This year, the Outer Banks is giving thanks to those who proudly served our country all week long! The Dare County Arts Council is supplying veterans and their families with the opportunity to attend free concerts, workshops, and historical attractions! This week is to show how appreciative we are to those who have been brave and sacrificed their all to provide us with freedom.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Veterans Week starts off with First Friday in downtown Manteo! This free concert will feature the Southern English Band at the Dare County Arts Council. This concert is free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Enjoy a photography workshop with Shirley Whitenack! This workshop is free for all to attend however, free tuition is only offered to Veterans and their family members. For more information and registration, call the Dare County Arts Council at 252-473-5548

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9

12:00 PM | Enjoy a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by The Dare County Center, Monarch Beach Club, and the American Legion Post 26. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP by calling 252-475-9270.

8:00 PM | Enjoy a free concert at Pamlico Jacks in Nags Head! The Ron Hunter Blues Band will headline the concert along with Betsy Robinson. Music begins at 8:00 PM. For more information email the Dare County Arts Council at [email protected] or call 252-473-5558.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Enjoy a creative writing workshop with novelist Michele Young-Stone. This workshop will take place at the Dare County Arts Council and is open to the public. The Dare County Arts Council will fund the tuition for veterans and family members, but general public will have to pay a fee. For more information and registration, call the DCAC at 252-473-5558.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10-11

This Free, two-day writing workshop will be held at the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese. Led by Ron Capps, veterans will write and be encouraged to continue their projects after the course and submit their work to the Veterans Writing Project’s Literacy Journal. All former service men, women, and members of their families are encouraged to attend. Tuition is free for veterans and their families and breakfast and lunches will also be served. You can register right here.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Veterans Day Ceremonies will be held in Nags Head, Southern Shores, and Kill Devil Hills to honor all who have graciously served their country. The schedule is as followed:

All day free entry is also permitted to the Wright Brothers National Memorial on Veterans Day.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Learn how to Batik with Robin York at the Dare County Arts Council. This workshop is open to everyone but tuition will be covered for all veterans and their family members. To register, call the Dare County Arts Council at 252-473-5558.

 

 

With so many great events happening in honor of those who have bravely served, now is the perfect time to visit the Outer Banks. Participate in fun activities and save on the perfect vacation home. Resort Realty offers a Hometown Hero Discount to those who have fought or are currently fighting for our freedom here in America. Just a small way to say thank you for the big things that you do. You can see the wide array of homes that offer our Hometown Hero Discount and plan your well deserved, Outer Banks vacation today!

Don’t have a Halloween costume? Don’t worry! We’ve got some quick, easy, and fun OBX themed Halloween costumes for that last minute Halloween party or trick or treating! Get inspired by your favorite place and check out these OBX Halloween costumes!

NO SEW JELLYFISH COSTUME

Jellyfish frequent the Outer Banks during the warmer months, so why not embrace your inner jelly sea critter this Halloween!

(craft idea from Alpha Mom)

Supplies:

How To Make:

Take your six-inch square of fabric and round the edges so that it’s a circle. Cut a spiral into the circle to the very center so when you unwrap the spiral it will hang down in a tight curl. Once you have all your tendrils cut, attach them to your umbrella with glue or tape.  Pick out a coordinating outfit that matches your jellyfish tentacles and you’re all set!

OH, DEER!

Believe it or not, deer are actually a large part of the wildlife and eco system on the Outer Banks. Get creative with your makeup and get inspired by this easy doe look by Stephanie Suero!

Supplies:

SHARK WEEK
images via Pinterest

Celebrate shark week during the spooky season! Whether you want to go as a family of sharks or baby sharks and a fallen surfer, this costume is a breeze. All you need is a gray sweatsuit and craft felt in gray, white, and red. Add shark teeth, eyes, and a fin with hot glue and you’re ready to hit the town!

MERMAID

What says OBX more than being a magical mermaid for Halloween this year! This easy and fun DIY tutorial from Lauren Conrad is sure to get you trick or treat ready.

Supplies:

This step-by-step tutorial from Lauren Conrad is easy to follow and fun!

PIRATES OF THE OBX
images via Pinterest

Pirates have a rich history on the OBX so why not embrace your inner scalawag for Halloween?

Supplies:

To get a pirate look throw on your striped tee or take your white tee and cut all the finished edges off to make it look weathered and worn. Use the red fabric to make a belt. Wear a bandana around your head, throw on a pair of black pants and boots and you’re ready to hunt for Halloween treasure!

SCUBA DIVER

This fun and easy costume for kids will have you ready for an under the sea halloween adventure! This tutorial from Delineate Your Dwelling is easy, inexpensive, and fun!

Supplies:

Delineate Your Dwelling has all of the easy, step by step instructions to turn your little one into the cutest scuba diver on the block!

Halloween is coming up and we’ve gathered together some of the best cocktails to celebrate the spooky season! From Harry Potter inspired brews to fun, family friendly concoctions, check out these 13 creepy cocktails that you’ll be sure to love this Halloween.

HOCUS POCUS FIZZ (KID FRIENDLY)
recipe via Kara’s Party Ideas

1 // Mix pineapple juice, almond extract, coconut extract, and food coloring in a small pitcher

2 // Grab a ziplock bag and place 2 tablespoons of sugar, 5 drops of red food coloring, and 5 drops of yellow food coloring in bag.

3 // Seal the bag and knead mixture until the color is evenly distributed.

4 // Pour sugar mixture on to a shallow plate and dip the rim of a damp beverage glass in the sugar to coat

3 // Pour 2 ounces of mixture into the sugar rimmed beverage glass and serve

WITCH’S BREW
recipe via HGTV

1 // Mix juices and soda in a highball glass

2 // Pour a shot of rum down the side of the glass and serve

 

BLACK SANGRIA
recipe via Sugar and Charm

1 // Add all ingredients into a pitcher and mix with a large spoon

2 // Let mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (the longer it sits, the darker the plums will be)

3 // Serve chilled and enjoy

 

PINA GOULADA
recipe via DIY Network

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Serve chilled with goulish decor!

THE RAVEN
recipe via DIY Network

This coffee liqueur recipe is sure to please even the darkest souls of your crew. Take all ingredients and our into a glass and stir until mixed. Easy and ready to serve!

PUMPKIN PUNCH
recipe via Honestly Yum

For the spiced syrup:

1 // Add all spices to small saucepan over medium heat. Do not let them burn

2 // As soon as the spices start to smell, add the water and sugar. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer.

3 // Cool to room temperature before using

For the punch:

1 // Combine the spiced rum, orange juice, syrup, and pumpkin puree in a large bowl and stir.

2 // Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher and chill until ready to serve

3 // Place a large bowl, safe for dry ice, into your hollowed pumpkin. Use tongs to fill the bottom of the bowl with dry ice and cover with a slightly smaller bowl that will hold your punch.

4 // Pour mixer into punch bowl and add sparkling water. Stir to combine.

5 // Carefully pour hot water into the bottom bowl so that it activates the dry ice.

6 // Allow guests to ladle punch in their glasses and garnish with cinnamon stick. Stir as you serve as ingredients will separate.

POISON APPLE
Recipe via DIY Network

A cocktail even Snow White couldn’t say no to! Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well mixed and our over ice into double old fashioned glasses. Add an apple slice to garnish and serve!

BLACK WIDOW
recipe via DIY Network

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add all ingredients, stir, and serve!

BLACK MAGIC
Recipe via HGTV

1 // In a cocktail shaker, add orange juice and triple sec over ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

2 // Using the back of a spoon, pour black vodka slowly into a glass to the vodka sits on top of the orange juice and triple sec mixture.

3 // Carefully dip one edge of the orange wedge into the vodka and place on the rim of the glass. Serve and enjoy!

BUTTER BEER
recipe via HGTV

1 // Chill ginger beer and cream soda.

2 // Add ginger liqueur and butterscotch topping to a small bowl and whisk until fully combined.

3 // Moisten rims of glasses and dip in sanding sugar.

4 // Add ice to glasses.

5 // Distribute ginger liqueur mixture evenly among glasses.

6 // Add 4 ounces of ginger beer to each glass.

7 // Add 4 ounces of cream soda to each glass.

8 // Stir gently before serving.

CANDY CORN COCKTAIL
recipe via Tammilee Tips

1 // Combine Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka, Sour Mix and Pineapple Juice in a shaker with ice, shake away

2 // Pour mix into a martini glass

3 // Slowly pour Grenadine into mix so it settles at the bottom

4 // Top with whip cream

MR. HYDE’S POTION
recipe via HGTV
1 // Prepare the tarragon simple syrup by placing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
2 // Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil. Add two sprigs of fresh tarragon and reduce heat to low. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove tarragon and allow syrup to cool.
3 // Place 2 blackberries on each lavender sprig and set aside. Tip: For best results, insert a toothpick through blackberry first to make a small hole for the lavender stem.
4 // Cut and juice lemon. Strain to remove pulp, if desired. Add spirits, syrups and juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (about 20 seconds).

 

EMBALMING FLUID
Recipe via Noshing With The Nolands

Mix all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake twice and serve in your most ghoulish of glasses.

5K’s and haunted houses and trick or treating, oh my! Enjoy scary good fun this Halloween on the Outer Banks! Whether you’re local or just in town for spooky season, these are the can’t miss events you need to attend this Halloween!

DARE TO SCARE 5K + SWEET TREAT FUN RUN

October 27 @ The Dare County Center | Manteo 

The 2nd annual Dare to Scare 5K + Sweet Treat Fun run will be held Saturday October 27th at 9:00 AM. The Fun Run will follow at 10:00 AM. This event benefits the Annual Dare County Center Toy Drive that serves over 400 local youth residents. Registration is open from now until race day. For more information visit the Dare Center website or call 252-475-9270.

HAUNTS AGAINST HUNGER GHOST TOURS

Until October 25 @ 101 Budleigh Street | Manteo

Learn more about America’s oldest and most haunted towns; historic Manteo! This guided walking tour features ghost visits, EMF detectors, and more! This tour is great for adults and kids who aren’t afraid of the unknown. Tour starts at 8:00 PM, check-in begins at 7:30. The fee is $15 per person plus a donation of one non-perishable food item. For more information visit the Haunts Against Hunger website.

HARVEST HAYDAY

October 27 @ The Elizabethan Gardens | Manteo

Have fun with the family at The Elizabethan Gardens! Harvest Hayday features hayrides, hay bale maze, crafts, and more! Admission to this event is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17. Children under 5 are free with a paying adult. The event begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. For more

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT AT FFES

October 27 @ First Flight Elementary School

Have fun at Trick Or Treat Night, a family friendly fundraising event! Hosted by the First Flight Elementary PTO, this event includes Halloween activities like trick-or-treating, face painting, games, and more! Money raised from this event will be used to help existing school programs and create new learning opportunities for students. Event begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 7:30 PM. Admission is $2 plus one non-perishable food item.

MARGARITA MONSTER RUN

October 30 @ Outer Banks Brewing Station

Run, drink, and run at this Halloween themed margarita mile! This race is only for adults ages 21 and up. Registration is $30 includes t-shirt, chip timer, and access to the after run party! Wear your Halloween finest for a chance to win scariest and most creative costume! Race begins at 7:00 PM. For more information and registration, visit the website here.

TRICK OR TREAT UNDER THE SEA

October 24 – 25 @ The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island |Manteo

Trick or Treat with your fishy friends! Trick Or Treat Under The Sea is a family friendly event at the North Carolina Aquarium! Enjoy dance parties, visit the mad scientist laboratory, and visit ghosts in the Graveyard of the Atlantic! Kids can trick or treat at booths of local businesses during the event as well! Ticket’s are $13 plus tax and go on sale beginning October 1st.

WANCHESE WOODS HAUNTED TRAIL

18766 US Hwy 64 | East Lake

Get scared in Wanchese Woods! Featuring bone chilling scares, sensory overload, and more! This trail is not for the fait of heart. Tickets are $15 per person and $20 for a fast pass. Wanchese Woods is cash only and is open from sundown to 11:00 PM.

TRUNK OR TREAT AT BEACH KLUB

October 31 @ Koru Beach Klub |Avon

Have fun at Trunk Or Treat at Koru Beach Club and enjoy safe trick or treating for the whole family! Volunteers will have their cars decorated by theme and give out candy and more to trick or treaters! This event is free for all and begins at 5:00 PM.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything you have. Your health, your family, and your friends is something to celebrate, so why not celebrate in one of the most beautiful places on the East Coast? Starting a new family tradition of giving thanks on the Outer Banks is something that everyone can agree on. There’s plenty of reasons to spend a week on the Outer Banks during the summer, but here are our top reasons to spend your Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks this Fall.

A CHANCE TO RELAX + SPEND TIME TOGETHER

The holiday season can be stressful. Between trying to figure out who is cooking what and where everyone is meeting can be a task of its own. By spending time together in one of our amazing vacation rentals, Thanksgiving coordination is a walk in the park. One spacious house, one well equipped kitchen, hundreds of laughs, and zero stress? That sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving set up to us! Plus, what’s better than a vacation to the Outer Banks in the middle of Fall?

PLENTY OF SPACE FOR YOUR CREW
Captain’s Retreat II (#4664) | Sleeps 12

During the holidays, preparing and accommodating guests can really be a hassle. Let us handle that for you. With homes that can sleep up to 26 guests and sister homes that accommodate 18 people per home, there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy quality family time together on the OBX.

EXPERIENCING THE STILL OF THE OFF SEASON

If you ask any local, they’ll tell you that the shoulder and off seasons on the Outer Banks are the best time to visit. Traffic is at a minimum, the crowds are gone, and the beaches are empty. While it does get a little too chilly to have a proper beach day, long strolls on the beach and shell seeking are the norm during this time of year. Walk off all that Thanksgiving turkey on the beach and enjoy the quiet, stillness of the usually bustling Outer Banks.

FUN ACTIVITIES
image via Sisters Boutique

Black Friday shopping is always fun especially when you’re doing it at local boutiques. Stores like Foxy FlamingoSisters of ManteoMom’s Sweet Shop, and so many more local stores will have Black Friday Deals. Shopping locally is a much less hectic experience than trying to fight off crowds at the mall, that’s for sure. Plus, fun family friendly like Winterlights at The Elizabethan Gardens and Hangin’ With Santa are happening Thanksgiving weekend; two activities you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

TOP OF THE LINE KITCHENS
Feeling Tip’Sea (#5408) | Sleeps 12

If you’ve got a master chef in the family, we’ve got the perfect homes for you. Many of our kitchens have top of the line amenities and enough space to cook a gourmet Thanksgiving meal. The cooking enthusiast in your group will have a field day with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and ample meal prep space! Plus, with spacious dining room tables, everyone has a place to sit down, chow down, and catch up with one another.

GREAT DINING
image via Rooster’s Southern Kitchen

If you’re not much of a cook, don’t worry. On the Outer Banks, there are so many amazing local restaurants that are serving Thanksgiving meals. Choose from great buffets, ordering off menu, or even getting a caterer to come to your rental home to serve up something tasty. The options for you Thanksgiving meal are limitless and always effortless.

MEALS WITH A VIEW

Whether you decide to dine out or have a meal at the house, you’re sure to have a stunning view of the OBX. Soundside restaurants like Pamlico Jack’s offer breath taking sunset views along with a Thanksgiving buffet! Many of our rental homes are either soundside or oceanside; providing a picture perfect view. Since our fall and winters are normally so mild, if you’re preparing a meal at home you may even be able to dine right on the beach or soundfront!

GREAT RATES + SPECIALS
Tradewinds 2 (#5550) | Sleeps 16

Since Thanksgiving falls during the off season, many of our homes have low rates! You can book a spacious, luxury home for a fraction of the summer price! Plus, you can save with our Hometown Hero discount if you’re a first responder, part of the military, educator, nurse, or civil servant. Spending your Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks is fun, financially friendly, and you’re sure to create memories (and hopefully traditions) that will last a lifetime. To book your Thanksgiving getaway, visit our website or call us at (800) 458-3830 and one of our amazing vacation specialists will be there to help you!

Spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks is a tradition for so many families. Start a new tradition and dine at one of the amazing, local restaurants for your Thanksgiving dinner! From great local seafood to choice meats, here are all of the Outer Banks restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner this 2018 season.

ROOSTER’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN

Rooster’s Southern Kitchen is serving up a down home and delicious Thanksgiving Buffet! Featuring items like homemade sweet potato biscuits, hand carved turkey, spiral ham, and much more, this is a buffet you don’t want to miss out on. Rooster’s will be open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The buffet will be served until 6 PM and the normal menu will be served until 8 PM. The buffet is $26 for all and does not include drink, tax, and tip. You can view the full Thanksgiving buffet menu here. 

LIFE SAVING STATION AT SANDERLING

Located in Duck, The Lifesaving Station serves a 5-course meal on Thanksgiving day for you and your family to enjoy. Featuring dishes like free range turkey breast, seared sea scallops, an apple brown sugar tartlet, and so much more, you can’t go wrong with choosing the Lifesaving Station for your Thanksgiving meal! Meal price is $55 per adult and $25 for children ages 4-12. To view the entire menu, click here. Call them at (888) 714-3625 to make reservations for you and your group.

 

MULLIGAN’S

Mulligan’s Restaurant is famous for their burgers, but they have a rave-worthy Thanksgiving buffet too! With options like fried local flounder, lump crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and so much more, you’ll gobble til you wobble! The entire menu can be viewed here. Prices are $32 for adults, $26 for seniors, and kids 10 and under $16. For more information and reservations call Mulligan’s at 252-480-2000 or visit the Mulligan’s website.

 

BASNIGHT’S LONE CEDAR

This family owned and operated restaurant provides the perfect setting for your Thanksgiving meal. With choices on the buffet ranging from oven roasted turkey to sweet potato crunch, there is sure to be something to suit everyone in your party. Buffet opens at 10:30 AM and ends at 7:00 PM. To view the complete menu, click here. Dish prices are $36 for adults, $18 for children under 12, and children under five eat free! For more information, visit Lone Cedar’s website.

OWENS’

Bringing you classic, Southern, Coastal Cuisine, Owens’ Restaurant is serving a buffet style Thanksgiving Dinner; plus special menu selections! Dishes like Carolina ham, slow roasted prime rib, and pork loin with dried cranberries are available on the buffet. The special menu selections includes half stuffed Maine lobster, prime rib, and Miss “O’s” crab cakes.  You can view the entire menu here. Prices are $34.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 6-12, and children under 5 eat free. For more information call 252-441-7309 or visit Owen’s website.

ARGYLES

Argyles will be serving a buffet style Thanksgiving meal with over 25 different items to choose from! Enjoy slow roasted turkey, prime rib, shrimp Daniel, and more! The buffet will be $31.95 for adults and $14.95 for children under the age of 10.  You can view their menu here and reservations can be made by calling them at (252)-261-7325.

PAMLICO JACK’S

Enjoy stunning soundside views and a wide array of buffet options at Pamlico Jack’s this Thanksgiving. Choose from options like Oysters Rockefeller, smoked rockfish, macaroni and cheese, and roasted turkey. The buffet begins at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 7:00 P.M. Adults are $34.95, senior citizens 65 and up are $25.95, children 12 and under $16.95, and children under 5 eat free. To view the complete menu, click here. You can call Pamlico Jack’s at (252) 441-2637 x10 any time to request a reservation or request your reservation online.

With November just around the corner, it’s time for the November 2018 events on the Outer Banks! It’s getting close to the holidays and there are so many events to attend and things to see. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, see what’s going on around the OBX this November!

OCTOBER 4 – NOVEMBER 11 // THE INDEPENDENT WATERMAN EXHIBIT

Recurring Daily @ Roanoke Island Festival Park | Manteo

Local photographer, Daniel Pullen has captured the lifestyle, heritage, and pride of local fisherman on the Outer Banks. The photo documentary is displayed in Roanoke Island Festival Park’s exhibit. The exhibit can be viewed Monday – Saturday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Sunday’s from 12 P.M. to 5 P.M.

NOVEMBER 1 – 11 // OBX VETERAN’S WEEK

Recurring Daily @ Various Locations

Honoring families through the arts, OBX Veterans week features a variety of Veteran celebrations, concerts, and more. For more information, visit the Dare County Arts Council website or the Outer Banks Sentinel website.

NOVEMBER 10 – 11 // TOWNEBANK OUTER BANKS MARATHON + HALF MARATHON

Recurring Daily From Kitty Hawk To Manteo

Join in on an Outer Banks tradition! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the OBX while running in over 6 different events. There is something for everyone during this running weekend! Sponsored by TowneBank, you can choose to run a full marathon, half marathon, Southern 6, Take The Challenge, or 8K and 5K family fun run! Check in begins at 9:00 AM, Friday, November 9th. For more information and registration, visit the Outer Banks Marathon website.

NOVEMBER 21 // TIPSY TURKEY BEER MILE

The Outer Banks Brewing Station | Kill Devil Hills

Join the Brewing Station for a Thanksgiving themed beer mile. This 21 and over social run beings at 11 AM. Wearing your Thanksgiving finest is encouraged for the most creative costume contest participation. Prizes will be given to costume contest winner and to the fastest male and female of the day! Registration is $30 and includes admission to the backyard party and T-Shirt. For more information and registration, visit the website here.

NOVEMBER 23 – 24 // HANGIN’ WITH SANTA

Kitty Hawk Kites | Nags Head

Santa Claus is coming to town! Spread holiday cheer at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. This event is free to all and includes pictures with Santa, cocoa, and cookies! A kite light show will be on display on Jockey’s Ridge as well. For more information, visit the Kitty Hawk Kites website.

NOVEMBER 24 – JANUARY 19 // WINTERLIGHTS

The Elizabethan Gardens | Manteo

A month full of sights and lights, come out to the opening night of Grand Illuminations of Winter Lights starting November 24th! With thousands of holiday lights, festive food, drink, and fun, these lights will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit! For prices and dates, visit the Elizabethan Gardens website.

If you’ve ever been to the Outer Banks, chances are you’ve visited the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo. The NC Aquarium features the S.T.A.R Center. This acronym stands for Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation. The OBX is home to a variety of sea turtles and super important to them.

THE OUTER BANKS IS A SEA TURTLE HUB
image via N.E.S.T

The Outer Banks is one of the most northernmost ranges for sea turtle nesting according to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T). The sea turtles visit the OBX to lay their eggs from easy to mid-summer. The eggs normally hatch around 50-80 days after they’re laid. The five species of sea turtles that are most likely to visit the Outer Banks are loggerhead, green, Kemp’s Ridley, hawksbill, and leatherback.

SEA TURTLES CAN BECOME EASILY HURT
image via N.E.S.T

Sea turtles call the Outer Banks home during the summer months, but they also become endangered during this time. Boat propellers, nets, and debris can cause serious harm to sea turtles. In the winter months, the weather change and the sharp drop in temperatures can cause sea turtles to get frost bite on their shells and become cold stunned. This is where the S.T.A.R Center and N.E.S.T comes in. They check the beaches for nests and turtles in distress. Should N.E.S.T volunteers come across and sick or injured sea turtle, they contact the Aquarium and they are transported to the S.T.A.R center for evaluation, rehabilitation, and sometimes even surgery.

RETURNING THE TURTLES TO THE SEA

Summer 2018 Sea Turtle Release

Once the sea turtles have been rehabilitated and are healthy again, they are returned to the sea! The S.T.A.R center along with N.E.S.T and the NC Aquarium hold sea turtle releases so they can return home safely.

HELPING THE SEA TURTLES

An Aquarium Employee Explaining How Plastic Balloons Resemble Jellyfish

There are so many actions that can be taken in order to help the quality of life for sea turtles and get involved! N.E.S.T has a volunteer application you can fill out. (You can find the application and more information here.) If you’re from out of town and are unable to become a volunteer, you can still do your part. Make sure you pick up your trash and dispose of it properly when you’re on the beach. The main diet of sea turtles are jellyfish. When single use plastic bags or helium balloons get blown into the ocean, sea turtles easily mistake these for jellyfish, causing them to eat them and become sick or even die. We’ve written a blog on how to keep the OBX clean, that in turn, will also help keep sea turtles, safe, happy, and healthy!

 

Fall on the Outer Banks is a local favorite! With so much to do, great weather, and less crowds, this is the perfect season to plan a date with your significant other! We’ve come up with some of the best date ideas to truly experience Fall on the OBX with your sweetheart.

1 // EXPLORE DOWNTOWN MANTEO

With such great weather, exploring downtown Manteo with the person you love is a perfect date! Walk around and explore all of the local shops, enjoy the scenery of the waterfront, and even adventure over to Festival Park to learn more about Roanoke Island history. While you’re in Manteo, take the drive to visit the Elizabethan Gardens to see the beautiful flowers and landscaping and enjoy the great weather.

2 // CHECK OUT A NEW RESTAURANT

Fall on the Outer Banks means less traffic and crowds! This gives you and your sweetheart the opportunity to try out a new restaurant you’ve been dying to eat at with little to no wait!

3 // CLIMB LIGHTHOUSES

The great Fall weather on the Outer Banks is a great reason to climb the lighthouses! In the summer, it’s usually too hot to climb all of those steps. Since Fall brings beautiful, cool weather, what could be a better date than climbing to the top of the Cape HatterasBodie Island, or Currituck Beach lighthouse with your sweetheart?

4 // GO TO THE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is the perfect date idea. Enjoy great seafood from restaurants all over the Outer Banks. With so many food choices, different beers, live music, and more, a seafood festival date is sure to be unforgettable.

5 // PLAN A WEEKEND GETAWAY
Heron Cove 104S #5603

A Fall weekend getaway to the beach is the ultimate date. Homes that features partial stays are open and in full swing! You can book the perfect home for a fraction of the price! To see all of the amazing homes Resort Realty offers for weekend getaways, check out our website and call us at 800-458-3830 to book!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and while this holiday is about giving thanks for everything we have in our lives, our family, and our friends; no Thanksgiving is complete without great food! Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes for you to try this year; from our family to yours!

SWEET POTATO CRUNCH CASSEROLE
recipe via Pinterest

1 // lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ baking sheet

2 // Mix the sweet potato, sugar, salt, eggs, cinnamon, milk, vanilla, and melted butter in a large bowl

3 // Pour the mixture in the baking dish and distribute evenly

4 // Top with the topping mixture and bake at 350 for 35 – 45 minutes or until center is set.

CREAMY POTATO CASSEROLE
recipe via Pinterest

1 // Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

2 // Mix hash browns, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, sour cream, pepper, and butter in a bowl. Spread into a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan.

3 // Top with crushed corn flakes and dot with cubed butter

4 // Bake uncovered for 45 minutes

THE BEST TURKEY EVER
recipe via Pinterest

1 // Preheat Oven to 325 degrees

2 // Combine salt, thyme, sage, paprika, pepper, and ground mustard in a bowl.

3 // Remove turkey from its packaging and remove the neck and the bag containing the gizzards and heart.

4 // Dry off the skin of the bird and inside the cavity with paper towels.

5 // Lift the skin over the turkey breast and slide your hand under the skin; separating it from the breast meat. Do this on both sides.

6 // Insert 3 pats of putter under the skin on one side of the turkey breast and spread them around evenly. Repeat on both sides.

7 // Sprrnkle the dry rub all over the turkey. Use your hands to rub into the skin. If you have any left over rub you can sprinkle it inside the cavity.

8 // Place the onion halves and garlic cloves inside the turkey’s cavity.

9 // Transfer the turkey to your roasting pan

10 // Cover the breast of the turkey with a piece of aluminum foil; make sure the foil is large enough to fit over the whole breast.

11 // Place the turkey in the ocean and let roast for 2 hours. Remove the foil from the turkey after 2 hours and then increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Let cook for another hour or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and the skin is crispy and golden.

12 // Remove the turkey from the oven, let cool briefly, then carve and enjoy!

BACON WRAPPED STUFFING
recipe via Pinterest

1 // Preheat oven to 350º F

2 // In a large mixing bowl, combine stuffing mix, egg, and milk. Mix throughly.

3 // Add the onion, garlic, parsley, apple, and pecans. Continue to mix

4 // Add torn sausage, curry powder, and lemon zest. Mix to combine

5 // Arrange the bacon strips on a baking sheet. Take a small mound of stuffing and form a little log. Place the mound in the center of each bacon strip, then wrap the bacon around the stuffing.

6 // Bake for 45 minutes or until bacon is crispy and stuffing is browned and cooked through.

CRESCENT ROLL APPLE DUMPLINGS
recipe via Pinterest

1 // Preheat oven to 350º degrees F.

2 // Wash, peel, and cut apples into 8 equal slices.

3 // Unwrap the crescent roll and separate the triangles.

4 // Place a piece of apple on each triangle of dough and Rolle into a croissant.

5 // Butter a 13″ x 9″ baking dish

6 // In a separate bowl, combine the butter, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla and mix until you get a smooth liquid. Pour over the rolls.

7 // Pour Mountain Dew between rolls, not over

8 // Bake for 35 – 45 minutes until they become golden brown

9 // Serve immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Last year to get you in the Halloween spirit, we told you 5 ghost tales of the Outer Banks. This year, we’re bringing you 5 more! Learn about some of the spookiest tales of the Outer Banks. Who knows, maybe on your next vacation you’ll encounter one of these spooky sightings.

THE HAUNTED WHALEHEAD PORTRAIT

The Whalehead Club in Corolla was built by Edward and Mar-Louise LeBel Knight. The home provided work opportunities for Corolla residents. Today, the Whalehead Club offers tours of the beautiful estate. In the dining room, you’ll find a portrait of Mr. Edward Knight holding a cigar. Many visitors say they can smell the cigar when on the tour. Some people have even noticed a smoky haze surrounding the portrait.

CARROL A. DEERING GHOST SHIP

In 1921, the Carroll A. Deering a schooner, ran aground on Diamond Shoals; a cluster of shifting underwater sandbars. Before the ship became distressed, Captain Jacobson who was manning the Cape Lookout Lighthouse noticed the grew of the ship was acting suspicious. The Coast Guard came across the ship 2 days later and oddly, the crew, their personal belongings, and lifeboats were all missing. Even stranger? A table had been set with food and silverware as if the crew was about to sit down for dinner. Speculation continues today with theories that range from piracy to paranormal Bermuda Triangle activity, but no one knows exactly what happened to the crew.

THE CURRITUCK LIGHTHOUSE NORTH ROOM

The Currituck Lighthouse has been in service since 1875. Sadie Johnson was the daughter of the light keeper that ran the Currituck Lighthouse. The Johnson family was the first family to live in the light keeper’s quarters and young Sadie stayed in the north room of the house. Sadie would always play in the sand near the waters’ edge, but one day she didn’t return home. Her body washed ashore the next day and looked to be an accidental drowning…until other deaths began occurring. A friend of the light keeper’s wife stayed in the north room of the house. She ended up dying from a mysterious illness days later. The lightkeeper’s wife was quarantined in the North bedroom after contracting tuberculosis and subsequently died in that room as well. To this day, no one has spent an entire night in the North bedroom of the Currituck Lighthouse.

GREY MAN OF HATTERAS

If there is a hurricane approaching the shores of Cape Hatteras, you’ll likely see the Grey Man. The Grey Man is a shadowy figure that appears when the first storm winds come to the coast. Some people say the Grey Man is a ghost of a sailor from Hatteras who died at sea in a hurricane. It’s said that he comes back to warn those of the danger of a hurricane since his life was taken in a storm. No one has ever gotten close enough to him to hear him speak or see details in his appearance.

BODIE ISLAND HAUNTINGS

The Bodie Island Lighthouse located in South Nags head has a historic past on the Outer Banks. In 1872, the lighthouse was remodeled in 1872 after being destroyed by Confederate soldiers in 1861. The Lighthouse itself hasn’t showed any signs of being haunted despite it’s past. However, the gatekeeper’s cottage, which is now the gift shop has had a history of hauntings. Every afternoon after 4:00 PM, a knocking is heard from behind the bricked over fireplace…as if someone is trapped inside.

Home to hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, Kitty Hawk is a popular town on the Outer Banks. Full of history, folklore, and more, learn about one of the most northern most towns on the Outer Banks with these 5 Fast Facts.

KITTY HAWK GOT ITS NAME FROM NATIVES

Before European explorers discovered the Outer Banks and its’ surrounding areas, it’s estimated that Native Americans occupied the area of Kitty Hawk for many years before. Algonquin speaking tribes called this area home. The natives gave the town the name of Chickenhauk originally. Chickenhauk eventually evolved into the modern day name of Kitty Hawk.

TOURISM DIDN’T REALLY START UP UNTIL THE 1930S

The Wright Memorial Bridge gives a sense of excitement to visitors. It’s a sign of the start of an Outer Banks vacation! However, without the construction of the bridge in the 1930s, tourism on the OBX wouldn’t be what it is today. The original bridge was built of wood and connected the northern beaches with the mainland of Currituck. One more bridge was constructed in 1966 and could withstand winds of up to 55 miles an hour. The current and final bridge was opened in 1995.

THE KITTY HAWK WEATHER STATION BROADCASTED THE FIRST FLIGHT

In the 1900s, the Wright Brothers came to the Outer Banks to test and build the first man powered flying machine. On December 17th, 1903, the first successful flight was accomplished by the brothers. The telegraph that would change the world was sent from the Kitty Hawk Weather Station.

KITTY HAWK OWNS 462 ACRES OF WOODS RESERVE

Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve features over 1,822 acres of dense woods, wild life, and more. The Town of Kitty Hawk and the North Carolina Coastal Reserve partnered to reserve this section of Kitty Hawk Woods to protect the wildlife and environment. Thanks to these efforts, visitors and locals alike can visit the woods and view different wild life, blooming flowers, and more!

KITTY HAWK IS HOME TO THE BLACK PELICAN, A LIFESAVING STATION TURNED RESTAURANT

The Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station #6 was one of 7 station located on the NC Coast. Constructed in 1874, the crew of the Kitty Hawk Lifesaving station #6 relied on the help of a friendly black pelican who would warn them of bad weather and distressed vessels. In 1993, station #6 began new life as the popular restaurant, The Black Pelican, which is an OBX staple.