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OBX Surf Conditions Outstanding Thanks to Gert
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Excellent surf condtioons led to some great shredding as Outer Banks surfers took advantage of Gert's gift.

Every once in a while the weather gods smile upon Outer Banks surfers and the result is nothing less than spectacular.

That was certainly the case as Hurricane Gert tracked northeast today, courteously avoiding the Outer Banks and Bermuda.

A category 1 hurricane that is close to a category 2, Gert sent out beautiful sets of waves for surfers. Down on Hatteras Island it was almost too much of a good thing with waves coming in 9-12' at times.

The Hatteras action started earlier in the day than it did farther up the beach. The farther north the less the impact of Gert, and the later in the day, which makes sense since the storm is tracking northeast—away from land.

Corolla was reporting 4-5’ surf and that really didn’t start until the afternoon. The best surf north of Oregon Inlet was probably Nags Head.

Over the past few years a sandbar has developed by Jennette’s Pier and it creates one of the most reliable breaks around, and surfers were taking full advantage of that today.

We had brilliant sunshine, the water temperature was in the mid 70s and seas were consistently running at 5-6’ with an occasional wave a little over that. 

This was not a day for a novice surfer to try their luck, but the surfers on the line were catching wave after wave. And…what made it really special was it seemed like the ages went from pre-teen to grandfathers. 

It really made the day seem a little more special.

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National Aviation Day at Wright Brothers National Memorial 
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, August 13, 2017

Here’s something a little bit different to do, and it’s an all day event.

August 19, that’s this coming Saturday, is National Aviation Day, which just happens to be Orville Wright’s 146th birthday.

Held at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills beginning at 9:00 a.m. there will be activities all day. To make it a bit easier to attend, the National Park Service is waiving entry fees for the day.

The schedule has something for everyone. The First Flight Society, who regularly works with the Wright Brothers Memorial and National Park Service, arranges for some flyovers, although they have not said who or what will be participating this year. 

There will also be some aircraft parked in the open field at the base of the Wright Brothers Monument. In the past the has included three or four helicopters and some vintage aircraft.

Kitty Hawk Kites will also be on hand with stunt kite demos, kite displays and kite making for kids. The kite making is really fun—it’s a sled kite—and they really fly.

Much of this is weather dependent, of course, because it is being held outside. However, one activity that could be the coolest of them all will be an indoor activity.

The NASA Langley Research Center is celebrating its 100th birthday. To tell the story of the first 100 years of one of the preeminent research facilities in the world, NASA has a traveling trailer that is filled with artifacts, 3D imagery and the latest in audiovisual technology.

The 19th is a Saturday, changeover day for many of our Outer Banks guests, but this could be a great last stop on the way out of town, or very different way to begin a vacation.

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Outer Banks Opposition to Offshore Oil and Gas Remains Strong
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, August 11, 2017

Manteo meeting on Thursday to discuss offshore oil and gas exploration with North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Over 120 people attended.

Offshore drilling is again in the news on the Outer Banks and opposition to it seems as strong as it ever has.

At at North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality hearing on the issue Thursday night, more than 30 people rose to speak out against the idea.

Most Outer Banks residents and visitors felt a 2015 Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) plan that would run from 2017-2022 protected coastal North Carolina from exploration with a 50 mile buffer zone, well outside the Manteo Block. The Manteo Block is an underwater limestone outcropping that was identified in the 1980s as a possible source of gas or oil.

BOEM has indicated, however, that new five year plans may be drawn up and that the new plans could include exploiting reserves closer to the Outer Banks.

Opposition to offshore exploration and development of oil or gas seems to cross party, economic and generational lines. Most Outer Banks residents feel the only economic impact to the local economy would be negative if a well leaked.

Governor Roy Cooper has been vocal in his opposition. The state legislature seems to be in favor of exploring offshore resources, although that could be complicated by the position coastal representatives and senators take.

In the past Senator Bill Cook has indicated that because any resource would be beyond the three mile zone the state controls, but felt there is tremendous potential if developed in a “prudent way.”

Representative Beverly Boswell has not taken a position as a state representative, but did issue a strong statement as a County Commissioner in opposition in 2015 when voting on a resolution against offshore drilling.

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Surfing for Autism This Saturday at Jennette's Pier
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Surfing for Autism this Saturday at Jennette's Pier.

The Outer Banks has always been known as a special place for surfers and the local surfing community is huge and diverse. It’s everything part time musicians to retired business owners to everything in between.

It is a remarkable community, and not just for its diversity, rather what sets the local surfers apart is how much they care about the Outer Banks and the world around them.

There is a joy in surfing and the feeling is that should be shared, and that is what will be happening this Saturday at Jennette’s Pier—weather permitting.

Surfing for Autism made its first appearance in 2010 and it has grown every year. Participation has simple guidelines…if a parent has a child how is autistic, register and one or sometimes two surfers will put the child on a surfboard and walk then out to catch a few waves.

Watching the interaction between the surfers and the children is a wonderful reminder that sometimes the smallest gestures yield the greatest results.

What is perhaps most remarkable about the day is that it is difficult to tell who is enjoying themselves the most. 

The kids, who in many cases would never have this kind of experience without someone with the experience the surfers have? Or the surfers, who often talk about what an amazing experience helping someone enjoy one of their greatest pleasures? Or maybe it’s the parents, happy beyond measure. seeing a child smiling with pure joy?

The weather looks a bit iffy for Saturday, but if Surfing for Autism is held it will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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OBX Nourishment Makes Good Progress
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, August 6, 2017

Looking north from Black Pelican Restaurant in Kitty Hawk at the recently nourished beach.

The beach nourishment project on the northern Dare County beaches is moving along really well and the evidence of how effective it is seems to be spreading daily.

The southern end of Kitty Hawk has now been finished, and what was once a narrow beach with perhaps 20 yards at high tide is now a wide beautiful beach, three or four times wider than it had been.

The northern end of Kitty Hawk and beach in front of Pelican Watch in Southern Shores will be the final stages of the project, which should be finishing up in mid October.

To date, a section of the beach in Duck and almost all of Kill Devil Hills have been nourished.

Although the beach is wide and gives the appearance of a picture-perfect beach, some of the sand will be returning to the sea…by design. Beach nourishment is a shoreline protection tool. A benefit from that process is a wider beach providing a better experience for beachgoers.

However, that is not the primary reason to undertake the expense of a nourishment process. One way in which nourishment protects the shoreline is by forming a sandbar at the point where waves first begin to break as they are coming ashore.

The material for that sandbar comes from the sand on the beach. The movement of waves and currents back to the sea is predictable over time and that action is used to build the protective sandbar.

As some point in time, all nourishment projects have to be replenished. Typically the time between projects is five to eight years. As an example, Nags Head nourished their beaches for the first time in 2011 and will be renourishing next year, a seven year span. 

The good news is, the replenishment process almost always costs less than the first nourishment.

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Power Restored to Hatteras Island
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, August 4, 2017

Graphic showing how crews repaired the severed power line on the south side of Oregon Inlet.

Electricity is flowing once again to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Considering how extensive the damage was when workers severed the line early Thursday morning.

The irony is—if it is irony—is PCL, the contractor building the Bonner Bridge replacement, was not in active construction at the time. If reports are accurate, the workers were driving a steel casing into the ground for use later, a lot like sticking a shovel in the ground when work is done.

Cutting the power line from the northern Outer Banks to Hatteras Island immediately shut off all power to the 60,000 to 70,000 visitors south of Oregon Inlet. The northern Outer Banks was not affected by the blackout at all.

The state and county moved located as many commercial generators as they could but at best they provided a minimal level of power. The result was air conditioners were turned off, water supplies were threatened, gas pumps didn't work and rolling blackouts were the norm. Access was restricted to residents and essential personnel only.

Original estimates put the restoration of power sometime next week, but kudos to the workers of Cape Hatteras Electric Coop who managed to move that timeline up by at least four or five days.

At this time, all restrictions on travel to Hatteras Island and Ocracoke have been lifted.

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Suggestions for an OBX Sunday Brunch
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Art's Place on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk. Where the locals go.

Now that the North Carolina Brunch Bill has passed and all of the towns of Dare County can serve a bloody Mary with a Sunday morning meal, it seems like a disservice not to talk about some of the places to go on the Outer Banks for a Sunday Brunch.

There are so many restaurants that serve Sunday brunch locally we can’t possibly list them all, so we picked three kind of at random, except we have been there and like them. But remember, this is by no means a complete list.

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe

Nags Head/Manteo Causeway

7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail

Nags Head


A little bit fancier than some of the other places, but the food is really down to earth and very well-prepared. Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe has a reputation for serving the freshest and best local ingredients around. The biscuits are amazing and the grits always perfection.

Located on the Causeway between Nags Head and Manteo, the dining room features a beautiful view of Roanoke Sound looking south. 

The Saltbox Café

1469 Colington Road

 Kill Devil Hills


Off the beaten track on the road to Colington, from the outside the Saltbox Cafe doesn’t look all that impressive. But the food Randolph and Amanda Sprinkle create is art—but done in a very casual, relaxed atmosphere.

This is definitely a jeans and shorts kind of a place, but be ready for some for culinary perfection. And be sure to take advantage of the desserts—Amanda is a classically trained dessert chef.

Art’s Place

4624 N Virginia Dare Trail

 Kitty Hawk

Phone: 252-261-3233

Art’s Place is where the locals go. Nothing fancy just really good food and a lot of it. Sausage and gravy is about as southern as it gets and the Monte Cristo is a combination of a couple of mealtime ideas—French toast stuffed with ham, Swiss cheese and 

For an al Fresco experience, take brunch to the upper deck that was built on top of the restaurant last year. Enjoy the sea breeze and sip a screwdriver.

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