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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.

Manteo

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

                                Corolla Under the Oaks Art Festival Whalehead, Historic Corolla Park

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

Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park
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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OBX activities for your Memorial Day weekend 2018

OBX Activities for your Memorial Day Weekend 2018

 

The Outer Banks is full of beautiful neighborhoods that make up the community that brings you incredible events year after year. If you’re on the beach this Memorial Day Weekend looking for some fun in the sun or a break from the beach, check out the many activities happening up and down the coast. From the northern beaches of Corolla to Hatteras Island, there is endless fun for the whole family.

The lost colony at roanoke island opening night 2018

OPENING NIGHT OF THE LOST COLONY

May 25th
7:45pm, 1409 National Park Drive

This year marks the 81st season of America’s longest running outdoor drama! Experience one of the Outer Banks’ finest treasures and learn about what happened to the first English colony to inhabit America as they mysteriously disappeared off of Roanoke Island. Tickets for adults start at $20 and kids under age 5 are free! For more information and ticket purchases, visit the Lost Colony website.

MEMORIAL DAY BEACH BLAST

May 27th
12pm-5pm, Historic Corolla Park

Gather up the whole family and head over to the Historic Corolla Park for this free, fun-filled day of great beach music and celebration!  Performances will be put on by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band and Aquarium Big Band. This free event will run from 12pm-5pm on the beautiful park grounds.  Food and beer vendors will be on site.  Bring your beach chairs, relax and enjoy!  Beer, food and drinks will all be available for purchase on-site. 

7TH ANNUAL SHORE BREAK 5K & TIDE POOL FUN RUN

May 28th
8am, Koru Village Beach Klub in Avon

Run through Kinnakeet Shores on gorgeous Cape Hatteras, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The race terrain will keep you entertained the entire 3.1 miles along paved roads winding through beautiful Kinnakeet Shores, wooden bridges, boardwalks, beach walkways, and a quick dash over the dunes to the finish. The race culminates with an unbelievable view of the Atlantic Ocean and a post race party with pancake breakfast and Carolina Brewery beers for runners over 21 years of age. Run, jog or walk, all are welcome! Come celebrate Cape Hatteras and give back to a great community!  All proceeds from this event will go toward the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. The 7th annual Shore Break 5K will be held at 8am and the Tide Pool Fun Run on the beach will immediately follow the 5K at 9am.

 

Don’t miss out on the endless possibilities to keep you entertained and kick off a perfect start to your 2018 summer!  If you find yourself, like so many others, wanting to come back to the Outer Banks with your very own vacation home, let the experts at Eillu guide you through your purchase.

 


Deep Sea Fishing on the Outer Banks

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The Outer Banks is a premium location for deep sea fishing.  Our beaches are just 12-15 miles from the Gulf Stream, giving you the opportunity to catch large fish like Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo and Sailfish.  The Outer Banks is “The Billfish Capital of the World,” and for good reason. Hundreds of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are caught and released in our waters every year. 

Marinas and Inlets

There are plenty of offshore charter boats ready to take you and your group out for the day. Charter boats head offshore through Oregon Inlet or Hatteras Inlet, and there are a few different marinas located near both inlets. Marinas in Hatteras include Albatross Fleet Marina, Hatteras Harbor Marina, Hatteras Landing Marina, Oden’s Dock, Teach’s Lair Marina and Village Marina. On the Northern end there is OBX Marina, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Pirates Cove Marina, Shallowbag Bay Club Marina, Thicket Lump Marina and Wanchese Marina. If you’re staying in Ocracoke, the Anchorage Marina would be your go to for going off-shore. Some marinas even offer a service to cook your catch of the day for your group to sit and enjoy while reminiscing on the day’s exciting activity on the water.

What to Expect

Your offshore fishing adventure will be an all-day event. Even though we are in close proximity to the gulf stream it still takes an hour or so to get there – be prepared to leave the marina in the early morning hours around 5am and expect to return somewhere around 4-5pm. Most offshore charters will take up to 6 people, and the cost of the trip will range from $1200 – $2,000+ before tips. You often “get what you pay for” and can find more affordable boats, but they may not come with the level of comfort and quality of the more expensive charters. Choose the option that is best for you, your pocketbook and the type of off-shore fishing experience you want to have. Charters are a great option for experienced and novice fishers alike as the crew will have the boat fully prepared and ready to go. On most boats you’ll just need to bring personal items like sunscreen, food and drinks, medications, etc. It’s always good to be prepared, so consider taking something for motion sickness just as a precaution. You may not end up needing it but conditions on the water are hard to predict each changing day, so better safe than sorry! The captain and crew will provide all the equipment and assistance when the fishing begins!

Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to decide on a charter to bring you all the angling opportunities!  The Outer Banks offers an abundance of Offshore fishing charters, some of which you can find listed below.

Deep Sea Fishing on the Outer Banks

 

A-Salt Weapon Sport Fishing Charters

Pirates Cove Fishing Center
Manteo, NC 27954
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A-Salt Weapon Sportfishing Charters and Captain Dennis Endee, featured on ESPN and Versus, are the team you need to reel in your sportfishing adventure. Over 20 years of experience and title holders of several awards including the most recent: 2018 NC State record holder Bluefin Tuna 877 pounds. The A-Salt Weapon is available for all tournament fishing and company outings. All rods, bait, tackle, and ice are included for your convenience. Experience Gulfstream Fishing Today!

 

Albatross Fleet

57976 NC Hwy. 12
Hatteras, NC 27943
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North Carolina’s pioneer offshore charter fishing fleet founded in 1937. Located in the heart of Hatteras Village, three custom built boats of local design, offer offshore gulf stream and inshore 1/2 day fishing charters. The original Albatross also provides a 1.5 hour Salt Marsh Tour for $20 per person.

 

Bi-Op-Sea Fishing Charters

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Nags Head, NC 27959
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Bi-Op-Sea is located only 35 miles from the excellent sportfishing waters of the Gulf Stream. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, Bi-Op-Sea strives to provide an enjoyable Outer Banks charter fishing trip for all aboard. The company welcomes families and children and encourages angler participation!

 

Captain Duke’s Fishing Charters

126 Brakewood Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
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Captain Ira “Duke” Spencer III, a 4th generation fisherman on the Outer Banks, has 30 years of experience on the Atlantic Ocean and North Carolina sounds. Fishing aboard the 36 foot “Captain Duke” can be fun and rewarding for all ages! What a great way to create memories as a family experiences the “Thrill of the Catch!” Captain Spencer and his Mate will do all they can to make your day memorable and fun.

 

Carolina Girl Sportfishing Charters

708 Harbor Road
Wanchese, NC 27981
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The Carolina Girl is run by Capt. Troy Salmon. He has over 30 years fishing these waters year round. His father started him fishing here on his boat Megabyte in 1982 and has been fishing here ever since. Carolina Girl is a 38’ Viking. The Carolina Girl is heated and cooled in all areas for comfortable fishing in all conditions. The Carolina Girl also has a full bathroom, kitchen and dinette with 2 flat screen TVs with satellite TV service, satellite phone and all of the best electronics. The Carolina Girl offers a variety of trip options from full day Gulf Stream fishing for tuna dolphin and marlin to half, 3/4 or full day inshore fishing for species like amberjack, cobia, flounder, Spanish mackerel, bluefish etc.  According to their website, they also do specialty trips for wreck fish and shark upon request!

 

Carolina Style Sportfishing

4457 Mill Landing Road
Wanchese, NC 27981
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Carolina Style Sportfishing specializes in both inshore and offshore guided fishing charters from Wanchese, NC. They boast an unmatched ability to cater to your needs and still be notably productive, all while offering simple, affordable pricing.  Carolina Style operates two separate boats—one for inshore and nearshore fishing, the other for offshore and deep sea fishing. They understand the vastly different requirements of fishing the Pamlico Sound versus offshore fishing.  Whether you’re looking to stock the freezer, become a better angler, enjoy a peaceful day catching some delicious fish, make the most of your OBX vacation, or all of the above, Carolina Style promises to work hard to provide you with memorable fishing charters for a lifetime!

The Outer Banks is full of 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!

 


6 SUP Spots Along the Outer Banks

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The Outer Banks is the perfect destination for Stand Up Paddle Boarding. We have easy access to the ocean and sound, offering a safe place for beginners to learn and a challenging adventure for those with more experience. Whether you choose to play is safe in the sound or ride the waves in the ocean, you will love stand up paddle boarding on the Outer Banks.

You can SUP from any public beach access, but be careful to avoid areas with high rip currents, inlets or waves that may exceed your skill level. For soundside access, check out these great spots along the Outer Banks. Take an evening soundside SUP ride to see one of our beautiful sunsets over the sound.

Corolla

Along with other great attractions, the Historic Corolla Park at the Whalehead Club has a launch for small boats and kayaks/SUPs. There are shallow canals to ride through within the park as well as access to the Currituck Sound. The water near the launch point is shallow, and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in this area. 

Duck

The Duck Town Park has a kayak/SUP launch spot on the Duck Boardwalk. This is a great area to paddle alongside the boardwalk and see the town of Duck from the water. There should also be wildlife in this area to observe.

Kitty Hawk

Windgrass Circle, right off of Tateway Drive is a popular sound access in Kitty Hawk, also a destination for sunset watchers. There is a small public parking area and a walking/biking path. The sound here is very shallow, a great spot for a swim too.

Kill Devil Hills

Dock Street in Kill Devil Hills has public parking and boat launch area with docks/wooden walkways. This is a great spot to start you SUP adventure in Kitty Hawk Bay.

Nags Head

West Soundside Road in Nags Head is a very popular soundside destination. It is frequented by kite boarders and kayakers. It’s close proximity to Jockey’s Ridge allows for great views from the sound.

Hatteras

Check out the Salvo day use area for sound access just south of Salvo/Waves/Rodanthe. There is plenty of public parking, bathhouses, and an area for picnics. This spot features a large sandy area for accessing the water. Further south, between Avon and Buxton, you’ll find Canadian Hole, an extremely popular water sport destination for kite boarders and wind surfers. It may be pretty busy during the season, but this public access has parking, showers and bathrooms.

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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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.  

view of corolla adventure park

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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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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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.

Corolla

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

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.

Kill Devil Hills

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.

Manteo

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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