08/4/11

Chicamacomico's Centennial Celebration Trifecta on Hatteras Island

“Honoring Our Heroes – Preserving Our Past.” That’s the motto at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Today, August 4th, 2011, the 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (located at MP 39.5 in Rodanthe) will celebrate their centennial with a trifecta of events to be remembered for another one hundred years!

Three celebrations take place today:
The 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Centennial
The 6th Annual National Heroes Day
National Coast Guard Day

According to the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Museum Complex, “Chicamacomico was part of the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) and was the first station built in North Carolina. The original station, dating from 1874, is still on the site as one of eight buildings belonging to the Chicamacomico Historical Association. The men of the United States Life-Saving Service (1871-1915) were the original rescue heroes, the “storm warriors” who made dramatic and heroic rescues of shipwreck victims whose lives were in peril from the sea. In their history, nation-wide, the USLSS’s men responded to over 178,000 lives in peril from the sea, of which they saved over 177,000! In 1915, this service merged with the US Revenue Cutter Service to form the United States Coast Guard who routinely continues this tradition of heroism.”

Chicamacomico decided to honor and celebrate true American heroes of the past and the present. Participants invited include the US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local volunteer fire departments, local law enforcement agencies, local EMS units and Ocean Rescue squads, Cape Hatteras Electric, NPS Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, and perhaps some last-minute surprises. Equipment on display and/or in use includes fire engines, ambulances, police cars, Coast Guard helicopter, rescue boats, and others. There will be numerous displays, demonstrations, and exhibits as well as hands-on activities and participation events and live period music.

Today’s Schedule of Events for Chicamacomico’s 6th Annual “American Heroes Day” and the 1911 Life-Saving Station Centennial:

10:00 Event Opens (All emergency vehicles: NO sirens or lights this time)
10:30 Opening Ceremonies – Main Stage Area
-Posting of Colors, United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, Alexandria, VA.
-Welcoming Remarks: James Charlet, Chicamacomico Historic Site Manager.
-Guest Speaker for the1911 Centennial: Capt Anthony Popeil, Commander, USCG Sector North Carolina.
-Guest Speaker for the 6th Annual American Heroes Day: Joe Swartzer, Director, North Carolina -Maritime Museums System
-1911 Life-Saving Station Restorer: Ken Wenberg
-Browsing time for exhibits, displays, tables and talking with Special Guests
12:00 S.S. Mirlo Rescue Story & Sea Chantey Singer John Golden Ramp of 1874 Station
1:00 Beach Apparatus Drill Starts at 1874 Station
(Teams USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet & Station Hatteras Inlet)
2:00 Water Rescue Demo (Chicamacomico Banks VFD Water Rescue Unit) On the Beach
3:00 USCG Search & Rescue Demo (SAR), Jayhawk Helicopter & GC 47’Lifeboat On the Beach
(USCG Air Station Elizabeth City and USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet)

Ongoing Events Throughout The Day:

Hot dogs, chips & sodas, for sale!
US Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet- static display of 25 foot response boat & tow truck
US Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet- interactive demonstration of fixing vessel water leaks
Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Dept & Water Rescue Unit- static display and inspection of ladder truck and jet-ski, and tow truck. See demo above.
Dare County Sheriff Department- live demos of K9 Officer and dog, static displays and inspection of patrol car and 5 ton “storm truck”
Dare County Emergency Medical Services – static display of EMS ambulance and equipment
Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Unit – static display of truck and lifeguard equipment
Salvo Volunteer Fire Department – static display and inspection of company fire engine
North Carolina Highway Patrol – static display and inspection of SUV Patrol vehicle.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Bucket Truck-climb in trucks, try on lineman gear, ride way up in the bucket!!
Tables, displays, handouts, and conversations with – Interaction with Special Guests, Dare County Emergency Management, NPS Cape Hatteras Nation Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society.
1911 Centennial Participants- Restorer Ken Wenberg in the old cookhouse, Period 25′ shad boat, Antique sewing machines, Antique gas engines, Period songs from Sea Notes, John Golden, and Juliann & Richard

*This is a tentative schedule and subject to change due to the fact that active-duty emergency personnel and equipment are present and may be called out before or during the event.

Admission fees are a flat $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Chicamacomico’s seven acre site will be filled with equipment and displays of the participants, so parking will be across the street. Carpooling is encouraged. No coolers allowed. Cold bottled water will be available for sale.

For additional information, contact the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station at (252) 987-1552.

Surf or Sound Realty is proud to be a sponsor of the Centennial Celebration on Hatteras Island. If you are visiting the Outer Banks today, don’t miss this fun family event during your Hatteras Island vacation!


07/15/11

Day Trip to Roanoke Island: Outer Banks Family Fun

Vacationing on Cape Hatteras is a wonderful treat for the whole family. From playing in the ocean waves, kayaking the sound, fishing the shoreline or just relaxing in a beach chair with a good book, your Hatteras Island vacation is sure to be filled with fun, sun and relaxation.

For those visitors who want to take one day and explore more than the shore, a visit to Roanoke Island may be what you are looking for! Follow us to Roanoke Island for our top recommendation for what to do, where to eat and what to see to make the most of your family vacation.

What to Do:
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a popular attraction on the Outer Banks.

The aquarium is the perfect place to bring kids of all ages who seek to learn more about the amazing aquatic marine life under the sea. The aquarium presents daily dive shows, films, animal encounters and feedings. It is one of the single best rainy day activities on the Outer Banks. (But take our local’s tip: for a less crowded aquarium experience, visit the North Carolina Aquarium during one of the sunny days on your vacation.) For more tips and information, visit: The North Carolina Aquarium. We hope to “sea” you there!

Where to Eat:
Big Al’s Soda Fountain and Grill is a blast from past!

Big Al’s is a great restaurant for families and is a unique dining experience! Take one step inside Big Al’s 50’s style diner and discover the thousands of coke memorabilia that line the walls and shelves.

Would you like to sit at a table, or the soda fountain? The soda fountain counter, which can seat twelve people, offers the full 50’s experience, including your own soda jerk to wait on you. The restaurant includes separate party rooms that can be reserved for any special occasion. Don’t forget about the juke box! Pick from hundreds of your favorite 50’s and 60’s hits. Out of all the dining experiences of your vacation, Big Al’s Soda Fountain and Grill will be one to remember. Don’t forget to order a milkshake to go, and stop by the gift shop on your way out and bring a little bit of the 50’s home with you!

What to See:
The Lost Colony is a beloved Outer Banks attraction and the ultimate history mystery!

As the sun begins to set, there is no better way to wrap up a fun-filled day than with an exciting live show, performed outside under the stars at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Here, you will discover the Waterside Theatre, home to world famous “Lost Colony” outdoor drama. Join actors from all over the country as they sing and dance their way through the dramatic and historical story of America’s beginning here in the new world. The Emmy nominated Lost Colony has been impressing audiences for 74 years.

During your Hatteras Island vacation, a daytrip to Roanoke Island is a glimpse into all of the fun things to do, see and discover in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina.


07/13/11

Mixed Drinks on the Menu at Hatteras Island Restaurants

All villages on Hatteras Island have voted in favor of allowing mixed drinks to be served at area restaurants and bars.

The private kitchen in your vacation rental home is great for serving up meals, but the chefs in your group deserve a relaxing dinner, too! On at least one night of your Hatteras Island vacation, it is always fun to get everyone together and head out to one of the fantastic local restaurants for fresh seafood and special memories. Now, the adults can also order a Sundowner or one of the other variety of mixed drinks you are sure to find with a catchy name.

In year’s past, locals and visitors were not able to order a mixed drink at our island restaurants. Hatteras Island was a “dry” island where only beer and wine could be sold in properly licensed restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. Liquor was only sold at one ABC store on the island. As of today, that is no longer the case. (“Case” -no pun intended!) Liquor drinks were voted to be made legal in the southern villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton back in December and the northern villages of Avon, Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe this July.

Liquor drinks are now available at most restaurants in the villages of Hatteras, Frisco and Buxton and will become available once the restaurants in the newly voted villages apply for their ABC permits and start stocking their restaurants.

Mixed drinks have been sold on Ocracoke Island for four years and they are also sold in restaurants in the northern beaches. Those who were in favor of allowing liquor by the drink feel that there will be a boost to island businesses in a down economy and that mixed drinks are an amenity that many tourists expect.

Whether you enjoy a nice dinner with friends and family at your vacation home, or prefer to get together at an area restaurant for cocktails, cuisine and good conversation, remember to drink responsibly.

From your friends at Surf or Sound Realty we hope you have a safe and memorable Hatteras Island vacation.


07/12/11

Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse!

The National Park Service offers full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse throughout the season, providing a very special experience for visitors. This Friday evening, July 15th, 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 beautiful reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.

Two tours are given, one at 8:15 p.m. and a second at 9:15 p.m. Each tour is limited to 30 people. This is a truly unique and memorable experience for your Hatteras Island vacation on the Outer Banks that you don’t want to miss!

Get your tickets today! The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tour tickets must be purchased in advance at the lighthouse ticket booth, located at the lighthouse site in Buxton village. The ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. – 5:40 p.m. daily.
There are no lights inside the lighthouse and climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights. During the climb, park rangers 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.

Things to Know Before You Go:

1. Full Moon Tour tickets are limited to the first 60 purchasers and must be purchased in person, in advance, at the lighthouse ticket booth. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will begin a few days in advance of the scheduled tour. 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).

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 cannot be carried! If unsure, check with the 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 as 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, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for a replacement ticket useable only on that following day. This ticket will be for day climbing only.


06/24/11

Hatteras Island Events: This Week on the Outer Banks

We’ve compiled the best Hatteras Island activities, events and fun things to do on the Outer Banks for June 26 to July 1st. Below you will find events just for the kids, just for adults, family events, evening events and a lot of FREE activities to make your Hatteras Island vacation unforgettable!

    FOR THE KIDS

June 28, 29 & 30th
Kids Painting Workshop
Time: 10:30-11:45 AM. Location: SeaWorthy Gallery -58401 South Highway 12, Hatteras village

This unique art camp, instructed by Professional Artist, Elizabeth Eubanks, is designed to create a fun and relaxed art experience for your child, plus they get to create their very own take home painting each day. $15 Class Fee- Includes supplies. Call 252-986-6510 or visit seaworthygallery.com

June 27, 28, 30, July 1
National Park Service Program: Especially for Kids

Time: 11:00 am to 11:45 am. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This program offers hands-on activities that allow kids to have fun learning about the seashore. Check at the visitor center to learn the topic of the day. Free for all ages.

June 28 – 30
REAL Kids Camp

Time: 10am – 4pm. Location: REAL Watersports in Waves village

Get your son or daughter into the water in a safe and positive instructional environment with the REAL Kids Camp! Let the coaches at REAL show your kids the ropes in and around the water. Surfing, Kiteboarding, Standup Paddleboarding and more. Ages 7-12. Call for information: (866)REAL-548 | (252)987-6000 or visit: REALWatersports.com

June 28
Free Kid’s Day with Kitty Hawk Kites

2 locations and times: 10am -12pm in Hatteras Village -at Hatteras Landing Shops, next to the ferry and 4pm – 6pm in Avon village
Shoot water guns, get your face painted, and try out the newest toys and games. For more information, visit kittyhawk.com

June 29
Free Kid’s Day with Kitty Hawk Kites

4pm -7pm at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Rodanthe at Waves Village. Shoot water guns, get your face painted, and try out the newest toys and games. For more information, visit kittyhawk.com

    FOR THE BIG KIDS:

June 29
Adult Painting Class

Time: 1:00-3:00 PM. Location: SeaWorthy Gallery -58401 South Highway 12, Hatteras village

Professional Artist, Elizabeth Eubanks, shows you how to have fun creating a watercolor, landscape or seascape painting of Hatteras. The workshop is opened to all skill levels, beginners to advanced. You will have your own completed painting at the end of class. What a perfect vacation souvenir! $35 Class Fee-Includes all supplies. Class space is limited. Call 252-986-6510 to register or visit seaworthygallery.com

June 30
Sea Glass Wrapping Jewelry Class
Time: 10am – 2pm (Classes run 20-25 minutes and start on the ½ hour -reservations required!). Location: Indian Town Gallery – Mile post 65 in Frisco village

Learn to wrap a piece of sea glass into a necklace pendant with instructor Betty Kungle. Class size is limited to 8, so call early to make reservations! $10 per person plus a $5 kit fee which includes a piece of genuine sea glass! For more information call Indian Town Gallery at 252-995-5181 or visit indiantowngallery.com

July 1
Water Color Painting Class with Vicky Lowe
Time: 10am – noon. Location: Indian Town Gallery – Mile post 65 in Frisco village

Even beginners can learn to paint with water colors. In class, Instructor Vicky Lowe will set up beach orientated and floral models from which students will be coached how to paint. The cost is $30 and includes all materials. Class is limited to 8 people, so please pre-register. (Ask about kids classes, too!) For more information call Indian Town Gallery at 252-995-5181 or visit indiantowngallery.com


FOR THE FAMILY:

    July 1
    Beading Class -Make your own bracelet or anklet!

    Time: 2pm -5pm (Classes run 20-25 minutes and start on the ½ hour). Location: Indian Town Gallery – Mile post 65 in Frisco village

    This is a fun and enjoyable class for ages 7 and up! Students learn design and good color selection along with crimping skills so your jewelry will last a long time! The cost is $10 for the class and a $5 kit fee, which includes materials and use of tools. For more information call Indian Town Gallery at 252-995-5181 or visit indiantowngallery.com

      SUMMER PROGRAMS

    The Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station and the National Park Service offer Daily Summer Programs. Below are some fun events for you to check out during your Hatteras Island vacation!

    WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN… Evening events on Hatteras Island offered by the Park Service

    June 28
    Evening Campfire

    Time: 8:00pm. Location: Buxton Lifeguarded Beach. -Spend an evening under the stars hearing stories of the Outer Banks. Topics may include shipwrecks, pirates, sea life, and legends. Bring a beach chair, a blanket, flashlight, and bug spray.

    June 29
    Night Lights

    Time: 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Join a ranger for a short walk to search the tide line for glowing marine plankton and the sky for planets and constellations. Find out why protecting the dark is valuable to both people and wildlife.

    June 30
    Night Climb
    Time: 8pm and 9pm. Location: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Enjoy a guided tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. ..at NIGHT!
    You will need to pre-purchase Night Climb tickets in person between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the lighthouse ticket booth Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the week you intend to climb. Each program is limited to 30 participants and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are non-refundable and children must be at least 42″ tall. Bring a flashlight!

    The Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station Summer Programs
    Time: All programs are at 2pm
    Location: Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station – 23645 NC Highway 12, or Milepost 39 ½ (Programs are outdoors and thus weather dependent. Programs are free with Regular Site Admission Fee)

    June 27

    Nights in Rodanthe the Movie — Behind the Scenes
    Nearly all exterior scenes were actually filmed right here in Rodanthe, where Chicamacomico is located. Site Operations Manager, Linda Molloy, was cast as Jill Torrelson opposite Richard Gere in a brief but pivotal role. Come get the scoop! Linda will autograph and personalize your book and DVD purchases here for a truly unique vacation souvenir. Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station

    June 28
    America’s Forgotten Heroes
    Discover the forgotten yet fascinating history of the United States Life-Saving Service, the original “Storm Warriors” who were the predecessors of today’s U.S. Coast Guard… Absorb the unbelievable details of actual rescues done here, especially the dramatic SS Mirlo story- the most highly awarded maritime rescue in U.S. history, right here! Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station

    June 29
    The Real Taffy Of Torpedo Junction
    This fictional novel tells the daring antics of an independent young teenager living on Hatteras Island during World War II. ‘Taffy” was based on the real-life Carol Dillon, Hatteras Island native. She will enthrall you with her stories of what was fiction and what was not.Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station

    June 30
    Beach Apparatus Drill
    The U.S. Life-Saving Service required all stations to practice this rescue method weekly. Chicamacomico is now one of only two places in the country– and the ONLY one to be performed by active-duty US Coast Guard personnel–that performs the complete Drill. It is recommended to arrive by 1:30. Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station

    July 1
    What Really Happened to “The Lost Colony”?
    Where did they go? Right here on Hatteras Island, where they actually first started. Scott Dawson’s compelling delivery will have you spellbound. Documentation & evidence abound. Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station

    FREE Park Service Events:

The Cape Hatteras National Park offers FREE Hatteras Island events for the family and kids of all ages.

Daily in the Summer:
Sentinel of the Shore

Time: Daily 12:00pm to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 2:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Learn about the rich history of, and future plans for, the park’s majestic lighthouses.

Daily in the Summer
Hatteras Island – Pirates!

Time: Daily from 4:00pm to 4:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -In the 1700’s, pirates frequently visited the Outer Banks. Find out why the area was so attractive to pirates and how the golden age of piracy dramatically ended.

June 27, 29, 30, July 1
Hatteras Island – Soundside Snorkeling

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -It’s not the Caribbean, but the shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound are home to an array of small fish, shrimp, and crabs. Limited to 20 participants.

June 27, 29, July 1
Civil War on the Outer Banks

Time: 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Join a ranger for a view of the Outer Banks’ role in the Civil War!

June 28
Old Days at the Weather Station

Time: 3:30pm to 4:15pm. Location: Hatteras U.S. Weather Bureau Station, in the heart of Hatteras Village. -Join this tour of the restored Hatteras Weather Bureau Station and hear about the villagers who worked there during both tranquil and stormy times.

June 28, 30
Graveyard of the Atlantic

Time: 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Countless ships have met their end off the Outer Banks. Learn how storms, shoals, war, and commerce have contributed to the wreckage, and hear stories of those who risked their lives to save the victims.

June 29
Explore the Shore: Beach Walk

Time: 8:00am to 9:00am. Location: Old Lighthouse site parking lot
Enjoy an early morning ranger-led walk across the undeveloped ocean beaches of Hatteras Island. Learn about this changing shoreline and the plants and animals that make this dynamic environment their home.

June 29
Cast Netting

Time: 9:30am. Location: Pre-register at the Hatteras Island Museum at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Casting a net from shore is one of the oldest methods of fishing. Give it a try or just come to observe the action. You’re welcome to bring your own cast net. Wear wading shoes. Limited to 25 participants.

June 29
Seashore Arts

Time: 11:00am to 11:30am. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Get in touch with your artistic side and create a lasting memory of the seashore! Bring a cotton t-shirt or pillow case to create a seashore-inspired masterpiece. Limited to 16 participants.

June 30
Coast Guard Station Tour

Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -The U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor, the U.S. Life-Saving Service, have a long and heroic history on the Outer Banks. Sign up today and enjoy a unique tour of an active U.S. Coast Guard Station. Limited to 20 participants.

Outer Banks Events and Activities for the Family -North of Hatteras Island

    June 29 – July 1
    Kitty Hawk Kites Outer Banks Sand Sculpture Festival

    Location: Kitty Hawk Sports at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing shopping center across from Jockey’s Ridge MP 12 1/2 in Nags Head. -A professional sandsculpture company will be on hand to sculpture a huge sand creation. There will be fun events, raffles, and entertainment all day long. This is a benefit for the prevention of skin cancer. For more information, call 1-877-FLY-THIS or 252-441-4124 or visit kittyhawk.com

    June 28 & 29
    Outer Banks Daredevils Baseball Game
    The Daredevils are part of a summer collegiate baseball league offering experience for college players in a wood bat environment and a chance to refine skills for the pro level.

    Time: Gates open at 6 pm, game at 7pm. Location: First Flight High School Baseball complex. Just south of Wrights Bros. Memorial, off hwy 158 turn on Colington Road. For more information, call 252-202-1842 or visit: obxdaredevils.com

    Monday through Saturday
    74th Anniversary Season of The Lost Colony

    Time: 8:30pm. Location: Waterside Theatre, Roanoke Island. -Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony tells the story of 117 men, women and children who vanished without a trace more than 400 years ago. Featuring lavish costumes designed by five-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long and directed by Robert Richmond, the story comes to life summer nights at the open air Waterside Theatre. Children 12 and under $10.00, Group rates for 10 or more. Complete the experience with a Waterside Sunset Picnic and pre-show Backstage Tour at 7 p.m. Reservations required. Call (252) 473-3414 or visit thelostcolony.org


06/17/11

Celebrating Father's Day On Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is a great place to celebrate Father’s Day! There are plenty of sights, attractions and activities to share with the number one guy in your life – Dad!

A great way to create lasting memories with Dad is by taking him fishing! Hatteras Island is know for its fantastic fishing. Whether you want to hop on a boat, hang out on the shore or take in the beautiful views, Hatteras Island offers a complete and unique fishing experience.
1. Charter fishing. What better way to spend time with Dad and the family than on a boat? Call Captain Steve Caldwell with Coastal Inshore Charters at (252) 986-2284 OR Captain Jay Kavanagh aboard the Bite Me at (252) 996-0295 to book your trip!
2. Surf Fishing. All you need is a chair, a cooler, a pole and a nice spot on the sand!
3. Pier Fishing. Avon Fishing Pier and Hatteras Island Fishing Pier in Rodanthe both have a blanket fishing license, so you don’t need to purchase one to fish from the pier. Also free? The spectacular views!

Frisco Rod and Gun is a great source for your fishing needs and has great gifts for Dad! They carry surf and offshore tackle and bait, rods, clothing, sunglasses, shoes and more! You can stock up on snacks and ice for your fishing adventure as well! Call them at (252) 995-5366 or visit them online www.friscorodgun.com.

Maybe Dad is more of the adventurous type. Hatteras Island is known to have some of the best kiteboarding in the world! If kiteboarding isn’t Dad’s thing there’s always surfing, standup paddleboarding, hang gliding, parasailing and kayaking. Kitty Hawk Kites and REAL Watersports are two places that offer apparel, lessons and rentals for the thrill seeking beginners and families!
Kitty Hawk Kites – Locations in Waves, Hatteras and Ocracoke. 1-877-359-8447.
REAL Watersports – Located in Waves. (252) 987-6000.
Fox Watersports – Located in Buxton and Hatteras. A great place for your adrenaline needs and apparel! (252) 995-4102.

Another great way to celebrate Dad’s day is by visiting some of the local historical sights and taking in the attractions.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – One of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses in the world. Located in Buxton. Cost: $7 for adults; $3.50 for senior citizens and children 11 and under. There is also a visitors center and gift shop, nearby nature trails and a wooded picnic area.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – One of the most innovative maritime museums and facilities in the nation! For information and visiting hours call (252) 986-2995.
Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station– Take a tour of this historic flagship lifesaving station, built in 1874. Located in Rodanthe. For information and visiting hours, call (252) 987-1552.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for Dad, Hatteras Island offers many specialty items and a unique shopping experience!
Buxton Village Books – For the bookworm! Buxton, (252) 995-4240
Island Spice and Wine – One of a kind brews and wines! Avon, (252) 995-7750
Nags Head Hammocks – Avon, 1-800-344-6433

What do Dad’s love? Food! Let the amazing chefs on Hatteras Island take care of lunch or dinner!
Atlantic Coast Cafe. -2 locations: Avon at the Avon fishing pier (252) 995-7700; Waves (252)987-1200
Cafe Pamlico. Casual fine dining on Pamlico Sound in Buxton (252) 995-4500
Crazy Johnny’s Bar-B-Que. Catering for a relaxed meal at home or on the beach (252) 996-0711
Good Winds Restaurant. Soundfront in Rodanthe at Kitty Hawk Kites (252) 987-1100
Mojo’s Sunset Cafe. Soundfront at REAL Watersports in Waves (252) 987-1600
Nino’s Pizza. Hwy 12 in Avon -celebrating 30 years! (252) 995-5358

There are endless ways to spend time and create lasting memories with Dad on Hatteras Island. From everyone at Surf or Sound Realty, have a safe and happy Father’s Day!


05/27/11

Picture of the Week


At Hatteras Landing you can enjoy unforgettable views and sunsets, shopping, and the proximity to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and the Ocracoke ferry docks. Hatteras Landing is a very special and charming place at the southern end of Hatteras Village. Call us today for a selection of premier homes in Hatteras Landing!
Photo submitted on Facebook by Paul V. Kelley.