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Outer Banks in the Off Season

Outer Banks

in the Off Season

For those of you who are searching beyond that standard summer scene, consider looking into visiting the Outer Banks during the shoulder seasons. For the Outer Banks the shoulder seasons are defined as the weeks outside of the summer months in June, July and August. We know it can be hard to ignore the urge to want to strictly visit the OBX during the warmer sunnier days, however this blog can perhaps help change that state of mind. If you have visited here before during the active summers you very familiar with the fact that the beaches and towns stay packed with people and attractions all summer long. In the occasion that you may be seeking a chance to experience the Outer Banks in a completely different nature, the off season is calling your name.


In the time of the off season on the Outer Banks you will experience uncrowded beaches, no restaurant reservations, peace and quiet nature sightings, and no highway traffic. There is still a good deal of shops and attractions open for business and ready to entertain guests. Not only the locals but also long term vacationers will confirm that the best time of year to appreciate the honest charm of the Outer Banks of North Carolina is during the shoulder seasons.


Trade the summer time activities and instead enjoy warm hot tubs, sitting next to fireplaces, and cool evening walks on the beach. If you come to the OBX for the outdoors experience and the weather is a little too breezy to be out on the beach there is plenty of nature trails and attractions up and down the entire Outer banks. Beginning in Carova and ending in Ocracoke. The shoulder seasons is an excellent time to experience the wild landscape of the Outer Banks other than just the beaches.  


Not only are the barrier islands of the OBX more peaceful during the off season but your whole vacation will become more budget friendly. Stan White Realty and Construction has plenty of off season deals. One of the greatest aspects of visiting the OBX in the off season is the price. The shoulder season months are normally much cheaper in conjunction with dining, shopping and most importantly vacation accommodations. Stan White Realty not only has off season deals going on right now but various other specials are active during the off season as well. More availability also means partial stays are much easier to book at the last minute. While June, July and August weeks are way more likely to fill up months in advance.


Visit our website or call now at 252-441-1515 to book your reservation now during before it’s too late!


Spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks

Spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks

Start a new family tradition by spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks. Stan White Realty & Construction is here to guide you to the perfect holiday vacation experience. Each year the Outer Banks is growing to be a popular destination to spend Thanksgiving. Stay relaxed and enjoy the holidays on the beach with family and friends. Many of the locals will tell you that fall is one of the best times of year to visit the Outer Banks. This time of the year is peaceful. Perfect for a Thanksgiving atmosphere. Many restaurants are open just to accommodate a Thanksgiving meal for those who don’t prefer to cook while on vacation. There are many qualities that prove spending your Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation here on the OBX will be one of the most memorable holidays.



Outer Banks Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Below is a list of restaurants not only that will be open on Thanksgiving Day will also have a certain menu prepared for the holiday. Please contact your restaurant of choice to make a reservation.

Lifesaving Station Restaurant at the Sanderling Resort will be having a Thanksgiving Day dinner served from 2:00pm till 8:00pm

Coastal Provisions is now taking orders for Thanksgiving prepared meals to take home.

Red Sky Cafe will be hosting a delectable Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day.

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar will be offering a Four Course Celebratory Thanksgiving Menu. Starting at 3:00pm till 9:00pm

Jolly Roger will start the day off by serving a Thanksgiving breakfast starting as early as 6:30am till 11:30am. The Jolly Roger will also be having an “All You Can Eat” Thanksgiving feast starting at 1:00pm till late.

Bassnights Lone Cedar Café will be open special hours Thanksgiving week. This will be the 9th annual Bassnights Thanksgiving Fest which includes a buffet of fresh local food. On Thanksgiving Day the buffet will be served starting at 10:30am till 7:00pm

Pamlico Jacks Restaurant & Bar will have a Thanksgiving Buffet & Oyster Festival. Starting at 10:30am till 7:00pm

Mulligans Raw Bar & Grille also will be serving a buffet of Thanksgiving style dinner. Starting from 11:00am till 6:00pm

Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern will be hosting Kelly’s Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet. Served 10:30am till 8:00pm. The Buffet & Dinner will be served from 11:00am till 8:00pm

Owen’s Restaurant will be having a Southern Coastal Cuisine with both a Grand Buffet and a Special Menu on Thanksgiving Day starting at 12:00pm till 8:00pm


Other events happening on the OBX on Thanksgiving Day

A popular event that happens each year is the 5th Annual OBX Go Far Turkey Trot 5K and One Mile Fun Run. Start your Thanksgiving day off by running as a family in the beautiful town of Southern Shores. Come out to participate by running, walking, having fun and receive a hot breakfast.

Date: November 26, 2015 @ 9:00am

Place: 5375 N. Virginia Dare Trail Southern Shores, NC 27949


Another well-known Thanksgiving event is the 4th Annual Surfin Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Fun Run. Spend your Thanksgiving Day running though the historic fishing village of Hatteras or cheer on your family and friends at this fun event. The proceeds from the race support the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund which provides funding for educational opportunities in Hatter Island Schools. Parents are encouraged to come out and run with their children. A hot breakfast will be provides and Carolina Brewery will provide fresh microbrew beer for participants over the age of 21.

Date: November 26, 2015 @ 8:00am

Place: 56658 NC HWY 12 Hatteras, NC 27943!hiyef-surfin-turkey-5k/cewq

Hurricane Joaquin Forecast

Hurricane Joaquin Forecast

A Flood Watch is in effect for all of eastern North Carolina until Saturday evening, and National Weather Service forecasters say the entire state could get over 7 inches of rain by early next week.

Visitors will no longer be able to travel to Ocracoke. Law enforcement will be stationed at each ferry terminal to allow only residents, property-owners and vendors access Thursday and Friday. No inbound traffic will be allowed starting Saturday.

Hurricane Joaquin has now been raised to a Category 4 Hurricane with winds reaching 130 mph. The powerful tropical storm became a major hurricane overnight. On Thursday afternoon, it intensified to a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, which may grow stronger. Hurricane projections are notoriously unpredictable and regardless of whether Joaquin makes landfall, it probably will cause plenty of rain and more flooding along an already soaked East Coast.  Coastal and interior areas may dodge a bullet in terms of the worst of Joaquin’s fury, but predecessor rains streaming up the East Coast pose a risk of flooding in the Mid-Atlantic Friday and Saturday. 

Winds: 130 MPH

Pressure: 936 mb

Moving: SW at 6 MPH 

We will continue to keep you updated and keep a close watch on Hurricane Joaquin and its unpredictable path. You can also keep watch by staying updated with these major weather websites:

Outer Banks Fall Events

Outer Banks Fall Events

The first official day of fall for 2015 is September 23rd. That means the seasonal fall events are just around the corner! We archived a list of the events with details that will be taking place this fall here on the Outer Banks.



Cape Hatteras Wave Classic

Event Date: Sep 19 – Sep 25

REAL Watersports 2nd Annual Cape Hatteras Wave Classic kitesurfing contest. The Cape Hatteras Wave Classic is an open kitesurfing competition focused solely on kitesurfing in the ocean. Surf-style kiteboarding is an up and coming sport and September is one of the best times of the year for surfing and kitesurfing in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina due to wind conditions. Open registration allows anyone to enter and compete for prize money and bragging rights in the 2015 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic.


ESA Easterns Surfing Championships

Event Date: Sep 20 – Sep 26

Taking place at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC. The best amateur surfers on the East Coast competing to be Easterns champion!


Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Event Date: Sep 23 – Sep 26!home/mainPage

The festival is held at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, North Carolina. The festival event site is a 27 – acre venue by downtown Manteo. Gates open at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 23, and 10:00am on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 24 – 26. Plenty of southern food vendors will be at the festival and the music is enjoyable for the whole family.


All Out Pink Road Race 10 Mile Bridge Run & 5K

Event Date: Sep 26

Come out and support the fight against Breast Cancer. The 6th annual All Out Pink Road Race to Mile Bridge Run and 5k Saturday, September 26th at 8:00am at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, North Carolina. The race is presented by Outer Banks RunCations, Sun Realty and Outer Banks Bootcamps. Set at the scenic Elizabethan Gardens at Historic Fort Raleigh National Park. The race is a 10 mile bridge run and 5k is an out and back, fast and challenging course that crosses the old Manns Harbor Bridge. The 5k does not cross the bridge.


Outer Banks Brewtag

Event Date: Oct 3

A celebration of flight and beer benefitting the Rogallo Foundation, OBX Brewtag is modeled after the whimsical and entertaining Red Bull Flutag, translated to “flying day” in German. Brewtag contestants will be competing to see who can launch and fly an empty 1/6 keg barrel the furthest. The cost to compete is only $25 and admission to the event is free to the general public. A great selection of local and regional beer and food will be available for purchase that day. This is a family friendly even so there will even be plenty of activities for the kids also.


9th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Event date: Oct 11

The 9th Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC is held in the town of Duck, North Carolina on Columbus Day weekend. The event is a non-ticketed, day-long festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages. The gates open at 10:00am with live music starting at 11:00am. This jazz event is designed to encourage people to stay in the area and support local businesses. Businesses throughout Duck participate by offering jazz-themed events leading up to the festival.


Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Event date: Oct 17

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a great experience promoting the area’s seafood heritage and community. You’ll find cooking demonstrations, educational booths and best of all, the chance to eat fresh, local seafood from more than a dozen restaurants. This year’s Festival runs from 10:30am to 6:00pm.




Outer Banks National Scenic Byway

Outer Banks National Scenic Byway

Take the road less traveled. Take the time to experience the actuality of North Carolinas Easternmost parts along the coast of the state’s barrier islands. Currently the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway is made up of nine barrier islands - or banks. The islands protect the mainland coast from the Atlantic Ocean's, at times, compelling winds and water.

The length of the secluded road is 142.5 driving miles.

The driving time is 6.5 hours – including 3.5 hours on two ferries.

The byway begins in the Outer Banks region and ends in the Crystal Coast region. The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway passes through one of the nation's great coastal landscapes, tidal marshes, wind-swept dunes, and alluring sounds border the roadway. The byway also includes two national seashores, Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout. There is two national wildlife refuges - Pea Island and Cedar Island. The barrier islands are separated away from the mainland by six different sounds ranging from three to 40 miles wide. From North to South they are: Currituck, Albemarle, Roanoke, Pamlico, Core and Bogue.




The oceangoing culture of the 21 coastal villages along the road is what makes this route so unique. Each maritime village shares a common cultural heritage which is shaped by the well know barrier islands and three shallow sounds - Pamlico, Core and Back. During the drive visitors will notice that the tiny villages are held together by locally owned businesses with barley a chain business in sight.   The residents of these villages build boats, fish and hunt, operate ferries, guard the coast, tell stories and provide services to visitors. Fishing and hunting as livelihoods are keys to this culture that goes along with living on the coastal edge. Byway villages are held to a significant national history, a collection of the nation’s earliest civil works. This includes four historic lighthouses and eight early U.S. Life-Saving Service or U.S. Coast Guard stations. The four lighthouses along the byway are Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Ocracoke Village Lighthouse, and Cape Lookout National Seashore Lighthouse.

Take the drive on The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway and get a feel for how life was like before the hectic schedules and tourist-driven cities. The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway begins in the north at Whalebone Junction. The joining of US 64-264, US 158, and NC 12 in Nags Head, Dare County, North Carolina. Travelers following the Byway’s NC 12 south can see the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Pamlico Sound on the west. The road crosses over Bodie and Hatteras islands in Dare County, Ocracoke Island in Hyde County and Down East in Carteret County to end on the west side of North River at the intersection of US 70 and Merrimon Road. The byway includes two ferry rides. One free, between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The other, between Ocracoke Island and Downs Easts Cedar Island. The Scenic Byway ends in Beaufort in the Down East region of North Carolina.

New findings on The Roanoke Island Missing Colony

New findings on The Roanoke Island Missing Colony

One of the first few thoughts that come to mind when you think of the Outer Banks includes Roanoke Islands Lost Colony. Chances are if you have ever visited Manteo or the OBX in general, then you have seen the outdoor drama The Lost Colony produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association. This is a non-profit association created to help celebrate the history of the first English colonies on Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The play is was generated to honor the founders of The Lost Colony through drama, education, and literature.

For those of you that don’t know the story about the disappearance of The Lost Colony, let’s bring you back to the 16th-century. In July of 1587, 117 English men, women, and children came ashore on Roanoke Island with a commission from Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. An Englishmen named John White helped lead the settlers to Roanoke Island, which is located inside the chain of barrier islands that is today called the Outer Banks. It was Sir Walter Raleigh’s second attempt to colonize North Carolina, but the first to include civilians and families. White’s granddaughter, Virginia Dare was the first child born in the New World to English parents just weeks after their arrival. A resupply trip sent White back to England that same year. A naval war with Spain delayed his return. Three years later in 1590, when English ships returned to bring back supplies, the settlers had vanished. The only clue left behind was the word “Croatoan” carved into a fence post, and the letters “CRO” on a tree. Many believe these referred to what is now Hatteras Island, 50 miles south of their settlement.

On and off for the past three years, Nicholas M. Luccketti and his archaeology team have been working along the coast of the Albemarle Sound trying to uncover more clues on this mystery. Mr. Luccketti and colleagues with the First Colony Foundation have been digging up parts of the shores and hillsides of the Albemarle Sound hoping to find traces of the colonists. The dig site where they have been working is located in a secluded cove off of a creek in Merry Hill N.C., they call the spot Site X. The archaeologists have not found evidence of structures there, but have found ceramics and other material of European origin that might have come from Roanoke colonists. In an article posted by The New York Times Luccketti says “I’m trying to make sure that I say this correctly. We have evidence from this site that strongly indicates that there were Roanoke colonists here.”

New findings means more questions and more excitement. Some scholars who have seen the evidence are supportive of the findings, but at least one sees the evidence as not enough to draw solid conclusions. All agree more digging is needed in order to determine the findings at Site X. The latest findings include fragments of earthenware and pottery, a mashed metal rivet, and a piece of a hand-wrought nail. All were found in a shallow pit on a hillside above the Albemarle Sound.

In 2012 was when the most alluring clue was brought to attention by the British Museum when they re-examined one of White’s coastal maps for the First Colony Foundation. X-ray spectroscopy and other imaging techniques revealed that a patch hid a four-pointed blur and red star on the western end of Albemarle Sound.  That certain spot, near the outlets of the Chowan River and Salmon Creek, more or less corresponded to White’s reference to a site 50 miles inland, Croatoan (now Hatteras Island). Eric Klingelhofer, a vice president for research at the foundation and a history professor at Mercer University in Macon, GA says “We need to know more. This whole story is a blank page, a blank chapter of history, and I think archaeology is the only way to come up with answers.”

If you would like to read more about the new findings of the Roanoke Island Colony check out this article the New York Times posted.

Fourth of July

OBX Fourth of July Fireworks and Events

It’s almost that time of the year again, time to celebrate Americas birthday! From Corolla to Manteo, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy this Independence Day for 2015. There is no better place to spend your Fourth of July than here on the beaches of the Outer Banks.



23rd Independence Day Celebration

Friday, July 3rd at 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy Independence Day at the family fun and friendly Historic Corolla Park. This event includes fireworks show, free live music, food vendors, a corn-hole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free. Fireworks display at dusk.



11th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade

Friday, July 3rd 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Immediately after the parade join the community for an Independent Day celebration at Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Road. The event features live music from Just Playn’ Dikieland, cold refreshments, watermelon provided by Green Acres, and the awarding of the parade trophies! ABC News named the Town of Duck’s festivities as one of the country’s top 10 best small-town 4th of July celebration.


Kill Devil Hills

4th Annual Sun Realty Firecracker 5K, Old Glory Mile & Little Sparkler Fun Run

Friday, July 3rd 2015

Location: 102 Town Hall Drive Kill Devil Hills, NC

Sun Realty Outer Banks Freedom 5K – 7:00am

Old Glory Mile – 7:05am

Little Sparkler Fun Run – 7:45am

Come out and participate or support the all American family and community event in the spirit of American Independence! Presented by Sun Realty and Outer Banks RunCations supporting the Wounded Warrior Project Event Participants will enjoy post-race refreshments provided by The Shore Chef & Outer Banks Rum Cakes.

The town of Kill Devil Hills will celebrate with a fireworks show at dusk on the Avalon Fishing Pier which is located at Mile Post 6 on the beach road.


Nags Head

2015 Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run

Friday, July 3rd 2015 at 8:30a.m.

Location: Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head

The Outer Banks Running Club invites you to run/walk/overcome a 2 mile course on the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Proceeds go toward Friends of Jockeys Ridge, a local non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, preserving and enhancing Jockey’s Ridge Sate Park.

The Town of Nags Head will host the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 9:25p.m. on the ocean pier located at mile post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.



Location: Manteo Waterfront, Roanoke Island Park

The Town of Manteo celebrates Independence Day every year on the 4th of July with festivities that occur all day.  There is a firework display over the sound at dusk.



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