Sweet Gum tree getting ready for spring in Kitty Hawk Woods.

Sweet Gum tree getting ready for spring in Kitty Hawk Woods.

Given how cold it’s been for the past few days, it’s hard to imagine that spring is here, but it is.

In the maritime forests the greens are becoming more vibrant. The swales and marsh have splashes of unexpected color as flowers begin to bloom. Overhead the high-pitched screech of an osprey heralds it’s return.

Away from the forests a more conventional sign of spring—our roads are filled with visitors. License plates from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and more are once again everywhere.

The cool weather is not going to last. Temperatures are forecast to begin creeping up this week. Not warm enough, necessarily, to hop in the water, but still quite pleasant.

There are other signs of warmer days and spring and summer to come.

The Outer Banks Restaurant Association is gearing up for its annual Taste of the Beach April 16-18. That’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The event had to be cancelled last year, but it’s back this year. Maybe a little bit trimmed back, but not by much. Of course, safety protocols will have to be followed, but it’s great to have one of the Outer Banks signature events happening again.

Some Taste of the Beach Signature Events

There are some great events lined up. There’s a Chowder Cookoff, although it will be a little bit different this year. Instead of everyone gathering together at one place—just not a good idea yet to have 300-400 people packed together—the 2021 version will be a Chowder Cookoff Crawl.

Ticket holders get to choose which location they want to sample. There will be a Kitty Hawk crawl, a Kill Devil Hills crawl and and Nags Head/Manteo crawl. And for the chowder addicts, a Diehard All 15 Chowder Cookoff Crawl.

There will be a food truck, Vine Dining on the Farm at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg. And a lot more events. Should be a lot of fun.

Must be spring.

Spring, summer or fall…there is always a reason to visit the Outer Banks and stay with Brindley Beach Vacations.