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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!



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

The 12th Annual Outer Banks Marathon & Half Marathon - boy on beach running

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

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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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

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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Outer Banks 45th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

hang gliding spectacular Outer Banks, NC

The Hang Gliding Spectacular is centered in Nags Head at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  Not coincidentally, this is the site of the largest sand dune on the East Coast and a favorite site (that is free) for both young and old to visit while in the Outer Banks. 

This annual event is scheduled for the 3rd week in May (May 18 – 22, 2017) every year and is celebrating its 45th year for this fun, fantastic, flying event.  You can find the scheduled times here for all the activities.

Over 60 competitors from all over will travel to Kitty Hawk Kites on the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina to fly, party and meet old and new friends!  Come join the fun and learn about Hang Gliding.

The event includes several categories for participants to compete against each other and test their skills.

Dune Competition

The dune competition lasts for 3 days.  Pilots are challenged to fly around pylons and spot land in the center of the target to earn points.  If the weather holds, there is also a duration contest.  The tension builds as pilots fly only several inches off the ground before setting up for the landing. 

Aero Towing Competition

The venue changes for the Aero Towing Competition to the Kitty Hawk Kites Flight Park at the Currituck County Airport for 2 days aero towing competition.  The conditions on the day of the event determine the eventual tasks.  Past competitions included a duration, altitude contest and a bean-bag drop contest.  It usually ends with a spot landing task.  The venue has loads of activities for viewers including seminars and hang glider demos.

Woody Jones Memorial Street Dance

The Street Dance is held outside the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head; a live band entertains and participants dance, laugh and socialize on the pavement.  Frozen Head & The Squirrels headline this years Street Dance event.

The final part of the event, held on Sunday, includes a speech from the Rogollo Foundation Hall of Fame inductee at Jockey’s Ridge State Park Auditorium.  Next, head over to the Nags Head store for the Event Awards and Dinner.  Activities on Monday are included in case there was bad conditions or weather during one of the previous days.

The Outer Banks is one of the best locations to learn hang gliding. (The Wright Brothers had their reasons for coming to the Outer Banks for the First Flight.)  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.  Contact Eillu to answer any real estate questions you may have.  Schedule an appointment to visit vacation homes or second homes available for purchase or to find a permanent or retirement home.

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Is That Thunder? No, It’s Outer Banks Bike Week April 22 to April 30, 2017


Outer Banks Bike week 2017Grab your leather jacket, fire up the Harley and head to the Outer Banks for the 15th annual Outer Banks bike week.  Enjoy southern hospitality from local restaurants, hotels or vacation rental homes and retailers who know its spring by the sound of the roar of those Harley engines.  They will be the first to throw out a warm welcome to all our biker visitors.

The fun begins on Saturday April 22, at 9am at the OBX Harley Davidson location in Harbinger.  Opening day is packed full of events with a bikini bike wash, Miss Bike Week contest, bike show, poker run and live music.  Sunday’s events include a bikini contest, the poker run awards and more live music.

There are all day guided rides scheduled Monday through Thursday to include the National Parks and the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  Even without a guide, the Outer Banks barrier island is delightful to cruise from Corolla to Hatteras Island.   Take the beach road or ride along the sound for a peaceful waterfront views and enjoy all our natural beauty.  Restaurants and retailers up and down the beach pull out the stops with events, specials and activities to appeal to the bikers.  Spring has sprung and our island is bursting with new life, with Dogwoods, azaleas and more spring flowers in bloom.  It is one great ride!

The week-long bike week event finishes with a flourish, with top notch live music festival featuring Slaughter and Great White on Friday and Christopher Shayne and Molly Hatchet on Saturday.  The event concludes on Sunday with a blessing of the bike and more live music.

The Outer Banks bike week is a premier biker destination on the East Coast.  If you are looking for a new crib for your hog, schedule an appointment to see real estate available from Corolla to Hatteras Island. 

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Get Ready for the Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon 2017

running shoes on the beach

On April 21-23, 2017 become a flying pirate and participate in one of the awesome race weekend activities. Choose from a half marathon, a 5k, or a fun run; and if you’re extra adventurous, try the Double Dare Challenge that includes the 5k and the half marathon!

Flying Pirate Half Marathon

The half marathon is a beautiful course that gives you a glimpse of two of the Outer Banks’ largest nature reserves, as well as views of Kitty Hawk Bay and the Albemarle Sound. Starting at 5300 The Woods Road, the beginning of the course runs parallel to Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve providing a wooded atmosphere. You’ll then traverse Moore Shore Rd onto Bay Drive for some gorgeous soundfront views. After a few miles on Bay Drive you will make your way toward the Wright Brothers Memorial and circle the monument before making running through the neighborhood that leads to Nags Head Woods. Once in Nags Head Woods Reserve, you’ll be running on gravel until you reach the sandy cut-through towards the final stretch and the finish line at the YMCA in Nags Head.

Once you’ve made it through the 13.1 mile course, the Pirate Jamboree party will be waiting for you. Awards will be given, beer will be consumed, and free food will be available for runners! Return shuttles will be available to take runners back to their vehicles at Walmart near the start of the race. Click here for more info on shuttles and parking.

First Flight 5K

This is a walker-friendly out-and-back course that will have 4 corrals at the starting lineup. You’ll start at the Wright Brothers Memorial, run around the monument and out onto Colington Rd to First Street where you will turn around and head back to the monument, this time cutting through the First Flight Airport path to reach the finish line.

Double Dare Challenge

Run the 5k on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday! To participate in the Double Dare Challenge you need to sign up for it specifically – if you sign up for the half marathon and the 5k separately you will not be entered into the Double Dare Challenge. With the Double Dare Challenge sign up you’ll get two event shirts and three medals! There will be overall top male and female competitors awards as well.

Pirate Fun Run

A great run for kids 12 and under with a distance of approximately one mile.  Pre-registered participants will receive a bib and be awarded with a finisher medal. The run starts at 8:30am, right after the First Flight 5k. Any children under 5 need to be accompanied by a registered adult runner.

The Outer Banks is full of family friendly activities for all ages.  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 all the fabulous activities and create memories to last a lifetime.

2016 Christmas Events and Activities on the Outer Banks

Holiday Lights

Christmas-time brings a variety of fun events, activities, and celebrations to the Outer Banks. If you are visiting or spending your holidays here, don’t miss out on these local favorites!

Experience Elizabethan Gardens

Spend a magical evening at the Elizabethan Gardens Winter Lights Grand Illuminations exploring the beautiful light displays, sitting by the open-air fire pits, listening to the live musical performances or shopping in the gift shop. Entry tickets are $15 for adults, $9 for youth, $7 for kids 5 and under, and you can even bring your dog for $3. During December you can visit on Tuesday and Saturday nights from 6pm-9pm. Or visit in January on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-9pm.

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 popular Outer Banks “Christmas House” and you won’t do your visit there justice unless you do get out and explore. They have a many different stations 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.

Another fun home light display is found at 206 Clamshell Drive in Kill Devil Hills. At this home you can turn your car radio to 107.9 to hear the music playing along with the light show. Bring a few canned goods and get out of your car to explore and make a donation to the Beach Food Pantry.

Visit the Whalehead Club

Plan your visit to the Whalehead Club during their Christmas Candlelight Tour. Held on December 16 and 17 at 6pm, you will tour the historic home and listen to live performances, caroling, and receive refreshments. You will also have the opportunity to preview the new Starkley Room exhibit and see other new acquisitions. Be sure to register in advance at

Attend the 113th Annual Wright Brothers Celebration

Celebrate the Wright Brothers achievement of flight along with the 100th anniversary of the United States Coast Guard Aviation. This day-long event on December 17th will include ceremonies, an aviation flyover, tours of exhibits and the visitor center, and more. Don’t miss this exciting celebration!

There is still plenty to do on the Outer Banks this time of year.  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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