Christmas Eve on the OBX – Memory Monday 12/24/18

Greetings from the Outer Banks on this Christmas Eve!  It is a beautiful Monday morning here on the Outer Banks.  I had a refreshing walk on the beach this morning as the sun was rising over the Atlantic ocean and what is left of the cold moon setting in the northwestern sky.   As my dog and I were exploring the beach for some treasures, we saw a pod of dolphins passing by making small waves in the otherwise calm ocean.

We are told the “Cold Moon” that we saw a few days ago will not happen again in most of our lifetimes.  The full moon dropping on the winter solstice is a very rare occasion.  Quite a sight!

What a lucky person I am to live in such a beautiful place and enjoy sights like an early morning walk on the beach with no one else in sight nearly every day.

Kelly Branch stayed with Outer Banks Blue this past summer, and tells us she was lucky to get this shot.   She provided us a great photo memory we share with you today.

Here’s a shot of a full moon from earlier this year setting over some houses in Corolla.

Wherever you are today and whatever you are doing we hope you are doing it with the people you love the most, and are creating great memories (photo memories or otherwise).  Enjoy the Christmas week, and keep in mind the reason for the season!

All the best from the beach!


Better days ahead – Memory Monday 12/10/18

Good morning from a cool and blustery Outer Banks.   Winds have been very strong for the last two days with steady northeast gales at 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts over 55 miles per hour.   Schools are on a 3 hour delay today (Monday) as we hope for better days ahead and this winter storm Diego heading off the coast and away from our paradise.

The weather channel has been in North Carolina the past two days getting ready for the arrival of winter storm Diego, and now documenting the effects of the storm.

Raleigh received several inches of snow, Greensboro, Charlotte, Asheville and points west all were even more heavily impacted, but here on the Outer Banks all we got was heavy wind and lots of rain.   Temperatures remained above freezing as usual (our proximity to the gulf stream seems to always keep things warmer along the coast), but we got wind like few have seen!  We are definitely living up to our reputation as one of the windiest locations in the nation.  Ferry routes are cancelled today due to the winds, we are experiencing some flooding due to the wind pushing water onto the roads as well.

All of this we hope is in the past for us as we look forward to better days, and sunrises like this one that was sent to us by Vonnie Cudd of River Falls, Wisconsin (I’ll bet Vonnie doesn’t want to hear our problems about winter weather with her living in Wisconsin huh?) who stayed with Outer Banks Blue in November in the Kill Devil Hills vacation rental “Sweet Escape.”

Vonnie caught this amazing fall sunrise while on the beach early one morning.  Check out the Sandpipers getting an early morning snack.

Thanks Vonnie for your fantastic reminder of the beauty of the Outer Banks with your Memory Monday photo.   We look forward to serving you and your family again soon.

All the best from the beach!

Engagement Pictures: Memory Monday October 2, 2017.

Greetings from the Outer Banks on a clear and cooler Monday morning.  Fall is definitely in the air as the nighttime temps have dived down into the low 60’s and this past week we had high temps in the 70’s.   A great time of year to have a wedding, and so we bring you this week a collection of engagement pictures we’ve received over the past several months. 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

Memory Monday 7/29/13

Go Fly A Kite!It is a rainy Monday here on the Outer Banks and we need something to brighten our day.   So today’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Kasey Woodrum who sent along this picture of her daughter flying a kite on the beach on Hatteras Island earlier this year.

Nothing better than flying a kite on the OBX!

We all love sunny days at the Outer Banks with warm temperatures and just a little breeze to keep it just right.   When you do find those perfect kite flying days on the beach be sure you have the equipment you need to get the job done….go visit our friends at Kitty Hawk Kites to pick out the perfect setup for you or your loved ones.  They have a great selection of kites from the simplest box kites to super complex flyers.So Go Fly A Kite!All the best from the beach!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.  You have many ways to enjoy the rest of the day until the night of festivities in the sky!  Find your options below for fireworks on the Outer Banks!   2013 Fireworks in Manteo

Roanoke Island Festival Park READ MORE

Sweet Summer time on the OBX!

There is just something about summer time…flowers blossom, kids are finished with school work, routines change, gardens grow, families spend more time outdoors, cook outs, baseball games, pool parties…what I am missing? 

Oh yeah…THE BEACH! Check out the perfect day to be on the beach in June!  High of 92 and breezy with lots of feet in the sand and paws in the water!  There are so many things to do at the beach, that it could take several vacations to cover them all, but make sure you do the most important one…sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery

If you have forgotten to make reservations or need some help finding the right house, call today!


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Memory Monday 5/6/13Nags Head MemoriesThis week’s Memory Monday guest photo submission comes to use from Jan Thruston of Midlothian, Virginia who rented “Tranquility Base” in South Nags Head last September.You can tell by the photos Jan and her clan were on the move during their stay, enjoying the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, a sunset at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and some down time on the beach.

At the base of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Sunset at Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Off Duty at the beach!

Thank you Jan for sharing your photo memories.   Don’t forget to submit your photo memories to us here at Outer Banks Blue.  Each week we feature one of our entries, and each month we draw a random winner of the entries that get posted that month.  The winner each month gets $100 off their next year’s stay with Outer Banks Blue!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Leave your mark on the Outer Banks this year!

Families have been traveling for vacations on the Outer Banks for over 100 years!

For many years, the Outer Banks has been a hot spot for historic travel because of the battles fought on the sand, the challenges won in the air, and the memories made beyond the dunes.  When you are counting down and awaiting your next steps on the sand, make sure to take photos and share your memories with the rest of the world!  It is amazing to think of how much progress was made in such a small area in the past 100 years as far as technology and vacation luxuries go, imagine what might change in the next 100 years?Create memories and share the fads of today with tomorrow!  When you look back in future years, you will not believe how much it has changed, and how much you have changed….Come make your history and leave your mark on the Outer Banks, which is priceless! Call Outer Banks Blue today @ 888 727 3102 to begin planning your next step into your own history, and take a moment to reflect on what you look forward to telling your Grandchildren about the Outer Banks vacation experienceBeds made prior to arrival, keyless entry, and check-in by email…check-out and sail on home until the next time!  We have

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