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OBX Fun Friday Fact 10

The cemetery on Ocracoke island is officially located on British soil. It contains the graves of British sailors washed ashore after the wreck of the HMS Bedfordshire during WW2.

Bodie Island Spit closed to off road vehicles

Bodie Island Spit at Oregon Inlet has been closed to off road vehicles after National Park Service staffers found evidence of colonial waterbird breeding behavior. The beach is closed to vehicle and pedestrian access beginning 8 tenths of mile south of Ramp 4. About 9 tenths of a mile of the sho... View the full post »

Outer Banks Restaurant Week 2011

Outer Banks Restaurant Week was created for you because we know you love The Outer Banks and you love to eat! No pretense or snobbery here — it’s all about our local chefs serving up delicious cuisine in some of the area’s best venues. Outer Banks Restaurant Week gives local food ent... View the full post »

Jennette's Pier Grand Opening - 1 Week to Go!

The Grand Opening of the Jennette's Pier is scheduled for May 21 at 10:45am. Although the process has hit some speed bumps, it has not stopped or prolonged the opening date. There has been some controversy over the $12 fee to fisherman versus FREE admission to walkers. It seems that wit... View the full post »

Kitty Hawk Kites expands to Jarvisburg

Kitty Hawk Kites plans to expand its popular hang gliding school to include grassy airstrips in Jarvisburg, where it could attract tourists from the Outer Banks and boost the local mainland economy. Flights are set to begin next spring on 75 acres behind The Cotton Gin, a clothing and gift store ... View the full post »

Will Gas Prices effect the Summer Economy?

With gas prices on the rise, the big question on the Outer Banks is "Will it effect vacationer's summer plans?" According to an article on Outer Banks Voice, the economic forecast is up in the air. Most travelers have already made their vacation plans and Outer Banks occupancy rates are... View the full post »

Summer 2011 Travel Survey

TripAdvisor announced the results of its annual summer travel survey of more than 2,000 U.S. respondents. Eighty-six percent of travelers are planning leisure trips this summer; up from 83 percent that said they traveled last summer. While most Americans appear committed to taking vacations this s... View the full post »

Hang gliding business started in an old garage

On March 31, Kitty Hawk Kites announced that Kitty Hawk Sports, an Outer Banks icon that began in 1981 but traces its roots even further into the past, would henceforth be known as Kitty Hawk Surf Co. I was thinking about how to report the story when local marketing guru Kathy Sparrow sent a... View the full post »

Kyle Petty charity ride rolls into Nags Head

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America rolled into Nags Head right on time, arriving for lunch at the Lone Cedar precisely at 12:30 p.m. Petty’s group included several support trucks, cars, and a satellite television command post. After the riders dismounted, Petty gave som... View the full post »

South Nags Head Beach Nourishment Starting Early

An offshore dredge headed to the Outer Banks is expected to start pumping sand onto the Nags Head beach next week, getting the town’s $34 million nourishment project started ahead of schedule. Pumping was not set to start until the beginning of June. On Wednesday, crews for con... View the full post »

Jennette's Pier - Sneak Peak

With a $25 million price tag, the facility is impeccably constructed, with details down to the wooden lighthouse anchoring the bannister to the second floor, the tilework running up the faux chimney above the gas fireplace in the elegant reception room and the image of a Spanish mackerel cr... View the full post »

Local Ocacroke Teacher Wins Jeopardy!!

Ocracoke teacher Charles Temple woke up this morning tired, happy, and $100,000 richer. On Friday night, he won the first-ever ‘Jeopardy’ The Teachers Tournament. Along with that came $100,000, as well as a guaranteed spot in the Tournament of Champions airing later th... View the full post »

Outer Banks Relay for Life Recap

Outer Banks Relay for Life was a hit again this year with over 50 teams. Dare County has always taken Relay for Life seriously. Many may be surprised to know that on a per capita basis, Dare’s Relay for Life has ranked at or near the top of the nation for several years running in fund rais... View the full post »

Disability Friendly Trail at Nags Head Woods

According to an article it the Coastland Times on May 17th, the Nature Conservancy will unveil a new trail for people with disabilities. The trail will also be great for families with children in strollers. The ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place on June 8th at 1:00pm. Construction was p... View the full post »

America's Favorite Seafood Dives

According to Coastal Living magazine, they listed the top Seafood Dives across the country in their latest issue. Among the three listed for North Carolina was Tortugas' Lie in Nags Head. "With its island atmosphere, large libations, and epicurean options (grilled yellowfin tuna with gar... View the full post »