Events You Don’t Want To Miss this December

Events You Don't Want To Miss this December

Are you traveling to the Outer Banks this December for the holidays? If you and your family are vacationing on the Outer Banks for the holidays this year then we know of a few events that you will want to go to. If you still are looking for the perfect Outer Banks vacation rental, we have plenty for you to choose from. Let’s look at what there is to do this December on the Outer Banks.

Winter Lights

Events You Don't Want To Miss this December

Winter time on the Outer Banks is a wonderful time to head over to the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. You and your family will be able to see the gardens to be decked out with beautiful holiday lights and sounds. This will last for 22 days where you can see the gardens glowing with lights that have been transformed into peacocks, deer and other garden creatures. The beginning of Winter Lights begins on Sunday, November 25th with festive food, drinks and fire pits. Don’t miss out on this fun event with the family on your next vacation to the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

We all know that Christmas and the holidays wouldn’t be complete without attending a local Christmas Parade. While you are on vacation come to Hatteras on Saturday, December 8th and enjoy a parade like no other. Beginning at 2:00 pm you will get to see the parade with the ones you love. After the parade and as twilight comes near, see Santa ride throughout the village on a local fire truck spreading holiday cheer to children and adults of all ages. Make this a new tradition for your family vacations each year!

115th Annual Celebration of The Wright Brothers First Flight

Events You Don't Want To Miss this December

Orville & Wilbur Wright took their first flight in North Carolina on December 17, 1903. This year come celebrate the 115th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. On December 17th beginning at 8:30 am you and your family can help experience the tradition honoring Wilbur & Orville Wright on the anniversary of the first powered flight. The event will be taking place at the tent area located south of the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. All park entrance fees will be waived for the day. What a memorable day this will be with your family!

These are just a few of the many events happening in the month of December. And if you are still searching for an Outer Banks vacation rental for your stay, please check out what specials we have going on. December is a wonderful time to come and visit the beach for the holidays. We hope that you and your family will come visit the Outer Banks for the holidays this year!

Visit the Outer Banks Labor Day Weekend This Year

The Outer Banks happen to be one of the hottest locations for you and your family to enjoy Labor Day Weekend this year. The kids will be headed back to school soon and what a better way to end the summer than a vacation to the Outer Banks. Staying in one of our Kill Devil Hills vacation rentals will keep you where the action is happening. Let’s look at what there is going on during Labor Day weekend below.

Kids Day in the Park

Want something for the kids to have fun with bouncy houses, activities and even a special tour of Whalehead. The Joan’s Way Tour will begin at 3:00 pm and costs $5 per person. Please note that the tour does have a limit of 30 children so please reserve your spot in advance. On August 30 head to the Historic Corolla Park and begins 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Come and join in on the fun happening here.

Meet a Mustang

Have someone in your family that likes horses, then head over to the Corolla Wild Horse Museum to meet a mustang. On Friday, August 31st at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, come meet a rescued mustang and learn about the history of the wild Colonial Spanish mustangs. This is a free event for you and your family to enjoy. Please note that the event is weather dependent so please call ahead on the day of the even to make sure it’s still happening. What a better way to learn more about the wild horses of the Outer Banks.

Blacksmithing at Island Farm

The Outer Banks have so much history to share with its visitors, and this event is one you can’t miss out on. Head over to Island Farm located in Manteo where you can see examples of what Hugh Gaylor had in his blacksmith shop in 1850. There is so much to do at this farm that dates back to 1847. Only 15 minutes from Nags Head and is close to Fort Raleigh for more adventures. Admission is $5 per person and children 5 and younger are free. Be sure to check out their website for more information. What a great way to learn about the heritage of North Carolina than to be with family!

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

The WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest happens to be known as one of the most anticipated surf contests in the State. This is a thrill for both the participants and for the spectators to watch each year. Located in Nags Head, NC you will be able to view some of the world’s most talented riders competing for the title of OBX Champ! Beginning on Wednesday, August 29th and ending on Monday, September 3 you will be able to enjoy some of this amazing talent of surfing. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see some pro surfers in the waves of North Carolina!

Seaside Hike

What a better way than to head over to Jockey’s Ridge State Park and enjoy some fun there. On August 31st join the staff at the state park to hike the Soundside Nature Trail. You will discuss interesting habitats that live along the barrier islands. This is a free event for you and your family to take advantage of while on vacation. The hike will begin at 9:00 am so be sure to be there a few minutes early to join in on the fun.

While there are many other events happening on the Outer Banks over Labor Day weekend, these are just a few we’d share with you. If you are still hunting for a last-minute Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills vacation rental, we can help you today. We look forward to seeing you this Labor Day weekend to help end the summer out right!

 

Outer Banks Wild Horses – Raymond is Back

When people come to the Outer Banks for vacation, they think of only the surf, sand and sun. There are many other things for you to do and see. One of the things that is a must do and see would be the Outer Banks wild horses and the last mule of Corolla. And don’t be surprised if you are staying in your oceanfront vacation rental if you happen to spy Raymond or one of the other OBX wild horses. They wanted to come by for a quick hello.

About Raymond and The Wild Horses

Last winter, it was believed that the last living mule was dying and many thought that they would never see him again. Raymond, the mule was originally thought to have passed away during the winter months but he didn’t and proved he is just too stubborn to go. Meg Puckett, the herd manager of Corolla Wild Horse Fund, thought Raymond had passed away after a last effort to save him in November. They had to drug him to be able to saw down his hooves which had become so deformed it was difficult to walk. Many of the locals who know of Raymond took to social media to celebrate his return to the rest of the Outer Banks wild horses.

Corolla's Last Mule is Back with the Wild Horses

The wild colonial mustangs are believed to have been brought to the Outer Banks more than 400 years ago. The mules came later when the farmers worked the barrier islands and their livestock got loose among the wild mustangs. While the farmers are now long gone and with Raymond being the only remaining mule of the bunch, it will be a sad time for all who are familiar with him when he passes away. It will feel like a little piece of history has died along with Raymond.

Where to See the Outer Banks Wild Horses

The Outer Banks wild horses roam freely in Corolla and most are going to be found in the 4-wheel drive areas of the beach. While it is illegal to come within 50 feet of the horses, you can still admire their beauty from a safe distance. Please note that you cannot pet or feed these wild horses as they are not like domestic horses. And in 2010 the Spanish Mustang was designated as North Carolina’s official state horse. What an amazing accomplishment for keeping the history of these horses alive. If you’d like a little help seeking out these beautiful animals, there are many tours available to see the Outer Banks wild horses in the Corolla area!

Outer Banks wild horses

If you are still looking to take a family vacation this year, then please look at one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals. We’d love for you to come visit our beautiful area, and to see the beautiful wild horses and Raymond the mule. Don’t miss seeing Raymond before he is gone forever!

 

Live Traffic Cameras in the OBX

Any one who has braved the Bypass (US158) or the Beach Road (NC12) during the summer months knows all to well that traffic on the Outer Banks is highly unpredictable. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has live traffic cameras and speed detectors online to make the easy life easier! This year, 2 new cameras have been installed at the Hatteras/Ocracoke ferry docks. These new additions will help keep travelers and locals informed 24 hours a day.

All the cameras in the area can be seen here.

Our New Property Manager to Corolla Office

We reopened our Corolla office last month under a new property manager, Kristina Cifers. Cifers, with over ten years of real estate experience, will be in charge of all operations at Stan White Realty’s office in Corolla. “I am known for my realistic prowess, market knowledge and results-driven approach, and it shows when I bring my client’s vision to existence,” said Cifers. Cifers is a resident of the Outer Banks and has a strong sales background. “After months of searching, it is my pleasure to welcome Cifers to the SWR&C team. Her passion for helping others and ambition to succeed make her an ideal leader to grow and sustain our current effort to provide better value and accessibility to the Corolla area,” said John White, CEO.
Kristina Cifers, NC Realtor 
Kristina Cifers, NC Realtor

Silicon Travel Vacation Attendant In All Homes with Internet

Established in 2004, Silicon Travel is a locally based company specializes in internet and advanced technologies specifically applied to the vacation rental industry and currently serves over 2,000 rental properties on the Outer Banks. The Vacation Attendant allows Silicon Travel to remotely diagnose and/or rectify issues in the event that a renter experiences connection problems during their vacation. Guests must simply call the toll free number for the Help Desk, which provides over-the-phone tech support 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Internet is the number one requested amenity for vacation rentals. It is not uncommon for one or more guests staying in a home to work while on vacation, and an interruption in internet service can lead to very upset renters. “Providing tech support for connection issues can not only restore service for guests, but conveys to them that we understand the importance of this amenity to their vacation” says White. “Even when the problem cannot be solved during their stay, guests appreciate our willingness to try and help, which is why we want our guests to have access to professional tech support representatives.”
Vacation Attendant, the next phase in Silicon Travel’s wireless Internet service, also serves as a concierge-style web portal that is accessed by vacationers every time they use any wireless device in their rental property. This new platform assists vacationers in effectively communicating with the rental company, and also connects them with the best businesses in the area. In true concierge fashion, Vacation Attendant is the perfect vacation assistant, and for potential advertisers, a direct advertising opportunity.
Installation began in Spring of 2013 with homes south of Kitty Hawk and was completed in November for Duck and Corolla properties. 2014 will be the first season in which the majority of rentals will feature the Vacation Attendant.
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