The OBX offers what most places have lost…

Few sights on earth can fill us with the wonder, curiosity, and perspective that stargazing can. With light pollution filling up most of the skies these days, it can be hard to find a place to view the awe-inspiring beauty of the night sky. Less than 100 years ago, almost anyone could look up and see the starry night sky. Now, millions of children across the globe will never get to experience the Milky Way where they live.

Luckily, you can still escape to the Outer Banks to take in all the wonders the universe has to offer.

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Few places in the world offer access to such ideal stargazing locations. In fact, the Outer Banks holds 2 of the 12 best places to stargaze in North Carolina, as named by QC Exclusive.

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Come, lay on the beach, and let the universe show you a whole new outlook on life. Spend the early evening beside a bonfire, watch the sunset over the water, then get lost soaking up the marvels of the night sky.

The fall and winter months are the perfect time to visit the Outer Banks. Rates are lower, traffic is scarce, and you can have the beach to yourself. The weather is mild and the beaches are gorgeous.

With up to 7 planets visible at any one time, November is one of the most ideal stargazing months for North Carolina. Island Free Press tells us just what to look for in OBX November skies.

Plus, with all the new technologies out there, it is easy to spot the most alluring sights, learn new constellations, and entertain the whole family with interactive maps. We suggest checking out the free “Sky Guide” app.

Beached Boat Ocracoke Island

Come. Make memories. Discover.

If you haven’t recently seen all over news outlets on the internet, a new beach has popped up off of the Outer Banks coast! A new sand island has formed off the coast. First noticed in April, this mile long sand bar has gotten bigger over time. It’s been described as “the mother of all sandbars,” by County Commissioner Danny Couch. The island was named by 11-year-old Caleb Regan. Caleb visited the island with his father over Memorial Day weekend. They discovered scattered shells all over the island, and Shelly Island seemed like a fitting name.

Shelly Island // Image via CBS News courtesy of @chadonka on Instagram

Sharks off of Shelly Island // Image via Coastal Helicopters, LLC 

Although Shelly Island is a unique addition to our awesome island, it’s best to look at from a distance if you’re not experienced in the water. Seeing the island up high from a helicopter or airplane tour (check out OBX Biplanes or  Barrier Island Aviation) is a great way to see it. If you do decide to adventure out to the island, it’s best to tackled by experienced kayakers or paddle boarders, but definitely DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM. While the waters are shallow that connect Oregon Inlet, rip currents are a major threat and the shallow waters are home to dozens of sharks. We don’t know how long Shelly Island will be around for, (it could disappear just as fast as it appeared) but you should definitely take the opportunity to get a view of this anomaly this summer!

 

4th of July isn’t complete without a cookout and a cookout isn’t complete without dessert! If you need a few recipe ideas, check out our Memorial Day recipes post here, but if you’ve got a sweeter tooth, we’ve got you covered! Here are 4 of the best sweet treats for the 4th of July!

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4th of July on the Outer Banks is nothing short of spectacular. From the festivities to the fireworks the patriotic fun is happening all day long up and down our beautiful banks! We’ve come up with the 4 prime spots to ring in the 4th of July on the Outer Banks.

If you’re in Manteo:

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Check out the 4th of July festivities in historic Downtown! Starting at 10 AM there will be food, contests, music, and more for you and your family to enjoy! After sun down, find a place on the waterfront dock or make your way over to Roanoke Island Festival Park for a firework shoe you won’t soon forget!

 

If you’re in Nags Head:

Park and walk over to Jockey’s Ridge! From the top you get sound and oceanside views so you can see fireworks from all towns! Grab a blanket and your closest friends and family and get ready to enjoy the show.

 

If you’re in Kill Devil Hills:

Make sure you get a spot at Avalon Pier to watch the firework show! This year, the firework display for the town of Kill Devil Hills will take place on Friday July 7th. Avalon Pier is the prime spot to see the amazing firework display seeing as that’s where they shoot them off!

 

If you’re in Corolla:

Make a trip to the historic Whalehead Club! All day there will be food vendors, corn hole tournaments, watermelon eating contests, and much more. When night falls, it’ll be time for the fireworks display!

 

 

My, my, my it’s almost July! With summer in full swing, there’s a bunch of different events and entertainment for you to enjoy! Check out the events that are going on around the Outer Banks this month:

4th Of July Parade July, 4, 2017 9:00 AM 

Enjoy an Outer Banks tradition and celebrate the 4th of July at the 13th annual 4th of July Parade and Community Celebration in Duck! The parade route covers a one mile stretch starting on Scarborough Lane and ending on Pamela Court. After the parade, enjoy live music and food and watch the awarding of parade trophies.

For more information visit the Town of Duck website.

 

Kill Devil Hills Independence Week Fireworks // July 7th, 2017

This year, the fireworks event will be conducted not on July 4th but on July 7th off of Avalon Pier, with a rain date of July 8th.  So, pack a snack, bring a chair, unroll a blanket, get some sand between your toes, and have a dazzling good time at Kill Devil Hills’ Independence Week fireworks celebration on Friday, July 7th, with a rain date on July 8th, at dark on the beach!

Manteo 4th Of July – July, 4, 2017 10:00 AM

Celebrate the 4th of July on the waterfront in Downtown Manteo! Local food vendors, crafters, and boutiques and more are ready for you to explore all they have to offer you! Participate in the ongoing activities all day and when the sun goes down, watch the spectacular fireworks display over the sound. This free event is open to all!

For more information, visit the Town of Manteo’s website or call Nadine Daniels at 252-473-2133

 

Independence Day At Island Farm – July, 4, 2017 10:00 AM

Celebrate the 4th of July 1850’s style at Island Farm! Pack a lunch for the family and enjoy games, musket-fire and more to celebrate the birth of our nation!

Admission is $8 but children 5 and under are free

 

BIC SUP One Design Series – July, 6, 2017 9:00 AM

A series of FREE stand up paddleboard races featuring BIC’s One Design race style SUP. This event is a fun and family-friendly competition. Brief clinics will be held prior to each race, making this series great for beginners and experts alike. For more information, visit the Kitty Hawk Sports website.

 

Outer Banks Skim Jam – July, 15th & 16th 2017 8:30 AM

Watch or participate in the annual OBX Skim Jam with competitions for amateurs, semi-pros, and professionals at Jennette’s Pier.

 

39th Annual Wright Kite Festival – July 15th & 16th

Take flight with Kitty Hawk Kites where history was made at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Enjoy large display kites filling the air, free stunt kite flying lessons, and a kite making station for the kiddos. Admission to the park is required but festival participation is FREE!

 

Light Up The Night – July, 25, 2017 8:30 PM

Join Kitty Hawk Kites at Waves Village Watersports Resort in Rodanthe and enjoy a relaxing evening on the sound. Participate in free NOCQUA kayak and paddleboard demos (weather permitting), have fun with light-up games and toys, and a enjoy a movie under the stars on a large inflatable movie screen. Don’t forget to bring a blanket! This event is FREE to the public.

For more information, visit the Kitty Hawk Kites website.

Zoso // July, 29, 2017 6:00 PM

Calling all Led Zeppelin fans, this event is for you. Zoso is a tribute band covering all Led Zeppelin classics. Tickets are $20 in advance. Priority day of tickets sold at Festival Park are $10. For more information and ticket sales, visit Zoso’s website.

One Design Regatta // July, 29, 2017 10:00 AM

The 15th Annual One Design Regatta is free to all who want to watch and for those who wish to compete, the entry fee is $20 and includes dinner and a t-shirt. Registration begins at 10:00 AM with the first race starting at noon. For more information, call 252-475-1750

 

June 1st is National Barefoot Day! What better way to celebrate than to give back to those who have no choice other than to go barefoot?  Dig in your closet and find those shoes that you don’t wear anymore and put them to good use! The Resort Realty family along with Soles 4 Souls want to help those in need. Soles 4 Souls originally started out as a disaster relief organization and they now provide shoes for those in need all over the world.

Help make a difference with us! Bring in any shoes to one of our five Resort Realty offices. You can also make a difference by booking your vacation today! If you book a rental today, June 1st, a portion of your payment will be donated to the Soles 4 Souls organization!

So whether you help by donating with your rental, dropping off shoes to us, or decide to go #Barefoot4Them, you’re supporting an awesome cause and making the world a better place.

Summer is here, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to embark on that 8+ hour trip to the Outer Banks! With all that excitement on packing and thoughts of the beach, make sure preparing your home for your leave doesn’t fall through the cracks. Resort Realty has come up with 10 tips that will help your keep your home safe and keep your mind at ease when you’re on vacation!

1 // Sitters Club

If you’re going to be away for a week or so, consider hiring someone you trust to stay at your home while you’re gone. They can water your plants, check your mail, and if you didn’t bring your furry friend, they can watch over your pets as well. If someone you trust is at your home, it’ll make you feel better about leaving for an extended period of time.

 

2 // Let there be light

The number one thing that tips off home intruders is the look of an empty house. A timer that will turn your living room or bedroom lights on in the evenings makes your home look like someone is there and won’t tip off possible intruders.

 

3 // Lock it up

Lock all the doors, even the doors that you normally wouldn’t. That kitchen door that you leave unlocked for emergencies needs to be locked and secured before you go on vacation. Double check windows and secure sliding glass door jambs with either a piece of wood or metal to keep it from opening.

 

4 // Social media savvy 

In the technologically dependent time we live in, it’s hard not to post your every move of your life, especially when you’re on vacation. No matter how much you want to post pictures of the wild horses or the pristine beaches to make your friends super jealous, try to refrain until you get back home. Posting pictures of you relaxing on the beach and not at your home is an easy way of showing potential robbers that your home is uninhabited right now. If you just can’t stand the thought of not posting while you’re on vacay, turn off your location and geotags before you post.

 

5 // Unplug and unwind

Unplugging televisions, computers, phones, and any other technology can help save energy while you’re away and help protect your devices from possible power surges or outages that could happen while you’re away. Unplugging lamps and kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee pots, and microwaves can help protect your home and save energy all at once!

 

6 // Invest in home security

This one is a little more obvious than the others. A home security system is a great way to protect your home from potential intruders when you’re away. Home security systems can be pricey, however, you can purchase home security signs to place outside your home even if you don’t have a system installed. The sign itself will deter burglars and they won’t take the risk of triggering the alarm (that they think you have).

 

7 // Maintain the appearance of your home

If you’re one to make sure your lawn looks great all the time and you’re always outside cutting the grass or tending to your plants, keep up your lawn and plants while you’re away. Hire a landscaping company or a friend to help keep your yard in top shape so it won’t seem as if you’re not home to tend to it.

 

8 // Everything is normal

There’s a debate that is up on whether or not you should close your blinds and curtains when you go out of town or if you should leave them open. The answer is super simple; just do what you normally do. If you leave your blinds and curtains open on a daily basis, do the same when you leave. If you leave them closed, leave them that way when its time for vacation.

 

9 // Hold your mail

Nothing says “no one’s home” like an overflowing mailbox or yellow newspapers scattered on your front porch. You can put your mail on hold with USPS or you can enlist the help of a friend to collect your mail and newspapers for you while you’re gone.

 

10 // Have an emergency contact

Should the unimaginable happen to you or your home while you’re on vacation, it’s important to have an emergency contact back in your home state or city. A family member or close friend or co-worker you trust is great. Make sure you exchange phone numbers and give them the address of your rental and what town you’re vacationing in.

A few more tips:

Hot dogs and hamburgers are great, but if you’re coming to the Outer Banks for Memorial Day weekend, then you need to take advantage of all the fresh local seafood and produce we have to offer! These 5 Memorial Day Recipes are easy, fun, and most importantly, delicious! Check them out, try them for yourself, and let us know what you think! Just click on the image below to enlarge

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With the clouds clearing and sun coming our way on the Outer Banks, this Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be a beaut! It’s never too late to plan a mini vacay to the Outer Banks with Resort Realty. With partial stays available (that are super affordable) you can be sitting on the beach relaxing this Friday! Check out these homes and more and make your Memorial Day Weekend one for the books!

To book your Memorial Day weekend stay, call (800) 458-3830

 

Queen Elizabeth (5461) // Nags Head

Did someone say ocean front?! Queen Elizabeth is one of Resort Realty’s newest luxury vacation rentals that also offers partial stays! Relax and treat yourself at this luxury vacation home that features your own private pool, hot tub, game room, and movie theater. Queen Elizabeth features 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and 2 half baths so there’s plenty of room for everyone! With your own private walk way down to the beach, Queen Elizabeth will make your Memorial Day weekend as luxurious as possible.

 

Cozy Inn (5325) // Kill Devil Hills

Make your Memorial Day weekend at Cozy Inn. Located in the community of Bermuda Bay in Kill Devil Hills is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy time with your friends or family. This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom townhouse is equipped with an in house game room, family room, sun deck, and even access to the community pool with a mini water park for the little ones!

 

Wine (7586) // Avon

For an old school, beach box vibe, look no further than Wine in Avon. Wine is a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home that’s perfect for a group of 4 looking for a short weekend get away. The walk to the beach is only 125 yards and the home boasts amenities like a a fish cleaning station, hi-speed internet, and access to the Olympic sized community pool! Sun, sand, and a little Wine is all you need for your perfect Memorial Day weekend!

 

Buena Vista (3271) // Duck

Ocean views + a private pool + a fun group of 8 = a Memorial Day weekend that’s bound to be spectacular! Buena Vista located in Duck is located right on the ocean and is a bike ride or short drive away from all the awesome shops and restaurants the town of Duck has to offer. (Hello Duck Donuts for breakfast!) The ocean views from every bedroom and furnished sun decks will make you want Memorial Day weekend to last all year!

 

Sea Dreams (1077) // Corolla 

Sea Dreams is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home that is perfect for a bigger group to enjoy and celebrate Memorial Day weekend. With a game room, master bedroom featuring a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, and access to the community pool and tennis courts, Sea Dreams will make your Outer Banks mini vacation the most memorable one yet!

 

Toes In The Sand (1335) // Corolla 

*Cue “Toes” by Zac Brown Band* Toes In The Sand located in the Corolla Light community is your perfect place for a mini OBX getaway! Toes In The Sand is located just a few minutes away from the beach and is settled right along the sound. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home features a private hot tub, a game room, and access to the activities at the Corolla Light Clubhouse. The Corolla Light Clubhouse is walking distance from Toes In The Sand and features tenis courts, a fitness center, indoor pools, and much more! Get your Toes In The Sand this Memorial Day weekend and make some memories that will last a lifetime!

There’s no question why someone would want to have a wedding here on the Outer Banks. Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather go hand in hand with the first day of the rest of your life. While weddings usually call for dressing up, the most dressing up you find on the Outer Banks is a nice pair of sandals. From a beachside wedding to something just a little fancier, we’ve got you covered in our What To Wear To An Outer Banks Wedding guide!

Floral and Flowy

boho beachy chic wedding

Floral Maxi Dress // All Washed Up Necklaces // Foxy Flamingo Clutch // Oversized Sunglasses // Gold Sandals

Most wedding locations call for a beachside ceremony and sometimes a beachside reception as well! The last thing you want to do is try to walk around on the beach in high heels. Dressy, strappy sandals can be cute, comfortable, and practical. A long maxi dress, mermaid-esque jewelry, and a simple clutch adds to the casual but dressed up vibe that weddings by the sea usually have.

Casual & Cool

coast side cool - mens wedding

Short Sleeve Chambray Shirt // Twill Pants // Sunglasses // Vans Sneakers

With such a laid back, shirt and shoes optional lifestyle the Outer Banks has, weddings are no exception. A casual, but put together look is perfect for a wedding on the beach. A short sleeved button down will keep you cool on muggy summer evenings and khaki chino pants will keep you comfortable while you break it down at the reception! Keep sunglasses handy if you’re attending a soundside evening wedding (you want to be able to see the bride and groom!) With a look like this, you can wear flip flops but if you want to opt for something with a little more structure, you can’t go wrong with a pair of classic vans.

 

Chic, Sophisticated, & Comfy

classy comfy chic wedding

Left: Printed Shift Dress // Necklace // Wristlet // Sandals                                                                   Right:Scalloped Shift Dress // Necklace // Cross Body Bag // Sandals

 

The beach isn’t the only venue for a wedding. The Outer Banks is home to many different wedding venues indoor and out. A beach wedding can be casual, but that isn’t always the case. For a dressier wedding, opt for a printed shift dress or a solid color shift dress with some detail. You’ll still be cool and comfortable but classy and chic at the same time. Gold sandals dress up your outfit even more. Pair with a small, simple clutch or cross body bag and you’re Outer Banks wedding ready!
Casual & Classic

Classically Casual Men's Wedding

J.Crew Factory Button Down // J.Crew Factory Pants // Rayban Sunglasses // Nixon Watch // J.Crew Factory Belt // Sperry Boat shoes

Structured slacks and a nice linen button-down is a great choice for a more formal wedding. You’re classic and clean but still give a beachy vibe. Tan details in the boat shoes, sunglasses, and belt keep it slightly casual but a nice timepiece gives you a put-together look.

All of these outfits can be found online or if you prefer to shop in town, local surf shops like Secret Spot, Outer Banks Boarding Company, and Whalebone will have similar laid back styles while Tanger Outlets in Nags Head is where you can find the dressier styles from J. Crew Factory or the Polo Ralph Lauren outlet. What style are you going to choose for the next OBX wedding?

What better way to kick off our Bite Of The Banks series than to feature a new Outer Banks restaurant? If you’re in the mood for pizza, look no further than Nags Head Pizza Company! This new pizza spot just opened on April 19th and they literally have everything for everyone.

Back Pizza: Red Sauce, Mozzarella, and Feta // Front Pizza: Chicken Pesto Pizza

Nags Head Pizza Company keeps everyone’s dietary needs in mind, with gluten free crusts, vegan cheese, tons of veggies, and traditional pizza options, the whole family will be pleased! You can even build your own whole pizza or slice (like pictured above).  Beyond pizza, Nags Head Pizza Company has tons of appetizers and giant salads to choose from too.

The location of Nags Head Pizza Company is prime too!  Located on the causeway in Nags Head, it’s just a 2-minute drive from popular beach accesses like Jeanette’s pier. They’re also located right on the sound with indoor or outdoor seating. They just stocked the fridge with sodas, wine and beer, and are even looking into providing live entertainment as the summer goes on!  If you get take out or pizza delivered to you, you just might see a #pizzaboxquote of funny inspiration when you open your box, our favorite one is pictured above 😉

Left: View from the back deck // Right: Nags Head Pizza Company entrance

Next time you visit the Outer Banks, Nags Head Pizza Company is a must visit. With friendly staff, amazing food, and a laid-back local atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed!

If you’re interested in sailing, surfing, SUP (stand up paddleboarding), or kiteboarding, our Get On Board guide has everything for you! From learning how to sail, to enjoying a sunset cruise on the sound, and more. Take a look at our guide and get inspired to learn something new and get on board!

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For more information on the businesses, classes, and rentals mentioned, links are below!

Nor’Banks Sailing and Watersports

Kitty Hawk Kites

Downeast Rover

Farmdog Surf School

REAL Watersports

Outer Banks Surf School

Duck Village Outfitters

Ocean Atlantic Rentals