Things to do on the Outer Banks this Week | June 21-27, 2014

movies-on-the-soundMovies on The Sound

June 27 marks the last movie in Nags Head, NC this summer for the Movies on the Sound series.  This week’s showing: Mary Poppins!  Take the whole fam and pack the car for only $10 at the Outer Banks Event Site (6800 S. Coratan HWY).  The series moves to Duck, NC starting July 11, 2014.

whalehead-wine-festivalWhalehead Wine Festival

On Wednesday, June 25, head up to the Currituck Heritage Park and Whalehead Club to get your wine on!  Channel your inner Wino from 3pm-7pm with a bevy of samples and tastings for only $25.  Local vintners will be present so you can get a true taste for the region.

brewthru_obxbeerBrew Thru Concert Series

Thursday, June 26 kicks off the 2014 BrewThru Summer Concert Series with a performance by Bruce Hornsby!  No, this is not a joke like our Michael Bolton escapade of April Fool’s Day.  The concert takes place at Roanoke Island Festival Park and tickets can be purchased here.

duck-summer-concert-seriesDuck Summer Concert Series

Starting on this week through August 21, the Town of Duck hosts an annual concert series on the town green.  Bring a blanket and chairs out this week to enjoy the musical stylings of Sean Olds and The Church of the Eternal.  The show is from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  For more details visit  This is a free event for the public!

jetski-norbanks-obxNor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

The weather forecast is looking great this week!  Why not enjoy some awesome watersports this week at incredible discounts?  We’ve partnered up with Nor’Banks in Duck, NC to give our guests 15% OFF absolutely any activity they want to try (as many times as you want too)!  From Jet Skis to Parasailing, Nor’Banks is basically the watersports capital of the world… seriously.  Read more about these watersports discounts.

the-lost-colonyLost Colony Outdoor Drama

A must see!  If you enjoy any bit of history, you will LOVE the Lost Colony performed in Manteo, NC.  Hear the tale of the first settlers to the “New World” in this outdoor action drama.  Visit for details and tickets.


Ready to get out and about?  You can read more about other annual OBX events ORJune Outer Banks events.

Outer Banks Beach Report June 19, 2014

A scorcher!  It’s going to feel in excess of 100° this week on the Outer Banks.  Here are the sights and sounds from the Hayman Street beach access in Kill Devil Hills, NC.  Take some time to drift away and mentally check out 2 minutes (unless you keep repeating the video).  When enough is enough, go ahead and book your Outer Banks vacation rental by searching our 600+ selection.

Free Fishing Day in North Carolina | No License, No Problem!



You’ve heard right!  On July 4th, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites people of all ages to enjoy a day of fishing – for free!

The 24 hour period that is set to celebrate our nation’s independence can be spent enjoying the sport of fishing in the state of North Carolina; including the Outer Banks.  This is an annual happening set forth by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994.  This free fishing day is good for residents and non-residents alike, valid on any public body of water including the intercoastal waterways and Atlantic Ocean with no need for additional trout privileges.

outer-banks-fishing-limits-guide-typesAlthough you do not need a fishing license, you must pay attention and adhere to all other regulations like size limits, harvest limits, etc.  Take a look at ourOuter Banks fishing guide for all the tips, tricks, and rules to follow.  Make your plans now to enjoy your day out on the water!  Call the commission at 888.248.6834 with any questions.

Haven’t booked your stay yet?  Southern Shores Realty has over 600 OBX rental homes to stay in.  Start searching for one now!

Things to do This Weekend on the OBX

Weekend of June 12 – June 15

Summer is officially underway on the Outer Banks! With events going on every week it can be hard to pick which ones to go to. For starters, here is a list of all events, with a few recommendations by Katlyn.

ISAF Catamaran Championship

 catamaran-north-american-championshipJune 9 – 14 l Roanoke Island

Brought to you by SAIL NC, watch all the catamarans battle it out for the title of the ISAF International A-Class Catamaran North American Champion. This is the first major regatta to take place locally. Races going underway at Roanoke Island and running from June 9 – June 14.

Comedy Club presents Sid Davis

June 11 & June 12 l Kill Devil Hills

Whether it’s a “parents night out” while on vacation, Sid Davis with Jimmy Merrit will keep you laughing the whole time. Davis brings the term “laughter is contagious” to life! He has been named “hilarious and original”. Don’t miss this night full of laughter. Located at the Comedy Club

Windmill Point Art Fair

June 12th l Nags Head

Free admission to the public with free parking. Just about any type of artwork will be on display. Photographers, sculptors, painters, map makers, blacksmiths, stained glass and so much more. Open from 10am – 6pm Thursday only.

First Fridays at Manteo

first-friday-roanoke-islandJune 13 l Manteo Waterfront

*Katlyn’s pick : From April to December the Waterfront at Manteo holds a special event the first Friday of every month. There will be live music, specials offered in the local shoppes, and delicious foods from the surrounding restaurants. Great evening of walking, entertainment, shopping, and dining.

Movies on the Sound

June 13th l Nags Head

Monsters University is playing this Friday at the Nags Head Event Site. This is a sound front location with a beautiful sunset view. Gates open at 7pm and parking is $10/car. Presented by Children at Play. Bring a picnic, bug spray, pillows and more.

4th Annual Family Fishing Tournament

June 14th l Jennette’s Pier

* Katlyn’s pick.  Fishing, family, and fun all come together at Jennette’s Pier every year. This event is what Jennette’s likes to call the kick off of Summertime. Whether you walk away with a trophy, or your very own rod and reel combination it will be fun for everyone in the family.

Magnolia Art Market

June 14th l Manteo

A collaboration of Outer Banks talent sharing their knowledge and skills. This open air pavilion will have all types of art of display, located in the beautiful downtown Manteo. Open from 10 A.M. to  6 P.M.

Storm the Beach

storm-the-beach-obx-runningJune 15th l Jennette’s Pier

*Katlyn’s pick. What better way to bond as a family than to run Storm the Beach together? Six obstacles, 4 different races, team or individual. Located at Jennette’s Pier. Sign up is closed now, but sign up is available at packet pick-up on Saturday from 5-7:30 P.M. at Jennette’s Pier.

1964 – The Tribute

June 15th l Manteo

*Katlyn’s pick. Love the sound of the Beatles? 1964 – The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey through rock history. We welcome them to the Roanoke Island Festival Park this Sunday. Tickets are $30.

Not going to be here this week of June? No worries, there are a ton of events going on all June and Summer long. Be sure to check out our June  and July blog for events during your stay. We hope you have a great weekend.

Things to do This Weekend on the Outer Banks

Weekend of June 7 & 8, 2014

An exciting weekend is in store for the Outer Banks!  Some of my all time favorite events are taking place this weekend.

First Fridays

Kicking things off today, Friday, is the First Fridays celebration in Manteo.  From April through December on the first Friday of the month, downtown Manteo fills with people eager to enjoy a farmers’ market, music, and late hours for many of the eclectic shoppes.  This is a fantastic option for those looking to spend a couple hours enjoying some walking and shopping.

Dare Day Festival

Saturday, June 8 is the annual Dare Day festival, taking place once again on Roanoke Island.  Occurring on the first Saturday in June each year, Day Day is hands down the BIGGEST celebration of Summer on the Outer Banks.



Hundreds of vendors varying from local seafood, BBQ, crafters, knitters, carpenters, blacksmiths, painters, photographers, fashion booths, photo booths, pet booths, watersports, car shows, and more pack the streets and yards in the quaint island town of Manteo, NC.  My family and I frequently went to Dare Day on our Outer Banks vacations and we still attend today when they come to town.  There are also plenty of activities for children like prize/game booths, kid-friendly carnival rides, and more!

Dare Day started in 1976 here on the Outer Banks and it’s basically known as the official kick-off to summer here.  All of the people, shopping, sights, sounds, and smells are just a fantastic summer experience and it truly is one of the finest events on the OBX.  Here is a small set of the photos I took from Dare day 2013.

Movies on The Sound

gooniesMovies on The Sound is back and they start this weekend on Friday evening.  Enjoy the charm of a drive-in movie with a great waterfront view to boot!

All of the June showings are at the Nags Head Event Site and parking is only $10 per car.  Head on over to the Movies on the Sound website for more info.  The Goonies is playing tonight – gotta love that one!

Rogallo Kite Festival

wright-kite-festival_0Kites, Kites, Kites, Kites-Kites, Kites, Everybody!

OK, you get the picture.  The annual Rogallo Kite Festival is taking place this weekend at Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head, NC.  It is a warm celebration and tribute to the man who made so much of wind powered gliding possible.  This is a great event for the whole family and definitely one to bring the cameras to as there will be larger than life kites floating that you can see from miles away!  Read more about the amazing story of Francis Rogallo here.

There’s a ton more than that going on this June, as well as this weekend!  Check out our OBX events in June 2014 list to plan your fun times and share this post with your friends.  Have a great weekend everybody!

Pet Friendly Outer Banks Dining

Outer Banks Pet Friendly Restaurants

During the Summer months, our pets are limited to the amount of time they spend outside due to such high temperatures. It’s still important that we get them out of the house as much as we can during the not-so-hot parts of the day. What better way than having your pup join you and your family for dinner out on the town?

The Outer Banks has a wide selection of restaurants serving some of the freshest local ingredients. Here is a selection of these same restaurants that understand the love you have for your pup and welcome them to dine with you on their outdoor patios! Dogs must remain leashed, well behaved, and for Pete’s sake please don’t tie their leash to the table. If you are just looking for things to do with your dog while visiting the Outer Banks, we have that too!

american-pie-pizza American Pie l Kill Devil Hills, NC

Outdoor seating located right on beach road. Delicious pizza, homemade ice cream, and dinner with your family and pup make for a perfect evening.

aqua-restaurant Aqua Restaurant l Duck, NC

Soundfront in the beatiful family oriented town of Duck. They welcome dogs and families for dining on their patio with gorgeous views.

bacchus-wine-cheese-corolla Bacchus Wine and Cheese l Corolla, NC

Located in Monterey Plaza in Corolla. While you wine and dine, your pup can sit with you on their sidewalk dining.

baldies-burgers-obx-dining Baldie’s Burgers & Ice Cream l Southern Shores, NC

Even if it’s for a handmade hamburger, your pup can join you at Baldie’s outdoor patio. Located right here in Southern Shores they have covered outdoor dining.

bk-shuckers BK Shuckers l Kitty Hawk, NC

Don’t miss any game at your favorite sports bar. Dont miss any game with your favorite pup either. BK Shuckers welcomes dogs to their outdoor dining.

captn-franks Capt’n Franks l Kitty Hawk, NC

New with their two story deck for the 2014 year, Capt’n himself welcomes leashed, well behaved pups to both stories of the deck.

jimmys-seafood-buffet Jimmy’s Buffet l Kitty Hawk, NC

Eventhough Jimmy’s is known for their buffet, they welcome dog owners by ordering take out. They offer picnic tables right outside to sit and enjoy.

johns-drive-in John’s Drive In l Kitty Hawk, NC

Infamous on the beach for their milkshakes and dolphin boats. Drive in and you and your pup can enjoy some of John’s best with ocean views.

tropical-smoothie-cafe-nags-head-dinning Tropical Smoothie l Southern Shores, NC

Just a short walk from our office, they offer sidewalk dining that welcomes you and your pup. Whether for a smoothie or a sandwich.

ortegaz Ortegaz Southwest Grill l Manteo, NC

Located in the quiet town of Manteo. Serving a full bar and delicious food that will leave you coming back for more.

sonic-drive-in Sonic l Nags Head, NC

You are welcome to drive in or dine at the covered picnic tables with your pup. Be prepared, this is food your dog will be sure to want.

sooeys-bbq-corolla Sooey’s BBQ l Nags Head, NC

Located just across from Jockey’s Ridge in Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Some of the best brisket and pulled pork on the beach. Outdoor dining.

steamers-corolla-dining Steamers Shellfish To Go l Corolla, NC

Whether it’s ordering a steamer pot to go, or enjoying your beer on the deck as you watch the sunset over the sound, your pup is welcome at Steamers.

surfin-spoon-froyo-logo-gluten-free Surfin Spoon l Nags Head, NC

Shred the gnar with the surfing spoon with some of the best FroYo in town. Kick back with your pup on their front porch as you dig into barrels of flavors.

mulligans Mulligans l Nags Head, NC

After you and your pup spend the day at the beach, Mulligans welcomes both of you to join them on their outdoor deck. Delicious food, friendly service!

tropical-smoothie-cafe-nags-head-dinning Tropical Smoothie l Southern Shores, NC

Just a short walk from our office, they offer sidewalk dining that welcomes you and your pup. Whether for a smoothie or a sandwich.

zen-pops-kdh-delicious Zen Pops l Kitty Hawk, NC

New location in Harbour Bay Shoppes. Cool off with a delicious homemade Zen Pop with your pup on their sidewalk seating.

Outer Banks Fireworks 2014 | OBX July 4th Events

It is almost America’s birthday, and you know what that means….. FIREWORKS! There’s no better place to enjoy the sights and sounds of 4th of July pyrotechnic masterpieces than on the beaches of the Outer Banks. 2014 will be no different. In fact, there is a new addition to this year’s list of OBX fireworks that has come back after years of being away. Take a look at the list below of the July 4th fireworks celebrations on the Outer Banks from north to south: Corolla Fireworks 2014 22nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS – WHALEHEAD CLUB. – MOVED TO MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014 CLICK HERE TO VIEW..

Outer Banks Beach Activities for Dogs

An Outer Banks Vacation isn’t a complete vacation without all of our family members, including our furry, 4 legged family members. With over 190 pet friendly vacation rentals we have a wide selection of perfect homes for you and your family! Now that you have the ideal pet friendly home, it’s time to pack! We have put together a Pet Vacation Packing Checklist for all of your packing worries and needs. Now that you have the perfect pet friendly vacation home, the packing done, completed your journey to the beach, you’re probably wondering what can my dog do while on vacation on hot Outer Banks Summer days?

Well, me being the dog lover I am, I really enjoy taking my pup everywhere with me. By doing this, I have learned a few ways to keep them cool but active while at the beach. One thing I always try to do is get out early with my dog, before the day gets really hot. Even if this means 5AM beach time and 6AM bike rides, they need to have fun and burn some energy without being in the heat for too long.

There are also some things they can do along with the family. Keep in mind, if you’re hot, so is your dog and as you need to stay hydrated throughout the day, so does your dog. The following is a list of things to do and places to go with your dog while visiting the Outer Banks. Just a reminder as you venture out with your pup always bring a leash, water, water bowl, and poop pick up bags. If you aren’t aware of the leash laws, check them out as they are different in every town you visit.

riding-bikes-on-the-beach Ride bikes with your pup.

Whether it’s on the road, the beach or any of the beautiful trails the Outer Banks has to offer, your dog will enjoy every moment spent with you.

pet-friendly-skateboard-with-your-dog Skateboard with your pup.

Well, maybe not exactly like the picture but you get the point. Cruising along, taking in the ocean air, pup and cousins by your side.

dreamstime_xs_20987099_0 Play fetch on the beach.

Be sure to get out early! This will help because of the temperature and with a lot of visitors getting to the beach later in the morning.

Woman and dog running toward the sun on summer beach in a beautiful golden sunset. Sport girl and her pet training together. Go for a run on the beach.

Just like you get bored with always running on the road, I’m sure our dogs do too. Mix it up while your on vacation and hit the sand!

nags-head-woods Walking through Nags Head Woods.

Maritime Nature Preserves on the Outer Banks. With it’s tree covered paths, you and your pup will be rucked away from it all. Photo:

dreamstime_xs_29323674 Shopping with your dog.

This is a list of stores/shopping centers that are outdoors and allow dogs to walk their walkways. Maybe they can get something while you’re out.

Dogs Welcome on Patio sign posted outside cafe Outdoor dining with your pup.

This is a list of restaurants on the Outer Banks that have a patio and welcome well behaved dogs on a leash.

wright-memorial_6 Wright Memorial.

Our pets may not understand the significance of the Wright Memorial, all they will know is that they are somewhere new with their pack, and that’s enough for them.

jockeys-ridge-4 Jockey’s Ridge.

Who wouldn’t want to run the dunes? Bring your pet with you and your family to watch the sun rise over the ocean or catch the sunset over the sound.

pet-friendly-currituck-heritage-park Walk around Heritage Park & Whalehead Club.

With beautiful open lawns, sound front views, and history all around, this makes for a great area to walk with your pup.

rifp Roanoke Island Festival Park.

This beautiful sound front park allows dogs. With a full event schedule in the evening all Summer long, it’s best to go early morning.

kitty-hawk-seal Kitty Hawk Dog Park.

There’s nothing better than making friends while on vacation, even for your dog. Leash free. Applicationneeds to be filled out prior to entry.

surfing-dog Take them out on a stand up paddle board.

For the experts surfer pups, it’s always a great time. For the beginners, I would start small with little to no waves in the sound.

duck-summer-concert-series Walk along the Duck Trail.

This is a multi use path from one end of town to the other. Winds through the trees and opens up to beautiful views of the Outer Banks.

pet-friendly-estuarine-nature-walk Estuarine Nature Walk.

This is a beautiful 0.3 mile walk out to the Currituck Sound. There is also a 1.5 mile path that veers off the boardwalk.

All About Outer Banks Vacation Rentals



I love the Outer Banks.  With its beautiful beaches, small town charm, an abundance of wildlife, and remarkable history, it makes for one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world.  Visitors come from far and wide to savor all that this area has to offer, and it’s known as one of the best spots for traditional family vacations.  As a very seasoned visitor-turned resident, I felt compelled to create an easy to understand guide to Outer Banks vacation rentals…. hopefully clearing up any questions potential travelers may have!

Early Beginnings

old-outer-banks-hotels-motel-white-marlinStarting in the 1930’s, many motels and motor courts were built to facilitate the growing number of seasonal tourists visiting the beach here.  These proved efficient at first, but hotels and motels were soon to be outpaced by the lure of renting an entire beach house all to one’s self.

Beach cottages started popping up around the region and quickly became a desirable option for families and anyone staying on the Outer Banks for more than a handful of days.  Southern Shores Realty was one of the very first agencies for rental homes and is the longest operating realtor still in existence on the beach!  Many flat top cottages slowly evolved into modern-styled vacation rentals and the OBX tourism industry never looked back.

Today, there are literally thousands of vacation rental homes spanning the Outer Banks.  Varying from single bedroom condominium units to 20+ bedroom palaces in 4×4 only territory.  With all the sizes, shapes, styles, and realtors, I felt a 101 guide to vacation rental homes would be a great resource for anyone who is new to the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

modern-oceanfront-rental-1101If you’ve never rented a home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you are in for a treat!  Vacation rental homes are the #1 choice for lodging on the OBX and there are numerous reasons for it.

  • You have an entire house – all to yourself
  • You end up paying much less than hotel rates/night
  • You enjoy many more features like appliances, etc.
  • You have an entire house – all to yourself

I feel like I repeated something…  You get the idea!  All the creature comforts like space and privacy are available to you when you rent a home at the beach.  They accommodate families and large groups much better, and there certainly is a greater feeling of “togetherness” than separate hotel rooms and hallways.

luxury-kitchen-rental-home-obx-1203There is also enormous benefit in renting from a realty company, like Southern Shores Realty.  Unlike vacation homes that can be rented “by owner” (websites like offer these) your house is backed by a full staff of employees, maintenance repairmen, and customer service representatives who work non-stop to ensure your satisfaction.  If the washing machine breaks during the middle of your vacation… how long might it take for an independent homeowner to address the issue?

Types of Homes to Rent on The Outer Banks

outer-banks-beach-box-traditional-homeAs mentioned before, there are many varieties of homes to rent on the Outer Banks.  The most popular are modern-styled, 3-5 bedroom homes with standard appointments.  All of Southern Shores Realty’s vacation rentals include standard amenities like: full furniture, washers and dryers, televisions, telephones, kitchen appliances, cookware, vacuums, air conditioning and more.  It’s a house, it should have these things!

game-room-oceanfront-home-1101Popular amenities many tourists seek out are things like: private pools, fireplaces, hot tubs, pet friendly rentals, elevators, wireless internet access, game rooms, linens provided, and keyless entry.  Southern Shores Realty offers over 600 vacation rental homes so it’s easy to find exactly what you desire!

Classifying and summarizing the types of vacation rental homes available would look much like this:

  • (50%) 3-5 bedroom traditional homes with basic amenities plus some additional.  Rent from $900 – $3,500+/week.  Regularly updated and maintained.
  • (35%) 3-10 bedroom upscale rental homes.  Modern appointments and many additional amenities like pools and spas.  Rent from $2,000-$10,000+/week.
  • (10%) 1-4 bedroom condominium rentals.  Most have common swimming pool and recreational areas.  Rent from $400-$3,500+/week.
  • (<5%) 10+ bedroom luxury rentals.  Top of the line equipment and most all amenities.  Rent from $6,000-$20,000+/week.

outer-banks-private-poolThe above figures serve as a rough guide to the rental home diversity on the Outer Banks.  Like mentioned earlier, there are thousands of homes on the Outer Banks and classifying each and every one would be impossible!

If you are considering your first visit to the Outer Banks, please call 1-800-334-1000 to speak with a Vacation Specialist to help determine which rental type is best suited for your needs.

Areas to Rent Outer Banks Vacation Homes

obx-oceanfront-rentalsThere are also many areas or sections of the Outer Banks where rental homes are available.  Oceanfront OBX rentals are by far the most demanded.  You enjoy wide, sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and are only steps away from the beach.  Since the beach is the main attraction for the majority of visitors, oceanfront rentals are by far the most popular.  Semi-oceanfront homes are only a lot or two back from the beach and oceanside rentals are classified as those homes on the easternmost side of the major roadway.

There are also classifications of homes known as soundfront and soundside rentals.  These homes are located either fronting or nearby the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.  The sounds on the Outer Banks are much shallower bodies of water compared to the Atlantic Ocean.  The sounds are very popular for non-motorized water sports and offer breathtaking sunsets night after night.

Other locations include canal front, westside rentals, and between the highways.

Other Vacation Rental Information

Although Southern Shores Realty has an extensive FAQ section, here are some quick tidbits to that new renters may not know.

  • “Checking in” to your rental home requires a stop at our rental office, unless your home has keyless entry
  • Check-in time is after 4pm, Check-out at 10am
  • All of our vacation rental homes come with standard amenities like A/C, major appliances, pots, pans, and stocked kitchenware
  • We also offer “Mini-Vacation” stays for those looking to stay less than 7 days

You should be convinced by now that a vacation rental home is the best way to stay on the Outer Banks!  If you still have questions please feel free to call one of our friendly representatives at 1-800-334-1000.  Southern Shores Realty represents over 600 Outer Banks rentals of all shapes and sizes.  Enjoy the rest of your stay on and check out the related links below this post.


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