What Are Your Top Five Things To Do On Hatteras Island?

We all know that there are so many wonderful things to do here on Hatteras Island. Our pristine, family-friendly beaches and quaint villages offer a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy while visiting us.

The Huffington Post recently listed its top “5 Free Things to do on Hatteras Island.” It is no surprise that spending time enjoying the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is top on the list. There is nothing quite like a day at the beach for exploring, relaxing, and playing in the surf!

The Huffington Post list also includes: a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where admission is free, although donations are encouraged; attending programs offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge; visiting Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses (there is a fee to climb them, but not to walk around the grounds); and taking a free ferry ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island for the day.

We would love to hear what you and your family like to do while visiting us! What are your Top 5 Things to do on Hatteras Island? Please share them with us on our Surf or Sound Facebook and Twitter pages, and follow us on Pinterest to see of few of ours!






Full Moon Climbs of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse This Week

Did you know that you can climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at night? The National Park Service offers full moon climbs of the lighthouse throughout the year as a special experience for Hatteras Island visitors and the local community.


The last Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb of the season is on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Two tours will be available on Thursday evening; one at 7:30 p.m. and a second at 8:30 p.m. The tours are limited to 30 people each and sell out quickly. So make plans to buy your tickets early!

Tickets will go sale beginning Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the lighthouse ticket booth. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children (11 years of age and under), and $4 for seniors (62 and older).

As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, climbers will need to bring flashlights to navigate the 257 stairs to the top. Park rangers will share stories of the lighthouse keepers of old during the climb. Outside on the lighthouse balcony, climbers will experience viewing the reflection of full moon on the Atlantic Ocean and the lighthouse’s beam of light reaching out to sea (weather permitting).

For more information and things to know before you climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at night, visit the National Park Service website or give them a call at 252-473-2111.


Surf or Sound Realty Enjoys 13th Annual HICF Dance

On Saturday, April 6th, several members of the Surf or Sound Realty team gathered at the Hatteras Civic Center in Hatteras Village for the 13th Annual Spring Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Dance. As always, a great time was had by everyone in attendance! It was a fun-filled evening of good food, good music, and good company, all for a GREAT cause!

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an all-volunteer group, provides support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island. To date, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has assisted over 80 islanders with cancer and their families with grants in excess of $450,000. In addition to financial assistance, HICF also provides community outreach through monthly support group meetings with educational and informational guest speakers.


2nd Annual Hatteras Island Community Fair

On Saturday, May 11th, the grounds of the Cape Hatteras Secondary School will be transformed into the Hatteras Island Community Fair, a playground for all ages! For a second year, community organizers have joined together to provide a fun-filled event for Hatteras Island locals and visitors from 1-7pm in Buxton. Throughout the fair there will be games, rides, several food vendors, and live entertainment! Let’s continue to make this a much anticipated annual event! Check out the Hatteras Island Community Fair Facebook page for details…


The Graveyard 100 Ultramarathon Results are in!

On Saturday, March 9th, runners set out to conquer 100 miles of Outer Banks terrain from Corolla to Hatteras village without knowing which 100 miles they would traverse. Due to strong storms earlier in the week, causing NC Hwy 12 to close intermittently for days, the 100-miler turned into an out-and-back course 4 hours after the start of the race due to road conditions south of the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. Runners ran up to the bridge then headed back to Corolla in 15-20 mph headwinds, where after passing the finish line they had to run 2 additional miles out the beachfront and back to complete the course.

The first place seat goes to Valmir Nunes of Ebensburg, PA who finished in 13 hours, 48 minutes, and 34 seconds! Can we say AMAZING?!?! Connie Gardner of Medina, OH represented the ladies with a stong 15 hour, 33 minutes, 12 second finish! Congrats, Connie! Male 100k Champion Trevor Hall finished in 13 hours and 15 minutes! With the goal of the race being, “To make the most difficult race possible out of seemingly easy terrain,” we are elated that so many runners participated and were up for the challenge!

We are very proud of all of our runners this year, especially Danielle Ranno, the only Hatteras Island resident to participate in the race! Danielle finished in 24 hours, 57 minutes, and 19 seconds. Way to go, Danielle!!!

For Graveyard 100 inspiration, check out this year’s photo gallery and race results. Start training for for next year’s race which will take place on March 8th, 2014! “Will the Graveyard sink YOU?”


Hatteras Storytelling Festival: Yarn Tellin’, Foot Tappin’ – Hatteras Style

What exactly is a storytelling festival?
It’s often an annual event that features local, regional, and/or nationally recognized oral storytellers. Each storyteller is allotted an amount of time to share stories with their audience. The featured storytellers are often professional performing artists however; semi-professional or amateur storytellers may also be included in the festival.

What should you expect during the inaugural Hatteras Storytelling Festival?
The first-ever Hatteras Storytelling Festival, May 3rd-5th in Hatteras Village, will be a unique event for the Outer Banks as nothing like this has been done before on such a large scale. The 3-day festival presented by Our State magazine will feature one of America’s most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake, as well as many other well-known and local storytellers alike. In addition to yarn tellin’, live music will be provided by Clifford Swain and Banjo Island for foot tappin’ Hatteras style! You will also have the opportunity to explore the quaint village of Hatteras. Make plans to visit local shops and galleries, enjoy Hatteras Island cuisine at local eateries, and mingle with local islanders.

Event Details:
Participating Storytellers include:
Connie Reagan-Blake – one of America’s most celebrated storytellers
Clyde Edgeron – author of 10 novels and numerous short stories including his recently published novel Night Train
Bland Simpson – author, storyteller, professor, and member of The Red Clay Ramblers
Tom Carlson – author of Hatteras Blues
Ben Cherry – AKA Blackbeard the Pirate

Click here for a schedule of events…
**Most events will take place at the Hatteras Civic Center, 56658 NC Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC, unless otherwise noted on the schedule.**

Get your tickets!
Full Festival Weekend, Friday-Sunday: $100
Friday only: $75
Saturday only: $75
Sunday only: FREE! Those with full festival weekend tickets will receive top priority to Sunday’s events.
Click here to purchase tickets…

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Outer Banks history and celebrate one of North Carolina’s most beautiful places! Click here to learn more about Hatteras Island…

Stay tuned for updates as the festival quickly approaches! We look forward to seeing you in May!

For more information visit: www.HatterasYarns.com


St. Patrick's Day Weekend on the Outer Banks

You might be LUCKY enough to be spending St. Patrick’s Day weekend on the Outer Banks…If this is the case, as luck would have it, there are a few festive events to attend so be sure to pack your green!

Indian Town Art Gallery St. Patrick’s Day Sale: Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th, Frisco.
The gallery will be open 10am-5pm with items marked 20-50% off with some items being offered below cost!

St. Baldrick’s Day on Hatteras Island: Saturday, March 16th, 3-6pm, Avon Fire Station, 40159 Harbor Road, Avon.
Help raise money for childhood cancer research! With a minimum $25 donation, participants will shave their heads to show support of children undergoing chemotherapy and will receive a 2013 St. Baldrick’s Day T-shirt! Bake sale goodies will be available for “non-shavees” as well! Don’t miss a fun event for a great cause! Be Brave and Shave!!! Sponsored by Avon Surf Shop and Kinnakeet Civic Association. For questions or more information about St. Baldrick’s Day, please call Jennifer Harmon at 252-305-2172.

Beer Tasting: Saturday, March 16th, 4pm, Lee Robinson’s General Store, Hatteras.

OBX Taste of the Beach: March 14-17th.
Four Days of FOODIE fun! This grand food festival will feature awesome cooking classes, brewery tours and tastings, multi-course fine wine dinners, oyster roasts, new NC BBQ Showdown, tapas crawls, beer-pairing dinners, and much more! Come see why Coastal Living magazine named it one of the TOP TEN Seafood and Wine Festivals in the Country! Tickets and more information are available at www.obxtasteofthebeach.com.

Kelly’s 24rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 17th.
We may not be full-blooded Irish, but we do host the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North Carolina. Over 1,500 participants and approximately 10,000 spectators enjoy an afternoon filled with floats, live music, marching bands and creative marching, walking and motorized units. Wear your green and bring your luck to this Shamrock tradition. MP 11.5 – 10.5, Beach Road.

6th Annual Shamrock Car Show: March 14-17th, First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills.
Car enthusiasts start your engines for this Saint Patrick’s Day tradition! The 6th Annual Shamrock Car Show boasts plenty of activities for everyone including the Poker Run, Car, Bike and Truck Show, and more! www.firstflightcrusiers.com

Kelly’s 5th Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K: Saturday, March 16, 8:30am.
Runners and walkers embark on an 8K point to point course including road and trail, for a share of Kelly’s “pot of gold”, Green Glory and fun! Awards and post race celebration and hospitality is held immediately following the race at Kelly’s Tavern, Nags Head. Click here for more info.


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!


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!


Cownose Rays

Are you intrigued by the rays that cruise the waters of the eastern seaboard?

Join Mr. Robert Fisher of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on Monday, February 11th at 7pm at the Fessenden Center in Buxton or on Tuesday, February 12th at 7pm at the Ocracoke Community Center. Mr. Fisher will discuss his research on the Cownose Ray which will include displays, underwater video, and other imagery.

Take advantage of this free program to learn more about our fascinating coastal environment!