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A Guide to OBX Easter Eggstravaganzas

Now that Easter week is here and a lot of kids are out of school, families are coming back to the Outer Banks to enjoy some time together. The week is looking pretty good with sunshine and mild temperatures, so all the Easter Egg hunts scheduled for next weekend should go off without a hitch.

There are so many Easter Egg hunts we thought we would highlight three of them, just to give our visitors a little guidance.

For anyone with kids in the Corolla area, check out the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Whalehead Club on Friday April 3 from1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by Brindley Beach Vacations, this is a great event that includes the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt in Corolla Park, children’s activities face painting, egg & spoon races. A great family event.

What may be the oldest continuous Easter Eggstravaganza (that’s how all of the Easter Egg hunts are titled), is at the Nags Head Kitty Hawk Kites store across from Jockey’s Ridge. The Easter Bunny will be there, lots of fun and games for the kids. Friday and Saturday, and the times are scheduled for different age groups, beginning at 11 a.m. for three and under.

Finally, on Roanoke Island, it’s billed as :The largest egg scavenger hunt on the beach with 10,000 eggs!” and it’s at the Elizabethan Gardens from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Games, Peter Rabbit will be there they’ll be an egg roll race. It should be a lot of fun. Admission is charged for entrance to the Gardens. Call 252-473-3234 for more information.

OBX News-Oil/Gas Leases 10 Years in Future?

Sometimes there is no choice but to say something about the 800 pound gorilla in the room and here on the Outer Banks at this point in time it’s got to be the possibility that the federal government will sell lease rights for oil and gas drilling along the continental shelf.

There is nothing imminent. The time table published by Washington put the possible sale off until 2021, although worries about how the search for oil and gas is conducted has a number of people concerned.

Local opposition seems to be very well organized led by an offshoot of the Surfrider Foundation, Not the Answer NC. Certainly their efforts were instrumental in bringing over 650 participants to a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) scoping meeting in Kill Devil Hills. The Outer Banks turnout was the largest, by a considerable margin, participation BOEM has ever had at one of their meetings. BOEM is the permitting agency for all offshore energy development.

Because opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling is so well organized it’s difficult to say if Not the Answer NC represents a vocal and focussed minority or a majority of opinion of Outer Banks residents.

Spring Comes to the Outer Banks

Spring is officially here on the Outer Banks, although it’s a bit chilly today. But the days are getting longer, even the cold days aren’t as cold as it was a month ago, so there’s no doubt things are looking up.

It’s about time it got here, too. It was so cold this past winter that the fish seemed to go into hibernation, but with the last fishing reports we saw, it looks like the fish are coming back again—there has been some striper action in the sounds and a couple of puppy drum landed on the beaches. 

Spring is one of the best times on the Outer Banks for wind sports—everything from a fun little diamond shaped kite to a hang glider, which is really just a big kite with a person strapped to it. Kiteboarders are getting back on the water again as well.

The surf action has been a little spotty. Springtime winds tend to shift around a lot and so far there hasn’t been much chance for the surf to build. Strong winds and a lot of chop today, but hopefully it will smooth out over the next few days.

Even though the air temperature trend is to warmer, the ocean tends to take its good old time about heating up; ocean temperature was 45 at Kill Devil Hills today, and there’s little chance it will be much warmer soon. Surfers, dress appropriately.

Grand Tasting a Grand Finale to OBX Taste of the Beach

Chef Pok (R) and his brother Art, of Pok's Art, winner of the Taste of the Beach People's Choice Award.

After four days of spectacular food, amazing events and a lot of fun, the 2015 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach came to an end Sunday night with the Grand Tasting at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head. The Grand Tasting is the perfect finish to what has become a showcase for the Outer Banks—not just the chefs, but the people who live here and the hospitality they offer.

There were some great events along the way. The BBQ and Wings Showdown went off without a hitch in spite of the rain—Plan B was a tent. The Chowder Cookoff featured a cool but sunny day and some wonderful soup. There was a blind wine tasting at Coastal Cravings in Duck, the wine hidden in brown paper bags; a popsicle making competition at Zen Pops in Kitty Hawk. 

But the big event is still the Grant Tasting with about 20 restaurants and chefs represented. The food was excellent, the wine and beer flowed and it was a good time.

At the end of the evening the big awards were handed out, and two of our personal favorites won big. Coastal Provisions in Southern Shores took home the Judges Award for their Bodie Island oysters with ginger—a local oyster with a subtle saltiness set off just right by a hint of ginger.

The People’s Choice Award went to Pok’s Art for Chef Pok and his brother Art’s ginger seared ahi tuna. An absolutely perfect balance of flavors.

The TOB has really become a signature event on the Outer Banks and in many ways the kickoff for the spring season and way to say good bye to the winter blues.

Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Weekend

Crystal Swain, owner of Zen Pops, presenting the winners with the Blue Basket Prize.

It’s Taste of the Beach weekend on the Outer Banks and there is so much to do it’s not possible to get to even a small piece of everything. It was raining pretty hard in the early afternoon, but the barbecue and wings showdown at the Sea Ranch in Kill Devil Hills went off without a hitch—no doubt because there was a Plan B: a large tent.

The turnout was great, the food amazing—to this palate the more traditional ways to fix ribs or pork seemed the tastiest.

One of the best parts to the Taste of the Beach, though are the small events—the events that highlight something different or unique. Which brings us to “Popsicle Making Chopped Style!”

Crystal Swain, owner of Zen Pops in Kitty Hawk, has been making amazing organic popsicles for the past four years. Crisp refreshing flavors, some wonderful experimentation—they do cost a bit more but are worth it. 

Taking fresh ingredients, four teams competed to create a popsicle from the same ingredients. 

It was absolutely astonishing how different the four popsicles tasted even though everyone was using the same ingredients. At the end judges made a choice and awarded a blue basket to team Ice Ice Babes for their Blue Parrot Bay creation.

A great example of what the TOB is all about. The big event tomorrow is Chowder Cookoff.

New Brindley Beach Sign at Kitty Hawk Office

The Brindley Beach sign is up at our new office in Kitty Hawk at what used to be the Wright Property Management building. It’s a great way to let our guests know that Brindley Beach Vacations is growing company and we offer more services and properties than we ever have.

We built your reputation for outstanding service and selection with the properties we offered that were for the most part located in Southern Shores and north. With the addition of the homes that were part of Wright Property Management, we are able to bring that same level of service to properties from South Nags Head to Corolla.

This is an exciting time of the year on the Outer Banks. Our visitors are filling our homes and businesses once again, this weekend it’s the Taste of the Beach, then it’s Easter Weekend with Easter Egg hunts and things for the whole family to do.

The weather is getting warmer, there are more and more activities being scheduled. If summer plans have not been completed call us at (877) 642-3224, or check us out online and let’s see if we can find something that will match your vacation needs. 

And don’t forget—the spring is a great time on the Outer Banks as well.

Kelly's St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Beach Chair Precision Drill Team at Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Spring has officially come to the Outer Banks. Admittedly the first day of Spring isn’t until next Friday, but Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a more sure sign that days are getting longer, the weather milder and the winter doldrums are fading into memory that a day on the calendar.

This was the 26th Annual Parade and there was some pretty good weather this year—sunshine, temperatures in the 60’s . . . and continuing a 26 year tradition, the parade is a wonderfully diverse band of participants. There are high school marching band, there is the SNH White Trash Beach Chair Precision Drill Team (really—they are precise and they use beach chairs). Every Outer Banks fire department is there, dogs march, children dance, a unicyclist plays the trumpet and jumps rope . . . it is, in short, the Outer Banks—creative, filled with fun and truly understanding how important family is.

The next big event is the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach next weekend, and the latest forecast doesn’t look too bad. After that, it’s Easter and spring break.

Great times to visit the Outer Banks—unless, of course, you live here. For those it’s just a great time to be here.

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