Memory Monday 6/9/14

Solitude on the SoundToday’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Tim Santo of Hillsdale, New Jersey who stayed with Outer Banks Blue last September in the property “Aurora” in the Corolla Light subdivision in Corolla.Here’s a great shot of some early morning solitude on the soundfront in Corolla.

A View for The Birds

Thanks Tim for sharing your memories of your stay in Corolla.All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Governor Gets His Feet Wet on the OBX

Happy Tourism WeekGovernor Pat McCory made a visit to the Outer Banks last week to commemorate Tourism week in North Carolina.Holding a press conference at the foot of the Bonner Bridge on Hatteras Island Governor McCrory wore a suit, but took his shoes off for the conference saying he was at the beach and wanted to get some sand between his toes.Governor McCrory, pictured above with  (from Left) Dare County Commissioners Bob Woodard, Max Dutton, Virginia Tillett, Dare County Tourism Board Chairperson Monica Thibodeau, and Dare County Commision Chairman Warren Judge said in his remarks that North Carolina attracted 52.5 Million visitors from other states last year, and that $55 Million per day was spent on tourism in 2013.   More than 200,000 people are directly employed by the tourism industry.North Carolina is ranked the 6th most popular state in the country in terms of tourism and visitation in 2013. Dare county ranks 4th in the state in terms of visitation and visitor spending and is the #1 coastal county on the list.If you are looking to come and see what we have to offer we know of a vacation rental firm on the Outer Banks that would be happy to assist you with your plans!   Outer Banks Blue celebrates Tourism Week with the governor!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Memory Monday 3/11/13Just Hanging OutThis week’s Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Caitlin Longenecker of Leola, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue last August in the property “Pink Sunsets” in Duck.

All smiles (except for one)

This picture looks like it was taken at the Waterfront shoppes in Duck where the Longenecker clan took a break on a bench.   Caitlin tells us “All of us in the photo are all cousins.  This is our first trip to the Outer Banks, but it won’t be our last!”  The waterfront shoppes are at the end of a huge project the town of Duck undertook a few years ago to link the heart of the village via a waterfront pier.  The pier stretches from the Waterfront Shoppes on the northern end of the town for approximately one mile to the southern end of the town.   It is a really nice experience to go and walk on the waterfront in Duck.

Thanks Caitlin for sharing your photo memories with us this Monday.  This also reminds us to tell everyone that we are always looking for photo memories of the Outer Banks to share with our readers each Monday.  “Memory Monday” is our weekly photo submission contest where we post a new picture here every Monday.  Each month we randomly pick one of the entries from that last month to win a $100 discount towards a next year’s stay with Outer Banks Blue.   

Until next time we are standing by at the beach looking for that early spring that was promised!

All the best from the beach.

Memory Monday 3/4/13Chillin’ at The Beach!This week’s Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Tim and Martie Sprowls of Berlin, Pennsylvania who have stayed with Outer Banks Blue on a few occasions, but most recently they stayed with us at the property “Tarheel Treasure” in the Ocean Sands subdivision in Corolla.This picture is of Tim and Martie’s teenage children Joel and Grace whose picture was taken on the beach in Corolla.

There’s nothing like a great day at the beach!

Martie explains “This is Joel and Grace (ages 18 and 15 at the time of the photo).   We’ve been to the Outer Banks 5 times now.  Because our family is busy and often going in 4 different directions, like many families, our favorite thing to do is just hang out on the beach together, boogie board, swim, walk the beach, and fly kites.   Last year, for the first time, we dud a Jeep tour of the Wild Horses and northern beach area – that was fantastic!  We all enjoy eating out and voted our favorite restaurant last year was “Barefoot Bernie’s” not just because we are  huge Steelers fans, but the food was exceptional!We are truly pleased with your realty company!  You were referred to us by friends.  Everyone we’ve spoken with or e-mailed have been very friendly and helpful.  Thank you for that!We’re blessed to be coming again this year for two weeks, one really isn’t enough…we think this may be our last family vacation for a couple of years as our son will be entering the Coast Guard in July, so this vacation will be a sweet time together before this new phase of our lives.”Thanks Martie for sharing.  We look forward to making this summer’s vacation a great one for your family!All the best from the beach!

Memory Monday 12/17/12You’d better be nice….you know whose coming soon…This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to use from Jean Santos of Westerly, Rhode Island who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past summer in the property “Peace Place” in Nags Head.This picture of Jean’s grandchildren is just precious and we appreciate her sharing it.

Love the T-Shirts!

Jean tells us “We took our children and our grandchildren to the OBX because we love it so much, and now so do they.  This is our favorite picture from the week.  We have 3 daughters, who all gave birth to daughters in 2008 just 2 months apart, those are the 3 older at 4 1/2, and the youngest grandaughter who is upset is 2 1/2.  Her name is Peyton Mary.  She was upset at her mother, because mom kept taking pictures of her and the others and she missed her turn with the purple golf ball (life should be so easy!!).  Her mom found those T-shirts at one of the beach stores and thought they were perfect…they played many a role during our stay.  It is not often that all the cousins are together.

Me and my husband have been coming to the OBX since 2004 and have been regular since.  We like to find different houses and ‘Peace Place’ has been our best house so far!  We like to fly kites, hang out on the beach, watch the awesome thunder/lightning storms over the ocean (we had many during our stay this year), eat seasoned shrimp, and this year we went on the Wild Mustang Tour in Corolla.  Something I have always wanted to do and didn’t, so we did it and it was amazing.  To us it is the best relaxing vacation.

Last Christmas (2011) we thought we would take our family to OBX to show them what we like to do with a beach vacation.  They loved it and want to come back…”

Thanks Jean…we feel for Peyton May in this picture.  We wouldn’t want to miss our turn with the purple golf ball either because Mom kept taking pictures!

All the best from the beach!

Memory Monday 12/10/12 Dancing on the SandThis week’s Memory Monday Photo Submission comes to us from Craig Scheirer of Stephens, Pennsylvania who stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past August in the vacation rental home “Breaking Winds” in Southern Shores.This picture wins our hearts as we see Craig’s two daughters Addison age 4 and Hailey age 2 dancing on the beach.

Addison and Hailey dancing on the beach in Southern Shores


Craig tells us “My wife, Ashley, and I have made the OBX our family vacation spot for the past 4 years and hope to continue that for many years to come.  Each year we invite various friends and family to join us.  OBX Blue has taken care of us every year so far and we have been more than satisfied with the level of service from your staff.  This past year we had 9 toddlers in our group, 2 being Addison and Hailey. We love to spend as much time on the beach as possible.  When the kids seem to be spent we take them back to the house put them for a nap and relax pool side.  It is a wonderful escape from the realities of life for us that we look forward to every year.”Thanks Craig.   We love the picture, your photo memories and your comments!Keep in mind we run our “Memory Monday” contest year round.  Each Monday we post a picture from one of our guests and each month we select one of our entries from that month to receive a $100 discount on their next year’s rental with Outer Banks Blue.   Send your photo memories in today.All the best from the beach! 

Tropical Storm Sandy Update #2

Tropical Storm Sandy Update #2 (10/26/12)  11 AM


It is a warm, breezy, and soon to be very rainy Saturday along the Outer Banks this morning as Outer Banks Blue Realty Services is open for business as usual in advance of the now Tropical Storm Sandy.   Sandy was downgraded to a tropical storm overnight, but the storm is expected to maintain its strength and movement over the next few days.

The storm is expected to effect weather conditions along the Outer Banks through Tuesday with heavy rain, wind, and tidal flooding.   With that said however the storm’s impact on the Outer Banks is expected to be minimal as compared to many storms that have passed through this area in the past.  The National Hurricane Center indicates that the center of the storm will pass the Outer Banks by more than 150 miles.

There are no evacuations planned or expected on the Outer Banks so any guests that were planning to arrive this weekend should not change their plans in response to the storm’s potential impact on the Outer Banks.

Here’s the latest information provided by the local Emergency Management Group which closely monitors these situations:
Weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy will deteriorate this afternoon. Dare County Emergency Management urges all residents and visitors to prepare now for strong winds and heavy rains of long duration that could produce ocean and soundside flooding.

Hurricane Sandy is tracking well off shore (150 miles) of the Outer Banks. Storm force winds (50 MPH+) have moved further to the east which will reduce wind intensity over the Outer Banks, however, long periods of 30+ MPH winds are still anticipated that will produce significant impacts, including –
·Moderate coastal flooding, rough surf and ocean overwash – Saturday night to Monday.
·Oceanside flooding of 2 to 4 feet above ground.
·Soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet above ground – Sunday into Monday.
·Prolonged strong winds through Monday – sustained 35-55 MPH, gusts of 50-70 MPH.
·Erosion from breaking waves increasing from 8 to 12 feet today through Monday.
·Rain over the next 72 hours will amount to 4 to 7 inches.

Building Surf at The Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills

This blog will be updated on Sunday morning (10/28/12) with the latest information and impacts from the storm.

Fall in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is gorgeous year round, but there is just something about the Fall season! While water temperatures rise, the temperature of the air drops to a perfect temperature without humidity! This is time for long walks on the beach, meals out on the deck & sunset rides on a boat! Call us today to find out more at 866 792 9239 or visit

Post Hurricane Update (8/28/11 2 PM)

Still no access to the OBX!

Outer Banks Blue is open, but we are still unable to welcome any guests at this time.

While the weather is clear on the beach, there continues to be major logistical and infrastructure problems in the area.

The first challenge is that there is no power in the Corolla area. A major sub-station in Currituck County is out of order (“unserviceable” per a press release) until further notice and there is no estimate as to when it will be back on line. There are 86,000 people in the area currently without electricity.

In Duck, Highway 12 is impassible at this time with deep water on the roadway and there is a 100 foot section of road that has been undermined and needs major repair before anyone can pass through the area. The department of transportation estimates that it will be at least two days before repairs can be made to the missing/damaged roadway.

At 2 PM today Emergency Management folks allowed full time residents, and property owners through the road blocks to the Outer Banks with the exception of anyone going to Duck, Corolla, or Hatteras Island. There is still no access to Corolla for anyone, and Hatteras Island has a number of breaches of their dune line and significant damage to Hwy. 12 exists.

While this is progress, it is a long way from being back to normal. We still need to get our non-resident workers back on the island to assist with the daily operations of our businesses (housekeepers, maintenance men, reservations agents, etc.) so we can prepare our houses for the arrival of our guests. It is our hope this will happen very soon.

There is no estimate as to when visitors will be allowed onto the beaches. We will post that information here on this blog immediately when that information comes available.

Thank you for your positive thoughts, patience and understanding during this difficult time.

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