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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.

 

http://www.visitnc.com/trip-idea/outer-banks-national-scenic-byway-1

http://gardenandgun.com/blog/back-road-trip-outer-banks-scenic-byway

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. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/science/the-roanoke-colonists-lost-and-found.html?_r=0

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.

 

Corolla

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.

http://www.visitcurrituck.com/includes/calendar-of-events/23rd-Annual-Festival-of-Fireworks/16455/

 

Duck

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.

http://www.townofduck.com/duck4th/

 

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.  

http://www.runcations.com/sun-realty-outer-banks-freedom-5k-old-glory-mile-july-3-2015/

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.

http://www.outerbanksrunningclub.org/

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.

 

Manteo

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. 

http://www.townofmanteo.com/index.asp?Type=B_PRGSRV&SEC=%7B4B7AA2AA-9152-44EA-90C8-7D4EA7BE15DF%7D&DE=%7BD64E158B-B3D3-44C4-9205-AEC29195520B%7D

 

 

Owner Appreciation Party

Owner Appreciation Party
 
Each and every year we have an owner appreciation party where we celebrate our relationships with the homeowners who have trusted us to manage their vacation rentalThis year the party was held on Saturday, May 16th at the Kilmarlic Golf Club.  This was a great way for our owners to check out Kilmarlic and to get to know how our K Club amenity program works. Every homeowner who attended this year’s event received a $100 credit towards maintenance labor and was entered into a raffle for a $500 credit.  Dinner and drinks were served, and there was also a putting contest with prizes provided by Kilmarlic Golf Club.
 
 
The K Club is an exclusive amenity program provided to rental guests of K Club member homes on the Outer Banks. Stan White Realty is the first Outer Banks Rental company to extend K Club benefits to all of the properties in our program. The K Club is an exclusive amenity program provide by the Kilmarlic Golf Club. Members receive special discounts & services on a variety of OBX activities including: golf, water sport rentals, activity packages, and more.
 
Get the full advantage of owning a home here on the Outer Banks by signing up with Stan White Realty and Construction.  If you’re willing to welcome others into your home away from home here on the Outer Banks, then allow us to welcome you into ours! Visit the Property Management section of our website or call (252) 441-1515 to talk about listing your rental home with Stan White Realty today.
 

OBX Bike Week 2015

Outer Banks Bike Week 2015

April 18th - 26th 

The 13th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week is rolling back into town this spring! The motorcycle rally will include countless events scheduled up and down the OBX between the dates of April 18-26, 2015. Some of the events during Bike Week 2015 include live music, bike shows, poker runs, guided tours, outdoor concerts, tattoo and bikini contests, great local food and even more! There is absolutely no doubt that there will be any trouble enjoying your bike week here on the OBX.  Come book your stay now with Stan White Realty and enjoy the nine days of non-stop entertainment and of course riding! With over the 100 miles of scenic coast views of the barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks your stay here with Stan White will be both memorable and satisfying.

Visit obxentertainment.com to read more about the Outer Banks Bike Week 2015 Schedule of Events. Event times and dates are subject to change*

Book early and save with Stan White Realty for OBX Bike Week. This includes properties starting all the way from Corolla to South Nags Head. Discounted rates plus FREE early check-in (1pm, a $100 value!) for participating properties when you book a week-long stay for Outer Banks Bike Week beginning April 18th or 19th. Check out our variety of welcoming deals that are good from 04/18/2015 – 04/25/2015 and use the promo codes listed below each property. 

Book Early And Save in January

There is little more than a week left to Book Early and Save on participating properties for the 2015 season! Simply book and confirm by making your first payment by January 31st to receive the discount.

Remember, our phone lines and Live Chat are open till 8pm EST weekdays & 5:30pm EST on weekends.

Call: 800-338-3233 or email info@outerbanksrentals.com  info@outerbanksrentals.com


 

2014 OBX Marathon

Join us at the 2014 OBX Marathon!

 

Outer Banks Marathon Package

Reserve a partial (book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free) or week-long stay at any participating property for the Outer Banks Marathon (Friday, Novermber 7th thru Sunday, November 9th) and receive a $100 credit you can use towards your race registration, PLUS free early check-in (1pm) AND late check-out (noon). 
USE PROMO CODE: RUN 
Cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts or offers. 
 
 
The Outer Banks Marathon Weekend kicks off on Friday, November 7th and ends with the Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 9th. 
 
Come See Our Sponsor Mile Marker!
We Will Be Located At Marathon Mile Marker 14 (US158 MP ~11.5)

 
2013 OBX Marathon
 

Marathon Info


Weekend Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH 

12PM – 7PM Race EXPO & Packet Pick-Up
Dare County Youth Center, 602 Mustain Street, Kill Devil Hills, NC  27948 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH
TIME 7:30 - Outer Banks 10K - No race day registration.
1.45 Hour Cut Off to Finish - stragglers will be swept from the course.

First Flight High School track, 100 Veteran’s Drive, Kill Devil Hills  27948

9AM – 6PM Race EXPO & Packet Pick-up 
Dare County Youth Center - 602 Mustain Street, Kill Devil Hills

8:45 AM - 10K Awards!

9:30 AM -  Buccaneer 5K - No race day registration.
presented by Kelly Hospitality Group
1 Hour Cut Off to Finish - Stragglers will be swept from the course at 11:00am.

First Flight High School track, 100 Veteran's Drive, Kill Devil Hills

10:00 AM - Pirate Family Festival Begins!
First Flight High School track

10:30 AM - 5K Awards!

11:15 AM  Outer Banks Fun Run, presented by Kelly Hospitality Group
Morning of registration is available at the registration tent.
First Flight High School track
 

11:45 AM -  Diaper Dash

5 -6 PM and 6-7 PM  Pasta Party 
Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront
MP 9.5
1701 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27959
Get your tickets online - or at the registration table at the Expo!
More Info...

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9th 

7:00 AM  The TowneBank Outer Banks Half Marathon
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It's SOUTHERN FRIED!
E. Baltic Street at Wrightsville Avenue, Nags Head 27959 

7:20 AM The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon
5200 The Woods Road, Kitty Hawk 27949
*NC DOT requires that a 16 min. per mile pace must be maintained. The bridge will close to runners @ 1:30 pm. There will be 2 check points to insure this pace.
Check Point 1 is @ mile 3.5 - cut off time is 8:30 am.
Check Point 2 is @ mile 13.1 - cut off time is 11:00 am.

 

9:00 AM Start  Southern 6
Tanger Outlet Center
7100 South Croatan Hwy, Nags Head 27959

Grab a shuttle from either of the Start locations. Tell the driver you are going to Southern 6!

Return Shuttles from Manteo will return you to your car post race.

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM  Post Race Southern Fried Block Party 
Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo (waterfront)

10:30 AM -  TowneBank Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
12: 15 PM -  TowneBank Southern Fried Marathon Awards Ceremony

Shuttles & Parking

From: outerbanksmarathon.com

Getting There: Shuttles, Parking & Race Day Traffic
Shuttles are for Marathon and Half Marathon and Southern 6 participants only.

 

MARATHON SHUTTLE SERVICE

Runner Drop Off: Kitty Hawk Elementary School - a short walk to the Start.  
Directions: From Hwy 158 (By-Pass) in Southern Shores, turn onto Dogwood Trail. Turn right into the parking lot of Kitty Hawk Elementary School, 16 Dogwood Trail, Southern Shores.

Marathon Shuttle Options:

Park near Start option:
Park near the Start at WalMart lot, take a shuttle to the Start and catch a shuttle from Manteo back to your car after the race
Wal-Mart: 5400 N Croatan Highway, in Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Shuttles departing every 10 minutes beginning at 6:30am.

Park near Finish option:
OR park near the Finish in Manteo, take a shuttle to the Start in Kitty Hawk, run the race and then take a short shuttle to your car parked near the Finish.
Manteo High School: 616 Wingina Avenue, Manteo NC 27959

Shuttles depart promptly from Manteo High School at 5:45am to take you to the Marathon Start.  This is the last shuttle to the Marathon Start. Shuttle service is not available after 5:45am. MAKE SURE TO GET ON THE MARATHON START BUS (not the Half Marathon Start Bus).

HALF MARATHON SHUTTLE SERVICE

Runner Drop-Off Location:  Get dropped off at the Start – From Highway 158 (the Bypass) or Highway 12 (Beach Road) in Nags Head, turn onto Barnes Street, then turn north onto Memorial Avenue. Runner drop-off is at the corner of Memorial and Baltic Street in Nags Head.

Half Marathon Shuttles:  

Park near Start option:
Park at Nags Head Elem. School (or the overflow parking at YMCA). It is a short walk from the parking areas to the Start. After the race catch a shuttle from Manteo back to your car. 
1)  Nags Head Elementary School - 3020 Wrightsville Avenue, Nags Head, NC 27959
2)  Overflow Parking:  YMCA - 3000 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head, NC 27959

Park near Finish option:
Park near the Finish in Manteo,  take a shuttle to the Half Start, run the race and then take a short shuttle from the Finish back to your car parked at Manteo High School.
1) Manteo High School: 616 Wingina Avenue, Manteo NC 27959

Start Shuttles depart promptly from Manteo High School at 5:45am to take you to the Half Marathon Start.  
*Shuttle service is not available after 5:45am.

SOUTHERN 6 SHUTTLES

Southern 6 participants can take shuttles service from the Marathon Start in Kitty Hawk or Half Marathon Start in Nags Head, to the Southern 6 Start located at Tanger Outlet Center. The Southern 6 Start is scheduled for 9 (ish) it is very informal. Start times will vary and will depend on the flow of runner traffic coming along the course.
THERE IS NO PARKING AVAILABLE AT TANGER OUTLET CENTER.

Shuttle service from Manteo, back to the parking areas in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, will resume at 8am and run continuously throughout the day.

Spectators

 

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Race Day Traffic Pattern: To help spectators get to the Finish line and post-race festivities, all traffic entering Manteo/Roanoke Island after 7:30am on race day will use the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge, travel through Manns Harbor, cross the Manns Harbor Bridge and enter Manteo from the west side of the island.  This will add an additional 20-25 minutes to your trip to the Finish area, and directional signs will be out for you to follow.  Note: the Washington-Baum Bridge will be open to traffic.



Free Start Line Spectator Shuttles:  Immediately following the start of the marathon, a limited number of shuttles will be available to take spectators from the Start to the Finish area in downtown Manteo (there are a limited number of  these shuttles making only one trip to the Finish).  A shuttle will also be available to return you to Walmart, Kitty Hawk Elementary, Nags Head Elementary , YMCA or Manteo High School.  Return shuttles will run all day, starting at 7:45am.

 

 

 

Free Finish Line Spectator Shuttles: For Finish line spectators, ample parking and convenient shuttles are available at three locations:

Manteo High School - 616 Wingina Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954
Manteo Middle School - 1000 US Hwy. 64/264, Manteo, NC 27954
Manteo Elementary School - 701 US Hwy. 64/264, Manteo, NC 27954

Shuttles will depart from Manteo High School every 15 minutes beginning at 7:15am and run all day.

Family Reunion Area:  Family members and friends can meet up with runners at the Information table near the Finish in downtown Manteo (look for the big, red Information flag).

Spectator Spots 
All areas provide direct viewing and off-road parking immediately adjacent to the course. 

Marathon course:        
•RPC Contracting, 934. W. Kitty Hawk Road, 
by MM2, Kitty Hawk
•Wright Brothers Memorial, US 158, MP7, Kill Devil Hills
•First Flight Elementary and High School, 100/109 Veterans Drive, by MM9, Kill Devil Hills
•Nags Head Woods Visitor Center, 701 W. Ocean Acres Drive, by MP9.5, Kill Devil Hills

Marathon and Half Marathon course:    
• YMCA , 3000 S. Croatan Hwy., by MP11, 
between MM13 & MM14, Nags Head 
• Outer Banks Mall, 5000 S. Croatan Hwy., 
MP14, between MM17 & MM18, Nags Head
• Tanger Outlet Mall, 
7100 S. Croatan Hwy., MP16, Nags Head
• Dare County Justice Center, 
962 Marshall Collins Drive, before MM25, Manteo
• Chesley Mall , US Highway 64, 
between MM25 & MM26, Manteo
• College of the Albemarle, 205 US Highway 64, 
before MM26, Manteo

MP is Mile Post along the road
MM is Mile Marker along the course

 

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