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Challenge Your Team with a Powerful Team Building Retreat to Corolla

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There is nothing like getting the team away from the office.  Folks let down their hair and relax a bit dressed in casual clothes instead of business suits.  This can foster communication across typical department boundaries. 

During warm weather, pack your flip flops and bathing suits and head to Corolla for a memorable and rewarding team event.  Even in the off season with cooler temperatures, Corolla offers a unique environment for team building activities.

Corolla is a premier Vacation destination.  It seems, the Outer Banks and Corolla are always named in the top 10 beach destinations. 

This year is no different when the Huffington Post named Corolla 4th place and says “This wide, unspoiled Outer Banks beach has an added attraction: herds of wild Mustangs (descended from horses that escaped from Spanish explorers in the 1500s) that roam freely.”  Since the number 1 spot is in Hawaii and a bit further to travel; Corolla is centrally located to the Eastern Coast and a simple “drive to” destination for your business or corporate group.

A team building event must have an objective and can’t be all play.  No matter what your objectives, we have activities to energize your group and keep the creative juices flowing. 

Corolla Adventure Parksunset at corolla adventure park, which opened last season, is an ideal activity to challenge your team.  Situated on the beautiful Albermarle Sound, the rope course has 9 obstacle circuits 12-15 feet in the air with 60 different obstacles and zip lines.  There is something for every skill level to test your teams’ mental and physical limits.  The views are sensational and will create a lasting memory.  Call ahead and check the website for winter and holiday hours.  

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There are discounts for groups available in March, April, May, September, October and November.  This is the ideal time to visit Corolla in the Outer Banks.  Summer crowds, typically consisting of families, are back in school.  Rates for accommodations are reduced and there is a wide range of accommodations and activities to choose from. 

Corolla is known for large vacation homes, with fabulous amenities to satisfy every desire of your group.  Some homes have 12 or more bedrooms; but there are condos and smaller homes available as well.  Many have private pools (some heated), hot tubs, outdoor grilling entertainment areas, theater rooms, multiple kitchens, game rooms, volleyball or basketball courts for a quick pick up game. 

You can select a vacation home on the oceanfront or the soundfront and anywhere in between (the barrier island is not very wide).  Larger groups can also reserve multiple homes that are side by side. 

The island takes on a slower vibe after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.  The locals are more laid back and friendly; the will engage in conversation to elaborate on the history and what makes the Outer Banks such a special place. 

There is a vibrant restaurant scene, more like a metropolitan area.  Of course, crabs, oysters or any of our wonderful seafood is abundant and available to take out and cook at your rental home.  A personal chief could even come to the rental home and make a traditional seafood boil or another specialty dish. 

A best kept secret is how long our season is.  Ocean temperatures stay warm well into the fall making a day on the beach such a pleasant experience.  Your team can rent surfboards, stand up paddleboards or kayaks and receive expert instruction and a guided tour of the sound and estuary.  The abundant birds and wild life are experienced in a close, personal way when quietly paddling a kayak in and around the sound. 

For those who want power or excitement, jet skis and motor boats are available for rental, as well.  No visit to the area known for “First in Flight” is complete without seeing it from the air.  Corolla Parasailing can take groups of 12 on an adventure with a unique perspective from the air.  Fly above the Currituck Lighthouse and the quaint Soundside shops in Duck to appreciate the gorgeous view.  No matter what water activity your group would like to experience, Corolla has it.

Of course, no visit to Corolla is complete without going to the top of the Currituck Lighthouse and seeing the magnificent coast laid out in front of you in all its glory.  Wait! You also have to see the wild horses roaming freely on the beach and taking a dip in the ocean – because they can. 

I also didn’t get to mention the top notch golf courses like the Currituck Club as well as several others a short drive away. 

Fishing and crabbing is a favorite activity of residents and visitors alike.  Either from a boat, pier or surf; the Outer Banks is a fishermen’s paradise.

So, what are you waiting for?  Plan your retreat today because winter will soon be over.  Start with the lovely vacation rental homes that Corolla is known for.  These accommodations are great for a group for a team building retreat no one will soon forget. Explore available rentals and start planning your trip.   

If you find yourself, like some many others, wanting to come back to the Outer Banks with your very own vacation home, let the experts at Eillu guide your through your purchase.

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2017 Christmas Events and Activities on the Outer Banks

2017 Outer Banks Christmas Activities and Events

Christmas-time brings a variety of fun events, activities, and celebrations to the Outer Banks. If you are visiting anywhere from Corolla to Hatteras over the holidays season, don’t miss out on these local OBX favorites!

Experience Elizabethan Gardens

Spend a magical evening at the Elizabethan Gardens Winter Lights exploring the beautiful gardens illuminated by thousands of lights, sitting by the open-air fire pits sipping hot chocolate, listening to the live musical performances or shopping in the gift shop. Event is held Tuesday through Saturday in December and Friday and Saturday in January 2018 from 6pm-9pm at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo.

A special Thank You Santa night is December 27, 2017.  So, bring your letters for Santa to say “Thank You”.  Entry tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for youth, $6 for kids 5 and under.

See the Local Christmas Lights

Spend a night out exploring the Christmas lights in our community. Observe the lights from your car, or some homes are set up for you to get out of your vehicle and explore the displays.

The Poulos Family house is the most famous Outer Banks “Christmas House”.  It was featured on The Today Show and HGTV.  The display takes up to 12 weeks to set up and costs over $3,500 in electric bills per month. 

This is a display that begs you to get out of your car and explore.  Most times the friendly owner is nearby and eager for conversation and holiday greetings. There are many different stations or themes setup; moving trains, and the most stuffed animals you have ever seen all tucked into the garage.  You can find the Poulous House at the end of Ocean Acres Drive in Nags Head (622 W Ocean Acres Drive KDH).  The display is turned on at 6:00pm daily until December 31st.

Visit the Whalehead Club

Plan your visit to the Whalehead Club during their Christmas Candlelight Tour. Held on December 8th, 15th and 16th from  6 to 7pm, you will tour the historic 1920’s mansion belonging to the Knights.  It is decorated with period trimmings and filled with live music, with festive Christmas carols. The tour includes a live performance on the famous original and custom Steinway piano. Refreshments include hot chocolate, cider and homemade Christmas cookies.  Tickets are $20 and event space is limited so register in advance 252-453-9040.

Attend the 114th Annual Wright Brothers Celebration

Celebrate the Wright Brothers achievement of flight at the 114 year anniversary of the first flight.   This day-long event on December 17th begins at 9:00am at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills.  It includes ceremonies, an aviation flyover at 11:00am, tours of exhibits at the visitor center, and more. Don’t miss this exciting celebration!

Manteo New Year New World Celebration

This first annual street fair party will ring in the New Year on December 31st.  It is sponsored by Poor Richard’s and Bluegrass Island.  The streets downtown will close to traffic so everyone can gather for live music, family friendly activities and even an early ball drop for the kids.  Downtown restaurants and bars will be open and local food vendors on hand to provide special treats.  The dramatic fireworks show, expected to be the largest in the state, will be a show stopper and a highlight of the evening.   

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

On December 9th, venture down to Hatteras Island for the Annual Christmas Parade. Beginning at 2pm at Teach’s Lair Marina, the parade will run up NC-12 to the Hatterasman Drive-In. Cheer on the different floats, fire trucks, bands, horses, and Coast Guard Vehicles all dressed up for the Holidays. The Hatteras Community Building is hosting an after-parade reception with cookies and cocoa for the announcement of this year’s prizes sponsored by the Hatteras Village Civic Association.

With all of these exciting events and more, the Outer Banks is becoming a destination for the holiday season.  Spend the holidays with family and enjoy the reduced crowds of the off-season. 

If you are ready to purchase your very own vacation home, permanent residence or investment property, let Eillu show you real estate so you can enjoy the Outer Banks for many seasons to come.  

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Tour the Outer Banks – 21 Top Attractions (away from the beach and sound) for Each Town You Don’t Want to Miss

Things to do on OBX that are not the beach or sound- Aerial view currituck lighthouse

Visitors are surprised at how much there is to do in the Outer Banks that does not involve going to the beach or sound or H2OBX waterpark.  While the abundance of water activities is one of the most attractive features of the destination, the Outer Banks has so much history and other features you won’t want to miss.

The Outer Banks has many golf courses for aficionados to enjoy and you can read about 8 of the nearby OBX golf courses here

The Outer Banks has several fishing piers that are great for beginner and experienced anglers to test their skill.  Read about our fishing piers here.

The activities here are listed from north to south and grouped by town.


Wild Horses

The wild horses are a major attraction for visitors in Corolla.  The horse breed, the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs, is designated as the NC State Horse.  They reside in a sanctuary just north of Corolla in Carova where there are no paved roads. 

While there are many organized tours to view the wild horses, it is not necessary to go on a tour in order to be able to see them.  Visitors with a 4 wheel drive vehicle can drive on the Carova beach and see the horses. 

However, if you are not experienced with driving on the beach, it is a better idea to go on a tour and avoid getting stuck.  Plus, the tour guides know the back roads and the favorite places where the horses gather and can regale you with the history of the area. 

Keep in mind the horses are a protected treasure.  It is against the law to get within 50 feet of them or to feed them. 

Currituck Lighthouse

The Currituck Beach Light Station is a distinctive red brick tower located in historic Corolla Village.  Construction began in 1873 and was completed two years and over 1 million bricks later. 

The lighthouse is open for the public to climb the 220 steps or 162 feet which is worth the effort for the amazing view.  The view of the Whalehead Club, Currituck Sound and Atlantic Ocean is absolutely breathtaking. 

The lighthouse opens in March and closes the beginning of December.  There are a few days where the climb is free but typically the admission is $10 for adults and children over 7.  Children under 7 can climb free with an adult.  70% of the admission is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Whalehead Club

The Whalehead Club is a restored 1920’s Art Nouveau styled hunt club that is open to the public for tours.  The mansion sits on 39 sound front acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic places.  Anyone with an interest in history, design or architecture will find a tour fascinating.  It is a gem to the state of NC.

Edward Knight Jr and his wife built the home at a time where there was not even paved roads in the area. 

Mrs. Knight was not allowed in the all-male hunt clubs of the era so the 21,000 sq ft mansion by the sea was built for husband and wife and friends to enjoy hunting the prolific waterfowl common to the area.

The house took 3 years to build and cost $383,000 or the equivalent of $4.3 million today.  There were no roads to the area at the time so everything had to be brought in by boat.  Including a custom built Steinway & Sons 6 legged grand piano designed just for the wife, Marie-Louise. 

The house generated its own electricity by using the water of the boat house; a first for the area in 1925 when power would not arrive until the 1950’s.  The home also had indoor plumbing, heat and an elevator.  The house was just incredible for the time.

The grounds around the club is a popular venue for weddings and other events.  There are topical tours including a day or night haunting tour.

Corolla Adventure Park

This aerial adventure park will provide your family or group a unique experience.  With 9 obstacle circuits 12-50 feet in the air, zip lines and rope courses there is a challenge for everyone in your group. 

The Corolla park was recognized in 2017 with an award for “Most Outstanding Structural Design” by the International ACCT Conference.  The course is designed for ages 5 and up.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

Located in Currituck Heritage Park (same general area as the Lighthouse and Whalehead Club) is this FREE museum.  This educational museum is a great way to learn about Corolla and the way of life in the area. 

There is a small aquarium featuring local fish, a large gallery of duck decoys and a full-sized duck blind located on the sound.  The eco-system of the sound is featured in a movie shown to visitors. 

There are also daily special programs, like painting a duck decoy or Gyotaku (fish printing), and even a Maritime Forest Walk available at various times as listed on their calendar

The center stays open year round but is closed on Sundays and some holidays.  Great activity and something for the whole family.  There are classes for fishing, crabbing and even the fundamentals of archery.


Duck Town Park & Soundside Boardwalk

The Duck Town Park is 11 acres with trails through the maritime forest and willow swamp.  The town park is conveniently located to the town’s commercial district and the sound side boardwalk. 

The park features an amphitheater where concerts and events are held throughout the year.  There is a playground and picnic areas at the park.  There are water fountains, including one just for furry friends, and restrooms are available for visitors convenience.

The sound side boardwalk is loaded with upscale shops, restaurants and scenic overlooks to the sound.  The sunsets from the boardwalk are a spectacle to behold. 

There are public boat slips, a kayak launch site and fishing and crabbing sites along the sound front boardwalk. The boardwalk is a wonderful way to get some exercise while enjoying a wonderful view and encounters with area wildlife.

Kitty Hawk

The Monument to a Century of Flight

Located in Kitty Hawk by the Visitors Center (Aycock Brown Welcome Center MP1) this monument tends to get overlooked by visitors in favor of the Wright Brothers Memorial located in Kill Devil Hills. 

This sculptural memorial shows the progression of flight through pillars and honors those early pioneers who contributed to flight. 

The 14 pillars are wing shaped pylons that depict the epic journey from the first flight of the Wright Brothers to the realization of travel to the moon – all in one short 100 year span of time.

Kitty Hawk Wood Coastal Reserve

This preserved maritime forest, still untouched, with marshes, swamp and wetlands spans 1,824 acres. The area includes multiple environments; it is bordered on the west by Currituck Sound and Kitty Hawk Bay to the south.  The relics of ancient sand dunes are present with ridges and reminders of the ancient coastline are present in the swales. 

There are wetland plants like the Bald Cypress and upland plants like the American Beech, a freshwater creek runs through the preserve and empties into the Bay. 

The Jean Guite Creek (also known as High Bridge Creek) is full of plants and animals and is perfect way to enjoy stand up paddle boarding or kayaking through the maritime forest.   Abundant wildlife and some of the best bird watching is available here especially during migration season.  Sunsets at Kitty Hawk Woods are a wonderful sight overlooking the Currituck Sound. 

Located west of US 158, Kitty Hawk Woods can be accessed from one of the two parking lots: one at David Paul Pruitt Park and another one at Sandy Run Park. The preserve does allow  hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting are all permitted in the park, within the assigned areas. Hunting requires a state hunting license and a NC Coastal Reserve Permit.

Sandy Run Park

Nestled inside the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve is this town managed park.  The nature viewing boardwalk is a circular loop of less than 1/2 mile (.43 to be exact).  Most of the walkway is an elevated boardwalk over some marshy terrain. 

It is a great place to get off the beaten path (or so it seems) while still being close to everything.  Children get to view turtles, birds and other nature. 

There is a covered picnic gazebo area that is perfect for bringing a bag lunch or picnic fare. 

There is a fresh water pond with catch and release fishing from a fishing pier. 

To get even closer to wildlife there are kayak launches and tie up areas.  There are several towers and viewing platforms with interpretive signs along the path to explain the plant and animal life. 

The park also has a basketball court, golf putting green and horseshoe pit.

Children at Play Museum

If you are looking for an indoor or rainy day activity for little ones, than stop by this quaint museum in Kitty Hawk.  It is located on route 158 at 3810 Croatan Hwy.  It is definitely geared for the toddler set with all the activities located in a single room with plenty of hands on activities; best for ages 6 and under.

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Wright Brother National Memorial

This Memorial honors the Wright Brothers for the First Flight on December 17, 1903 – this date marks world’s first heavier than air, powered, controlled flight. 

Annually, the First Flight anniversary includes flyovers and other special events at the park.  The park is operated by the National Park Service and is open daily except for December 25th

Aviation enthusiasts won’t want to miss the exhibits showing the Wright brothers work leading up to the first flight, artifacts from the first flyer and a reproduction of the 1903 flyer and 1902 glider.

Colington Speedway Go Carts

Located off the beaten track, west of route 158, at Colington Rd visit a throwback go cart track where it doesn’t cost a lot to have a good time racing go carts. 

This track does not get the traffic or the crowds’ typical to a location closer to the beach.  Family friendly and if there is a longer line, staff will give patrons a little more time.  For about $8, speed demons can get about 10 laps or about 10 minutes of track time.

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Located off Route 158 in Kill Devil Hills at 701 West Ocean Acres Drive, is a hidden gem for hiking, jogging, birding and bow hunting.  There is no fee for visitors but registration at the information center is required.

Established as a National Landmark in 1974, The Nature Conservancy acquired about 420 acres between 1974 and 1986.  In 1992, 389 acres were added and in 1997 the Town of Nags Head dedicated nearly 300 acres of Nags Head Woods as a permanent conservation area under the State Nature Preserves Act.  The Town of Kill Devil Hills placed another 100 acres under cooperative management.

The preserve includes forested dunes, interdune ponds, marshes  and wetlands.  It is nestled between two of the largest sand dunes on the east coast, Jockey’s Ridge and Run Hill. 

This unusual location with protection from winds off the ocean has allowed a diverse group of wildlife to thrive that is atypical for a barrier island.  There are oaks, hickory and beech trees over 100 years old.  There are over 100 species of birds, 15 species of amphibians, and 28 species of reptiles.  The freshwater ponds are full of fish and great diversity of plant life.  The marsh system includes river otter, egrets, herons and other waterfowl.

Nags Head

Jockey’s Ridge State Park 

Located at MP 12 on route 158, Jockey’s Ridge is the largest sand dune on the east coast.  It is free to climb the dune and there are also educational programs offered throughout the year.  The view from the top of the dune stretches from sound to sea and is beautiful, especially at sunset. 

Jockey’s Ridge is a favorite place for flying kites, sandboarding and hang gliding.  It is an excellent viewing area for 4th of July fireworks or celestial events like the recent eclipse.

The west side of the dune provides access to the Roanoke Sound.  Here you will find the soundside beach where visitors often launch kayaks and enjoy other water activities.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Located just south of Nags Head is Bodie Island Lighthouse.  This lighthouse was recently restored and is able to be climbed by visitors.  The lighthouse is 156’ tall and it takes 214 steps to get to the top.  The lighthouse is open from the 3rd Friday in April to Columbus Day in early October.

Interestingly, this is the third lighthouse to be built in the area.  The first one was built in 1847, but the brick foundation was not well supported and it began to lean within a few years.  Next, in 1858 a new lighthouse was built nearby but was destroyed 2 years later by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.  Finally, in 1871 a new lighthouse was constructed which is the one we have today.

First Flight Adventure Park

Located at MP 16 in Nags Head is the aerial adventure park with 42 obstacles and 6 ziplines up to 50ft in the air.  Located adjacent to the sound, adventurers can enjoy lovely views while climbing.

Course difficulty ranges from easy to advanced.  The course is laid out to mimic the outer bands of a hurricane.  Each climber must be over 6 years old and has 2 hours to enjoy the course.  The course is added to each year to continue to challenge climbers.


NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Located at 374 Airport Rd in Manteo is a wonderful aquarium to delight visitors of all ages.  One of the biggest draws at the aquarium is the shark tank and one of the cutest are the sea otters.  The exhibits and the programs are creative, interesting and are updated and changing all the time.

There are outdoor programs that include kayaking around Roanoke Island while the guide points out local animals, native plants and the eco-system of the area.  Other programs include fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, crabbing and a wetlands walk.

Indoor programs include a dive to swim with the sharks in the 285,000 gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit.  There are also sleepovers for groups of 12 or more that include an aquarium tour, 2 program activities, evening snack and breakfast in the morning.  There are also behind the scene tours, crafts and even cooking classes.  Truly something for everyone and every interest.

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Visit Roanoke Island Festival Park to have history come alive.  Located across from the Manteo waterfront, is a 25 acre historic site representing the first English settlement in 1585. 

The Elizabeth II located at the site is representative ship of the Roanoke Voyage of 1585 of an English merchant ship.  Visitors can board and explore the ship while inter-acting with costumed 16th century sailors. 

The Indian town is representative of the Coastal Algonquian tribe the English settlers encountered back in the 16th century.  While the settlement site depicts living conditions for the soldiers and sailors of the first colony from England.  There is also an adventure museum illustrating the 400 year history with interactive exhibits.

The site has an indoor theater and outdoor pavilion with many concerts and performances throughout the year.  There is a $10 adult fee to see the exhibits but you can also walk the park and shop at the museum store without paying the admission.  There is so much here to see that your admission ticket is good for 2 days.

Take the time to also visit the Manteo waterfront area with its unique shops and restaurants; it is quaint and a small town gem. 

Lost Colony

The Lost Colony is the longest running outdoor theater presentation in the country.  For over 80 years, the performance depicting the mystery of the disappearance of the first settlers to the new world has entertained millions and remains unsolved today. 

The play is performed on the site where events occurred over 450 years ago against the scenic background of the Roanoke Sound.

The play rivals Broadway productions for its professionalism and power.  The stage is 3 times larger than most Broadway play and includes over 130 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers.

Air Tours

One of the most memorable sights is to view the Outer Banks from the air.  One truly realizes the fragile nature and vulnerable sand bar that is the Outer Banks. 

Air tours allow you to view all the popular destinations on the Outer Banks from a unique perspective.  Looking down on the lighthouses or a school of sharks is something you will never forget.

There are several operators of air tours at the Manteo airport including helicopter tours, open cockpit biplanes, and skydiving for the ultimate thrilling adventure.

Elizabethan Gardens

Enjoy the shade and beautiful blooms at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo on Roanoke Island.  The gardens date back to 1951 and was the brain child of The Garden Club.  It was originally planned as a 2 acre garden to typify the gardens kept at the time of the first colonies.  However, a gift of fine Italian statuary with fountains, balustrade, wellhead, sundial, bird baths, stone steps and benches took the project into a more formal direction.

The garden fills 10.5 acres and you can view a map here.  They broke ground for the gardens in June 1953 and it opened to the public in August 1960.  Many native plants were kept in the garden, including an ancient live oak estimated to have been living in 1585 when the first colonist arrived to Roanoke Island.  There are over 500 different species of plants; hydrangeas, camellias, herbs and native coastal species.  There are over 85 varieties of Camellias; which bloom in winter providing much interest for the season.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has been captivating visitors for centuries.  From the  Native Americans, to the first Colonist to the present day vacationer, there is something special about this island that is difficult to describe in a few words.  Once it is experienced it is hard to return to life as it was before.  The salt, sand and sea air get under your skin and won’t let go. 

If you are ready to get your place in paradise, contact Eillu Real Estate for help in following your dreams.  We can help you find and purchase the perfect permanent home, second home or vacation rental investment property.

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Pier Fishing on the Outer Banks

OBX Pier Fishing

Pier fishing is a long established local pastime on the Outer Banks, and visitors love it too. It’s common to catch croaker, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, spot, sheepshead, cobia and flounder from piers on the Outer Banks. There are seven great fishing piers you can visit along the Outer Banks from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras.

Kitty Hawk Pier

The Kitty Hawk Pier is now the property of the Hilton Garden Inn that sits directly in front of it at milepost 1. It is used as a wedding  and event venue, but you can purchase a fishing pass at the hotel front desk. Weekly passes are $30 and a yearly pass is $125.

Avalon Fishing Pier

A day pass for fishing on the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills costs $12, 3-day pass is $33 and a week pass is $69. Season passes go for $300. 

They sell bait and rent tackle, and also have refreshments. You won’t need a fishing license to fish from the Avalon Pier.

Nags Head Fishing Pier

Nags Head Fishing Pier features a restaurant and tiki bar that promotes a “You Hook Em and We Cook Em” special where they will fry, blacken or grill your catches off the pier. 

A day fishing pass costs $12, 3 day pass is $30, 7 day pass is $70 and a season pass is $300 for individuals and $390 for couples.  The Nags Head Fishing Pier has a full service bait and tackle shop.

Jennette’s Pier

A fishing pass at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head costs $14. The pier has many other offerings including an aquarium, education center and space for weddings and events. 

Jennette’s Pier is a one-of-a-kind structure on the Outer Banks, as all the other piers are constructed with wood. This pier has a modern design, made out of hurricane-resistant solid concrete pilings and completed with wind turbines on the end.  Even if you don’t decide to fish from Jennette’s Pier, it is worth a visit.

Outer Banks Fishing Pier

The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is a great spot in South Nags Head. The pier bar & grill Fishheads is a popular spot for a meal or a drink with 32 beers on tap. 

No fishing license is required to fish from the pier. The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is lighted and open 24 hours a day.  The pier house is fully stocked with tackle, gear and rentals.

A 1 day pass for the fishing pier is $12, a 3 day pass is $30, a 1 week pass is $70 and an annual pass is $300.

Rodanthe Pier

At the Rodanthe Pier, a day fishing pass costs $12 ($15 for live bait fishing, pin rigging) and $60 for a week pass ($75 for live bait).

You can get a season pass for $200, as well as a couples pass for $300 or family for up to 6 people for $400. The pier house sells merchandise, bait & tackle, and refreshments.  

Avon Pier

A fishing pass on the Avon Pier will cost you $10, a three-day pass goes for $27, annual pass for an individual is $275 and for a couple is $475.

The Avon Pier House sells merchandise and fishing gear as well as refreshments.  Fishing licenses are not required for fishing on the Avon Pier.

The Outer Banks is one of the best locations for fishing. It is only one of the many outdoor recreation activities we are known for.  Come visit and learn more about the Outer Banks.  Once you visit once, you will be hooked.  

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14 Spooky Ghost Stories on the Outer Banks NC

Blackbeard the pirate and other ghost stories of the OBX

The history of the Outer Banks dates back to the very first settlers and the Lost Colony of 1587.  Of course, the Native Americans favored the area long before these settlers arrived. This long history is bound to set the stage for drama and trapped spirits.  Some paranormal experts believe the Outer Banks is one of the most haunted places in the US.  With pirates, ship wrecks and such a long history there is a lot to haunt in OBX.  Here are our favorite Outer Banks ghost stories from north end of the island to south.

The North Room of Currituck Lighthouse

Sadie Johnson was the young daughter of the light keeper and her family was the first to live in the light keeper’s quarters at the Currituck Lighthouse.  Sadie’s bedroom was in the north room of the house. 

Each day, Sadie would play in the sand by the water edge and build sandcastles.  One day she did not return home and her body washed up the next day.  Tragic, but looked to be an apparent drowning.  Until the subsequent deaths occurred.

A friend of the keeper’s wife stayed for a brief visit and slept in the north bedroom.  She caught a mysterious illness and died. 

The last family to inhabit the house also suffered a tragedy.  The light keeper’s wife was being quarantined due to tuberculosis in the North bedroom.  She lost the will to live after being separated from family and friends and died in the room.

No one has spent an entire night in the north bedroom of the keepers house ever since.

Haunted Portrait of Whalehead

If you smell smoke while touring the restored Whalehead Club, head to the Dining room.  Here you will find a portrait of Mr. Knight, holding a cigar.  Many tour goers believe they smell the cigar while taking the tour, but of course smoking is not allowed in the museum. 

The cigar smoke has lingered for decades and was first noticed when researchers from Atlantic Research Corp were staying in the facility.  There has even been a haze visible around the portrait and the portrait has been sent out to be restored due to the apparent smoke damage.

The Black Pelican Restaurant

This restaurant is in the building that served as Lifesaving Station #6.  These stations, 7 total along the coast, were responsible for rescuing mariners who were caught in storms or ran into the shoals. 

The Station Keeper of #6, Captain James Hobbs, had a surfman named T.L. Daniels on his crew that took pleasure in antagonizing the Captain.  The Captain, could no longer tolerate the man when he insulted Hobbs’ wife and shot him in July of 1884 in front of the Lifesaving station crew.  T. L. was buried at sea with no witnesses and the Captain was never tried for the murder. 

Restaurant patrons report seeing T.L. Daniels roaming the restaurant where he was murdered by the Captain.

Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters is an area in Nags Head near MP 14.  It got its name from 7 sisters who were slaves owned by a kind man who set them free near the end of the civil war. 

The sisters wanted to return to their homeland and disappeared one night.  The next day a large storm hit the area and left in its wake 7 large sand dunes.  These sand dunes are named after the slaves who disappeared.

Lost Colony & the Legend of the White Doe

In 1587, over 100 men, women and children traveled from England to Roanoke Island to establish the first English settlement in the new world.  Virginia Dare was the first English born child in the new colony.  Nine days after she was born, Governor John White, Grandfather to Virginia, sailed back to England. 

When he returned 3 years later on Aug 18, 1590, the settlement was gone. 

To this day it is still a mystery what happened to these early settlers.  Some believe Virginia Dare and others went to live amongst the natives. 

Legend has it that Virginia argued with a witch doctor, whom perhaps wished to marry her,  and when she refused he put her under a spell to turn her into a white doe after her passing. 

The ghost, in the form of a white doe, is still seen on the island to this day.

Roanoke Island Inn

This Inn with a view to the lighthouse in Manteo dates back to 1860 and today is owned by decedents of the original family.  It is said the ghost of Roscoe Jones, former owner and Postmaster in Manteo, haunts the Inn to this day. 

Roscoe was extremely distressed when he was let go from his position as Postmaster.  He isolated himself in the Inn and passed away a short time later. 

It is said, a man in a postal uniform can be seen leaving the Inn on a regular basis.  Guest also report hearing footsteps when no one is there, or seeing vases smash to the floor, window blinds moving up and down and radios turning off and on.

Pioneer Theatre, Manteo

The original Pioneer Theatre in Manteo on Roanoke Island dates back to 1918 and was moved to its current location in 1937.  George W Creef Jr opened the original movie house and it remains in operation with the original family today. 

This single screen family friendly theater is a small town gem; where no R rated movies are shown, admission is only $5 and the most expensive concession item is $1. 

Some locals believe it to be haunted by the former owner who demanded people to be respectful of one another.  One rule is cell phone use is prohibited inside the theater to ensure the uninterrupted enjoyment of all patrons. 

There are reports of a ghost knocking cell phone out of patrons’ hands when using them inside the theatre. 

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is not as famous as its neighboring lighthouses.  It was the second one built in 1859 when the previous one was abandoned due to a poor foundation.  The second lighthouse did not fare well either as confederate soldiers blew it up to prevent Union soldiers from using it as an observation post.

The gate keeper’s cottage on the lighthouse grounds is where the haunting occurs.  Every day at 4:00 pm there is a knock from behind the massive bricked over fire place.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

There are many ghost stories that take place near and around the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Theodosia Burr

It is said, the ghost of Theodosia Burr, lost in a shipwreck in 1812, walks the shores around the lighthouse at night.  She was the daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr, who was plagued by scandals and treason.  She was married to Joseph Alston, a wealthy planter and later Governor of SC.  It was an arranged marriage and not a very happy one. 

Years later, her portrait was found in a humble fisherman’s cottage near Nags Head.  The fisherman, William Pool, had offered the portrait as payment to a Doctor and said he received it from a young woman in a row boat who had no memory of who she was or where she came from.  The fisherman cared for the woman and nursed her back to health. 

When the woman heard the doctor was to receive the painting, she yelled “It is mine! You shall not have it! I am on my way to visit my father in New York, and I am taking this picture of his darling Theodosia!”  She grabbed the portrait and ran into the waves.  She disappeared but the portrait floated back the next day. 

The portrait is displayed in the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, CT.

Gray’s Ghost

There is also Gray ghost, who can only be seen in the same area when a severe storm or hurricane is approaching.  Gray was killed sometime in the 1900’s when a sudden summer storm hit the beach.  He appears as a misty apparition that disappears as one approaches and does not speak.  Now his ghost is a warning to beach goers whenever a severe storm or hurricane is approaching. 

Ghost Cat

The ghost cat of the lighthouse has haunted the area for over 150 years.  All agree the cat is black and white and about 20 pounds.  The gender of the cat sometimes varies.  When the lighthouse was moved, the cat was seen in the new location.  The cat is known to rub against people and even let you pet it but once you try to pick it up, it will disappear.

Flaming Ship of Ocracoke

Each September, on the first night of the new moon, a flaming ship can be seen sailing past the Coast of Ocracoke Island

Many German immigrants from the Rhine Valley came to America in the early 1700’s.  For most it was a safe and trusted voyage.  One voyage, did not turn out that way.  The crew attacked the immigrants stealing their valuables and setting the ship on fire and casting it adrift while the immigrants, whose throats were slit, were still on board. 

The crew launched the long boats and gathered the plundered wealth and started to make their way to Bath, NC.  As they were rowing away laughing and bragging to each other, the Captain looked back and the ship was plowing through the waters and quickly gaining on them as though at full sail and at the command of living humans. 

The crew rowed faster and tried to outpace the flaming ship, but the shipped rammed the long boat, sinking it, the treasure and the crew.  The burned husk of the ship washed up on Ocracoke the next day.  On the first new moon in September the eerie wailing sound can be heard just like the sound made so long ago from the violent attack.

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Teach’s Hole

Edward Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard the Pirate, was known to hide along the inlets of the Outer Banks.  His final execution occurred in 1718 near Ocracoke, at Teach’s Hole.  When he was caught he was beheaded and his head was hung from the bowsprit.  Legend has it that his head continued to scream once removed from his body and his headless body swam around the boat and circled it 3 times once it was flung over board.

Even today, folks report seeing a headless body swimming in the cove and a headless body walking with a lantern on the beach looking for his head.

Graveyard of the Atlantic

The Outer Banks is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic for good reason.  More than 1,000 ships have been lost on the shoals and many lives have been lost.  It is said that “ghost ships” can be heard with drowning screams and eerie sounds.

One particular ship has remained a mystery.  The Schooner Carroll A. Deering was spotted by lightships on Jan 29, 1921 with the crew visible but seeming to be sailing a peculiar course.  On Jan 31st, 1921 at 6:30am the ship was found abandoned on the shoals.   Her lifeboats were missing but rough seas prevented the Coast Guard from reaching the ship until Feb 4th.  At this point, it was discovered all personal belongings, key navigation equipment, important papers and the ships anchors were missing.

Several investigations were made and some suspected pirates, rum running gangsters and mutiny but no trace of the crew, the log, or equipment has ever surfaced to this day and it remains a mystery.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has been captivating visitors for centuries.  From the first Native Americans, the first Colonist to the present day vacationer, there is something special about this island that is difficult to describe in few words.  Once it is experienced it is hard to go back to life as it was before.  The salt, sand and sea air get under your skin and won’t let go. 

If you are ready to get your place in paradise, contact Eillu Real Estate for help in following your dreams.  We can help you find and purchase the perfect permanent home, second home or vacation rental investment property.

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Enjoy The Best in Outer Banks New Home Design at The Parade of Homes

Outer Banks Parade of Homes 2017

The Outer Banks Parade of Homes is quickly approaching.  This year the event runs from Oct 5th to Oct 8th from 10am to 6pm and 10am to 3pm on the 8th.  This popular event showcases the best in Outer Banks New Homes.

This annual event is anxiously anticipated by locals, out of town home owners and tourists alike.  The event is sponsored by the Outer Banks Home Builders Association and has been a tradition for 25 years.  Tickets are only $10 for the 4 day event and proceeds benefit the food pantry and other local charities.  You can purchase your tickets at any home on the tour.  There are 15 homes included in the 2017 Parade of Homes.  It is a self-guided tour and you may visit the homes in any order and stay as long as you like.  

2017 Outer Banks Parade of Homes Map

October is one of the best months of the year to visit the Outer Banks.  Temperatures are cooler but the ocean is still warm enough to swim.  Crowds have thinned so visiting your favorite restaurant means no long wait times.  The crisp fall air makes biking, jogging and outdoor activities sheer pleasure.  What better time to visit all the new and exciting developments, OBX new homes and innovative materials from the best builders on the Outer Banks? 

The Parade of Homes tour spans 65 miles of pristine Outer Banks from Corolla to Manteo. The diverse landscape from sound to sea is enchanting in the fall (and frankly, the whole year). During the tour, one gets to see more of the Outer Banks than even most locals routinely get to. 

The Parade of Homes is a self-guided tour that allows you to leisurely dawdle at the homes that capture your interest, chat with the builders or Realtors and glean insights and ideas for your new dream home or remodeling project.  Tickets allow you to tour any of the homes on any of the 4 days provided for the event.   So grab your map or GPS and take the tour.   

While you are in Corolla, stop by our featured listing in Monteray Shores at 848 Golden Bluff Way.  It is one of the most attractively priced new homes in Corolla at $399,900.  Ask us about our other OBX new home projects.

The homes are divided into categories.  “The category is determined based on the actual raw cost of the home itself, exclusive of overhead, profit, the lot and any other amenities like landscaping or a pool. Simply stated, it is the amount that it cost for all of the building materials that were delivered to the site plus the amount of money that was paid to our skilled tradespeople to turn the materials into the finished product you are touring,” according the OBHBA. Each participant gets to vote for the “People’s Choice” award in each category as well as the judges selecting their winners.

Unlike other tours or events, the Parade of Homes has something for everyone.  While there are high end luxury homes (who doesn’t want to drool at them); there are also smaller homes.  This year’s event features homes from 1,240 to 10,646 sq. ft.  The tour includes 3 br to a whopping 24 br home!  Even if you do not plan to buy, sell, remodel or build a home in the coming year, it is an interesting event to attend and you may be surprised and be inspired.

Each home is built by expert craftsmen (and women) who know the Outer Banks and the climate and conditions prevalent here.  Over decades they have honed their skills and know what works and stands the test of time.  Our environment can be harsh with wind, sand and water.  Using materials that perform in this environment but are attractive, energy efficient and sustainable are the hallmarks of the homes chosen to be included. 

I find it worthwhile to pay attention to the small details.  While the Outer Banks New Homes are decorated for varied taste, there is always something to be found that can easily be incorporated to your home.  Technology, green materials and innovative products are ever emerging and it is fascinating to witness the new applications and become aware of the possibilities.  

Contact Eillu today if you like to visit the Parade of Homes with one of our Realtors.  It is an excellent way to see what the Outer Banks has to offer and to zero in on what will make your retirement home, vacation home or investment property perform beyond your expectations.  Taking the tour with one of our Realtors allows us to get to know you better, what you like and don’t like, to ultimately find the best OBX home or investment for YOU!

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5 Favorite Fall Festivals: Upcoming Outer Banks Events & Activities for September, October 2017

5 Favorite Fall Festivals- outer banks fall 2017

The autumn season is absolutely the best time of year to visit the Outer Banks of NC.  The weather, by far, is most delightful with warm days and cooler nights and low humidity.  Ocean temperatures are still warm for swimming, surfing, kayaking and other water sports on both the ocean and the sound side of the island.

One of the best things about the fall season are the multitude of events and activities that are held.  Not only do locals emerge from the non-stop work schedules required in the summer season but many vacationers have discovered the jewel of the Outer Banks this time of year.  Rates are lower, crowds have thinned with children back to school.  More couples without children visit this time of the year; the Outer Banks has a more sophisticated vibe.

Investors and second home purchasers should visit the Outer Banks in the fall to visit a great selection of homes for sale.  With crowds and traffic thinner than the summer season, it is far easier to visit many homes in a few towns than it is during the summer season.  Closing in the fall will allow you to plan and complete any improvements to the property prior to the opening of next year’s rental season.  Discover 5 Reasons It Is Better to Buy in The Off Season.

Restaurants and attractions are uncrowded making it an great time to visit.  There is an unhurried and slower pace conducive for making a purchase decision.  Experiencing the OBX in alternative seasons is prerequisite for understanding how the island changes from one season to the next.  Getting out and partaking in the scheduled events provides a whole new level to the OBX experience.

Here are some of the most popular events scheduled for this fall 2017 in the Outer Banks: 

September 30, 2017

Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival – 1409 National Park Dr. Manteo, NC 27954

Sound Stage Theatre: General Admission $50 ($25 designated driver) 1pm entry 5pm close– 21 years and older

The oldest cultivated grapevine in America is located in Roanoke Island.  What better way to celebrate this distinction in the same location as the first English Colony than on the site of The Lost Colony.  Discover some of the best dishes from area award winning chefs paired with wine from all over the world.  Breathtaking coastal views of the Roanoke Sound. Live music on the water front and craft beer garden for local breweries samples. 

October 3 – 7 2017

Bluegrass Island Festival – Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo Tue Oct 3 to Oct 7th

Enjoy 4 full days of Bluegrass music with some of the best well known musicians in the industry.  There is also a free kick off event at the Bluegrass Island Trading Company (107 Budleigh St, Manteo) on Tuesday, October 3rd at 2pm featuring Sons of the South, Cuttin’ Grass and the US Navy Band.  Bring your own chair and enjoy the free entertainment. 

Festival officially begins October 4th at 12pm and continues non-stop until 9:30pm.  Each day is packed, back to back, from 12 pm to 9:30 pm with bluegrass music you won’t want to miss.   A single day ticket is $45 and a 4 day pass is $155.

October 7 (4-6pm) & 8 (open 10am music starts at 11) 2017

Duck Jazz Festival – Duck Town Park

Live Jazz music at this free Festival that locals and visitors look forward to every year.   Enjoy a full day of music on October 8th and bring your own food, coolers, chairs, blankets and pets to enjoy one of the best regional events in the area.  No beach umbrellas or tents allowed.  Food, drink and rental chairs also available on site.  Event is held rain or shine with 2 stages packed with entertainment.

Additional related activities held throughout the town over the weekend.  

October 21, 2017

Outer Banks Seafood Festival – MP 16.5 on route 158. 6800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 10:30 am to 6pm.  No parking on site.

This annual festival honors the areas seafood heritage with local seafood and the men and women that bring these items to the table season after season.  Best of all, fresh local seafood presented by over a dozen local restaurants. 

Meet watermen and see their tools in action with boats, tackle, crab pots and pound nets.  Educational booths, food & drink, live music and crafts provide entertainment and something for everyone.  $5 admission; Food and Beverage $1 each

October 28, 2017

Outer Banks Brewtag – MP 16.5 on route 158.  6800 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 12 to 6pm.

This unique family friendly event is a celebration of flight and beer with flying kegs, a beer garden with 20 local and regional beers, a kid zone that has a mechanical shark, face painting, climbing wall, and arts and crafts.  The event site has live music and local food vendors for a day of fun for everyone.  Admission is free, beer tasting requires $20 beer card – good for 4 full cups or 12 tastings.

Visit the Outer Banks for one or more of the above festival or events to see how wonderful autumn is on the OBX.  Schedule an appointment to visit area real estate to establish your own 2nd home, investment property or retirement home in our little slice of paradise.

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How to Find the Best Outer Banks Sea Shells

13 favorite Outer Banks shell finds

I can’t go to the beach without bringing home a shell or two.  I just can’t seem to help myself.  I may go to take the dogs for a walk but my pockets will be full of shells or a prime piece of beach glass by the time I get back to the truck.  Most of my finds end up in a glass jar with the larger shells in a big basket on my porch.  After decades of living on the Outer Banks, I have enough shells, but I am still compelled to bring a new find home.

Best Shelling Conditions

The Outer Banks is one of the top beaches for shell collectors.  The variety is superb and ranges from cold water shells to warm water shells due to the gulf stream and Labrador current and the barrier island location.  The “north” facing beaches, north of Buxton, include more cold water shells that can be found in New England.  The “south” facing beaches, south of Hatteras, include more warm water shells that can be found in Florida. 

The new Shelley Island, which recently formed off the Outer Banks this spring is ideally positioned in the north and south currents and is rumored to have great shells all the time.  There is no telling how long the island will survive and visitors are advised to use caution and care in reaching the island.  The rip current and “critters” can make the trip to the island dangerous. 

While I tend to go to the same beach, all the beaches on the Outer Banks can have an abundance of shells with the proper conditions.  Wind and wave conditions can change from day to day and affect the quantity and quality of shells washed ashore.  Beaches without a sharp drop-off tend to have a better distribution of shells. 

My favorite time to go shelling is right after a storm.  It seems treasure always washes up after a storm and there is an abundance of new shells brought to shore.  Sometimes, a day or two delay after a storm will bring more shells to shore during the gentler wave action. 

A hurricane or nor’easter will bring piles of shells onto the beach for the shell seeker to cull through.  The intrepid sheller will dig through piles of seaweed and other debris to locate shells the casual visitor will overlook.  While you may get your hands dirty or slimy with seaweed, the resulting find is usually worth it.  The seaweed helps to protect the delicate shells passage onto the beach.

The best time to hunt for shells is right after low tide before the high tide washes away the new finds.  My best finds have always been in the morning before visitors arrive at the beach. 

Outer Banks Sea Shell Varieties

Scotch Bonnet

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - Scotch Bonnet

The Scotch Bonnet is the official North Carolina State Shell.  Yes, shelling is that important to NC that we have an official shell.  The Scotch Bonnet ranges from 1.5” to 4” long, has a fat middle with brown squares in rows with 20 spiral grooves on the body.  While not a large shell it is relatively rare and a prized find. 




Queen Helmet Conch

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - Queen Helmet Conch

The Queen Helmet Conch is a giant version of the Scotch Bonnet that can get as large as 10’. This shell is mostly cream-colored outside with a rich chocolate brown interior. The lip, also called the shield, is large and contains 10 “teeth”.  This is also a rare find, most often on south facing beaches.

The Whelks

Lightening Whelk

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - Lightening Whelk

The Lightening Whelk can be found anywhere along the Outer Banks.  Basically, it is a sea snail.  It is one of the largest Whelks at 14” or more and is an impressive find just due to its size.  It is unusual since the opening is left oriented and most spiral shells are right oriented.  Color can vary, but typical is grayish white, tan or creamy yellow.  The shell gets its name from its appearance, when young, with chestnut brown stripes that look like a lightning bolt. 




Knobbed Whelk

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - knobbed whelk

The knobbed whelk looks almost the same as a lightning whelk except it has a right oriented opening.  The exterior color can vary from grayish white to tan and the interior color can range from pale yellow to orange.  The shell has low knobs or spines on its shoulder. 






Channeled Whelk

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - channeled whelk

The Channeled Whelk has deep channeled spirals instead of the spiny ones found on the other whelks.  The grayish-white shell has uneven purple brown streaks.   It can range in size from 4 to 16 inches.





Olive Shells

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - olive shells

Olive shells are a conical shaped shell resembling a long pointed tube with a small number of spirals at the top.   The inside can be pink or even dark purple. The outside of the shell, if not lessened by waves, sun and sand, can have intricate patterns of triangles or abstract designs for a gorgeous find.  Most are only 2-3” long.







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Augers are conical shaped, like screws, with spirals that extend the length of their bodies. 








Oyster Driller

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - Oyster Driller

The Oyster Driller is also conical shaped but resembling a miniature whelks.  Oyster drillers rarely get over 1” in size. 










Outer Banks Shell Varieties - Periwinkle

Periwinkles are also small finds, rarely reaching over an 1″ in size.  They have fat conical bodies that taper off to a small point of spirals.







Moon Snail

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - moon snail

The Moon Snail ranges from 2 to 3.5”.  It has four or five whorls with a glossy finish.







Sundial Shell

Outer Banks Shell Varieties - sundial shell

The sundials resemble a Nautica shell and has a flat, circular shape, with spirals running all the way from the perimeter-located mouth to the center of the shell.  It is a beautiful shell and a wonderful find.









Outer Banks Shell Varieties - coquina

The Coquina shell is so abundant on the Outer Banks, there is even a beach, south of Nags Head named after the shell.  These shells come in a range of colors, from pale purples and pinks to bright yellows and oranges, and can even feature stripes or interesting color combinations. While only 1” long, a shell bed of Coquina is a fabulous sight. 






Outer Banks Shell Varieties - scallops

Scallops feature a range of colors from almost black to pure white. 







No matter where you are staying on the Outer Banks, go to the beach and find a shell souvenir to remind you of your trip.  While you are here visiting, contact Eillu to see how you can own your very own vacation home and collect shells on every visit.   A vacation home can be a very profitable investment, with positive cash flow, that pays dividends with priceless family memories.

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Golf Your Way Around the Outer Banks – 8 Courses are Located Within Less Than 1 Hour Drive

Golf Your Way Around the Outer Banks - 8 Courses are located within less than 1 hour drive

The Outer Banks is well known for its pristine beaches.  What is not as well-known are the selection and caliber of its golf courses.  There are over 8 courses to choose from while living or visiting the Outer Banks.  All of these courses are less than an hour’s drive.  Just think, you can spend over a week and play a different course each day.

Four of the courses are located off route 158 as you arrive to the Outer Banks.  The remaining 4 courses are located between Corolla and Nags Head.   Join us for the grand tour of the best golf on the Outer Banks. 

The Carolina Club

The Carolina Club is one of the first courses you will pass as you drive to the Outer Banks on route 158 in Grandy, NC.  The course was established in 1998.  It is a course suitable for all skill levels with 5 sets of tees for the par 72 course.  It is known for the island green, a par 3 signature hole. 

The course architects were Russell Breeden & Bob Moore.  There is a warm-up range, putting and chipping green available to hone your skills.  The facility has a fully stocked pro-shop, bar and restaurant available for players.  The restaurant is open to the public and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday.  Snack bar is open to golfers on Monday and Tuesday.

Rates to play range from a low of $36 for 18 holes in January, to $89 for 18 holes between June 24 and August 13 with a lower rate after 11:30am and after 3pm.  Nine hole tee times are also available.  Full rate schedule is available here

Holly Ridge Golf Course

Holly Ridge Golf Club is located in Harbinger, NC, only 1.5 north of the Wright Memorial Bridge.  This 18 hole, par 71 course was designed by architect Norman Newburn and opened in 1992.  There is a driving range and practice green.  The clubhouse has a snack bar.  Rental clubs are available if you forgot to bring your own or want to introduce a new player to the game.

This golf course is more low key than most courses with a relaxed vibe and a great course to introduce children to the game.  Rates are affordable in the $50 range in season and specials are available in the $10 range.  Staff is very friendly and insist on having fun.  Not the most pristinely maintained course on the Outer Banks.  The location is convenient and typically not crowded. 


Located a short distance across the Wright Memorial bridge (approximately 7 miles), in Powells Point, is Kilmarlic golf course.  This course is set in 605 pristine acres of maritime forest and wet lands offering wonderful vistas at each hole.  It can be a challenging course but is well laid out and very well maintained. 

The course was built in 2002 by course architect Tom Steele and is a par 72.  It was selected to host the NC Open in 2004 and 2009.  Golf Styles Magazine named the course in the top 100 courses to play in NC. 

There is a driving range, practice green, fully stocked pro shop and a new club house and restaurant in 2007.  The latest Taylor Made clubs are available for rental at $50 for 18 holes (men’s, women’s left and right handed sets available).

Most visitors and locals alike consider this a favorite course in the OBX.  It can be a little pricey at $100 plus for 18 holes but most consider it worth it.  You can book your Tee time online and get the best rate with dynamic pricing.  Plus, the new H2OBX water park is nearby so you can drop off the wife and kids and enjoy a round knowing the rest of the family is enjoying themselves almost as much.

The Pointe

The Pointe Golf Club, is also located in Powells Point across route 158 from the new H2OBX water park.  Built in 1995 by architect Russell Breeden, it is older than Kilmarlic, but it is known for having some of the best greens in all of the Outer Banks.  It is consistently well maintained.  Practice areas are some of the best with a driving range, short game area with chipping greens, a practice bunker and putting green.

Tee times can be booked online for this par 71 course.  Rates are in the $100 range in season with discounts after 11:30 am and after 3pm.  It has a fully stocked pro shop, restaurant and bar, and clubs available for rent.  Golf instructions are also available.

Duck Woods Country Club

Located in Southern Shores, Duck Woods is semi-private club.  It was developed in the 1960’s on 250 plus acres of maritime forest.  The par 71 course was designed by Ellis Maples and opened in June 1969.  The clubhouse was re-built in 2005.  It has a fully stocked pro-shop, practice range and practice greens.

Rates are dependent on type of membership and guest of members can play at an accompanied rate or an unaccompanied rate. 

Most golfers agree it can be a challenging course with lots of water obstacles; it makes you think.

Club members can also enjoy other amenities with full service restaurant, tennis courts, fitness gym and outdoor swimming pool.  A favorite location for wedding and other special events.

Sea Scape Golf Links

Located in Kitty Hawk, NC, Seascape Golf Links is only one block from the ocean and features sweeping views of the ocean from several holes.  From dramatic elevations in the dunes to paths through the maritime forest makes a day of golf here rather special.  The Scottish links style course, which opened in 1965, was designed by Art Wall and is par 70. 

Tee times can be conveniently booked online.  There is a fully stocked pro shop, clubhouse with restaurant and bar, driving range and practice green.  Seascape hosted the NC Open in 2000.

Nags Head Golf Links

Another Scottish style links course, designed by Bob Moore in 1986, is Nags Head Golf Links, located where else but in Nags Head, NC. 

This par 71 course is also known for its wonderful ocean and sound views.  Golf Digest describes the views as “among the most beautiful in the eastern United States”.  Golf Week places this course in the top 50 courses.

The course is open to the public as well as having memberships with additional benefits to the ClubCorp group of facilities.  You can reserve a Tee Time online. There is also a pro shop, driving range and practice green.  The sound front restaurant and bar features gorgeous sunsets.  Wedding and events can be held in the wonderful club house for a memorable evening and breathtaking views.

The Currituck Club

On the northern area of the Outer Banks is Corolla.  The Currituck Club is the only golf course located in Corolla and is also a member of the ClubCorp group.  The par 72 semi-private course was designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1996.

Golf magazine rated the course as one of the “10 best new place you can play” in 1999.  Golf Digest rated it as one of the “Top 25 course in North Carolina”. 

The course is open to the public and you can schedule a Tee Time online.  There is a fully stocked pro shop, driving range and practice green, and a GPS parview yardage system.  The club house with restaurant and bar is open to the public and the club also host special events.

The course is nestled within a resort of mostly vacation homes and boasts a full set of amenities like 7 tennis courts, basketball, volleyball courts, playground, fitness center, beach shuttle and more.

The Outer Banks has some great golf courses to play year round and still never get bored.  If you love golf and are considering purchase of a permanent home, vacation rental, retirement home or second home; there are many golf course communities available.  Schedule an appointment today to see what is available and how affordable a vacation home can be. 

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5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the Outer Banks with great service, food and a view

5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks has so many great restaurants, it is tough to pick one for that special occasion or to celebrate an important event.  Of course, the food has to be outstanding.  The atmosphere should be comfortable and inviting.  Ideally, it should also have a view.  The following 5 restaurants have a check in every column.  You are sure to be pleased on that special dinner if you visit one of the following restaurants.

1587 Restaurant

405 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo

Located on the waterfront inside the Tranquil House Inn in Manteo, is 1587 restaurant where every seat has a lovely waterfront view.  Perfect for a romantic dinner with exquisite service and top notch cuisine. The menu is not extensive but carefully selected.  Seafood is locally sourced by O’Neals in Wanchese and produce is from Somerset Farm in Edenton.   There is enough selection, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes, for every taste.  Choices include seafood, steak and chicken delightfully prepared by world class chefs.  Travel writers and restaurant critics highly recommend the experience.  Southern Living states “Remarkably creative cuisine”. 

Aqua Restaurant & Spa 

1174 Duck Road, Duck

The delightful restaurant and spa is located on the sound front in Duck to capture breath taking sunsets with your meal.  Featuring line caught fresh seafood, duck, chicken and beef expertly prepared with a gourmet twist.  The menu also has gluten free selections.  Wine Spectator awarded the restaurant Best of award of excellence in 2013.  Also, a popular lunch spot.  Live music on the deck 7 days a week from 7 to 10 pm.

Blue Point 

1240 Duck Road, Duck

Located on the Duck Boardwalk on the sound, Blue Point is a wonderful location for exquisite sunsets.  Recently, they have expanded to include an outside bar directly on the sound front with frequent live music offerings.  One of the original “farm to table” restaurants with seasonal dishes to make the most of local ingredients.  Selections use techniques of brining, curing, pickling, and smoking as well as coastal southern traditions.  The She Crab soup always gets rave reviews. 

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Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar 

4700 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk

Located across from the Atlantic Ocean in Kitty Hawk, Ocean Boulevard is well known to locals and visitors alike.  Menu selections include unusual starter items like local fig and goat cheese ravioli and lamb meatballs.    Entrees range from Duck breast, rack of lamb, to more typical fare of roast chicken and New York Strip.   The unusual pairings turn even the typical fare to something divine.  The specialty martini bar is updated seasonally.  Live music year round on Friday nights.  The beach side patio is a great place to enjoy a cocktail before sitting down to your meal.

Colington Café 

1029 Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills

A little off the beaten track on Colington Road, but well-known and a favorite of locals.  The restaurant is located in a converted Victorian house that retains a quaint, cozy vibe.  The food and service is upscale with linen tablecloths and napkins, fresh flowers and expertly prepared dishes.  Wide assortment of seafood, beef filets, pork and chicken.  You will want to save room for the inspired deserts which receive rave reviews. The restaurant is nestled in the maritime forest with giant live oak trees and beautiful gardens. 

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