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Oysters, Wine and a Great Time at Big Curri-Shuck
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, November 29, 2015

If the schedule holds, Saturday November 27, 2016 will be the next Big Curri-Shuck, so put that on the calendar to do list now. The 2015 version of the annual event was as advertised—lots of steamed oysters, eastern NC barbecue, great music, beer and wine.

It would be hard to fault any of that as a recipe for a great time, but throw in spectacular weather and hay rides for kids and the makings of a perfect Saturday are in place.

Held at Sanctuary Vineyards, which is right next door to the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, the concept is simple: celebrate the harvest from the vineyard, steam a mess of oysters and let the crowds gather.

They have been putting the Big Curri-Shuck on for a couple of years, and it’s been growing every year, but this one certain seemed like the biggest yet. We haven’t heard any crowd estimates, but judging by how many cars were parked around the site and how filled the tents and tables were, it looked like something close to 1000 oyster, wine and beer lovers were there.

Music by the Cody Austin Band was perfect—a nice country sound with a little bit of a rock beat, a number of local breweries were on hand and there were samples of the wines of Sanctuary Vineyards.

The AYCE steamed oysters courtesy of I Got Your Crabs were wonderful; there was so crab available for picking as well; and the barbecue was quite nice.

It was about as nice a way to spend a Saturday as there could be.

Cody Austin Band Cotton Gin I Got Your Crabs Oyster Sanctuary Vineyards

Holidays Come to OBX
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, November 27, 2015

Santa Claus at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head.

It must be the holiday season because Santa is popping up everywhere, the Outer Banks roads are jammed with traffic and all of our stores seem to be in super Black Friday mode.

In many ways it’s much like the rest of the country when it comes to Thanksgiving weekend—crowded stores, children impatient to have a few words with Santa and parents angling for that perfect picture of their child on Santa’s lap.

There are some differences though. After this weekend, things really slow down. Thanksgiving with its tradition as a gathering of family has become an owner’s week when many of our rental properties are filled with the families that own the homes celebrating all they have to be thankful for in one of the most magnificent settings anywhere.

The retail store discounts are a little bit deeper here as well. Hopefully no business secrets are being spilled with this knowledge, but Thanksgiving and maybe the week before Christmas are really the last gasps before Easter visitors show up again in the spring. It’s not that no one is coming to the Outer Banks is the winter, it’s just that not nearly as many visitors are here.

It’s also a time for residents to once again spend some time with neighbors and friends. Yes, life is a bit slower this time of year, but when the summer comes we’ll be ready.

Black Friday Christmas Holiday Outer Banks Santa Thanksgiving

Big Curri-Shuck, Big Fun in Currituck
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks is upon us and that means many good things—a day to do nothing by enjoy family and friends, probably eat too much, maybe watch some football and generally take a day to do nothing more exotic than relax. Certainly the holiday here is no different than it is any other place in our country.

After the holiday passes, that’s when life gets a bit more interesting around here. Of course Santa Claus will be showing up and there are a couple of tree lightings and parades next weekend, but this weekend, on Saturday there is one of those events that is a reminder of just how much fun life is on the Outer Banks.

The Big Curri-shuck at the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg on the Currituck mainland has been around for a couple of years now and it would be hard to imagine a more perfect way to celebrate autumn in the northeastern corner of North Carolina.

The concept is simple: steamed oysters . . . hopefully lots of them, crab, barbecue, beer from local breweries and wine from Sanctuary Vineyards which is located on the grounds. Live music from the Cody Austin Band, which is a kickin’ country rock band from Chesapeake. 

Admission price is $30 and that does include a wine glass with what look like one of the best designs ever. Event is happening from 12-5.

A great way to celebrate the end of fall and Thanksgiving Weekend.

Cody Austin Band Cotton Gin Currishuck Outer Banks Sanctuary Vineyards Santa Claus Thanksgiving

Construction Schedule for Mid Currituck Bridge Moved Up
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, November 22, 2015

NCDOT rendering of Mid Currituck Bridge.

The big news coming out of Raleigh is the timetable for the Mid Currituck Bridge has been pushed forward. Originally scheduled to begin construction in 2019 with a completion date of 2023, NCDOT now plans to break ground on the project two years earlier in 2017.

The state has moved quickly to buy land needed for the terminus of the bridge on the Outer Banks and mainland sides of the Currituck Sound.

The project, with its promise of alleviating summer weekend traffic jams that the Wall Street Journal once rated as one of the 10 worst in the nation, has been one of NCDOT’s Transportation Improvement Projects (TIP) for over 25 years. Plagued by poorly executed Environmental Impact Statements and fickle funding the project never seemed to be able to move forward even though it enjoyed overwhelming local and regional support.

This is the closest yet to construction the project has come. Four years ago, the plans called for the bridge to be built and funded as a Public/Private Partnership, but the state withdrew from the agreement, feeling it could provide adequate funds to move to build the bridge. According to the statement from State Senator Bill Cook.

“North Carolina will spend an additional $4.5 billion on new construction and maintenance priorities over the next 10 years – without having to borrow money,” his office noted in his press release.

In other bridge news, construction on a new Bonner Bridge connecting Hatteras Island with the rest of the world is scheduled to begin this coming spring.

Bonner Bridge Currituck Hatteras Island Mid Currituck Bridge Ncdot Outer Banks

OBX Holiday Happenings
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, November 20, 2015

Santa arriving in Duck 2014.

Suddenly the holiday season is upon us. Like the rest of the country, Santa keeps popping up in a number of places, there’s some great celebrations to check and there are a couple of things done in a way that is truly an Outer Banks original.

The holidays really are about kids and one of the best places to stop by for a visit with the “fat jolly old elf” is at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. Hangin’ with Santa is always a lot of fun and the folks at the kite store make sore there’s plenty of cookies and hot chocolate. Hang around until Saturday evening for Kites with Lights at Jockey’s Ridge State Park as huge kites soar into the night sky with an array of light attached.

Thanksgiving weekend is also when Elizabethan Gardens begins their annual Winter Lights festival. An absolutely beautiful array of lights illuminates the trees and paths of the Roanoke Island formal gardens. 

Some traditional Outer Banks holiday celebrations are on tap for the following week.

The 27th Annual Festival of the Trees will be at the Outer Banks Brewing Station December 3-5. A great way to keep the Christmas spirit with wonderfully decorated trees and donations to Outer Banks Hotline.

The Maneo Tree Lighting is a not to be missed small town event. Friday December 4, the evening features choral music, lots of hot chocolate, a burning yule log and a great community spirit.

The following day the town of Duck lights their Christmas Tree—which is unique in it’s own way. It’s a crab pot tree with the ceremony taking place on the town green. Santa, of course, makes an appearance, coming into town in a fire truck. The Duck Santa may be the best around.


Kitty Hawk Kites

November 27

Hangin’ with Santa

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Hangin’ with Santa 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kites with Lights- Jockey’s Ridge State Park

4:00 p.m.

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island


November 28

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23, 26,30 (Tuesdays thru Saturdays) January 2,8,9,15,16,22,23 (Fridays and Saturdays) 

252-473-3234 or www.elizabethangardens.org.

Festival of the Trees

December 3-5

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills


Tree Lighting

December 4

Christmas Parade

December 5

Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.


Duck Yuletide Celebration

December 5

3:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.

Elizabethan Gardens Kitty Hawk Kites Manteo Outer Banks Outer Banks Brewing Station Outer Banks Hot Line Santa

Good Eats in Corolla
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We’re coming up on Thanksgiving weekend which has become one of the biggest weekends of the year—sort of a last gasp before the doldrums of winter. A lot of our visitors are homeowners coming down for the Turkey Day feast with their families, but whether it’s owners or visitors taking advantage of offseason rates, our Outer Banks roads are busy and business is booming.

After Thanksgiving things slow down pretty dramatically. Yes, there’s a nice little bump around Christmas, but as December rolls around businesses begin to close up until spring.

That’s especially true in Corolla where the permanent population drops to somewhere around 500-600 and a lot of those residents are retired and take a month or so to visit family or travel. 

So there’s not much happening in Corolla as the winter comes on. For anyone looking for a relaxing week away from the maddening crowd December, January and February are the perfect time to book with Brindley Beach Vacations.

Of course with so few people in residence, there’s not much reason for businesses to be open, but there are a few that don't close in the winter, so we made a quick list of a some of the restaurants that should be serving throughout the year. Fair warning though: they’re all locally owned and if an owner decides it’s just not worth it, they may close up shop till March or April.

Also, the two major grocery stores, Harris Teeter and Food Lion are open year round.

Sundogs ((252) 453-4263) is a great neighborhood feeling bar in Monterrey Plaza. Good bar food, lots of TVs with sports always playing—a great place to stop in and have a couple of drinks. 

Getting pizza north of Duck should not be a problem with Tomato Patch ((252) 453-4500), Cosmos Pizza ((252) 453-4666) and Pizzazz Pizza ((252)-261-1111) all planning on staying open year round. Hours do get restricted so be sure to check their websites or call ahead.

A favorite restaurant may also be open so don’t take our list as the final word. Check out their website or call and see what their planning. We’ve also found a restaurant’s Facebook page is great resource.

Brindley Beach Corolla Cosmos Pizza Outer Banks Pizzazz Pizza Sundogs Tomato Patch

The World and All It's Troubles
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, November 15, 2015

Kati Wilkins is back on US soil, and the fact that we know that and can report it speaks volumes about how close knit the Outer Banks community is. Kati, a gifted photographer, was in Paris last week—had gone there with a friend for a one week girls only vacation. 

We heard from her through Facebook on Friday and her words left little doubt that she was terrified, writing that all she wanted to do was to come home and hug her little girl. That is a very human and rational feeling, and it brings home the horror of what happened.

Author Joseph Terrell is in the City of Lights as well, creating his next novel. Older, more experienced in the ways of the world and a yearly visitor to Paris, he seems to be taking it all in stride.

Living, working and writing on the Outer Banks we prefer to cover topics and happenings that make this such wonderful place to live. We should be talking about beach nourishment, or Almost Maine—the superb production that the First Flight High School theatre department put on this year; South Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores will close for six months this Monday to fix a bridge; we should be talking about fishing, surfing and kiteboarding.

We live in a vacation paradise, yet the world does encroach upon us from time to time, and although we are thankful that the people we care about in our community are safe, there is still the feeling that, “The world is too much with us; late and soon . . . “

First Flight High School Outer Banks Paris

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