02/28/13

Graveyard 100 Ultramarathon set for March 9th

The best endurance runners in the world will be on the Outer Banks March 9th for the Graveyard 100 Ultramarathon. The Graveyard 100 is two races: 100 miles point-to-point or 100k point-to-point. Yes, you read that correctly: 100 miles!

A portion of all entry fees will be donated to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to further the preservation, advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks.

The 100 mile run extends the length of the Outer Banks and is 100.7 miles point-to-point starting “where the road begins” and highway 12 starts at the edge of the sand in Corolla. Runners will then travel south the entire length of the paved highway on Bodie Island and the entire length of paved highway on Hatteras Island, viewing much of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore via historic Hwy 12. Runners will end at the “end of the road” on Hatteras Island adjacent to the Ocracoke Island Ferry and directly in front of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

100 mile finishers will receive Gold finishers’ belt buckles, a Silver (under 24 hour) belt buckle or a special silver champion’s buckle.

The 100k course starts at Hargrove St. public beach access on South Old Oregon Inlet Rd. at 3pm, is 63 miles long and has a 20 hour cutoff. 100k runners will follow the remainder of the 100 mile route through Bodie Island Lighthouse park, over Bonner Bridge, down Hatteras Island, through Hatteras Island Lighthouse park, finishing at the “end of the road” on Hatteras Island adjacent to the Ocracoke Island Ferry and directly in front of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

100k finishers will receive finishers’ medals or a special silver champion’s medal.

This year’s marathon includes runners from 25 states and 3 countries. The runners traveling the greatest distance are David Bayley and Traviss Wilcox from Great Britain. The average age of the 2013 participants is 42, with 68 being the oldest and 21 being the youngest.

For more information about the event, visit www.graveyard100.com. If you would like to volunteer, please email brandon@graveyard100.com

We welcome all of the runners and their friends and families to Hatteras Island in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina, where more than 1000 ships are recorded to have sunk off the coast.

Everyone at Surf or Sound Realty wishes the best of luck to all of the runners! See you at the finish line!


02/24/13

Stroll Down Memory Lane at the Outer Banks History Center

Located in Manteo within the Roanoke Island Festival Park complex is the Outer Banks History Center, a true gem for anyone who reserves a special place in their heart for the Outer Banks. The center came to fruition in 1986 when local writer and historian, David Stick, author of Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast and several other works, donated his personal library and research materials to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

The History Center is home to many collections including manuscripts, maps, photographs, books, personal and organizational papers, natural history, environmental sciences and so much more. Spend a day in the reading and reference room of the center where you have access to several worktables, an online catalog, audio-visual equipment, a microfilm reader-printer, and a photocopier. Each year the center responds to thousands of research requests from the general public to national media outlets, such as the History Channel, so contact them today!

During your upcoming vacation, make plans to attend the exhibit, “Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination,” starting March 1st and running through October 14th!

The History Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm (excluding state holidays and weather emergencies) and be sure to visit the Outer Banks History Center Gallery 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. (Check with Roanoke Island Festival Park for up-to-date information and hours concerning the gallery).

Visit the Outer Banks History Center for a true understanding of the Outer Banks culture and its people!


02/22/13

Fan Photo Friday

As his sister patiently waits for him to catch up, this little guy is charging the boardwalk to set foot on the beach for the very first time! Can you imagine what must go through the mind of child upon seeing such a huge expanse of water and an endless sandbox for the first time ever?

Thank you to Rebecca Buckner Carbis for submitting this priceless photo to our Facebook page!


02/21/13

Not just another day at sea…

On February 21, 1854, a 250-ton barkentine, Orline St. John, was dismasted in a strong gale off of Cape Hatteras. As heavy seas battered the large vessel and its crew, many people tried to seek refuge out of harms way. Concerned with their safety, several crew members tied themselves to the rigging in hopes of not being swept overboard. After the storm passed, the crew was left to fend for themselves for about 10 days before they were rescued. Unfortunately, four crew members did not return home.

Barkentine : a sailing ship of three of more masts with the foremast square-rigged and the others fore-and-aft rigged


02/18/13

Your 2013 vacation is right around the corner!

It never fails that towards the end of February, most everyone starts to get a little antsy in anticipation of warmer days ahead. We get tired of the short, chilly days of winter and look forward to longer days spent under the sun. This could be most anyone’s request at this late winter date, but if you’re like many people across the US, you’re more than ready to book your vacation getaway and it can’t get here soon enough!

Where will you go? When can you get there? Who will you bring along? What style of vacation rental home will best suit your needs? These are all questions that are sure to follow once you take the plunge and say “yes” to an annual family vacation!

If you’re having trouble deciding exactly where to go, your options include Hatteras Island, Hatteras Island, and Hatteras Island or you can view your choices as Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, or Hatteras. Either way you look at it, you’re sure to find a village and vacation rental home that welcomes you with open arms to your well-deserved beach vacation! Each village is spectacularly unique and offers it own special attractions and feel…

If you’ve ever talked to someone who has ventured to Hatteras Island on vacation, more than likely their first response will be, “Only __ more days until we return,” which is then followed by, “It was amazing,” and “I want to move there!” You get the picture…Hatteras Island is the perfect vacation destination! Miles of uncrowded beaches surrounded by natural beauty, many historical attractions, and endless opportunities to get out in the water in some of the most favorable conditions on the East Coast!

Take a minute to browse our website and see why Hatteras Island is THE place to VACATION! Along with an efficient and smooth booking process, we’re able to offer flexible payment options which allow you to budget as needed. You have the option of dividing your payments into 3 or 4 installments, as well as our Traditional 2-Day or Pay in Full terms. Click here for more info.

Request one of our 2013 Vacation Planners here.

We look forward to seeing you at the beach in 2013!


02/12/13

Shipwrecks…UNCOVERED

It’s that time of year again! Days on end of a strong “blow”, as native islanders would call it, tends to expose treasures that have remained hidden from the salty elements for many years. Whether you are in search of miles of phenomenal shelling, a scattering of sea glass, or treasures washed ashore from shipwrecks of yore, the beaches of Hatteras Island are the place to be!

The waters that surround our barrier island are known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to the convergence of two strong ocean currents, the Labrador and the Gulf Stream, as well as the treacherous, ever-changing Diamond Shoals. Thousands of ill-fated boats and their crews are said to have been lost near Cape Hatteras. Other factors leading to the grim total of ships lost to sea were the Civil War, German submarine attacks, as well as pirate attacks.

Many shipwrecks have found their home on the sea floor but there are a few that have been laid to rest on our shores. These mysterious pieces of maritime history can occasionally be seen as the sand shifts to uncover these treasures.

Take some time to treasure hunt while you’re here and see if you can locate one or more of the following shipwrecks on Hatteras Island:

Oriental 1862
Located seven miles south of Oregon Inlet campground or 30 miles north of Buxton. Park at Pea Island Comfort Station. Wooden remains are occasionally exposed, as well as a wooden bow which is located on the beach 1 mile north.

G.A. Kohler 1933
Located off of Ramp #27 on the beach.

Altoona 1878
Turn down Lighthouse Road in Buxton. Follow the road 1.7 miles to its end in the gravel parking lot. Walk over the ramp to the beach, then south along the beach 1/2 miles and west 1/4 mile to the bow of the Altoona.

The Pocahontas
Look for the parking area on the east side of NC Hwy 12, just south of the last building on the south end of Salvo, and 4/10 mile south of mile marker 43. The visible part of the wreck can be seen in the surf at high or low tide, but more is visible during low tide.

For more information on maritime history, be sure to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras!


02/7/13

Chowing Down on Hatteras Island in the Off-Season

The off-season is still a great time to visit Hatteras Island…Little to no traffic, secluded beaches, beautiful sunsets, and plenty of restaurants to offer up a heaping bowl of Hatteras Island Clam Chowder to warm your soul.

If you’re venturing to Hatteras Island during the month of February, we don’t want to leave you wondering if you’ll be able to enjoy a favorite meal at one of our quaint island establishments, so we’ve compiled a list for you to browse. Check out these restaurants while you’re on the island during the month of February and enjoy Hatteras-style dining any time of year!

In Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo, visit:
Good Winds Restaurant and Wine Bar, Open TUES.-SAT., Noon-8pm
Marilyn’s Deli (Located inside of Island Convenience), OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-3pm

In Avon, visit:
Oceana’s Bistro, Open EVERYDAY, 8am-9pm
Café 12, Open WED.-SUN., 11am-8pm
China Town, Open EVERYDAY, 10:30am-9:30pm
Gidget’s, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-8pm
La Fogota, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-9pm
Uglie Mugs Coffee, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-noon

In Buxton, visit:
Angelo’s Pizza, Open MON.-SAT., 11am-9pm
Hurricane Heather’s, Open WED.-SUN., 11:30am-9pm
Shipwreck Grill, Open EVERYDAY, 7am-3pm
Diamond Shoals Restaurant, Open, Call for hours – 995-5217
Pop’s, Open , Call for hours – 995-7734

In Frisco, visit:
Gingerbread House Pizza and Bakery, Open WED.-SAT., 4:30-8pm
Capt’n Rolo’s, Open TUES.-SAT., Open at 11am, LUNCH and DINNER

In Hatteras, visit:
Dancing Turtle Coffee, Open MON.-SAT., 6:30-noon
Hatterasman Drive-in, OPEN SUN.-THURS., 11am-3pm, FRI.&SAT., 11am-7pm
Saltwater Café, Open EVERYDAY, 11am-3pm
Sonny’s, OPEN EVERYDAY, 6am-2pm