12/30/11

Picture of the Week

There are so many things to enjoy on Hatteras Island – from relaxing on the beach, playing in the surf, breathtaking sunsets and being with loved ones in one of the most unique places on earth!
Family time together is one of the many things that make a Hatteras Island vacation so very special!

Photo submitted on Facebook by Amanda Sablak Tanay.


12/23/11

Picture of the Week

There are so many unique sights and sounds to enjoy while on a Hatteras Island vacation – from relaxing on the beach, to exploring the Pamlico Sound and watching boats of all sizes bring in the daily catch at our area fishing marinas.

Photo submitted on Facebook by Paul V Kelley


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.