09/26/13

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!

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09/9/13

Hatteras Island Has Been Listed As One of the World's Top Surf Spots by CNN.com

Surfing on Hatteras Island

 

Hatteras is well-known for its world-class surfing beaches. With 70 miles of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, it’s easy to find a spot where the surf’s up. This fact wasn’t lost on the folks at CNN.com who recently recognized our Hatteras Island beaches as one of the “World’s 50 Best Surf Spots“.

Almost any storm or swell that makes its way across the Atlantic Ocean will produce waves and draw surfers from all throughout the United States. Popular surf breaks include: the S-Curves at Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe, Old Road in Avon, the Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier in Frisco, and Buxton’s Lighthouse Beach. Of course, with miles and miles of seashore to explore, it’s not hard to find a break all to yourself.

Surfing season for experienced surfers is typically in the fall and spring when storms and low pressure systems bring large swells. The summer months bring smaller waves and are perfect for beginning surfers. Surf shops abound on Hatteras Island where you can rent a board, take lessons from surfing pros, and purchase gear.

With our pristine beaches, awesome surf, and miles of coastline, it is easy to see why Hatteras Island surfing ranks right up there with some of the best surf spots in the world!


08/27/13

Where Did the Name "Salvo" Come From?

Hatteras Island History – Where Did the Name “Salvo” Come From?

The Hatteras Island Village of Salvo has recently been featured by HamptonRoads.com as part of its “What’s in a Name” series. The story overviews Salvo’s role in the U.S. Civil War and how the events of the time caused this seaside village to earn its name.

In October 1861, Confederate troops tried to retake Hatteras Island by attacking a Union regiment which was based near where the village of Salvo is today. As the skirmishes went back and forth, in what was called the “Chicamacomico Races”, the Union positioned the ship Monticello near the coast and set to bombing the Confederate forces on Hatteras Island. According to Hatteras historian Danny Couch, the ship’s captain instructed his deck officer to “Give them one more salvo for good measure” as the Union ship was departing. (A “salvo” is a simultaneous discharge of weapons, bombs, or cannons.) According to several accounts, the Union did not have an official name for the area being bombed, so it become known as Salvo after the Union captain’s departing order.

Salvo was officially recognized by the federal government in 1901 with a new post office, which remained open until 1992. Salvo is one of the seven villages that is part of Hatteras Island.

Read the complete story, “What’s in a Name? Salvo, NC“.

 

This old post office in Salvo, N.C., was used through the early 1990s.
(Steve Earley | The Virginian-Pilot)

 


08/19/13

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Featured on CNN.com

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has recently been featured on CNN.com’s weekly “Summer in the Park” Series. The series spotlights the country’s most popular national parks and gives insider recommendations from park rangers.

CNN interviewed Patrick Gamman, the district interpretive ranger for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, who revealed his favorite things to see and do. If you come for a day, don’t miss the seashell hunting, touring a lighthouse, or watching the sunset over the Pamlico Sound. Ranger Gamman’s “Favorite less-travelled spot” at the Seashore is visiting the beach at nighttime to stargaze and watch ghost crabs. He also recommended a favorite spot to view wildlife, as well as answered several interesting questions including “Moment that made him smile”, “Oddest Moment in the Park”, and “A Ranger’s Request”. To find out what Ranger Gamman recommends, read the entire story on CNN.com’s website, “Life is a beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore“.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore was established in 1953 as the nation’s first national seashore. It encompasses over 70 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. For more information on the Seashore, click here.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Photo Credit:
National Park Service


04/18/13

Cheers to Beer! NC Celebrates Beer Month Across the State

This month North Carolinians are raising their glass to NC craft beer! Throughout the month of April, beer connoisseurs, professional brew masters, amateur brew masters, and even those people who simply enjoy the taste of a delicious craft brew will acknowledge and celebrate North Carolina brewed beer. With more than 60 microbreweries across the state, North Carolina is currently home to more breweries than any other state in the South. With that being said, the Outer Banks of North Carolina is lucky enough to be home to a few very unique breweries that are special in their own right.

Introducing North Carolina’s oldest continuously operating brewery in the state – Weeping Radish Brewery, Farm, & Butchery in Grandy, NC. On July 4th, 1986, Weeping Radish opened for business in the heart of Manteo after the owner, Uli Bennewitz worked with his local senator to pass a bill that would allow microbreweries to sell their own beer on site after 25 years of not being able to do so. In 2006, Weeping Radish Brewery, Farm, & Butchery moved to their Eco Farm in Currituck County.
True to his German roots, Bennewitz’s beer has always adhered to the German Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of being all natural and unfiltered with no chemicals or preservatives. Next time you’re traveling to the Outer Banks, stop by for a $5 brew tour on Wednesdays at 11am and sample the beer that NC beer writers, Win Bassett and Anne-Fitten Glenn selected as their “not-to-miss-tap,” Weeping Radish’s Black Radish Dark Lager, a dark German lager-style brew.

A little farther down the road is Outer Banks Brewing Stationin Kill Devil Hills, the nation’s 1st wind-powered brewery! In 1992, Peace Corp volunteers, Eric Reese, Aubrey Davis, and Tina Mackenzie brainstormed ideas based on their current interests and talents and envisioned an environmentally conscious restaurant and brewery. Eric’s love of the Outer Banks began during summers spent with his grandparents, which led to an interest from all parties of following through with their vision and making things happen!
The Brewing Station’s brew master, Scott Meyer out of Berkeley, California, is on hand for brew tours Fridays at 3pm. Formerly a vintner, Scott is a national and international gold medal winner in brewing competitions. Check out the brew master’s blog for a glimpse behind the scenes!
Check out their current beers on tap .
(A personal favorite is the Lemongrass Wheat Ale, a zesty golden hefeweizen infused with a potent smack of Lemongrass. The flavor is crisp, tart and refreshing – World Beer Cup Silver Medal winner!)

And last, but certainly not least (depending on your point of entry to the Outer Banks) is Full Moon Café and Brewery in downtown Manteo. This unique, upbeat eatery opened its doors in the fall of 1995 and has since added the brewery to its offerings. Specializing in British and Irish-style ales and stouts, Full Moon Café and Brewery uses a one barrel RIMS system filling one and two barrel fermenters.
Sign up for a brew tour before venturing to Roanoke Island and be sure to sample some of their delicious brews such as Lost Colony Ale, Baltimore Blonde, and Charon Stout. After the tour, dine with Full Moon Café and Brewery in charming downtown Manteo and be amongst the list of famous Full Moon patrons, such as Richard Gere, Jimmy Buffet, and Edward Norton.

Whether you share a love of craft brews or simply find the history of breweries intriguing and the craft of brewing just as interesting, we hope that you enjoy or have developed a new found fondness for NC crafts brews and the fine folks behind the more than 60 breweries across the state!

Cheers!

**PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY**


12/11/12

Jackets for Jersey

A little over a month since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, Cape Hatteras Secondary School DECA students are joining together to raise money to go towards the purchasing of coats and jackets for students at a school in Pine Island, New Jersey. While many residents in the Northeast continue to suffer the devastating effects of Sandy, a 6th grade teacher in Pine Island is reaching out for help.

DECA students are seeking local support from businesses and individuals, while planning a few fundraisers to help raise money for the cause. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Attn: Evan Ferguson – DECA, P.O. Box 948, Buxton, NC 27920. Please be sure to write Jackets for Jersey in the memo. Businesses and individuals who make a donation will be mentioned on the Jackets for Jersey Facebook page, as well as the DECA publication for the state of North Carolina.

Local DECA students are planning to travel to New Jersey on January 17th to present the check to Pine Island students.


11/8/12

So Long Sandy!

If you’ve never been through a hurricane, the feeling is somewhat difficult to describe. There is a heightened sense of awareness. Obviously, Hatteras Island has experienced many devastating, dangerous storms but this storm was not “ours”. This storm delivered the biggest blow to the people of the Northeast; New Jersey, New York and numerous other communities along the northeastern shores. Our heart and sympathies go out to those affected by this storm.

Hatteras Island did not fully escape Sandy’s lashing. However, as storms go, you will hear many locals say, “This could have been a lot worse”. In the wake of Irene, the storm that hit our area just over a year ago, many homeowners and locals alike are grateful that it wasn’t.

The charity that our visitors bestow upon us year after year and storm after storm should not go without mention and cannot be more appreciated. It is such a comfort to know that when stranded out here on the sandbar, there are people on the other side trying with all their might to come to our aid, lend a hand and pitch in to get Hatteras Island back to its former beauty.

Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks community, even though still confronting the challenges of Sandy ourselves, has sprung into action and is sending aid to those friends in the Northeast, that have so many times sent aid to us. This is the very fabric of Hatteras showing her true colors. Gratitude, charity and hard work to shelter everyone from the wind and the rain of times like these. We will continue to offer help as long as it is needed.

Click here to view a collection of our Hurricane Sandy photos!


09/19/12

Arrr you Arrrmed with pirate lingo? International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! Today marks the 10th Anniversay of International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It’s only fitting that we acknowledge Blackbeard’s stint in the waters off of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands by amusing ourselves and our friends by talking like a pirate instead of ye ol’ landlubber!

On June 6, 1995, friends John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) began using pirate lingo while playing a game of racquetball and were having so much fun that they then decided to parlay this phenomenon into a new world holiday. The date Sept. 19 was chosen because it was Mark’s ex-wife’s birthday, and the only date that came to mind at the time, besides Christmas and Superbowl Sunday, which were obviously already taken.

The first seven Talk Like a Pirate Days were celebrated amongst Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy and their closest friends. The two friends soon realized it would be a great idea to spread the word of this fine day and make it official. National humor columnist, Dave Barry, received word of the holiday and paid homage to it in a 2002 column. Avast! Talk Like a Pirate Day started gaining international appeal!

HOW TO TALK LIKE A PIRATE
Check out this list of terms and phrases and be sure to partake in International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Ahoy!- “Hello”
Avast!- Stop and give attention or used as a sense of surprise. “No way!”
Aye- “Yes, I agree.”
Arr!- There are many meanings such as, “Yes.” “I agree.” “I’m happy.” “I’m enjoying…”
Shiver me timbers!- An exclamation of surprise, as when a ship hits something causing everything to shake.
Heave ho!- “Give it some muscle and push it!”
Thar she blows!- Signifies a whale sighting.
Shipshape- “Cleaned up and under control.”
Touch and go- Refers to briefly running aground, or two ships coming aboard to transfer mail or passengers, both risky propositions.
Pipe down- Most 18th century ships had a lights-out rule, indicated when the bosun’s pipe sounded. Even pirate ships had a set time when those who were not on watch were expected to go to bed.
Mind your Ps and Qs- Refers to tavern keepers who would extend credit to sailors and would keep track of how many pints or quarts of ale their customers consumed.
Batten down the hatches- Saying used to let everyone aboard know to put everything away on the ship and to tie everything down because a storm is brewing.

Now, that ye ol’ pirate vocabulary is in shipshape, go out there and spread the word of this fun-filled holiday!


09/18/12

Possible Suspensions or Delays on Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route

Below is information provided to us by the NCDOT today regarding possible suspensions or delays on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route. Please use the contact information at the end of the press release below if you are planning to travel this ferry route over the next few weeks.

RALEIGH — Travelers using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route could encounter delays, load weight restrictions and possible suspensions due to extreme shoaling of the Hatteras Inlet channel for the immediate future.

A threat of severe weather when a cold front moves through Tuesday, wind-driven tides and the narrow channel situation has created a safety issue that requires constant monitoring by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division.

The inlet was side-cast dredged back in May to address an immediate need and is slated to be pipeline dredged in several weeks by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Visitors to our area need to be apprised of the situation,” stressed Deputy Ferry Director Jed Dixon. He is calling upon local residents, businesses, restaurants, motels and vacation home rental agencies to assist in spreading the word.

Because of the shoaling issue, the Ferry Division today is running only its smaller Hatteras Class boats, which draw less water and are easier to maneuver in the shallow passage.

For up-to-date status on the situation at Hatteras, travelers can sign-up to receive messages on Twitter by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry or call the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353 for updates.

*** NCDOT***


06/20/12

Beach Access Legislation Passes in the House of Representatives

With the first day of summer upon us, we were ecstatic to hear that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4094, a bill to restore reasonable access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.

The bill, introduced by our Congressman, Walter Jones, was approved yesterday, June 19th, and passed in a 232 to 188 vote. H.R. 4094 was included in a package of bills grouped together under H.R. 2578, known as the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. The bill proposes the reinstatement of the Interim Management Plan that was in place prior to the restrictive consent decree and ORV Rule implemented by the National Park Service.

We can’t get too excited yet because before this can occur, the companion bill in the Senate needs to pass and then President Obama needs to sign it.

The 2008 consent decree imposed rigid and severe beach access restrictions that have hurt the local economy and limited the Superintendent from utilizing an active managment approach that would better help wildlife at the seashore.

Chairman Warren Judge, who testified before a Congressional subcommittee urging the passage of H.R. 4094, stated, “It will provide reasonable recreational access in a way that utilizes science based resource management for shorebirds and turtles.” Judge added, “H.R. 4094 represents a true win-win situation for both people and wildlife.”

A companion bill has been sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Senator Richard Burr and Senator Kay Hagan. Senate bill 2372 will be the subject of a Congressional hearing next week.

We are very grateful to our Congressman, Walter Jones, and all of you who have exerted time and energy to this cause. Thank you!