11/17/08

Conserving energy (and money) on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island homeowners face a unique challenge in conserving energy, as during the summer months, when the air conditioners whir and every light in a rental home might be on, the island uses an exorbitant amount of electricity. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimize your energy consumption, and bolster your wallet to boot. Continue reading


11/10/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 11/10/08-Hatteras Island


Who says the Fall season is slow? This past week, Hatteras Island was the place to be with a multitude of events going on, including the birdwatchers’ Wings Over Water Festival, the Outer Banks Marathon, and perhaps most importantly, the annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Fishing Tournament. The tournament, held every November since 1958, carried on as planed despite a couple of very rainy days, and by judging day on Saturday, the weather was simply perfect.

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11/6/08

Picture of the Week

A breath-taking rainbow decorates the sky on Hatteras Island.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Brooks-Hill, Dana Wells, Lisa Latham and Sherry Wright of Surf or Sound Realty


11/4/08

Welcome to Shelling Season on the Outer Banks

As the water and air temperatures cool, locals and visitors alike get to enjoy a not-so-fringe benefit of the fall season: shells start popping up everywhere. It’s no big secret that the fall marks the beginning of excellent beachcombing for months to come, and while Hatteras Island is known for offering a variety of fantastic finds throughout the year, the fall and winter months are particularly favored among shell collectors.
The two determining factors that make these colder months the best for shelling are relatively simple: More wind, and less people.

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11/4/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 11/3/08-Hatteras Island

A breezy week turned into a gorgeous weekend as the Northeast winds subsided long enough for anglers to hit the beaches in T-Shirts, and offshore boats to enjoy calm waters all the way to the Gulf Stream. Lots of fish were being reeled in from all over the Outer Banks, including lots of drum, blues, sea mullet, and even speckled trout around the jetties near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
We’re expecting a coastal storm over the next couple of days, but that just means the shelling is going to be great by the weekend, when the air temperatures are expected to reach almost 70 degrees. It’s certainly shaping up to be a good November. Continue reading


10/30/08

Outer Banks Fishing Report 10/20/08- Hatteras Island

True to typical fall form, this past week on Hatteras Island started with a couple days of wild weather, followed by windy, but sunny days later on in the week. The big story this past week wasn’t just the weather, but also the drum which were being reeled in all over the island. This is in no small part thanks to the Annual Frank & Fran’s Red Drum Tournament, which was held over the weekend and attracted 300 anglers, despite the windy weather. With a total of 154 red drum registered and released, ranging from 18″ to the winning 49 ΒΌ”, it’s safe to say that the drum are keeping island anglers busy. Continue reading


10/22/08

Surf or Sound vacation home takes the Parade of Homes crown

Surf or Sound Realty is delighted to announce that one of their premier rental homes, Hatteras Dream, has won the People’s Choice award at the Outer Banks Home Builders Association 2008 Parade of Homes, held October 9- October 12. Continue reading


10/21/08

Trick or Treating Island Style

Planning a late October Hatteras Island vacation, but don’t want to miss out on trick-or-treating? No problem. There are actually plenty of family friendly neighborhoods and unusually fun trick-or-treating destinations that offer a little touch of the Outer Banks charm, but more importantly, plenty of candy. Continue reading