2017 Beach Nourishment

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2017 Beach Nourishment

The Outer Banks will be undergoing additional beach nourishment this year in the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Beach nourishment is a process by which sediment (sand) lost through long shore drift or erosion is replaced from sources outside of the eroding beach. The purpose of the project is to help widen our existing beaches. The project will include pumping sand from the ocean floor onto the beach to build up the eroded areas. The widened shoreline provides defense from coastal storms and protects our community, particularly properties along the shoreline, from beach erosion.


DUCK – 1.7 miles of shoreline will be replenished, beginning north of the Army Corps of Engineers and expanding to just north of Oyster Catcher Lane. This will take place from April through June 2017

KITTY HAWK – The proposed project area is 3.58 miles of shoreline, which will span from the town’s northern border with Southern Shores down to southern border with Kill Devil Hills. It is expected to take place from June through August 2017.

KILL DEVIL HILLS – The project will span to almost 2.6 miles, beginning at the northern border with Kitty Hawk and ending south of Prospect Avenue. This will take place from August through October 2017.


The beaches will remain open but access to certain areas will be restricted during the construction phase. Please keep in mind that these are preliminary schedules and are subject to change. The contractor for the project is Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD).




For schedule updates and more information about Beach Nourishment,  visit http://morebeachtolove.com/.




Hurricane Season on the Outer Banks

Hurricane Season on the Outer Banks

Due to our location and unique island geography, hurricanes can potentially be a major threat to the Outer Banks. The high winds and surges associated with these powerful storms can cause devastating flooding to our area. Some may seem skeptical to the idea of booking their stay during the month of September because of hurricanes. September is peak season for hurricanes, but truthfully anything along the Atlantic coast or near the Gulf of Mexico is fair game from June till November, and peak season is around mid-August through September. With that being said, purchasing travelers insurance isn’t a bad idea. It’s also somewhat crucial to overall be prepared to adjust your plans. We also recommend keeping an eye on sites like Accuweather.com for seasonal forecasts and to track storm development within a week or two of your trip.

Stan White Realty offers Traveler Interruption Insurance with Red Sky Travel Insurance. Having this coverage will not only save your investment and possibly your vacation, but also give you peace of mind during such disasters. To purchase the policy, initial in the space provided on your lease agreement.

Other than being cautions of hurricanes, fall on the Outer Banks is hands down the best time of year to visit. Crowds are low, weather is comfortable, and the water temp is even still enjoyable. Prices also gradually are reduced during the beginning of the shoulder season. In fact, everything in all aspects is generally cheaper such as dining, shopping and accommodations. So don’t let the hurricane season change your mind about visiting the OBX during this time of year. Each year is different, it can be a season filled with a bunch of small storms or one large one. We only express the risk of hurricanes to keep you educated and informed on what could or could not happen.

Check out our September Specials! The special includes booking any remaining full September week at any participating property and receive a $200 discount, PLUS free early check-in* (1pm, a $100 value).


Outer Banks Weather
Red Sky Traveler Interruption Insurance

Tips to Withstand Hot Summer Days/Nights

Tips to Withstand Hot Summer Days/Nights

We’ve finally reached the true dog days of summer for the Outer Banks. The hotter and more humid days of the year. Listed here are a few tips to inform you on how to stay cool during these sensuous days of summer.

Bring lots of water:  Pack a cooler full of ice and bottled water and just keep drinking.  Please stay hydrated!  You can also bring hydrated snacks like watermelon, cucumber and other fruits to help you stay cool.  Stay away from sugary drinks such as sodas; they decrease the ability of your body to store water.  Also be careful while drinking alcoholic drinks.  Be sure to drink water in-between.

Take a dip:  While at the beach or by the sound, grab a spot close to the edge so you can take a quick dip without being too far from your stuff.  You can even place your chair in the water just so you can keep your feet wet.

Look for clouds:  During cloudy days the weather is a little bit more forgiving.

Seek shade:  Umbrellas and canopies provide some much needed relief when you need a break from the sun.  You can also find some shade underneath the fishing piers.  Outer Banks Fishing Piers

Wear sunscreen:  Sunscreen doesn’t have a cooling effect but its protective effect is crucial during summer weather.  Sunburn can cause a fever and various signs of dehydration.  At the minimum, use SPF 15 or a better option of SPF 30. Reapply often!  Every two hours is ideal, or more often while swimming.

Make food without using the oven or stove:  Find foods that don’t need to be cooked, or don’t need heat to be cooked.  If you are cooking, keep the cool air in and the temperature down by using the microwave instead of the stove or oven.  Cool soups are great in warm weather.  As well as popsicles, slushies, frozen fruit, and other frozen treats to help you stay cooled down.

Simply cool off:  Taking a cold shower brings down the core body temperature. Keep your bedroom cooled down by pointing box fans out of windows so they push the hot air out of the room.

Stay cool while sleeping:  Lightweight cotton sheets are breathable and good for promoting ventilation and airflow. Wearing cotton clothes while sleeping is also recommended. Get a jump start on hydration by drinking a glass of water before bed.

2016 Fourth of July


See what’s happening on the Outer Banks for 4th of July 2016

Town of Manteo Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day in the welcoming small town of Manteo.  Starting at 3:00pm there will be various activities going on and then fireworks at night.

Location: Budleigh Street
Manteo NC 27954

12th Annual 4th of July Parade and Community Celebration Town of Duck

Get to the Town of Duck early to reserve your spot for the Fourth of July Parade. The parades route begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane going towards the ocean, continues down Ocean Way, and then turns onto Christopher Drive. No part of the Parade is on Duck Road (SR 12). Parade starts at 9:00am. Stick around after at the Town Park for a community social with live music by Just Playin’ Dixieland, refreshing watermelon and the awarding of the Parade trophies.

Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

Ocracoke Island will be having 4th of July festivities all day long. Starting at 9:00am there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony and singing of National Anthem. 4:00pm is the Old Time Ocracoke Parade. The Parade starts at Ocracoke Oyster Company left on Lighthouse Rd., right on Creek Rd., right on Silver Lake Dr., follow road around harbor to Parade’s end at NPS Parking Lot. Winners announced at Lifeguard Beach parking lot at 7pm. New for 2016, from 7:00am – 10:00am there will be a family-friendly Community Beach Fire and Party at the Lifeguard Beach.

5th Annual Freedom 5k

An all American family and community event in the spirit of American Independence, presented by Sun Realty and the OBX Running Company. There is the Freedom 5k, Veterans Mile run, and Little One’s Fun Run. Race start and Finish at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall.

SUN Realty Freedom 5k – 7:30am
Veteran’s Drive Mile – 7:30am
Fun Run – 8:15am
102 Town Hall Drive – Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
The OBX Running Company Freedom 5k

2016 Outer Banks Running Club Killer Dunes 2-Miler & Fun Run

Begin your Independence Day by supporting the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern Unites States. The Outer Banks Running Club invites you to run/walk/overcome 2 miles on Jockey’s Ridge. There will also be a quarter-mile Fun Run available for all ages. Proceeds benefit Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, a local non-profit dedicated to preserving & Enhancing Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Race starts at 8:30am



Spending the 4th of July on the Outer Banks this year? Don’t miss the fireworks!

Book your Fourth of July Vacation Here


24th Annual Independence Day

Corolla Festival of Fireworks offers an afternoon of fun and family activities. The event features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and children’s games. Admission and parking are free. The event starts at 5:00pm. Fireworks display is at dusk.

Event location: Historic Corolla Park, 1100 Club Road, Corolla.

Kill Devil Hills

Town of Kill Devil Hills will celebrate the 4th of July with a fireworks show at Dusk on the Avalon Fishing Pier located at Mile Post 6 on the Beach Road.

Nags Head

Town of Nags Head will host the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on the NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.

Beach Fires are allowed, with regulations. They are not allowed in Duck, Southern Shore, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. In Nags Head permits are required and are obtained from the Nags Head Fire Department located at 5314 Croatan Highway after 5:00pm on the specific day the fire is requested.


FAQs about the OBX

Frequently Asked Questions

We asked our staff here at Stan White Realty & Construction what were some of the most commonly asked questions they are being asked while they help you plan your Outer Banks vacation.

Please feel free to call one of our reservationist if you have any other questions we didn’t answer in this blog post.

We would be more than happy to help!

#1-800-338-3233 or email us at info@outerbanksrentals.com

Q: What is the difference in all of the various home locations?

A: We have properties located in all different areas of the islands all the way from the towns Corolla to South Nags Head.

Location Descriptions

Q: How do I get to your offices?

A: We have three office locations

Corolla Office
812 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927

Duck Office
1232 Duck Road
Duck, NC 27949

Nags Head Office
2506 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959

Stan White Realty Offices

Q: Do I need a fishing license to fish?

A: A Coastal recreational Fishing License is required on the Outer Banks. Children under 16 are exempt. An individual doesn’t need a license for charter boat and pier fishing. Both are covered by a blanket license.

Q: Where can I buy a fishing license?

A: At a local bait and tackle shop and at any of the piers.

TW’s Bait & Tackle
Stop N Shop – fising tackle
Nags Head Fishing Pier
Jennette’s Pier

Q: Are fires allowed on the beach?

A: Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills – No

Nags Head and South Nags Head – yes with a permit.

Beach Pit Fire Information

Q: Should I worry about traffic traveling to the OBX?

A: Yes. When traveling to the OBX in the summer season (June through August) plan ahead for traffic delays across the Wright Memorial Bridge and Highway 12 north through Duck during the early morning and afternoon on the weekends. To avoid this traffic take alternate routes like Highway 64 over Roanoke Island. Or try arriving earlier in the day or late evening.

Q: What are the leash laws for dogs?

A: Corolla and Duck is all year round with a leash. Southern Shores is before 9a.m. and after 6p.m. Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk are with a leash. Nags Head is year round with a leash.

Q: Where can I launch my personal boat on the OBX?

A: Kitty Hawk – Kitty Hawk Boat Ramp and Hand Launch

West Kitty Hawk Road and Bob Perry Road
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Q: What does express check-in involve?

A: During the summer at the Nags Head office our staff provides Express Check-in. This is set up in the parking lot and allows guests to quickly and easily drive thru the outdoor check-in without having the leave their car. The purpose of Express Check-in is to shorten the check-in process and get you to your OBX rental home and on vacation sooner.

Express Check-in

Q: Do you offer travel insurance on my vacation?

A: We do offer travel insurance through an outside company, Red Sky Travel Insurance. We encourage all of our guests to purchase the Travel Interruption Insurance with their Outer Banks vacation rental by including this policy with your reservation. To purchase the policy, initial in the space reservation on your lease agreement. To decline just leave the space blank and it will be deducted from your total.

Red Sky Travel Insurance

Q: Where can I go in case of an emergency?

A: Need care and relief for a minor injury, ache or pain during your stay on the Outer Banks? Or maybe even your pet needs some emergency care. Here is a list of urgent care centers.

Sentara Urgent Care
The Outer Banks Hospital Urgent Care Center

For your furry friends:

Martin’s Point Veterinarian Hospital
Animal Hospital of Nags Head
Coastal Animal Hospital

Town of Duck 2016 Event Schedule

Town of Duck 2016 Events Schedule

If you and your family are spending your 2016 vacation staying in the Town of Duck, here is a detailed list of all the upcoming events that will be taking place this year. It’s not too late to reserve your Duck vacation destation, call ahead or visit our website to book your stay.

#1-800-338-3233 – www.outerbanksrentals.com


Thursday, April 21, 9:00-10:30 a.m. – Nature on the Boardwalk with the NC Aquarium


Saturday, May 7, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Art Show Opening Reception: Gwen Taylor Mixed Media Exhibit

(Art show runs May 4 to July 28, 2016)

Thursday, May 19, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Nature on the Boardwalk with the NC Aquarium


Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, June 14, Dusk – Movies on the Sound, Happy Feet

Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff
Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater –  “Snakes” presented by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Tuesday, June 21, Dusk – Movies on the Sound, Hotel Transylvania 2

Wednesday, June 22, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Spare Change
Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater – The Mystery of The Lost Colony

Tuesday, June 28, Dusk – Movies on the Sound, Annie (1982)

Wednesday, June 29, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Thursday, June 30, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Mama’s Black Sheep


Monday, July 4, 9:00 a.m. – 12th Annual 4th of July Parade & Community Celebration

Tuesday, July 5, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, July 5, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater –  “Turtles” presented by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Tuesday, July 5, Dusk – Movies on the Sound, Jumanji

Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, July 6, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Thursday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Story Time with Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books

Thursday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Emily Minor
Tuesday, July 12, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, July 12, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater – The Mystery of The Lost Colony

Tuesday, July 12, Dusk – Movies on the Sound, Soul Surfer

Wednesday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, July 13, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Thursday, July 14, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Story Time with Island Bookstore

Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Mike MickXer
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater – “Sharks” presented by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Tuesday, July 19, Dusk – Movies on the Sound – Inside Out

Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 a.m. – Dynamic Flow on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Thursday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Story Time with Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books

Thursday, July 21, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Birddog
Tuesday, July 26, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, July 26, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater – The Mystery of The Lost Colony

Tuesday, July 26, Dusk – Movies on the Sound – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, July 27, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Thursday, July 28, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Story Time with Island Bookstore

Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Locust Honey String Band


Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, August 2, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater – “Alligators” presented by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Tuesday, August 2, Dusk – Movies on the Sound – Maleficent

Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Wednesday, August 3, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Art Show Opening Reception: Women’s Photography Exhibit

Thursday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Story Time with Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books

Thursday, August 4, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Soul House Revival

Tuesday, August 9, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Interactive Theater – The Mystery of The Lost Colony

Tuesday, August 9, Dusk – Movies on the Sound – Tangled

Wednesday, August 10, 7:30 a.m. – Fitness on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, August 10, 9:30 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Thursday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. – Children’s Story Time with Island Bookstore

Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Smooth Hound Smith

Tuesday, August 16, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 a.m. – Dynamic Flow on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Wednesday, August 17, 9:30 a.m. – Family Magic Show with OBXtreme Magic

Thursday, August 18, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project

Tuesday, August 23, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Wednesday, August 24, 7:30 a.m. – Dynamic Flow on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Thursday, August 25, 6:30 p.m. – Concert on the Green – The Wilders

Tuesday, August 30, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Wednesday, August 31, 7:30 a.m. – Dynamic Flow on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff


Tuesday, September 6, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Wednesday, September 7, 7:30 a.m. – Dynamic Flow on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff

Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 a.m. – Yoga on the Green with Duck Village Yoga

Wednesday, September 14, 7:30 a.m. – Dynamic Flow on the Green with Local Trainer DL Althoff


Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. – Movie on the Green – The Muppet Movie

Saturday, October 8, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Concert on the Green featuring Frank Vignola

Sunday, October 9 – 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival

Saturday, December 3, 3:00 -5:00 p.m. – Duck Yuletide Celebration

4th of July Parade

Monday, July 4th, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Parade Route:  The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane going towards the ocean, continues down Ocean Way, and then turns onto Christopher Drive.  No part of the Parade is on Duck Road (SR 12).  Plan to come early and make your way down toward Ocean Way to get the best parade viewing spot.

Immediately following the parade, join us at the Town Park  for  a community social with live music by Just Playn’ Dixieland, cold refreshments, and the awarding of Parade trophies.

For more information or to register to participate, visit http://www.townofduck.com/special-events/duck-4th-of-july-festivities/

Nature on the Duck Boardwalk, Thursday, April 21 & Thursday, May 19, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a stroll along the Town of Duck’s soundside boardwalk to check out wildlife and local plants.  Join a NC Aquarium educator to see and hear what we will find!  Programs are for audiences 9 and up, and are free, but space is limited.  Call 252.255.1234 to register. FREE. Visit townofduck.com/special-events for more information.

Yoga on the Green, Tuesdays, June 14-September 13, 7:30 a.m.

Start your day in Duck with a yoga class for students of all levels led by Duck Village Yoga. Classes are held on the Town Green Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. from June 14 through September 13. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and water. FREE. Visit townofduck.com/special-events for more information.

Dynamic Flow Fitness on the Green, Wednesdays, June 15-September 14

Get your day started with an energizing workout led by local trainer DL Althoff on the Green Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. from June 15 to September 14. The workout, “Dynamic Flow”, is a natural, practical, and playful calisthenics workout for the amateur and the athlete. A yoga mat is not needed for this class, but water is encouraged. FREE. Visit townofduck.com/special-events for more information.

Children’s Interactive Theater, Tuesdays, June 21-August 9, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday mornings feature a variety of family-oriented shows. Enjoy interactive shows presented by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island that includes live animal interactions, and a performance by characters from The Lost Colony that provides opportunities to participate on stage. Performances start at 10:00 a.m. at the Duck Amphitheater, with gates set to open at 9:45 a.m. All shows are FREE and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and not guaranteed if the venue is full. Visit townofduck.com/special-events for more information.

  • June 21 – NC Aquarium – SNAKES
  • July 5 – NC Aquarium – TURTLES
  • July 19 – NC Aquarium – SHARKS
  • Aug 2 – NC Aquarium – ALLIGATORS

Movies on the Sound, Tuesdays, June 14-August 16, Dusk

Bring the whole family for a memorable movie viewing experience under the stars on the Duck Town Green. The movies will begin at dusk. Although FREE, donations are appreciated to benefit Children @ Play, the films’ presenter. Blankets and chairs are encouraged. Visit www.townofduck.com/special-events or http://www.childrenatplayobx.org/ for more information.

  • June 14, 2016 – Happy Feet
  • June 21, 2016 – Hotel Transylvania 2
  • June 28, 2016 – Annie
  • July 5, 2016 – Jumanji
  • July 12, 2016 – Soul Surfer
  • July 19, 2016 – Inside Out
  • July 26, 2016 – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • August 2, 2016 – Maleficent 
  • August 9, 2016 – Tangled
  • August 16, 2016 – E.T.

Family Magic Show, Wednesdays, June 29-August 3, 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. August 10 & 17

On Wednesdays, the Duck Amphitheater will be packed with excitement as families witness incredible illusions, mind-bending magic, comedy, and audience participation on and off the stage that the entire family will love — all live on stage by OBXtreme Magic starring world-renowned illusionist Clive Allen. Due to the show’s popularity, we have added a second show each Wednesday from June 29 through August 3 with support from the show’s sponsors Kellogg’s Supply Co. and The Cottage Shop and Twiddy & Co.

The first show beings promptly at 9:30 a.m., with gates set to open at 9:10 a.m. The second show begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. For guaranteed seating, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the show:

  • June 29
  • July 6
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10 – one show, 9:30 a.m.
  • August 17 – one show, 9:30 a.m.

Although this event is free, tickets will be required for entry. Seating in the amphitheater is limited. All attendees (of any age) must possess a ticket to gain entry to the performance. Tickets will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday the week of the show at Kellogg’s Supply/The Cottage Shop, 1201 Duck Road (directly across from the Town Park). There is a six ticket maximum for this event. Visit townofduck.com/special-events for more information.

Children’s Story Time, Thursdays, July 7-August 11, 10:00 a.m.

A fun story time geared toward children between the ages of 3 and 7. Stories provided by local bookstores Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books and Island Bookstore, with special appearances by local authors, Duck Fire, Duck Police and Duck Surf Rescue. Story Time is held on the Amphitheater Stage. FREE. Visit townofduck.com/special-events for more information.

  • July 7 – Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books
  • July 14 – Island Bookstore
  • July 21 – Duck’s Cottage & Books
  • July 28 – Island Bookstore
  • August 4 – Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books
  • August 11 – Island Bookstore

Concert on the Green, Thursdays, June 23-August 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

This FREE evening concert series features a variety of live music to entertain all. Bands entertain concert-goers on the Duck Town Green on Thursday evenings from June 23 through August 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. Coolers, picnics, pets and children are welcome! Chairs and blankets are encouraged. Sponsored by Twiddy & Co. Visit townofduck.com/special-events for more information.

The 2016 schedule of performances:

Outer Banks History

Outer Banks Historical Sites

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has so much more to offer than just a pretty picture. There is more to these barrier islands than meets the eye. From Corolla to Ocracoke visitors of the OBX can find something knowledgeable and appealing.  Historical landmarks are scattered all along the Outer Banks varying from brick lighthouses to giant sand dunes. Be sure to check out each of these sites during your vacation to the OBX this year.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was the last major brick lighthouse built on the Outer Banks. It stands 158 feet tall and is made of red-brick. The lighthouse towers above the northern Outer Banks landscape in the historic Corolla Village. Visitors can climb the winding staircase of 220 steps to the top for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. The Currituck Beach Light Station still serves as an aid to navigation. The beacon comes on automatically every evening at dusk and ceases at dawn.

Location: 1101 Corolla Village Road, Corolla, NC 27927

Wright Brothers National Memorial

This memorial marks the site of the world’s first powered flight on December 17th, 1903. The visitor’s center features full-scale reproductions of the Wright 1903 Powered Flyer and interpretive presentations. The grounds feature historical markers of each attempted powered flight, a replica camp buildings and a 60-foot granite monument on top of a 90-foot dune honoring the Wright Brothers.

Location: N Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

The largest natural living sand dune on the East Coast. The park is 426-acre park is a leading location for kite flying, hiking, and sightseeing and sunsets, with a view arching from the ocean to Roanoke Sound. It also includes a visitor center with a museum and a 360-foot boardwalk with exhibits that explain the dune’s ecology.

Location: 300 W. Carolista Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959

Graveyard of the Atlantic

The Graveyard of the Atlantic is a region of the ocean just offshore of the Outer Banks where some 3,000 shipwrecks decorate the depths from Kitty Hawk south to Ocracoke. Shipwrecks have happened all along this region of North Carolinas coast due to its deceptive shoals, underwater sandbars and the powerful storms that have come along. Today you can see some of these wrecks from shore or by snorkeling or scuba diving. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks from the earliest periods of exploration.

Location: 59200 Museum Dr, Hatteras, NC 27943

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is tucked away at the quiet east end of the Manteo Waterfront. This is one of the most overlooked of the Outer Banks lighthouses because of its small stature and limited visibility. Visitors to historic Downtown Manteo will have no problem spotting the small lighthouse which stretches out 40 yards into the Roanoke Sound. This lighthouse has a white exterior with black shutters and red shingled roof with a wooden boardwalk with a waterfront view.

Location: Manteo Waterfront, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954

The Lost Colony of Roanoke

The village of Roanoke was one of the first English colonies to be established on the soil. The colony was recruited by Sir Walter Raleigh. The Governor, John White, traveled back to England to later return with supplies the colonist requested. Three long years later John White returned to find the area that was once a village was stripped of its people. What was left behind were some small cannons, an opened chest, a tall fence built around the perimeter of the former village site, and a single word carved on a fence post, “Croatoan” and the letters “CRO” carved into a nearby tree. Their fate then subjected to many theories and controversies. Their story is reenacted every summer during performances of The Lost Colony, the nation’s longest symphonic drama in Fort Raleigh’s Waterside Theatre in Manteo.

Location: 1409 National Park Dr. Manteo, NC 27954

The Elizabethan Gardens

The Elizabethan Gardens is a 10.5 acre public garden located within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The Gardens contain over 500 different species of plants. Flower displays are changed seasonally to insure colorful displays throughout the year. Elaborate gardens were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her region. The Elizabethan Gardens was created for visitor’s enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago.

Location: 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954

Fort Raleigh

The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site sits on 513 acres on the north end of Roanoke Island just three miles from the historic town of Manteo. It was established in 1941. The park honors the first English attempts to colonize the New World from 1585 to 1587. Today the park is home to a visitor’s center, museum, Elizabethan Gardens, The Lost Colony outdoor drama, historic tour trail, gift shop, and picnic area. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site preserves the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and Africa Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.

Location: 1401 National Park Dr, Manteo, NC 27954

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Visitor’s traveling towards Hatteras Island can’t help but notice the black and white horizontal striped structure peaking over the trees on the soundside. The lighthouse is 156 feet and has 214 steps to the top. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is considered its architectural twin. The Bodie Island Light Station is located at the northern end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Location: 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, Nags Head, NC 27959

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Museum

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the United States standing at 208 feet. This lighthouse is painted in black and white spirals with a red base. It is one of the most famous and most recognizable lighthouses in the world. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most treacherous stretches of the Outer Banks, with a beam of light that spans 20 miles out to sea. Considered one of Hatteras Island’s biggest attractions. Come and climb the 257 steps to find the most rewarding panoramic view of Hatteras Island from Avon to Hatteras Village.

Location: 46379 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, North Carolina 27920

Ocracoke Lighthouse

The Ocracoke Lighthouse is North Carolinas oldest operating lighthouse. And the second oldest in the United States. The lighthouse only stands at 65 feet tall and is the smallest lighthouse on the Outer Banks. The lighthouse still towers over the 4 square miles of Ocracoke Village. Its light can be spotted up to 14 miles into the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Location: Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960

Rainy Day Activities

When the weather is gloomy don’t let it ruin your frame of mind. If you’re a beach vacationer experiencing a few rainy days during your vacation week this just allows you to find the fun in various hidden locations. Each and every town that make up the coastline of the Outer Banks has something entertaining and even educational to offer. So looking on the bright side of this temporary dark weather. Without the rain, it would never lead you to check out these indoor activities.

Starting in the Northern Towns of Corolla and Duck:

TimBuck II

TimBuck II is a shopping center located in Corolla North Carolina. It features 60 different shops, restaurants and recreation.


Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photos & Gifts

Time travel to the past through Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photos in Corolla. With backdrops, accessories and costumes for the Old South, Wild West, Pirates, Civil War, American Indians, Roaring Twenties, Victorian-era and more, you can be transformed into a fantasy figure and leave with an original photo.


Eden Day Spa & Salon

An Aveda Concept Salon and Spa that has been creating beauty and cutting edge style since 1996. Eden Day Spa and Salon uses an array of Aveda products that soothe and treat hair and skin. Three Locations one in Corolla, Duck and Currituck North Carolina.


Beach Braids

This family owned business specializes in styling hair with braids with or without beads, hair wraps, and even henna tattoos. All a perfect beach souvenir. Some of the styles include custom Henna/Jagua tattoos in brown or black, full color temporary tattoos, braiding & cornrows, and even feather extensions. Beach Braids has three locations – Corolla, Duck and Nags Head.


The Town of Duck

The little town of Duck has accumulated a reputations as one of the best vacation spots on the Outer Banks. Duck has appeared on a number of national Best Beach lists including Travel Channel’s Best Beach Directory. With a mix of independent businesses and the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk, Duck Village is a perfect rainy day destination.


Scarborough Lane Shoppes

Scarborough Lane Shoppes is a collection of cool clothing boutiques, restaurants and shops that vary from home décor to pet pampering. Browsing from store to store is comfortable under the covered porches to connect the shops no matter the weather.


SeaDragon Gallery

SeaDragon Gallery in Duck has a collection of traditional and contemporary handcrafts and fine arts. The gallery is filled with jewelry and works in pottery, glass, metal and wood by local Outer Banks, North Carolina artists and artisans from across the United States. Located in The Waterfront Shops in Duck along the Currituck Sound.


Aqua Restaurant and Spa

AQUA Restaurant offers nothing but a fresh regional cuisine and various cultivated wines. The casual dining in an elegant waterfront setting.

Overlooking tranquil waters on the sound front, your bound to find complete peace at AQUA Spa on the Outer Banks.  The expert service providers use only the highest quality organic products to help renew and relax you during the treatments to fulfill your individual needs.


Next is Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head:

Integration Massage & Bodywork Therapy

If the weather is being a little difficult take advantage of this time to pamper yourself. At integration Massage & Bodywork Therapy is available daily in the Kitty Hawk and Nags Head massage studios, as well as mobile massage offered in the comfort of your home or rental cottage.


Glazed & ConFused Glass

Choose a fused glass project from the many inspirational ideas on display. Start with a base then go to the glass wall and choose from the many colorful styles of glass from which to build your project. Leave your project with us to fire then pick it up in a few days. If you are leaving town they can even ship your piece for a small fee.


The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks

The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks invites you to join them for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. The comedy shows are frequently listed as “OBX top 10 Things To Do this Week” for evening entertainment.


Destination Fun

The Outer Banks only indoor, black light “3-D” mini golf is a great place for family fun indoor activities. Live action laser tag, enclosed bound house play area, and over 60 arcade games, everyone is sure to have a good time.


Jennette’s Pier

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop, classroom and banquet hall. There are various unique educational programs perfect for indoor experiences.


OBX Bowling Center

A perfect place for full entertainment when the weather is a little off. The OBX Bowling Center is the only bowling alley on the Outer Banks. The center has 24 lanes of automatic bumpers, a snack bar/café, a pool hall, and a bar and large game room. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday bowlers can party from 10pm until 1am at the Neon Rock ‘n’ Roll party.


Gallery Row

The Gallery Row Arts District is a unique area in the heart of Nags Head North Carolina, a coastal community surrounded by the beauty of the Outer Banks Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The district was designed by the Town of Nags Head to showcase its fine art galleries, dinning, unique shops, and other cultural heritage ties. Galley Row is located north of Bonnett Street and in between S. Virginia Dare Trail & Rt 158 Bypass.


Moving on to Manteo City:

Outer Banks Distilling

The first “legal” distillery on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Located in historic downtown Manteo. The site offers Kill Devil Rum tastings and tour on site. Kill Devil Rum by the bottle is available at the distillery, local OBX restaurants and ABC stores for purchase. Distillery tours are available Tuesday – Saturday. Must be 21 years or older.


Bianca’s Readings

Something different to try on a rainy day is Bianca’s Tarot Cards & Horoscope Readings. Bianca is genuinely able to offer a wide variety of insightful service such as traditional psychic readings, tarot readings, and fend shui. All Readings are private and confidential.


Dare County Arts Council Gallery

A non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity. Art in every medium and style is offered at the local arts council gallery in downtown Manteo. The arts council has exhibitions that change monthly in the gallery and open every first Friday of the month. Usually two artists are featured.


North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

(Currently closed for a short period of time due to renovations – reopening in March!)

The 68,000 square-foot complex covers all aspects of aquatic life under the surface of the ocean and sound waters bordering the Outer Banks. The aquarium is one of three in the state located along the coastline that were opened to promote appreciation and conversation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.


Finally all the way down south:

Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center

This year round Museum holds a collection of Native American artifacts from Hatteras Island as well as other American Indian Cultures. The Museum is a non-profit educational foundation that was founded in 1987. This natural history center’s purpose is for preserving Native American artifacts, art, and culture.


Teach’s Hole

Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop was established on Ocracoke Island in 1992. The Pirate Specialty Shop offers over one thousand items that relate to piracy. The exhibit features a life-size recreation of Blackbeard. There is also a short documentary about Blackbeard’s life and death here which took place on Ocracoke Island North Carolina.


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 www.outerbanksrentals.com 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