Outer Banks Vacation Blog

OBX Friday Fun Facts - April Fool's Day

The history of April Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1. ... View the full post »

Top 25 US Beaches

Nags Head, NC ranked #23 for Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice 2011. With 11 miles of beautiful beaches, how could it not! Myrtle Beach SC ranked #1 and Virginia Beach ranked #14. Click here to read the rest of the beaches that ranked.

Hatteras Lighthouse Opening Day

The first day of climbing the Hatteras Lighthouse this year is set for April 15th. Climbing hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm and the first day of climbing is FREE!!!! All other days will require a fee of $7 for adults and $3.50 for children and senior citizens. Click... View the full post »

OBX Friday Fun Fact 6

Duck was ranked as one of the "Top Beaches" in America by the Travel Channel.

Endangered Whale Washes Ashore in Nags Head

A North Atlantic Right Whale washed ashore in Nags Head last Sunday. A team performed an autopsy on the whales remains to see what the cause of death was. These whales are critically endangered and was just one of 300-400 known to still be living. Click here for more information about the No... View the full post »

Nourishment is officially a go for Nags Head

Other than the weather or equipment failure, no more obstacles appear to be in the way of Nags Head starting to pump sand onto 10 miles of beach this spring and finishing by October. Pending litigation will not affect the timetable, and the state has approved a financing plan, Town Manager C... View the full post »

Salvo to get a 60-room motel

Last Monday, Dare County board approved a 60-room motel to be built on a 10 acre lot in Salvo. The project will also consist of a 21 seat restaurant, an 18-hole miniature golf course and a boat operation at the current marina on the soundside. The main concern with this project was noise and... View the full post »

Cheapest OBX Gas

Last night Hess station in KDH had gas for $3.61 a gallon. This was the least expensive I found on the beach last night. Let me know if you find any place better.

Judge to review Beach Driving

Back in 2008, beach driving on Cape Hatteras National Seashore was banned due to lawsuits by environmental groups. This Thursday, a judge will review the decree that governs the use of Off Road Vehicles. Click here to read the full article.

Problems at Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet is a fishing village that relies heavily on the use of the inlet. Over the last year and half, the sand has been building up in the inlet. If the inlet loses just another 2 1/2 feet of depth, boats will not be able to go through cutting off access for boating and fishing industries. ... View the full post »

OBX Friday Fun Facts 7

The Outer Banks are part of the "Atlantic flyway". Pea Island is renowned for its year round birding. Mid-November and December are the best months to observe southward migrations. Some of the birds you may see include Peregrines, Glossy and White ibises, American Bitterns, Black and Surf scoters,... View the full post »

2011 OBX Taste of the Beach

This year, the Taste of the Beach was a huge success. Ticket sales increased by 30% and plans for the 2012 event are already under way for March 15-18th. The long weekend included 75 seperate events with wine tastings, cooking classes and tapas crawls. We can't wait to see whay they have... View the full post »

Outer Banks Tornado's

Saturday night, the Outer Banks experienced some crazy weather and frightening weather. There were tornado warnings and watches until 11:00pm that night. Tornado's were said to have touched down on the mainland in Powell's Point and also in Duck. Click here to read the full article.

OBX Bike Week Events for Wednesday

What a beautiful day on the Outer Banks today. Temps will be in the 70's and hopefully continue into tomorrow for some great Bike Week events. Fallen Rider Memorial Run - registration is at 9am at the Harley Davidson shop in Harbinger Corey Daniels Band at Harley Davidson 12-4pm Rela... View the full post »

Elan donates to the Bertie County Relief Drive

Elan Vacations is participating in the FFHS Bertie County Tornado Relief Drive. We'll be donating Easter Baskets, 20 Cases of Water and gently used clothing. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families! If you would like to participate, visit First Flight High Schools webpage... View the full post »

Commercial Building in Swan Beach?

Developer, Gerald Friedman, is trying to build commercial buildings in Swan Beach. The rezoning bid has been denied twice before but Friedman is not giving up. Friedman's 26 acres was set aside back in 1969 for commercial use but the four-wheel drive area was rezoned residential in 1970. ... View the full post »

Earth Day Tomorrow!

Earth Day is a time to appreciate the beautiful planet we live on promote the importance of keeping it that way. There are many great causes and charities so we cannot list them all but here are just a few that affect the Outer Banks! Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge The ... View the full post »

Outer Banks Easter Celebrations!

The Outer Banks is getting ready for a beautiful Easter weekend. Besides the typical things to do at the beach, this weekend offers many Easter Events. If you're lucky enough to be here this weekend, check them out: Easter Egg Hunt at Elizabethan Gardens 10am - 2pm Kitty Haw... View the full post »

Origin of the Easter Bunny

So what does a bunny have to do with Easter? Nothing. The Easter bunny was introdcued into the United States by German Settlers. They arrived in Pennsylvania during the 18th century and brought with them the tradition of "Oster Hawse" (Easter Bunny). According to the tr... View the full post »

Another Outer Banks

Lilias Morrison has ventured into the building of "green" houses. The house earned it's LEED certification and a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) score of 55 on a scale from 1 to 150. The lower the score the more efficient the house is. One innovation that was from Lilias's design wa... View the full post »

Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart Expansion

The Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart has had plans to expand since it was built in 1993. The plans are finally being finalized and construction is set to begin this fall and will be completed by spring 2012. The Wal-Mart will become a Wal-Mart SuperCenter. Details are unknown but typically a SuperCenter ... View the full post »

Was OBX Bike Week smaller this year?

According to local businesses, most felt the crowds were smaller this year. Events began on April 16th and ended on April 24th. The events were spread over several different locations from the Harley Davidson in Powells Point to Roanoke Island Festival Park so it may be difficult to tell if the ... View the full post »

Outer Banks Events - June 2011

June Events June 2-4 6th Annual Tuna Round-Up - The Tuna Round-Up is the kick-off event for the Pirate's Cove Big Game Tournament Series. The tournament is held annually the weekend after Memorial Day, with registration on Thursday and fishing on Friday and Saturday Pirates Cove June 11-12 2... View the full post »

Plastic Bag Ban gets temporary lift

A temporary lift on the plastic bag ban in Dare County has been passed for Food Lion. The company's warehouse in Dunn, NC was impacted by the tornado's last week. The lift on the ban is temporary for Food Lion but not in effect for other businesses within Dare, Currituck and Hyde coun... View the full post »

OBX Friday Fun Facts

The Bodie Island Lighthouse has stood guard over Oregon Inlet since 1848, but it has a chequered past. The first light started tilting to one side so much that the light stopped flashing. The second light in the lighthouse was blown up by Confederate troops in 1861. The third one is the present on... View the full post »

Corolla Approves New Recreational Area

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners approved a 6.9 acrea section in Corolla for an amphitheater, a miniature golf course, retail shops and a cafe. The approved area is across from the Whalehead Club by Corolla Light. Although many residents opposed the project, developer Rick Willis ... View the full post »