Outer Banks. Are You Ready? We Are!
It's time for summer on the Outer Banks
Its officially springtime, and by my watch that means summer is just around the corner. After a long, brutal and frightfully snowy winter in the Northeast, Im as thankful as ever to call the Outer Banks home. While my parents and in-laws are still shoveling out from under record snowfalls, Ive got my windows open to let in the salty ocean breeze. My overworked heater is finally off, my scarves and gloves are packed away and my beloved flip flops are where they belongon my lightly tanned feet. Im back to my warm-weather routine of taking daily walks on the beach with my toddler Sam to hunt for frosty-hued beach glass, unusual shells and other ocean treasures that have washed ashore.
Every year I look forward to spring. Shedding all the extra clothing and gear that I need to brave the frosty winter air, I finally feel like Im getting back to the basics. Whether its having a picnic with my husband on the beach, spreading newspapers over my deck and picking hard shell crabs with my family or enjoying a sunset boat ride on the sound, spring is my chance to fall back in love with the Outer Banks.
But Im not the only one basking in the springtime warmth of the sun. The days are getting longer here and businesses that close for the winter are showing signs of life once again. Storekeepers are freshening up their wares, restocking the shelves with new shipments of beach towels, sand pails and sunscreen; restaurants are opening their doors, steaming shrimp and serving ice cold beer to their first eager customers of the spring; and locals are hard at work readying themselves and the island for another warm and sunny summer season.
Theres a certain excitement in the air here, as if were all on the verge of something big, something wonderful. And even though it happens every year ... waking up from the winter slumber, shaking off the chill ... springtime on the Outer Banks is always a new and fresh experience. The spring holds a certain promise for us local folks. Promise that the coming season will be strong with warm weather, booked accommodations, busy restaurants and happy vacationers.
With so many exciting events on the horizonKitty Hawk Kites Annual Hang Gliding Festival, the start of both the Lost Colony season and the Outer Banks Daredevils baseball games, the Town of Duck summer concert series and moretheres plenty to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead. Those in the know like to visit the Outer Banks in May and early Junenot only to catch these great events and miss the big crowds, but to cash in on the early-season savings.
As we ready ourselves for summer 2010, we hope that youre making plans to see us once again. The Outer Banks is my home, but I enjoy sharing it with others who appreciate the beauty, history and mystery that draws so many people back time and again. I relish being a part of a place that so many people treasure.
The summer months are almost within reach. Before you know it, youll be here, lounging on the beach, margarita in hand, listening to the waves roll in ... roll out ... roll in ... and soaking in this beautiful paradise I call home.
OUTER BANKS' RECOMMENDED MERCHANTS
THE BLUE POINT
Celebrating 20 years of dining excellence on the Outer Banks, The Blue Point offers enequaled southern hospitality and dynamic southern cuisine over-looking the beautiful Currituck Sound. 252-261-8090. 1240 Duck Rd., Duck N.C. 27949
BRINDLEY BEACH VACATIONS & SALES
Brindley Beach Vacations offers 210-bedroom homes, private pools, hot tubs, pets, oceanfront to soundfront, linens and towels provided, all close to shopping and restaurants.www.brindleybeach.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilton Garden Inn
Centrally located in Kitty Hawk, between the North and South Beaches, The Hilton Garden Inns gorgeous design and outstanding amenities are only surpassed by endless oceanfront views! 252-261-1290, www.outerbanks.stayhgi.com
Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates
Providing quality vacation rental accommodations to Outer Banks visitors since 1968.
Over 550 vacation homes Nags Head to Duck, from cozy cottages and condos, to grand12-bedroom oceanfront manors. 4607 N. Croatan Hwy. Mile Post 2.7, Kitty Hawk, NC.
Ocracoke Island Realty
The widest selection of vacation rentals for the perfect family vacation: slower pace, southern hospitality, unspoiled beaches, world-class fishing and watersports. Call 877.646.2822. www.BestOcracoke.com
Ramada Plaza Hotel
Located in Kill Devil Hills, the Ramada Plaza Resort offers a beautiful oceanfront, full-service catering/bar, an oceanview ballroom and restaurant, an indoor/outdoor pool with Jacuzzi and much more. 252-441-2151, 800-635-1824. www.ramadaplazanagshead.com
Celebrating 30 years in 2010! Sun Realty offers the largest selection of fine vacation homes on the Outer Banks. Pet friendly, luxury, short stays & more! Exclusive online specials available. 888-853-7757. www.SunRealtyNC.com
Exceptional homes and extraordinary service. More than 500 Outer Banks vacation rental homes, oceanfront to soundfront, Corolla to Nags Head. Call 877.505.7477 or book online at www.MyOBXBeach.com
Villas of Hatteras Landing
An All Suite Hotel Experience. Nightly rates, pool side, beach side or sound side. Next to the Ferry Landing. 252-986-1110. www.villasofhatteras.com
To read this article, see the Hampton Roads Magazine's April 2010 issue currently available on newsstands.