Kitty Hawk Sunrise: Memory Monday June 19, 2017.

We hope everyone had a great Father’s day yesterday.  It sure was a hot one here on the Outer Banks with temps in the high 80’s and the humidity right there too.  A great day usually starts with a great sunrise, and this week we have a Kitty Hawk sunrise for you.

There’s a saying that says “red sky at night = sailor’s delight.  red sky in the morning = sailor’s warning.”    Well you can tell by this snapshot provided to us by Donald Morris of Watervliet, New York that a storm was on the way if that saying holds true.

Indeed the saying did hold true as one day after this photo was taken a nor’easter came in and the weather did go south the very next day.

Donald and his family stayed with Outer Banks Blue in the vacation rental property “Sea Spray” in Kitty Hawk.  In fact this picture was taken from the deck of Sea Spray.  Pretty good view huh?

Well the weather looks nothing like that this week.  The waves are calm, the wind is calm and the temperatures are hot this week on the Outer Banks.   If you are already here you know it will be a great week.  If you are coming later in the summer we look forward to seeing you then and having some great weather for you too!

All the best from the beach!

Calmer Days on the OBX: Memory Monday October 6, 2015.

Calmer days on the OBX

You have no doubt heard about the rough weather we’ve experienced on the Outer Banks over the last couple of weeks.  Heavy rains and angry surf have made for bad beach weather.

This week’s Memory Monday Photo submission reminds us of calmer and sunnier days as Emily Burns of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue in August.

This picture is of a great sunrise over the OBX (boy are we looking forward to seeing the sun again).

Thanks Emily.  We look forward to having you back and enjoying our beaches soon!

All the best from the beach!

Sunsets and Beach Scenes: Memory Monday July 20, 2015.

Sunsets and Beach scenes

This week’s Memory Monday brings us two submissions (we’ve had a lot of submissions recently)…one from the beach, and one from the soundside.

Thanks to the Fitzgerald, Walton, Wade, Gunter, and Breeden families of Amherst,Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue in the property “Stacked Deck” in Kitty Hawk who provided us this memorable group shot at the lifeguard stand near their house.  They report that they could see the sunrise every morning from the front deck of their house READ MORE

Memorial Day 2015!: Memory Monday May 25, 2015.

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day from the Outer Banks!   It is a gorgeous day here on the Outer Banks….a great day to enjoy the beach, or maybe enjoy a private pool in the back yard of your vacation rental!

This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Tammy Rolsing of Budd Lake, New Jersey who stayed with Outer Banks Blue Realty Services in the vacation rental property “Pelican’s Perch” in Corolla.

Who wouldn’t want to relax in the pool on a day like today?!

Thanks Tammy for your photo memory.  We look forward to serving you all again soon!

Speaking of Memorial day and the unofficial beginning of Summer we want to take a moment here at Everything Outer Banks and send a heart-felt Thank You to all of the veterans out there today and a special thanks to the families of those brave people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

As our sign in front of our office says it so appropriately today…

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

Deciding Where to Stay During Your Outer Banks Vacation

If you are planning a trip to the Outer Banks, you undoubtedly know that the islands boast some of the most beautiful beaches along the East Coast. But you may not realize how many other attractions, historical sites, and recreation opportunities you can enjoy during your stay. As you determine where you would like to spend your Outer Banks vacation, consider the unique appeal of some of the most beloved towns on the islands.=&0=&

Memory Monday 4/8/13

Memory Monday 4/8/13

Happy Digging on the OBX

This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Marcia Layton Turner of Rochester, New York “The friendliest city in the country.”  Marcia and her family stayed with Outer Banks Blue last August in the property “Pelican’s Perch” in the Ocean Lakes area of Corolla.

Marcia describes this picture by telling us “we spent a lovely week in Corolla.  Our son and his best friend decided to build a sand fort, complete with steps and a bench to sit on.   They had the best time digging in that sand!”

The best sand fort ever!

Thanks Marcia for sharing your photo memories on this beautiful Monday.  We are ready to go dig in the sand after looking at this photo!
All the best from the beach!
By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services


Memory Monday 1/21/13Softshell Crab?This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Sky Stanley of Newark, Ohio  who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past September (Labor Day Weekend) in the property “Peace Place” in Nags Head.We have seen a lot of pictures here on Memory Monday, but we have to say, 2013 has started off with some fantastic photos from our guests.   Funny ones, cute ones, imaginative ones, and one’s like this that are really unexpected.

Shouldn’t you cook him first?

Sky tells us “On one of our nights we were in Nags Head we did a big crab feast with local blue crab, shrimp, potatoes, garlic, and corn. It was so delicious!  And it was such a treat to be able to do it all in the house we rented thanks to all the pots provided. Even the utensils to crack the crab legs were there! Some of us had never seen live crab up close so it was fun teasing each other and daring to pick one up. The night was such a success and was one of my favorite dinners.”Thanks Sky for sharing your picture with us.  We are glad your picture captures so many great memories, and we look forward to serving you all again soon!All the best from the beach!

Memory Monday 1/14/13Like my shades?This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Heather Eddy of King George, Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue last August in the property “Tranquility Base” in South Nags Head.We simply love this picture of her then 5 month old son Mason.

“What are you lookin’ at?”

Heather tells us that “this is Mason’s first beach vacation picture.   This photo captured his first trip to the Outer Banks.  He loved the beach and didn’t mind the water!  Thanks for having us 🙂 “Thanks to you Heather.   We will get other pictures this year, but we don’t think we will see any cuter ones!All the best from the beach!

Storm Aftermath in Kitty Hawk (11/1/12

Storm Aftermath in Kitty Hawk (11/1/12)

Memories of Tuesday when traffic from Rt. 158 was re-routed through our parking lot to avoid a flooded roadway

Its Thursday morning here in Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks, and the rumble of heavy machinery and the beeps of those machines as they shift to reverse are constant in the area.   The N.C. Dept. of Transportation has responded to the effects of Hurricane Sandy with unprecedented manpower and machinery to clear the area of the storm.A survey of Kitty Hawk today shows more than 50 Dept. of Transportation vehicles working in various parts of the town.   From tractors with pumping mechanisms on the back to graders, to front end loaders, to dump trucks the familiar yellow vehicles are all working from sunrise to sunset to get the roads clear, repaired, and dry.

Lindberg Street in Kitty Hawk at the 4 Milepost

Between the highways in Kitty Hawk there are literally millions of gallons of seawater still in place.  As I went to check a house on the Beach Road on Wednesday afternoon in my surf fishing chest waders the water level on Lindberg Avenue was above waist level on the entire stretch of road from the 2 mile post to the 4 mile post.   Water depths exceeded 48″ in some areas I walked through.

Waist deep water between the roads in Kitty Hawk

This picture below of the Byrd Street beach access just south of the Hilton Garden Inn gives a great indication of how much sand was moved off of the beach and onto the beach road.   There is a port-a-john to the right side of the picture with sand surrounding it to the depth of 3 1/2 feet.   There is a parking lot under all of the sand that is directly in front of this photograph.

Byrd Street Access in Kitty Hawk buried under tons of sand

Here is a picture of the beach road looking south from just north of Byrd street in Kitty Hawk.   Still lots of cleanup to do, but it can’t be done until all of the water gets pumped out of this area. 

Standing to the side of what would be the beach road looking south

Unfortunately the Rundown Cafe is right in the midst of the heavily flooded area and is going to have a great deal of storm water damage from Hurricane Sandy.  As you can see by the picture below Rundown cafe is surrounded by water and some is standing inside the restaurant.Reports from Hatteras Island are that the Bonner Bridge and New Inlet Bridge will require some repair that will prevent safe use.   An emergency ferry service has been put in place between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe and is running at this time.   Residents and service vehicles are all that are permitted on the ferry today, but visitors will be welcomed on the ferry as of Friday morning.  The ferry is running from 5 AM through 9:30 PM daily and the route takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to navigate.Roads are all passable on Hatteras Island from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village.  The only problems with Rt. 12 are north of Rodanthe with breaches in the roadway just north of the village of Rodanthe, just south of the New Inlet Bridge, and of course the repairs that need to be made at the Oregon Inlet Bridge.  Department of Transportation officials reported that they expect the roadway to be closed from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe until just before Thanksgiving.

Kitty Hawk beach looking south

The beaches on the Outer Banks are scarred, but beautiful today as the sun is shining brightly and the seas are nearly calm.   The only sign of a storm is the scraping effect the ocean had on the dunes as seen in the picture to the left.   This picture, taken at Milepost 4 on the beach looking south shows the “Pelican’s Perch” beach house sitting in the tide line now.  

Starfish are everywhere on the OBX!

Finally, one other benefit or bonus from the storm has been the epic “shelling” that is available to beach walkers over the last few days.   Thousands of starfish have washed ashore along with sand dollars, perfect conch shells and other treasures for the savvy beach walker.