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July 4th Celebration on the Outer Banks

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It’s no secret that the best place to spend 4th of July is at the beach. Whether it’s family fun in the sun you’re looking for or a romantic night beneath a shower of fireworks, or even perhaps BOTH, the Outer Banks has exactly what you need to celebrate the perfect Independence Day.

Whether you choose to spend the day flying kites over Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head, or body surfing in Kitty Hawk, no 4th of July is complete without the quintessential fireworks show and there’s no better place to see one than from a blanket on the Outer Banks. The limitless sky and numerous shows along the barrier islands provide views of multiple shows at once.

This year, our area will host four fireworks shows at the following (South end) locations: Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head, fireworks over the sound in Manteo, and the Avon Fishing Pier in the village of Avon on Hatteras Island. Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic “Music for Fireworks” from 9 until 10pm and “Red, White & Blue” music until Midnight at FM 101.5 and 99.9. Tune in at 9pm to hear Bob Barris talk a little about the origin of Fireworks and offer a brief history lesson about the celebration of Independence Day. Then watch the sky light up to a very familiar Galactic tune, followed by a selection of patriotic music thanks to Radio Hatteras! To stream Radio Hatteras live on your computer, go to www.radiohatteras.org.

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Corolla

Quite possibly the best fireworks on the Outer Banks can be found at the opposite end of the islands, in Corolla at the 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration. What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with free live music and a spectacular fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks! The Whalehead Club, located at 1100 Club Road just off of NC 12 and positioned right beside The Currituck Lighthouse, is converted into an outdoor festival from 3pm-9pm, for an afternoon of fun family activities. With food, fun activities, and a stage featuring music for all ages, the historic house provides a beautiful backdrop for an evening of fun. The grand finale comes at dusk, when spectators take to their blankets and lawn chairs and watch as the entire sky is taken over by massive displays of light and color. Definitely a must-see if you’re in the Corolla area!

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Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head, in conjunction with the Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, will host the Annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. on the ocean pier located at Mile Post 11.5 on NC Route 12, S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. The fireworks display will last approximately 20 minutes. Parking at and near the fireworks display site will be directed by the Nags Head Police Department. Those attending the show are encouraged to park east of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway. Those choosing to park west of U.S. Highway 158/S. Croatan Highway should use extreme caution while attempting to cross this heavily traveled roadway.

 

The following public beach accesses are recommended for access to the beach for fireworks viewing:

South of Nags Head Fishing Pier:

North of Nags Head Fishing Pier:

Curlew Street

Bladen Street

Hollowell Street

Bittern Street

Conch Street

Bonnett Street

 

Barnes Street

 

Blackman Street

 

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is another ideal spot for viewing the fireworks. You can catch both Nags Head and Manteo displays atop Jockey’s Ridge. The park will be open late July 4th to accommodate visitors.

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Start your day with a run. Run, or walk, across Jockey’s Ridge at the Killer Dunes 2 Miler. Afterwards, grab a hearty breakfast at one of our independently owned restaurants. During the day, watch the Town of Duck Parade, a one-mile parade route, is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending at Pamela Court. Afterwards, walk over the town park for music and festivities.

South of Nags Head, heading west over the causeway is the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. This quaint small town has a delightful waterfront area, the Elizabethan Gardens, and the Aquarium which are all worth the ride. Head over to Manteo for a day filled with nonstop activities scheduled for their 4th of July celebration.

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Manteo Fourth of July 2018 Celebration

This year, the Town of Manteo is celebrating the 4th of July with new festivities and entertainment. At 10:30 am, there is a children’s concert presented by the 208th Army Band at Roanoke Island Festival Park Theater. This year there will be an “Independence Day Parade” down Queen Elizabeth Street. Everyone is invited to participate in the parade with their wacky hat, decorated bike and decorated golf cart. Families are encouraged participate together with the latest patriotic hat or bicycle. The Parade will start at approximately 3:15 pm beginning at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Street and Ananias Dare Street and will end at the George Washington Creef Park at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. Be sure to bring your best homemade apple pie for the annual “American Apple Pie Contest”. Submit your entries at the tent in the park by 4:00pm. Judging will take place and winners will be announced at 5:30 pm. At 3:30 pm “The Lost Colony Choir” will perform at the Boathouse Stage in the park. At 4:00pm in the park, the “Firecracker Corn hole Tournament” will begin. Teams of two will compete for the grand prize to be the top firecracker in Corn Hole Competition. At 4:30pm the “Echoes of Heritage” will perform on the Boathouse Stage and you certainly don’t want to miss the “Sparkler Watermelon Eating Contest” that will start at 5:00 pm. At 5:30pm “The Crowd” will play on the Boathouse Stage until 7:30pm. At 8:00pm, the 208th Army Band will play patriotic songs at the outdoor pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

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For those who appreciate a little history, head over to Island Farm at 1140 US Highway 64 in Manteo for the 1850 Independence Day celebration from 10am-4pm. Celebrate Independence Day 1850s style with Island Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grassy lawn and commemorate our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Continue the celebration at the Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Bring a picnic, a blanket and the family and come early to post up for the fireworks show set to begin around sundown. An impressive display illuminates the waterway and Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in a brilliant shower that is sure to make you happy you chose Manteo for your 4th of July fireworks show. There will be food vendors located in the parking lot next to the weather tower serving funnel cakes, lemonade, slushies, sausages, ribbon fries, barbeque and much more! Certainly sounds like a great celebration of our country’s birthday on the waterfront in downtown Manteo.

Where are the BEST fireworks on the Outer Banks? Anywhere you gather with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day and the birth of this great nation! The Outer Banks has plenty for you and the family to enjoy, while offering a spectacular natural setting that will make you proud to be an American!

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Upcoming Summer Events in Corolla

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Whether you’re new to the Outer Banks or you’ve been coming to this beautiful beach vacation destination for years, there are countless adventures to be had during the summer season. Each town and Outer Banks community offers many unique experiences and activities to enjoy, but one of our favorite places to explore is Corolla. Perfectly located near beachfront or soundfront homes, residents and visitors can experience everything from dining and shopping to wild horse tours and watersports. Corolla is the Outer Banks community that truly has it all. Summer is the prime time to visit Corolla. There are several community activities going on throughout Corolla during the summer. Check out this list below and look for some events and activities for your family and friends to enjoy this summer in the beautiful destination of Corolla!

 

Under the Oaks Art Festival

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, 10 AM – 5PM

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On June 19th and June 20th, the annual Under the Oaks Art Festival will be held in the Historic Corolla Park at the Whalehead Club. The 17th annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 100-year-old Live Oaks, open green lawns and casual breezes from the Currituck Sound make for a perfect location.  The event features the unique talents of quality artists and artisans with a wide variety of beautiful art and vibrant crafts. Local food concessions will be available, and a silent art auction will be conducted that benefits Whalehead.  Admission is FREE for everyone. Visitors are welcome to bring along the beach blankets and chairs to relax and enjoy the scene after perusing the goods. A unique experience that showcases some of the best arts and crafts that the Outer Banks region has to offer, this festival serves as a great opportunity to pick up some local treasures that are truly one-of-a-kind. Check out this annual event by the sound in Corolla!

 

Yoga in the Park

Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park
Tuesday mornings at 7:30 AM,  June 12th – September 18th

Whether you need a good long stretch after being in the car or a chance to escape the craziness, this class has just what you need. Every session includes guided meditation to re-center you, breath OBX Yoga in the Park, Corollawork to calm you and a series of seated and standing postures to make you feel like your best self.  Join Yoga Instructor, Jennifer Spore, outdoors in front of Whalehead overlooking the sound on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am for an All Levels, 60 minute Yoga class – FOR FREE! Just bring a yoga mat, beach towel or tapestry, plenty of water and sun protection. In the event of rain or inclement weather, classes will be canceled. Must be 13 years or older and accompanied by an adult to participate. Register by phone or in person by the Monday before the class. Please contact a Whalehead Staff Member at 252-453-9040 to register. Hours of Operation are Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM. Classes are limited to 30 participants, so make sure to register early! You may drop in the day of class and participate if the max class size has not been reached.  Parking is available at the restroom facility, located beside the Whalehead building.

 

Whalehead Wednesdays

Join Sanctuary Vineyards, Vineyards on the Scuppernong and the Weeping Radish Brewery for local wine and beer tastings in the breathtaking and peaceful setting of Historic Corolla Park. Enjoy live music and family friendly activities every Wednesday from May 30th to September 12th. Upon admission, you can sip on samples of featured wines in a take-home souvenir wine glass. Bring your chair, blanket and the entire family (pets on a leash are also welcome!) to enjoy local live music while the beautiful sun sets over the Currituck Sound! Local food will be available for purchase. Whalehead Wednesdays are free for non-drinking adults and children. 

 

Lighthouse 5K Running Series

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Wednesday, June 27th 2018, 8:00 AMCorolla Lighthouse OBX

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation by joining a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. Enjoy the sights of the Northern Outer Banks. Whalehead in Historic Corolla, Corolla Light and the magnificent Currituck Beach Lighthouse are all along the course. This is a family fun event touring the historic attractions of the Northern beaches of the Outer Banks! Custom designed trophies created especially for these events for the 1st place Male and Female winners and unique finisher medals to all participants. Enjoy a post- race Breakfast and Refreshments at the Finish line. Race Start/Finish in front of Whalehead in Historic Corolla. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE MAPS AND RACE START AT Whalehead in Historic Corolla

 

Kid’s Day in the Park

Historic Corolla Park
Every Thursday from June 28th to August 23rd, 10:00am to 4:00pm

This event will include children’s activities, a bounce house, and features a special children’s tour of Whalehead, the “Joan’s Way Tour,” as well as other fun and entertaining activities for the whole family.  The Joan’s Way Tour is a children’s audio tour that begins at 3:00pm. “Joan’s Way” is named for the daughter of the Whalehead owner’s valet. “Joan” takes children on a tour of the mansion describing what life was like when she was a child there in the 1920s.

The “Joan’s Way Tours” will start June 28th and run every Thursday through August 23rd from 3pm – 4pm. It will be a guided audio tour that will include a craft with the children.   For ages 6 – 12 years old.  The cost will be $5 per child with limited space for up to 30 children.

 

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The 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration in Corolla will take place on July 4. There are many fun activities for family and friends. The event will kick off at 3pm with children’s games, activities, and food vendors. Live music starts at 5pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at dusk.Join the community in Historic Corolla Park to celebrate America’s independence July 4.

 

 

There are many fun events and activities for family and friends to enjoy in Corolla this summer. Whether it is the shopping, the historic landscapes, private beach access, or the wild horses that roam freely, Corolla is filled with high-end real estate property offering vacationers endless activities no matter the time of year. Whether you’re looking to relocate to the Outer Banks, looking to buy your second home or are here on vacation, be sure to check out more from Eillu – your Outer Banks Top Boutique Real Estate Team. Our commitment to proactively working together to bring you the best results is top priority for us. Also check out Eillu’s Facebook Page and keep up to date through our blog!

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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.   

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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. 

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The Annual Outer Banks Marathon and Southern Fried Half Marathon Welcomes Runners and Viewers

    Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon

    The 2017 Outer Banks Marathon is this coming weekend with a ton of activities and events for the whole family. Everyone can participate in this weekend event, with races for toddlers and kids all the way up to the full marathon.

    Friday, November 10th

    The weekend events kick off with the Race Expo at the Dare County Youth Center located at 602 Mustian St, in Kill Devil Hills. The expo lasts from 12pm to 7pm, be sure to stop by and pick up your packet!

    Saturday, November 11th – Super Saturday

    Saturday is the fun-for-all day with an 8k, 5k, Family Fun Run, Diaper Dash, and the Pirate Festival. All these events will be held at the First Flight High School track. The 8k and 5k are out-and-back courses starting at the track, leading runners into Nags Head Woods, and then back to the track. The minimum age is 8 and 6 respectively for these two races. Walkers are allowed but no strollers or wheelchairs are allowed. These races also require pre-registration.

    The family fun run is open to all ages and is only 1 mile. The diaper dash is only for crawler and toddlers and it is free. Both of these events are open for registration on the event day.

    The Pirate Festival starts at 9am and ends at 1pm. It will have face painting, a rock climbing wall, a plank to walk, and plenty of pirates and photo ops for all.

    Saturday evening, the Pasta Party for Marathon and Half Marathon participants will be help at Beach Side Bistro at the Sea Ranch Resort.

    If you missed the expo on Friday, it will be held again on Saturday from 9am to 6pm at the Dare County Youth Center.

    Sunday, November 12th

    The main marathon event extends from Kitty Hawk to Manteo, on a 26.2 mile course that takes you past many Outer Banks landmarks. You will run through a portion of Nags Head Woods, pass by Jockey’s Ridge, the Wright Brothers Memorial, and more. Perhaps the most breathtaking part (Literally- It is a 650′ climb to the top at a 4% grade) of the course is when you cross over the Washington Baum Bridge to begin the final few miles into downtown Manteo.

    The Half Marathon will start on E. Baltic Street at Wrightsville Avenue in Nags Head. Runners will be starting at the halfway point on the Marathon Course and ending at the same location in downtown Manteo. The Southern 6 race will also join marathon and half marathon runners at the finish line, but these participants will start their journey at the Tanger Outlet Center in Nags Head.

    The TowneBank Southern Fried Half Marathon Awards Ceremony will start at 10:30 and the TowneBank Marathon Awards Ceremony will kick off at 12:15 on Queen Elizabeth Street in Manteo.

    Runners can relax and celebrate at the Post Race Southern Fried Block Party until 2:30 with live music and refreshments. After the party, return shuttles from Manteo will bring you back to your car post-race.

    For more information and to register for the event visit the OBX Marathons website.

    November is a wonderful time to visit the Outer Banks. If you are not local, plan on staying the weekend and take in the sights. Contact Eillu to visit homes and properties for investment or relocation. We would be honored to show you around and share what makes the Outer Banks such a special place to live or visit!

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The 12th Annual Outer Banks Marathon & Half Marathon – November 10-12

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The fall running season is almost here, with plenty of time left to train for a race. Outer Banks Sporting Events puts on a spectacular event every November with races and activities for individuals of all ages and running levels. In addition to the 5k, 8k, 6 miler, half marathon and marathon races there is a Fun Run for kids and a Diaper Dash for the crawlers and toddlers in your group.

Saturday Events

The 8k, 5k, Fun Run and Diaper Dash races will be held on Saturday, November 11th at the First Flight High School Track. Both the 8k and 5k courses are out-and-back starting at the track and running into Nags Head Woods before turning around and heading back to the track. The Fun Run and Diaper Dash will both be on the track. Saturday events will also include a bounce house, kids obstacle course, pirate toss, face painting and rock climbing wall so bring the whole family!

Main Event

The main event is the marathon, half-marathon and Southern 6 on Sunday, November 12th. Both the marathon and half-marathon races start at 7am (from different starting locations), and the post-race finishers party for all three races will be at the finish line in downtown Manteo and lasts until 2:30pm. There will be a beverage and beer garden, and live music from Jonny Waters & Company. The half marathon awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30am and the marathon awards ceremony will start at 12:15pm.

Marathon Course

The marathon course starts on The Woods Road in Kitty Hawk and heads south to Nags Head, over the Washington Baum Bridge and into downtown Manteo for the total 26.2 miles. The half marathon joins the course in Nags Head, starting behind the YMCA and follows the course over the bridge and into Manteo. The Southern 6 (6 mile race option) allows you to start at the Tanger Outlet Center in Nags Head. The Southern 6 is considered a “fun run” as it is not a timed race, but it allows you to join in the finisher celebration with the other runners in downtown Manteo.

Visit the Outer Banks for this event and see how wonderful the off-season 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.


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

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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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Best Places to View Solar Eclipse in the Outer Banks

Best Places to View Solar Eclipse in the Outer Banks

Everyone has heard by now about the monumental solar eclipse that will transverse the continental United States on August 21, 2017.  A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth creating a shadow over earth. This is the first coast to coast eclipse in the US since 1918.  While the Outer Banks will not have full totality, estimates are 87.5% coverage, it is sure to be an amazing sight. 

Safety First

However, make sure you have proper viewing glasses to prevent any damage to your eyesight and even blindness.  Sun glasses are NOT safe for viewing the eclipse.  Glasses can be purchased at Walmart, Walgreens and other area stores.  The local library will also distribute glasses while supplies last.

NASA urges eclipse watches to make sure glasses are from an approved manufactures and have an ISO icon with 12312-2.  Some eclipse viewing glasses have been recalled as being counterfeit even though they are marked with the ISO icon.  You can check this page for instructions on how to tell if your glasses are safe.  Eclipse glasses are many thousands of times darker than ordinary sun glasses. 

Approved filters should also be used if you are photographing or taking a video with a phone or camera to prevent damage to the equipment.  It is not safe to look through a camera, binoculars, or a telescope while wearing approved glasses.

You can also make a simple indirect viewer with two pieces of cardboard, foil and a pin hole.

The eclipse should begin at 1:23 and will climax at 2:49 and end at 4:08 in the Outer Banks.

NC Aquarium 

374 Airport Rd Manteo, NC 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

This family oriented celebration is a learning event with games and activities designed to teach young and old about this cosmic phenomenon.  The aquarium will have limited supplies of eclipse viewing glasses available on first come first served basis; one activity included is construction of pinhole eclipse projectors that can be used to safely view the eclipse.  Activities and games are scheduled from 11:30 to 3:30, educator led programs run from 11:30 to 1:30.  Admission fee to aquarium covers all solar eclipse activities. 

Jockey’s Ridge  

Route 158 Nags Head

Where better to watch the eclipse that the tallest sand dune on the east coast?  Jockey’s Ridge is hosting a solar eclipse party from 1pm and visitors can get glasses for viewing the eclipse at the visitors center beginning at 1pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Beach or Sound

No matter where you are staying on the Outer Banks, take the time to experience this cosmic event.  Grab a blanket and head to the beach or visit one of the sound front parks at Whalehead in Corolla, or the Duck sound front park for a clear view of the eclipse. 

Pick up some limited time “eclipse doughnuts” at Duck Donuts available from Aug 19 to 21.  The cake doughnuts are topped with chocolate icing, chocolate sprinkles, vanilla icing with Oreo and hot fudge drizzle and other vanilla and chocolate variations.

What to Expect

Keep an eye (and leash) on pets as they can become scared or confused.  Nocturnal animals like owls and foxes may be seen during the eclipse and crickets and frogs may sing their nighttime songs.  Birds may become quiet.  Temperatures are likely to drop several degrees during the event.

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Ocracoke Island, NC – Paradise Found on the Carolina Coast

lighthouse Ocracoke Island, NC

I lived in the Outer Banks for more than 10 years before I ventured south to Ocracoke. Wow! I didn’t know what I was missing. The island is only accessible by a short ferry ride from Hatteras (or another private boat or plane). The ferry ride is a treat in itself. The 5 mile ride takes about 45 minutes and is a scenic and calm ride most days. Once you arrive it is like taking a step back in time. The Outer Banks continues to be named a top beach destination every year and Ocracoke is a favorite on the list.

Ocracoke Island beach

MSN recently listed Ocracoke as one of “20 Classic Vacation Spots that are Worth Another Look”. The quaint village is centered on Silver Lake. The best way to explore is by bicycle or golf cart. The Island is only about 1 square mile. In 2014, the year round population was 591.

When we flew into the general aviation airport, we were met with our golf cart rental. The beach is only a short walk from the airport. From the airport (W95), we could get just about anywhere on the island at a nice slow pace to be able to take in all the scenery. Of course, impromptu stops at local shops, eateries or ice cream occurred when the mood struck anyone in our party. Each restaurant has an easy walking map of the area or use your smart phone and Google Maps to help you navigate and get your bearings.

Many folks travel to Ocracoke for a day trip but there are accommodations to spend more time on the island with Hotels/Motels, vacation rental homes or Bed and Breakfast Inns; some located right on Silver Lake. There are even camping and docking alternatives for the most adventurous spirits. The views and activity on the lake front always has beauty, interest and action to captivate you.

The Ocracoke Preservation Museum is an interesting stop for history buffs or the curious alike. Exhibits illustrate island life from a time that has gone by.

The village is on the National Register of Historic Places with homes dating back to the 1880’s. The Lighthouse dates back to 1823 and is still in use. The base of the lighthouse is open to the public during the summer, with limited hours as it is staffed by Park Service volunteers. Everyone needs to visit the lighthouse and keepers quarters for the iconic “selfie” opportunity.

Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit will appeal to all the pirate fans as Ocracoke was one of the pirates safe harbors back in the day.

There is a famous British Cemetery to honor British soldiers who helped protect our shoreline during WWII. Several ships were lost during this period including HMS Bedfordshire, the British Tanker San Delfino and many others.

There are shops, boutiques and unique gift items strewn across the island with many handmade items not found anywhere else. There are many restaurants that feature what else, seafood! But Mexican food can be found for a quick bite at the Taco Stand or grab a quick sandwich or salad. Chances are whatever you are in the mood for, there is a place on the island to find it.

Ocracoke is located 23 miles offshore at the Southern portion of the Outer Banks between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound. The 16 miles of soft white sand and crystal clear water has never failed to delight the adventurer who has traveled to it. Swim, fish or enjoy all the water activities the island has to offer.

fishing Ocracoke island

Corolla is not the only place on the Outer Banks to find wild horses; Ocracoke has them too. There is a herd of horses, descendants of Spanish mustangs, who became shipwrecked off the island several hundred years ago and swam to the island.

Portsmouth Island is another local island that can be visited and there are tours from Ocracoke to take visitors to Portsmouth. It was established in 1753 and was one of the largest settlements during its heyday. It was abandoned in 1971 but the island can still be explored on foot to visit the post office, general store, church, Lifesaving station and learn the story about the village. Portsmouth is a great place to find Scotch Bonnet and other exquisite shells, like no other place in the Outer Banks.

Ocracoke has traditional and fun events for the whole family all year long. From Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree held the last weekend in Oct with a re-creation of the last hours for the pirate and his crew to the December Oyster Roast and Shrimp boil and the 4th of July celebration with fireworks and the August Fig Festival.

When Outer Banks residents from Corolla to Hatteras want to get a way from it for a while, they go to Ocracoke. A favorite destination of locals. If you have been thinking about a vacation home purchase, second home purchase or permanent home, check out all the Outer Banks towns have to offer. Buy with Eillu and save more with our buyers rewards plan.

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Where to Watch the Best 4th July Fireworks Display on the Outer Banks, NC

2017 4th July Fireworks Outer Banks

If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Outer Banks this 4th of July… well then you are lucky enough. 

While every summer week includes events and activities for the whole family, the 4th of July has a parade in Duck and the added ohhh and ahhhs of fireworks at multiple locations!

There are plenty of locations with professional fireworks display that are near where you live or are vacationing.  Remember, setting off fireworks that launch or propel into the air or make a sound is illegal in Dare County.  It can be dangerous to your family and elevates the risk of fires to nearby structures and environmental hazards to our wildlife.  

Duck 4th July Parade

The best plan is to start your day with the Duck 4th of July parade.  The parade starts at 9am, but I recommend getting there early to park and grab your spot lining the route. 

In fact, I suggest you treat yourself and family to Duck Donuts (if you haven’t tried them, you will thank me). 

The parade route is horseshoe shaped in downtown Duck from Scarborough Lane to Ocean Way and ends at Pamela court off Christopher Drive. 

After the parade wander over to the Duck Town Park for the awards ceremony, watermelon and live Dixieland music. 

If you haven’t visited Duck before, take a stroll along the boardwalk on the soundside (accessible from the town park), there are delightful shops and wonderful natural vistas of the estuary.

July 4 2017 fireworks in the Outer Banks

Corolla Independence Day Celebration

You may want to skip the beach on the 4th because there is just so much to do!  Heading north from Duck is Corolla’s celebration from noon to after 9pm at Historic Corolla Park

There is more live music (starting at 5) with Tidewater Drive Band, watermelon eating contest, kids games and corn hole tournament to fill out the afternoon. 

This 25th annual event and fireworks presentation begins at dusk and is one of the best in the area.  Admission and parking are free – no coolers, alcohol or on street parking is permitted. Corolla boat ramp has no dockage.

Avalon Pier – Kill Devil Hills – July 7th

The Avalon Pier, located at milepost 6, will host their fireworks display on July 7th.  Late scheduling is a bonus to be able to attend multiple shows this year.  The show will be put on by Pyrotechnico at dark.

Manteo 4th July Celebration

South of Nags Head, heading west over the causeway is the town of Manteo on Roanoke Island.  This quaint small town has a delightful waterfront area, the Elizabethan Gardens, and the Aquarium which are all worth the ride. 

The 4th of July festivities begin at 3 pm in front of the Courthouse with singing the National Anthem. 

The town will have family friendly contests like apple pie eating, wacky hat and decorated bike contests.  There are food vendors and a free concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park from the 208th Army Band beginning at 8 pm with the fireworks display at dusk over Roanoke Sound – park gates open at 6 pm.  Bring a chair or blanket kick back and watch the show.

Nags Head Fishing Pier

The Nags Head Fishing Pier, located at milepost 11.5, also has a fireworks display.  Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:25pm.

Avon Fishing Pier

If you are staying further south on Hatteras Island, there are fireworks close by at Avon Fishing Pier.  They are schedule to start at 9 pm. 

There will also be a simultaneous radio broadcast from 9 to midnight with “Music for Fireworks and patriotic music on FM 101.5 and 99.9 and live stream on www.radiohatteras.org.

Can’t Decide Where to View the Show?

The Beach

You can plant yourself on the beach, even some distance away from the piers, and still be able to enjoy the fireworks.  There are usually lots of families enjoying the evening and the kids get to run around and play until the show begins.  Bring some beverages, snacks, blanket, chairs, flashlights (and probably bug spray – just in case) to enjoy the evening.

Please use the beach accesses and do not walk across the dunes at any of the Outer Banks beaches.

Jockeys Ridge

Jockeys Ridge, located in Nags Head, is the largest sand dune on the east coast.  While the State Park does not host its own display, the elevation from the top of the dune is excellent for viewing multiple displays at the same time. 

Be prepared to hike a bit to get to the top of the dune for the best vantage point.  The only problem sometimes is too many fireworks are going off all at once and you keeping snapping your head not to miss one. 

It’s is a great family friendly location to enjoy anytime.  The views from the top of the dune are worth the walk up.  Kids have a great time rolling and sliding down the down.

Where are the BEST fireworks on the Outer Banks?  Anywhere you gather with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day and the birth of this great nation! 

Call today to schedule an appointment to view property for sale anywhere from Corolla to Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks. 

Each of our wonderful beach communities have a varied assortment of vacation, retirement, and investment properties.  From lots, condos, town homes, 3 bedroom single family homes to 12+ bedroom vacation rental machines for extended families or groups.  

There is time to close and block off a week to enjoy with your family.  

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