony and Singing of the National Anthem:  Led by Ocracoke Boy Scout Troop # 290 at the School Circle on School Road. 39th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest:  At the NPS Lifeguard Beach.  Ocracoke Lighthouse:  The lighthouse will be open for viewing — all are welcome to see inside!  Skydivers at Ocracoke Community Park,  Old Time Ocracoke Parade, and then from  7pm — 10pm: Community Beach Fire at Lifeguard Beach.  Join friends and neighbors at the Lifeguard Beach for a family-friendly beach fire and party!


05/4/16

Scientific Studies Show the Beach is Good for Your Health

Strolling the Hatteras Island Beach

You’ve felt it – that dramatic change in mood as your feet sink into the warm soft Hatteras Island sands. Surrounded by the meditative sounds of the crashing waves, you look out across the expanse of beach, out over the ocean to the horizon, breathe deep and you just start to feel better. It turns out there  is science to back it up. In a recent scientific study by two New Zealand universities and Michigan State University, they found that exposure to “blue space” (in the study they used ocean) boosts mental health.

The study tested the correlation between blue space visibility and psychological distress and found that a higher visibility of blue space was significantly associated with lower distress in participants.

Natural environments attract us on an evolutionary level because of the basic survival resources found in them. According to the study, “As a result of this evolutionary connection, the human brain processes natural environments more efficiently than built up environments, thereby further increasing opportunity for relaxation and combating the amount of stress”.

Of course, we are not scientists. But if someone is going to tell us that being near the ocean supports good health, well then count us in!!

Here are a few other health benefits your Hatteras Island vacation may afford you:  

Lower blood pressure

A 2008 study by Seattle University compared the effects of listening to guided relaxation  over  ocean waves to  the sound of a Mozart symphony on patient’s blood pressure. They found that while both lowered hypertension, the relaxation waves group showed a drop in systolic blood pressure by about three points and diastolic pressure by 1.5 points compared with Mozart’s music.

Fresh Air

Air circulating at the beach is said to contain tens of thousands of negative ions, while the average home or office building, contains dozens or hundreds if any at all. According to WebMD, “Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate  depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.” The market has been flooded with the air purifiers and ionizers in recent years, whether they work or not is certainly up for debate, but one thing we do know is where negative ions  naturally occur in the environment — the beach! Ion researcher Michael Terman PhD, of Columbia University in New York explained, “The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods.”

Deep Sleep

Have you ever recalled the sound of ocean waves to get to sleep at night? A study at Huntsville hospital in Alabama looked at the effects of ocean sounds on sleep after a major surgery. They found that the participants receiving ocean sounds reported significantly higher scores for sleep depth, awakening, return to sleep, quality of sleep, and total sleep scores, indicating better sleep.

Have we given you enough reason to book that second week on Hatteras Island yet? Do it for your health.


04/21/16

Cape Hatteras Named Best Beach

Cape Hatteras Named Best Beach

How can one beach consistently be at the top of the best family beaches lists? 70 miles of pristine coastline, uncrowded beaches, clean surf and quaint village charm are what keep Hatteras Island coming out on top. Here are a few of 2016’s recent mentions:

Cape Hatteras specifically was named one of the 10 best East Coast beaches by readers of USA Today, touting “ocean waves, coastal flora and fauna and a picturesque lighthouse,” along with magical experiences like “kiteboarding, crabbing and beach fires “ to be among the things that made Hatteras Island a winner.

U.S. News and World Report named the Outer Banks the #4 top family beach in the U.S.A. this year, because “OBX’s largely undeveloped landscape means you’ll have plenty of unobstructed photo ops. Peaceful waves, usually calm enough for swimmers of all levels, will put an extra dose of relaxation in your vacation.”

Most recently, Family Vacation Critic, part of the TripAdvisor family named Cape Hatteras National Seashore the top family friendly beach for 2016. They chose it because it offers “an authentic vacation away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with the seashore of the main attraction”

Ready to book that vacation? Surf or Sound Realty has nearly 500 of Hatteras Island’s premier vacation homes waiting to welcome your family.


03/11/16

Shopping on Hatteras Island is Hot!

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Hatteras Island is a great destination for a vacation, with amazing beaches for swimming, surfing, fishing, or even just relaxing in the sun.   Many people make the trip here just for the beautiful sights and atmosphere, and who can blame them? Hatteras Island is a wonderland of picturesque scenery where you can easily lose yourself for a few hours among the breathtaking landscapes.   But there’s more to the Island than great beaches and eye catching environments; Hatteras Island is home to some uniquely-interesting locally-owned shops where you can not only pick up some souvenirs to remember your vacation but also engage in delightful conversations with the local shopkeepers!

Studio 12

This shop in Avon on Hatteras Island is a great spot for those with an artistic leaning to stop in.   At Studio 12, they sell beautiful craft pottery pieces, but the real reason to visit is the do-it-yourself painting.   Purchase a piece of pottery and tap into your creative side to bring life to it with your own painting skills.   Studio 12 is one of the most kid-friendly shopping experiences on the island; children of all ages will especially enjoy coming to Studio 12 to make their own artistic creations.

Pea Island Art Gallery

Do you want to find amazing artwork on Hatteras Island? Head to Pea Island Art Gallery in Salvo to browse this unique art gallery featuring many pieces from local Outer Banks artists.   You’re sure to find something that catches your eye here; the gallery has many different types of art, including jewelry, paintings, photography and more.

Kitty Hawk Kites

Your one-stop shop for adventure on Hatteras Island is Kitty Hawk Kites!   Kids and adults alike will enjoy coming to this local favorite, where you can purchase whimsical kites to fly on the beach, beach souvenirs or the latest trendy t-shirt or toy.   But what really makes this shop special is the different activities they offer: kiteboarding, hang gliding, kayaking and more.   They have multiple locations on Hatteras Island, including Rodanthe, Avon and Hatteras Village. They offer tours of all kinds, letting you explore Hatteras Island however you like!

Lee Robinson’s General Store

If you’re looking for a little bit of everything on Hatteras Island, you will want to stop in at Lee Robinson’s General Store.   They have beer, wine, bread, cheese, t-shirts, jewelry and much more!   A great place to find little souvenirs for everyone back home, if you can’t find it here, it might not be on the Island at all!

Even More to See

These are only a few of the many great shops on Hatteras Island.   The natural beauty of the island is inspiring, and there are many other locally-owned shops filled with creations inspired by ocean living.   On your next visit to Hatteras Island be sure to carve out some time in between lying on the fantastic beaches to do some shopping!


03/5/16

5 Restaurants on Hatteras Island You Can’t Miss!

 

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Hatteras Island is a beautiful place with amazing beaches and cozy coastal homes.   This vacation destination provides everything you could want on your getaway: great living space, tons of sun, and more beach activities than you can squirt a water cannon at!   But when you’re done hitting the surf and relaxing in the sun, you’ll probably want something to eat.   Our list of the top 5 restaurants on Hatteras Island will help you find the perfect meal to round out your dream vacation; read on to discover these mouthwatering locations!

Bros Sandwich Shack — Avon

This new addition to the Hatteras Island restaurant scene has made a big impression!   Opened in 2014 by brothers Matt and Josh, the Bros Sandwich Shack specializes in fresh ground burgers, delicious sandwiches, and sauces made from scratch.   A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this place offers a casual atmosphere perfect for a family with children — and what kid doesn’t love burgers?   Try their Cowboy Bro, a fresh ground angus burger patty slathered with sriracha BBQ sauce and topped with peppered bacon, smoked gouda and melted pepperjack.

Orange Blossom Bakery & Café — Buxton

This bakery and café in Buxton, NC is a local institution.   Started as the Orange Blossom Motel in the 1950’s by the Barnettes, it was eventually converted into a bakery after their passing.   Now owned by Charley and Lisa Pereira, and also boasting café food, Orange Blossom Bakery & Café has stayed true to its origins.   Orange Blossom is famous for their signature item — apple uglies!   Order these delicious apple fritters to experience sweet bliss, or even order the chocolate covered variety called a kupa — playfully named after the Polish word for turd.   An ugly and a turd never tasted so good!

Caf̩ Pamlico РBuxton

Set on the waters of the Pamlico Sound, Café Pamlico offers a fine dining experience perfect for a date night with your significant other.   Café Pamlico prides itself on serving fresh, local ingredients, and are committed to supporting local fisherman and farmers.   Their chefs change the menu frequently based on availability of these local ingredients.   You’ll want to make a reservation if you’re looking to eat here; Café Pamlico fills up quick!

Buxton Munch Company — Buxton

Proof that a small restaurant can pack a BIG kick, Buxton Munch Company serves up delicious wraps, subs, tacos and more!   Offering delectable seafood inspired creations as well more traditional American fare, this local favorite has been in operation since 1999.   They claim to have the #1 Crabby Pattie (outside of Bikini Bottom for you Spongebob fans) and you might just agree once you taste this amazing creation!

Harbor House Seafood Market – Hatteras

For that fresh out of the sea taste, you have to visit Harbor House Seafood Market!   With fresh fish caught daily and an entire market full of delicious creations, this family owned store is sure to impress.   You can grab some ready-made items cooked to perfection, or if you feel like cooking yourself, they offer raw seafood options perfect to take home and sear up on your own grill!   From shrimp and crab enchiladas to scrumptious seafood soups and salads, Harbor House Seafood Market is a must-visit eatery on Hatteras Island!