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Great Crab, Great Wine, Great Time
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, September 25, 2016


Cracking crab while Trae Pierce and the T-stones perform at Crabdaddy.

Wow was Crabdaddy fun. Perfect weather, great music from Trae Pierce and the T-stones—a little bit funky but definitely rock—lots and lots of freshly steamed crabs and some really good wine from Sanctuary Vineyards.

And…the setting on the north lawn of the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg made it just about perfect.

Since it’s harvest time for many of the grapes in the vineyards, it’s important that all that juice not go to waste, so there was also a grape stomping contest. For anyone who remembers the I Love Lucy episode with Lucy stomping grapes in Italy…we’ll just say that Lucy is not in danger of losing her queen of the grape stompers crown anytime soon.

Crabdaddy has grown over the years, and according to John Wright, Vineyard Manager, this was the largest one to date. He mentioned that originally he was planning on selling 500 tickets but at the last minute Hunter Stuart from I Got Your Crabs, the Kitty Hawk restaurant supplying the main dish, said he had a really good harvest over the past week, so John sold an additional 200 tickets.

Located under the towering pines on the Cotton Gin’s property, there was still plenty of room for everyone.

A great event with the 2017 version already scheduled for the last Saturday in September next year.

Next up at Sanctuary Vineyards—Currishuck. Oysters, Oysters and more oysters the Saturday after Thanksgiving.



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OBX Weekend Filled with Events
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, September 23, 2016


There is so much happening on the Outer Banks this weekend that we don’t know how we’re going to get to everything. There’s the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, the Dare County Arts Council’s Artrageous and the Eastern Surf Association Championships at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. And all of that is happening on Saturday.

But one event we don’t want to lose sight of in all of this is Sancturary Vineyard’s Crabdaddy which may be the best crab cracking outdoor festival we have seen. Doesn’t hurt that the it’s at winery so yes, there is wine—and beeer—available to go with the crab.

Live music rounds out the entertainment.

Even though wine and beer are a part of the celebration of all things crab, Vineyard Manager John Wright is all about making sure his events are family friendly and Crabdaddy is no exception. There’s some great activities for kids including hayrides.

It all happens at Sanctuary Vineyards which is next door to the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.

For families looking for something to do with kids, another event worth checking out is the DCAC’s Artrageous, which is a wonderful celebration of the arts, creativity and kids. That’s happening at Rec Park in Kill Devil Hills from 10-3 p.m. on Saturday.

There’s no excuse for being inside this weekend—the weather is just about perfect and there is plenty to do.



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Brindley Beach Owner's Weekend Coming Soon
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Brndley Beach homeowners, put Saturday, October 8 on your calendars and plan on coming to the Outer Banks to get together with old friends and make some new ones. 

Our annual Owner’s Weekend Event is held the Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend every year, and it’s a great evening of music and socializing. Our get together is being catered by Metropolis this year, and that alone is a reason to be there. Music from High Roller will make for a perfect evening.

The fun—and our thanks for being a part of the Brindley Beach team—doesn’t stop there. 

Sunday it’s an old fashioned oyster roast with lots of cold beer and plenty of oysters. 

In the past, the Owner’s Weekend has been held at our Corolla office, but as you may know, we lost the building to a fire back in June of last year. We’re making a lot of progress in getting our new office finished, but it’s not quite there yet, so we’re holding our annual thank you at our Corolla service center next to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.



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2016 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival This Week
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, September 18, 2016


Here’s hoping for the best for the 2016 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival. The first day, Wednesday, September 21 looks a little iffy, but once we get past that, the weather seems to be cooperating, and Roanoke Island Festival Park is one of the most beautiful places anywhere for an outdoor concert.

Hope the weather does cooperate too, because local promoter Cory Hemilright has put together an amazing lineup of talent. 

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be performing twice—she’ll take the stage at 4:00 on Thursday and then takes the stage again at 7:45 on Friday evening. 

There’s great music all four days, but Thursday may be one day to really think about coming. Steep Canyon Rangers are on tap for a 7:45 performance that evening. Steep Canyon is one of the best bluegrass bands around—they’re the sometimes band for comedian Steve Martin, who is really good on banjo. Sometimes band means sometimes he sits in with them, but not very often.

After Steep Canyon, there’s a benefit concert for guitarist Tony Rice. Rice, his fingers now crippled by arthritis, was considered by many in the bluegrass world to one of the best if not the best at a style of playing called flatpicking. 

Rice played with just about everyone, so it will be interesting to see who shows up.

There are also some great headliners topping the bill on Friday and Saturday with Gene Watson on Friday night and the Soggy Bottom Boys ending the festival on Saturday night.



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OBX Triathlon This Weekend
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, September 16, 2016


The Outer Banks Triathlon is this weekend, kicking off tomorrow, Saturday, September 17.

The folks at Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE) have done a fantastic job of creating an a weekend of events that is tailored to meet a wide variety of skill levels.

Saturday calls for Half Distance and Olympic Distance races. 

The Olympic distance Triathlon is 1.5km swim, a 40km bike and 10km run.  The Half is a half a full triathlon--or Iron Man--and is a grueling 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1mile run.

There is a Sprint Triathlon on Sunday that is half of the Olympic distance.

In conjunction with the Triathlon Weekend, OBSE is sponsoring an Outer Banks Cycle Race—two actually: 20 and 40 kilometers. The 20K is on Saturday and the 40K Sunday.

It should be a wonderful ride, crossing the old Manns Harbor Bridge along the route. The race course is a loop, so the start and finish will be in Manns Harbor.

The weather is looking good on Saturday for the triathlons and bike race. Sunday the forecast calls for a chance of morning showers, but the winds should be light and temperatures mild.



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 A Court Case Worth Watching Nies v Emerald Isle
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Summer beach scene in Kitty Hawk. If a case before the NC Supreme Court overturns years of public access to the beaches, on one is certain what that will mean.

A case that the NC Supreme Court has on its docket is worth watching. Nies v Emerald has the potential to change how the public uses the our state’s beaches, changing what is now public access for all beach goers to a confusing jumble of private ownership.

 At the heart of the legal wrangling is North Carolina’s public trust doctrine—a doctrine that right now allows the public access to all of the state’s beaches.

The Public Trust doctrine is a very old concept—it’s roots are found in Roman law, although how we view public trust is a legacy from our the country’s British Colonial period. Basically public trust doctrine says that certain lands that the government holds are for the benefit of everyone and within those areas the public is granted full access.

Here’s where it starts to get a little confusing. The state owns the land between the ebb tide and average or mean high water mark calculated over a period of time. The dry sand area between the mean high water mark and the base of the dunes is owned by the property owner, but North Carolina public trust doctrine holds that the public must be granted use of the dry sand portion of the property.

In 2010 Emerald Isle passed an ordinance prohibiting obstructions in a 20’ wide area at the foot of the dunes. The purpose of the cleared area was to allow “… unimpeded vehicle travel lane for emergency services personnel and other town personnel providing essential services…”

In an interview the Nies family said what Emerald Isle did was to create what was, in fact, a road and that there was constant 4WD traffic on it. In 2011 the family sued claiming the 20’ taken from their property was an illegal taking and they were owed eminent domain compensation. The Superior Court denied the claim 2014 and the Appellate Court upheld the lower court ruling in 2015. 

The Nies appealed to the State Supreme Court and the court agreed to a discretionary review of the case-which means the court agreed with the lower court rulings but there is probably a point of law that needs to be clarified or reviewed.

The Nies lawyers claim that simply saying land is in the public trust is insufficient and the state is still obligated to negotiate the use of the land with the property owner.

Emerald Isle, noting a long history of public trust use rights, feels the Appellate Court especially, spelled our in very strong, specific language how the public trust doctrine is to be applied on North Carolina beaches.

If the Supreme Court decides for Emerald Isle it would clarify an important part of public trust doctrine in the state, removing any doubt that the public is granted complete access to state beaches.

If Nies prevails it will be very confusing—and possibly expensive. Some property owners would probably grant easements, recognizing that the success of the North Carolina beaches is based on access. Other property owners may seek compensation under eminent domain procedures.

And there would certainly be property owners who did not want anyone on their land. If one property owner allows access and the next door neighbor doesn’t, how would that be enforced?

The uncertainty about what would happen if the public trust use of the beaches is overturned is why every—yes, every—jurisdiction in coastal North Carolina has filed an amicus brief with Emerald Isle. It is also why Attorney General Roy Cooper who is running for Governor and Governor Pat McCrory his opponent have filed amicus briefs. There are also amicus briefs from the North Carolina Coastal Federation, NC Beach Buggy Association and others. 

There is no date set for when the Supreme Court will hear the case.



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Plan Now for the Best OBX Weekend of Fall
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, September 11, 2016


Columbus Day Weekend is only a month away, so now is the time to make plans to come to the Outer Banks for one of the best weekends of the Fall. It’s mostly a music weekend, and one that a lot of our visitors and residents mark on their calendars.

It kicks off on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8 with the Mustang Music Festival. Two stages and constant music is what the festival is all about…that and amazing music. Mike Dianna figured from his first Mustang Music Festival in 2011 that the way to maximize the music and the experience for the festival goers was to keep the music going and he’s worked out the timing so there is always a band playing.

Held at the Whalehead Club, it’s close to a perfect setting for a music festival. An added benefit to the festival is that proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the folks that manage the Corolla heard of Colonial Spanish Mustangs.

The Mustang Music Festival ends on Saturday and Sunday it’s music on the Duck Town Green at the 10th Annual Duck Jazz Festival. A free event, the outdoor setting is as good as it gets. With Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo headlining, event headliners look as though they hit a homerun for the 10th annual version of the festival.

We have to mention one other event the occurs every Columbus Day Weekend—our annual Brindley Beach Vacations thank you gala for our employees and homeowners. Homeowners, be sure to put that on your calendars—it’s a great time and it’s free.



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