2015 was very good year for the Outer Banks and Brindley Beach Vacations. Record numbers of visitors stopped by, the housing market really picked, although prices are still very affordable, and there is new home construction from Corolla to Nags Head.

In January we acquired Wright Property Management allowing us to grow to more than 630 vacation properties stretching from South Nags Head to Corolla. 

There was good news from NCDOT—an agreement reached with the Southern Environmental Law Center has allowed the Bonner Bridge connecting the northern Outer Banks and Hatteras Island to move forward; the timetable for the Mid Currituck Bridge has been accelerated and it is possible the long planned, and hoped for, direct link to the Currituck Banks will be completed by 2021.

It wasn’t all good news. Our Corolla office burned to the ground in June, but thanks to some truly heroic efforts from our employees, we got everyone checked in the day after it happened and we were able to handle all of our guest this summer. 

Mother Nature threw a couple of nasty curves at us, damaging the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk and forcing NCDOT to repair the same area twice.

But those were just glitches, and they don’t really define what a great year 2015 was. 

Here are some of the story we posted last year. Click on the line and enjoy!

Jan-Brindley Beach Vacations Buys Wright Property Management 

For Outer Banks vacation property owners and our guests, the news that Brindley Beach Vacations just purchased Wright Property Management is great news indeed. Now with over 600 properties for vacationers to choose from and homes available from Nags Head to Corolla, planning a perfect summer vacation just got easier.

Feb-Is Wind Energy in the OBX Future?

Kitty Hawk as a center of offshore commercial wind energy? Maybe. Looking at the Environmental Assessment the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) just issued, that may be the case.

March-Grand Tasting a Grand Finale to OBX Taste of the Beach 

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.

April-Outer Banks Flying Pirate 1/2 Marathon Kicks Off Spring Running

The Outer Banks spring running season just kicked off in spectacular style with the Flying Pirate Half Marathon run this morning in Kitty Hawk. A beautiful run through the marathon forests of the Outer Banks, the run had near perfect conditions, beginning in a light fog at the starting gate on the Woods Road in Kitty Hawk and ending in Nags Head before the temperatures climbed out of the 50s.

May-KH Beach Rd. Damage and Beach Nourishment

The debate about beach nourishment may have gotten some focus with the latest gift from Mother Nature. The mini nor’easter that brought some wind, a little bit of spitting rain and unseasonable cool—ok, cold—temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday did some unexpected damage.

June-Brindley Beach Corolla Office Damaged by Fire

We had a fire at our Brindley Beach offices in Corolla on Friday evening. No one was injured, but our Corolla office was destroyed. After knowing that our employees were safe, our next concern is how to take care of our guests. Our office in Wee Winks Square

July-Skimming the Waters of the Outer Banks

Sometimes walking long the beaches of the Outer Banks turns up the most surprising things . . . like a full-fledged skimboard competition in Kill Devil Hills this weekend. 

August-Club 420 Championships Part of OBX Summer

With so much happening on the Outer Banks this week it’s tough to know what to write about. This was Pirate Week with cannon fire and sword drills at Kitty Hawk Kites; downtown Manteo was alive with the creativity as the New World Festival of the Arts sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council set up for the 37th time.

September-Ocean Currents Carry a Piece of DE to OBX

So how did a Rehoboth Beach (DE) Lifeguard stand wash up on the beach in Salvo?

The chair showed up Labor Day down in Salvo, a bit worse for the wear, but still intact and it appears as though it could still be used. That’s certainly not something you see everyday, so it begs the question, “How did it get there?”

October-Duck Jazz Festival-Great Music

After two days of great music at the Mustang Music Festival it seemed as though the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday would be playing second fiddle to the Corolla show. But The 9th annual version of the oldest continual music festival on the Outer Banks played second fiddle to no one.

November-Construction Schedule for Mid Currituck Bridge Moved Up

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.

December-OBX Warm Weather-Great Fishing and Surfing

We’re not sure if the weather this past week has been early fall-like or spring-like, but one thing we know is it has not been typical December weather for the Outer Banks. Daytime temps have been in the upper 60s to low 70s, there’s been a light breeze and the sun has been out every day. It looks as though we’ll have a few more days of this, and fishermen are rejoicing.