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Traffic Moving Well Past No Left Turn in Southern Shores
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, June 23, 2018

Street signs and police presence let drivers know there is no left turn onto Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores.

This weekend—and for this weekend only—there is no left turn off US 158 on to Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores. It is an experiment to try to control the traffic that pours through the residential areas of Southern Shores every weekend during the Outer Banks summer.

The first full day is not done yet, but an early observation would be that it seems to be working better than anticipated.

Some of that may be the way Southern Shores Police and NCDOT went about blocking the intersection off so that people would know early on they couldn’t make a left turn there. And some of it may be the very heavy police presence on Dogwood Trail.

What is important is how is the restriction affecting traffic, and the early read would be not much at all if it is indeed affecting anything.

The reason for the restriction are safety concerns that Southern Shores has raised about the use of Dogwood Trail as a cutoff to avoid the inevitably snarled traffic at the intersection of US 158 and NC 12 about a mile to the west.

The residential streets of Southern Shores were never designed for the volume of traffic that descends upon them during the turnover days of Saturday and Sunday; nor is there any reasonable way to upgrade the roads to handle that level of traffic. Residents of the town have been consistent in voicing their concerns.

It is, at this point in time, just for this weekend, but it is possible other weekends may be added in the future.

The no lefty turn restrtiction applies to only the north end of the Outer Banks by the Wright Brothers Bridge.

Dogwood Trail Ncdot Outer Banks Southern Shores Wright Brothers Bridge

Outer Banks Independence Day Preview
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, June 20, 2018

One thing's for sure…the Outer Banks certainly knows how to celebrate the birth or our nation. Independence Day is pretty much an all day thing locally with a parade, lots of family things to do and of course an abundance of fireworks.

In our view, the way to start the day is with the Town of Duck’s Annual 4th of July Parade. There may be a wackier, more fun parade somewhere, but if there is, we haven’t had a chance to check it out. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to remember what a great place this is to live in and visit.

The parade starts at 9:00 a.m., but get there early.

After the parade the choice is to go either north or south. Festivities at either Manteo or the Whalehead Club in Corolla begin at 3:00 p.m.

Both are filled with very family oriented games and events and feature live music. And of course, culminating in a fireworks display. 

The Whalehead fireworks are noted for how spectacular they tend to be. Manteo features a fantastic place to view fireworks—the lawn of Roanoke Island Festival Park. The 208th Army Band will be on hand to play at the RIFP outdoor pavilion as well. 

Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are going to be setting off fireworks this year. Nags Head will be at the Nags Head Fishing Pier and Kill Devil Hills will use Avalon Pier.

It’s 5.5 miles between the two piers. That’s a little far for simultaneous viewing but not completely out of the picture.

Speaking of simultaneous viewing—there is a bit of  tradition of climbing to the top of Jockey’s Ridge on the night of the 4th of July to watch the Manteo and Nags Head fireworks as they go off at the same time. It’s one of the few times during the year the Park allows visitors to stay after sunset.

Make your plans early, but by all means, plan or celebrating with us on July 4th.

Corolla Jockeys Ridge July 4th Kill Devil Hills Manteo Nags Head Whalehead Club

Fishing on Father's Day on the Outer Banks.
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father’s Day on the Outer Banks is probably a lot like other places, although there is probably a bit more for dad and the kids to do.

As Father’s Days go, today is about as good as it gets—a perfect beach day and a chance to spend some time with the people in our lives who truly mean the most.

Whether visiting or living here, one of the best things about the Outer Banks is how family oriented it is. For those of us who have been other places and now live here, it truly is one of the most remarkable features of the area.

That doesn’t mean other places don’t have special things for dads and kids to do, but it is wonderful to be able to take a son or a daughter to the beach and talk to them about fishing. Or head over to Jockey’s Ridge State Park and fly a kite together. Or even something as simple as a bike ride along the many multi-use paths that are so much a part of the our towns.

In many ways, that third weekend in June—Father’s Day weekend—marks the official beginning of the Outer Banks summer season; all the kids are out of school and families can take the time to spend a week or two on this strip of sand that is so special.

The weather has been absolutely wonderful over the past week and it looks as though that trend is going to continue for a while. Perfect for some time for the whole family to create memories to treasure.

Dad Family Fathers Day Jockeys Ridge Outer Banks

Outer Banks FunFair Through Wednesday
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Outer Banks FunFair--the view from the Ferris Wheel.

Just in time to kick off the beginning of summer—the 3rd Annual Soundside FunFair comes to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Look for it running full tilt through Wednesday, June 20. Gates open at 5:00 and everything closes up at 11.

It’s an old-fashioned traveling carnival complete with games where there never seems to be a big winner, funnel cakes and cotton candy and some really fun rides.

The Outer Banks prides itself in being a family oriented vacation destination, and the FunFair is about as family oriented as it gets—and that seems to be a lot of what makes it so special.

It is, of course, all about kids having a great time, but there is something about watching kids have so much fun that brings out the child in parents as well.

There is no admission to get in, although to ride anything tickets must be purchased…and yes, from experience we know it’s a good idea to take a little more than planned. But it’s all worth it. The kids have a great time, and for at least a little while they’re just like kids have always been—laughing and loving live and not even worrying about a cell phone.

Children and Youth Partnership of Dare County sponsors the fair, so the proceeds are supporting an important and very worthy cause.

Children And Youth Partnership Funfair Nags Head Outer Banks

An Outer Banks Beer Tasting Tour
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lost Colony Brewery, on of four great local craft beer breweries.

Most of what we write about are adventures for the whole family, but the Outer Banks does have some things to do that Mom and Dad or the adults in the group might enjoy. One of the ideas we have is a little bit surprising—it is possible to journey on a very nice beer tasting tour, trying brews with very different styles but all very well made.

Give yourself five or six hours for this one because there is some driving involved, but it’s not too bad and it’s a great way to tour the Outer Banks.

There are now four microbreweries on the Outer Banks. One is a little bit off the sandbar, but we’ll give Weeping Radish a pass.

The order the breweries would be visited depends on where your staying.

Northern Outer Banks Brewing

520 Old Stoney Rd., Corolla

They just opened their door this past spring, so we haven’t had a chance to try all of their beers, but what we have sampled is very well made, with a good balance of flavors. The style tends to be lighter crisply flavored beers. Even the IPA is a refreshing brew without the heavy hoppy finish that many IPAs have.

The brewery is also on hand for Whalehead Wednesdays.

Outer Banks Brewing Station

600 South Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills

Arguably the best known micr-brewery on the Outer Banks. Look for the wind turbine. 

Serving a wide range of beers, featuring a variety of styles, everything is well-made and very drinkable. Excellent pub food to go with the tasting.

Lost Colony Brewery

208 Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo

The restaurant used to be Full Moon Cafe in downtown Manteo. Still has wonderful food and served in an outdoor cafe setting, weather permitting. Distinctly English style beers. 

Weeping Radish

6810 Caratoke Hwy, Grandy

The original Outer Banks microbrewery, located at one time in downtown Manteo. They outgrew that space and are just past the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.

German style beers, very well made. Check out their sausages while tasting the beer. They make them on premises and they make them very well.

Corolla Lost Colony Brewing Manteo Northern Outer Banks Brewing Outer Banks Outer Banks Brewing Station Weeping Radish

Summertime Comes to the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summertime is family time on Outer Banks beaches.

Summer has officially come to the Outer Banks. The summer solstice is still a few days away—June 21 if you’re keeping score—but the weather and the water were pure summertime today.

It felt great diving into the waves today. They were small, easily managed, which is probably why there were so many little kids splashing in the water. 

The water temperature is…well, bracing. Since it was a warm sunny day, that water at 64 or 65 degrees felt great, but it is still a bit on the cool side. It will warm up. Look for water temperatures to be in the 70s by July 4th.

Today, though, was one of those perfect Outer Banks beach days. It was more than the warm sunshine or the refreshing water temperature, it was the whole scene—friends casting lines into the surf, ever hopeful. Although it could be the hope is nothing bites an takes away from time with friends.

A father is showing one of his sons how to cast into the surf. The other son, much to young to try, is running back and forth between the father and mother, dipping his toes in the water and then running again.

It’s a Sunday so the there aren’t too many people on the beach, although it’s still a good size crowd. That will grow, even on weekends, as the full press of summer comes on.

A quick tip—be safe on the beach. The ocean is a great place to swim and play in, but it is powerful and a bit fickle. If the red flags are flying, please, do not go in the water. 

July 4th Outer Banks Red Flag Summertime

Whalehead Club Lines Up Great Events
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, June 8, 2018

Whalehead Club with restored boathouse in the foreground.

If there is a center of Corolla activities it has got to be the Whalehead Club. In our last blog we talked about the Lighthouse 5K every Wednesday morning throughout the summer. 

The race includes breakfast on us—Brindley Beach Vacations is the race sponsor—so grab a bite to eat, have some fun but come back later in the afternoon for Whalehead Wednesdays.

Every Wednesday afternoon until September 12 it’s Whalehead Wednesday. There’s live music on the lawn of the Whalehead Club, wine tasting for the adults and lots to do for kids. The event starts at 3:00 p.m. And weekly cornhole tournament sponsored by Brindley Beach Vacations.

The only exception will by Wednesday, July 4, and that’s a day to plan on being at the Whalehead Club all day for a great time filled with rides, entertainment and what may be the best fireworks display on the Outer Banks.

One of our favorite Whalehead events is the Under the Oaks Arts Festival. That will be Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20. 

An all day event, the grounds of the Whalehead Club will be filled with over 100 artists and crafters. There will be an art auction, plenty of local food vendors and plenty of children’s activities throughout the day.

The Under the Oaks Arts Festival is an all day affair—10:00 a.m, to 5:00 p.m.—and with so much for everyone to do, visitors find the time seems to fly by.

The Whalehead Club is on the grounds of Currituck Heritage Park. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is immediately adjacent and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is on the grounds. The Center includes a very nice, small museum that is worth a visit.

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