Outer Banks Jan 2010

Outer Banks Getaways January 2010

OBX Spring Getaways

There is something for everyone on the Outer Banks no matter the time of year

Life on the Outer Banks is a contradictory existence. There is the summer, when everything moves at a manic pace. Then there is the off-season, when things slow down to a more sedate way of life. Yet even in the off-season there is still plenty to do.

The 32nd Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show honors Frank Stick, a long-time resident of the Outer Banks and one of the most renowned outdoor illustrators of the early 20th century. Featuring art from local artists, the show runs from Jan. 30 through Feb. 26 and is an extraordinary feast for the senses.

The opening reception, at Glen Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head, is free, open to the public, and one on those memorable events that makes the Outer Banks so unique.

An Outer Banks tradition that defies description is the Kelly’s 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Held on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, it is a rollicking, amorphous procession. The parade route is about a mile long, features local and regional organizations, bands and various individuals who just enjoy dressing up and marching in a parade.

The Outer Banks has a well-deserved reputation for culinary excellence, and the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, to be held this year the same weekend as the Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11--–14) is a great way to sample the quality and variety of dishes local chefs are creating. Last year’s event was hugely successful and Ben Sproul, president of the Dare County Restaurant Association, believes the 2010 version will be even better.

One of the best ways to get a real sense of the history and culture of the Outer Banks is to come to the Land of Beginnings Festival, sponsored by the Lost Colony outdoor theatre. With activities geared toward kids, storytelling by long-time residents and a black-tie evening to finish the celebration, the nine-day event holds something for everyone.

And as the Land of Beginnings is ending, the 8th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week is just getting started. The event has been gaining popularity since its inception, and Ally Cassorla, director of marketing for the gathering, notes that there are a lot of natural attractions that bring riders from all over the East Coast to the event. “It’s just one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to,” she says. “We tell people there’s 100 miles of riding when you get there. It’s no wonder it’s been growing every year.”

Perhaps the oldest continuous event on the Outer Banks is the 38th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, the event was the first hang gliding competition ever created. Featuring an outdoor block party in addition to the competition, the four-day event is a one-of-a-kind experience that could only happen on the Outer Banks.

OBX Taste of the Beach

March 11-14, This four-day weekend event caters to both casual chefs and foodie fanatics

The Outer Banks of North Carolina 2010 Taste of The Beach Weekend has been scheduled for March 11–14. The Outer Banks Restaurant Association (OBRA) has been hosting the Taste of The Beach for more than 20 years and expanded its signature showcase event into a four-day weekend affair in 2008. This year’s grand event will feature wine tastings, cooking classes, special menu presentations, celebrity guest chef appearances, brewery tours and an exciting array of creative combinations of culinary delights and fun activities on the Outer Banks, with the grand finale being the Taste of The Beach Expo on Sunday, March 14.

Freshness is the hallmark of dining on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Offering much more than just seafood, the barrier islands are home to more than 160 locally owned and operated restaurants. You’ll be delighted by a diverse offering of culinary delights in unique settings, with menus dreamed up by the finest-trained chefs.

OBX has the finest watermen in the world who bring in plump oysters, savory shrimp, and fish entrees almost too gorgeous to eat. For discriminating palettes or pocketbooks, Outer Banks restaurants serve everything from true Italian fare to Southwestern and French cuisine. And yes, you can find down home Southern-style barbecue and hushpuppies. And you don’t have to break the bank.

The Outer Banks Taste of The Beach Weekend is a fantastic way to sample the fare of several fine restaurants on the Outer Banks in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend. Both casual chefs and foodie fanatics will revel in innovative culinary opportunities offered up by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association in this newly expanded, shoulder-season event. You can indulge in a fancy wine dinner one night and mix with the masses in an organic farm to fork experience the next. Or maybe an intimate cooking class with one of the area’s world class chefs is more your speed. 

Whatever your tastes, you’ll find plenty of food, drink, and fun among the wide array of activities encompassed by the Outer Banks Taste of The Beach Weekend. On Sunday evening, March 14, don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the finest work of more than 20 local chefs competing for prize money, trophies, and bragging rights in this popular annual food fest. Surf on over to www.OBXTasteOfTheBeach.com for extensive information about the various events and activities. You can plan your whole weekend there, from online ticketing for every event to special rates at participating rental agencies and hotels. See you at the beach!

Spring Events Calendar

Taste of the Beach March 11–14.
Restaurants will host exclusive dinners with special menu offerings, many with wine pairings or featured guest chefs. obxtasteofthebeach.com

Kelly’s 2nd Annual Running of the Leprechauns 8K March 13.
Nags Head. 9 a.m. Runners and walkers on an 8k/5 mile point to point course. Awards and post race celebration and hospitality at Kelly’s Tavern. outerbanksrunningclub.org/kellysrestaurant.com

Kelly’s 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 14.
Virginia Dare Trail/The Beach Road, MP Nags Head. 1 p.m. Rain or shine. The largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North Carolina. kellysrestaurant.com

USAF Heritage Brass Quintet   March 14.
7 p.m.  Roanoke Island Festival Park. Classical and jazz selections. 252-475-1500. 

Land of Beginnings Festival April 9–17
Various entertaining activities throughout the festival celebrate the history, culture and people of the Outer Banks. 252-473-2127. thelostcolony.org

8th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week April 18–25
Packed full with entertainment, great food, events and special attractions. Bike show, live music, scenic rides. outerbanksbikeweek.com

Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show May 2–27
An eclectic mix of local art on display at the Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. 252-473-5558 darearts.org

27th Annual Yuengling Nags Head Woods 5K Run May 8
Run in one of the few remaining U.S. maritime forests. Race terrain is gently rolling on hard-packed dirt road. www.outerbanks runningclub.org

38th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular May 14–17
Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head The Hang Gliding Spectacular is a true example of what hang gliding is all about. hangglidingspectacular.com


Brindley Beach Vacations offers 2–10-bedroom homes, private pools, hot tubs, pets, oceanfront to soundfront, linens and towels provided, all close to shopping and restaurants. 877-642-3224, 252-453-3000. www.brindleybeach.com, rentals@brindleybeach.com

Hilton Garden Inn
Centrally located in Kitty Hawk, between the North and South Beaches, The Hilton Garden Inn’s gorgeous design and outstanding amenities are only surpassed by endless oceanfront views! 252-261-1290, www.outerbanks.stayhgi.com

Mark Buckler Photography
Offering fun and creative beach portraits on the Outer Banks as well as spectacular images of our coastal environment. 252-599-6275. www.markbucklerphotography.com,

Outer Banks Brewing Station
From our wind turbine to our menu, every aspect of the Brewing Station is unique… including house made beer & sodas, entertainment, eclectic wines. Open year round! MP 8.5 Bypass, Kill Devil Hills. 252-449-BREW. www.obbrewing.com

Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, presented by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. 4 Days of Food, Drink & Fun on the Outer Banks of North Carolina! A weekend you won’t want to miss! www.obxtasteofthebeach.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

Mini-vacations available year round. Homes range in size from one bedroom to 14 bedrooms, from Corolla to Nags Head. Rates from $50/per person/per night. 4820 N. Croatan Hwy., P.O. Box 3339, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. 877.523.2015 www.OuterBanksVacations.com, www.ColdwellBankerOBX.com

Southern Shores Realty
For over 50 years, we’ve provided Outer Banks visitors with courteous and dependable service. With over 600 affordable weekly rental properties, we have the perfect spot for your next vacation. 800-334-1000. www.southernshores.com

Sun Realty
Sun Realty offers the largest selection of fine vacation homes on the Outer Banks. Pet friendly, private pools, hot tubs & more! Exclusive online specials available.
888-853-7757. www.SunRealtyNC.com

To read this article, see the January 2010 Hampton Roads Magazine, currently available on newsstands.

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