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Outer Banks Driving Manual 101
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, July 5, 2015
Kitty Hawk beach filled with be visitors July 4.
Now that the 4th of July is past us, things are really hopping on the Outer Banks and it’s going to stay that way for the next eight weeks or so. Even after that, it will stay pretty full through mid September, but right now it’s the height of the season for us.
In short, there are a lot of people here.
Which is great. Almost everything we do on the Outer Banks is centered around making the visitor’s experience the best that it can be.
Traffic, of course, can be a problem with so many people here, so here are a couple of things to be aware of when driving around.
First of all, unless your planning on going to Manteo or Colington, almost everything on the Outer Banks is North and South; east is the ocean, west are the sounds.
In the three biggest towns of the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, there are two roads—NC 12, aka the Beach Road or officially Virginia Dare Trail and US 158, aka the Bypass or Croatan Highway. When traffic is flowing, the Bypass, which actually did bypass the main business districts once upon a time, is the quickest way to get around town. When it’s backed up, take almost any side road and go to the Beach Road and take the slower and more relaxing trip along the Atlantic Ocean.
From the north end of Duck Village to Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, there is a center turn lane. It’s a bit of a scary proposition. People regularly use it as an acceleration lane; its purpose is to allow cars to turn left without blocking traffic, but there is nothing to prevent cars from opposite directions wanting to turn at the same place. In short, pay attention.
Probably the most important piece of advice is: take your time and be patient. You and your family are here to relax. Include that in your driving style.
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Independence Day Thoughts from the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, July 3, 2015
We seem to have dodged a washout bullet for Independence Day celebrations here on the Outer Banks. The 3” or so of rain we got last night seems to have wrung the moisture out of the air and if the newest forecast holds everything will go off as scheduled.
With all the festivities planned, it’s not possible to pick out a favorite, but that’s ok. In fact, that’s how it should be. Whether watching the fireworks over the sound tonight at the Whalehead Club in Corolla or Manteo tomorrow evening, or sitting on the beach and celebrating our nation’s birth in Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head tomorrow, it’s all a reminder of the extraordinary gifts this country has given us.
Seeing visitor’s come from all 50 states, from cities as large as New York, Philadelphia or Washington, DC, then greeting guests who hail from small towns in Ohio or Kentucky—all of it is a reminder of the diversity yet unity of the United States.
As a people, as individuals, we rarely agree on so many points. We are taught that if we disagree we are to speak up, to use that basic right that so many people do not have, to voice our opinion; yet that ability to disagree is at the very heart of our greatness and is the very thing that unites us.
And it is ultimately why as one nation and one people we stop on this day to celebrate something unique in this world—the birth of the United States of America.
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Brindley Beach Schedule of Independence Day Weekend Events
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Fireworks over the Whalehead Club, Corolla.
There’s a full lineup of Independence Day celebration this weekend on the Outer Banks. Withe the 4th falling on Saturday, there’s something happening Friday and Saturday.
Here’s what’s happening:
Town of Duck Parade, Friday, 7/3, 9:00 a.m.
An amazing and fun parade and a great way to kickoff the the celebration of our nation’s birthday. The parade route avoids NC12, but traffic is tied up the whole time because so many people march or just show up. The town of Duck holds one of the wackiest and most wonderful Independence Day parades anywhere.
Whalehead Club Fireworks: July 3, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
One of the most popular firework displays on the Outer Banks and for good reason. A beautiful setting, a fair-like atmosphere perfect for families and it all starts at 6:00 p.m. Live music, food, a great time and a fantastic show.
We’re putting these two together because they occur at the same time with the show over the Atlantic Ocean. They’re only about 5.5 miles apart, so a strategically placed beach chair could allow simultaneous viewing.
Manteo, Street Fare, Fireworks: July 4, all day
It’s like something from a Norman Rockwell painting. The street fair fills up the street surrounded by a beautiful small town setting. The fireworks at night over Shallowbag Bay are breathtaking.
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Picture Perfect on the OBX
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, June 28, 2015
Sunrise over the Atlantic.
One of the many great reasons that people keep coming back to the Outer Banks is how beautiful it is—photogenic, when you come right down to it.
It’s apparent that is a widely held opinion of the area; cameras are everywhere as families create memories of their time on the Outer Banks.
Not all photo ops are created equal, of course, so going out on a limb, we now present the Brindley Beach Vacations list of three great places to take a picture.
Sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean
This is for early risers, and not all mornings are created equal, but when conditions are right, this is one of the most spectacular events imaginable. A little bit better camera is probably needed for this, although an I-Phone will capture the feeling if not all of the colors. Take lots of pics and choose the best four or five.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Three out of the four lighthouses on the Outer Banks can be climbed—Ocracoke is the exception, and all three offer truly spectacular views of the surrounding.
There is, though, something truly special about the vista from the top of Bodie Island Lighthouse in South Nags Head. Below the tower, the marshland and small islands march to Pamlico Sound. To the south, Oregon inlet is distinct. Depending on the time of day, there is a parade of boats heading to sea or coming home.
Almost any place along the western side of the Outer Banks will offer a wonderful sunset, but there is something unique about sunset at the Whalehead Club. Maybe it’s the parklike setting; perhaps the it’s the dramtic art nouveau house—whatever the mystery element is . . . grab your camera and be ready for sunset.
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Phoenix Rising at Brindley Beach
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, June 26, 2015
It seems fitting that the last thing standing at our Corolla Brindley Beach office was the chimney and fireplace, because like the mythical Phoenix we will be rising from the ashes of our old building to be stronger and better than ever.
The demolition crew came by today to clean the site. It didn’t take the crane long to knock the chimney down and flatten what the fire didn’t destroy.
It is a major step for us here at Brindley Beach Vacations—tangible evidence that we are moving forward quickly and that by next summer we’ll have our new offices ready to serve our Corolla guests.
We did put some trailers on the site for our real estate agents so anyone who is looking to buy or invest in the Corolla market, we’re there and ready to help.
We should have our plans for the new building to Currituck County by the end of July. The County has assured us that they want to move as quickly as they can on this, so we’re hoping we’ll be able to start construction by the end of summer or early fall.
In the meantime, Corolla guests, don’t forget—go to our Duck offices at Wee Winks Square to check in. It’s a little bit hectic and a little bit crowded, but we’ve got a heck of crew on hand and we’re proud of how quickly we’re getting everyone into their homes so their vacations can officially begin.
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Family Fun on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Wednesday, June 24, 2015
One of the best parts of coming to the Outer Banks is how many things there are for kids to do. From Manteo to Corolla, there are events geared toward the younger set but almost always with a little extra thrown in for Mom and Dad.
Rather than write a long description about everthing that’s coming, we thought it might be nice to list some of the upcoming events for kids. This is by no means a complete list—just a guide to what there is out there.
Waterside Theatre, Lost Colony-How I Became a Pirate
Performed in the Soundstage Theatre, which is air conditioned, the actors of the Lost Colony have been performing this play for over 40 years. Still fresh and wonderful.
Tuesday and Wednesdays at 2p.m. June 16 – August 19. Tickets are $10.
Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo
Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through the beginning of August, the RIFP puts on a children’s theater at 10:30 a.m. in the Indoor Theater. Fun and funny, it’s a fun time for parents and kids. Admission is $5, under 5 is free.
"Beauty and The Beast"- UNCG Opera- June 24,25,26
"Salsa Cinderella"- Grey Seal Puppets- July 1,2, 3
"Happily Ever After"- Bright Star Touring Theatre- July 8,9,10
"Huck Finn"- UNC Pembroke- July 15,16,17
"The Ugly Duckling"- Bright Star Touring Theatre- July 29,30,31
"A Pirate Party"-Rainbow Puppet Productions- August 5,6,7
Duck Amphitheater, Duck
Tuesday mornings are set aside for family entertainment at the Duck Town Park. Here’s the upcoming schedule. Performances are free.
June 30 – The Mystery of The Lost Colony
July 7 – “Wandering Nomads: Turtles” presented by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
July 14 – The Mystery of The Lost Colony
July 21 – “Alligators” presented by the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
July 28 – Roanoke Island Festival Park
August 4 – The Mystery of The Lost Colony
August 11 – The Mystery of The Lost Colony
August 18 – Roanoke Island Festival Park
Kid’s Day, Kitty Hawk Kites
This may be the oldest event specifically geared toward kids on the Outer Banks. Face painting, kite making, yoyo demonstrations and a lot of laughter.
Corolla, KHK on Tuesdays
Nags Head KHK on Wednesday.
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Father's Day on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, June 21, 2015
Building a sandcastle on the beach in Corolla.
Father’s Day on the Outer Banks is probably a lot like Father’s Day everywhere—kids of all ages take the day to thank that parent for the guidance, advice and love they’ve gotten over the years.
The Outer Banks does have some special qualities that can make a Father’s Day a little more special. There is something wonderful, perhaps magical, about a father spending the day at the beach with his kids. Seeing a father and daughter flying a kite at Jockey’s Ridge or at the Whalehead Club in Corolla is wonderful reminder that some of the smaller moments make for the best memories.
Perhaps that is what makes the Outer Banks so special, because this is a place that truly is about families. Thinking back about all of the activities there are to do, about the beauty of the setting and the pace of life, very few of the things we at Brindley Beach recommend are moments or life changing; yet taken all together, they are the things that create lifetime memories and and the remembrances families cherish when they think back about their best times together.
To all of the fathers and families creating special moments on the Outer Banks, have a wonderful day and remember to treasure these moments because they truly are the best part of life.
A quick reminder to our Corolla guests. Please check in at our Duck office in Wee Winks Square. We lost our Corolla office in a fire.
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