How To Survive Long Days At the Beach

survive outer banks beach day

Summer’s approaching faster than you think and you know what that means; Long hot days at the beach! If you’re like me then you can barley contain your excitement when you think about being under the warm sun while listening to the sound of the waves roll onto the beach. I try to make the most out of my days at the beach. I clear my whole schedule and plan on staying from late morning until the evening. Long beach days like this take a lot out of you and many people couldn’t imagine staying that long. But for all the people that love beach days as much as I do here is how to survive a long day on the beach! READ MORE

Dog Gallery – Memory Monday 1/28/19

Dog Gallery

Here at Everything Outer Banks we love the photos that are sent to us on a weekly basis, and this week is no different. What is different this week is we decided to look in our storage folders and give you a number of the most popular subject of our photos – your dogs. We are calling this the dog gallery. READ MORE

Which Outer Banks Town is Best for You?

Outer Banks vacation

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. READ MORE

Here Comes The Sun – Memory Monday 10.8.18

Here comes the sun
Good Monday morning from the Outer Banks.   As this post is being published the sun is rising over the Atlantic ocean and we have yet another unbelievably beautiful day in store on the beach.  As the song by the Beatles says “Here comes the sun, and I say – its alright!”

That is what comes to mind as well when we take a look at this week’s Memory Monday photo submission which comes to use from Beverly Casey of Sanford, North Carolina who got away to the beach and stayed in “Shades of Blue” in Kill Devil Hills two weeks ago and send us this photo taken from the deck off of the master bedroom one morning.

There is an old saying on the coast “Red sky in the morning – sailor’s warning,” but that was not the case for Beverly and her family as they enjoyed a wonderful week at the beach.   Lots of family fun and as she told us in her message attached to this picture “we loved our Kill Devil Hills oceanfront rental.”

This picture reminds us to tell you that you too can enjoy this sort of picture yourself because this is the same deck that hosts our company webcam!

Take a look now at what is happening on the Kill Devil Hills oceanfront by clicking here.  The camera is located on the same deck where this photo was taken.

We want to thank Beverly for her photo submission and let her know she is welcome back any time as you and your family are as well.   The weather looks good for another few weeks, and we have some great off season pricing available so give us a look today!

When you do come to the beach don’t forget to send us your photo memories just like Beverly did so you can see them right here on Memory Monday!

All the best from the beach.

Family Time – Memory Monday 9/17/18

Family Picture
Good morning from a beautiful and for the most part back to normal Outer Banks.   They last week has been quite a week with Hurricane Florence disrupting everything in the area.  Family vacations were interrupted, the area was evacuated, we watched with anxiousness, and are now trying to get back to our regular schedules now that the storm has passed.

Yesterday our valued guests were allowed back on the Outer Banks and they were a welcome sight!

Another welcome sight is the sun.   This morning’s sunrise is the first we have seen of clear skies since last Wednesday when clouds from Florence shrouded the area.   Things truly seem to be getting back to normal today.

For this week’s Memory Monday we are titling the photo Family Time, which is what folks enjoy so much of while here on vacation.  This photo comes to us from Cecily Beben of Madison, Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue two weeks ago at the Southern Shores vacation rental “Relax-N-Joy.”

We like this photo of the family on the beach at the end of the day.   Everyone seems very relaxed and happy after a full day of beach fun.

Speaking of fun at the beach here’s another shot from Cecily of “Boogie Board Baby” who looks like he is getting ready to take his board and hit the waves.  We love it!

Thanks Cecily for sharing your photo memories.   We look forward to serving you and your family again soon.  It looks like you had a great time.

Speaking of photo memories, don’t forget to send your photo memories to us.  We publish photos here each Monday, and then each month we randomly select one of our weekly entrants to receive a $100 discount towards next year’s vacation.  You could be next!

All the best from the beach.

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!

Posing on the OBX – Memory Monday 7/9/18

Posing at Breakfast
This week’s Memory Monday photo contest entry comes to us from Rhonda Ross and she shares with us pictures of her granddaughter posing on the Outer Banks.

What grandparent doesn’t enjoy taking pictures and spending time with their favorite offspring?   Well this week’s Memory Monday is a tribute to that as Rhonda, who stayed with Outer Banks Blue just two weeks ago.

The weather was good on the beach so we get this shot of her posing on the beach.

What Grandmother wouldn’t love that shot?

Then there is the picture of them getting some breakfast at the famous “Grits Grill” in Nags Head.

Gimme some breakfast!

What adorable pictures.  Thank you Rhonda for sharing your photo memories of your stay with Outer Banks Blue.

This gives us an opportunity to remind everyone to send their photo memories to us.  Each week we post a picture here on our blog, and once each month we randomly select one of our entrants for our monthly drawing for a $100 discount on your next year’s stay with Outer Banks Blue.

We look forward to serving you soon.

All the best from the beach.


Dolphins – Memory Monday 6/18/18

Greetings from a sunny, hot and beautiful day at the beach.  It is just about a perfect Outer Banks day, and we hope you are ready to enjoy a stay with us soon.  Today’s Memory Monday photo submission brings us an early morning sign of a good day.  Dolphins frolicking in the surf.

This picture comes to us from Hope Hurton of Ohio shared two pictures with us that she took on her vacation here on the OBX just two weeks ago.

One of them was taken early in the morning as she and a friend were walking on the beach and as they watched the sun rise over the ocean they found a pod of dolphins enjoying an early morning stroll as well.

These mammals are not only fun to look at as they rise to the surface every few seconds, but around here we consider them a sign of good luck.  They are known as protectors as well.   Protectors because it is generally believed that dolphins actually chase away small sharks whenever they are present.   The good luck symbolism goes back to the days of ancient greeks, who considered Dolphins good luck because when they were off sailing to far off lands whenever they would see these characters the sailors knew land was not far away and they were in luck.  True story!

Hope said the scene was breathtaking.

Hope also shared with us another photo that is Memory Monday worthy today and we share that with you here.  Two of her children also frolicking in the same surf where the other picture was taken.   It is clear this sibling duo was having a great morning and enjoying themselves immensely.   As Hope so appropriately put it in the note she sent with the photo “My heart swells with love.”

We thank Hope again for staying with Outer Banks Blue, and for sharing her photo memories of her trip.  It was our pleasure serving her family and we look forward to serving them again soon.

All the best from the beach!

Memorial Day = Memory Day 5/28/18

Memory day
Greetings from the Outer Banks on a beautiful Memorial Day.  The weather has been perfect for whatever outdoor activities you wanted to do all weekend and the unofficial start of summer has arrived.   With all of the fun family summer activities it is easy to forget that this isn’t just a holiday weekend where we get an extra day with our families.   This past week a letter to the editor from a veteran put it in great perspective for us here at Everything Outer Banks by saying we should rename this day – Memory day.

The letter by a local veteran of service to our U.S. Army started by saying “please don’t thank me for my service on Memorial Day – I’m still alive!”

Today is not the day to honor those who have served in the military, but rather it is up to us to remember today those who have lost their lives in active military service.

The letter to the editor goes on to say the “Memory” in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and liberty.

Often we do not observe the day as it should be done, actively remembering those Americans who have paid the price for the blessings of liberty.

You can change this by doing the following:

  • By wearing your Memorial Day Button from the first of May until Memorial Day.
  • By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of “National Mourning.”
  • By attending religious services of your choice.
  • By visiting memorials.
  • By participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 PM local time, to pause and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be played where possible.
  • By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

    Family Reunion – Memory Monday 5/14/18

    Family reunion
    We hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday.  Our Mother’s hit the beach yesterday here on the Outer Banks as temperatures were in the 80’s and the sun was out and bright.   What a wonderful weekend we had.   Great to see our Mom’s and visit with our family.   We hope you were able to do the same.

    Speaking of family and reunions we share with you this week on Memory Monday this photo from one of our guests from last summer.  Kristina Castillio-Gough shares this photo today of her family that gathered at the Nags Head vacation rental property “Cinco Palmas.”

    This crew of 38 people made up of family members from New York, Illinois, Virginia, and Florida all gathered at this Outer Banks Blue property to celebrate Kristina’s parents’ 50th Wedding anniversary.

    Cinco Palmas is one of our properties well equipped to handle this type of gathering as the property is actually made up of 3 buildings.  One large property on the oceanfront, and two smaller villas that gives more privacy to those staying away from the big house.  As you can see everyone can still come together for a group picture however when the time comes!

    We thank Kristina for sharing her family reunion story and photo with us on this Monday morning, and hope to serve the family again soon.   We hope to serve your family too.   Keep in mind that Memorial Day is just 2 short weeks away and availability on summer vacation rental properties is dwindling.

    Check out our specials page for some real values on select weeks.  If you have the ability to travel in June it would seem to be a good opportunity as we have several houses that are offering special promotional pricing.   Weather is typically fantastic in June, and the beaches, restaurants and shoppes are not as crowded as they can be in July and August.   Something to consider!

    All the best from the beach!