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Hot, Hot, Hot on the OBX
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, July 24, 2016

Horses on the Carova Beach on a hot day. Horses head to the beach for the same reason people do--to cool down.

It’s hot on the Outer Banks. Of course, it’s not as though we’re being singled out since it’s hot all up and down the East Coast right now, but when the coolest high temp of the day is 94 degrees in Corolla…that’s hot.

The question then is, how to cool down. 

The easy suggestion—and the one that makes the most sense is, put on some sunscreen, grab a beach towel and head for the beach. A lot of visitors have been either having some one set up a shun tent for them or bringing one from home, which makes a lot of sense. The sun has been really intense and not much in the way of clouds so some protection is good.

The water temperature has been a really refreshing 65 to a warm but cooling 80. The cooler water temperatures seem to be Kill Devil Hills and north so be ready when you hit the water.

A brief explanation about what’s happening—it’s called upwelling. Here’s how the folks at the Field Research Facility (Duck Pier) describe what’s happening—and the explanation is pretty good. 

“Generally the coastal water has warmer (less dense) water on the surface and cooler (more dense) water below.  A wind blowing offshore can push the surface water along with it; colder water from below replaces the surface water, a process called upwelling.”

So the wind has been from the southwest for the past few days; that’s an offshore wind and the colder waters come to the surface, just as the theory predicts. 

Feels great to hit that water when the air temperature is 95.

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OBX August Evnets
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, July 22, 2016

Runners at the Brindley Beach Vacations Lighthouse 5K.

It’s almost August. Where did the summer go?

The weather has been great here on the Outer Banks. Yes, it did get hot, hot, hot a few times and it looks like there’s a couple more really warm days coming up, but it is summer in North Carolina, after all.

The ocean has been a thing of beauty, perfect temperatures for a refreshing dip, the surf manageable, and the sun has be out. 

With the thought that at some point in time families may wish to get off the beach, or maybe Mom and Dad might want to take in some live entertainment, here’s a brief overview of some different things to do in August. This list is by no means complete, so ask around about other things to do.

Alligator River Refuge Van Tour

August 2, 16 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Creef Cut Trail Parking Lot, 5.5 miles west of Roanoke Island, Hwy 64 & Milltail Rd.

Join us for a personal tour through popular areas for viewing and photographing wildlife. Our two photographer leaders know the refuge. $30 per adult. $20 children 6-12. Limited to 5 participants. Reservation required. 252-216-9464 for reservations and details.

Movies On The Sound

Dusk, Weekly on Tuesdays

Town of Duck 

Weekly on Tuesday

Although FREE, donations are appreciated to benefit Children @ Play, the films’ presenter. Blankets and chairs are encouraged.

August 2, 2016 – Maleficent 

August 9, 2016 – Tangled

August 16, 2016 – E.T.

Lighthouse 5K

Wednesday, 8:00 am

The Whalehead Club, Corolla

Lace up your running shoes and see the sights. Add the fun of a run and fitness to your vacation joining us for a Summer morning 5k run/walk through the Historic Village of Corolla Light. This is a family fun event sponsored by Brindley Beach Vacations!

August 3rd

August 10th

August 17th

August 24th

August 31

Rainbow Puppets Children’s Show Really Big Dinosaur Show

August 3 - 5, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Roanoke Island Festival Park- Indoor Theatre

It’s not called “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” for nothing… there’s a long-necked dinosaur that stretches out over 16 feet from nose to tail, there’s a nine foot tall T-Rex, and there’s a mountain that comes to life and begins singing a song. Tickets are $5/ ages 2 and younger-free. 

John Michael Montgomery

August 4, 6:00 pm

Roanoke Island festival Park- Outdoor Pavilion

One of the best voices in country music comes to the Outer Banks.

Red Wolf Howling

August 10, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Hwy 64 & Milltail Road

Refuge staff/Red Wolf Caretaker offer you the experience of a lifetime! Come and learn about the endangered red wolf during a short presentation. Then journey to the heart of the refuge for an adventurous attempt to hear our captive red wolves produce their haunting sounds. Call 252-216-9464 with questions.

OBX Pirate Festival

August 10 - 11

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

Ahoy Mateys! Get ready for a swashbuckling good time as pirates and their friends invade Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head.  Kids are invited to participate in a free Scalawag School to see if they have what it takes to be part of Blackbeard’s Crew!

Donavon Frankenreiter

August 22

Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern, Nags Head

Singer/songwriter and professional surfer, rforming from his catalog and latest album, The Heart. 

2016 BIC SUP One Design Series

August 25

Kitty Hawk Kites, Duck

BIC SUP is a series of stand up paddleboard races featuring BIC’s One Design race style SUP. This event is a fun and friendly competition. Brief clinics will be held prior to each competition. Registration and clinics start at 9:00a.m., Races begin at 10:00a.m. for most events.

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Redesigned Roanoke Aquarium Has Wow Factor
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Divers swimming with sharks at the Roanoke Island Aquarium.

The official completion and grand re-opening of the Roanoke Island Aquarium won’t be until August 10, but the doors are open now and Wow! It is worth a visit completed or not.

Just walking into the lobby it’s obvious things are different. A cameras capture everyone’s image and projects the image in giant high def screen high overhead. The backdrop is an ocean environment and just to give it a touch of realism, hammerhead sharks swim by every once in a while.

Almost all of the exhibits are open. The jellyfish exhibit should be open this coming week—and parents will probably love that area. Set back a bit from the general melee, the lighting and ambiance is very soothing. There are a couple of small critter exhibits that aren’t quite ready yet, but almost all of the major exhibits are ready to go.

The redesign takes full advantage of technology. Gone are signs that tell everything anyone could ever want to know about a species, replaced by touch screens that give smaller bits of information so users can decide how much they want to have.

There are some great reenactments on screen using local actors telling the history of the area. Particularly powerful was the room telling the story of the Monitor.

Some of the old favorites are still there. Under the heading of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the otter exhibit was not changed and the otters are as frisky and playful as ever.

The 285,000 main tank is still there, complete with 8’ sandsharks and divers.

Really worth a visit and great for the whole family.

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Three Missing Rings
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, July 17, 2016

Every once in a while it’s good to remember that companies and businesses are really just made up of people and most people are compassionate and caring, and truly do try to do the right thing.

Here at Brindley Beach Vacations we’re somewhat biased and believe our people are the best, that no matter how busy and crazy it may get at times, an act of kindness and a little extra effort does make the world a better place. 

Faith Turek and Tony Duncan really exemplify that and the best way to tell the story is to reprint the email we received about their efforts. 

Good afternoon,

I would like to take the time to THANK you and 2 of your employees on your staff! My 18 year old daughter lost 3 rings over the balcony of one of your properties while visiting last week! She had taken them off prior to going in the ocean and placed them in the beach bag! As we were packing to leave I, her mother, dumped the bag over the balcony to clean out the sand. Of course I had no idea the rings were still in the bag! 

When we returned home to Florida we realized the rings were missing! I called Brindley Beach and thankfully I reached a very compassionate employee... Her name was Faith! I knew at that moment that I was in good hands. Faith reassured me through my tears that EVERYTHING in her power would be done to find these missing rings. I explained the sentimental value behind them!! 

She told me she had a metal detector and would send Tony out to find them! She again reassured me that if they were where I said they were that Tony would find them! And he did!!! 

I am so grateful to both of your employees and delighted to know that there are still People like Faith and Tony out in this crazy world of ours! The rings arrived today in the mail! My daughter and I again shed tears, this time of Joy! 

Please take a moment to thanks these 2 wonderful people for going above and beyond their call of duty! They have certainly restored my "Faith" in paying it forward! I will be sending them a token of appreciation for a job well done and with such empathy! We truly enjoy our stay at your properties and have been enjoying the Outer Banks for 20 plus summers! 

Again, many thanks Mindie Noroski

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Sipping by the Sea
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunset at Aqua Restaurant in Duck.

One of the best ways to experience the magic of the Outer Banks is to sip a drink or order a meal and sit outside by the side of the sea or sound.

Some of the legendary places of Outer Banks history are gone. The Carolinian—a marvelously seedy bar in Nags Head is now a row of beach homes; Quagmire’s, with it’s raised deck and wonderful view of the ocean has also fallen to new homes.

But if the places of legend are gone, there still remains a pretty good selection on hand so there’s no excuse for missing out.

The Pier House at Nags Head Pier and Fishheads Bar and Grill at the Outer Bnks Pier in South Nags Head sit right out over the ocean. Heck, you can feel the waves pounding on the pilings as the tide rolls in at both places. Good food too.

The Dragon Fly Deck Bar at the Ramada sits back from the Atlantic Ocean just a bit, but it is outdoors and very nice.

Same thing at the Beachside Bistro at the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills. It’s a nice little seating area and there is live music from time to time.

For spectacular sunsets, check out Aqua Restaurant in Duck or Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head. 

The food and drink at Aqua is defiantly toward the gourmet side—excellent preparation and great presentation. Pamlico Jack’s is a little more laid back, but the food is always good, the drinks reasonably priced and cold. Both locations feature live music in the summer.

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Taking a Hike on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Not that it will happen right away, but there is a possibility that at some point the kids will look at the beach, view the ocean and say, “Let’s do something different.” Just in case that does happen, here’s an activity that certainly qualifies as “different.”

At one time there was a maritime forest stretching from Nags Head to Corolla—probably all the way to the Virginia border. Remnants of that forest still exist and one of the best examples and easiest to access is in Corolla.

The Currituck Banks Reserve has two trails leading out to the sound. The parking lot for the trails is at a very sharp right hand bend in NC12 about a half mile from the 4WD area heading north.

There is a .3 mile boardwalk and a .75 primitive trail. Remember what goes out must come back, so double the distances for the total length.

The boardwalk offers a beautiful trek through towering pines and occasional hardwood trees. It ends with a wonderful panorama of Currituck Sound. The walk is suitable for just about anyone and parents regularly take younger children on it.

About 25 yards from the beginning of the boardwalk there are two stairs on the right side. The stairs are the beginning of the primitive trail, an easily navigated hike through the forest. 

Nothing technical about it, a good story pair of sandals should be fine. Kids eight years of age and up should be able to walk the trail. 

This is a remarkable journey into what the Outer Banks may have been like before European settlers came. The path passes through groves of massive, twisted live oak—almost eerie in appearance. It ends at the sound. If the weather has been dry, the trail extends into the marsh. if it has rained recently, common sense will dictate the marsh is too muddy to navigate.

The trail is marked by blue blazons.

Insect repellant is a very good idea for both trails.

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Things To Do With Kid When It’s Raining
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sailing a ship at the Roanoke Adventure Museum, Roanoke Island Festival Park.

The weather on the Outer Banks has been very cooperative this summer with the rains holding off for the most part until evening. However, on the odd chance that it will rain at some point during the day between now and Labor Day, we have compiled a short list of Brindley Beach Vacations “Things To Do With Kid When It’s Raining.”

 Roanoke Island Festival Park

Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo is a great resource for things to do with kids at any time, but if it’s raining at the end of the week it could be lifesaver.

Children’s theatre is presented every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through the first week of August. Shows are at 10:30 a.m. and include classic productions such as Charlotte’s Web and the Velveteen Rabbit.

If it’s still raining after the show, check out the Roanoke Adventure Museum, an indoor museum with some really neat interactive displays that bring the history of the Lost Colony to life. If it has stopped raining, check out the the Indian Village, Settlement Site and Elizabeth II. Especially the Elizabeth II, a replica ship of the Elizabeth that brought the original colonists to Roanoke Island in 1587.

Kitty Hawk Kites/Kitty Hawk Surf Company-Jockey’s Ridge

We’re putting these two together because they’re in the same complex.

Kitty Hawk Kites has a climbing wall and Kitty Hawk Surf Company has the Shark—sort of like a mechanical bull only not nearly as wild. Kids love doing both activities and they make for some great photo ops.

Kitty Hawk Kites has a huge selection of kites and full toy store which will keep the younger set occupied for at least a half hour.

There are age and size restrictions to ride Stanley the Shark.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

Located adjacent to the Whalehead Club in Corolla, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education houses a small but well thought out museum and one of the largest decoy collections in the world. They also offer some very interesting indoor classes geared toward the kids, as well as some great outdoor classes and designed for all ages.

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