Make Jennette's Pier a Stop on Your 2017 Vacation

For those staying near Nags Head, Jennette's Pier is a great stop during any Outer Banks vacation. No matter if you're there for the education or the fishing, Jennette's has something for everyone in the family! This video they recently put out showcasing everything they are offering for Summer 2017 is awesome!

Choosing the Best Season for your Outer Banks Wedding

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is picturesque and beautiful. Temperate climates, an abundance of green trees and natural wildlife, and stunning oceanfront views along the miles of high quality shoreline make this location a dream spot for tying the knot with your special someone. Planning a wedding, especially a destination wedding on the Outer Banks, will require a great deal of organization and preparation. Because a destination wedding involves travel to and from the wedding location for you and your guests, it is important to select the right time of the year for your picturesque Outer Banks wedding The perfect season for your wedding will largely depend on how you want your wedding to feel and where you want it to be located. If you are interested in a casual, beach fun wedding where your guests can enjoy the surf and the sunshine, you’ll likely want to schedule your wedding during the late spring or summer months. On the other hand, if you’re looking to escape the crowds and…

Outer Banks Horror Movie: Kill Devil Hills Beach Massacre

Plot Summary:
Stacy Phelps doesn't want to be anywhere near her abusive ex-husband the weekend that he's getting out of prison. With her best friends by her side, they decide to go away to her parent's beach house. Soon, they will be in a fight to survive the night.

Mention of Kill Devil Hills from Horror Society:
This looks like the perfect summer movie. Hell, the cover art has certainly grabbed my attention! It was announced yesterday that slasher flick Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills, formerly titled You Found Me, will be released this summer Green Apple Entertainment, a globally successful distribution company. Kill Devil Hills is an actual town in North Carolina and I’m surprised it’s taken film-makers this long to capitalize on that name!

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Update from R/C Kill Devil Hills:

Don't Forget This October on the Outer Banks The 2nd Annual Halloween International Film Festival returns to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina this October 26-28, 2…

Wright Brothers Memorial - A Monument to a Century of Flight

One of the most altering events in the records of human history took place on the wind-strewn sand dunes of the Outer Banks. The Wright Brothers changed the way we perceive the world. No longer was powered flight merely a dream. Modern aviation is a testament to their success.

For anyone familiar with the Outer Banks you realize there always is a breeze. On many days especially over the winter months that breeze becomes a sustained wind. The sustained wind and sandy conditions made the Outer Banks the ideal location. The brothers were able to rely on consistent prevailing winds and the natural sand dunes were to aid the Wright Brothers in achieving history on the 17th of December 1903.

The Wright Brothers Memorial is a monument to their achievement. The memorial sits in Kill Devil Hills just past milepost 7 and the light at 1st Street. As you approach the memorial, it is quite hard to miss. It rises above everything around it. It is quite something to see at night when…

Outer Banks Beach Nourishment Update - April 2017

The Town of Kill Devil Hills, Youtube channel has a great video on what's happening with beach nourishment along parts of the Outer Banks. The Town of Kill Devil Hills will be nourishing its 2.6 miles of beach. For more information on things being effected in KDH, check out

More information on the entire Outer Banks Beach Nourishment project can be found at
April 24th Update: Weeks Marine, the contractor for the Buxton beach nourishment project, plans to begin mobilizing equipment and pipes in early May. Equipment and pipes will be stored near the south end of the project area at the decommissioned US Coast Guard Base.

The first day of pumping sand is anticipated to be around May 21. The starting point for the project, where the offshore pipes connect with the onshore pipes, will be located at the oceanfront approximately 1000 feet north of the northern boundary of the village of Buxton. Weeks Marine is coordinating…

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Southern Living Profiles Manteo

From great places to eat and live, Manteo is a great mix of small town and waterfront living on the Outer Banks.

From First Friday's to the Farmer's Market, Manteo offers plenty of things to do year-round and for Manteo is an excellent place to move and enjoy retirement living on the water, but off the ocean.

For more information on some things to do on your next visit to Manteo, check out Southern Living's profile:

If Manteo got any closer to the water, it would be taking a dip. Skirting Shallowbag Bay on the eastern side of Roanoke Island, it has a walkable downtown, with easy access to Roanoke Sound and the sand and surf of the Outer Banks. Because of its proximity to major beach destinations, Manteo sees lots of tourists every year and has more food, drink, shopping, and lodging than a typical town of its size.

Much of the downtown action follows Sir Walter Raleigh Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Those street names are telling. This place is steeped in history, bu…

Outer Banks Recipe: Blackened Grouper with Rice and Summer Vegetables

Looking for a great summer meal? A local Outer Banks chef shared this recipe for using locally caught  grouper with Jasmine rice and a blend of sauteed zucchini, squash and onions. The fish is blackened seared over high direct heat which goes great with the fresh taste of summer vegetables.

The mix of summer vegetables was sauteed with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. For increased flavor you can deglaze the pan with some white wine. The vegetables are done when they are soft. Jasmine rice can be cooked according to the package directions. The key to preparing the grouper correctly is a hot grill and homemade blackening seasoning.  The spice of the blackening seasoning pairs well with the sweetness of the grouper.    You can prepare your own blackening with the recipe below.

Outer Banks Blackening:

PaprikaOnion PowderRed Pepper FlakesOnion PowderCayenne PepperOregano BasilThymeBlack PepperSalt The proportions of each ingredient can be adjusted to allow for individual taste…

The Benefits of Cheap Sunglasses

Here's some great advice on buying "Cheap Sunglasses" from Dr. D a Bridgeton NJ Optometrist wrote a great myth-busting article, Go get yourself some (cheap) sunglasses, on why even cheap sunglasses are important, especially on vacation: When you wake up in the morning and the light is hurt your head
The first thing you do when you get up out of bed
Is hit that streets a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses
And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses.....

ZZ Top knows what’s up. And thankfully, it is pretty easy to find a pair of sunglasses that looks good and protects your eyes — no matter what your budget is. To help make the experience of buying a pair of sunglasses a little less confusing, here’s the truth about some of the most common myths about sunglasses: Myth #1: Sunglasses with 100% UV protection are expensive False: You do not have to pay a premium for proper UV protection. While more expensive sunglasses may offer more stylish frames, higher quality lenses, sharper ima…

Enjoying Spring on the Outer Banks

Though the beach will always be the biggest draw, one of the best things about the Outer Banks, outside of summer with no breeze, is the beauty of the plants and animals which call the maritime forests home. As soon as I read this, Spring birds in the OBX Barrier Islands, it made me want to stand up and take a hike. After the long damp winter days, spring is always a huge change along the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina is the place to be in early spring. The mosquitos have not resumed control of the airspace yet. Birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route either pass directly over the barrier islands or find places to rest at the beaches, the forests of the coasts or the marshes. The resident birds don’t seem to mind. North Carolina has spent years developing a concentrated network of birding trails from the mountains to the coast.

The living room and kitchen of our small third floor condo at Hatteras Village faced the Atlantic Ocean. Every…

Can a Single Family Home on the Outer Banks Be 24 Bedrooms?

Posted by OBX on Friday, April 14, 2017 A new lawsuit in Currituck County on the Outer Banks is set to determine what exactly a single family home on the Outer Banks and in North Carolina, actually is. The Virginian-Pilot has some excellent background on the lawsuit and everything that has taken place so far.

The courts, the neighbors, Currituck County and the owners of a 24-bedroom event house set among the Outer Banks dunes remain at loggerheads over one question: Is it a single-family dwelling or not?
The controversy began four years ago, before the home’s foundation was started. Last week, homeowner Elizabeth Letendre sued Currituck County, arguing that the $4.6 million property with enough beds to sleep 50 people is a single-family house.

The county’s development ordinance and state codes do not set a size or bedroom limit for houses, according to the lawsuit. The county agreed in a 2013 letter that the home fit the residential zoning there and granted a building permit in 20…

Outer Banks Recipe: Spaghetti and Clams

Definitely among one of my favorite summertime seafood dishes is  fresh littleneck clams and spaghetti.  The white wine, garlic butter sauce is a light complement to the pasta on a hot summer’s day.  Combining a few good ingredients yields an excellent tasting dish even the first time you try it. Ingredients 1 Pound of Spaghetti1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil1/4 cup minced garlic1/2 cup white wine (dry preferred)1/2 Vidalia Onion (finely minced)4 tablespoons butter (cubed)1 teaspoon red pepper flakesSea SaltGround Black PepperParmesan cheese as garnish In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook spaghetti about 8 minutes until “al dente.” Be sure to stir the pasta to prevent it from sticking together. While your bringing the water to a bail.  Take a large saute pan add olive oil and bring to a medium-high heat.  Add garlic and onions and saute until onions are translucent. Next add the wine, butter and red pepper flakes.  Once this is combined, salt and pepper to taste. Finally add cl…

Learn More About How Pirates Make Rum

There's a recent article in the Tennessean, Uncommon experiences in coastal Outer Banks, N.C., that offers some Outer Banks must-see vacation stops, from the wild horses in Carova to hang gliding at Jockeys Ridge.

While most people are familiar with those, the article also provide an excellent background on one of the newer and more important places to make a stop on any Outer Banks vacation, the rum tour at Outer Banks Distilling.

Check out what they had to say:
Outer Banks Distilling Rum lovers are lining up for the “Molasses to Glasses” tour at Outer Banks Distilling, producers of Kill Devil Rum. This craft distillery was opened only last year by four guys who knew the beer brewing industry, but also had a passion for rum, which is enjoying a resurgence.

In the 17th century, rum was known as “Kill Devil,” and with Kill Devil Hills nearby, it seemed natural to open a distillery, playing on local stories about barrels of the spirit that frequently washed ashore after a shipwreck.

Update on the Bonner Bridge Replacement

Below is a video update from Dare County on the Bonner Bridge Replacement. More information on the Bonner Bridge can be found on the NCDOT site.

April Visit to the Outer Banks from White Shark Cisco

The OCEARCH Twitter had a pretty interesting tweet just a couple hours ago. Looks like the Outer Banks and particularly the Pamlico Sound could have a pretty good-sized visitor named Cisco.

8ft white shark @Shark_Cisco pings inside Pamlico Sound. He's most likely on the outside. We need another ping! — OCEARCH (@OCEARCH) April 14, 2017
You can track Cisco via his page on OCEARCH:

We doesn't agree with Chris Fischer.
Who doesn't love @CapeHatterasNPS No surprise @Shark_Cisco nearby.Likely on outside of beach mov'n N. Need another ping — Chris Fischer (@ChrisOCEARCH) April 14, 2017

A Few Things To Try on Your Next Outer Banks Vacation

The TravelWeek Canada blog has a list of; Twelve Things to do in North Carolina and particularly a few things that everyone should consider to do during their Outer Banks vacation.

Tour Coastal Wineries and VineyardsThe vibrant wine scene in North Carolina is perfectly suited to a road trip of several days. The outer banks are home to the Scuppernong River region, home of the scuppernong muscadine grape and the delightfully fruity wines it produces. Wineries with tours, gift shops and restaurants exist up and down the coast. 

Have a Blast on the WaterOver 300 miles of warm waters and blue skies make up the North Carolina coastline, making watersports one of the premier activities for vacationers in the state. Scuba divers are attracted by the shipwrecks that litter the coast, “the graveyard of the Atlantic;” stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are popular ways to explore, and kiteboarding is a great way to catch some air. 

Visit Coastal LighthousesFor a more laid back trip, and a chanc…

Best Umbrella for the Outer Banks

After many years and even more umbrellas someone turned us on to the Sport-Brella Umbrella just over 2 years ago and we haven't looked back. Having little kids on the beach it was great to create a shelter and keep the blowing sand of your back.

It has definitely held up to the relentless winds several times and its unique design allows it to handle the bigger gusts. Haven't had to chase it down the beach ever, so that is an added bonus.

It has been a versatile purchase and is included on all our OBX camping and fishing trips. Definitely the best Outer Banks umbrella we have come across so far.

Someone recently mentioned that they preferred using a Neso Tents over a Sport-Brella while they were vacationing on the Outer Banks. We have been using a Sport-Brella for the last several years, and have never had a complaint.

We are probably going to have to replace our beach umbrella after the Summer and are now torn, should we give the Neso Tent a try or stick with the Sport-Brella…

Will the Outer Banks Waterpark Have an Effect on Real Estate

We reported back on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 that a proposed water park could be coming to Currituck County. It has now been reported by multiple news stations that the water park has been approved and it is slated to open in 2017. We recently posted an update on waterpark construction.
From reports it seems that the water park will handle up to 5,000 visitors a day. It could be quite the positive change for the area, as one of the criticisms the area faces is the lack of things to do for vacationers. The ability to give an additional 5,000 people an outlet for family fun is great. From initial reports it seems like the park is going to have a very Outer Banks kinda-theme with lighthouses, pirate ships, and more. Wavy-TV writes: Right now, the plans are to construct an 80 acre park just 2 miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge in lower Currituck County. The nautical theme of the water park will draw inspiration from local icons and history, including lighthouses, famous pirate s…

Outer Banks Waterpark Construction Update April 2017

Outer Banks Real Estate Consultant Mike Bishal of Great Escapes Realty,, sent in the picture above of the on-going construction of the Outer Banks waterpark. It has been reported, that the waterpark could eventually be the largest in the nation encompassing almost 95 acres.

The Virginian-Pilot also recently reported on the on-going construction,
The dozens of bright yellow curved tubes on the ground soon will be connected into slides bearing names like Dune Runner, Wild Horse Run and Storm Chaser, filled with water and children screaming with delight.  Bulldozers move earth into the right places on the 95-acre property roughly a 6-mile drive from the Outer Banks beaches. Carpenters erect the wood frames of buildings that will house restaurants, souvenir stores and candy shops. Contractors pour concrete pads for the bases of rides and other attractions.  The $46 million H2OBX Waterpark under construction in southern Currituck County will include more than 20 s…

Amazing Video on the Outer Banks