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Perfect Outer Banks Beach Day
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

If there was a better beach day than we had yesterday it would be hard to imagine. The air temperature was in the low 80s, nice breeze from the south. Yes, the ocean temperature hasn’t climbed out of the low 60s yet, but that didn’t stop the kids or certain blog writer from jumping in. 

It felt great.

For anyone in the vicinity of Kitty Hawk there is only one way to celebrate the first true beach day of the summer and that’s with a milkshake from John’s Drive-in, because they have the real deal milkshakes. Nothing prepackaged, pre-mixed, pre-anything—hard ice cream, milk, syrup and malt for a little bit more . . . or peanut butter. 

Belly busting, diet killing, high calorie . . . who cares. Summer is officially here, and if there is a better milkshake anywhere, it’s well hidden.

A word to the wise about John’s for anyone who hasn’t gone there before. There can be a considerable wait after placing your order; there’s not a lot of room in the kitchen to move around and they’re usually working on ten or twelve orders at a time. Be patient—it’s worth it.

And for anyone who has worked up a good appetite at the beach . . . the dolphin boats are amazing and the burgers and fries are greasy magnificence.

It’s all part of a great day at the beach.

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Outer Banks Summer Heats Up
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 24, 2015

The summer has unofficially begun now that Memorial Day is here, and the signs here on the Outer Banks are looking like it may be one of the best or maybe the best we’ve ever had.

The weather has been absolutely spectacular and it looks like it’s going to hold for a while, which always makes everyone optimistic. But just looking at visitation and how many people are here, how many out of state license plates are filling Outer Banks roads, there has to be a sense of optimism.

The entertainment calendar is filling up and there are some great events coming up over the next week or so.

Tomorrow its the Shallowbag Bay Shag -Beach Music Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. The weather is looking like its going to be perfect for this. The setting is as beautiful as it gets and with classic shag and beach music filling the air, it should be a great day.

The big upcoming event is next Sunday when the Outer Banks Event Site in Nags Head finally opens with OBX Brewfest. Live music with  TAUK, People’s Blues of Richmond and The Mark Schimick String Band and beer, beer and more beer. This is a 21 and older events, so don’t bring the kids. 

It’s also a benefit for the Dare County Arts Council, so it looks like everyone is a winner—great music, great beer and a good cause.

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Mustang Music & Mustang Music Outreach
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Anthony Rosano and the Conquerors at the Mustang Music Spring Jam.

The 4th Annual Mustang Music Spring Jam happened this Sunday, and honestly they just keep getting better and better. The weather was perfect, the bands amazing—just a great day to enjoy fantastic music and a good time.

But the Mustang Music Festivals—the big two day fall festival is coming up October 9-10 at the Whalehead Club—serve a greater purpose than providing great music and a day of entertainment.

Proceeds from the festivals fund two missions—the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Music Outreach program, and this year the kids from the Outreach program just killed it on stage. Playing classics from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to a suite of modern music.

Everything was great, but when the kids, playing under the name Last Days of May, broke out Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, they rocked our world. Tight musically, great vocals with some funky dancing thrown in. Wow! A great show.

It’s this type of community  involvement and seeing kids reach so far to realize their potential that makes us here at Brindley Beach Vacations proud to be a sponsor of the Mustang Music Festivals.

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43rd Hang Gliding Spectacular-OBX Tradition
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kitty Hawk Kites bills itself as the oldest hang gliding school in the world, and that may be the case. Certainly their Hang Gliding Spectacular is the oldest competition around, the 2015 being the 43rd edition. 

It’s not a huge competition . . . more like a chance for old friends to get together and have and fly their giant kites off the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. But it is a lot of fun and for anyone who has been to three or four of them, it’s a great chance to catch up on who’s doing what and how the kids are doing.

And—get in some air time.

There is something sour-stirring about watching a hang glider lift into the air, it’s pilot attached to the 30’ wing by harness and a strap. The winds on Saturday were gusty and difficult but there were some great flights off the south facing ridge of Jockey’s Ridge,

Over the years the wind has reshaped the dune; at one time the steepest and tallest grade faced due east. Over the past five or six years, the wind has resculpted the dune so the steepest pitch faces into the dominant winds of spring and summer.

A great day on the dunes, bringing back wonderful memories.

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Wright Memorial Bridge Reopens
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Friday, May 15, 2015

Westbound traffic exiting the Outer Banks on the just-reopened span of the Wright Memorial Bridge.

The westbound span of the Wright Memorial Bridge has reopened. Depending on who’s spinning it, it’s either two day early a one year late.

Originally scheduled to be a one winter project, high winds a frigid temperatures slowed the repaving project down in the winter of 2013. Although the both spans of the bridge were open for peak season traffic last summer, it was clear to anyone leaving the Outer Banks that the project was unfinished.

Reopening on Wednesday of this past week, phase 2 of resurfacing work was completed a little ahead of schedule—two days., to be exact.

The $6.3 million NCDOT venture is part of a statewide plan to upgrade and maintain the state’s bridges. Using al atex-modified concrete designed to give a smoother ride and extend the road’s service life, the project also included replacing expansion joints in the bridge. Famous—or infamous—for its bumpy ride, especially in the summer, the new expansion joints should give riders a more even ride.

In other Outer Bank bridge news, the Mid Currituck Bridge appears to be back on track with all indications that it will be included in the next round of NCDOT project budgets voted on in June. The replacement for the Bonner Bridge is still in negotiations between the NCDOT and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Weekend Comes Alive on Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

We have some great entertainment on the Outer Banks coming up this weekend, and no matter where you’re staying while visiting, there is going to be something to do. 

The big event for the weekend is the 4th Annual Mustang Music Spring Jam at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Timbuck II in Corolla on Sunday, May 17.

Once again Mike Dianna has managed to find some of the best musicians around—national acts that don’t play to the large auditoriums but are really worth checking out. Two in particular this year rise to the surface—New Madrid with their tight southern rock sound combine a classic sound with some new ways to think about music.

Josh Daniel with the Mark Schimick Project takes bluegrass to a new place . . . somewhere between rock, bluegrass and blues. Tight and innovative. Really worth a listen.

At the other end of the Outer Banks the 43rd Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular will be happening all weekend at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. As much a celebration and reunion of hang gliding pilots who have been coming to the competition for years, events include a block party on Friday night at Kitty Hawk Kites and dune flying all weekend.

It’s all free, the setting is spectacular and it’s really interesting watching what some of the more experienced pilots can do with their gliders.

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Living on the Outer Banks
Posted by Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales | Sunday, May 10, 2015

On the Kitty Hawk beach, May 10, 2015.

Living on the Outer Banks most of us have become reasonably skilled at interpreting tropical storm data. It’s out of necessity—the forecast says Tropical Storm Ana will make landfall somewhere on the South Carolina/North Carolina border and within 15 minutes the phone calls begin. 

“Are you alright? I heard you’re in the bulls eye for the storm,” is about how the conversation begins. 

“No, the Outer Banks is not in the bulls eye,” is the typical answer. “The place you’re talking about is 200 miles south and 70 or 80 miles west.” Then, trying to explain why no one is particularly concerned, the conversation continues. “It’s barely a tropical storm, it will be over land and by the time we feel the effects tomorrow, and the effect will be some rain and a little wind.”

Tropical Storm Ana is truly an oddball. It’s been 12 years since a tropical system developed in the Atlantic basin this early—that one named Ana, too, by the way—and conditions really are not right for this to be a large or powerful storm.

We’ll feel some impacst tomorrow—mostly rain with a little bit of wind—but really nothing different than Philadelphia, PA or Columbus, OH experiences when a front passes through.

Today has actually been a nice day. Warm, a little bit muggy . . . families have been on the beach, kids playing in the water—a typical Outer Banks day.

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