Bringing Your Dog To The Outer Banks

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If you’re bringing your dog with you to the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks you want to make sure you’re prepared and know everything you can to keep them safe and healthy. To make your life a little simpler, we’ve compiled a list of laws/ordinances, emergency phone numbers and other pet safety information for you. READ MORE

5 Reasons You Should Stay in an Outer Banks Vacation Rental

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Renting a house, a condo, an apartment, or even a room is a trend you’re seeing more and more in vacation areas. If you haven’t thought about staying in a vacation rental when visiting the Outer Banks here are 5 reason why you should. READ MORE

The What, Where & How of Bringing Pets to the Outer Banks

Bringing Pets to the Outer Banks

Wondering if you should bring your furry best friend on your Outer Banks vacation? Good news! The Outer Banks is a pet-friendly destination with plenty of parks, restaurants, beaches, trails, and rentals that welcome dogs. Bringing pets to the Outer Banks is easy because of  there are so many dog-friendly destinations: READ MORE

The 12 Days Of Christmas Outer Banks Style

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … a vacation in the beautiful islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina! Many people think of beach vacations as a summer adventure, but the Outer Banks offer breathtaking beauty and a wide variety of attractions during the winter months as well. This Christmas, plan an island getaway complete with gorgeous ocean vistas, twinkling holiday lights, and plenty of memory making. READ MORE

Pet-Friendly Resources in the Outer Banks

If you’ve decided to vacation in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina and want to bring along a pet (especially a dog), will you run into inconveniences? Not if you’re willing to do a little preplanning. Here’s how to make certain the locations you visit are pet-friendly and/or where to board your dog on days when he can’t come along. READ MORE

Bonner Bridge FAQs

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=&1=& Yes on Tuesday, December3 the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which spans Oregon Inlet and connects Hatteras Island to other parts of the Outer Banks. This is the first time since 1990 the bridge has been closed for repairs. =&2=&

Holidays are Better at the Beach!

It’s October.  Time to start the conversation about where to have Thanksgiving and Christmas (if you haven’t already).

We have an idea.  Instead of everybody piling into YOUR house for the holidays, how about come to one of OUR houses instead. READ MORE

Wright Memorial Bridge To Close for 8 Months

It was announced this week that access to and from the Outer Banks will be more difficult this winter.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced in a press release this week one of the two bridges that serves as the main connection to the Outer Banks will be closed for a period of 8 months beginning in Mid-September of this year and continuing until Mid-May of 2014.
Traffic headed onto the Outer Banks on the W.M. Bridge
The westbound bridge which provides two lanes of outgoing traffic will be shut down beginning September 15th and the 2nd bridge will be converted to allow one way traffic in each direction during the repair process.   The N.C.D.O.T. has awarded a $6.3 million contract to G.A & F. C Wagman, Inc of York, Pa to repair the bridge, which crosses the Currituck sound and is the only way off of the northern Outer Banks. Plans are to replace the sagging pavement with a layer of latex-modified concrete that the highway department says will smooth out the riding surface.  In addition, seals will be replaced in joints that allow the bridge to expand and contract with the weather. Since the bridge opened in the early 1990’s a series of dips on the deck of the heavily traveled span has made for bouncy, and potentially dangerous, driving for motorists heading west between the Outer Banks and mainland Currituck County. Weather conditions will play a large role in the placement of the new pavement as the statement released by the D.O.T. indicated that air temperatures must be between 50 and 85 degrees with surface temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees.  Wind speeds cannot be more than 10 MPH during the process.
The Bridge on the Left will be closed for 8 months
There was no comment in the news release related to potential evacuations that may be called due to hurricanes. The contract is one of 29 contracts that total $107.5 million which were awarded in June for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina, the statement said. By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

OBX July 4th 2013 Firework & Parade Information

Going on vacation the week of July 4th this year?  It is going to be amazing, and the memories will last a lifetime!       

The Outer Banks is the place to be this July 4th!  The morning begins with an exciting parade in the heart of Duck, NC.  Get there early, park, and walk to get a Duck Donut and have your beach buckets ready for candy & goodies!  If you are staying in Duck, just pack up the stroller or wagon and make your way to the perfect spot for your family!  The parade is followed by a day of celebration together with live music and refreshments.  READ MORE

Top 10 Things to Do this Fall on the Outer Banks

Have you been thinking of taking a trip this fall? Searching for something new, possibly something different? Check out =&0=& =&1=& this year with lots of things to do other than walk on the beaches and spend endless hours soaking up the sunshine!  Here are some ideas to share with the rest of your group, perfect for a full week or a weekend getaway before it’s too chilly to spend time outside enjoying the beauty!  We have weekly vacation stays, holiday family vacations & those much needed long weekends on select homes.  =&2=&The Island Farm in Manteo=&4=& =&5=&Kayaking on the OBX=&4=& =&8=&