Picture of the Week

There is nothing like the peaceful Hatteras Island sunrises!

Photos submitted by Bob Ricci. Here is what he had to say about them: “It was one of the most inspirational and sensational sunrises I think I’ve ever seen anywhere. I had a hard time telling the difference between the ocean, horizon & sky. I was out walking the dogs on the beach for quite a while during and after. What added to the experience as you know was the peace and tranquility that is prevalent this time of year plus having miles of beach all to ourselves…”
The photos were taken while staying at Sans Souci.


Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend March 17-20, 2011

Nags Head, NC (January 21, 2011) -The 2011 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend is right around the corner, March 17-20, 2011. The Outer Banks Restaurant Association (OBRA) has been hosting the Taste of The Beach for over 25 years.With over 50 individual events from Corolla to Manteo, the festival will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, tapas crawls, brewery tours and an exciting array of creative combinations of culinary delights and fun activities on the Outer Banks, culminating with the OBX Grand Tasting on Sunday, March 20 at Pamlico Jack’s Pirate Hideaway located on the Roanoke Sound waterfront in Nags Head, North Carolina.

“The grand finale of Taste of the Beach, the OBX Grand Tasting will be the hottest ticket in town. From 5:30pm to 9pm, twenty or so of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks together with the largest beverage vendors under one roof to give you the experience of a lifetime,” explains Ben Sproul, Chairman of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. “Restaurants will be competing for the 2nd Annual TOBY Awards, Best Booth, Best in Show, Best Outer Banks Cuisine, and the two top awards, the Chef and People’s Choice Awards.” The 2011 Taste of The Beach Weekend allows visiting and local foodies a chance to create a personalized itinerary of diverse culinary experiences and fun activities. A new calendar format, which participants have been asking for, allows someone to go and see all the events at one time making it easier to plan their culinary adventure! There is also a direct link on the home page to the ticket center at obxtasteofthebeach.com.

The Outer Banks has over 170 area restaurants that are rich in diversity and quality, and depending upon one’s culinary mood, diners can treat themselves to everything from the excellent local seafood to Italian, Mexican, Southwestern, French and more.

Several members of the Outer Banks Hotel Motel Association & the Outer Banks Association of Realtors are offering special Taste of The Beach weekend rates and packages over the long event weekend March 17-20, 2011. For more information on the 2011 Taste of The Beach contact Quinn Capps, with Capps Webster Marketing & Design at 252.480.3337 or via email at quinncapps@earthlink.net.

Outer Banks Restaurant Association


Hatteras Island Snow Storm

Hatteras Island had 6 inches of snow in some areas of the island on Saturday January 22nd 2011 according to the Weather Service after an entire day of snow fall with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. This was the biggest snow storm since 2003 when 10 inches of snowfall were recorded. This rare event was enjoyed by many islanders as you can see from the photos below submitted by Surf or Sound staff.


Picture of the Week

Your entire family deserves a vacation! Click here to see all of our dog friendly homes.

This photo was submitted on Facebook by Stephanie Horner. This is what she had to say about Harley’s vacation on Hatteras Island: “This is our 9 year old Husky Sheperd mix Harley! First time at the Outer Banks and he loved it there!! He especially liked chasing around the sand crabs in the evening until he got pinched in the nose!! He is going back with us in September!”


“Fee Free” Holiday Weekend at Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial will be joining other national park sites across the country in celebrating the up-coming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by waiving admission fees January 15-17, 2011.

Recently Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on seventeen selected dates through-out 2011. Fee free days will also be offered during National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13). Additional information can be found on line at http://www.nps.gov.

“Our national park system continues to provide opportunities for affordable family vacations close to home,” said Superintendent Mike Murray. “National parks are places for everyone to recreate, reconnect with nature, build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment, and to learn more about our great country.”

The staff of Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore encourages everyone to visit one of our national treasures this year. Enjoy exploring the nation’s site of first powered flight, the site of the first English settlement or our nation’s first national seashore.

Entrance fees are not charged at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

For more information on winter hours and available services, please visit the park’s websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/fora, and www.nps.gov/caha, or call 252-473-2111.



Hatteras Island Promoted at Wedding Show

Surf or Sound Realty had an exhibit booth at the annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo January 8th & 9th, hosted by the Outer Banks Wedding Association. Surf or Sound Realty staff attended the show to promote Hatteras Island as a destination wedding location.

“As Past President of the Wedding Association, I am excited to see the Outer Banks become such a highly sought-after destination wedding location, said Jessica Epping, Marketing Director for Surf or Sound Realty. “Due to its unique island appeal, natural beauty and variety of vacation homes that allow events, brides are asking for Hatteras Island specifically for their destination wedding,” says Epping, “It is an affordable escape to paradise!”

Surf or Sound Realty has premier beach wedding event homes that can accommodate up to 50 guests and an Event Coordinator to assist brides and help further promote Hatteras Island as a wedding destination. Wedding groups bring additional revenue and travel which can benefit every business on the island and throughout the Outer Banks.

For more information about destination weddings, family reunions, or group travel, please contact Marcia Laricos, Event Coordinator with Surf or Sound Realty at 800-237-1138 x122 or visit www.surforsound.com.