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Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon Beats the Weather
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, April 23, 2017

Our favorite costume for the day. The sign seems to indicate they will be getting married at the finish line.

Never say a little rain will stop the dedicated runner!

A little more than 1600 runners toed up to the starting line this morning on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk to run the Outer Banks Flying Pirate Half Marathon. It was raining—fairly hard at that time; the wind was from the northeast at 15 mph, with higher gusts.

But unless there is thunder and lightening the race will go on and go on it did.

Actually, cooler temperatures, which it was, and some rain, make for ideal running condition for long distance races. It keeps the body cooler, and the winning time reflected that. Chass Armstrong from Asheville, NC crossed the finish line in 1:12:13. That’s right around a 5.30 mile.

The race conditions being what they were, the Flying Pirate is half marathon and a fashion statement, with many of the runners dressing up as some form of pirate, although admittedly we weren’t always sure just what kind of pirate they were.

However, our favorite has to be the couple dressed for a wedding with a sign that seemed to say they were going to get married when they completed the race.

The Flying Pirate Half Marathon is part of a weekend of race activities. In addition to the half marathon there is also a 5K race on Saturday.

Sponsored by Outer Banks Sporting Events, the Flying Pirate is a fundraiser for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation.

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OBX Strawberry Fields
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fresh strawberries from Mr. Malco's strawberry patch.

The warm February we had seems to have had an unanticipated effect—Mr. Malco’s strawberry patch opened about two weeks earlier than usual this year.

Just north of the Outer Banks, about a half mile past the Wright Memorial Bridge, Mr. Malco's strawberries are a u-pick ‘em enterprise, and worth every ounce of effort. 

The field seems to be about three acres which doesn’t sound all that large but that’s a lot of strawberries to pick. 

And they are wonderful. 

There are flavors in fresh picked strawberries that no store bought fruit can ever match. Bursting with juice and flavor, sweet and tart and layers of flavors that call out to be consumed in quantity.

Strawberry picking is a perfect thing to do with a little boy or girl; it is the type of activity that creates a lifetime memory and once that memory is there, every year about this time the question is asked, “Is it time to pick strawberries yet?”

The weather has turned a rainy and cool and will be that way for the next few days, but the end of the week is looking like perfect strawberry picking weather—warm, but not too warm and plenty of sunshine.

Outer Banks Strawberry Strawberry Picking Wright Memorial Bridge

OBX Gets Ready for Summer
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Thursday, April 20, 2017

As the Outer Banks gears up for summer there are always some new businesses coming along that catch our attention 2017 is no exception.

A quick survey of what’s happening on the restaurant scene reveals a newcomer to the frozen yogurt scene and an well-respected chef renewing his love affair with classic American food.

Single Fin

For years Chef Pok Choeichom was the genius behind the outstanding cuisine the Outer Banks Brewing Station served with their beer. Good enough to warrant a visit from Guy Fieri and the Triple D crew back in 2013.

A year later Pok opened his own place in Kitty Hawk—Pok’s Art with his brother Art. Their Asian fusion food is excellent and worth checking out. But now it looks as though Chef Pok is going back to his Brewing Station roots.

Single Fin, his full service restaurant in Nags Head should be open mid May although grand openings often fall behind schedule.

With a full bar and a menu featuring classic American and European cuisine, the restaurant should be a great addition to the Outer Banks bistro scene. There will also be a sushi bar.

The address is 2424 S. Croatan Highway in Nags Head.

OBX Frozen Yogurt

Jeff Schwartzenberg who has been the marketing manager for Kitty Hawk Kites for three years, mentioned to us once that he always dreamed of having an ice cream shop.

His dream is coming true, his work schedule is going to be pretty demanding since he’s going to continue at KHK.

He’ll be moving OBX Frozen Yogurt from the Shoreside Shopping Center next to the Kitty Hawk Harris Teeter to Southern Shores Crossing.

With an additional 600 square feet of space he’s growing the inventory and bringing in craft sodas, toppings for the yogurt and other goodies.

Situated between two restaurants—Coastal Provisions and Steamers—he should have the perfect location to satisfy after an after dinner sweet tooth.


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Five Outer Banks Picnic Suggestions
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, April 16, 2017

Whalehead Club in Corolla. One of our favorite places for a picnic.

The Outer Banks weather was so nice today that we couldn’t help but think of summer, and when thinking of summer it’s natural to think of picnics and family time or time with someone special.

To help the picnic plans along, we’ve picked out five easy to get to picnic places on the Outer Banks. There are of course many many more than this, some pretty difficult to get to. Run Hill with its panoramic view of Buzzard Bay and Albemarle Sound is spectacular but it involves a half mile trek over sand dunes or a mile and a half trail through Nags Head Woods. Well worth it for the adventurous, but there are easier places to get to.

Brindley Beach Vacations List of Easy to Get To Picnic Area

The Beach

We had to list the beach. Easy to find. Head east. When you get to the Atlantic Ocean you’re there.

Whalehead Club

A beautiful setting. Wide, expansive lawn with plenty of shade. A perfect setting for a picnic.

Duck Boardwalk/Duck Town Park

With plenty of seats along the boardwalk, there is sure to be the ideal spot to sit and enjoy a meal with someone special. If the whole family is there, probably better to go the Duck Town Park. Forgot to pack a lunch? Plenty of places on the boardwalk to get a bite to eat.

Kitty Hawk Skate Park

908 W Kitty Hawk Rd

Don’t let the name throw you. The setting is very nice and there’s a covered picnic area. There is also a dog park on the site as well. 

Nags Head Park

415 Health Center Drive

A gem of a little park. Includes a covered picnic area with trails that connect directly to Nags Head Woods.

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Great Shows Highlight End of OBX Concert Season
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, April 14, 2017

There is some great music coming up on the Outer Banks over the next few weeks as the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series and the Outer Banks Forum wrap up their seasons. 

Because they are volunteer organizations members of the organizations find it difficult to put the time in during the summer to create a professional performance, so April and May is when they put the final show on for their seasons. 

But what a show they are putting on. 

The Bryan Series actually has two shows over the next few weeks.

First up is David Holt with Josh Goforth. Holt is a Grammy award winning bluegrass and traditional country performer with a great voice amazing technique on guitar and dobro. 

Goforth is a relative newcomer to the bluegrass/country music scene, but his guitar and fiddle playing has garnered well deserved praise. Great blending of voices in performance.

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players were on the Outer Banks two years ago performing the Pirates of Penzance. They were outstanding. Their performance of HMS Pinafore may be even better. 

Like the Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore lampoons the British navy and traditions. Although first performed in 1878, the play remains remarkably contemporary.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts has made a tradition of ending their season with a visit from the Virginia Symphony. One of the finest regional orchestras in the nation, this should be a spectacular afternoon of music.

David Holt with Josh Goforth
April 23, 4:00 p.m.
First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

Tickets $15

More information

The Virginia Symphony

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3 p.m. www.virginiasymphony.org 

Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony, conducted by Benjamin Rous. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, this exceptional program will highlight classical music.

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
H.M.S. Pinafore

May 7, 7:30 p.m.
First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills

Tickets $20

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Outer Banks Easter Sunrise Services
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter on the Outer Banks is a special time. Everywhere we look we see Easter Egg hunts also known as Eggstravaganzas. 

The kids find Easter Eggs, talk to a giant rabbit and go home and eat lots and lots of chocolate. 

In many ways, Easter marks the transition point from early spring into the warmer, milder days leading to summer. The breeze is increasingly from the south, days are clearly getting longer and nights are not quite as cools as they had been.

It is a time of rebirth…of life renewed, which is at the heart of the religious meaning of the day. 

For many families there is a tradition of beginning the holiday with an Easter Sunrise Service and on the Outer Banks there are a number of churches that offer services as the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean. 

Here at Brindley Beach Vacations we believe it’s important for people to worship when and how they please so we’ve compiled a list of Outer Banks churches that are offering sunrise services. We’re sure it’s not a complete list, but it’s a good starting point.

The forecast calls for a warm sunny day on Easter Sunday and even first thing in the morning the temperatures will be in the mid 60s.

Outer Banks Sunrise Services

Historic Corolla Chapel

Easter Sunday Services

at Corolla Light ocean side pool

Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m.

Interfaith Community Outreach

Easter Sunrise Service

Time: 6:15 am - 12:00 am
Kitty Hawk Pier

Phone: 252 480-0070

The Interfaith Community Outreach invites you and your family to worship with us as we celebrate another “SON” Rise service with Music, Prayer, and Scripture by Father Tom Wilson

“Don’t be Afraid” Easter Message.

Ocean View Baptist Church

6:15 AM Easter Sunrise Service

Clark Street beach access at Milepost 8.75

Overflow parking is available across the street in the church parking lot.

Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Parish
Easter Services – 7:00

Corolla Chapel Corolla Light Easter Holy Redeemer Interfaith Community Outreach Ocean View Baptist Church Sunrise Service

Springtime Perfection on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, April 9, 2017

Canadian goose taking flight at Sandy Run Park in Kitty Hawk.

Days don’t get much better than today. 

That’s anywhere. Certainly it was just beautiful on the Outer Banks today, but by any standards, temperatures in the mid 60s, light wind and bright sunshine make for a perfect spring day.

Everywhere we look on the Outer Banks spring is exploding. After an amazingly warm February, March came in like a lion and stayed like a lion and spring seemed a bit delayed this year. Now it seems as though Mother Nature is in a rush to make up for lost time; trees are budding and moving quickly to leaf; the sound of birds are everywhere; and the turtles are out in force at Sandy Run Park in Kitty Hawk.

A stroll around Sandy Run was amazing today. The budding trees were an intense springtime green. Interspersed among the green were flowering vines, their flowers ranging from darker shades of pink to a reddish brown.

An osprey soared overhead, landing delicately on on the top of a dead tree. Perched there, it surveyed the waters for food.

On the north pond two Canadian geese called out, swimming gracefully across the still waters until suddenly, disturbed by something, they took flight.

Kids lined the walkway, bread in hand, feeding the turtles, who accepted the gift but didn’t swarm toward the site, rather slowly approaching the walkway, each turtle seemed to take their turn.

The next few days look to be much of the same, a bit warmer perhaps, but no rain in sight.

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