Hopefully winter storm Saturn (I think that’s what they called it) was the last of the winter storms for the season. Here on the Outer Banks it wasn’t much of an event as these things go.The northeast wind pushed water over some of the roads on the sound side and kids got our of school early yesterday and started late today, but that was just about the only disruption to life.
So with winter ending, everyone on the Outer Banks is more than ready for spring to start and welcome our visitors back to the beaches.
If there is an official, unofficial or otherwise grand opening to the shoulder season it’s got to be the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach March 14-17 . . . coupled with Kelly’s St. Patty’s Day Parade down in Nags Head–there’s probably no better way to welcome spring.
Let’s face it–lots of places hold a “Taste of  . . .” but until you have experienced Taste of the Beach Outer Banks style, you can’t know what an amazing event this can me. Most places pack everybody into a huge tent or along a town square, sell tickets and tell everybody to go sample food. 
Not the Outer Banks. Our Taste of the Beach is as much a tour of the coastline as it is a chance to discover just how good our chefs and restaurants really are
There is so much to do, that no one can do everything, so a little judicious planning is in order. 
Although events extend from Manteo clear up to the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg on the mainland, a lot of them are concentrated right in the Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk area.
There are two cook offs at the Marketplace in Southern Shores–the Chowder Cook Off on Saturday and new this year the Friday Barbecue Cook Off. Highlighting what’s best about the local cuisine–fresh seafood and eastern North Carolina Barbecue–they are fun and a fantastic chance to try some truly unique ways to prepare food.
There’s a restaurant crawl in Duck, bread making at Bonnie’s Bagels in Southern Shores–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There are, of course, a lot of other great events–wine tasting and beer tasting; how to pare foods with wine and beer; there’s how too cooking classes, a one pan breakfast–just an amazing four days of some of the best of the Outer Banks.
And to top it all off–Kelly’s 24th St. Patty’s Day Parade on Sunday. An indescribable collection of craziness, high school marching bands, floats and parading dogs. How crazy? Where else can you see a beach chair precision drill team? And they’re good, too.
It’s a great long weekend. We would love to have you stay with us, so give us a call at (252) 453-3335 or on line at Brindley Beach.