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Outer Banks Marathon

November 23, 2012

Beautiful weather awaited the runners for Marathon Weekend. This little video sums it up!

OBX Marathon


The race finished in Manteo meandering through Marshes Light – what a great place to call home!


Categories: Fall Weather, Fitness, News, outer banks, Running, Sporting Events, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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In the heart of Manteo…

July 26, 2012

Yet tucked away from the hustle bustle, is a lovely three bedroom condominium at Marshes Light. Spacious, this lovely top floor home overlooks the Marina to the south and views of Shallowbag Bay and Roanoke Sound to the southeast. Close enough to stroll  to restaurants, theater and shopping, the sound-side boardwalk hugs the shoreline while providing a comfortable and picturesque walkway.

Marshes LIght Boardwalk










Perhaps the thing that speaks volumes, though, is the craftsmanship and quality of materials. You’ll notice the solid construction, the Hardi-Plank siding, the Andersen windows, the 10 1/2 ceiling heights, thoughtful use of space, transom windows above interior doors and in the kitchen, stainless appliances, granite countertops and natural maple cabinetry.

Built by Renaissance Construction










The recent TowneBank Red Nose Wine Festival has put Marshes Light on the map! To arrange for a tour, please contact Lee Whitley at 252-475-9863 or email Price: $425,000.












Categories: Land Development, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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TowneBank Red Nose Wine Festival

July 15, 2012

The inaugural TowneBank Red Nose Wine Festival last Thursday launched a new event as part of the Christmas in July fundraising benefit for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. Thankfully the rain held off, and cloudy conditions kept things cool and comfortable.

Marshes Light, downtown Manteo NC


As people milled about in a “Charleston” like setting, music played in the background. The performers included Mojo Collins, Laura Martier, Joe Mapp & The Coordinates, Ruth Wyand, and The Jazzmen. North Carolina wines were featured with Biltmore, Cauble Creek Vineyard, Childress Vineyards, Old North State Winery, Sanctuary Vineyards and Vineyards on the Scuppernong. Additional wines from around the world were provided by Mutual Distributing Company and The Wine Specialist of Kitty Hawk.

Miss Wine Bottle & Shearl Bell, Event Chairperson

















There was delicious food from Black Pelican, Café Lachine, Ocean Boulevard and Ortegaz. And, making it a full-on and fun afternoon, there were little shops set up along the Boulevard – Jewelry by Gail, The Cottage Shop and Mothervine Nutraceuticals. Wine, music and shopping? Oh my!

The final word isn’t in on how much was raised for the Relief Foundation, but many of the people involved expressed their enthusiasm with the event. Said Luanne Hege (who had the original vision to make the Wine Festival a reality):

“Our event this past Thursday surpassed our wildest dreams; the weather, which had been flukey at best, settled down, the heat wave broke, and the thunderstorms stayed away.  The remarkable (thank you, Roland!) Mike Fitzwater and his group (Special Events) did an outstanding job.  The attendance, while under the optimistic 2000 that we kept thinking we’d have, was a very respectable 1390, with all cabanas and reserved tables sold out. (Indeed three of our cabana purchasers have already “signed up” for next year!)  Our site, the Marshes Light complex in Manteo, right on Shallowbag Bay, was a terrific venue, right on the water, provided a perfect canvas for our layout.”

It could not have been possible without the help of our volunteers!


Categories: Arts, Dining, Food & Wine, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, People of Interest, Shopping, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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This & That

May 18, 2012

Stuff I found on the Internet this week (thanks to Google Alerts and Pinterest): A little bit of history of the fishing village, Wanchese, NC, from The Working Waterfront, by Susan West, published by The Island Institute.

New findings of The Lost Colony: Evidence Found At Lost Colony Site by Ran Northam at

You’ll never guess what I saw on my OBX vacation At

Sillyness from Pinterest:

ha ha, get it?

Categories: Arts, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, People of Interest, Roanoke Island, travel, Uncategorized.

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Unique Waterfront Property for Sale

March 5, 2012


Top floor, top right

The Area:

Historic downtown Manteo on Roanoke Island is beloved for its small town friendly atmosphere and waterfront location. Discover maritime history, live theater, art and cultural attractions, quaint shops, restaurants, First Friday Festivals and Saturday Farm Markets in Manteo, and, best of all, it’s located just minutes from the beautiful beaches of Nags Head along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The Property:

A one-of-a-kind, truly spectacular home in the new Marshes Light community is now available. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is located on the top floor of the Azalea condominiums and sits on the most eastern point of the community with panoramic views of Shallowbag Bay to the south, Roanoke Sound and Nags Head to the east, and the Marshes Lighthouse, Manteo waterfront and Roanoke Island Festival Park to the northeast. This home was enjoyed as a weekend get-away by its owners and has been lovingly cared for.



  • 1,673 square feet
  • Wrap-around covered decks
  • Tiled kitchen and baths
  • Stainless appliances
  • Marble countertops
  • Garden tub with separate walk-in shower
  • Heated master bathroom floor
  • Large walk-in closet
  • 9 1/2 ‘ ceilings with transom light windows above interior doors
  • Scrumptious upscale furniture and décor.
  • Exquisite window treatments and remote-controlled shades.
  • Parking garage with storage
  • Elevator.

Sunrise views

For more information, contact Lee Whitley at or call 252-475-9863.

Categories: Home & Garden, Land Development, marina, Marshes Light Marina, News, outer banks, Real Estate, Roanoke Island, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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Outer Banks Things to Do – March 2012

February 25, 2012

Lots of things to do and see along the Outer Banks, here’s a sample:

March 15 – 18
All events are ‘rain or shine’! Start the show off right with a Welcome Reception, Thursday, March 15th at Mako Mikes. The following day enjoy the Poker Run, Friday, March 16th. The Shamrock Car, Truck and Bike Show is Saturday, March 17th at First Flight High School.  Visit for more information.

March 24
Dare County Arts Council is pleased to bring the Southern Circuit Film Tour to the residents of Dare County! Six independent films will travel to Dare County, and local residents and visitors are invited to screen the films and meet the director.  The film, A Gift For The Village, will be screened at Roanoke Island Festival Park Indoor Film Theater on March 24th at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. The filmmaker, Tom Landon will be on hand for a question and answer session after the film is screened.




March 15-18
Presented by the Dare County Restaurant Association, this grand food festival will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, celebrity guest chef appearances, brewery tours, tapas crawls and many more events with an exciting array of creative combinations and culinary delights. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 2316 S. Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC 27959
8K ADULT or under 18 age categories. Register at

Sunday, March 18 – 1 p.m. on the Beach Road, Nags Head
This year’s parade celebrates The Outer Banks Hospital’s 10th Anniversary & a Decade of Care, and the theme is “Health is Happiness!”  Following a traditional Irish Blessing, each petal on the Shamrock represents a wish for good health, good luck & much happiness. Awards include Best Overall, Best Float, Best Band/Music Theme, Best Unity & Best Parade Route Theme.  The parade hosts 100+ entries annually & is viewed by 8-10 thousand bystanders.





March 27 – 4 weeks

The camp will culminate at the 3rd annual running of the Flying Pirate Half Maratho. Curriculum includes but is not limited to:

  • Short and long distance running
  • Speed and Tempo workouts
  • Strength & Conditioning Weight Training
  • Plyometric Drills
  • General and Sports Nutrition
  • How to compete and successfully participate in an endurance foot race

For more information on how to join and train with the leader in Race Training on the Outer Banks call 252-489-8239 or email us at

Categories: Arts, Dining, Food & Wine, Holiday Happenings, News, outer banks, Sporting Events, Things to do, travel, Uncategorized.

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Mid-Currituck Bridge: A New Link to the Outer Banks

January 20, 2012

According to an article in today’s Outer Banks Voice, the Mid-Currituck Bridge is one step closer to reality.

“The final environmental impact statement has been released on a proposed toll bridge over the Currituck Sound that would stretch between the mainland and Corolla.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority plans for construction on the bridge to start before the end of 2012, with the span opening to traffic by 2017.”

NCDOT states that the Mid-Currituck Bridge will:

  • Substantially improve traffic flow on NC 12 and US 158;
  • Substantially reduce travel time for persons traveling between the Currituck County mainland and the Currituck County Outer Banks; and
  • Substantially reduce hurricane clearance time for residents and visitors who use US 158 and NC 168 during a coastal evacuation.

For more information and history on the Mid-Currituck Bridge, visit


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Mortgage rates fall to record lows

December 20, 2011


By Les Christie @CNNMoney December 15, 2011: 1:44 PM ETN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Mortgage rates sunk to record lows again this week. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.94%, matching the all-time low hit in early October, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly mortgage rate survey.

Meanwhile, 15-year fixed-rate loans hit a new record low of 3.21%, surpassing the record set on October 6.  Five-year adjustable rate mortgages also plumbed new depths, hitting 2.86% for the week. “We’ve been hanging around record lows for a few months now and we finally hit another one,” said Keith Gumbinger of HSH Associates, a provider of mortgage data.

Low-interest mortgages will be available at least through mid-2012, according to Freddie Mac’s chief economist, Frank Nothaft.

The low rates can translate into big savings for home buyers. Five years ago, a home buyer would have been lucky to land a 5% rate on a 15-year loan. On a $200,000 mortgage, that would have meant the borrower would have paid $1,582 a month. Should a borrower land a 3.2% rate on a $200,000 loan now, the monthly mortgage payment would come to $1,400 — a savings of $182 a month.

Categories: Financing, Mortgage Rates, News, Real Estate, Uncategorized.

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