Beautiful weather awaited the runners for Marathon Weekend. This little video sums it up!
The race finished in Manteo meandering through Marshes Light – what a great place to call home!
Outer Banks to Roanoke Island, Southern Shores to Marshes Light: exploring life on a barrier island. A guide to fun, family, home, real estate, restaurants, surf, sun and more.
Beautiful weather awaited the runners for Marathon Weekend. This little video sums it up!
The race finished in Manteo meandering through Marshes Light – what a great place to call home!
The Outer Banks is known for its pristine beaches and casual atmosphere. . Known for its fishing, sand dunes and lighthouses, you’ll also find the Outer Banks offer a wide variety of activities for the whole family
I want to highlight a couple of major events taking place in September:
ESA EASTERNS SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sept. 16 – 22, 2012
Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC
The ESA EASTERNS are the season’s “grand finale” where the best of the best from each national and international district go head to head to declare the overall champions for the year in each division. For more information, visit: www.surfesa.org.
OUTER BANKS TRIATHLON
Sept. 22 – 23, 2012
374 Airport Rd, Manteo, NC
The Third Annual OBX Triathlon includes Half, Olympic and Sprint distance races through a unique coastal setting on Roanoke Island. Swim, bike & run – compete individually or as a relay team. For more information, visit: www.obxmarathon.org.
2nd Saturdays at RIFP
Storytelling with Elizabeth II Captain Robbie
June 9th from 2-3 p.m. Small Auditorium
Captain Putnam will play video clips of the Elizabeth II under construction and under sail including a clip of its launching on November 22nd, 1983. He will also share stories about working on the ship, for the past 19 years, and sailing her to other ports as an outreach program. Free.
UNC Pembroke- Stuart Little Children’s Show
June 12th, 13th and 14th at 10:30 a.m., Indoor Theatre
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure which is reflected in this production.
Tickets are $5 for all 6 years old and older. 5 and under-free.
UNC Pembroke – I Love you, You’re Perfect…Now Change!
June 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7 p.m., Indoor Theatre
This production takes on the comedy and tragedy of relationships with a simplicity and truthfulness that will leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter and quietly wiping tears from your eyes. Filled with the music and style from the 1980’s the audience will be inspired to explore the meaning of love and relationships. Tickets are $10 adults and 6-12 years old – $5. 5 and under are free.
A Soldier’s Life – Summer Kids Program
June 14th from 9-11 a.m., Visitors Center
Learn about the soldiers who came to Roanoke Island by exploring the Settlement Site. Participate in a military drill and make a buckler shield to take home. Ages 7 to 13 $20. Pre-register at (252)475-1500.
75th Anniversary Season – THE LOST COLONY at Waterside Theater
Over 400 years ago, 117 men, women and children sailed from Plymouth, England in an attempt to settle on Roanoke Island; they vanished just two years later. The only clue left behind was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a post. The Lost Colony is their story.
Tickets available at http://thelostcolony.org/tickets/.
Year-long highlights include beautiful winter-time Camellias, spring bulbs, colorful summer landscapes from hydrangeas to crepe myrtles, autumn hues of ornamental grasses and salvia, as well as seasonal events like an Easter Eggstravaganza, Harvest Hayday and WinterLights. The Gardens are founded and supported by The Garden Club of North Carolina.
The Gardens are located at 1411 National Park Drive Manteo, NC 27954 GPS: 35 56.2N 75 42.7w
The Outer Banks Marathon and related events happened this past weekend, November 11-13. The weather was perfect, sunny with temperatures in the upper 60’s. This was the first time I have ever participated in a big race, and I’m happy to say that I finished the Half Marathon in a little over 2 hours and 20 minutes. The course was incredible providing views of the Sound, and winding along Nags Head Golf Links, over the bridge to Manteo. I drive to Manteo every day to my office at Marshes Light, but running part of that route gives me a whole new perspective.
There were 1,215 runners in the Marathon and 2,757 runners in the Half, and the oldest runner was 83 years old! In addition to the Marathon held Sunday, on Saturday there were the Outer Banks 8K starting at the First Flight High School track, the Buccaneer 5K and a Fun Run. It was a great family weekend with something for everyone.
Last day of Marathon Training was held this morning. We ran about 5 miles early this morning and witnessed a beautiful (almost) full moon setting over the Sound at Kitty Hawk Bay. Coaches Matt and Jay gave us a pep talk and reviewed what to expect and several things to avoid on race day (i.e., stick to your plan, avoid trying anything new – no new socks!).
We’ve been enjoying lots of sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 60’s. Sunday – race day – is expected to be partly cloudy and temperatures in the mid 60’s.
On Sunday, traffic to Manteo from the beach will be diverted over the bridge to Manns Harbor and back to Manteo via the old Manns Harbor bridge.
For important Marathon information, click here: www.obxmarathon.org/Top_Nav/Outer_Banks_Marathon/need2knowinfo.htm.
To view the course map, click here: http://www.obxmarathon.org/Top_Nav/Outer_Banks_Marathon/fpraces_courseinfo.htm.
This article is reprinted with permission.
By Hugh “Scooter” Willey, Jr. (email: hughwilleysunrealtynccom)
NC Real Estate Broker with Sun Realty of the Outer Banks
The real estate market has been a bruising one, for both pockets and egos, over the past several years. Yet, signs of stabilization are beginning to show in the Outer Banks Real Estate Market. Buyers are in all earnestness beginning to search for homes, sensing the “bottom” is near (or passed), inventory is down (good for sellers) and ‘bank owned” properties have slowed. It is also noteworthy that as a resort community the median sales price is increasing.
For those interested in the Outer Banks Real Estate Market, I have posted the following comparison of the first 8 months of 2011 to the first 8 months of 2010 (source: Outer Banks Association of Realtors MLS).
|Total Property Sales|
Distressed Property Sales
|Distressed Property Sales|
|Potential Short Sale||102||128||+25%|
Median Sale Price
|Median Sale Price|
|Single Family Residential||$300,000||$343,154||+14%|
The Outer Banks has been a mecca for physical activity ever since the surfboard was first introduced to the natives. Over the years, due to the demand in current trends of recreation, tennis courts, golf courses, health clubs and bike paths have added to the Outer Banks environment.
With a mild Fall and Spring season and a beautiful coastal setting, the Outer Banks is the perfect destination to host a variety of events and competitions. Coming up this Fall (with links for more information) are:
There’s been plenty written and photos posted of the effects and damages caused by Hurricane Irene. Like a bad house guest, Irene came to the beach, was demanding, made of big mess and left in a huff.
Along the Outer Banks, we are busy cleaning up and putting our lives back together. There has been a great outreach by locals and local businesses, the Red Cross and the Outer Banks Community Foundation to help those in need. Here are some links for information and donations:
http://www.gaacarc.org/ (local chapter of American Red Cross)
After it was all over, aside from the cleanup efforts, there was much to appreciate, most of all is the beautiful weather we are currently enjoying. There’s always treasure to be found after a storm, such as these intact conch shells and beach glass found on the beach near my house the day after the storm.
In 1976, I followed a friend to the Outer Banks for the weekend and never left. Well, I did go back to suburban Maryland to get my things and say goodbye to family and friends.
Back then, the Bypass was a two-lane road and they “rolled the sidewalks up after Labor Day.” If you wanted some decent vegetables or fixings for a salad, you pretty much had to grow your own or drive up to Elizabeth City or Virginia and shop in one of the big grocery stores
I lived in a rooming house, Ye Old Cherokee Inn, on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills, sharing a room with my friend and the bathroom with quite a few others. It was a big old house with pine bead board on the floors, walls and ceilings. Best of all, it was right across the street from the beach. Alas, it had no heat and when cold weather set in, I was forced to find something else.
When I could afford it, I went to the Galleon Esplanade to shop and bought my bathing suits at Whalebone Surf Shop at Whalebone Junction. Fine dining was at A Restaurant By George and the buffet at the SeaFare couldn’t be beat. For margaritas and fresh southwestern fare, we went to Papagallo’s, and listened to live music at the Soundside, Nepenthe, and the Atlantis. Basic health care was covered locally, but for anything major, we headed to Elizabeth City (where my sons were born) or Tidewater Virginia.
The Outer Banks has changed a lot in the past 30+ years. We’ve got premium grocery stores, great shopping venues, superb restaurants, and excellent medical care, including the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head. A couple of things still remain the same for me – the beach and ocean, the mild climate, and the small town feel that pervades during the off season and spills over into the summer – the friendly people who make the Outer Banks their home.
Boot Camp. 6 weeks running and fitness camp on the beach. Great workout for all skill levels. www.outerbanksbootcamps.com.
Hang Gliding. Soar high above Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Visit Kitty Hawk Kites and learn to fly.
Paddle Boarding. Ocean or sound, it’s a great way to explore and see the aquatic wildlife in our local waters. www.kittyhawkwatersports.com.
Sailing, Jet Skiing, Windsurfing. Hobie cat day sailing or windsurfing. You can do it all at Kitty Hawk Water Sports, excellent instructors, great location on the By Pass in Nags Head, next to Jurassic Putt.
June 4-10 brings the Triple-S Invitational Kiteboarding Competition to Cape Hatteras. This professional event attracts the top 24 men and women kiteboarders from around the world to compete.
Surfing. Some of the best breaks on the East Coast are right here on the Outer Banks. There are a number of local surf shops that can hook you up. In the meantime, check out these sites: www.surfline.com/travel/index.cfm?id=2150; www.obxsurfinfo.com; and outerbanksesa.com.
The Lost Colony. Live outdoor theater about the story of 117 men, women and children who vanished without a trace more than 400 years ago. May 27 through August 20th 2011, Monday through Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (252) 473-3414 or www.thelostcolony.org.
Art. Dare County Arts Council showcases local artists including Chris Bickford (photojournalist) and Holly Nettles (acrylic, oil & collage) in the old court house, Manteo. www.darearts.org.
PIZZA – Pizzazz, 4 locations, Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk & Nags Head. www.pizzazzpizza.net or 252-261-1111.
COFFEE – Front Porch Café, 3 locations, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head & Manteo. www.frontporchcafeonline.com.
SEAFOOD – Carawan’s Seafood Market, Kitty Hawk. Fresh to go. 252-261-2120.
CASUAL DINING –
MUSIC & WINE & FOOD – The Brine and Bottle, on the Causeway, Nags Head. Every Thursday enjoy live jazz on the deck from 7 – 10 p.m. www.thebrineandbottle.com.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the recent opening of the “new” Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Jennette’s Pier was the Outer Bank’s first fishing pier, having opened in July, 1939. In 2003, Hurricane Isabel damaged the Pier and destroyed over 500 feet of the wooden pier. The NC Aquariums acquired the property and rebuilt it as an educational ocean pier.
When I visited, the wind was whipping hard from the southeast and there were whitecaps on the ocean, and my first thought was how sturdy the pier felt, no swaying, just rock-solid construction. It is an all-concrete pier with three wind turbines that generate electricity. Standing at the end of the Pier, high above the ocean, it feels like being on a cruise ship.
The pier was crowded with families and fishermen. While I was there I saw several skate being pulled in, and they seemed to be the only fish biting (is a skate a fish?).
Inside is a large gift and tackle shop, after all, it is a fishing pier at heart. There is a large modern classroom as the Pier will offer educational programs and summer camps to “inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.” http://www.jennettespier.net/programs.
Upstairs are a large banquet room, kitchen and deck overlooking the ocean and pier. This area is available for special events, such as weddings or corporate meetings. The views are incredible and I can imagine any event held there will be pretty spectacular.
Today (Sunday, March 20) at 1 p.m. on The Beach Road in Nags Head is the 23rd Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade route starts at about the 10.5 Milepost. The Theme for 2011 is Celebration of Anniversaries: Town of Nags Head, 50th Anniversary and Soaring 100-Centennial Celebration of Orville Wright’s 1911 Glider Flight of 9 minutes 45 seconds -a record that stood for just under 10 years, and, of course, my 30th wedding anniversary (don’t think the parade organizers know about that one).
I’m looking forward to seeing the lovely ladies of Counter Culture Garden Club, the SPCA’s march with their canine companions, classic cars and more.
(Photo via Kelly’s Restaurant FaceBook page, courtesy http://visitsouth.com/articles/article/st.-patricks-day-parade-nags-head-nc.)
Marshes Light is a new home marina community located in the heart of Manteo, North Carolina.
Manteo is located on Roanoke Island, surrounded by the waters of the Roanoke Sound, and just west of Nags Head on the Outer Banks.
Manteo is a few miles or so from:
From almost anywhere in Marshes Light, it is only a five minute walk along a scenic waterfront boardwalk to downtown Manteo, with fine-dining restaurants and casual eateries, bookstores, shops and galleries.
A little further along the boardwalk and over a wooden bridge is Roanoke Island Festival Park with an outdoor auditorium hosting concerts (in season), a maritime museum, and a replica of Sir Walter Raleigh’s brigantine that brought 110 British colonists to the Outer Banks in 1587. Manteo hosts First Friday Festivals and summertime Farmers Markets.
Marshes Light has a selection of home sites and condominiums for sale. There’s also a marina offering boat slips for sale or lease, slips will accommodate boats up to 60’ in length. While the Marina does not yet have fuel, there is power, water, pump-out service and restrooms and laundry facilities for boaters.
Please visit this blog often for updates and things to do throughout the year. For more information about Marshes Light, visit www.marsheslight.com.
I have heard many great things about the Blue Moon Beach Grill. Located at Surfside Plaza in Nags Head, the BMBG is located in a strip mall that lays between the Beach Road and the Bypass at about the 13 Milepost. It’s small which in my experience usually equates with excellence. (http://http://www.bluemoonbeachgrill.com/.)
I met several friends for lunch recently. We were seated at a table right away. The last time I attempted lunch at the BMBG was in early summer and we were turned away as there was a 30 minute wait. My anticipation was palatable. The thing about strip malls, though, is the front door. You enter right off the sidewalk/parking lot. In this case the front door also opened from the north and the north wind. None of us could take our coats off, and you got a blast of arctic air every time the door opened. Which happened a lot.
After examining the menu, I decided on a Caesar salad with fried oysters. A sign on the wall proclaims Outer Banks Catch, a local nonprofit program that promotes and encourages support and consumption of local seafood. (http://http://www.outerbankscatch.com/.) And our local oysters have been superb this season and these were no exception. These were perfectly fried, delicately salty and crunchy.
In the 1930s, Caesar Salad was voted by the master chefs of the International Society of Epicures in Paris as the “greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in fifty years.” (http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/SaladHistory.htm.) The formula for a perfect Caesar is pretty much the same and makes it a great winter salad: fresh romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil with garlic and anchovies. The version I had at the Blue Moon included grape tomatoes, sautéed onions and diced bacon. I like the inner crisp leaves of the romaine, the fresher the better. My salad consisted of the outer end leaves that tend to wilt in a dressing. The onions added an interesting visual dimension, but ultimately overpowered the salad. There were no croutons – possibly due to the fried oysters. I was disappointed in the salad, but the good news is that there were maybe six or seven of those delectable fried oysters served on top of the salad and that was just right.
The Colony Lost & Found 5k and Fun Run 8 a.m. Fun Run begins at 9:00 a.m. The course will take you through the grounds of The Lost Colony, Fort Raleigh and the woods of Roanoke Island, returning on the bike path and back to The Lost Colony parking lot. For more information and to register please go to: outerbanksrunningclub.org. 100% of event proceeds will go to Food For Thought and The Lost Colony.
7:30 p.m. Red Clay Ramblers. The Tony® Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers, a North Carolina string band whose repertoire encompasses old-time mountain music, bluegrass country, rock, and the American musical. Performances at First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills. For more information call 252-255-2274. Saturday evening tickets will be available at the door: $25 per adult; $12 per student.
The Conner Miller Duo. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 4 p.m. The duo performs traditional renditions of Old-Time, Brother Duets, bluegrass, acoustic and American Roots, as well as original songs. Admission is included in the general admission ticket to the Park. (252) 475-1500. roanokeisland.com.
Trick or Treat Under the Sea. NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ghosts and strange aquatic creatures will greet children as they enjoy this “spooktacular” event. Crazy costume contests, creepy crafts, spine-tingling scream contests and yummy munchies are just a few of the things to howl about. Tickets are limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (800) 832-3474, (252) 473-3494 or ncaquariums.com.
October 28 – 30
The Haunted House at The Lost Colony: QUARANTINE ISLAND. Blood curdling scares from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Box Office opens at 6:00 p.m. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult; not recommended for those under 10. Tickets are $10 per person; $8 per person if purchased before Oct. 28; no refunds. Rain or shine at Waterside Theatre, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo, NC. Proceeds benefit the Roanoke Island Historical Association and Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse. For advance tickets or information call 252-473-2127 x223 or visit thelostcolony.org.
October 29 – 31, November 5 – 7
Theatre of Dare presents “Sylvia”. Directed by Don Bridge. This show is a “howlingly funny” modern romantic comedy about marriage… and a talking dog. Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, at the COA Roanoke Island Campus. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door, and $8 for students with valid school/college identification. For more information, visit theatreofdare.org or call 252-261-4064.
October 29 – 31
Marshes Light Marina 1st Annual King Mackerel Tournament. Guaranteed first place prize of $10,000. Proceeds benefit Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Town of Manteo Fisherman’s Landing Project. For more information, please call 252-305-4737 or visit marsheslightmarina.com.
Halloween Parade and Party. Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building, 23186 Myrna Peters Dr., Rodanthe. 2 to 3:30 p.m. A Halloween parade and party marks the spooky season on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Parade starts at North Beach Campground in Rodanthe and processes along N.C. 12 to the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building. Call (252) 987-1303 for information. Visit rwscivic.org. The event is sponsored by the villages’ civic association.
RIFP Performance Series A& T Presents Dancing & Drumming of Africa & the Caribbean. 2 and 7 p.m. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Dance to the Beat of Africa and the Caribbean: The E. Gwynn Dancers of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will transport you to the exciting world of African and Caribbean dance. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 roanokeisland.com.
November 3 – 6
53rd Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament. Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, Buxton. Registration – Wednesday, November 3, Team Fishing – Thursday, November 4, Team Fishing – Friday, November 5, Bob Bernard Individual Tournament Saturday, November 6, Tackle Show – Thursday, November 4. capehatterasanglersclub.org.
First Friday. Downtown Manteo Waterfront. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans, period-dressed actors, a rock climbing wall and much more. firstfriday-roanokeisland.com.
RIFP Performance Series A&T presents a Musical program. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Musical Moods and Melodies: Join the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Music Programs exciting Jazz Ensemble under the direction of renowned trumpeter Mondre Moffett. The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
4th Annual Paul Shaver Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. Sea Scape Golf Links. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. Tournament Proceeds will be donated to The Outer Banks Relief Foundation. Entry fee is $100 per person or $400 per team. Fees include: cart and green fees, t-shirt, box lunch and refreshments. Post tournament dinner and raffle follow at The Black Pelican. Dinner Tickets are also available for $20 per person. For more information, contact Michelle Robertson at 252-261-3171. Tournament entry forms are available at The Black Pelican and Sea Scape Golf Links.
November 9 – 14
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival. Offering over 85 programs in themes ranging from paddling and wildlife photography to birding, natural history and more! (252) 216-9464 or wingsoverwater.org.
Lecture with Duane River and Charles S. Manooch. Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 7 – 9 p.m. Charles Manooch, author of Fisherman’s Guide: Fishes of the Southeastern United States, and Duane Raver, the book’s illustrator, will discuss their book project and share anecdotes. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
Outer Banks 8K. Kill Devil Hills, near the First Flight Schools Campus. An out-and-back course which will start in Kill Devil Hills, continue through Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest and finish at the First Flight High School track. obxmarathon.org.
Outer Banks Fun Run. 10 a.m. A family friendly event where kids and adults can run and walk for the fun of it! Walker-friendly and strollers allowed. obxmarathon.org.
Outer Banks Jewelry Expo 2010. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Local and regional jewelry designers will gather at Roanoke Island Festival Park Saturday, November 13th for the 2nd annual Outer Banks Jewelry Expo. (252) 475-1500, roanokeisland.com.
Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon. The marathon starts in Kitty Hawk, the half marathon starts at Jockeys Ridge and both cross the beautiful Washington-Baum Bridge and finish on Roanoke Island. obxmarathon.org.
November 19, 20
13th Annual Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo. Outdoor Pavilion at Roanoke Island Festival Park. A fishing tournament sponsored by the Manteo Rotary. (252) 473-6644 or rockfishrodeo.com.
RIFP Performance Series UNC Chapel Hill presents Opera. Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. UNC Chapel Hill, with Director Terry Ellen Rhodes, will present a program entitled “Scenes from Verdi Operas.” The performances are free and open to the public. (252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com.
7:30 p.m. Greg Gelb Jazz Quartet – Savor the sizzling sounds of this widely popular quartet which encompasses great jazz and swing standards, bebop, early jazz, post bop and originals lead by Gregg Gelb, recipient of the 1997 Jazz Fellowship Award from the NC Arts Council. Performances at First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills. For more information call 252-255-2274. Saturday evening tickets will be available at the door: $25 per adult; $12 per student.
15th Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot. Duck. A great warm up for your Thanksgiving Feast! Starting on Scarborough Lane in Duck with a finish line full of post race festivities! Runners and walkers of all abilities and ages are welcome. active.com.
November 26 – 27
Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights. Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head. Children can have their free photo taken with Santa in a demonstration Hang Glider on Friday and Saturday. November 27, watch the night sky magically transform as skilled flyers maneuver their lit stunt kites to the sounds of your favorite holiday songs atop Jockey’s Ridge State Park. (877) FLY-THIS, (252) 441-4124 or kittyhawkkites.com.
November 26 – 27
Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show. Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Free admission, food and a scholarship raffle. Local artists. (252) 441-1850.
A great place to spend a beautiful afternoon on the Outer Banks. The Pier House Restaurant sits right on the Atlantic ocean. Fresh seafood can’t get any fresher than when you catch it and it’s cooked it right here. “You Hook “Em – We Cook ‘Em!”
These beautiful shots were taken by Marshes Light resident Joan last week.
Marshes Light Marina & Nags Head Surfing!
Courtesy of Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head. www.kittyhawkkites.com
Rustic charm, wrap-around porches and the beach bring families back year after year. Even on cloudy days, finding a spot to read a good book or take a stroll searching for shells and sea glass are treasured past-times.