Stolar Memories 7/16/18

Stolar Family pics
Good morning and thanks for stopping by Everything Outer Banks to check out Memory Monday.   Each week we provide you photo memories of our guests and they are always great.  Some would call them Stellar.   That takes us to our title this week as these pictures were brought to us by Kelly Stolar so we have named this week’s blog “Stolar Memories.”   Get it?

Indeed Kelly stayed with Outer Banks Blue a few weeks ago and had a great time as you can see from these shots.

On the list of activities for the Stolar family included walking the dogs on the beach.  Keep in mind Outer Banks Blue has more than 50 vacation rental properties that accept dogs at no extra charge.

There is also a shot of a ghost crab.  No vacation is complete without a nightly hunt of these nocturnal creatures that burrow into the sand through holes they dig down deep into the sand.   It is great fun taking a flashlight out to the beach at night and chasing these fast movers around the sand.   Many times these little guys will be seen running into the ocean.    They do this to keep their lungs moist so they can breath properly, but an interesting fact is that the crabs will drown if they stay in the water too long.  Unlike popular opinion these crabs cannot live in the water.

There is also a shot of the Stolar famil in front of the Currituck Lighthouse taken at the Heritage Park in Corolla.  That is a great day trip for someone to consider during their vacation.   Lots of history to explore, and the climb up the lighthouse is spectacular.

The final shot is from the entire group doing some stand up paddleboarding and kayaking.  This activity (stand up paddleboarding) is taking the Outer Banks by storm and taking a tour of the west side of the Outer Banks is a wonderful family activity.  Here’s a link to a company that offers this service to guests.

Thanks Kelly for sending along your pictures for our Memory Monday.  It sure looks like you all had a great time.  We look forward to serving you again soon.

All the best from the beach!

Memory Monday 3/5/18 – Toddler rules

Greetings from a still very windy OBX.   We have experienced 4 straight days of heavy wind here on the beach, but the weather man promises today will be the last of it the wind for a while.   Thank goodness as we are getting very tired of the heavy breeze we’ve seen for the last 5 days.  We sure hope the weather man is correct because we can use some beach time.  This week’s Memory Monday photo submission reminds us of how much fun the beach can be in a post we are calling Toddler rules.

This photo sequence comes to us from Natosha Anders of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past September in the Duck vacation rental property “A Sitting Duck.”   It is obvious from these photos that Natosha’s toddler had a great time at the beach.  Natosha tells us this was “our  first family vacation together, and the weather was perfect, and we can’t wait to come back next year!  Our crazy toddler loved the beach life.”

Whether it was hanging out with dad down by the waves….

Swinging with mom on the beach….

Enjoying the wind in her hair…

Or just modeling the latest in sunglasses and swimwear…

That looks like a fun time for this young lady.

We love that she had such a good time and we love that you shared your photo memories with us on Everything Outer Banks.

Keep in mind that you could see your photos posted here too.   Simply send us your best photo memories of your stay with Blue and we post a new picture here every week.  Then each month we randomly draw one of our monthly posts to receive a $100 discount on their next stay with Blue.   We hope it is you!

Thanks again Tosha for sharing your photo memories.  We look forward to serving you and your family again soon.

All the best from the beach!

Water…Beach!: Memory Monday October 23, 2017.

Greetings from an unseasonably warm Outer Banks on this Monday in October.   We share with you another photo today on our Memory Monday photo submission contest, and we entitle this one “Water – Beach!”

This photo was provided to us by Jessica Male of Wheatfield, New York who


stayed with Outer Banks Blue a few weeks ago with her family at the Corolla Vacation Rental property “All Hands On Deck” and provided this adorable picture of her husband and her 19 month old daughter who is tugging at his hand yelling “WATER…BEACH!”

As Jessica says in her message to us “Best vacation ever!”

That pretty much says it all doesn’t it?!

Thaks Jessica for sharing your photo memories with us.

All the best from the beach!

Cute Kid: Memory Monday September 18, 2017.

Greetings from the Outer Banks on this Memory Monday.   We start your Monday off with a cute kid on the beach this week.

Keep a good thought for us this week as we all wait and watch anxiously for the passing of Hurricane Jose.  Forecasts take the big boy storm off of our coast by a few hundred miles, but we are experiencing some clouds, breezy conditions and some off and on rain today.   Enough weather to chase everyone off of the beach and for the red flags to be flying on the dunes today warning swimmers to stay out of the water.  Let’s hoe this is as bad as it gets with regard to the weather this week.

So for this week’s Memory Monday photo submission we give you a shot provided to us by one of guests that just stayed with us in the last couple of weeks at Outer Banks Blue.

Here’s a picture of a cute kid getting ready for his big photo shoot.

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Beautiful beginnings: Memory Monday January 13, 2015.

Beautiful beginnings

This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Kelsey Rudd who brings us this photo of “Sister Love.”

There is nothing like connecting with family on the Outer Banks, and this picture of these two embodies the connection that we all share with siblings in a relaxed atmosphere.   Outer Banks Blue loves bringing families together.

Thank you Kelsey for sharing your Outer Banks Blue vacation photo memories.

All the best from the beach!
By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Happy Birthday Marines!: Memory Monday November 10, 2014.

Happy Birthday Marines!Last week I happened to be travelling in Florida and was waiting for my plane in Orlando while reading a book.  I was startled to hear a gate agent at Southwest airlines yell a “yahoo” and started applauding.  Looking up I saw a group of young Marines walking through the concourse in full gear. Her appreciation for their service soon spread like wildfire and within 30 seconds nearly every passenger in the area was on their feet and applauding the service of these young men. It was quite a scene.This unusual experience was repeated several times for the next 30 minutes that day as every service person in uniform was similarly greeted from that point forward by all around gate 64 in the Orlando International airport.   It gave great pride in our country and our military. Speaking for myself it was heartwarming, and while the reaction was spontaneous and a domino effect of one specific gate agent, I think it shows the appreciation that most Americans have for those men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom.Today, Monday, November 10th marks the 239th birthday of the United States Marines Corps.Here at “Everything Outer Banks” we honor those who served and currently serve in this branch of the U.S. Military with a standing ovation and a heart felt “hoo rah!”While Audrey Parker of Easton, Pennsylvania submitted her Memory Monday photos with no intention of honoring the national birthday of the Marines, when we look at her photos we can’t think of how much we enjoy every day freedom.   These kids were sure enjoying themselves in these photos!Audrey and her family stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past summer in the vacation rental property “Casa Mia” in Kill Devil Hills.Thanks Audrey for sharing your Memory Monday photos.All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Memory Monday 10/21/13

Somewhere over the rainbowThis week’s Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Jen Beard of Lewis Center, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past June in the property “Beachcomber’s Paradise.”Jen snapped this photo of a rainbow that seems to be leading to a pot of gold in the Ocean.We like to think there is pot of gold in the Atlantic Ocean off of the Outer Banks every day.Thanks to Jen for sharing her photo memories with us this week!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Back to school for many Outer Banks “Blue” kids!

School started for many students & employees across the Outer Banks and throughout North Carolina this week.  Their new book bags, shoes, and lunch boxes can be found throughout the halls.  The families that travel for the next few weeks share a different experience on the OBX.  Many are possibly traveling without kiddos, from a state where school has not started, or they are bringing their babies for their first glares of the sand covered beaches!  The rental rates & gas prices decrease, traffic slows a bit, and we start to see more families interested in a long weekend or a day trip to the beach, as well as week long travel.  We hope to see your family here for a visit soon!  We wish all of the children across the state and beyond a wonderful school year and look forward to seeing your smiling faces again next summer.  It was nice to see the teachers taking a break this summer as well as they relaxed across the beaches and prepared for another thrilling year of preparing our countries finest upcoming leaders packed into classrooms with creative kiddos we all know & love.  We are excited to extend “BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS” to those interested in visiting the OBX at this point and through the rest of the 2013 year!  Click here for a direct look at our “Specials Page” and get started planning your LAST MINUTE GETAWAY!  Some dreams have wings and we hope that you are able to walk on the beaches here in NC and watch

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Welcome to North Carolina!

When you cross the state line headed to your vacation home, there are a lot of things to look at and absorb.  Are you already contemplating your next visit?  As you return home from the Outer Banks, what is the last thing you look at and remember all year while you wait to return? 

I lived not far from the Outer Banks in Chesapeake, VA until I was about Middle School age.  Every summer we visited the OBX, if only for day trips to watch the waves crash and my mother’s biggest dream included living here.  When I was 13, we packed up and moved across the state line.  I fell in love with North Carolina schools and quickly made friends.  I call this area my home, “where I=&1=&”.  During my college days, I found a great job working my way through a local resort to become a Manager and later traveled to promote travel to the Outer Banks of NC.   I landed a position with Outer Banks Blue and have been working in the Vacation Rental industry a combined total of over 14 years now!

I have had the pleasure of touching the lives of many families, watching them learn and live the Outer Banks history, while making memories to last a lifetime!  This position has been so fulfilling and I will take the memories of crossing the bridge and passing that Mile Post 1 sign with me to the grave.  I now live in Camden, NC which is about an hour commute.  I enjoy all of the sites along the way, especially counting the different state tags I pass along the way.  I enjoy comparing statistics with the visitors on our website through analytic research with those that I meet & greet on the roads.  It has been an honor to paint the pictures online  using photography, videos & elusive descriptions of the vacation homes.  Families unpack their lives in these home and it has been one of the most amazing experiences in a career.  There are many shops, diners and stops you can make on your way to and from the Outer Banks year round, and we look forward to counting your tag as you pass by on your next visit!

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