Greetings from the Outer Banks. We are experiencing a glorious Monday after we had a wonderful weekend of cooler than normal temperatures. This weekend temps were only in the 70’s after nearly 3 months of daily temps in the 90’s. In short – it has been a hot summer. This has been a great respite for a couple of days. Super surfin’ weather too as the waves were great.
By now you have no doubt heard that this week is the most popular viewing week for the Discovery Channel. It is Shark week on the television network, and it is the most popular week of viewing for the channel – by far. People have a real fascination with sharks.
Back in 2014 we released a blog article on how to avoid the traffic on you drive to the Outer Banks. After seeing how many people that article helped and reading everyone’s responses and tips, we’ve decided to update it. Anyone who has driven to the Outer Banks on a Saturday knows how bad the traffic can be during peak season. We’ve had reports saying the traffic was backed up 20 miles behind the Wright Memorial Bridge.
We’ve had a great few weeks of weather and festivities on the Outer Banks. Today is cooler than it has been recently, but it is expected to be in the 80 degree range for the rest of the week. A good week to go fishing!
No one has the same vision for the perfect vacation. Some may picture peace, quiet, and seclusion while others may picture plenty of activities close by. Regardless of what your ideal vacation looks like the Outer Banks has the perfect fit for everyone.
Yes, that delectable treat that has become synonymous with a visit to the Outer Banks is the star of our Memory Monday photo submission contest.
Special thanks to Jason Tucker of Sellersville, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue at the Corolla area vacation rental “Nauti and Nice” who shares his photo with us saying that after hearing about Duck Donuts for years he “finally made it” himself.
Jason reminds us that this very successful franchise (Duck Donuts claims to be the fastest growing donut shop in the country) which has taken off around the Outer Banks and has locations in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, and California among other locations that they also have a shop in Pennsylvania near where he lives.
We checked with the founder of Duck Donuts to confirm and indeed Duck donuts was started right here on the Outer Banks. Amazing story.
If you have not had the pleasure of going to Duck donuts yourself and don’t know what all the fuss is about you owe it to yourself to give it a try. There is just something about watching those little fritters being dropped into boiling grease right before your eyes, cooked while you are there, and then while the batter is freshly cooked you tell the attendant to put the toppings on while you watch. Peanut Butter, Icing, Chocolate, Coconut, Sprinkles – you name it and they will put it on the donut for you.
Thanks Jason for sending in your photo memories. We look forward to serving you again soon. I’m sure Duck donuts does as well.
All the best from the beach.
Not just any friends, but Lisa tells us that these ladies went to college together some 23 years ago, and all got back together with their respective families in Corolla.
We start with a picture of the group many years ago, compared to a photo taken just last week at the beach!
Then there is another shot of the group together on the beach from their stay.
Finally there is a shot of all of their offspring….wow…that is a good looking group! We wonder if they will all get back together in 23 years back here on the same beach?
Thanks Lisa for sending along your photo memories of your special gathering at one of our properties. We know that many of our guests have very special stories every week, and we work hard to make sure you create great memories just like this whenever you are here.
These pictures make us feel really good about what we do. Thank you again.
Keep in mind we want your photo memories. Every Monday we post a new picture(s) sent to us by guests. Each month we randomly choose one of those entries as our monthly winner to receive a $100 discount on your next year’s stay with us. Send us your photos today!
All the best from the beach!
We certainly enjoyed our family time in between getting all of our properties ready for the incoming crowds. This is a big week for visitors on the Outer Banks.
That leads us to this week’s Memory Monday photo submission that comes to us from Mark Wysocki of Washington, DC who stayed with Outer Banks Blue in the Corolla Vacation Rental property “One Gram Whim.”
This property is located in the Corolla Light subdivision in Corolla which is one of the premiere vacation rental communities on the Outer Banks. A multiple time award winner for best resort community in North Carolina Corolla Light has a lot to offer its guests and residents from a shuttle service, to multiple tennis courts, to multiple swimming pools, to an indoor activities center with tennis, pool and work out area available to all guests at no extra charge.
With that said Mark sends us photos of his gang having a great time when they were in Corolla.
First of all a shot of the entire group enjoying a family dinner in the rental house.
Then Mark sends us the photo of a great game of battle ball on the beach
Finally a picture of a happy couple at the beach house after dinner that shows love on the beach!
Thanks Mark for your photos. This is a great example of a family vacation on the Outer Banks. It looks like you all had a good time, and we hope you will come again soon to stay with Outer Banks Blue.
All the best!
Sandy is from Warrington, Pennsylvania and has stayed with Outer Banks Blue many times in the Corolla area in the property “Here Comes The Sun” which is at the far northern end of Corolla very close to where the paved road ends. These pictures give some perspective about the benefits of staying there, as the beach allows for lots of space to stretch out.
First off you have fantastic sunrises in this area of the beach…
Then you have an uncrowded beach on which to discover shells and the like down by the water line….
You also have room to create your own place to stick your flag and enjoy showing your colors.
Here’s a unique photo that you won’t see anywhere else. Here are some locals hanging out at the beach.
So the photo above is taken right at the spot where Corolla meets the N.C. State park and the wild horses of Corolla roam freely. Several years ago these posts were put in place with the cables to help keep the wild horses north of this line for their own safety (they were roaming into Corolla and some had been hit and killed by vehicles). The horses won’t swim out into the ocean to get around these posts so it keeps them in place in the state park area.
Finally, this vacation rental property backs up to the same state park and Ms. Zygmont sent along a picture of a sunset from the back porch of the house.
Spectacular. Thank you Sandy for your photo memories of your most recent stay. We look forward to serving you and your family again soon.
All the best from the beach!
Speaking of Deck time that brings us to this week’s Memory Monday photo submission contest.
Memory Monday Defined
You will no doubt remember the concept of Memory Monday. We post a photo here every Monday from one of our guests that have submitted their photo memories of staying with Outer Banks Blue on their beach vacation. We post one photo here each Monday. Each month we randomly select one of our submissions from each month as our monthly “winner.” Although we consider every photo that we post here on Memory Monday a winner!
Today’s photo submission comes to us from Rose Ann Lillo of Bayonne, New Jersey who stayed with Outer Banks Blue last August in the property “Carolina Dreamin” in Corolla.
Rose Ann tells us here entire family had a great time on their visit to Corolla. That is evident by the smiles of this group whom we will call “the deck crew.”
We love seeing those smiles. Judging by this picture, it looks to us like everyone had a great time. We look forward to seeing how your next stay with us plays out. Looks like a group of folks we would love to see grow up coming to the Outer Banks year after year!
Thanks Rose Ann for your photo submission. We look forward to serving you again soon.
All the best from the beach.