Outer Banks Vacation Blog

Kitty Hawk Dog & Skate Park

The town of Kitty Hawk is planning to build a county park. The park will consist of a skate park, fenced in dog park, playground, and picnic areas with grills. The park will be built on an 11.62 acre lot on the north side of Kitty Hawk Road. The town plans to have the park ready before the summer ... View the full post »

Windmill Point set to go out in a blaze of glory

The old Windmill Point Restaurant located in Nags Head is set to be burned down Saturday March 8th. The fire will be used as a fire training tool for local fire departments. Built in the late 1970's the building needed too much repair and had no buyer's willing to put the time and money ne... View the full post »

OBX Friday Fun Fact 3

Blackbeard the Pirate Edward Teach also known as Blackbeard the Pirate lived, pirated, and died on the Outer Banks. Blackbeard was very successful in his chosen occupation being a tall, intimidating man decorated with cutlasses and pistols. During combat, his beard was braided with ribbons and h... View the full post »

Mardi Gras Gala & Fundraiser Tonight

A Night of Music & Dancing 2011 Children @ Play Mardi Gras Gala & Fundraiser Sponsored by Outer Banks Chrysler Dodge Jeep You are cordially invited to attend The Children @ Play 1st Annual Mardi Gras Gala to benefit the Outer Banks Children’s Museum New Orleans style dinner, Jazz Band &... View the full post »

OBX Polar Plunge

Don't mind frostbite? Crazy enough to swim in the ocean during winter? Than I have the event for you! Come join the Outer Banks Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 19th and help raise money for the YMCA "We Build People" Scholarship Fund! This event will be fun for the whole family... View the full post »

Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and associated with the town of New Orleans. However, Mardi Gras is not just important to New Orleans but to other countries around the world. Here are just a few: Belgium: the most important day of the year. Canada: Quebec has a many Mardi Gras celebr... View the full post »

Much Needed Weekend Getaway!

If you've got the "winter blues", I would highly suggest a weekend getaway on the Outer Banks. My husband and I live in Kitty Hawk and recently spent a night at the First Colony Inn located in Nags Head. What a beautiful hotel! It is historic to the area and has all of the charm of a... View the full post »

Windmill Point Controlled Fire Photos

The Windmill Point Restaurant was set ablaze Saturday morning as scheduled. Reports say everything went as scheduled with no problem. Click here to see more photos from the Town of Nags Head.

OBX Friday Fun Facts 3

The first English child born in the New World was Virginia Dare on August 18, 1587, at Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island. Virginia Dare and the colonists of Fort Raleigh would become known as "The Lost Colony" . their disappearance still an unsolved mystery.

Oregon Inlet Shutdown

The build-up of sand around the Bonner Bridge has increased so much that there is talk about closing down access to recreational and commercial boat traffic. There just is not enough ocean depth for most vessels to pass through safely. If the area is closed, this would hurt the Outer Banks drastic... View the full post »

St. Patricks Day Parade this Sunday

Don't forget about the annual St. Patricks Day Parade this Sunday starting at 1pm. The parade will begin at MP 11.5 (Bladen St.) and ends at MP 10.5 (Driftwood). This year's parade is centered on celebrating anniversaries, particularly the Town of Nags Head 50th Anniversary. Children... View the full post »

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Why do we wear green on St. Patrick's Day? Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years it changed to green because St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Also, in the 1798 rebellion Irish soldiers wore... View the full post »

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The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which stands at 208-feet, is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. The beacon light can be seen 20 miles out to sea. Click Here to Read More.  

Elan gets a Fresh look!

A couple of weeks ago Elan installed a new beautiful sign in front of the building. Today, the building is getting painted with a purple roof and beige siding thanks to Tevepaugh Painting Company!. Next week we'll get the new purple shutters put on. The week after that, all new landscaping... View the full post »

Food Fight - NC vs KC

Anthony Bourdain, host of the TV show No Reservations, weighed in on barbecue in the latest Budget Travel magazine. He put N.C. barbecue up against Kansas City barbecue and guess who the winner was....North Carolina of course! He said "It's so minamilist dressed with only a little bit of ... View the full post »

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Spring Break Travel Trends

Here are some spring break statistics for 2011 given by AOL. Click here to read the full results.

OBX Family Weekend

What a beautiful weekend on the Outer Banks! The sun was shining, weather warm and so many events to attend. I was reminded this weekend of just how great the Outer Banks is to live and raise your family. Saturday began with some spring Yard Sales. Then the kids and I ventured over the bridge ... View the full post »

Best Deals by Travel & Leisure

Travel & Leisure magazine listed their Reader Exclusives for the March 2011 issue and listed The Sanderling Resort & Spa in Duck as a great deal. For just $550, you get two nights at the resort & spa, daily breakfast, a crabbing excursion and outdoor astronomy lesson with milk and ... View the full post »

Corolla Charter School

Last year, Corolla lost out on the chance to become the 100th Charter School in the state. This year, parents are hoping that Senate Bill 8 will expand the 1996 Charter School law to allow funding for more than just 100 schools. If the bill is passed, it will also allow a school to open with less ... View the full post »

Chesapeake approves Expressway toll increase

This summer the Chesapeake Expressway toll will increase almost three-fold from it's current $2 toll each way. Weekends - $6 Weekdays - $3 This increase has been discussed for a long time but was just put into effect after the City Council passed it last Tuesday. ... View the full post »

OBX Friday Fun Facts 5

Jockey's Ridge Jockey's Ridge State Park, located in Nags Head, is the home of the highest sand dune on the East Coast with peaks at more than 90 feet. It is also ever changing due to the winds on the Outer Banks. Click here for more details.  

NC Gardens

Spring time is so beautiful with the flowers and trees in bloom...especially the state flower for NC, the Dogwood. Some of the best places to see spring in bloom are the NC Gardens. Here are just a few to add to your list: 1. Elizabethan Gardens (Manteo) 2. Magic Winds Butterfly House &... View the full post »

NC Bluefin Record broken after 16 years

On March 12, a man from Waverly, VA caught an 805 lb bluefin tuna breaking the 16 year long record of 744 lbs. It took Schultz over 2 hours and 100 yards of line to reel in the fish. Click here to read the full article. NC Sportsman article.

Whalehead Club Future Plans

According to The Virgnian Pilot, The Whalehead Club plans to use their sunset views to pull in more tourist visits just like they do in Key West at Mallory Square. Other considerations are a caretaker's house for events, a vendor area and an ampitheater. Although these improvements would bring... View the full post »

Elan's Renovations are Complete!

We've been updating you on the renovations of the Elan building over the last month and they are finally complete. The building looks beautiful with it's fresh coat of paint, purple roof, purple shutters, landscaping and new sign. Tell us what you think!